ADVENTURE and WILDERNESS TOURS

AARDVARK MCLEOD

Aardvark McLeod International A fly-fishing specialist organising tailor-made international trips for the discerning angler who expects the highest level of service, Aardvark McLeod offers more than 170 destinations for fresh and saltwater fly fishing – from Alphonse Island to Warekena,… Read More

ALBA

Alba Scotland Established 14 years ago to combine founder Stewart Collingswood’s keen interests in ‘fishing, photography, Scotland, beautiful locations, food, whisky, heritage, e-procurement and tourism’, Alba organises bespoke fishing tours across Scotland. From fly fishing for trout near Glasgow to… Read More

BASECAMP EXPLORER

‘We shall give you something different,’ says Brita KnutsenDahl, CEO of Basecamp Explorer. Her company specialises in luxury accommodation in diametrically opposite but equally remote and ecologically fragile destinations – Spitsbergen in the Arctic, the northernmost place in Europe; and… Read More

BORDER LINES

James Bolton is a busy chap. Not only does he design gardens and lecture on garden history, he also runs Border Lines, designing, organising and attending every tour on offer. The company specialises in visits to gardens that are either… Read More

BOXWOOD TOURS

Boxwood Tours was set up in 1990 by Sue and Brian Macdonald specifically with garden visits in mind. The couple have impeccable credentials, having trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens and arranged itineraries on behalf of serious horticultural publications such… Read More

COLLETT’S MOUNTAIN HOLIDAYS

What better way to see the Italian Dolomites than on two skis? Collett’s Ski Safari is the brainchild of Mario Delmonego, an instructor from the mountain resort of Arabba, who married a New Zealander and wanted to treat visiting friends… Read More

COOKSON ADVENTURES

Cookson Adventures specialises in ultra-luxury, innovative experiences that push the boundaries of travel. The company challenges people to explore the unknown, coupling adventure with an unrivalled level of personalisation to give its clients irreplaceable memories. The company was founded in… Read More

CREES MANU

Just a short flight over the Andes from Cusco, in the Amazon’s tropical lowlands, is the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The not-for-profit organisation supports a sustainable rainforest through research and community initiatives, and a unique ecotourism programme in the face of… Read More

DIANA HUNTING TOURS/ LIMPOPO TRAVEL

Founded in 1974, and claiming to be the world’s biggest hunting travel agency, Diana Hunting Tours/Limpopo Travel offers packages to more than 40 different destinations around the world, covering all of Europe’s top hunting spots, as well as Africa, Asia,… Read More

DIVE WORLDWIDE

Since Dive Worldwide’s inception in 2001, the proudly ‘100 per cent independent’ company has been transporting UK divers to ‘more destinations across the globe than any other dive operator’. The company offers personalised diving holidays with luxury resorts, liveaboards and… Read More

EQUUS JOURNEYS

With its passion for travel and horseriding, coupled with a desire to meet people and learn about their culture, Equus Journeys has inspired those it comes across to seek out the best equestrian adventures around the world – anything from… Read More

EXODUS TRAVELS

Exodus Travels began in 1974, when two friends decided to provide an overland trek to the Minaret of Jam, one of the least accessible monuments in the world. Now its expert planners, fact-finders and trainers are united by an ethos… Read More

EXPLORE

Few operators can match the experience of the Explore team. Cutting their teeth running overland trips through Asia, Africa and the Americas in the 1960s and 1970s, the founders set up the company in 1981. Explore has since amassed a… Read More

GLAMPINGLY

As glamping’s popularity grew, the founders of Cool Camping, a UK-based company for finding and booking camping sites across Europe, realised this new phenomenon deserved a site of its own. Thus Glampingly was formed. Its team of experts carefully judge… Read More

GLEN SAFARIS

One of the greatest hunting outfits on the African continent,’ according to one happy customer, the 25,000-acre Glen Harry Game Reserve is home to Glen Safaris, was established in 1819, making it one of South Africa’s oldest reserves specialising in… Read More

GO GLAMPING

Developed nine years ago by founder Garri Rayner, Go Glamping was the first website of its kind, dedicated to glamping. Since then, the site, named by the Guardian as one of the best travel websites, still sets itself apart from… Read More

