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Coastal Adventures in South Africa

Kruger & Cape Town are a popular combination, but South Africa has much more to offer with an abundance of Big 5 reserves like Madikwe, Marataba and Kwandwe and extraordinary art, food and wine touring. One area we love to visit is the Cape Whale Coast & Floral Kingdom where you can hike among incredible […]

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Slideshow Itineraries

Next Adventure provides custom arrangements for the finest photographic wildlife safaris found in Africa. Each itinerary below offers just one example of how your next safari could unfold. Drawing on decades of personal safari experience, this selection peeks at only a few of our favorite regions and destinations. To learn more about costs & other […]

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Slideshow Itineraries

Next Adventure provides custom arrangements for the finest photographic wildlife safaris found in Africa. Each itinerary below offers just one example of how your next safari could unfold.

Drawing on decades of personal safari experience, this selection peeks at only a few of our favorite regions and destinations. To learn more about costs & other options click here.


Botswana – 11-day Luxury Safari & Tour – Livingstone/Vic Falls, Okavango Delta, Kalahari


South Africa – 14-Day Custom Safari & Tour – Sabi Sands, Kalahari & Cape Town


Kenya – 18-Day Luxury Safari- Kenya, Rwanda & Zanzibar


Namibia- 10-Day Luxury Fly-in & Guided Overland Safari- Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Etosha, AfriCat


Primate Tracking Safaris – Mountain Gorilla, Western lowland Gorilla & Chimpanzee


Abbreviated Sample Itineraries and Detailed Dossier PDFs

Okavango Magic: Botswana & Victoria Falls

Okavango SunsetKili’s favorite country is Botswana: the lush paradise of the Okavango Delta contrasts exquisitely with the stark silence of the Kalahari Desert and yet both are full of wildlife and birdlife. Botswana’s low-volume/high-revenue tourism policy and stable democracy have made it a shining star for sustainable tourism while ensuring that visitors have a exclusive wilderness experience.

For full details, please view our Botswana Okavango Magic PDF itinerary here.

Learn more about Botswana safari options.

Secrets of Namibia

namibia dune drive

Namibia Dune Drive

This was Louise’s favorite itinerary of recent years…she is wild about deserts and Namibia certainly offers the best desert scenery and arid-adapted wildlife of Africa! Relish the sky-high dunes and vast landscapes of Namibia by day and the star-drenched clear skies at night. Discover that Namibia is surprisingly full of life – from the unique desert-adapted elephant and rhinos, to the bizarre Welwitchia plan to the stunning Himba people, one of the last truly nomadic tribes. For this particular couple, we designed a luxurious extension to the Western Cape of South Africa following their safari in Namibia.

For full details, please download our Secrets of Namibia PDF itinerary here.

Day 1 – Arrive in Windhoek and transfer to a hotel or guesthouse for overnight.

Day 2, 3 & 4 – Shared charter flight to Sossusvlei for 3 nights at Little Kulala where you’ll enjoy spectacular dunes!

Day 5, 6 & 7 – Shared charter flight to the Kunene River Valley at the northern-most edge of Namibia for 3 nights at Serra Cafema.

Day 8, 9 & 10 – Shared charter flight to a conservancy adjacent to Etosha National Park for 3 nights at Little Ongava.

Day 11, 12 & 13 – 3 nts Skeleton Coast Safaris

Day 14 – Transfer to Windhoek for international departure or overnight (if continuing to Cape Town)

Optional Extension:

Day 15, 16 & 17 – Fly to Cape Town for a road transfer to the Cederberg Mountains where you spend 3 nights at Bushman’s Kloof.

Day 18, 19 & 20 – Road transfer back to Cape Town for 3 nights at Ellerman House. Private tours visiting the City, Table Mountain, the Winelands and the Cape Peninsula.

Day 21 – After breakfast and a final day in the city, transfer to the airport for international departure.

Learn more about safari options in Namibia.

Highlights of South Africa

Young Lions

Young Lions

This 11-day itinerary offers a glimpse at South Africa, the “World in One Country”, taking in a sample of its diverse collection of sights, sounds, people, places, amazing wildlife and cultures. Combining the Cape Town Area with the Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park, it explores sun-drenched beaches, floral kingdoms, vineyards and rural African villages, majestic mountains and exciting game parks. Above all, the friendly people and fascinating history will want to return to this magnificent country again and again.

A wonderful and dynamic holiday no matter the season, this itinerary is also perfect for families and can be tailored to suit your special interests.

For full details, please download our South Africa World in One Country PDF itinerary here.

Day 1 – Arrive in Cape Town today. Private transfer to Cape Grace Hotel for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

Day 2 – Private half-day tour of the City & Table Mountain. Afternoon at leisure. Breakfast & overnight at Cape Grace.

Day 3 – Private full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Breakfast & overnight at Cape Grace.

Day 4 – After breakfast & check-out, enjoy a tour of the Winelands before continuing along the scenic coast to Grootbos for 3 nights on a full-board basis.

Day 5 & 6 – Two full days to enjoy the many activities offered in the area. All meals & overnights are at Grootbos.

Day 7 – After breakfast, private transfer to Cape Town airport for flight to Nelspruit (quoted separately). On arrival, meet for shared road transfer into the Sabi Sands Game Reserve where you arrive at Mala Mala’s Sable Camp for 4 nights.

Day 8, 9 & 10 – Three full days of game drives and other wildlife-viewing activities. All meals & overnights are at Mala Mala’s Sable Camp.

Day 11 – After a final game drive and breakfast, transfer to Mala Mala airstrip for direct flight to Johannesburg. Meet & transfer to Main Terminal for departure.

Note: If you have a little more time available, we encourage you to extend your safari with 3 more days at either Tswalu Kalahari Private Reserve (enroute from Cape Town to the Sabi Sands) or Mashatu Game Reserve (Tuli Block of Botswana).

Cost depends on the season (a great itinerary year-round!) and accommodations selected/available.

Learn more about safari options throughout South Africa.

