A Little Bit About Us

We are a new kind of adventure travel company – run by families who love to explore, for families who love exploring. We were already seasoned travellers before we had children, so for us it seemed natural to continue traveling after our children were born. Now, nearly 20 years later, we’re still traveling the globe with our children–finding amazing adventures for our toddlers and now our teens. Our focus as a travel company…is not on the number of snacks to bring or changes of clothes, but on creating the perfect adventure travel and bonding experience for your family.

Quivertree is an adventure travel company founded by two travel-loving brothers, Gideon and Philip Nurick. Their passion for family travel only intensified when they started their own families, and now they want to share the types of experiences they’ve been pursuing with other families that want a great, meaningful, adventurous family trip.

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Gideon Nurick

Adventure Traveller, Husband, Dad

Gideon qualified as an archaeologist in Cape Town, South Africa, and his love for archaeology ignited an insatiable love for adventure travel, exploration and adventure. While at University he packed a tent in his car and travelled around the backroads of South Africa, visiting areas that most South Africans had never seen or heard of. He subsequently explored the entire Southern African region including the Namibian desert, Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the incredible Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem of East Africa.. Moving into the corporate world, he spent years living in the Middle East and his adventures, together with his wife and kids continued in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Vietnam, India, Japan, Morocco, Australia, much of Latin America, most of Western Europe and many other countries around the world. Each of his children began their own travel career at the age of three months, and he has taken his three kids to over forty countries on six continents. Gideon and his family are avid hikers, and he believes that one of the best way to see a country is to walk it – a prime focus of our adventure travel company…. Unforgettable hikes that the family has hiked include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

What are some of your favorite places? This is a very tough question! I'd include Patagonia, the African Bush and the Galapagos Islands for vast spaces or proximity to nature at its very best. India and Peru for culture, sounds and smells, and Sicily for its food! Destinations that are ancient and exotic, or that open your eyes to the incredible wilderness regions of the world, or that get you up close and personal to the animal kingdoms, are simply never to be forgotten. For kids especially, adventure destinations such as these and many others are once in a lifetime experiences that will live in their minds for ever.

Philip Nurick

Adventurer, Husband, Dad

A South African by birth, Philip has lived on three, and traveled to six continents with his family (we’re still working on Antarctica), and despite lengthy work spells in the finance and non-profit worlds, he has always been a traveler at heart – “I still want to experience living in several more countries.” Philip, and his wife Liora, decided when their first (of three) children was born that it would not curtail their traveling. On the contrary, “I believe seeing places through my children’s eyes, and witnessing different cultures with them is an incredibly rich and rewarding family experience.” Running a company focused on adventure travel experience has been the perfect way for Philip to pursue his passion.

What are some of your favorite places? Places I enjoyed are New Zealand, Vietnam, Colombia, the Balkans and France. New Zealand for its spectacular scenery, ease of travel and adventure activities everywhere; Vietnam, especially Hanoi, for the vibe and frenetic, but child friendly street life; Colombia because it’s the most surprising destination you’ll find; and the Balkans because where else can you discover so many different cultures, foods and people within such a small area? And France – well, for the history, atmosphere, medieval villages and the pastries, the only place where I refuse to feel guilty for all the carbs I consume! But possibly my all time favorite over the last few years has been Japan. It is just totally unique. It is like another planet. Everything about it is eye opening and in the best ways possible! I love planning trips to these regions because I know what a great time families will have!