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Indigenous communities holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

It is so important to take into account which people lived in a country before it was ‘discovered’ by explorers way back when and if you’re interested in undertaking indigenous communities holidays you’re bound to discover much more than sticking to ‘colonial highlights’. Safaris in South Luangwa, desert nomads in Sudan or First Nation hiking tours in Canada, meeting real local people is privilege to savour.
Zambia safari in South Luangwa
Some of the best wildlife watching in Africa, from £3220 (9 days) ex flights
Borneo small group holiday
Head into Borneo's jungles, rivers and villages, from £1300 - £1765 (10 days) ex flights
Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia
Travel to the Omo Valley, Africa's cultural heartland, from £1999 (14 days) ex flights
Thailand tours, discovery
Experience essential Thailand on this small group tour, from £1340 - £1880 (11 days) ex flights

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Vietnam Hill Tribe holiday
Tailor made hiking holiday in Vietnam, from US $2148 (14 days) ex flights
Vietnam holiday, off the beaten track
Get close to the remote ‘hill-tribe’ culture, from US $3008 (15 days) ex flights
Sudan holiday
Visit pyramids & meet desert nomads, from £1999 - £2199 (8 days) ex flights
Luxury cultural tour of Southern Ethiopia
A unique insight into the tribes and landscape of Southern Ethiopia, from £2199 (11 days) ex flights
Bolivia tour, tailor made
Tour the magnificent landscapes of Bolivia, from US $2990 - US $3985 (26 days) ex flights
KwaZulu Natal discovery tour, South Africa
A tailor-made trip to South Africa's KwaZulu Natal region, from £2400 (12 days) inc UK flights
First Nation hiking tours in Canada
Rediscover your earth-based roots in the mirror of culture, from CA $1096 - CA $1246 (4 days) ex flights
Private vehicle safari in Tanzania
Bespoke private big game safari in Northern Tanzania, from £1740 - £1905 (8 days) ex flights
Senegal and Guinea Bissau cultural holiday
Discover Senegal and Guinea Bissau on this 14 day group tour, from £2499 (14 days) ex flights
Kenya & Tanzania safari, culture and wildlife 14 days
Quintessential African wildlife, tribal culture & scenery, from US $3695 - US $4495 (14 days) ex flights
Panafest festival holiday in Ghana
Visit Ghana & experience Panafest, from £1575 (13 days) ex flights
Volunteer in Ethiopia with traditional tribe
Remarkable volunteer experience with Ethiopia's Hamar Tribe, from £1150 (12 weeks) ex flights
Adelaide to Alice Springs tour, Australia
Go where the others only dream of going, from AU $2450 - AU $2495 (10 days) ex flights
Northern Pakistan holiday
Dramatic landscapes and unique traditional cultures, from £2099 (16 days) ex flights
Indigenous cultural tour of Panama
Discover culturally and naturally rich Darien Province, from US $1326 (6 days) per accommodation
Gerewol festival holiday in Chad
Witness one of Africa's most colourful traditional festivals, from £1749 (8 days) ex flights
Burkina Faso holiday, Dancing Masks Festival
The Dancing Masks Festival, a unique cultural celebration, from £1899 (10 days) ex flights
Ghana safari & cultural holiday
Best West Africa Wildlife Safari Ghana Benin (shell), from US $1755 - US $3510 (9 days) ex flights
Self drive holiday in Cape Town and the Garden Route
Visit the beautiful Cape and Garden Route, from £1245 - £1580 (11 days) ex flights
Turkmenistan holidays
Desert camping, dinosaur footprints and traditional culture, from £2199 (16 days) ex flights
Pakistan holiday, Kalash winter solstice
Experience the Kalash winter solstice festival in Pakistan, from £2045 (12 days) ex flights
Ghana cultural tours
Experience the culture of ethnic groups in Ghana, from £3185 (19 days) ex flights
Northern Thailand tour, 7 days
An exciting one week tour of Northern Thailand, from £575 (7 days) ex flights
Baffin Island cruising expedition, Canada
Expert Led, Polar Bears Belugas, Narwhals, Inuit Culture, from US $7995 (13 days) ex flights
India cultural tour, Chattisgarh and Orissa
This trip offers an intimate look at remote tribal village India, from £2595 (15 days) ex flights

47 reviews for Indigenous communities holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Indigenous communities holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days
Very good...I enjoyed both the safari in Serengeti and the diving in Mafia very much (more)Marina Poletto
Fantastic! Amazing! Awe inspiring! The trip of a lifetime! Our most memorable moments were our interactions with the local people. Even though we booked this safari to see the Serengeti, we also wanted to make sure we spent an equal amount of time visiting and getting to know the people of Tanzania. We will forever hold in our hearts how warm and inviting everyone was. (more)Teresa VandenBosch