Authentic Zambia

Camera-ready Lion in Zambia's Busanga Plains

Camera-ready Lion in Zambia’s Busanga Plains

Richard’s favorite safari destinations were Zimbabwe and Zambia, formerly called Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia respectively. He loved stories about the Victorian explorers and avidly followed in Henry Morton Stanley and Dr. David Livingstone’s footsteps through the wilds of Zambia, in particular.

Zambia is a surprisingly vast country, mainly comprised of a 3,000 m plateau. Wildlife-viewing areas are concentrated around its three major rivers: the Zambezi, the Luangwa and the Kafue. Zambia is still a wild, remote and seasonal destination with several authentic, adventurous safari camps that maintain an old-fashioned charm. Known as the original home of walking safaris, this is a great country to get out an explore the African landscape from outside a vehicle!

For full details, please download our Authentic Africa – Zambia Safari Itinerary or our Active Africa – Zimbabwe Safari Itinerary PDF itinerary here.

Hidden Kenya Flying Safari

Leopard & cub in Kenya's Maasai Mara

Leopard & cub in Kenya’s Maasai Mara

Kenya set the standard as the original safari destination with a plentiful and diverse wildlife, rich colonial history and a fascinating array of local cultures. Although it is a well discovered tourist destination these days, we know the country so well as to be able to offer an exciting itinerary in the hidden regions away from the crowds. This itinerary combines unusual and exclusive experiences in the Chyulu Hills/Amboseli with the arid landscape and authentic cultures of Northern Kenya & Samburu as well as world-famous wildlife viewing in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

For full details, please download our Hidden Kenya Flying Safari PDF itinerary here.

Day 1 & 2 – Arrive in Nairobi for an overnight stay with accommodation depending on your preferences. Enjoy a full day of rest and/or optional activities in the Capital City tailored to your interests.

Day 3, 4 & 5 – Fly to Ol Donyo for 3 nights in the Chyulu Hills including a full-day excursion to Amboseli National Park. Activities include game drives, walking safaris, horse-back riding, mountain biking, conservation tours, village visits and spa pampering.

Day 6, 7 & 8 – Fly to Samburu for 3 nights at Sasaab Lodge on a conservancy adjacent to the Samburu Game Reserve. Activities include game drives, walking safaris, camel rides, conservation tours, village and school visits and spa pampering.

Day 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 – Fly to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve for 5 nights at Mara Plains Camp on the Olare Orok Conservancy. Activities include day & night game drives and walking safaris.

Day 14 – Fly back to Nairobi and transfer to the international airport for departure.

Cost depends on the season (best from July-October) and accommodations selected/available. The number of travelers does not affect costs very much as your game drives and activities are shared with other guests in camp.

Tanzania Serengeti Migration Safari

Zebra, Lake Magadi & the Ngorongoro crater wall

Zebra, Lake Magadi & the crater wall

This 12-day private safari includes the highlights of the Classic Northern Circuit in Tanzania: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Accommodation alternates between well-located, comfortable safari lodges and intimate tented camps. Twice-daily game drives are conducted in your private 4×4 safari vehicle with naturalist driver-guide. We will consult with you to hand-selected activities to enhance your journey – this couple selected a walking safari in Tarangire, a cultural interaction at Manyara and a visit to Olduvai Gorge’s museum. We will also tailor your itinerary to suit the season and ensure you’re in the optimal location for the Migration.

For full details, please download our Tanzania Serengeti Migration Safari PDF itinerary here.

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After obtaining your visa, enjoy a private transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge (or similar) for some rest!

Day 2 – Morning excursion to Arusha National Park with afternoon free to rest. All meals and overnight are at Arusha Coffee Lodge.

Day 3 – Depart with driver-guide in private 4×4 safari vehicle. Drive about 2 hours to Tarangire NP entrance, then game drive 2-3 hours to Oliver’s Camp. After lunch, enjoy afternoon game drive with your vehicle. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Morning walking safari with resident guide. After lunch, game drive with driver-guide then night drive with resident guide. Dinner and overnight at Oliver’s Camp.

Day 5 – After breakfast, game drive out of Tarangire and continue to Lake Manyara for lunch followed by a local Maasai homestead experience. Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge.

Day 6 – Full day game drive in Manyara NP with picnic lunch. Return for dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge.

Day 7 – After breakfast, drive through Ngorongoro Highlands to Serengeti National Park. After lunch, game drive returning to Olakira Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 & 9 – Two days for morning & afternoon or full-day game drives in the Serengeti. All meals and accommodation are at Olakira Camp.

Day 10 – After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro and descend to the Crater floor with picnic lunches. Drive up to the Rim for dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 11 – After breakfast, game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater returning to the lodge for lunch and the afternoon at leisure. Dinner & overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 12 – After breakfast, drive to Arusha for lunch in town. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport for departure.

Cost depends on the season, accommodations selected/available and the number of travelers sharing your private 4×4 safari vehicle with a naturalist driver-guide.

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Extension

Happy adolescent mountain gorilla in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains

Happy adolescent mountain gorilla in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains

Tracking mountain gorillas through the misty jungle of Rwanda makes a perfect extension to your Kenya or Tanzania safari. We recommend you spend three days in the area – 2 days for gorilla treks and 1 day to visit some of the many wonderful community projects taking place in this verdant, terraced landscape. Viewing the gorillas is a magical experience and the thrill of recognition when staring into their liquid brown eyes is a moment to treasure for a lifetime.

For full details, please download our Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Extension PDF itinerary here.

Day 1 – Arrive in Kigali this morning. You are met by your private 4×4 safari vehicle and driver-guide. Depart on the scenic drive to the Virunga Mountains. Have lunch and the afternoon at leisure at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

Day 2 & 3 – Track mountain gorillas in the Parc National des Volcans, spending 1 hour with these gentle creatures once you find them.

Day 4 – Take a day to enjoy the beautiful scenery, tracking golden monkeys in the forest or visiting one of the many fascinating community projects in the local villages.

Day 5 – Transfer back to Kigali for departure with a City Tour & stop at the Genocide Memorial enroute.

