Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

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B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• 37 F R O M T H E M O T H E R L A N D W ildland Adventures http://www.-, 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 FoundersTrips host- ed 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-inclu- sive per person double rate is from $9,850 ($1,650 single supplement). "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 launchedWildland Adventures in 1986. Most Founders Trips are destina- tions 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. 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 thor- ough 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 pen- guins and cycling through the wine country to meet small boutique wineries, family run multi-generation vintners, and some of the premier commercial produc- ers. 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 experi- ences, 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 pro- gram of guest lectures, concerts, culinary and personalized travel experiences throughout the country. A group is rarely more than 12 peo- ple. For more information, availability and reservations contact Wildland Adventures at (800) 345-4453 or email http://www- Cape Town, South Africa Winelands Franschhoek, Capetown, South Africa Wildland Adventures Founders Trip Safari Camp WINE & WILDLIFE SAFARI IN SOUTHERN AFRICA LATEST IN SERIES OF WILDLAND ADVENTURES FOUNDERS TRIPS Photo Credit: Atosan A herd of African elephants drinking at a muddy waterhole, Hwange national Park, Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: Zdenek Maly

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