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The Explorations Company in the Press

The Kenyan safari where the animals come to you

By Charlie Burton - 17th September 2015

Consider the prototypical safari: its premise is the game drive. At Ol Jogi, however, the animals come to you. Sheltered beneath a rocky outcrop in the Kenyan bush, the lodge opens out to a verdant lawn with, at the far end, its own large watering hole. Tak...

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Chile's Far-Out Art Hotel Vina Vik

By Peter Browne - 1st June 2015

Some billionaires spend their money on flights into space. Others buy mega yachts. But one has just poured a fortune into building a far-out art hotel in Chile - with its own world-class winery attached. At first light the magical valley shrugged off its sh...

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New safaris to the South Pole with The Explorations Company

By Sophy Roberts - 6th May 2015

Roald Amundsen sledged to the South Pole, reaching it on December 14, 1911, five weeks ahead of Captain Robert Scott. In December this year, you can retrace the Norwegian’s steps using neither dogs (Amundsen’s preference) nor horses (one of Scott’s mistakes...

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India’s colourful and inspirational travel experiences

By Jo Vickers - 16th June 2014

From new mobile tented camps and restored houseboats in Kashmir to wine-tasting trails and antique hunting, Asian Explorations has been specialising in experiential holidays across India for over 15 years. Here are just some of the options available in Ind...

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Four ways to blow your bonus in South America

By Jo Vickers - 10th April 2014

Tailor-made travel expert The Explorations Company has created several bonus-busting holidays in South America and Antarctica, including an epic ski expedition to the South Pole and an exhilarating riding experience with Ecuadorian Cowboys… Cattle Round-up ...

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The best family hotels in the world

By Peter Browne - 2nd April 2014

Grootbos in South Africa, lures families back with a concoction of spectacular scenery, enchanting activities and food so interesting that even the smallest imps are converted to leaf-and-flower salads (alongside a fire-baked pizza, of course). Unlike game ...

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India Luxury Cycling Holidays

By My Adventure Travel - 19th February 2014

India displays diversity unparalleled to any other country in the world. It is blessed with the highest mountains, the mightiest rivers, vast flatlands, dense forests, sun soaked beaches, a great desert and hundreds of tropical islands. Combined with a cul...

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See the real Asia with Asian Explorations

By Jo Vickers - 18th February 2014

Extraordinary journeys for extraordinary people. Featuring Bhutan, Borneo, Burma, India, The Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Asian Explorations’ holidays stand out from the crowd. With excellence, exclusivity and experience at the heart of everything Asian E...

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Zambia Chongwe River House

By Adrianne Pielou - 1st September 2013

A gingerbread-style safari house set on the riverbank under a canopy of winterthorn acacias, Chongwe River House is very Swiss Family Robinson, with open-sided rooms, furniture carved from tree trunks and gloriously higgledy-piggledy walls made of branches....

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Kenya Giraffe Manor

By Daisy Finer - 1st May 2013

Kenya's Giraffe Manor, just 45 minutes' drive from Nairobi airport, is a magical start to a family safari trip. Up to 12 resident Rothschild giraffes saunter to the house from around 7am each morning. Lean down from your bedroom window, marvel at their long...

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Singita Grumeti Tanzania Horse Riding Safari

By Sophy Roberts - 1st January 2013

On the parched savannah, thorny acacias dot the land like toy trees, their iconic, flat-topped canopies stripped by giraffe and elephant, their branches almost entirely leafless as they wait for the blush of green that will soon return with the arrival of t...

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Traveller's guide: Indian wildlife holidays

By Harriett O'Brien - 14th December 2012

Welcome to the jungle: it's a very Indian entity. The word derives from Sanskrit jangala, meaning uncultivated ground or scrubland, and was adopted by British traders in the mid-18th century. Thereafter it also acquired associations with steamy forest and w...

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Worlds Apart - Zambia & Malawi

By Peter Browne - 10th September 2012.

Zambia and Malawi are a wild new twist on the classic bush-to-beach double-hit. Peter Browne revisits the southern Africa of his childhood and finds he is still in frontier territory in a vast and empty Africa. In bed on my first night in Zambia, blanketed ...

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Camping in Namibia - Waking up in Wild Landscapes

By Namibia Endless Horizons - 12th August 2012

Aaah, the great outdoors! There aren’t many things that beat the feeling of unzipping your tent at the first cry of a guinea fowl and stepping out to the sight of pink-tinged skies and trees full of twittering birds. Of course, dozing off next to the camp-f...

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Bhutan Happy Valleys

By Nick Niarchos - 2nd November 2010

The beauty of Bhutan lies in its natural harmony – it’s mystical, monastic, and far, far away. Nick Niarchos takes a journey to the zen side. An hour after the twin-propeller Druk Air flight passes Everest, it circles into the steep Paro Valley and I’m stru...

