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The Explorations Company in the Press

A trek through Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park

By Mary Holland - 1st May 2022

Best Foot Forward on a trek through Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, Mary Holland checks in to new luxury lodges and experiences the unrivalled thrill of a walking safari.

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SEEING GREEN - With its focus on eco-tourism, Zambia may finally have its time in the safari spotlight

By Jackie Caradonio - 2nd April 2022

The Lower Zambezi Valley has especially dense hippo populations, while North Luangwa National Park is home to the elusive black rhino. But a new wave of upscale camps and lodges opening up alongside stalwart simple accommodations like Shoebill Island Camp i...

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It’s The Perfect Time To Go To Cambodia Now

By Laurie Werner – 25th March 2022

As Asia continues to reopen, country by country, the latest to roll back restrictions is Cambodia which just opened to fully vaccinated international travelers without a quarantine or entry PCR/antigen test.

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22 wild places for your 2022 holiday

By Lisa Grainger – 9th February 2022

From tiger camps among Mughal ruins to heli-skiiing in the Transylvanian mountains, Lisa Grainger picks the most luxurious ways to find adventure in the wilderness.

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The dream bucket-list trips for 2022

By Lisa Grainger – 26th December 2021

From a floating hotel in the Amazon to a private island paradise in Indonesia, these are the luxury holidays to target for the coming year.

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The luxury travel trends you need to know about for 2022

By Lisa Grainger – 7th December 2021

Luxx travel editor Lisa Grainger reveals her luxury trend predictions for the year ahead and shares the best companies to turn to when the world opens up. In 2021 the number of UK billionaires on The Sunday Times Rich List rose by 24, taking the total numbe...

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The Rewilding of Africa

By Lisa Grainger – 12th November 2021

Climate change and Covid are bringing a renewed focus on the conservation of Africa – not only through tourism, but philanthropy and investment in nature. The southeast of Zimbabwe is not an easy place in which to live. With an average annual rainfall of 30...

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Six Minutes With… ... Nicola Shepherd, the founder of The Explorations Company

By Mundi & Co Editors - 17th September 2021

Nicola Shepherd tells Mundi & Co about philanthropy, adventure – and just how tough the last 20 months have been.

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7 of the best family-friendly hotels in Oman

by CNT Editors - September 7, 2021

From pirate tents and a trampoline centre to volleyball courts and hiking trails, these hotels make the most of Oman’s natural landscape and extend the country’s gentle hospitality to guests of every age.

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A local's guide to Ecuador

By Paula Móvil - 1st September 2021

Environmental activist Nina Gualinga on the diversity of her homeland. The Amazon jungle is crucial to our very survival and trying to conserve this precious corner is vital - which is exactly what activist Nina Gualinga has been doing as you will see in th...

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23 Insta-worthy romantic holidays

by CNT Editors - August 29, 2021

From the jungles of Rwanda to glaciers in Argentina, Pri Shewakramani lists unforgettable experiences that make for picture-perfect memories. We have great pleasure in including the latest Condé Nast article on 23 most insta-worthy, romantic holidays! From ...

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As Restrictions Loosen, Families Travel Far and Spend Big

By Debra Kamin - 19th May 2021

Newly vaccinated families are opting for private jets, luxury resorts and guided tours in elaborate new twists on the old-fashioned family reunion.Far-flung families are combining traveling and being together - two of the most longed-for practices during mo...

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Why 2021 will be the year of the travel agent

By Bailey Berg - 13th May 2021

Before the pandemic, Kaitlyn Milby always booked her and her husband’s anniversary trips herself. But this year, with all of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, staying abreast of the constantly changing travel rules proved too stressful. She decided ...

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Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana - A sustainable safari in the Okavango Delta

By Jane Broughton - 6th May 2021

Why book? A lavish reinvention of a much-loved location in a plum private concession within the wild Moremi Game Reserve. It’s owned and run by fourth-generation hoteliers, so every inch and detail champions Africa’s coolest designers and artists. To this ...

