WILD FRONTIERS, is an award-winning adventure travel company specializing in stylish and original small group tours and tailor-made holidays to some of the most interesting countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Founded in 2002 by the acclaimed adventure travel writer, Jonny Bealby, on the premise of developing ‘a company run by travelers, for travelers’, our reputation has been forged by creating exciting itineraries that combine true off-the-beaten-track travel with a unique blend of luxury and adventure, a variety of transport and activities and fascinating cross-cultural interaction. We uncover the lives of the people as well as exploring the landscape, history, culture and cuisine, ultimately leaving our clients with the unforgettable experience of having journeyed beneath each region’s surface and discovered the heartbeat within. Destinations include Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Libya, Ethiopia, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Colombia & Ecuador.
Responsible travel and sustainable tourism is an ethos Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. Our adventures are designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit.
Small Groups and ‘low-impact’ tourism
We strategically limit our group sizes to a maximum of 12 people (despite the fact that as a business it would be infinitely more lucrative to run with larger group sizes) because we feel strongly that our presence should be as unobtrusive and low key as possible. Whereas some tour operators run back-to-back trips around a destination, we limit our departures to one or two trips a year for most destinations, again ensuring a ‘low-impact’ style of tourism.
By keeping the number of visitors low and the trips infrequent we don’t ‘overload’ any particular area. Each trip is run with several months between departures, ensuring that the negative effects of “mass tourism” can be kept to a minimum. As we spearhead tourism into areas where most other companies do not venture, our aim is to bring an income to these areas, without making local people dependant on the tourist dollar.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in Janurary 2009 Wild Frontiers set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.