Travel for individuals and small groups, specialized to be exactly what you need.

We asked Tourcan Vacations all about their tours.  Learn about the options and value small customized groups and women's only travel have come to rely on from Tourcan Vacations.

Photo courtesy of James Cowie.

Q: Tell us a bit about Tourcan Vacations and the products and services the company offers.

Tourcan Vacations has been around for 33 years specializing in the world of Exotic Destinations.  Africa, Asia, South/Central America, The Middle East, and the South Pacific. Our specialty is creating itineraries to suit the needs of the traveller. As such, 96% of our business is tailor-made tours. They are customized...based on the wish list of the traveller. Over and above the customized tours we also cater for those who only want assistance pre and post cruise.  So, we offer short stays for those folks who are cruising in the world of exotic destinations and need accommodation, sightseeing, transfers, etc., either before or after a cruise.

Women who want to travel together: we also offer specialized touring for small groups. 

Our Women of the World Travel offers tours for women who wish to travel together.  These tours will include all the regular sightseeing in a destination, but always include two important elements.  Firstly, a local experience – this could be learning about something specific to the destination, for example weaving in Peru; cooking the local food with a chef in Morocco…etc.  Secondly, a giveback opportunity where the group will spend time at a school or crèche or animal rehabilitation centre. Guests can participate in some of the daily activities and chores.

Our Photographic Tours and Safaris are specifically designed for those who have an interest in amateur photography. James Cowie, photographer, leads all these groups to unique destinations around the world. 

Q: In which African countries does Tourcan Vacations offer custom tours to?

Off the coast of Africa we offer the island of Madagascar, Seychelles and Mauritius plus: 

  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia,
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia and
  • South Africa

Q: What types of tours does Tourcan Vacations offer, and which types of travellers does Tourcan Vacations cater to?

The bulk of our tours are customized.  We have found that our travellers are in the age group 45 and over and probably fall into two categories:

  • Those who are working through a bucket-list and have the means and time to travel.
  • Those who have saved for a trip of a lifetime.

Q: How is Tourcan Vacations making an impact in local communities?

Tourcan Vacation is involved with projects in Kenya, Tanzania, India and Peru.  In 2017 Tourcan Vacations Launched Enriching Lives International, a not-for profit organization  Our objective is to relieve poverty in developing nations by providing food, educational materials and other basic supplies to communities in need; this may also include nature / wildlife conservation efforts within a community.  Since 2018 we donate $10 from every tour booking towards Enriching Lives International projects. Tourcan guests have the opportunity to visit these projects where they can distribute items and also engage directly with the community.

Photo courtesy of James Cowie.

Q: If you had to recommend just one tour to travellers who truly want to make a positive impact on the destination they’re visiting, which tour would you recommend and why?

Wow!  That’s a tough one as every destination we sell is unique. Each one offers something different.  But, since you want me to select one I will probably opt for a safari experience since I am originally from the African Continent.  A Kenya and Tanzania Safari offers clients a number of experiences that may include:

  • Game viewing in unique settings (Example: Ngorongoro Crater; The Masai Mara)
  • Nature outings to lakes in the region (Example: Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha)
  • Animal rehabilitation experiences (Example: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation).
  • Participating in one of Tourcan Vacations’ Enriching Lives project in Kenya or Tanzania.

Photo courtesy of James Cowie.

Q: What makes a Tourcan Vacations unique?

We don’t just offer an itinerary, we create experiences that make the journey a trip of a lifetime. Long-standing relationships with our suppliers in the destination – some as long as 20 years.  They know how to take care of our clients and what the expectations are. Our staff are all destination specialists, most of whom have been employed  for 10 years or more. They have either lived in, worked in or travelled extensively to destination.  We sell what we know.

This could be your trip of a lifetime.

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