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The leading specialists in cultural walking tours
We specialise in guided cultural walking tours with music festivals, opera, art & architecture, birdwatching, wildlife and gourmet food & wine.
Kudu Travel Limited
The Barn House
Bradford Leigh
Bradford on Avon
Wiltshire BA15 2RP
Phone: 01225 436115

Registered in England
No. 03854049
Association of Independent Tour Operators
Travel Trust Association
ATOL T7281
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Travelling with Kudu Travel
Answers to frequently asked questions
We are determined to ensure that you experience the luxury of genuinely memorable travel. On each and every trip our aim is to create a ‘charmed space’ within which you can relax, absorb fresh insights, be stimulated and charmed by new encounters - and have fun!
Why kudu?
Our company name comes from the most elegant of antelopes, the Greater Kudu of Southern Africa. Kudu are non-territorial, accommodating visitors to their area and ranging widely themselves. Adventurous browsers, they consume many types of foliage and alter their tastes to suit the locale. Kudu also blend well with their environment – their soft stripes making them disappear in dappling of light through the trees – and are able to live both in wilderness and partially settled areas. They prefer to travel in groups of up to 12 members, not in huge herds!
Information before you travel
Detailed itineraries, including advice on health, passport and visa requirements and minimum and maximum numbers of guests on tours, bird lists, orchid lists etc are available for each trip - please ask for the ones that catch your attention and contact us if you have any queries.
Once you confirm your booking on a tour you will be sent further practical information - packing tips, advice on acquiring local currency, responsible travel suggestions for each destination - and a selected reading list so that you can prepare for your holiday.
Whether travelling alone or with friends, Kudu guests often mention how particularly agreeable they find their travelling companions. Eschewing the pullman coach model of tourism, our groups are deliberately small, comprised of 6 to 16 guests.
On a typical trip they are predominantly from Britain and Ireland, with the invariably stimulating addition of other Europeans, North Americans, South Africans, New Zealanders and Australians. One key to their enjoyment of Kudu trips is that such carefully researched and focussed trips attract people who naturally get on well with each other through shared interests.
Repeat guests
The numbers speak for themselves - almost 70% of our guests book Kudu tours on a regular basis, many of them for two trips annually. Over 70% of new guests come on trips as a direct result of ‘word of mouth’ referral from previous guests. Our ‘frequent traveller’ reward programme, Kudu Carats, has resulted in 2 free trips for many of our guests already and several are already eyeing their third!
Walking is the most natural way to travel, undoubtedly enhancing your understanding of the country you are visiting. The trick is to strike the right balance - sufficient exercise to feel pleasantly stretched and relaxed, while reserving the energy to explore castles, museums, local markets - or an inviting bar on the piazza - on reaching the day's goal.
In each trip itinerary, we endeavour to describe the walking component of trips as accurately as possible, specifying hours of walking and type of terrain for each journey. We also recognise that unseasonably hot or chilly weather makes additional physical demands – rest assured you may always opt for a ride in our vehicle.
Most importantly, we intend the walking to add a purely pleasurable dimension to your holiday. If you are in good health and take some sort of exercise fairly regularly, we are sure you will enjoy the walking on a Kudu tour and return home with that extra buzz from being a little fitter.
We want you to experience the cultural or natural surroundings in style and comfort. Hotels are researched personally, with the emphasis on character, location and good service. You may find yourself in gracious country house hotels, Hemingway style tents deep in the African bush, a former Ottoman mansion, a 17C chateau, aristocratic estancias in South America, welcoming family-run farmhouses, or a beautiful 18C villa set in a private park.
Food and wine
Memorable meals are one of the hallmarks of an excellent holiday. We ensure that you sample the best of regional cuisines in very good restaurants, from the Michelin starred to the village trattoria with unpretentious food fit for a king. Our tour managers are all ‘foodies’, with a real enthusiasm for expanding your culinary horizons. In addition to greeting us with delicious picnics of fresh seasonal produce at lunchtime, they liase with chefs over dinner menus and organise tastings of local wines in atmospheric settings - mediaeval cellars in Hungary and the Czech Republic, Cape Dutch Manor houses in South Africa, charming enoteche in Italy. As Kudu guests often remark, we enjoy the conviviality of a ‘dinner party’ ambience in the evening.
Meticulous research
There is no substitute for this, and we just don’t believe in cutting corners. All the hotels, restaurants, walks and picnic places have been selected, and double checked, with care and critical discrimination. Our guests notice and appreciate the difference!
