Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. They are actively at its helm and continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. Wild Style is homegrown to help break down barriers and boundaries that separate people from people, from the environment and from other living things. Wild Style builds lasting intercultural, interpersonal and environmental bonds to enhance instead of exploit by impressing with each step along a journey sincerity, compassion and understanding. The results are lasting bonds -- intercultural, interpersonal and environmental -- wherever Wildland Adventures travels as well as their family-like community of enlightened, passionate travelers who have experienced how to focus on what matters most. Intrinsic to Wildland Adventures are strong personal connections with guests, especially the relationships Kurt, Anne and the Program directors have with alumni.
“We value experiencing daily life wherever you are… It may be alongside migrant farm workers harvesting potatoes and singing songs. The guides love dong it; clients realize it’s totally spontaneous.” ~Kurt Kutay, Founder
The design of each itinerary necessitates deep destination knowledge along with the connections and the savvy to locate and involve the correct experts and personnel, whether they be specialized guides, academics, lecturers or other specialized experts. Today the company offers more than 150 unique itineraries in 37 countries. Destinations include, among many others, Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, the Galapagos, Belize, Africa, Turkey, SE Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
“We have developed such close working relationships with the people we collaborate with in each of our destinations. Local families who have come to know us will open their homes to receive our guests for lunch.” ~Kurt Kutay, Founder
For nearly three decades, they have been leading the way in adventure travel and ecotourism, not just to new destinations, but pioneering new approaches to travel that guarantee your experience with Wildland Adventures will be qualitatively superior.
They are personally involved in the design of your trip in coordination with local field staff. When you call their USA staff you will be speaking with another traveler with firsthand experience in your destination who will help you choose the right trip and craft an itinerary that meets your personal interests and style.
Cross-cultural interaction is not only having respect for local customs, but is genuine, honest, personal interaction stimulated by sensitive introductions from respectful guides who introduce you to their home like a friend and treat you as a personal traveling companion.
Prepare for total immersion, secure in your health and safety. Relax and enjoy the experiences of native cultures and pristine wilderness environments confident of exceptional accommodations, transportation, hygiene and security, and the support of professional in-country outfitters.
Wildland Adventures seeks out small, boutique hotels and lodges and even home stays where native culture is strong and travelers can enjoy regional cuisine and experience traditional lifestyle. Designed in indigenous style that fit into their environs naturally, chosen accommodations deliver charm, amenities and native warmth.
The direct involvement of professional indigenous guides in organizing and leading each Wildland Adventure assures guests will have an exceptionally informative, well-executed, and authentic experience.
By creating more personal, in-depth and meaningful life enhancing travel experiences the company consistently attracts active and inquisitive travelers of all ages who discover that Wildland Adventures are not the stereotypical group experience. Participants on their very small group trips are frequently experienced world travelers who request Wildland’s services for efficiency, economy, reliability, security and superior leadership.
Wildland Adventures are physical, intellectual and spiritual adventures--more a state of mind than a risky or arduous challenge. The real adventure is new insights, the awe found in nature, encounters with new cultures, and the excitement of personal discovery.
Guests rest easy with an established record of professionalism and safety. Prestigious travel writers, guidebooks and travel industry media, recognize Wildland Adventures as a leading ecotourism company. The company was a founding member of The International Ecotourism Society, the Galapagos Tour Operators Association, and the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition, and retains corporate membership in other professional tourism associations and the Better Business Bureau.
Most all departures are guaranteed for two or more participants. Tiered group pricing makes this possible. Group size usually does not exceed 12 people.
An adventure vacation with Wildland Adventures will be a world of difference because they design specialized itineraries that match guests with their personal interests and style of travel. Wildland’s specialty travel programs include multi-generational Family Travel, Honeymoon and Romantic Adventures, cutting edge Exploratory Trips, expedition Small Ship Cruises, Custom and Private travel, and Specialized Group travel planning services for museums, clubs and nonprofits.
