Meet The Team

We are well-travelled and extremely knowledgeable
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We are the only exclusive safari company in Europe that is entirely owned and staffed by people who have spent their lives being brought up in Africa and India. We know, watch and understand the seasons – something which cannot be gleaned on a 2-week research trip to a country.

We spend several months each year researching the latest as well as current properties – more than any other safari company. We’ll always give our unbiased, honest opinion on whether we feel these experiences are right for you. We take care to ensure that an attentive guide and local experts are with you every step of the way. We go the extra mile – every time – to make sure that each safari is perfect.

Imagine if somebody asked you to explore England, Europe or America in two weeks. Would that make you an expert? We don’t think so, either. There is another factor, too. Like many other companies, we promote responsible tourism. Unlike many other companies, we take it one step further and greatly contribute to various charities in the countries that we operate. And then one step further still, when we create lovely, exclusive safaris, where one can visit the places we assist. Either way, you can have the most wonderful time on safari, knowing that you are making a difference. Now that makes sense to us!

The joy is that we can offer so many permutations. From luxury safaris, wonderful adventurous family safaris, learning about wildlife with professionals and scientists, to staying in private houses and villas in beautiful, malaria-free regions or on the coast.

Peace of Mind

The Explorations Company (formerly known as African Explorations) has been offering bespoke safaris and holidays to its clients for two and a half decades.

The ethos that we have carefully nurtured over 28 years – of sharing the most charismatic local guides with our clients, choosing characterful small properties in beautiful locations, giving back directly to local community projects and selecting truly unique and personalised experiences – is one that is shared by The Explorations Company. Our experts have unrivalled experience in travelling and working within Africa, experience that grows with every year that passes. You can also rest assured that you’re protected as a consumer, as we are members of ATOL and the Travel Trust Association.


The Explorations Company, where no two journeys have ever been the same

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Nicola Shepherd

Nicola was born in Calcutta, India, where she spent the first part of her life before moving to Kenya and South Africa. She spent much of her time in the bush on safari with her family. She completed her diploma in viniculture and viticulture in South Africa, before moving to Botswana, where she assisted in the running of camps in the Okavango Delta.
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Jonathan Drew

Leaving the City, Jonathan spent some time as a dairy farmer in Devon (which he loved, cattle are a great interest) before heading out to Africa when UK farming was in crisis to look at continuing his agricultural career there.
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Catherine Pirie

Catherine (Kate) was born in Zimbabwe, and spent the first part of her life in Mushandike National Park before moving to the outskirts of Hwange. She left Zimbabwe and moved to Botswana, where her parents ran various lodges in the Okavango Delta, and Kate followed suit!
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Taryn Ellis

Taryn was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and spent most of her childhood camping and caravanning with her family as well as spelunking (caving) with her father who is an avid caver and whose love for the underground and world we cannot always see rubbed off on her.
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Albee Yeend

After spending a year travelling around the world, visiting 12 different countries, Albee then spent three years running luxury safari camps in Africa. First of all in Botswana, where she ran Jack’s & San Camp in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (which are the size of Switzerland, but with no one out there!), then Tongabezi near Livingstone and also Sausage Tree Camp on the Lower Zambezi, both in Zambia.
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Louise Mumford

Inspired by her Mexican godmother, Louise was intrigued by Latin America at an early age, from its music and its flavours, to its history.
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Davina Roberts

Over the last 14 years, Davina has gained extensive experience in her career in the luxury travel industry through varied roles with two well-known bespoke travel companies before joining The Explorations Company.
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Pauline Pirie

Pauline is Kate’s mum and has a devilish sense of humour! She also happens to have run some of the finest camps in the Okavango Delta, which was her home for most of her life, as well as in Zimbabwe and therefore has extraordinary knowledge of these countries.
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Anthea Graham

Anthea (Aggie) was born in Nakuru, Kenya, and her earliest memory is the sharp sting of red ants on legs and riding on her father’s polo ponies. The family moved to a farm in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, with rivers to swim in, bushman paintings on the rocky outcrops above and the occasional snowfall for tobogganing on tin trays!
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Jeffrey Kurland

Jeffrey, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is the lynchpin of our US office just outside Washington DC. As a college student, he began exploring the world travelling throughout Western and Eastern Europe.
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Chinmay Vasavada

Chinmay was born and brought up in Ahmedabad, India. He developed a keen interest in travel at an early age as he accompanied his father on archaeological expeditions across Gujarat and Rajasthan. As he grew up, various trips further afield turned his interest into a passion and he decided to pursue a degree in travel and tourism.
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What Do Our Clients Say?

‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

Thanks a million

Judy and Mike’

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Your holiday is fully protected by the Package Travel, Package Holidays & Package Tours Regulations 1992

Flight-Inclusive Bonding: We are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and hold ATOL Number 7159

Flight-Exclusive bonding: Your holiday is further protected by our membership of ABTOT Membership Number 5197

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