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No Two Journeys Have Ever Been The Same

We specialise in creating bespoke luxury African safari tours and holidays. In fact, we are the only exclusive tailor made safari company in Europe that is owned and operated by people who have been brought up on the continent itself, so you can trust our knowledge and expertise when it comes to planning the ultimate African holiday. Whether for a couple, family or larger group of friends, we can create the perfect travel experience. We are proud of our ability to provide the very best in bespoke African safaris and holidays.

What makes us different?

From the outset we have always been involved in philanthropy and in particular Philanthropic Travel, supporting deserving, usually small, “sharp-end” conservation and community projects since our inception in 1989. In an age of increasing awareness about world issues and global needs there has been a growing trend towards “travel philanthropy” or, more simply put, using travel as a means to give back. The problem, however, is the overwhelming potential scope and, at the same time, making sure that promises are turned into reality. Our inchoate new offshoot, Philanthropy Plus, gives individuals who are eager to reconnect and help those less fortunate than themselves the opportunity to do just that as a core feature of their travel plans: thus travelling to - and directly experiencing as part of their holiday, safari or vacation – places and projects where they may be directly able to help.

Nicola Shepherd CEO of The Explorations Company is interviewed by Marcela Kunova

Nicola Shepherd, founder and CEO of The Exploration Company, organises unusual trips for HNW and UHNW clients ranging from birthday parties at an Indian Maharajah's palace to reliving Sir Vivian Fuchs's 1950s expedition to the South Pole. Citywealth caught up with her to talk about trends in the luxury travel industry.

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The Explorations Company CEO, Nicola Shepherd is Safari Awards Judge 2018 

All The Safari Awards Judges have been nominated by the previous years awards winners and finalists and are unquestionably the most highly-respected, knowledgeable independent tour operators selling safaris.

The judges sit at the head of the Good Safari Guide, ensuring that the lodges, camps and operations presented both in the guides and in the Awards really are the best in Africa.

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The Explorations Company are supporting Excellent Development in building Sand Dams in Dry-lands

The Explorations Company are supporting Excellent Development in transforming lives and habitats for local communities and wildlife. Here is how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's dry-lands.

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Inspirational Safari and Africa Holiday Ideas

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Flying Safaris in Africa - By Private Fixed Wing Aircraft

A Fixed Wing Flying Safari is a unique concept of travel in Africa. It introduces another dimension to a typical African safari, that of the beauty of the continent from the air. Accompanied and guided by experienced pilots who are also experienced safari guides a Fixed Wing Flying Safari is a truly memorable and exclusive experience.

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Flying Safaris in Africa - By Private Helicopter

Epic helicopter journeys exploring corners of Africa that few have been to or even ever heard of. We specialise in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, the Congo and Namibia. Our tailor-made safaris cover wild and spectacular mountains, valleys, forests and deserts, with a focus on ‘remote and unknown, unexplored and unforgettable’.

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Extraordinary Occasions

When we reach certain milestones or have special occasions to celebrate, we occasionally search for places that we have yearned to visit in which to mark such a momentous event. We have arranged parties, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions for many of our clients in Africa, India, Bhutan and South America.

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10 Steps to the perfect safari

We want you to have the perfect holiday and whilst we will ask you all the right questions to ensure that we understand exactly what you are looking for, the list of questions below might assist you in your decisions for the ultimate tailor made holiday to Africa.

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When is the best time to go on a safari?

When to go

The following is simply a guide and we would urge you to contact us to discuss in detail the months in which you intend to travel to Africa, as well as where to, because each country, and in turn, each area, comes into its own at certain times of year.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.

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Client testimonials

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Private Travel

We have so many requests these days for a family or group of friends to have exclusivity and privacy. A private safari to Africa can mean private villas, private houses, a luxury, private, mobile tented camp erected just for your party in a wildlife-rich region, a private yacht or boat, or taking over a camp or lodge in the bush.

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Premium Service

In addition to our Private Travel, we also offer a Premium Service for all of our clients. We have introduced this in response to our client’s demands. The service is multi-faceted, completely flexible and designed to run as an additional layer to our highly bespoke safaris and holidays.

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LATEST BLOGS

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Why should South Africa's La Residence in Franschhoek be on your holiday bucket list?

With the stunning mountains in the background and breath taking natural scenery, La Residence is a haven of tranquillity and exquisite opulence, including ten peacocks strutting around the estate! I recently had the pleasure of visiting this amazing private estate and working vineyard.

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Where in Africa can you go on a wildlife conservation rhino darting safari?

You really should move heaven and earth to see the remarkable rhinos in the wild before it's too late, as the rhino population unhappily declines by three every single day. Did you know that rhino horn is made up from the same substance as your fingernails but nonetheless people pay thousands for the horn? This sadly means that thousands of rhinos die every year, and people die too trying to protect them.

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Where are these two exciting new lodges in Namibia located?

There are two very exciting new lodges opening up in Namibia in 2018, Shipwreck Lodge located on the Skeleton Coast and Hoanib Valley Camp which is located in Kaokoland.

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Why is Malawi such a good wildlife safari destination?

From my own personal experience Malawi is without question, an excellent wildlife destination for those contemplating a safari to Africa! Malawi has always been a personal favourite of mine as here is a country without the hordes of tourists which affect cultures worldwide.

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How can my safari to Africa contribute to conservation and communities?

Travellers are now beginning to seek more from their experiences, when on safaris or on holiday. No longer content with simply visiting a lovely place and then leaving it without a trace or any positive effect, but rather enriching these regions from their presence, I have been busy seeking out ways in which to combine wildlife and community projects with tourism.

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Why are wildlife collarings so vital for conservation in Africa?

Wildlife collarings are being used by many charitable organizations across Africa to assist in conservation of endangered and precious species. You can now, as I recently did, combine your safari with funding and supporting these charities and becoming directly involved in these wonderful collaring projects.

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