So much is included
On Kudu trips you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G&T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, entrances, wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, wine tastings etc are all included in the cost of your holiday. We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you very good value for money.
Privacy policy
We adhere to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and do not share, sell or distribute your Personal Data with any third parties.
We may send you regular updates by email or by post that we think will interest you.
Please contact us at any time if you wish to be removed from our database.
Guides and tour managers
Highly skilled guides who know how to impart enthusiasm and fascinating information in equal proportions are a vital component in your holiday enjoyment. You will be introduced to little-known features as well as the ‘must see’ highlights of each destination, but also given time and a few useful pointers to make your own discoveries. We endeavour to design trips in a civilised way, allowing space for individual ‘standing and staring’. We very much hope that you will enjoy their company.
We hold ATOL licence T7281 and would be happy to book you on the flights recommended for your trip. Please call us for a fare quote and remember that the cheapest seats fill very quickly - to secure the best fares, book your tickets as early as possible.
If you are looking for connections from regional airports or more complex flight itineraries, please contact Travellers World, a travel agency in Salisbury (holder of ATOL licence 3764), on (01722 411600) - ask for Jenny or Louise and mention Kudu Travel.
Complete financial security
In addition to membership of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), we are also members of the Travel Trust Association, subject to ongoing stringent reviews of our financial arrangements and business practice. This professional organisation requires its members to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct and continually monitors all financial dealings to ensure 100% financial security for Kudu Travel guests.
Financial protection for the consumer purchasing travel packages has become an issue of real concern over the last few years, and media attention has focused on the collapse of major high street travel agencies, tour operators and airlines, leaving unprotected passengers stranded abroad or out of pocket. Travellers are legitimately worried that their holiday arrangements and monies are secure and we are therefore especially pleased to be able to offer the highest level of protection afforded under the UK & European Package Holiday Regulations.
All monies received by us as cheques from you when booking and paying the balance of your holiday are placed directly into an independently administered Trust Account (held by the Travel Trust Trustees Ltd. at the National Westminster’s Jermyn Street branch in London), and these monies can only be released to Kudu Travel Ltd. once you have completed your holiday and returned home.
For those guests who prefer to pay for their holiday by Credit or Debit card, the Travel Trust Association ensures that all electronic payments are automatically deposited only in Kudu Travel’s designated Trust Account, and such funds only released to Kudu Travel by the Trustees once you have completed your holiday and returned home.
Furthermore, as an additional safeguard, Kudu Travel, via the Travel Trust Association, automatically issues you on booking with a Stand Alone Safe Seat Plan insurance - an extra level of travel insurance which guarantees that your booked holiday will continue as planned. This ‘belt and braces’ standard of protection is unique to the Travel Trust Association.      
All flight-inclusive holidays sold by Kudu Travel are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. For more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:        
Kudu carats
We appreciate your decision to trust us with your travel plans on a regular basis - and wish to say thank you.
You will receive 1 Carat for every £10 spent on a Kudu holiday. Once you have accumulated sufficient points for your chosen holiday, you can redeem them against a trip.
Several of our guests have already claimed several free holidays - in 2013 we have given away free places on holidays in
Morocco, India, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Portugal. In 2014 it’s Cuba, Morocco, Portugal, Menorca, Russia and Uzbekistan.
FREE HOLIDAYS : You can spend your carats on a free holiday for yourself or a friend. 1 carat = £ 1 of your free holiday
COMPANION HOLIDAYS : If you are coming on a Kudu tour as a paying guest you can bring somebody on a companion holiday. 1 carat = £ 1.25 (you will need only 1,000 carats to bring a companion on a £ 1,250 holiday)
Please note that we can only provide one free place on each trip - we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment! Unused carats expire after 10 years.
Travel shop
In conjuction with NHBS, a leading natural history specialist, Kudu can now offer all guests the possibility to purchase a range of travel accessories, field equipment and natural history books. Kudu guests qualify for free shipping by quoting Kudu Travel when booking, both online and with ‘phone orders (phone: 01803 865 913).
To view the full range or place an order click here.

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Greater Kudu
Menorca May 2009
Walking in Saxony
Our hotel in Guadeloupe
Our lodge in Botswana
Our charming estancia in Argentina
Breakfast in the dunes, Namibia
Tren del vino, Chile
Guides and tour managers
Butterflies on a thistle
Prayer flags in Bhutan
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Travelling as Kudu
Sustainable tourism
Financial protection
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