Bushmasters is a British company which was formed to give a more exciting, extreme, and remote experience. Be warned, it is not intended for people who want to waltz into the jungle or desert with a host of porters carrying all their gear, lighting all their fires, cooking all their food. Unlike most companies, we do not take you on trails that have been cut so wide that you could drive a car along them, nor do we take you to luxury lodges with high-speed internet connections and luxury spa treatments. Where we go there is no wifi or mobile coverage. Our trips are completely different, deliberately so. They are designed for people who want fun, adventure and are willing to push themselves.
We wanted to continue the ethos of true adventure, for those who are game for the challenge.
- Unique experiences and a story to dine out on for life.
- Tough, remote and true adventures.
- Return to age-old explorer spirit.
- The client does the work, not some hired hand.
- Conservation of the environment.
Bushmasters is also keen to support conservation and community development. Mankind is destroying many of the world’s amazing places and it is only us that can save them. Unfortunately in this day and age that means giving everything a financial value. Rarely do people do the right thing just because it is the right thing, especially big companies. To them the jungle is a commodity; the lumber, medicinal products, animals, clearing the land for soya crops and so on, all have a massive value. For the rainforest alone something like $30 billion is made by the private sector. Conservation projects have only a few hundred million dollars to protect it each year; there is no way they are going to win in the long run with those odds.
Therefore, the jungle needs a value, which will keep the companies happy without chopping it all down. It needs to be sustainable. There are sustainable logging practices, animal extraction, fishing projects and so on around the world. They are not the norm as yet and their effectiveness is open to debate, however Bushmasters is interested in one aspect, the benefits from sound eco-tourism. Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the World. It is 10%of the World’s GDP, some US$7.6 Trillion (WTTC 2015 report). Within that Eco-Tourism is the biggest growing sector. It’s growth goes hand in hand with conserving these amazing, natural places. Without the jungle there will be no eco-tourism or tourism of any kind. Keeping it intact just makes sense for everyone.
Tourism like Bushmasters is a way to allow the local people to gain an additional income from their lands without destroying them. We use local guides and the resources of the local communities, which they in turn can use for their own development whilst still keeping to their traditional ways and values.