Fantastic. It was the perfect family holiday with a 12 year old and 14 year old. Always plenty to do, loads of variety, but never rushed. (more)Rebecca Rowland
From US $1860 - US $2480 excluding flights
Vietnam holiday, off the beaten track
Excellent in all ways. Ms. Thanh Ha of the operator’s Saigon office provided detailed information and reminders, and she met us in Saigon to make sure everything was as we hoped. (more)Sandy Snyder
Eating and experiencing the beauty of Vietnam was the most memorable part...Brilliant. Wouldn't hesitate in doing it again and recommending to anyone wanting some happy healing holiday happenings. (more)Anita Lowe
From US $3008 excluding flights
Self drive holiday in Cape Town and the Garden Route
The Safari in Amakala was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Lucy Williamson
Brilliant. We did so many things in two weeks that the holiday felt as though we'd been away much longer. Thoroughly recommend this company, and we would use them again. (more)David Campbell
From £1245 - £1580 excluding flights
Bolivia tour, tailor made
It was truly amazing. (more)Gyoku Block
We did not feel that a single moment was wasted, with a good balance of different activities and experiences. I am converted to tailor-made travel. (more)chris fleckney
Excellent. Travelling up from Tupiza past volcanoes and lagoons and over the salt flats was the best part. (more)Janet Balling
From US $2990 - US $3985 including domestic flights only
Zambia safari in South Luangwa
The most memorable part was when we were driving up a rocky dry river to see white rhinos and when they smelled/heard us and started coming towards us, realized they could be a lot faster than us on this terrain. (more)Sven Jeanrenaud
The most exciting was the gorge swing & white river rafting in Victoria Falls as well as the night game drives following lions stalking prey in the Okavango. (more)Jean Pierre Kruger
From £3220 excluding flights
Sudan holiday
Memorable parts? The visit to Meroe. Mind blowing! The pyramids in the daytime WOW, but even better at sundown. A very big shame that there were no G&T`s to go with the atmospheric feeling of history. When you stay in tent city, it`s fantastic with the night sky and no light pollution. Eating and sleeping, with the stars, all around you, then you have arrived in paradise.If you are lucky to go on this trip and have Kahlid as your guide, then you are in for a treat.If you think the desert... (more)Geoffrey Hermsen
From £1999 - £2199 excluding flights
Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia
Memorable parts? Bull jumping ceremony in Hammar village Tips? Beware of poor accommodation in Yabello and Wando Genet Local benefits? No Overall rating? I enjoyed learning about the customs and village life (more)Joan Thomas
From £1999 excluding flights
Orangutans and Ibans tour to Borneo
The most memorable parts of the holiday were Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Dannum Valley and climbing Mt. Kinabalu. (more)Zachry Brown
Fantastic experience, unforgettable. It surpassed all expectations. (more)Lois Froud
From £3750 including UK flights
Ganges tour, Delhi to Calcutta
Excellent, just what I needed - a fascinating holiday in which everything was taken care of. (more)Kathryn Tomlinson
Most memorable? Seeing slivers of daily life in rural India. The Himalayan panorama, the wildlife, the boating experience and great eating were memorable as well. (more)Marilyn Jestes
Most memorable was travelling down the Ganges on the boat and seeing Varanasi. (more)Jane Graham
From £2195 excluding flights
Private vehicle safari in Tanzania
This was my third safari, but it was the one that most connected me to Tanzania. I was there primarily for tha animals but also wanted a holiday that benefited locals rather than international companies. This holiday achieved that but gave me so much more, I am now in love with Tanzania, it's stunning landscapes, its wildlife and its charming people. (more)Julia Runciman
Seeing Lions in the trees in Manyara and the Serengetti was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Sally Foote
Seeing leopards in the Serengeti was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Susan Armstrong
From £1740 - £1905 excluding flights
Kenya & Tanzania safari, culture and wildlife 14 days
We saw all the animals we could hope for, most of them in great numbers and really close up. Perhaps the very best was when we came upon first a mating lion couple and then, a few km away, the rest of the pride with mums and cubs nursing and playing. Absolutely amazing! (more)Marie Lenstrup