Note: Gorilla permits are extremely limited. Trekkers must be at least 15 years old and in good physical condition to participate. Please inquire about the suitability of including this experience in your itinerary.

Driving through South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

South Africa

South Africa Safari mapSituated at the southern edge of the African continent, South Africa is bounded by oceans on three sides, with an interior that has a wonderful assortment of habitats, from lush tropical forests to arid deserts, from mountains to the open savannah of the bushveld.

South Africa is one of the most developed and geographically diverse nations in Africa. With scenic and wildlife rich national parks complemented by beautiful beaches, mountains and countryside, climate characterized by dry winters and rainfall in the summer and stable infrastructure, South Africa makes for a prime safari destination.


We watched cheetahs stalk an impala, leopards savoring their kill up on a tree limb, lions in a mating dance, painted dogs protecting their den of new babies. And of course we enjoyed every delicious meal and delightful sundowner.

Pat & Charley, Providence, RI

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Jessica & Gearóid's Epic First Safari

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Jane & Alan's First Safari

When I was a kid I read things about Daniel Boone and the Native American explorers and scouts. They had lore like “they could tell from a broken twig that an animal had passed this way…” I didn’t make much of it at the time. It was an abstract idea, filtered through the experience of […]

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Bee & Chaz Capture Rare Safari Moments

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Family Safari Kid with Tortoise in Kruger

Family Safaris - Our Personal Picks

As you might have guessed, the Next Adventure team fully supports taking the whole family on safari! As family safaris have grown in popularity, the options for quality family experiences have also grown. Some of the best camps and lodges now provide dedicated family spaces and phenomenal creative resources ensuring a safari with children or grandchildren is a […]

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    Accommodations in South Africa

    We highlight some of our favorite safari camps and lodges in South Africa below. While we regularly work with classic and well-known camps with proven track records, we also love recommending smaller owner-operated properties. Let us help you choose from the charming and distinctive properties we’ve hand selected.

    Singita Boulders Lodge Greater Kruger

    MalaMala Main Camp Kruger National Park

    Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp Kruger National Park

    TSWALU – The Motse Kalahari

    Grootbos Forest Lodge Whale Coast

    Cape Grace Cape Town


    When it comes to wildlife and scenery, South Africa has a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites and incredible game reserves. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is built amongst an entire, unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth. There are more naturally occurring, different species of flowers just around Cape Town than there are in the whole of North America or the whole of Europe! On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas, including the world’s first National Park that traverses the borders of two countries, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

    The coastline of South Africa is enormous, offering superb scenery, such as sandy beaches and sheer, fynbos-covered cliffs of the Garden Route, as well as amazing wildlife opportunities, from southern right whales breaching off Cape Town to pristine coral reefs on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. The pride of South Africa’s natural heritage is the Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares and over 300km long, this enormous area encompasses a savannah landscape with 147 mammal species, over 400 bird species and numerous reptiles, amphibians and insects.

    CAPE TOWN, GARDEN ROUTE & WINE COUNTRY

    Cape Point

    Cape Point

    Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is only 40 km from the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the African continent. The scenic splendor of the city includes mountains, beaches and vineyards surrounding it, the latter being the oldest and most beautiful wine producing region of South Africa. The scenic valleys around Stellenbosch and Paarl, which were first settled in the 1670s will enrich your historical knowledge of South Africa.  With inhabitants from diverse ethnic backgrounds, Cape Town not only makes for an unforgettable cultural experience, with an enchanting contrast between luxurious places with a European feel to them interspersed with Africa traditional arts and crafts, it also has a relaxed and open-minded atmosphere.

    The Garden Route is a three to four day trip that visits the spectacular area in and around Cape Town. The route encompasses the coastline from western Still Bay to eastern Plettenburg Bay. The plains along here are forested and bordered by lagoons, sand dunes and beaches against the backdrop of the mountains with the Karoo desert behind them.

    Cape Point:

    Penguins, coral reefs and lush vegetation line the beautiful coast. The tour begins along the Atlantic seaboard with a drive through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Llandundno, and the fishing village of Hout Bay. Treat yourself to delicious lunch at two oceans restaurant which marks the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The return journey is a spectacularly windy excursion in penguin territory at Boulder’s beach followed by a visit to Simon’s Town and False Bay coastline to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the center for the study and preservation of indigenous flora of Southern Africa.

    Robben Island:

    Formerly a place of isolation and imprisonment and institutional brutality, it now symbolizes the triumph of human spirit over hardship and diversity with the imprisonment and subsequent release of Nelson Mandela. It houses a museum with data, details and description of South African heritage.  We will arrange a special, scenic and spectacular guided tour for you that includes a leisurely ferry trip to and from the Island.

    Table Mountain:

    An area of unrivalled flora and fauna, the table mountain can be explored by hiking on trails in the company of well informed guides. You can also choose to explore the caves for a magical excursion into the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites. Slow rides will give you an opportunity for great photography of the exquisite vegetation that hugs the mountains.

    DRAKENSBERG

    A blend of dramatic rock faces, massive spires, plunging waterfalls, endless grasslands, rivers and forests, the Drakensberg mountains are the highest and longest mountain range in South Africa. The magnificent Tugela falls, plummeting 948 meters down the sheer rock, are especially beautiful. Allow us to take you on the Drakensberg Meander with only a short drive from Durban or 3-4 hours from Johannesburg.

    Greater Kudu in Kruger

    Greater Kudu in Kruger

    KRUGER

    Kruger National Park stretches along South Africa’s northeastern border, adjacent to Mozambique. It is not only one of the most famous and beautiful parks in the world, it is also one of the oldest, as it was originally afforded protection under another name in 1898.

    We will arrange an unforgettable 3-7 day trip where you will not only see wild game, you will do so in the comfort of an open vehicle in a luxurious safari lodge. You will see lions, cheetah and leopards with their kill, while enjoying the glorious sight of luscious vegetation. The enchanting archaeological sites, absent from many other parks, will invest you with knowledge on the culture and customs that shaped Kruger Park.

