So it’s official. As of this month Wandering Free, is the exclusive GSA for Exodus in South Africa. But what does that actually mean?
Exodus is the UKs foremost adventure travel brand. The company was founded on the 4th of February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments. For the past 40 years they have been developing and providing sustainable adventures to the corners of the planet that many others thought totally inaccessible, while also providing unique experiences in the places people thought they had already seen. While other companies have been waking up and trying to do the same since then, Exodus remains at the forefront. It is a company that believes our planet is precious and that the people who should be benefiting from trips to their regions aren’t large American hotel groups, but rather the local people themselves. This is why when you travel with Exodus you will stay in unique hotels owned, and run, by people from the area. Your guides will have grown up there, and your experiences will be all the things they think you need to know about their country. This benefits not only those locals themselves who get the first hand income from the tourism you are bringing in, but also you, as the tourist, who gets to experience their destination like it’s meant to be experienced.
A second benefit of travelling with Exodus is that all the tours are geared towards environmental, as well as social, sustainability. Too often you hear stories of tourism ruining an area with over-development, cultural misunderstandings and carbon footprints that are through the roof. If you travel with Exodus, you will find the small groups dealing directly with the locals, means that you can see an area with the absolute minimum amount of environmental impact thereby preserving these wild and beautiful places for future generations.
Exodus is a valuable contributor to the communities they work with. An example of this can be seen with the recent Nepal earthquakes where Exodus has been directly involved in the rescue, and relief efforts in the area. (for more details check out the diary here: Nepal Earthquake Diary ).
And as GSA, Wandering Free is South Africa’s exclusive sales agent for this unique product. What this means is that you can step into any travel agent in the country and, when you ask for Exodus, get put through to our office. It’s an important and very exciting step that firmly announces Wandering Free to not only be SA’s very first adventure travel specialist, but one that is backed by the power of Exodus and their forty years of experience.
They have a great blog written by some of the foremost adventurers and explorers of our generation that makes fascinating reading. It can be found here: Experts Blog.
As I am sure you can see Wandering Free could not be more proud to be partnered with Exodus. It’s a great company that provides really amazing tours, while making a real and positive impact on the world. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming years and hope that you will consider them for your next unique adventure.