The highlight was staying in a bush camp site, watching three lions less than one kilometre away from the site. (more)Pablo Moreno
From US $3695 - US $4495 excluding flights
Kruger & Swaziland safari, South Africa, tailormade
Most memorable were seeing a pack of nine wild dogs....Getting so close to some of the other wildlife, Seeing Humpback whales breach. Better than expected and lived up to all our hopes. (more)Bob Mudd
The trip surpassed our expectations tenfold. In our wildest dreams we couldn't contemplate or imagine the experience we would or could hope to achieve on this trip. It was amazing from beginning to end. (more)Eugene and Debs Gribbon
From £820 excluding flights
Adelaide to Alice Springs tour, Australia
Memorable parts? The wonderful walks -- canyons, gorges, other natural features -- that revealed to us the natural riches of the Outback, from birds and other creatures to the land itself. Also... the bush knowledge and sensitivity of our leader, Steve. He added immeasurably to our appreciation, and therefore our pleasure. Tips? Probably more important for Europeans than Canadians or Americans (who live in big-scale countries): realize emotionally, not just intellectually, that once... (more)Penny Williams
From AU $2450 - AU $2495 excluding flights
Flinders Ranges wilderness tours, South Australia
Memorable parts? The Flinders is a very dramatic park and one that invites you get out and walk. Wilpena Pound is a rock fortress, a piece of land enclosed of each side by high cliffs with just one route in. Inside their are lovely walks through huge gums - its a very tranquil and relaxing place. Staying at Rawnsley Park, a working Merino Sheep Station, was a real treat. We stayed in one of the Eco Villas, and the highlight was lying in bed and pushing a button that withdrew a blind... (more)Justin Francis
From AU $495 - AU $1475 excluding flights
Northern Pakistan holiday
Memorable parts? The landscape/topography is breath taking, everywhere, everyday. The mountains and valleys do surpass the phenominal Pakistani hospitality. I had 15 breathtaking days. Tips? Think about what you want before you are there. In this fantastic environment, you can also white water raft, trek, climb, mountaineer...4 wheel drive etc. I was more than content with the cultural touring, some walking/treking, however there is so much more there if you are younger and more active... (more)Jim Troy
From £2099 excluding flights
Ghana cultural tours
Memorable parts? The most memorable part was probably walking around the busy streets of areas like Accra Old Town, Osu and the centres of Cape Coast and Elmina. There is always something to look at amongst the crowds and you feel safe and are not unduly bothered. Particularly enjoyable was a visit to a local high-life band’s concert in Cape Coast. And we were very interested in a couple of meetings we had with academics about Ghanaian culture and history. Tips? We only went for... (more)Chris Pountain
From £3185 excluding flights
Jordan cultural tour, hosted by Bedouin of Petra
Memorable parts? Our interaction with the Bedouin guides, their charm and their perspectives on the history and current social and political life in Jordan was really memorable. Petra was magnificent and Jerash was a real gem. Jordan is a much un- heralded destination. Tips? More than 2 days in Petra is necessary. Must dos - Petra, Jerash, Amman, the desert. Be open to the everyday encounters with the guides, drivers, shop-keepers etc Local benefits? Benefitted local people.... (more)Eleanor Moore
From £1399 excluding flights
First Nation hiking tours in Canada
Memorable parts? The location, hosts and the routes they planned. Tips? The routes / hikes are challenging, the lodge is very comfortable but remote. Very eco-conscious....so be mindful of that. Be ready for all types of weather..from hot sun to snow. Local benefits? Yes - very much so. (more)Jane Cayley
From CA $1096 - CA $1246 excluding flights
Holiday in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The solar eclipse. Also visiting a nomadic family one night. Tips? Not really applicable as a one-off trip to see solar eclipse and Mongolia along the way. General tips would be Mongolia is a big country with poor infrastructure. Make sure your trip doesn't involve too much driving or you will spend your whole time on a bus and not out seeing things. Covering 400km in one day, while possible, is not pleasant. Local benefits? Yes and no. It was run by a Mongolian... (more)Sam Grainne
From £1599 - £1699 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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