    MASHATU GAME RESERVE

    (Actually in Botswana but more easily accessed from South Africa)

    It bears the title of the “Best Game Viewing Destination in Africa” with great pride as this has been awarded through diligent, consistent and fierce conservation of the rich environment. An area of fascinating history and legend, Mashatu offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa in the comfort of open 4-wheel drive vehicles or shaded patios in luxurious hotels, Mashatu boasts of record daily sightings of lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Personalized wildlife experience and a staff to guest ratio of 3:1 ensure that every need is met.


    Kruger National Park is the largest and best-known wildlife park in South Africa. Much of the wildlife viewing is done in private reserves along the western border of the Kruger in the Sabi Sands. The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is another fascinating and often-overlooked part of the country.

    Next Adventure works with the best of the luxury safari lodges mostly in the Kruger region. A tour program linking one or two of these with lodges in other parts of the country makes for a comprehensive wildlife safari.

    South Africa – 14-Day Luxury Safari – Sabi Sands, Kalahari & Cape Town

    Highlights of South Africa: A World in One Country

     

    This 11-day itinerary offers a glimpse at South Africa, the “World in One Country”, taking in a sample of its diverse collection of sights, sounds, people, places, amazing wildlife and cultures. Combining the Cape Town Area with the Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park, it explores sun-drenched beaches, floral kingdoms, vineyards and rural African villages, majestic mountains and exciting game parks. Above all, the friendly people and fascinating history will want to return to this magnificent country again and again.

    A wonderful and dynamic holiday no matter the season, this itinerary is also perfect for families and can be tailored to suit your special interests.

    For full details, please download our South Africa World in One Country PDF itinerary here.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Cape Town today. Private transfer to Cape Grace Hotel for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 2 – Private half-day tour of the City & Table Mountain. Afternoon at leisure. Breakfast & overnight at Cape Grace.

    Day 3 – Private full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Breakfast & overnight at Cape Grace.

    Day 4 – After breakfast & check-out, enjoy a tour of the Winelands before continuing along the scenic coast to Grootbos for 3 nights on a full-board basis.

    Day 5 & 6 – Two full days to enjoy the many activities offered in the area. All meals & overnights are at Grootbos.

    Day 7 – After breakfast, private transfer to Cape Town airport for flight to Nelspruit (quoted separately). On arrival, meet for shared road transfer into the Sabi Sands Game Reserve where you arrive at Mala Mala’s Sable Camp for 4 nights.

    Day 8, 9 & 10 – Three full days of game drives and other wildlife-viewing activities. All meals & overnights are at Mala Mala’s Sable Camp.

    Day 11 – After a final game drive and breakfast, transfer to Mala Mala airstrip for direct flight to Johannesburg. Meet & transfer to Main Terminal for departure.

    Note: If you have a little more time available, we encourage you to extend your safari with 3 more days at either Tswalu Kalahari Private Reserve (enroute from Cape Town to the Sabi Sands), Pafuri Tented Camp (Northern Kruger) or Mashatu Game Reserve (Tuli Block of Botswana).

    Cost depends on the season (a great itinerary year-round!) and accommodations selected/available. The number of travelers does not affect costs very much as your game drives and activities are shared with other guests in camp.

     

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    SILICON VALLEY MAGAZINE - JANUARY 2019

    When Lifescan executive Kirsten Kempe and her husband, Bob Carlin, a longtime Oracle manager, decided to travel in 2018 with two fellow elite triathletes and their spouses, they turned to custom safari specialist Next Adventure (nextadventure.com). The Berkeley company hosts gatherings in clients’ homes and offices by which travelers glean the latest information on conservation […]

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    Borana's Lengishu House

    Borana has always been a special place; a truly family-oriented conservancy, adjacent to the world-renowned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, that offers outstanding wildlife experiences as well as opportunities to explore a breathtaking landscape through a variety of activities. Borana also offers a range of exclusive-use safari homes and villas, and the newest is Lengishu House.  

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    When to book what?

    One common question we hear is “How far in advance should I start booking my safari?”, so we put together our recommendations for when different types of travelers should book different destinations and experiences. The first thing to keep in mind is that there are great safaris to be had all year round, but there […]

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    New Flights + Better Connections = More Possibilities

    A big part of planning a perfect safari is thinking through the logistics of international and regional flight connections. We’re excited to see a number of international carriers introducing non-stop flights from the US to hubs in Africa: South African, Ethiopian, Delta and Kenya Airways all now have direct flights, and there are more routes on the horizon. We’re also […]

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    Four Extraordinary Lodges

    For this edition of our “Personal Picks”, we’re thinking outside-the-box to share four breathtaking lodges in unique, lesser-known parks and reserves that offer an excellent overall guest experience.  Magashi  – Amalinda  – Mashatu –  Shipwreck These areas don’t make it on many bucket lists, but they offer a superb safari with an uncrowded, exclusive feel […]

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    Wilderness Safaris - Travel with Purpose Itineraries

    We’re excited to share a selection of new Travel with Purpose Itineraries from Wilderness Safaris. These special scheduled departures offer a glimpse into the conservation and community engagement work across a range of regions and eco-systems. Each of these itineraries includes: Adventurous and impactful journeys Truly spectacular and exciting destinations Accompanied by Wilderness Safaris directors […]

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    EAST BAY EXPRESS - SEPTEMBER 2018

    Next Adventure, a safari company based in Berkeley and run by Kili McGowan and her husband Jeremy Townsend, was tasked with setting up the trip for Bell, Bourdain, and the Parts Unknownproduction crew. “Tony [Bourdain] inspired people to be travelers, not just tourists,” McGowan said. “Being a chef, he had this appreciation for people and their […]

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    BERKELEYSIDE - SEPTEMBER 2018

    When the show was in the planning stages, Bell pointed the Parts Unknown production company, Zero Point Zero, to Berkeley company Next Adventure whose expertise is curating personalized, conservation-minded safari and wildlife trips to Africa. Bell is friends with Kili McGowan, the company’s managing director, and was sure its thoughtful approach to travel would marry well with Bourdain’s show. […]

