Adventure Guide of The Year Award 2018

We've listened to thousands of travellers throughout the past year and heard all they had to say about their guides. The consensus? Every adventure was made that much better thanks to the exceptional guides leading them. This year, we partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association to find the tour leader most deserving of the Adventure Guide of the Year Award.

Ben Sims

Guide at Dragoman

Ben is a pefectionist ensuring that every detail of Dragoman's overland tours that he leads in Africa are amazing. His passion and dedication shines through in every way and we are incredibly proud to see him nominated by Tour Radar for guide of the year. He always goes beyond the call of duty, showing an endless enthusiasm, incredible knowledge about the wildife that he encounters and an eye for detail in his dealings with every passenger. He is simpy top notch in every way.
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What travellers say about Ben:

"This trip was unforgettable and it was all thanks to Ben! Ben was fantastic from start to finish and made me feel safe and welcome from day 1. It was clear that he had a lot of work to do and he remained calm and organised the entire trip whilst also making sure everybody was having a good time. He dealt with any issue in a highly professional manner and showed everybody what travelling was all about. He was passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgable and I can’t imagine the tour would’ve been much better without him! Massive thank you to Ben :) " Mary Sears - November 2018

Mero Geesey

#2 Place: Adventure Guide of 2018

Tour Guide at Carpe Mundo

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What travellers have to say about Mero:

"Mero was the best! From beginning to end, he made everything interesting and fun. He accommodated six women for five days — not an easy task! Mero is very knowledgeable about Iceland, has great attention to detail, and every day was well planned out. We were given many choices of things to do along the way, and he always had a “Plan B” if the weather or timing was not cooperating. All of our days were packed-full from morning until after dinner, making us feel like we definitely got our money’s worth. I would take this tour again in a heartbeat and may very well join him on another adventure in the future! A job well done, Mero!" - Kathy Heichel, June 2018

Elton Fetinandi

#3 Place: Adventure Guide of 2018

Tour Guide at Acacia Adventure Holidays

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What travellers have to say about Elton:

"Elton made every aspect of this tour fantastic!" - Amanda, June 2018