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|Emily Gerson • 2/07/18|
The Short Version: Natural Habitat Adventures isn’t like most tour operators that focus on big cities and popular sights. Instead, the ecotourism organization and partner of the World Wildlife Fund delivers itineraries to destinations that are home to some of the world’s most stunning creatures and ecosystems — from polar bears in Canada to Monarch butterfly migrations in Mexico. If you’re a couple seeking one-of-a-kind experiences in the outdoors, Natural Habitat Adventures can customize a trip where you’ll bond over a shared love of earth’s wild spaces. Whether it’s a luxury base-camp in Greenland or trekking through the African bush, the company focuses on responsible ecotourism, conservation, and providing the getaways of a lifetime.
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colorado, is widely known for its views of snow-capped peaks and population of outdoorsy residents. The beauty of the town and surrounding region have inspired many to get outside and get in touch with nature. So it’s not surprising that the popular ecotourism company and World Wildlife Fund partner Natural Habitat Adventures set up shop there.
The organization’s employees are committed to delivering thrilling wildlife-focused experiences to travelers around the world, but they don’t just talk the talk — they walk the walk.
Emily Deemer, Director of Digital Marketing for Natural Habitat Adventures, told us the fun team of roughly 70 employees is incredibly active and passionate about the environment, and it’s their conservation ethos that clients find so inviting.
“We’re all very work-focused,” she said. “But, on weekends, we’re the first ones out on the ski slopes or hiking the mountains.”
The team’s passion for nature and wildlife spills over into the company’s overall mission. Natural Habitat Adventures is all about helping nature lovers plan itineraries where they can fulfill their dreams while bonding with their travel companions.
“What I love most about my job is opening people’s eyes to this wild and wondrous world we live in,” Emily said. “I think that’s how everyone in the office feels, as well.”
The responsible tourism movement has gained popularity in recent years. People are more aware of how some types of travel can damage the environment and harm wildlife. As a result, an increasing number of travelers are turning to Natural Habitat Adventures to plan eco-friendly treks across the globe.
Natural Habitat Adventures is a huge proponent of ecotourism and operates with the core goal to conserve the earth’s natural wonders and creatures. The organization prides itself on its partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and on being the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
“We are first and foremost a conservation travel company,” Emily said. “Our trips are great for couples looking to travel with a purpose and give back to local communities and the environment with their travel dollars.”
She told us the company’s clientele are often in their 50s or 60s, but many adventures, like their African safaris, are also popular with young honeymooners. However, one thing that all their clients have in common is a passion for wildlife.
Natural Habitat Adventures offers dozens of tours around the world that are perfect for couples, whether you want a unique honeymoon or a special romantic vacation.
The company’s African safaris are among its most common bucket list items. The flagship African safari is Secluded Botswana, which is unique in that it schedules smaller groups than do most tour companies and goes to more remote, less crowded natural habitats to see animals in their element. The trips last 10 to 13 days, and common sightings include elephants, giraffe, zebra, antelope, and buffalo. Accommodations are remote, luxurious safari camps.
Another popular tour is Kingdom of the Monarchs, which takes travelers through Central Mexico for six days to witness the migration of millions of monarch butterflies. Traveling by horseback and foot, you will explore remote forest groves to see where these beautiful butterflies live during winter. Emily told us this is a bucket list item for many of the company’s wildlife-loving customers. She said this trip is also popular because it’s easy to get to from the United States and is shorter than some of the other itineraries.
Some of Natural Habitat Adventures’ other popular packages include treks to the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. The company offers several different Costa Rica itineraries, though one of the most sought after is Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer.
This eight-day trip takes you through lesser-known areas of the country to observe spectacular wildlife through boat tours and treks through cloud forests. Guests stay in remote jungle lodges and see areas of Costa Rica most travelers never get to experience.
If you prefer chilly weather, Natural Habitat Adventures also offers trips to the Arctic to see polar bears and expeditions to Iceland and Antarctica.
One tour that truly sets Natural Habitat Adventures apart is the Discover Greenland trip, which takes you to a base camp in East Greenland near the edge of the Greenland ice sheet. No other tour company offers this experience, Emily said. This trip is perfect for adventurous couples who really want to get off the beaten path in the Arctic.
In addition to staying in a luxurious camp, much like one you’d find on an African safari, trip highlights include meeting local Inuit villagers and learning about their lifestyle, taking a scenic helicopter flight, exploring fjords by boat and on foot, and seeing climate change in action as glaciers calve icebergs into the ocean.
Traveler D. Russler recounted her incredible adventure in a testimonial, noting that Natural Habitat’s staff delivered an unforgettable educational experience in Greenland.
“This trip had so many superlatives that it is hard to single out a single thing,” she wrote. “The entire trip was an adventure and an eye-opener about an area of the world that I knew nothing about.”
On the voyage, Natural Habitat took D. Russler and her traveling companion on a cruise through icebergs and introduced them to the local culture.
“Our guides were exceptional trip leaders,” she wrote. “First and foremost, their attention to the safety of the participants should be commended. At no time was anyone placed in a situation where they could be harmed.”
If you’re not sure where to start when choosing from all the tour and itinerary options, Natural Habitat Adventures has personalized adventure specialists to help determine the best trip for you. Your dedicated specialists know the company’s packages inside and out, as they have actually been on many of the trips themselves. This puts them in the perfect position to advise you and your loved one on your ideal itinerary and answer any questions along the way.
If you’re more of the DIY type, Natural Habitat Adventure’s website offers various ways to search and filter trips. You can sort by region, country, type of wildlife, or interest. This way, you can pick and choose a vacation that suits your needs — whether it involves family travel, adventure cruises, cultural immersion, or hiking.
Natural Habitat Adventures puts a huge emphasis on nature and wildlife, and the company ensures its trips don’t leave a negative footprint on the environment. If you care about seeing some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife and preserving it, book your next romantic getaway today by visiting nathab.com or calling 800-543-8917.