“A Program Director who is also a seasoned destination expert, is THE primary point of contact with every guest from start to finish.” ~Kurt Kutay, Founder
Wildland Adventures was founded on the principle that culturally and environmentally responsible travel can be a powerful force for change. Tourism should contribute to conservation and benefit local communities. The Travelers Conservation Trust (TCT) was founded in 1986 by Kurt Kutay as a non-profit, affiliate program of Wildland Adventures to foster means by which travelers can support local conservation initiatives and small-scale community development projects. By forming and strengthening links between environmentally conscientious travelers and host-country grassroots conservation groups, natural areas and cultural heritage can be preserved. This link between adventure travel, conservation and sustainable development enhances a vacation experience by creating more meaningful and authentic cultural encounters through learning, sharing and giving something back. See: http://www.wildland.com/about/giving-back
Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President
Anne Kutay, Vice-President
Rachael Garrett, VP of Operations
Tim Hocking, VP of Communications
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SEATTLE, Nov. 17, 2014 – Wildland Adventures (http://www.wildland.com/), trailblazers in the realm of culturally and environmentally responsible travel, announces a new 18-day South Africa and Zimbabwe Wines and Wildlife Safari, the latest in a series of Wildland Adventures Founders Trips hosted by Kurt and Anne Kutay.
The Kutays, along with David and Ruth Arista of Arista Wine Cellars, will host the inaugural departure of the Apr. 12-29, 2015 adventure. The all-inclusive per person double rate is from $9,850 ($1,650 single supplement). See: http://www.wildland.com/trips/africa/south-africa/wines-and-wildlife-safari/overview.aspx
"We started our Wildland Adventures Founders Trips because there are so many places Anne and I have yet to explore and so much to learn from other cultures with whom we share our planet,” says Kurt Kutay, who launched Wildland Adventures in 1986. Most Founders Trips are destinations on the couple’s personal bucket list: exploratory trips in destinations yet to be visited and return sojourns to favorite places they want to share with other Wildland alumni and new travelers.
Active wine and culinary adventures in tandem with treks and safaris to spot indigenous wildlife and to explore local cultures are intrinsic to this trip series that began in 2012 in India with Tigers and Travels, recognized by National Geographic Traveler as a "Tour of a Lifetime". This was followed in 2013 by launching their Wines, Cultures and Canyonlands: Mendoza and Northwest Argentina.
South Africa and Zimbabwe Wines and Wildlife Safari is the first in the Founders Trips series to visit Africa. According to Anne Kutay, "A trip like this is more than the places we visit, the wildlife, food and wine, and the lovely Africans we'll meet along the way. It's just as much about bonding with each of our travelers who join us, and the small group of 12 travelers sharing this rich experience together."
The adventure begins in Capetown and the Cape Wine Region of Stellenbosch and Franschoek with a thorough exploration of the terroir of sun, sea and Cape of Good Hope and the full range of fine wines and cuisine that this ancient soil produces. The Aristas, founders of Arista Wine Cellars will co-host guests in this region along with local wine expert and culinary aficionado, Kara Miller, who introduces Wildland guests to local winemakers, chefs and hotel proprietors. There will also be kayaking among penguins and cycling through the wine country to meet small boutique wineries, family run multi-generation vintners, and some of the premier commercial producers.
Guests then journey north to the Greater Kruger National Park and on to Zambezi and Hwange National Parks in Zimbabwe to experience some of the most spectacular game viewing and wildlife photography on the continent.
On their scouting trip in April 2013 the Kutays handpicked the vineyards, sourced the best chefs and dining experiences, and selected premier safari camps located in prime wildlife habitats that offer the most prolific game encounters with the best professional safari guides in the business. One night the group has the option to stay at a small bush camp to experience the wilds of Africa in the style of early explorers, tracking game on foot with a veteran team of trackers and guides.
Future Wildland Founders Adventures on the drawing board for 2015 and beyond include explorations in Southeast Asia featuring new areas of Burma that are just beginning to open to tourism, wine and culinary adventures to Australia and Spain, and a journey on the Istrian Peninsula (Slovenia) including a voyage along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Also being planned is a visit to Turkey, Kurt Kutay’s family heritage. The Kutays will reside there for a few months in 2016 to host guests in Istanbul for a special program of guest lectures, concerts, culinary and personalized travel experiences throughout the country.
About Wildland Adventures
Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. As active managing directors they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. The ‘Wild Style’ is based on in ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel. By fostering genuine connections to create personalized experiences their travelers, Wildland fosters a growing and vibrant community of enlightened and compassionate travelers. Rated by National Geographic Adventure as the #1 Best‘Do-it-all’ OutfitteronEarth andFodor’s as one of the World’sBestTourSpecialists, Wildland Adventures offers more than 150 unique itineraries on 6 continents in 37 countries.
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