HIDDEN TRAILS

With over 400 equestrian tours globally on its books, US-based Hidden Trails gives clients a chance to cut to the chase with its online TripFinder function. Riders can search for their ideal horse vacation by type of ride, location, time… Read More

HUNT ADVENTURE

‘Hunting is more than a hobby – it is a lifestyle,’ say Hunt Adventure. And where better to experience that lifestyle than Poland, where hunting traditions go back centuries, placing it among Europe’s best destinations. Hunt Adventure organises bespoke schedules… Read More

IGO ADVENTURES

After 48 days spent rowing 3,000 nautical miles to Antigua to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the ‘world’s toughest row’ – Bobby Melville had an epiphany. ‘The euphoria of the finish was powerful,’ he says. ‘I wanted to… Read More

IN THE SADDLE

Worldwide riding holiday specialist In The Saddle was founded by Olwen Law after a six-month sabbatical in South America, where he found the estancias and haciendas that offered riding ‘all hit-and-miss’. This was before the internet, when information was largely… Read More

INSIDE THE VOLCANO

3H-Travel organises tours to the dormant Thrihnukagigur (meaning ‘three peaks crater’) volcano near Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, taking curious clients up and inside its crater. Billed as a ‘unique natural phenomenon’, the volcano has been dormant for more than 4,000 years… Read More

ITALIAN SAFARI

When investment banker Leone Rossi di Montelera decided to devote himself to his first true passion, big-game hunting, he opened up the best of the exclusive Italian hunting world – much of it confined to private estates – to foreign… Read More

KIRKER

This 30-year-old company specialises in cultural tours, notably music-related, but has branched out into areas such as gardening, architecture and archaeology, since they frequently overlap. The Italian Lakes and the French Riviera, for example, are full of beautiful houses with… Read More

KIRKER

This 30-year-old company specialises in cultural tours, notably music-related, but has branched out into areas such as gardening, architecture and archaeology, since they frequently overlap. The Italian Lakes and the French Riviera, for example, are full of beautiful houses with… Read More

LEGENDS OF THE WILD

Founder Ray Smith’s company takes groups of no more than eight to Earth’s wildest places. ‘Our voyages start where others turn back,’ says Smith, who began arranging trips to fund the research you’ll experience on the tours. ‘Our goal has… Read More

MARTIN RANDALL TRAVEL

This award-winning company is a leader in cultural tours, in the UK and further afield, and gardens are very much a part of that. Each tour is accompanied by an expert lecturer – often a designer, writer or historian –… Read More

ONE NATURE

‘Barefoot luxury boutique hotel group’ One Nature takes conservation and tourism very seriously, offering ‘unparalleled’ travel experiences to the most exotic locations. ‘We are the custodians of wild and beautiful places, and we should look after the planet’s most precious… Read More

OUTDOOR INTERNATIONAL HUNTING CONSULTANTS

‘Our job is to find the best outfitters in the business that specialise in one species or one area’, says founder and co-owner Cory Glauner. His company has been giving free and impartial advice on hunting holidays since 2008. With… Read More

RIDE WORLD WIDE

What sets Ride World Wide apart? ‘Expertise, quality and knowledge,’ it says. ‘We’re obsessive about attention to detail, from choosing the right accommodation, to good food and drink after a day in the saddle.’ Founded in 1995, the Devon-based organisation… Read More

ROVOS RAIL GOLF SAFARI

There’s no need to choose between exploring Africa in luxury and the golfi ng holiday of a lifetime. Rovos Rail Golf Safari, takes guests across South Africa’s premier golf courses, and straight to the bush for serious game viewing. The… Read More

ROXTONS

Purveyors of some of the world’s fi nest fi shing and shooting experiences since 1976, Roxtons comes with the endorsement of Country Life journalist, the late John Humphreys, who praised the ‘quality of the whole experience, the smooth effi ciency… Read More

RUSSIAN HUNTING

Sergei Shushunov has been hunting big game in his Russian homeland since 1975. Few are better versed on what the land has to offer. ‘Russia is a last true frontier of hunting, presenting some of the most spectacular trophies in… Read More

