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 were lucky enough to attract key individuals to our business and 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. The business was finally rebranded as 'The Explorations Company'.
Our original ethos holds firm to this day; we are totally dedicated to creating utterly personal and highly exclusive safaris, holidays & vacations for the most discerning travellers. Each itinerary we create is unique and in 30 years, no two itineraries have been repeated; each holiday experience aims to be ‘the journey of a lifetime’.
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.
We give 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.
The success of our company is down to our people. The founder of the business was brought up in Africa (but born in India) and we are lucky to have probably the most experienced and knowledgeable specialists anywhere. It is all about that crucial understanding of the places one is discussing and of course, being able to then translate that into the right holiday for each and every client.
We spend huge resource each year revisiting all the countries that we promote. Each place that we recommend for you has been thoroughly tested by us – the beds have been slept in, the rooms compared, the best views noted and the food sampled! We seek out the finest guides and the very best camps and lodges which give our clients the very best experiences.
Whilst the relevance of all the above is self-evident, our main driving force is passion for what we do; it is in our blood. Our enthusiasm and love for Africa, Asia and Latin America, their wildlife and their people, continues as a thread through each safari or holiday, whether focused on “luxury” or something more down to earth and perhaps highly specialised, that we hand-craft for all of our clients.
We hope that we have the privilege to work with you.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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 ...
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