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    On Location in Kenya with Parts Unknown

    In March 2018, Kili McGowan, Next Adventure’s Managing Director, accompanied the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown crew during their time on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This is her story and photos from that experience. It was a rainy day. Surprisingly, the day I met Anthony Bourdain – on safari – was fraught with an unseasonal rain storm that […]

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    SFCHRONICLE - SEPTEMBER 2018

    But there’s a special moment that Bell did not expect to make it to the final cut — after the camera crew pulled back to get a wide shot, but the mikes were still on. “I thought, ‘I’m going to take this moment to tell him what he really means to me,’ ” Bell says. […]

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    A New Zimbabwe Safari Circuit

    In the 1990s, Zimbabwe was booming. It was a sought-after destination, and Next Adventure was one of the few photographic safari experts to specialize in travel to Zimbabwe. Over the past couple of decades, Zimbabwe tourism has struggled, but there is optimism in the air. Three of the most influential safari operators are opening new […]

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    SMITHSONIAN - JUNE 2018

    As the sun drifted down on the rolling hills of South Africa’s Free State province, Manie Van Niekerk wore a mournful look. The 52-year-old farmer and rancher, whose short hair is dark on top and gray on the sides, has a sturdy, solid frame formed by decades of physical work. He looks like a man […]

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    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - MAY 2018

    Everyone remembers their first ‘ellie’ sighting on safari.” Simon Penfold, my Scenic Air Safaris host, was right. Through the window of our 10-seater plane, I watched a herd of elephants saunter across the Masai Mara plains with slack-jawed astonishment as we made our way to the landing strip.     READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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    CONDE NAST - APRIL 2018

    I had not heard the call. No one near me had—not the South African behind me, nor the Swedish woman to his left. Not even the Vancouverites, who’d finally silenced the shutters on the shiny new Canons they’d traveled 9,875 miles to test out in Botswana, and who had proven to be the couple in our mud-smacked 4WD […]

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    MEN'S JOURNAL - APRIL 2018

    WE ARE MARCHING single file on a mountain path, winding our way through a bamboo forest, tall spindles shooting to the sky. Sunlight splashes through the canopy, hitting the pale green of the bamboo sheaths and turning the light a refulgent green. It’s magical, and strenuous. About 2,000 feet up, the vegetation turns into a jungle […]

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    Next Adventure - In the Field

    Safari camps are always changing. Of course, the location and design are important, but it’s really people who make a safari experience special. It’s not only the guides, but the dining staff, the managers, and all of the hardworking folks behind the scenes who set the stage for our wonder. Here at Next Adventure, we […]

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    Family Safari Picks

    A family vacation is all about sharing special moments, and we can’t think of many moments more special than being out in the wilderness with an expert guide up close to Africa’s great wildlife. Of course, you’ll see elephants and lions, but you’ll also get to feel the heat coming from a termite chimney or learn […]

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    Zambia Migration Safari - November 2018

    Next Adventure is excited to announce an opportunity to travel with our Managing Director, Kili McGowan, on a truly unique small group itinerary to experience some of Zambia’s most remarkable wildlife destinations. This Zambia Migration Safari for November/December 2018 begins after Thanksgiving 2018, which hopefully is a nice time for everyone’s calendars. We’re especially excited as this itinerary will satisfy first-timers with […]

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    Snow Leopards in Ladakh - January 2019

    Next Adventure is very excited to offer this unique and exclusive opportunity to travel with Safari Specialist Kelly Dellinger in search of the elusive snow leopard in the Indian Himalayas in January 2019. While sightings are not guaranteed, this itinerary is specifically designed to put you in exactly the right place at the right time […]

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    Karen Gables

    This lovely guesthouse is a great option in Nairobi’s Karen District. It is peaceful and charming, and we’ve received excellent feedback on their dining program.    

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    Lewa Walking Wild

    Lewa Walking Wild Fly Camping Walking Wild is a camel safari outfit based out of Lewa Wilderness. This venture offers guests the unique opportunity to explore by foot the remote valleys, hills and plains of both Lewa and neighboring Maasai community conservation areas. Guests spend the days walking, whilst the camels and Maasai transport the […]

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    Legendary Lodge

    Legendary Lodge is one of a kind: it is a luxury property located on the outskirts of Arusha, set in a lush tropical garden surrounded by a working coffee farm. Enjoy inspiring views of Mount Meru from the privacy of your own garden cottage while their staff takes care of your every whim. Conveniently located, […]

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    Tanzania's Mwiba Lodge

    Mwiba, a secluded, sophisticated haven set among massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, overlooking a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River, is the latest addition to the Legendary Expeditions portfolio. Set in harmony with this idyllic natural backdrop, Mwiba offers an unmatched experience in luxury adventure. This exclusive destination mixes both traditional and […]

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    Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp

    Explore a rich landscape of inky blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and the soft neutrals of the African savannah. Within the largest of Tanzania’s national parks is a promise of luxury with premier accommodations and superb service that are Legendary Serengeti Camp. SOUTH SERENGETI / MASWA: beginning of December until the end of April WEST […]

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    Botswana's New Qorokwe Camp in Pictures

    We couldn’t be more excited to see this new Wilderness Safaris camp opening in one of the Delta’s most productive areas. New photos by Dana Allen have just been released, and we’re happy to share them below. Not only is it a stunning new camp, it offers both water and land-based safaris as well as […]

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    Kili visits King Lewanika Camp

    In May of 2017, Kili was invited to join the first group of guests to experience the new King Lewanika Camp in Zambia’s vast and remote Liuwa Plains. Here’s a look at some of her photos:

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    Jane & Alan's First Safari

    When I was a kid I read things about Daniel Boone and the Native American explorers and scouts. They had lore like “they could tell from a broken twig that an animal had passed this way…” I didn’t make much of it at the time. It was an abstract idea, filtered through the experience of […]

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    Courtney & Christian's Honeymoon Safari

