Why travel with Wilderness Inquiry?

Our guides define exceptional service

Our trail guides are compassionate, dedicated, and well-trained leaders who go beyond expectations to provide an overwhelmingly positive experience. The leader makes all the difference.

We’ve been listening for 39 years

Over decades of leading trips, we have refined our itineraries to provide safe, high quality, and affordable experiences. We’re never afraid to ask, “How can we do it better?” We listen to your feedback, and it shows.

We provide many opportunities for exploring

From a first family overnight in a local state park to going on safari in East Africa, there are dozens of ways to explore the natural world in an accommodating group setting.

Diversity is our thing

Our destinations range from deserts, to rainforests, to snow-capped mountains, and we seek to accommodate everyone with a sense of adventure, including people with disabilities. We love sharing this beautiful world full of great people and places.

You’re satisfied with the experience

Our trips are consistently rated very well on websites like Trip Advisor and Google Reviews, as well as our internal evaluations. 95% of travelers say they would go on another WI trip, and 97% would recommend one to a friend.

You’ll never forget your WI trip

Our trips are designed to make a positive impact. We hear great stories from past participants about WI adventures they’ve taken 10, 20, and even more than 30 years ago. Join us to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what your fellow travelers have to say:

We just returned from your Tanzanian trip and we are still on cloud nine. We are not first time away from home travelers. In our 35 years of travel we have NEVER had a guide/driver as pleasant, knowledgeable or just plain fun as Donatus and Ellia. – Lori W. Tanzania Safari

The camp sites were excellent; the kayaks were elegant; the sea caves and sunsets were beautiful. The team of staff and trippers together were superb. – Alex H. Apostle Islands Kayak

The entire trip was filled with new experiences and great memories. – Amy L. Yellowstone Family

The night sky was one of the most beautiful sights I ever saw in my life!! Northern lights, endless Milky Way, meteors, and even the International Space Station soared across the sky. It was truly breath-taking. – Loree P. Apostle Islands Kayak

Visiting the Maasai village and staying over night was a very deepening experience. It brought a lot of meaning to the trip. – Edward B. Kenya Safari

I was amazed that a sea kayak trip could be so easy, our guides were so safe and professional. Unbelievable. I’ll come back next year. – Karen P. Apostle Islands Kayak

Everything fit together – the autumn trees, the autumn breeze, the lodge, the lake, the interesting people, the food, the leaders! – Joe G. Boundary Waters Lodge-Based

The caves and Tikal along with the Mayan culture (and great local guides) were superior. I would do it all over again in a heart beat. – David J. Belize and Tikal

The most memorable part of the trip was the companionship of the group and how well the guides picked up on what each child’s interests were and then encouraged that interest. – Maryann K. Yellowstone Family

It was amazing to be kayaking on Lake Superior and feel completely safe with my kids. Our leaders were so knowledgeable and professional. – Lindsay S. Apostle Islands Kayak

The kindness, knowledge, and good humor of the staff is tied with the wonderful wildlife experiences that we had…watching the cheetahs play, seeing scores of lions, watching the leopard return from her hunt. It was all amazing. – Robin T. Tanzania Safari

This was our first camping trip with our three children. Even though we were novices, our guides made us feel completely comfortable out of the gate. – Meredith T. Ft. Snelling Family Overnight

We had a great time! This was our first experience with WI and we found the registration, prep, onsite organization and the tour itself to be well done and professionally organized with knowledgeable staff. – Diane D. Mississippi River Day Trip

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