Tracy K. has got an eye!

Tracy and a few friends did a big trip with us back in the Summer of 2012 including gorilla tracking in Rwanda, game drives in the Serengeti and Okavango Delta and a helicopter tour over Victoria Falls. Here’s one of our favorite client pics ever. Great lighting, a very interesting expression and the sense that this leopardess is perched right above us!!!

Leopard in a tree in Serengeti

Here’s another favorite! Everybody loves baby animals, and a baby hippo has got to be one of the cutest.

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Joan’s Last Minute Solo Safari

 

Today I had lunch with a friend and spent most of the time sharing about my trip and answering questions. When the inevitable “who did you go with?” arose, I said “I went solo” using an absolutely awesome travel agency “NEXT ADVENTURE”. With only a month before I wanted to leave, you listened to my ideas and questions, responding and asking several questions yourself. You reassured me that Africa was an easy place to go solo, but you weren’t sure my goal would be possible at such a late date. Still, you went to work and within 48 hours, the itinerary was pinned down, 80% confirmed (the final 20% all done within 4 days). You even included 3 days of canoeing, having picked up my enjoyment of paddling from our initial conversation, and you added the treat of your “favorite place” in Zambia.

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The Biggest Conservationists

This is a great editorial piece by National Geographic’s Steve Boyes. It’s long, but well worth the read. Plus, it’s full of some amazing photos. The gist of it lies in this quote:

Right now, tourists from around the world coming to Africa to photograph the continent’s wildlife are the biggest conservationists by far. The operators and establishment owners that attract these tourists by selling the dream of an African photographic safari are the new ambassadors for conservation.

And that’s why we love our clients. It’s your passion and curiosity that is helping protect the world’s wild life and wild places.

Thanks.

 

Everybody’s a photographer

Of course, digital cameras have revolutionized photography by making it possible for just about anybody to take great photos, but this is going a bit too far.

lioness with cameraHere’s the full story. I still don’t understand how the lioness got the camera, but I’m sure when the guide was able to get the camera back it was full of pictures of Land Rovers.

From Safari to Service

This is a great story. A mother and daughter from North Carolina went on a horseback-riding safari in South Africa and visited the Daktari Bush School and Animal Orphanage.  They were so inspired by their experience that when they got home they held a fundraiser to benefit the school.

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This rings so true with us at Next Adventure. So many of our clients are not only surprised by the wilderness, wildlife and hospitality they experience on safari, but they are also surprised by how moved they are by the experience and how connected they feel to Africa even years and years later.

Spectacular & Remote Namibia

Sossusvlei Dune WalkWe’re thrilled to be putting together a unique and comprehensive Namibia itinerary for a favorite repeat client of ours (her motto is “I’m a traveler, not a tourist!”). We’ve included it all… Windhoek, AfriCat, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, and the Skeleton Coast…  German colonial towns, wildlife clustered around salt pans, tracking elusive desert-adapted rhinos on foot, rich rock art galleries, nomadic Himba villagers, sun-baked mountain ranges, thousand-food red dunes and ghostly shipwrecks along the misty coastline.

But, putting Namibia’s attractions into words is truly daunting! Vast, magnificent, timeless…none do any justice to Namibia’s stark beauty. It is a country full of truly authentic experiences and a haunting remoteness that we love.

Call us to talk about all the offerings from quality camping safaris to specialist-guided driving tours to stunning flying safaris.

 

Richard’s Climbing Legacy

Every once in a while, my father’s (Richard E. McGowan) climbing legacy pops up in unexpected ways.
A long-time friend mailed us a copy of the latest Eddie Bauer sporting equipment catalog. The article inside the cover chronicles 20th Pacific Northwest mountaineering and my father, with his younger nickname Dick, was mentioned twice!

Have a look a PDF of the article: Richard in Eddie Bauer

Here’s a photograph from 1952 King’s Peak Yukon Expedition mentioned in the above article.
Richard, only 20 years old at the time, is the one holding the American flag.

I feel grateful for the reminder that his discipline and passion led him to great places throughout his lifetime.

I have inherited a lot of my father’s passions; at age 20, I was stomping around Zimbabwe and Botswana on overland mobile safaris.

It is such a great honor to carry on my father’s business planning extraordinary journeys for the best clients in the world!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

Fantastic Footage!!!

Wow, have you seen this fantastic footage of a leopard killing an impala?

This was filmed by guest Martha van Rensburg at Mala Mala – one of the best established reserves in South Africa…A favorite spot as it is always chock-full of wildlife and action!

Hot safari spots for 2013

Next Adventure always has an eye on the best up-and-coming safari spots. Our picks for next year are from two very diverse countries, Botswana and Tanzania.

Greystoke Mahale

With our intimate knowledge of Botswana, we always have a secret to tell you about the best camp to visit any month of the year. The Okavango Delta’s floods bring a distinct seasonality to the patch-work ecosystems of the region and wildlife viewing varies dramatically between even neighboring spots! Our favorites pics for dry season are Duba PlainsSelinda Camp and San Camp.

 

In Tanzania, we love combining the seldom-visited northern Serengeti, where the Migration masses without attendant throngs of tourists, with lush and remote Mahale National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. where you can sit next to wild chimpanzees! Our favorite accommodations in these hot spots are Lamai Serengeti and Greystoke Mahale – stylish and upscale camps managed by innovative safari company Nomad Tanzania. Ask us about the best seasons to travel to these hidden gems.

 

 

Okavango Delta, by Louise McGowan

The channel was clear amber in near-dusk.
I saw a kingfisher alight, black
and white, on a papyrus stalk.

And as the kingfisher darted, a soft spray
of pale pollen floated down.  I was
hushed then.  And heard

the bird chitter.  As darkness came, rowing,
the channel was a blue-black
slash in autumn night.

Pied Kingfisher Okavango Delta Botswana

Pied Kingfisher, Okavango Delta Botswana
By Kili McGowan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Next Adventure’s New Website!

We are thrilled to be launching a new website showcasing our personalized safari itineraries highlighted our own photographs.

We hope you enjoy browsing and gathering ideas for your first (or fifth!) safari. Please give us a call at 800.562.7298 to get a free personal consultation and we’ll get started in hand-crafting an itinerary to give you an intimate view of the African wildlife and wilderness we know & love.

Selinda Canoe Trail Hippo Encounter

Selinda Canoe Trail Hippo Encounter