    Just stunning…there is a constant parade of animals coming down the hill and you can see the vastness of the flat, open landscape. — Courtney, SF Honeymooners Christian and Courtney wanted a special kind of adventure, a honeymoon safari, to celebrate their wedding. They connected on their own with a non-profit organization to volunteer in […]

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    Kili & The Snoring Rhinoceros

    In the quiet pre-dawn, our small group huddled together around the tea and coffee that the camp staff had so beautifully laid out. There was a ripple of excitement among my colleagues and fellow members of Safari Professionals–we were seeing a rhino receive a veterinary field check-up and be fitted with an electronic tracking device […]

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    Magical Mashatu - Kelly's Trip Report

    We got to watch these elegant cheetah brothers move through the beautiful countryside, standing up on massive boulders for a better vantage point – every position was taken with great intention. I was humbled while observing their instincts at play, with all of them watching, always looking in separate directions to optimize hunting opportunities and […]

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    India Wild & Royal with Allen Bechky

    India: Wild & Royal – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Kanha – Bandhavgarh Exclusive Small Group Departure – December 30, 2017 – January 11, 2018 Travel with renowned safari guide and naturalist Allen Bechky on an exclusive tour of Jaipur & three of India’s richest wildlife reserves in search of Bengal tigers, Indian leopard, Asian wild dogs, […]

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    Bee & Chaz Capture Rare Safari Moments

    On the way to the airstrip at Mara Plains we watched this baby gazelle being born on New Year’s Day. This is how this safari trip has gone. Every day something absolutely remarkable. — Bee & Chaz As an old saying goes: The only way to have great ideas is to have a lot of […]

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    Family Safaris - Our Personal Picks

    As you might have guessed, the Next Adventure team fully supports taking the whole family on safari! As family safaris have grown in popularity, the options for quality family experiences have also grown. Some of the best camps and lodges now provide dedicated family spaces and phenomenal creative resources ensuring a safari with children or grandchildren is a […]

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    A Crash of Buffalo on the Serengeti

    Sorting through the Serengeti

    With so many truly spectacular natural wonders within relatively close proximity, it’s no surprise the Northern Circuit and Tanzania’s Serengeti plains are such popular first-time safari destinations. Along with that popularity comes the crowds and an overwhelming array of options to consider: What are the best camps and lodges for each season? Why are some camps so […]

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    Tanzania’s Northern Circuit Shines

    With so many truly spectacular natural wonders within relatively close proximity, it’s no surprise Tanzania’s Northern Circuit and vast Serengeti plains are such popular first-time safari destinations. Along with that popularity comes the crowds and an overwhelming array of options to consider: What are the best camps and lodges for each season? Why are some camps so […]

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    SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE - DECEMBER 2016

    In Kenya, aspiring safari guides are taught that the ideal guide should possess boundless knowledge of the local flora and fauna, rock-solid survival skills, mastery of the communication arts, and an unflagging sense of humor. And until recently, these guidelines also included an unspoken rule—that guides should be male.   READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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    Mike & Sheila's Serengeti Plains and Virungas Mountains

    Mike & Sheila want to make sure we mention their ages (71 & 72) and these three points: Good guiding makes all the difference. A camping safari is a 24-hour experience. Tracking gorillas shouldn’t be intimidating For their first safari back in 2011, we focused Mike & Sheila’s itinerary on a mobile camping safari in Botswana. It […]

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    Walking in Hwange with the Johnson Family

    So much of what we do here at Next Adventure is getting to know each client and pairing them with just the right selection of destinations and experiences. The Johnson Family, a group of 7 travelers, was looking for something unique and adventurous, an active safari for the whole family. After considering a lot of […]

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    Join Allen Bechky in 2017

    Next Adventure is honored to offer an India Wildlife Safari in February 2017 and two exclusive small group departures to Zambia in June and October of 2017 with Specialist Safari Guide and Naturalist Allen Bechky. Each itinerary is uniquely designed around prime seasonality and excellent wildlife viewing activities. Read more from Allen below, and get in […]

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    Lions in South Luangwa, Zambia

    My Private Zambia - On Safari with Allen Bechky

    Elephants of all sizes were splashing in the mud, rolling in the goop, lying in it from side to side, splashing with their trunks. A less than one year-old calf was the only one who didn’t go in. She just ran about, ears flapping, trunk lolling, without a clue how to use it. — Allen […]

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    Mike & Trina's Sensational Anniversary Safari

    It was clear to us as our safari unfolded, that Kili listened carefully to us and, through a couple of phone conversations, teased out nuanced information that ultimately translated into specific experiences designed to delight us. Next Adventure nailed it. –Mike R., Fresno, CA Mike & Trina wanted to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary with […]

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    Kudu in the Grass, Linyanti

    A Spin Through Bots & Zim

    In May, I had an opportunity to travel with African Bush Camps to experience their intimate safari camps in Botswana and Zimbabwe, and I also had a chance to visit a few other camps and lodges nearby. It was a great experience and a wonderful introduction to a safari company that is leading the industry […]

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    Charismatic India - March 2016 Trip Report

    Close your eyes. Think of India. What images come to mind? Maybe the romantic Taj Mahal? How about your favorite curry dish? Most likely, a crowded city full of vibrant colors and majestic monuments? Chances are, you didn’t picture a tiger, or a rhino, a wild dog, or an elephant—those ‘charismatic megafauna’ instantly come to mind when thinking […]

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    Kenya - Our Personal Picks

    Kili’s Pick: Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara There are many luxury camps throughout Kenya, but none captures the essence of Africa as well as Mara Plains Camp. Every single detail of the camp is exquisite and in harmony with the surroundings. Guests have the luxury of experience here, not just luxurious accommodations. […]

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    Let Zim be your guide

    Zimbabwe has long been a favorite destination for us at Next Adventure. I was first there as a two year old in 1981 less than a year after the country became independent. In the mid to late 90’s almost 90% of our safaris included Zimbabwe since we received so many requests for it. In the […]

