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Our company was established as African Explorations in 1989 and ten years later, we incorporated India, Bhutan, Nepal, Borneo and finally, Myanmar (Burma). When we opened up our South American arm, purely for clarity, it was decided to rebrand the company 'The Explorations Company', which remains dedicated to creating personal, exclusive safaris and high-end holidays for the discerning traveller. We aim to make each luxury safari and holiday experience ‘the journey of a lifetime’.

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.

Travel's new philanthropists

By Francisca Kellett - 27th June 2019

The Explorations Company were honoured to be featured in National Geographic's article focussing on philanthropists using travel to do great things for conservation around the world.

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The Explorations Company CEO, Nicola Shepherd is Safari Awards Judge 2022 

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 Sand Dams Worldwide in building Sand Dams in Dry-lands

The Explorations Company are supporting Sand Dams Worldwide 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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Company Profile

The Explorations Company was first established in 1989. Our core business then was creating highly individual safaris to Africa, reflecting the origins of the founders and hence the company’s original name; African Explorations. In time we added India and surrounding areas such as Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma), to our portfolio and latterly also Latin America and The Polar Regions.

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Meet The Team

The success of our company is down to our people – we are lucky to have probably the most experienced and knowledgeable specialists in the entire safari industry. We are unique – all our Africa specialists come from Africa – having spent years living in remote regions, understanding the seasons and how they affect the movement of wildlife. Read more about our highly experienced team.

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Why choose us

We have the expertise, but it is your vision. We help you realise your dreams – it is that simple. Let your imagination run wild and we’ll take your vision and turn it into reality, exceeding your expectations.

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We are proud to have established strong connections with marques that share many of the unique qualities we embody. Our brand partnerships serve to enhance and support our core values. Further information on our brand partners can be found on the following page.

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Useful Information

The following information is here to help you. But please remember that the best advice will normally be available from our highly knowledgeable staff, so please get in touch with us to speak to one of our team and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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Download Our Brochure

We love exploring as it broadens our minds and which is why a business like ours should never stand still so welcome to our latest e-Brochure. You can simply flick through it here, print it or if you prefer, download it as a PDF and view at your leisure at a more convenient time.

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