WILDFOOT

About us

About WILDFOOT Travel

WILDFOOT Travel was born out of Arctic and Antarctica Bound, an organisation established for 25 years, where the dedicated team of wildlife and adventure specialists had the urge to expand their horizons beyond the Polar regions to encompass other spectacular parts of the world where those seeking out of the ordinary travel experiences wish to travel.

As a company, we are dedicated to wildlife conservation and the protection of the environment and give our support to numerous organisations and campaigns such as the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Save the Albatross and South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project. In addition, we are members of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO).

Meet the team...

Simon Rowland

Managing Director WILDFOOT Travel

Simon in his younger years backpacked his way across Europe and Australasia and has always been inspired by the world's wild places. Numerous wildlife adventures in Antarctica have really created indelible memories - seeing icebergs for the first time at 2 am whilst crossing an uncharacteristically calm Drake Passage, with the sun's low rays reflecting crimson hues. Landing on the Antarctic Peninsula, one day in shirtsleeves, watching a leopard seal with its kill and the next in a howling blizzard with near zero visibility. On a more recent expedition, experiencing kayaking through the ice allowing super wildlife encounters, penguins jumping in and out of the water plus whale watching at close quarters was exhilarating. Arctic in Spitsbergen (Svalbard), observing Polar Bear, Arctic Fox, Whales and a good selection of migratory birds in this great wilderness for the first time was a life changing moment. But Galapagos Islands and Falklands are his first choice destination ticking every wildlife, wilderness and adventure box. These unique destinations never fail to impress, both offering unbelievable, close encounters with wildlife, bird life and marine life. Simon has travelled to India for wildlife and conservation familiarisation (February 2016). Spending time with leading Indian conservationists and visiting various National Parks within Rajasthan, Gujarat and Assam and enjoying big cat sightings - Tiger, Leopard and Asiatic Lion not to mention excellent birding and mammal close encounters.

John Swindell

John has been in the travel business all his working life, spending time with both airlines and tour operators. He has travelled all over the world in every continent and, as a matter of principle when going on holiday, never goes back to the same place twice, because there's always somewhere else to see and something else to experience.

In the last two years, John has been to Yellowstone in the winter to see the wolves roaming free in the snow, has travelled overland through China and Central Asia, following the Silk Road to Samarkand and has toured the islands and highlands of Papua New Guinea. He has also visited both polar regions including Franz Josef Land in the Russian High Arctic and a return trip to Antarctica.

The most remote place visited – Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. His favourite – far too difficult to say, but he is a great fan of the Falkland and Galapagos Islands and the Russian Far East for amazing wildlife, and Australia for its diversity. John has seen a lot of the best and a lot of the worst the world has to offer and is passionate about the environment, wildlife and habitat protection.

Lily Barber

Lily’s love for and fascination with travel and the big wide world was born on an independent backpacking trip across India and Nepal at the tender age of 20. Wowed by the scenery, culture and wildlife her eyes were opened to the wonders of travelling and she has dedicated her life to it ever since. Her professional career within the travel industry has encompassed both office based and on-location roles, including a 4-year period as a tour leader in Asia and the Middle East. Further travels including an epic 9 month overland journey from Istanbul to Delhi through the wilds of Iran, Pakistan and Tibet have merely served to increase her desire for exploration rather than quench it, although a recent trip to Spitsbergen in the depths of the Polar Night (where she experienced snowmobiling and dog sleding) has gone some way to satisfying her need for adventure.

Her favourite destination is still the Indian subcontinent. Riding through misty forest at dawn, the same forest that inspired Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’, whilst glimpsing a tiger glide silently through the trees, is one of the defining moments of her travelling life. Coming a close second is Chile, with its incredible variety of landscapes and habitats, from the sands and salt flats of the Atacama Desert, through the volcano strewn Lake District to the windswept peaks of Patagonia.

As a keen landscape photographer Lily has a strong emotional attachment to the natural world and is always striving to better capture the beauty of nature.

After Sales Administration & Customer Services

Lynn Pearson, our customer lead general manager and her helpful team are on hand to assist with all of your after sales queries.
Lynnp@wildfoottravel.com 01625 581110 (from outside UK 0044 1625 581110)

Accounts Tina Moorcroft runs our efficient company accounts department. tina@wildfoottravel.com 01625 581111 (from out side UK 0044 1625 581111)

Travel Resources

We fully understand that our exciting and unique trips are usually once in a lifetime for most of our customers. One of the most common joys of travelling is preparing for the trip whether it be reading recommendations, searching for specialist clothing, taking out important travel insurance or perhaps donating to a charity to offset carbons or an important conservation project...

WILDFOOT are proud to be a member of the following associations:

What Our Customers
Say...

Ann Macleod, Scotland Peggy & Thomas, Belgium John Cope, Somerset Ian Bradshaw, Isle of Man Molly Quackenbush, Virginia USA David Earnshaw, Lancashire Barry Solomon, Israel James Sutton, London Graham Jones, Devon
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
The best way to describe the entire experience. 1. Top rate service...we would not hesitate to recommend you to others and use you again.
Thank you and your team for arranging what was a fantastic holiday in Argentina...Iguazu falls was exceptional with our guide knowing an awful lot about the falls and the wildlife. Could go on forever, but had better stop.
I’m sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just wanted to follow up by telling you what a great time we had...If we are planning on one of the other regions you serve, we’ll definitely be in touch!
I wanted to drop you a note to say a big “THANK YOU” for all your organizing of my travel arrangements and the holiday itself. Everything flowed perfectly. The holiday was breath-taking and is hard to express in words...
It was even better than I expected, so I am grateful that you made the call (back). I will certainly recommend your services
Thanks again for helping me select the best trip and for all your help with the admin and my questions along the way, it all made for an even better experience.
Thank you for all your help. Great service, very efficient, flexible...We feel looked after when setting off into the unknown. I feel it is my duty to tell fellow travellers and birders/photographers how good you are!
Our Transparency

Price
Information

All information and prices shown are subject to change without notice. Also, all itineraries should be considered for guidance only and are dependent on local weather conditions, availability of accommodations etc. Nothing is guaranteed and the final itinerary will be determined closer to trip date. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Our Promise

Offering Unbeatable
Value & Price Promise

Our close working partnerships with all the finest cruise operators and adventure trip providers allows us to pass on the best prices, special offers and exceptional value for money. In fact, we are so confident that you will not find the same value anywhere else that we offer a PRICE PROMISE and will refund the difference if you find the same expedition/cruise/trip for less!*

Our Expertise

Unsurpassed
first-hand knowledge

Unsurpassed first-hand knowledge of all of our adventure and wildlife regions allows us to give the very best advice and guidance.

WILDFOOT Wildlife & Adventure Specialist

0800 195 3385

Lines are open from 9am -5.30pm
Monday - Friday

Lily Barber
Senior Travel Expert