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    Beyond Primates

    Delving into Uganda’s Wildlife Havens Uganda is renowned for tracking and viewing both the rare Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzees. These experiences are epic and important to Uganda’s tourism economy. However, beyond the thick forests of Southwest Uganda and its famous primate excursions, there are parks equally worthy of exploration, both for bird and wildlife viewing […]

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    Karen & Hank's Zimbabwe and Botswana Photo Safari

    Karen & Hank are keen photographers who went on their first photo safari last year to Kenya and Tanzania. This year, the focus turned to Southern Africa, specifically areas in Zimbabwe and Botswana that offer exceptional wildlife viewing in November when the dry season transitions with the start of the summer rains. Mana Pools and Hwange National […]

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    Crimson-Breasted Shrike, Madikwe Game Reserve

    Glenn & Karen's South African Anniversary Safari

    Glenn & Karen have done a number of trips with Next Adventure, but their most recent anniversary safari was very special. We selected camps that provide outstanding guiding and unique wildlife sightings along with truly romantic touches. As safari veterans (we have been to Africa over 20 times), we are always looking for the unusual […]

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    Scouting India's Best Wildlife Safaris

    Over the last few years, Next Adventure has arranged a handful of tiger safaris in India, but it wasn’t until this March that I finally found time to do a proper scouting trip to India’s most renowned tiger safari destinations. Now, we’re excited to offer custom safari arrangements with a trusted local partner based on […]

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    Kili's Look at Namibia's Skeleton Coast

    The Skeleton Coast has an evocative, enigmatic name that sounds like a place one “has” to visit. In practical terms, the Skeleton Coast refers to the northern stretch of Namibia’s Coastline — where the Atlantic Ocean meets a “sea” of sand dunes from the Namib Desert under a cover of dense fog rising from the […]

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    View from an Elephant Hide near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

    Join Kili's exclusive Insider's Safari to Zimbabwe

    In celebration of my 10-year anniversary as Managing Director of Next Adventure, I decided to return to my roots. When we were founded in 1996, nearly 90% of our business was to Zimbabwe as it experienced a golden age. As an 18 year-old, I spent months exploring Zim after my father bought me a one-way […]

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    Western lowland Gorilla - Photo by Kili McGowan

    Kili's Expedition Safari to the Republic of Congo

    In September, Kili led 9 clients on an exclusive 6-day gorilla-tracking safari to the Republic of Congo. This special journey through the mysterious central African rainforest included two opportunities to track habituated Western Lowland Gorilla, boating on the Lekoli River, walking in Lango Bai, exploring forest trails and savannah fringe. View the full safari itinerary […]

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    Flying over Sossusvlei, Namibia - Photo by Kili McGowan

    Photos from Kili's group trip to Namibia

    This past September Kili led her first safari to Namibia. Read our 5 reasons for loving this spectacular destination. Here’s the itinerary in brief: Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek, The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel Day 2 & 3 Fly to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, NamibRand Nature Reserve Day 4 & 5 Fly to Mowani Mountain Camp, […]

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    Happy Lion near Selinda

    A Safari for Sisters in Botswana & Cape Town

    Myra came to Next Adventure looking to share a special, once-in-a-lifetime, first-time safari with her sister Toby. After getting to know them and their preferences, we settled on a slightly off-season safari in Botswana followed by a visit to Cape Town. Early November is fast becoming the ‘not-so secret season’ because it still offers great […]

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    Marataba has it all!

    We spent several memorable days enjoying boat cruises on the dam, a herd of 100+ elephants and informative walking safaris. I was so excited about the area that I can’t wait to come back and stay at their newly-opened Marataba Trails Camp offering the only Big 5 walking trails in a malaria-free environment! Click any […]

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    Jeremy's Botswana Camping Safari

    Spending nine days in the bush, camping & traveling through Botswana’s most spectacular parks, encountering wildlife, dining & sleeping under the stars listening to the hippos jostle and the lions roar, all without having to cook a single meal or pop a tent or worry about a single thing other than keeping your camera charged! […]

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    Jeremy's Rwanda Gorilla Experience

    Rwanda is so many things, and my time there was magical. Here’s the first video from my visit, starting with the gorilla tracking experience. I did two treks: first to the Susa group, and then to the Hirwa group. The Susa trek was nearly a two hour climb into the misty highland. It is the […]

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    The noise was incredible!

    Every sunrise and sunset, I found the African skies to be as beautiful as the animals. On arriving at my first camp, I saw zebras right across the river! And, elephants, elephants, elephants! For Redge and Carole’s safari, we developed a 15-day itinerary in Botswana that included the Kalahari, Moremi, the Okavango Delta and Savuti […]

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    Safari Portraits by Bruce M.

    Bruce and Patty's South Africa, Uganda and Kenya Safari

    Bruce & Patty first travelled with us 5 years ago on a Wilderness Dawning camping safari. This time around they wanted to return to some of their favorite camps on a self-driving safari in Kruger National Park. They also planned their own visit to Uganda for Gorilla-tracking, and we wrapped their month-long safari up with […]

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    Our Rock – Kenya’s Maasai Mara – Photo by Taylor Phillips

    Anisa & Taylor's Semi-Extreme Honeymoon Safari

    Both Anisa & Taylor were eager to get out of the vehicle and experience the African wilderness first hand. Check out this awesome video to see how they did… Not only did we arrange a variety of activities, we also developed their itinerary around a diversity of environments and camp styles. We opted for private […]

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    View of the Coffee Fields - Gibbs Farm

    Safari Seasons, They Are a-Changin'

    It’s true! Big 5 game viewing is best during the Dry Season. Usually July-October when water is scarce, a great number and variety of animals congregate without the obstruction of thick foliage or tall grass. Perfect conditions for first-time safari goers: it’s easier to find concentrations of wildlife, animals are easier to spot and it’s […]

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    Five Reasons We Love Namibia

    1. A Landscape Like No Other Maybe this is true of any place, but there is nowhere on earth like Namibia. In population density, it ranks right there between Iceland and Mongolia. The Atlantic’s north-flowing Benguela current brings 180 days a year of fog to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast which is dotted with whale bones, shipwrecks […]

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    Zarafa Zebras - Selinda Reserve - Botswana

    Grant & Miriam's Grand Tour of Southern Africa

    Grant & Miriam’s three week trip in August of this year included some of our favorite destinations in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, and they have the photos to prove it… (click thumbnails to enlarge images) It wasn’t easy culling 4,000+ shots, but here’s a glimpse into some of the things we saw. What you […]

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    Fig the Leopard - Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Kenya

    Kili's Kenya Safari - October 2013 - Trip Report

    After a few days of meetings in Nairobi and a stay at the lovely new Hemingways Hotel, my Kenyan safari began with a flight past Mt Kenya to the Northern Laikipia Plateau. Here, I spent 2 nights at Sabuk Lodge perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. This privately-owned lodge remains a family […]

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    Luangwa Valley from the Air...

