News and Awards

Our travelers aren’t the only ones sending praise our way. Over the years we’ve been given awards and recognition by many trade publications and organizations. Read about our latest accolades below.

Outside Magazine: Best Places to Work

  • Natural Habitat Adventures was ranked number one Best Place to Work for companies with 14-49 employees – 2008.
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) was named one of the best medium-sized companies (50-249 employees) to work for – 2008.

Outside Magazine: Trip of the Year

  • O.A.R.S. 2009

Travel & Leisure World’s Best AwardEach year Travel & Leisure conducts a reader’s poll to identify the World’s Top Tour Operators, based on six key criteria: staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, food, value, and accommodations.

Travel & Leisure Winner: World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter:
Micato Safaris 2003-2007
Travel & Leisure: World’s Best Value:
Micato Safaris 2006-2007p.
Travel & Leisure’s 40 Trips That Will Change Your World:
Natural Habitat Adventures 2008
Listed among Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitters:
Backroads 1998-2006
Micato Safaris 1995-2006
Lindblad Expeditions 2000-2006
GeoEx 2006

National Geographic’s Best New Trips

  • O.A.R.S. 2008 – 2009
  • Natural Habitat Adventures 2008

National Geographic Traveler: 50 Tours of a Lifetime

  • O.A.R.S. 2007 – 2009

National Geographic Adventure: Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth

  • O.A.R.S. 2008 – 2009

Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist

  • GeoEx 2005
  • Off the Beaten Path 2002-2006

Conde Nast Traveller

Gold ListThe Conde Nast Traveller Gold List, chosen by the magazine’s readers, recognizes the world’s best travel carriers and operators.
Lindblad Expeditions 1998-2003
Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice for Top Cruise Lines
Lindblad Expeditions 1996-2003
Conde Nast Traveller Ecotourism AwardThis award recognizes a tour operator’s commitment to preserving natural habitats and contributing to local cultures while providing enriching travel experiences.
Lindblad Expeditions 2002
Conde Nast Traveller‘s World’s Most Amazing Travel SpecialistsConde Nast‘s Wendy Perrin annually lists the industry’s best travel specialists. Says Perrin, “With their blend of expertise, connections, customer service, and good value, these select travel consultants can pack a punch in crafting your next trip. The travel specialists who make the list, and remain on it year after year, do so by meeting or exceeding our expectations and those of our readers.”
O.A.R.S. 2007 – 2008
Caroline Wood, Off the Beaten Path
Conde Nast Traveller’s Green ListThe Green List is an annual tribute to ecotourism, honoring the best hotels, tour operators, and destinations for their environmental initiatives, contributions to local communities, and the quality of their guest experience.
Natural Habitat Adventures: Highest ranked tour operator and second highest overall in 2006

Outside Magazine’s Best TripsInfluential Outside magazine annually lists the world’s best trips, with an emphasis on journeys that connect travelers to the outdoors.

  • GeoEx 2005

LuxuryLink: World’s Best Tour Company

  • Micato Safaris 2007

Porthole Magazine: Best African Safari Tour Operator

  • Micato Safaris 2004, 2005, 2007

Banff Heritage Tourism Corporation’s award for Strongest Commitment to Staff Heritage Orientation

  • Backroads 2004

Tanzania Tourist Board Cruise Development Award

  • Micato Safaris 2007

TravelAge West: Best Tour Operator, Africa/Middle East

  • Micato Safaris 2007

Travel Agent Magazine: Tour Operator of the Year, Leaders in Luxury

  • Dennis Pinto, Micato Safaris 2004

United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 AwardAwarded by the UN “to recognize and reward individuals and organizations around the world that have made an impact in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.”

  • Lindblad Expeditions 2001

Carlson Marketing Worldwide: Partners in Excellence – Spirit of Excellence Program

  • Micato Safaris 2007

Together Our Resources Can Help (TORCH): Inspiration Award

  • Lorna Macleod, Micato Safaris 2005

National Audubon Society’s Nature Odysseys Tour Operator Award for ExcellenceAudubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. The tourism operator who receives their Award for Excellence not only takes their travelers to see these bird populations, but also informs them of the need to protect and respect these populations so that future travelers can also enjoy them.

  • Lindblad Expeditions 1995/1996

ASTA/Smithsonian Magazine Environmental Award

  • Lindblad Expeditions 1993

The WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund), an organization at the vanguard of animal and habitat preservation around the world, has chosen Natural Habitat Adventures as one of just two of their travel providers, in recognition of Natural Habitat’s commitment to education and respect for wildlife preservation.