Karibu Adventures is an adventure tour company that has recently launched a mission-driven program for 2023, offering three curated itineraries to unique destinations in Canada and Italy.
The company has consciously designed these tours for curious, active adventurers who seek raw and real experiences in amazing wild places. Karibu’s first signature tours celebrate some of the best nature, wildlife, and Indigenous exploration that Canada has to offer, and take travelers on a personal journey to a hidden treasure in the Italian Alps where their family has lived for 500 years.
Karibu’s three intimate small-group tour itineraries are designed to showcase destinations that are near and dear to the company.
Temagami, Ontario: The first tour is a five-day fly-in canoe trip through Temagami, Ontario, which is known as one of Canada’s canoeing meccas. The trip is bookended by a stay at a classic back-country lodge with hearty home-cooked meals and restorative saunas.
Vancouver Island’s Northeast Coast: The second tour is a magical seven-day trip to Vancouver Island’s Northeast Coast, combining sea kayaking and heart-stopping wildlife encounters, with special invitations to meet Indigenous carvers, storytellers, and cultural leaders on their ancestral territory.
Alta Valsesia, Italy: The third tour is a seven-day hike through Alta Valsesia, Italy, showcasing spectacular hiking, food, and culture in one of Italy’s true hidden gems, a UNESCO Geopark, and World Heritage Site.
Karibu Adventures was founded in 2022 by Andrea Mandel-Campbell, a corporate advisor, best-selling author, and former Financial Times correspondent. As a proud Canadian company, Karibu is committed to partnering with Indigenous and local communities in the spirit of true reconciliation and economic inclusion. The company’s name is the Swahili word for “welcome” and is inspired by Caribou, the French Canadian, and Algonquin name for the North American reindeer.
“We are entering a new age of travel,” explains Andrea Mandel-Campbell. “People want to travel more than ever before, but they want to do it in a way that is more viscerally real and sparks that feeling of wonderment. They don’t want to follow the herd, and they want to feel good about how they travel. karibu was created to fill that need, share those special places in a mindful and inclusive way, and hopefully do some good for people and the planet.”
Karibu’s mission is to share some of the world’s unique wild places and help keep them that way through responsible and inclusive travel. Due to the company’s concern for the places they visit and the people they bring, they restrict the number of trips to each destination and ensure to visit only during the optimal times of the year for that specific location. Karibu offers scheduled and private group tours of up to 12 people.
Karibu does not believe in conveyor-belt travel. The company tries hard not to be tourists, and every trip includes active adventure and nature. Wherever possible, Karibu partners with Indigenous and local communities, striving to make its trips affordable because the company strongly believes that the more people who can experience the world’s beauty (nature and human), the better chance we have of saving it.