A Lifetime of Experience

Extraordinary Service

For more than 20 years, we have been taking safaris personally, and we share the benefit of our experience and the quality of our relationships with our clients. We aren’t selling seats on trips; we are sharing the best of wild Africa via our most trusted colleagues and friends.

Custom Safari Specialists

Custom Safari with Kili in Kenya's Chyulu Hills

Kili in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills

Nat Geo Best Adventure Travel Companies Custom Safari

Next Adventure was founded in 1996 by Richard and Louise McGowan to focus exclusively on providing custom safari arrangements to their favorite continent, Africa! Before Next Adventure, the McGowans were owners of Mountain Travel for 17 years, pioneering the international travel industry and sending thousands of adventurers to every corner of the globe.

Indicative of their adventurous spirit, Louise was pregnant on their first climb of Kilimanjaro in 1979, naming their daughter Kili for this distinctive and symbolic African volcano. Kili’s childhood was spent at the feet of these two accomplished guides exploring the most beautiful and remote places on earth.

Today, Kili and Louise spend up to four months a year scouting safari camps, exploring Africa’s lesser-visited parks and conservancies, escorting exclusive small group safaris and having lunch with local operators throughout the continent.

Next Adventure is different.

Custom Safari with Louise at Lake Kariba Zimbabwe

Louise at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

There are big safari companies with good deals on pre-packaged group trips, and, like any resort, tour or cruise, they offer photo ops and nice accommodations. Next Adventure specializes in one-on-one custom safari arrangements, and we rarely recommend activities or accommodations that we haven’t personally experienced.

We work with a select clientele each year, nearly all of them are repeat or referrals, and every one of them receives a unique, personalized itinerary in which the nuance of each destination, the details of each transition, and the flow from start to finish are carefully considered.

Since 1996, we have been taking safaris personally, and we love to share the benefit of our experience and the quality of our relationships with our clients. We aren’t selling seats on trips; we are introducing you to the best of wild Africa via our most trusted colleagues and friends.

Get in touch today to start planning your custom safari!

Next Adventure is a second-generation safari specialist agency with decades of experience and long-time relationships with leading conservationists.

Get to know us

Kili McGowan

Kili McGowan

Managing Director

Jeremy Townsend

Jeremy Townsend

Marketing Director

Louise McGowan

Louise McGowan

Co-Founder & Safari Specialist

Rainier

Rainier

Safari Kid

Richard McGowan

Richard McGowan

Co-Founder

next adventure logoOur Logo, the Oryx

The oryx is not the first animal people think of when day-dreaming of an African safari. However, it embodies the character of Next Adventure and the kind of safaris we love to make.

The oryx lives in true wilderness. They are rarely sought out by the first time traveler, and you have to go out of your way to find one. However, they are distinctive, elegant, dramatic, impressive and endlessly photogenic, just like our safaris!

Oryx near Namibia's Skeleton Coast

Oryx near Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Our Commitment

To provide our clients with the highest level of personalized safari planning and booking services with a focus on conservation, connection and communication.

Conservation

Conservation

By going on a safari with respected and responsible companies and partners, our clients provide direct support in the fight to preserve for future generations the most diverse wild places left on the planet.

Connection

Connection

Experiencing our planet's vast primitive wilderness connects us with the earth as it was tens of thousands of years ago. Wilderness gave birth to humanity, and in it we are reminded of the wild human thing in all of us.

Communication

Communication

The world needs more people telling positive stories about the wild, sacred and exciting places on our planet, and we at Next Adventure take great pride in knowing that our clients come home with stories of hope, wonder and gratitude.

News, Press & Media Coverage

 For media inquiries, please contact: Dawn Shalhoup at PR Potion – Email: [email protected] – Phone: 415-370-8515

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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