Smiling group in helmets and life jackets with a raft on a car behind them

7 excellent reasons to travel with Follow Alice

Sep 25, 2023
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You can find various reputable adventure travel companies online that offer a great service. So why pick Follow Alice? Here are seven reasons why we think we stand apart from the crowd – and why you should therefore book your next adventure trip with us!

1. We offer you a seamless experience from planning till you arrive back home

At Follow Alice, we look after you from the moment you make an online trip enquiry all the way through to the moment you get back home after having enjoyed an epic adventure with us!

Nepal Annapurna Circuit trek group photo

Follow Alice does most of the trip's admin for you so you can just enjoy the experience!

One of the important ways in which we're able to ensure an easy and hassle-free travel experiences is by only selling trips that we run ourselves. In other words, we're not travel agents selling third-party holiday packages – we're the folks behind everything related to your trip, from your online interactions to your actual adventure on the ground.

This one-stop-shop approach to adventure travel empowers us to offer you a holistic and seamless experience that lets you feel valued and supported on your adventure right from the moment you book all the way to the moment you return home.

You can rest assured that we at Follow Alice take responsibility for every aspect of your adventure with us from start to finish.

Finally, here are some of the key ways we strive to make your travel planning and experience as smooth and stress-free as possible:

  • Once you've booked with us, you have access to a dedicated trip manager who can be contacted at pretty much all times via email, phone or WhatsApp.
  • We use technology to offer you an easy and enhanced experience, from having a pre-trip group preparation call to adding you to a WhatsApp group with your travelling companions, trip manager and tour guide (whom we refer to as a local leader) where you can ask questions, share photos, and so on.
  • We allow clients to pay for their trips via various methods, including fee-less cryptocurrency payments.
  • Your your guide meets you at the airport (or hotel) and looks after you the entire time you're in the country, which includes driving you around where applicable, organising park permits and similar, and always ensuring you know where you need to be, at what time, with what equipment.
Zoom Kilimanjaro prep call

One of our pre-departure Zoom group calls

2. Our trips are chosen by avid travellers and our advice comes from firsthand experience

We like to refer to our Follow Alice adventure trips as being made "for travellers by travellers".

We say this because all of us who work here are passionate and frequent travellers who know very well the in's and out's of adventure travel, as well as its myriad benefits.

Reto i a zen pose in front of the Uhuru Peak sign on Mt Kilimanjaro

Our cofounder Reto at the summit of Kilimanjaro – the trip that led to Follow Alice being formed

At Follow Alice we select the trips that we offer very carefully. We only offer those that we ourselves love and really believe have the potential to offer others life-enhancing experiences.

Our destination and trip insights come from our firsthand experiences, so you can be confident that our advice is always authentic and reliable!

Follow Alice Cape Town team pic

Some of our Cape Town-based staff

When you go on a Follow Alice trip – whether it's to see mountain gorillas in the remote forests of East Africa or to trek among chortens and prayer flags in the Himalayas – we're confident we're leading you somewhere that will let you immerse yourself in a rare and beautiful environment that's able to offer physical and spiritual rejuvenation.

Sabyinyo hike in misty Virunga Mountains, Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Uganda

To find mountain gorillas you must head into the misty mountains of Uganda or Rwanda

3. Our trips connect you with other travellers and often lead to lasting friendships

While we organise private group trips for those who want them, one of the things that we really love to do is put together small groups of adventurous folks like yourself who then do the chosen holiday together.

Karen. EBC trek group pic Base Camp rock 2023

A shared adventure is a great foundation for a new friendship

Over the years, we've loved hearing back from various clients about how they became fast and lasting friends with people they'd never met till they trekked or travelled together on one of our trips!

Adrian, who climbed Kilimanjaro with us in September 2023, says in his review:

One of the best experiences of my life. Follow Alice was amazing, true professionals. Met some wonderful people who are now friends.
Man sitting on huge rock with Uhuru Peak behind him on Kilimanjaro climb

Here's Adrian well on his way towards the summit of Kili

When you engage in an adventure activity together – especially over a few days – you break down many of the usual barriers to getting to know people. Lasting friendships are often born this way. We've even had clients who met on one trip plan another trip together with us. 😊

We love how our trips bring together diverse folks from around the world who all tend to be really great people, because adventure travel usually attracts a certain sort of quality person!

Uganda - Group - Landscape - TW Woody

The people you meet on our trips invariably turn out to be gems

4. We empower local entrepreneurs who in turn create many jobs

One of the reasons we love our company is that it provides many opportunities for growth for entrepreneurial individuals living in our various destinations. And these folks then go on to employ hundreds of other local men and women!

Kazi and clients in FA branded safari vehicle with lion nearby, Tanzania

Kazi (in the driver's seat) is one of our excellent Follow Alice Tanzania safari guides

We believe that the host country should benefit the most from the economic activity generated by travellers. This is in contrast to some travel companies where clients' money largely ends up abroad in what's called economic leakage (you can learn more about this here).

Every Follow Alice destination has a local leader who is the entrepreneur and boss when it comes to the trips on offer in their country.

The local leader is responsible for hiring and training their staff, as well as looking after clients from the moment they land in the host country. (Sometimes the local leader is your tour guide on your trip, at other times you're led by one of their employees.)

Trevor, Chris and Bobu, FA team pic

Chris and Robert (the two seated gents) head up our Tanzania team

As Follow Alice grows, so too do the roles of these entrepreneurs. Chris and Robert Sichalwe, for instance, Directors of Follow Alice Tanzania, have been able to greatly expand the Tanzania side of Follow Alice since the pandemic and now employ hundreds of men and women from the Kilimanjaro region.