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An adventurous safari along Zimbabwe's back roads

By Peter Browne - 25th January 2020

Zimbabwe is nature in the raw, a place where big-game spotters get up close to some of the most endangered species in Africa. Peter Browne returns to his homeland for a slow safari along its backroads.

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Centurion - The Lion’s Share

By Mary Holland - 26th April 2021

As African travel picks back up, safari companies are creating ultra-bespoke and totally private experiences, giving travelers the freedom to call the shots way out in the wild. I’ve been going on safari for 30 years. For those of us from South Africa, it’s...

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Six Most Popular Travel Trends Post COVID-19

An article by Nicola Shepherd, Founder, The Explorations Company – 11th March 2021

Following Chad Bolick’s article on the Future of Travel after COVID, we have observed some interesting trends in consumer behaviour as we gently emerge from the pandemic. Mindfulness while traveling is increasingly popular, as are authentic and intimate exp...

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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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Where to Travel After Covid? Inspiring Escapes

By Matthew Kronsberg - 8th January 2021

After nearly a year of vacation deprivation, frustrated globe-trotters are starting to dream about traveling freely again. We highlight a number of getaway goals for 2021 and new ways to realize each one. People just want the ability to find small ways to d...

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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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Far-Flung Destinations to Visit Once You’re Ready to Travel Again

By Micki Wagner - 30th July 2020

And what you need to know now about how vacationing is changing. Travel is changing, this we know. To be fair, everything these days is changing, but as we move into the latter part of summer and destinations across the globe continue to cautiously reopen, ...

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The World’s Most Inspiring Trips – An Epic Safari to Africa for 2020/21

by Kristen Shirley and Emma Reynolds – 30th June 2020

What better way to begin traveling again than to see some of the world’s most iconic sights? We worked with the best tour operators to create exclusive itineraries, curated especially for our readers.

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What Will Private Travel Look Like Post Lockdown?

By Emily Gray – 15th June 2020

We are delighted to have been made a partner of one of the finest jet charter companies, 365 aviation. This fits in well with the ethos of our company, which is to provide our clients with the very best, bespoke, private experiences whilst on holiday in Afr...

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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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Why do Condé Nast Traveller recommend that you only delay travel plans and not cancel them completely?

By Juliet Kinsman - 27th April 2020

Now is the time to delay your travel plans, not cancel them completely. Changing the date of that booked holiday could be the kindest thing to do right now. Rather than seeking a refund, simply postponing plans might be a greater help than you could imagine...

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Meet 5 Unexpected Eco Warriors Who Are Fighting to Save Our Planet

By Jackie Caradonio - 2nd April 2020

The trailblazers—from architecture to politics—who are challenging the status quo. If you’re anything like us, thoughts of the deteriorating environment have permeated your consciousness. Reading recent studies on the alarming effects of plastic pollution a...

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Elite Traveler showcases Grootbos eco-friendly Villa Suites for Giving Back

By Emma Reynolds - 12th March 2020

Giving back while traveling allows you to connect on a deeper level with the planet, local communities and philanthropists aiming to improve the world in which we live, Elite Traveler has rounded up the best resorts and lodges around the globe that allow gu...

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In the Okavango Delta, Horseback Safaris Offer a Whole New Perspective

By Maggie Shipstead - 11th February 2020

Gallop alongside giraffes, warthogs, and more on a riding safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta. “Be able to gallop out of trouble.”

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India’s Forgotten Kingdom of Hampi

By Jeffrey Gettleman – 1st November 2019

The Tungabhadra River cuts through the boulder-strewn landscape of Hampi, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, like a jigsaw. Twisting back and forth between giant rocks, it has always been a lifeline for the people of this landlocked village - which is ...

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This African University Is Reclaiming Conservation for Africans

By Nikki Ekstein - 23rd October 2109

Fred Swaniker, a former McKinsey & Co. consultant and Stanford business grad, isn’t your conventional eco-warrior. But he’s radically reshaping the strategy to preserve Africa’s wild expanses through his African Leadership University, where the curriculum’s...

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