    We recently featured Chindeni Bushcamp, located on the edge of an oxbow lagoon in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, for being one of our favorite small camps for families and groups of friends. The Luangwa Valley is a safari-lovers paradise with unique camps in spectacular settings surrounded with abundant and diverse wildlife. That’s why we […]

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    Andy & Melinda's Zambia and Botswana Safari

    Andy and Melinda’s first trip with Next Adventure was three years ago to Tanzania and Kenya. For this year’s trip Kili put together a 17-night safari including Zambia’s renowned South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Botswana’s Okavango Delta and a day tour of Johannesburg exploring South Africa’s history. We had a spectacular time! Our camps […]

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    Elephant in Marsh - Camp Shawu - Kruger - South Africa

    Memories and Photos from Bill & Cindy

    We asked Will & Cindy if they would share some of their stories and pictures from their past trips, and we got this wonderful array of safari memories and their ten best pictures from over the years… We’ve done three African Safaris with Next Adventure, as well as a more recent India trip that Kili […]

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    Eye of the Hippo - Katavi National Park

    Gautam & Friends visit Western Tanzania

    In September of this year, Gautam along with 10 friends visited two very unique and very different national parks tucked in the far western corner of Tanzania: Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains National Park. We’ve included a small selection of his photos below and encourage taking a look at his personal photography site.

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    Pel's Fishing Owl - Photo By Don & Maddy

    Don & Maddy's Birding Safari in Botswana & South Africa

    This custom safari took Don & Maddy to some of the top birding destinations in Southern Africa in the company of one of the most fanatical and well-known specialist birding guides in the business, Martin Benadie.

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    New Greystoke Mahale Video

    Nomad Tanzania just released a series of 3-minute videos about some of our favorite places including this one about Greystoke Mahale: Remotely-set on the shores of Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale is your home-base when trekking through the Mahale Mountains with one of the largest remaining populations of wild chimpanzees. It is also consistently praised […]

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    Photos from Jerry & Patty's South Africa Safari

    Jerry & Patty’s safari earlier this year included visits to Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and the Cape Winelands as well as some very exciting wildlife conservation encounters including witnessing a rare Rhino-marking. In the ongoing battle between poachers and wildlife conservationists, we’re proud to support the efforts of partners like […]

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    Mekoro at Sunset - Botswana Migration Routes Safari

    Five Friends' Flying Safari

    Earlier this year, we put together a private group camping safari for five friends. The trip started with everyone meeting up in Johannesburg and then moving on to Livingstone for a visit to Victoria Falls. From there, they embarked on a 9-day “Migration Routes Safari” with private air charters to three different mobile camps throughout the […]

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    Small Safari Camps for Groups & Families

    Traveling with your family or a small group of friends can be complicated: making restaurant reservations for a group can be tough or impossible, getting around isn’t easy with tourist maps and a couple of rental cars, and hotel arrangements for groups are expensive and inconvenient. Families and small groups of friends can avoid those […]

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    Chongwe House - Zambia

    The African Safari House

    When our clients come home from safari, they usually say, “We’re going back?” followed by, “Next time, we’re taking friends.” Increasingly, families and small groups of friends are taking advantage of the benefits of sharing a safari. Traveling as a small private group opens up a world of value and possibilities unavailable to couples or […]

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    Selinda Explorers Camp - Main Tent Interior

    Selinda Explorers Camp - your private safari getaway

    Sometimes, you just want to find a hammock and sway next to a lazy African river. Sometimes, you want to hike far into the bush to listen to the wilderness. Sometimes, there is nothing more important than watching wild elephants drink from the river in which you’re canoeing. Selinda Explorers Camp is just the place to get […]

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    JKIA Fire Update

    News of the fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport kept us up last night. From what we are hearing, the fire was not nearly as bad as it looked or as bad as initially reported. We have heard that the terminals were not damaged by the fire, flights are resuming, and auxiliary Immigration and Baggage […]

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    Busy Week at Next Adventure

    While Co-Founder Louise is out & about on a 27-day trek in Northern India, we’ve been busy bees putting the finishing touches on three very exciting and very different itineraries: Namibia – 10 days in Namibia for some of our most enthusiastic clients, The Clarks (WooHoo!) whose daughter has caught the Africa bug and works […]

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    Peter & Ellen's Pics from Tanzania

    Peter & Ellen visited some of our favorite camps and lodges during their trip to Tanzania earlier this year. Here are just a few of Peter & Ellen’s amazing photos… Thanks for sharing! 

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    Jerry & Patty's South Africa Safari

    Jerry & Patty along with friends Florence and Frank just got back from their trip to South Africa which included time in the Sabi Sands near Kruger National Park, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and the Cape Winelands. In short, we had a really excellent trip.  All the facilities were great, the game viewing fantastic, the Johannesburg […]

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    Tanzania Family Safari Trip Report

    Arrival in Tanzania Our guide, Emanuel, met us at Kilimanjaro International Airport for the 45 minute transfer to Lake Duluti Lodge. We enjoyed a small late dinner before a good nights’ rest in a comfortable forested cabin. View tanzania family safari 2013 in a larger map Overland to Maramboi Tented Camp After a delicious breakfast, […]

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