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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 2021 

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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Luxury Holidays and Vacations By Private Executive Jet

Open up to a world of Private Jet Travel as it may surprise you to know that in many instances it can cost less than flying first class on scheduled flights or even less than the costs of business class if flying short haul. Our personalised Custom Executive Jet journeys are created from scratch by our team of experienced travel consultants, for individuals, families or a group of friends wishing to travel together.

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World Tour Expertly Curated Private Executive Jet Vacations

These ultra-luxury tours can take you around the world in a private executive jet. There’s luxury travel and then there’s super-luxury travel, and by any measure, touring the world on a private executive jet with your family or group of friends, falls into the “ultra-luxury” category. All hand crafted from scratch by our team of experienced travel consultants for individuals, families or a group of friends wishing to travel together.

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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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India And The Maldives By Private Jet

Imagine a place with a surreal landscape of impressive palaces, temples and ruins scattered amidst colossal boulders contrasted by lush pockets of paddy fields, banana plantations and palm groves, all merging into the gentle flow of the river skirting the ancient kingdom on one side.

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Mystical Vietnam And Cambodia By Private Jet

From the mystical karst mountain scenery of Halong Bay to the bustling markets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter; from the sandy beaches and ancient architecture of Hoi An to the trendy art galleries of Saigon; Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant countries.

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Africa And Indian Ocean Islands Private Sailing

There are few experiences which can compete with a private sailing holiday. The lure of the ocean, constantly changing, pristine, thunderous, alive or calm and azure, transfixing us with its infinite horizon. In practical terms, it offers one of the finest family holidays where quality time can be spent together.

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India And Indonesia Private Sailing And Motor Yachting

Throughout Indonesia, we offer the most wonderful private sailing holidays. These can range from sailing in the Andaman islands in India, or board your yacht in Indonesia to taking a boat along the backwaters of India in Kerala, where one can witness the local people bartering and plying their trade on the waters.

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Africa Luxury Private Villas

Private Villas, safari camps and lodges are dotted all over Africa, and offer the ultimate in exclusive luxury holidays for your family or group – a luxury villa can often be more economical for your family or group of friends, and certainly offers a higher level of privacy, flexibility and enjoyment.

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Asia Luxury Private Villas

Our range of properties are all hand-picked and provide a wealth of choice – whether you are looking for a family holiday, cultural break, organising a special event or wanting to incorporate flying, yachting, fishing, horse-riding or more sporting activities into your stay.

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Private Island Holidays In Africa And The Indian Ocean

There may not be pirates’ treasure of gold coins and purloined diamonds buried on Africa’s islands but that does not matter because they can unlock even greater personal riches - the satisfaction of fulfilling a life-long dream and the quiet thrill of ticking off one of your biggest bucket list adventures.

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The Most Luxurious Private Island Holidays In Asia

What is your idea of the perfect holiday destination? A 5-star hotel in one of the best countries in the world is not a bad way to spend a holiday, but now picture yourself on a private island, just you and your family. Imagine how great it would be to share an island with the people you want around you.

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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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LATEST BLOGS

Where are the most remote and exclusive luxury safaris in Africa?

For any avid safari-goer or traveler who seeks out individual experiences far from the rest of the world, rather than obtaining reassurance from a herd mentality, this article is for you!

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What were the key takeaway's from COP 26 for the travel industry?

With the world increasingly aware of the disastrous effects of carbon emissions, particularly after the stark realities revealed to us during COP26 climate change conference, I know that many people are reconsidering how they will travel in the future.

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Where are the most amazing 'Grand Designs' safari properties in Africa?

I have been asked on countless occasions, both by clients and by press in the US, Europe and the UK, to name the very best, most sophisticated design-inspired lodges in Africa. Therefore I have pulled together this list of camps and lodges that I feel offer...

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Where are my top 7 private luxury beach villas in Africa?

Where do you go when you want to spend time away? Personally I love spending time, ‘alone together’, with family or friends on some of Africa’s finest beaches! Now that travel has resumed you will need to be quick to reserve the best exclusive-use villas.

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Experience the best of Africa in just 17 days - the ultimate flying safari

The exhilaration of flying over Africa’s most unique and untouched landscapes to take in iconic safari destinations is something not to be missed! Embark upon a private luxury safari, travelling by fixed-wing Cessna Grand Caravan, to create memories to last...

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Experience a private flying safari in Kenya exploring the last frontier of untouched wilderness

For experienced travellers who are truly curious and wanting to explore regions off the beaten track, then a flying safari taking in Northern Kenya is one of the most fascinating trips that one could ever do.

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