SAWDAY’S CANOPY & STARS

With more than 500 glamping spots in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, Sawday’s Canopy & Stars dates back before the word ‘glamping’ was even coined, when founder Alastair Sawday got ‘frustrated at being unable to book a… Read More

SCUBA TRAVEL

Scuba Travel’s team of diving fanatics offer a personal touch. ‘We don’t sell any holidays we would not want to take ourselves,’ the company says, and its approach seems to be working. Popular destinations include the Red Sea, Maldives, Far… Read More

SHAKTI HIMALAYA

Jamshyd Sethna founded Banyan Tours, one of India’s leading travel specialists, more than 20 years ago, to guide travellers searching for authentic experiences there. In 2004, he opened his fi rst dedicated mountain getaway, Shakti Kumaon Village Walk, in the… Read More

SHERPA EXPEDITIONS

Sherpa Expeditions offers a range of guided and self-guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe, each refi ned over the course of more than 40 years. Spread between four and 18 days in length, they explore countries across Europe,… Read More

SHOOTING ENTERPRISE

‘We offer the widest range of bespoke shooting, stalking and hunting trips to the Czech Republic and Slovakia to clients from all around the world,’ says Jan Urban, MD of Berkshire-based familyowned Shooting Enterprise. The gamekeepers are local and ‘will… Read More

THE INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM SOCIETY

Tourism should be a tool for conservation, protection of biodiversity and community development, says The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) team. Calling itself ‘an unbiased source of information and resources on ecotourism and responsible travel’, the non-profit is there for conscientious… Read More

ULTIMATE FISHING CHARTERS

Providing access to some of the most luxurious fishing charters across the world – with vessels worth between $1–$10 million – and tours ranging from the French Riviera to Australia, Panama to Alaska, each experience is guaranteed to perfectly suit… Read More

ULTIMATE HUNTING

Whether it’s stalking, high seats or a driven hunt, ‘your enquiry will be treated individually. We don’t have a catalogue for everyone – each hunt, each guest is different,’ promises founder and director Piotr Potaczala, who has been tailoring hunting… Read More

UNICORN TRAILS

If you’re after a holiday riding through the Wild West – or less familiar locations, such as Iceland, Ethiopia, Albania or Colombia – it’s hard to go wrong with Unicorn Trails. Founded in 1998 by veterinary surgeon, traveller and horse… Read More

VOLCANO ADVENTURES

Small tours and customisation are part of the personal service offered by Volcano Adventures, which takes clients to active volcanos in Italy, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia and elsewhere. Popular destinations include Etna, Krakatoa in Indonesia and Ambrym in Vanuatu. Specialist guides… Read More

VOLCANO ADVENTURES

Small tours and customisation are part of the personal service offered by Volcano Adventures, which takes clients to active volcanos in Italy, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia and elsewhere. Popular destinations include Etna, Krakatoa in Indonesia and Ambrym in Vanuatu. Specialist guides… Read More

VOLCANO AIR TOURS

Based on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Volcano Air Tours has been flying scenic voyages over the active Volcanoes National Park since 1993. Pilots take you on two-hour tours over Maui and the Big Island – the world’s most active… Read More

VOLCANO TOURS

A range of near-fantastical sites can be reached by luxury jeep with Volcano Tours. The Blue Lagoon, a spa with warm, geothermal silica-rich seawater, is the most popular destination. It forms part of Volcanic Gardens, comprising lava fields and volcanos…. Read More

WILD FRONTIERS

Whatever your chosen form of transport, the multi-awardwinning adventure specialists Wild Frontiers can hook you up in style. From dog sleighs to whisk you through Lapland, to rafts to float along the Keralan backwaters and a luxury train to cross… Read More

ZARA’S PLANET

Founded more than a decade ago, Zara’s Planet offers 70 authentic equestrian experiences to ‘all kinds of travellers – from honeymooners and families, to lone rangers’, at all levels of experience. Tailored itineraries cover Andalusia’s Sierra de Tejeda, Mozambique, safaris… Read More