The folks at BUSHMAN EXPEDITION OUTFITTERS not only make great looking functional outdoor clothes and accessories, they also are avid explorers that believe in engaging nature respectfully while experiencing the personal growth and adventure of traveling the globe. We canvassed the company to find out the top BUSHMAN adventures of 2016, here is what the BUSHMAN team had to say.
Connect with nature while connecting with your inner explorer; BUSHMAN’S adventure lifestyle helps you see the world. Photo Source: gatorpark.com
- Airboat Ride on the Everglades
Florida’s Everglades in the southeastern United States is one of the world’s largest natural wetlands and is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. The region boasts cypress swamps, mangrove forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rockland, alligators, manatee, dolphins, and a wealth of indigenous and migratory birds. Because of the size of the wetlands and lack of roads, the only way to truly see this still very wild environment is by airboat. Airboats are shallow draft air powered boats that can skim the shallow estuary at amazing speeds. An airboat trip through the glades is not only educational, but it is exhilarating and will take your breath away. Martin from BUSHMAN’S New York office said the experience of ducking through mangroves while navigating narrow waterways at 30 mph is something not to be missed. Martin’s tip for this adventure is to find an outfitter that offers headphone communications with the boat captain so catch all the action.
Martin from Bushman’s New York office explores Florida’s Everglades on an airboat from Everglades City Airboat Tours.
- Biking Norway’s Rallarvegen Trail
Petra, BUSHMAN’S Norway based marketing coordinator bikes the glaciers and fjords of Norway’s amazing Rallarvegen trail.
One of the most stunning bike trips in Europe is along the 100-year-old Bergen Railway Line, the Rallarvegen bike trail, from Haugastøl to Flåm. This one-of-a-kind bike trail lets you explore snow-covered highland areas, breathtaking waterfalls, and crystal blue fjords. The route is approximately 76 miles long: 50 miles from Haugestøl to Flåm, and then another 27 miles from Myrdal to Voss. Travelers that want to explore this pristine environment can rent bikes from one of the many outfitters in the area and can choose to stay in hotels along the way or in one of the several campsites. Make sure to check out the signalman's cabin, Fagernut Vokterbolig, built in 1904 and the highest of its kind in Norway. Petra, Bushman’s Norway based marketing coordinator, recommends exploring the glaciers and the glacier walk on the amazing Hardangerjøkulen glacier. Petra also says that this is a great family adventure. If you are thinking about doing this amazing trip, be sure to plan on going between the months of July to September.
- Three-Day Enchanted Valley Hike
Amazing panoramic views and close encounters with wildlife are just some of the reasons to visit the Enchanted Valley. Photo Source: lovethesepics.com
The Enchanted Valley is located in Washington State’s wild Olympic Peninsula. The area is home to one of the largest National Parks in the United States and includes dense old-growth rain forests and the dramatic Olympic mountain range. The Enchanted Valley is a 24-mile round trip hike that includes a 1,700 ft. elevation change. The area is home to black bear and it is not uncommon to see these magnificent animals roaming the sub-alpine meadows and forests in search of food. More adventurous hikers can strike out for Anderson glacier another 10-mile loop and 4000 ft. in elevation gain, but the views and sense of accomplishment are incredible.
- Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa
The Ngorongoro Crater offers the opportunity for close encounters of the carnivore type and is the densest known population of Masai lions. Photo Source: desktotrek.com
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The crater was created three million years ago when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself leaving a crater 2,000 ft. deep with a floor covering over 100 square miles. The crater is now the world's largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. Because of the unique characteristics of the crater, wildlife flocks to the area creating a microcosm ecosystem of the surrounding area to include the Lerai Forest on the crater floor. Approximately 25,000 large animals call the crater home. Observant explorers can possible see black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, the blue wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, elephants, and the densest known population of Masai lions. You will need to hire an outfitter to explore the crater. The BUSHMAN staff recommends bringing plenty of batteries with you when you head out so you don’t miss any of the action. Also, dress right with light colored clothing that is cool, made from natural material, and covers as much skin as possible…and don’t forget your sunscreen.