A Lifetime of Experience
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
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.
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.
Next Adventure is a second-generation safari specialist agency with decades of experience and long-time relationships with leading conservationists.
Get to know us
Our 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!
To provide our clients with the highest level of personalized safari planning and booking services with a focus on conservation, connection and communication.
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.
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.
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
I had come to the Namib to shadow Stander in his research on a trip organized by Wilderness Safaris as […]Read More ›
Kili McGowan, the chair of the Safari Pros consortium of travel advisors, organizes and leads trips that venture beyond sightings […]Read More ›
Next Adventure, a safari company based in Berkeley and run by Kili McGowan and her husband Jeremy Townsend, was tasked […]Read More ›
When the show was in the planning stages, Bell pointed the Parts Unknown production company, Zero Point Zero, to Berkeley company Next Adventure whose […]Read More ›
As the sun drifted down on the rolling hills of South Africa’s Free State province, Manie Van Niekerk wore a […]Read More ›
Everyone remembers their first ‘ellie’ sighting on safari.” Simon Penfold, my Scenic Air Safaris host, was right. Through the window […]Read More ›