On my first-ever trip to South Africa in May 2014, I was lucky enough to explore Cape Town with the newly launched outfitter, Escape + Explore Africa. The team gives active and adventurous visitors a chance to play like a local in the surrounding mountains, vineyards, and sea. I was in town for a conference and only had my mornings to play, but Escape + Explore would scoop me from my hotel before dawn and whisk me off for a morning hike up Table Mountain or a stand-up paddle around the V&A waterfront canals.
For those with more time, Escape + Explore offers truly one-of-a-kind, three-to-five-day trips that range from wildlife experiences to pioneer adventure that venture to places few tourists visit. For 2015, the outfitter is launching SUP trips down Botswana’s Okavango Delta and has been working to teach locals who usually act as canoe guides how to SUP. They are also working to develop of SUP experience in Madagascar that paddles through a lemur forest in the south to a remote beach camp. Other pioneer adventures to watch for are a trail running expedition in Uganda’s Volcanoes National Park and a Kubu Island quad bike safari in Botswana. If you want something more wild than the traditional safari, Escape + Explore can deliver your dream adventure.