Custom Safari Specialists

Custom Safari with Kili in Kenya's Chyulu Hills

Kili in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills

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Next Adventure was founded in 1996 by the McGowans to focus exclusively on providing custom safari arrangments to their favorite destination, Africa! Before Next Adventure, Richard and Louise McGowan 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 escorting small group departures, scouting safari camps 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 less than 100 clients a 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 Coordinator

Nicole Russo

Nicole Russo

Associate

Kelly Dellinger

Kelly Dellinger

Business Development

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 planets'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.