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No Two Journeys Have Ever Been The Same

Now and again, something really special comes along that is a one off or only available for a very limited time. We are delighted to share with you, a truly unique selection of some extraordinary ‘Journeys of a Lifetime’ across Africa, Asia, Latin America and The Polar Regions. We specialise in providing only the very best in unique, bespoke journey's, whether that be for an individual, family, couple or a larger group of friends. We have the expertise, but it's your vision. Let your imagination run wild and we’ll take your vision and turn it into reality, exceeding your expectations.

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

These days, luxury travel is as much about hands-on engagement with a destination as it is opulent escapism, and increasingly that means conservation and community. The smell of burning rhino horn is exactly the same as the smell of burning human hair. I kn...

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The Explorations Company CEO, Nicola Shepherd is Safari Awards Judge 2019 

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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New and Amazing Journeys of a Lifetime - Directors Pick

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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, Asia, Latin America and The Polar Regions.

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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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Private Travel

We have so many requests these days for a family or group of friends to have exclusivity and privacy. A private safari or holiday 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 requirements. 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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Why is a canoeing safari in Africa a must for the true enthusiast?

One of my favourite ways of seeing wildlife in Africa is on a canoeing safari. There is nothing quite like it and Zimbabwe still offers the finest canoeing safaris on the continent!

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Why should a safari to Botswana's Makgadikgadi Salt Pans be on your holiday bucket-list?

The enormous dramatic and shimmering salt pans of the Makgadikgadi offer up such a totally different experience to the ‘traditional’ safari. I love the absolute freedom of being alone in the middle of nowhere! No noise, no light, only the sound of silence.

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The best cycling safaris in Southern Africa

For those seeking an active safari, where the experience is heightened by your method of transport, then a cycling safari may be perfect for you. You can move at your own pace, completely under your own power; a truly satisfying safari experience!

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How does the ABC Foundation integrate safari holidays with conservation and community support?

How can you surpass an ‘ordinary’ safari, and elevate your holiday to the ‘extraordinary’? In my opinion, the best way to do this is to ensure that every camp or lodge that you stay in directly acts to support local communities and conservation.

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Why should a holiday to Ethiopia include a visit to the Omo Valley tribes?

For those seeking an authentic interaction with Ethiopian tribes, the Omo Valley has some of the richest and most unique cultures to be found. Here, 16 ethnic groups are retaining their ancient cultures, untouched by the outside world.

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How is Gorongosa putting Mozambique back on the safari map?

When it comes to safari destinations, Mozambique is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets! More than just a beach add on to a safari in another African country, Mozambique holds its own as a bona fide wildlife destination too.

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