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Thoughtful companies that help us to save the planet while experiencing its wonders

By Lisa Grainger – 6th March 2021

When Nicola Shepherd founded a bespoke tour operator in 1989 it was the first in the UK to set aside money from each client – which she matched – to fund conservation projects. Thirty years later The Explorations Company, through its Philanthropy Plus found...

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Golden tickets: private villas, jets, islands and safari holidays for your bubble

By Lisa Grainger - 7th November 2020

As winter closes in, who doesn’t dream of a tropical island – particularly one with a private villa that can be reached by private jet, such as the new Royal Residence at Raffles Meradhoo? Or a nonstop commercial flight followed by a quick hop on a waterpla...

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The Best Adventure Experiences of the Year - The 2020 Legend Awards

By The Editors - 12th May 2020

The 2020 Legend Awards are meant to serve as inspiration for future travel—when it is safe to do so. Learn more about this year's awards on our methodology page. When unparalleled luxury meets adventure, the limitations on travel nearly cease to exist. Besp...

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The real landscapes that inspired the Lion King – and 10 amazing ways to see them

By Brian Jackman - 10th July 2019

Telegraph Travel’s safari expert Brian Jackman on the Kenyan plains which inspired Disney’s writers, his own fascinating lion encounters, and ten of the best lodges in Africa to have yours.

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The best African wildlife holidays for 2019 – whatever your budget

By Brian Jackman - 31st January 2019

Whatever your budget, situation or level of ability, there's a wildlife holiday waiting, and for animal magic you can't do much better than Africa…

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Next-level Namibia: Inside The Nest @ Sossus villa and the country's spectacular new lodges

By John O'Ceallaigh - 18th January 2019

It’s a very good time to consider a holiday to Namibia. One of the least densely populated countries on Earth (second only to Mongolia), it last year attracted international attention with the opening of a spread of distinctive luxury lodges.

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LUXX gift edition for Christmas - Mane Attraction

By Sophie Goodwin - 1st December 2018

The Explorations Company matches its clients to adventures that get the heart racing while also contributing towards vital research and conservation work. In Tanzania’s Saadani National Park researchers have studied elephants and the prides of lion that roa...

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Safari chic in Botswana’s bush camps - Duba Plains, Mombo, Gomoti and Qorokwe

By Lisa Grainger - 15th September 2018

I feel as though I’m in an opening sequence in David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. I’m in a 12-seat Cessna, soaring over a vast watery wilderness that has been set aside exclusively for wildlife. There aren’t many holidays in which the journey is as thrillin...

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Beyond the Serengeti: Tanzania’s intimate safari camps

By Financial Times Journalist Lucia Van Der Post - 3rd May 2018

The first time I went to Tanzania’s famed Serengeti – some 40 years ago now – I was awestruck by what I found there. We stayed in simple government lodges, which, apart from some mobile camps and a couple of small private ones, were all there was. Butter an...

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Jeremy Paxman: Mindfulness? I’d rather go on safari to Zambia

By Jeremy Paxman - 9th February 2018

In Zambia’s Lower Zambezi national park, the FT writer finds that nothing unhinges one’s sense of self quite like the wild. Seeing Africa’s great migration is a bucket-list ambition for many, and this is perhaps the ultimate way to tick it off. This trip pu...

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Flying safari, Maasai Mara, Laikipia, Kenya

By Richard Madden - 5th February 2018

This unique air safari to study the plight of Kenya’s endangered wildlife will transport guests to the most remote and inaccessible parts of the country (Maasai Mara, Laikipia, Samburu, Lewa) while meeting world experts including Saba Douglas-Hamilton and t...

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Monkey Business in Uganda

By Petra Shepherd - 1st August 2017

Tourism can be a force for change and reversing trends, as has been proven in Uganda where an endangered gorilla population is currently enjoying a baby boom. Meeting this powerful but vulnerable species is just one of the many natural experiences on offer ...

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The Telegraph 50 best Africa safari holidays

By Brian Jackman - 13th February 2017

To go on safari to Africa is to take part in one of life’s last great adventures – and the word from the bush is that safaris are likely to get a lot more adventurous as the industry’s response to demand from those looking for an extra dash of adrenalin. Mo...

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Exploring the wilds of Namibia

By Richard Madden - 6th January 2017

The four new luxury lodges on the Namibia Exclusive circuit are located in some of the most remote and beautiful northern parts of the country, each designed by architect Greg Scott and built of local materials that reflect the region’s landscapes and cultu...

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Why Zimbabwe should be your next holiday destination

By Lisa Grainger - 16th December 2016

After years of discussion and a £120 million loan from China, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls International Airport was finally opened by President Robert Mugabe. When I landed there from Johannesburg, there was already a buzz in the air – particularly at the Vic...

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True cultural immersion in the Kalahari

By Lucia Van Der Post - 5th August 2016

Lucia van der Post travelled as a guest of The Explorations Company (01367-850 566; www.explorationscompany.com) on a special itinerary for a minimum of four people, with three nights’ private luxury mobile camping in the Moremi Game Reserve, four nights at...

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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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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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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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Busanga Bush Camp Kafue National Park Zambia

By Harpers Bazaar - 10th March 2010

Busanga Bushcamp is located in the Kafue area of northern Zambia. Set in the heart of the wonderful Busanga Plains in Zambia, this lovely simple and very small camp offers a really intimate and authentic safari experience. Activities are centred on vehicle...

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