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Go on an African Safari - South Africa, Kwandwe

By Lindsay Frankel - 10th October 2010

A luxury bush and beach safari doesn’t have to bankrupt you, if you choose a country with a favourable exchange rate and drive yourself. In South Africa, Nicola Shepherd of African Explorations recommends the malaria-free Eastern Cape, with four nights’ fu...

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Capture the Kingdom of Bhutan

By Hazel Lubbock - 9th August 2010

Luxury retreat Uma Paro has teamed up with experienced tour guide and photographer Ugyen Wangchuk, to give guests the chance to see Bhutan through the lens of a camera. The seven-night trip takes aspiring photographers on in-depth explorations of the countr...

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Mozambique - Earth at its most raw and beautiful

By Lisa Grainger - 5th August 2010

Mozambique's magnificent coral reefs, creamy sand beaches, warm seas and abundant wildlife keep Lisa Grainger spellbound. As I wandered about Beira in a culture-shocked daze, little beads of sweat wiggling down my forehead in the muggy heat, I heard my name...

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Wildebeest migration: where to watch it

By Lisa Grainger – 15th July 2010

Newly opened on June 1, Serengeti Soroi Lodge sits on a remote hill overlooking the plains of Musabi and the western corridor of the famed Serengeti plains, and offers front-row seats for the migration in May and June, and again in November and December. Ow...

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Kinondo Kwetu Diani Beach Kenya

By Happy Families - 29th June 2010

Something new on the Kenyan coast - hallelujahl An amazing hideaway, with a style that reflects the sophisticated Swedish owners.It's like a stage set, but without being phoney. There are lots of nooks for quiet moments,two pools - including one for the ta...

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Plain to See in the Cradle of Mankind

By Lou Cooper - 24th June 2010

A new initiative allows would-be safari-goers to learn bush craft from the tribespeople of Kenya's Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara. Lou cooper experiences shock and awe in Kenya. Living and working in the sprawling metropolis that is London, the nearest mo...

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How tourism can help save the tiger

By Brian Jackman - 24th June 2010

The killing of a tiger on an illegal game drive in an Indian reserve has reopened the debate over how best to protect the animal. Peter Hughes argues that tourism is essential but must be better managed. Brian Jackman (Page 10) reports from one park that is...

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Mara Intrepids Kenya

By Happy Families - 22nd June 2010

So how far is it? From Nairobi, 45 minutes by air. It's the best camp for young children. They can run wild and free with the Masai who look after the kids' club without bumping into any lions. Which Room? There are 30 huge tents: for the best views, book t...

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Into the wild with a luxury safari in South Africa

By Georgina Wilson-Powell - 17th June 2010

Answer the call of nature into the wild with a luxury safari in South Africa. Heading into the bush, bumping around in a rattling old Land Rover, dust flying in your wake... this is a lot of people’s idea of what a safari holiday in South Africa would be li...

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101 Best Hotels Oyster Bay Tanzania

By 101 Best Hotels - 16th June 2010

You're heading to the wild plains of Tanzania with an inevitable night in Dar Salaam on the way. Now there's a reason notjust to stop off but to really tuck in. Oyster Bay overlooks the sparkling ocean with lazy, buttery beaches just a pad away. It is glor...

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101 Best Hotels Okahirongo Elephant Lodge Namibia

By 101 Best Hotels - 16th June 2010

The top lodges in Namibia have been riding their dune for some time. Now a young blood is kicking up some sand. This place is located in the beautiful north west, with its golden grasses, purple hillsides and red dunes. The structures you stay in are influe...

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Mozambique Mystique

By Lisa Granger - 12th June 2010

Endless deserted beaches, aquamarine lagoons and emerging safari parks make Mozambique perfect for an African adventure. Lisa Grainger flies in. Swinging in a palm-shaded hammock at Nuarro Luxury Eco Lodge, looking out over a pale turquoise lagoon fringed w...

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Luxury African Safari and Tailor Made Vacations Experts

By Cision PR - 14th May 2010

Luxury African Safari and Tailor Made Vacations Experts Launch New Adventure Holiday Itineraries. Nicola Shepherd’s African and Indian Explorations Company launches exciting new range of holidays for the most adventurous discerning thrill seekers in some of...

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Stellar Spas - Lion in the Sun, Malindi, Kenya

By Daisy Finer - 1st May 2010

Two children in and my body was in need of rehab. I was exhausted. Most of the time I felt like a sad, lumpy, wandering butter cake. So, I decided to be brave, leave the little ones (husband in charge) and hotfoot it for a week to the north coast of Kenya ...

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Where the Wild Things Really Are in Mozambique

By Lucia Van Der Post - 10th April 2010

Mozambiques Gorongosa was once one of Africa's most magnificent wildlife parks. Its 4,000 square kilometres lie at the end of the Great Rift Valley and in its heyday it was dubbed "the place where Noah parked his ark". Once it had more predators than South ...

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