ARK & TENT is happy to provide an alphabetical list of tour companies and individuals who specialize in hosting tours we feel would be of interest to our readers. These types of trips are designed to allow travelers the chance to interact with a variety of animals, in a variety of settings, in as environmentally-conscious a manner as possible.
If you are a tour operator and would like us to provide information about the tours you offer on this page, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you're one of our readers and would like to make us aware of a company or individual that offers tours for travelers that specifically involve travel with or to interact with animals, we welcome your submissions as well.
This list is a constantly-evolving one, so check back frequently as we continue to update and expand our listings.
Aardvark Safaris - African speicalists, this UK-based company (with an office in the U.S.) works in 14 different countries. They're also one of the few companies in the States that specialize in horseback riding safaris. www.aardvarksafaris.com
Active Adventures - Coordinates trips to both destinations that include sea kayaking through New Zealand's wilderness country, and multi-activity adventures in a handful of South American countries: www.activenewzealand.com; www.activesouthamerica.com
Africa Adventure Company - For over 20 years, the AAC has been coordinating custom-designed trips to Africa, including volunteer opportunities: www.africanadventure.com
African Horizons - Offers eco-friendly treks in a variety of African countries: www.africanhorizons.com
Alaska Mountain Guides - The company has garnered endorsements from Doug Fine of National Public Radio (NPR), and Cameron Burns, author of a guide book on climbing Kilimanjaro: www.mountainguidesinternational.com
Avanti Destinations - If you plan to visit Brazil's Amazon, Avanti Destinations has 3 day/2 night packages that include overnight stays at one of three jungle lodges. You can also book a 2- or 3-night cruise on the M/V Amazon Clipper (which departs from the Tropical Hotel Pier in Manaus) that allows you to explore the Amazon from a small boat with a naturalist guide who takes guests on daily tours via canoe. www.avantidestinations.com
Deeper Africa - Witness wildebeest migrations during the day, then stay in upscale camping or luxury lodges at night: www.deeperafrica.com
EcoTourism Kuyima - Provides guided trips out of San Ignacio, Baja California Sur to a local whale-watching spot during the annual migration. www.kuyima.com
Field Guides - Find a variety of birdwatching tours across the globe: www.fieldguides.com
Focus on Nature - Birding and nature tours since 1990: www.focusonnature.com
Geographic Expeditions - A pioneer in the area of travel to remote and challenging destinations that's been in business since 1982. Some of their trips include: "Among the Lions: A Research Safari" (at Camp ya Kanzi), and "Costa Rica Untouched." www.geoex.com
Kenya Tours - OC Register writer Marla Fisher recommends this tour company, stating that the owner "arranged our budget camping safari and made it tons of fun for the whole family." www.keniatours.com
PAN Parks - Touted as being "the last remaining pieces of the most undisturbed areas in Europe," the parks supported by this program range from the Archipelago National Park in Southwest Finland, to the Majella National Park in Italy, home to the "Mother Mountain" - the highest and wildest section of the Abruzzi mountains, where you might spot wolves: www.panparks.org
SongLine Cruises - Dive the Indonesian archipelago (including Komodo National Park) from a traditional bugis schooner: www.songlinecruises.com
Wilderness Travel - Offering over 30-years experience in providing "extraordinary cultural, wildlife and hiking adventures": www.wildernesstravel.com