Long before social media influencers and celebrity safaris, there was Next Adventure. And long before Next Adventure, a couple of brave adventurers had a knack for planning the grandest journeys on Earth. Their names were Richard and Louise McGowan. After 17 years of managing their own international travel agency, they narrowed their focus to their favorite continent, the one that most inspires travelers to return, Africa. Richard and Louise founded Next Adventure in 1996 with the goal of building personalized, eco-friendly, community-conscious safaris customized to the needs and desires of each individual traveler.
Though Richard passed away in 2007, his passionate spirit lives on in his daughter Kili, named for Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, where the McGowans discovered they were pregnant on the ascent of the magnificent peak in 1979. Kili spent much of her youth adventuring at her parents’ side, exploring some of the most breathtaking and remote places on Earth and positioning her to become one of the travel industry’s youngest and most experienced safari specialists.
Today, the McGowan mother and daughter team, along with Kili’s husband Jeremy, visit Africa multiple times a year scouting safari camps, exploring the emerging and more obscure parks and conservancies, escorting small safari groups, meeting with local partners and operators, and generally taking the paths less traveled, making Next Adventure a true family affair.
Next Adventure is a second-generation safari specialist agency with decades of experience and long-time relationships with leading conservationists.
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We chose the elusive Oryx gazella for Next Adventure’s logo. The spirit of this beautiful creature represents the experience we create for our travelers: you won’t find an oryx if you don’t go looking for one. The oryx lives in true wilderness and are rarely sought by the first-time adventurer. But when you see one, you know you’ve encountered a certain kind of magic.
Next Adventure crafts each safari experience with the spirit of the oryx in mind: unique, distinctive, and unforgettable.