Follow Alice mountain crew and climbers, with many porters

It takes a village to run a Kilimanjaro climb!

All that said, it's obviously not enough to just create jobs; you need to create jobs that offer decent wages, dignity, and opportunities for individual development and growth. In short, you need to look after your employees.

Eddie left us this review in August 2023, which we've shortened a little here:

Just completed the Kilimanjaro trek with Follow Alice. We never realised that there was a team of 49 for our group of 12! ... I can’t express my admiration for this amazing army of workers. What I found refreshing was the treatment of the porters by Follow Alice. It was apparent from witnessing some porters from low budget companies have their porters wear poor training shoes some with their toes protruding! We never saw this with FA porters yet we still donated boots and equipment which we felt was thoroughly deserved.

As an aside, Eddie's final point here is something we encourage among our travellers: please bring old trekking gear with you if you have it so that you can gift it to someone whose own clothing or equipment has worn out. Or you could donate your own boots, jacket, torch (flashlight) or similar once the adventure is over!

Donkeys walking through village portering goods on the EBC trek in Nepal

In Nepal our porters often use donkeys to help transport your goods

5. We take your safety very seriously by preparing you properly and also knowing how to look after you

Your safety is our very tippity-top priority when you travel with us.

We see traveller safety as having two prongs:

  • Firstly, the client needs to be empowered to train correctly, pack correctly, make any other necessary arrangements, and prepare themselves mentally.
  • Secondly, we must take responsibility for your safety while you're on the trip, which means knowing how to prevent issues (like detecting the signs of altitude sickness early on) as well as how to respond should anything go wrong (like knowing the fastest evacuation routes from various locations).

When it comes to preparing you for your trip, we have a wealth of free information in our detailed blog posts and YouTube videos. This info covers everything from what vaccinations are required by the host country to how to avoid developing altitude sickness.

We also send clients a set of pre-departure materials to work through to ensure you're properly prepared for your adventure.

Hikers on Sipi Falls hike in Uganda

Your local leader is always a local, meaning they know how to keep you safe

Then there's our own efforts at keeping you safe.

Your tour guide always has your safety front of mind. Firstly, they are trained and tested in wilderness first aid and emergency response protocols. Secondly, they always come prepared with the necessary first aid and safety equipment (like bottled oxygen on high-altitude treks).

Brad Rebecca and Peter Dian Fossey Rwanda

Your tour guide is your first line of defence against all dangers, big and small

Further to this, your tour guide knows the in's and out's of the visited society, and so is able to look after you (and your belongings) during your visit.

6. We have an incredible trust record, which you can look at on Trustpilot

In many ways, our super positive, five-star client reviews on Trustpilot and elsewhere tell you all of the reasons to travel with Follow Alice for us!

In fact, we can't keep count of how many clients have made the decision to travel with us after reading some of our reviews. So if you're still unconvinced by the end of this blog post, please read some of our client reviews on Trustpilot.

Group photo on Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka

We take great pride in the wonderful feedback past clients leave us

For instance, Emily from Australia left us this review in August 2023:

We were absolutely blown away with Simon, our guide in Uganda, and the Follow Alice Team. From the moment we booked, the team were communicating with us, making sure everything was planned and prepared for us. We had the most incredible week in Uganda, and were impressed with the quality of the food, accommodation and most of all our lovely guide Simon. A 10/10 experience which I’d recommend to anyone thinking about exploring the Pearl of Africa!
Simon leaping in air Uganda. Elena, Beatriz, Sophie photo

Everybody who travels with Simon raves about the wonderful guide and person that he is

What we love even more than a great review is a return customer!

Many clients who did a trip with us (usually a Kilimanjaro climb, as that's our longest-running trip) have gone on to book another trip with us. And they often bring more family or friends with them this time. We're sure you can imagine how this gets our little hearts trying to bust out of our chests with pride. ❤️

7. We do our best to engage in responsible tourism to protect the places we love

Adventure travel lets you explore out-of-the-way places and reconnect with nature and yourself. It also often introduces you to rural, smaller communities whose culture is steeped in long history and tradition.

trekker walking to the hotel everest view in everest trek region in Nepal

Adventure travel takes you into beautiful ecosystems that need to be protected

As we discuss in Why adventure travel is more sustainable than regular travel, our trips are often naturally quite sustainable in nature. That said, a travel company must also still make a concerted effort to ensure the adventure is carried out in a manner that's as sustainable as possible.

When you do adventure travel right, you benefit the visited place because your investment empowers local communities and protects the natural environment.

At Follow Alice, we strive to engage in adventure travel practices that respect local communities and the natural environment.

How, you might ask?

Well, we go into detail in How we approach sustainability and corporate responsibility at Follow Alice, but here are two key ways:

  • We only work with men and women who love and respect the local environment and wildlife, and who lead you on your adventure in a way that minimises everyone's environmental footprint. (Your safari driver, for instance, will never hoot at the wildlife to spark a reaction, and will even discourage you from touching plants as your lingering scent might confuse the wildlife.)
  • We do our best to educate our clients on responsible travel practices. This starts with what to pack to be a sustainable traveller to advice on how to engage with local communities in ways that are respectful and meaningful (and so benefit everyone involved).
Brad and Rebecca homestay in Rwanda Azizi Life

It's important, we believe, for travellers to learn about local cultures in ways that empower everyone involved

Please note that we have a wealth of information for anyone keen to learn how to become a more responsible and sustainable traveller – just head on over to our Sustainable travel blog section and take a browse.

And finally, we at Follow Alice are learning as we go, and acknowledge that there may well be better ways to do some things. So please do feel free to reach out to us with ideas! We hope to always continue making positive changes to our processes and trips as and when we realise they need to be made. ☘️