Louise McGowan – Co-Founder & Safari Specialist

Growing up on a 10,000-acre ranch in northern British Columbia brought wilderness and wildlife literally to the back door. It was, however, due to a family heritage of pioneers and travelers, including a great aunt who explored southern Africa and took the train to Victoria Falls in the 1930’s, that most shaped Louise’s world view and lead her to share a journey of 35 years with Richard as her husband and business partner.

Louise at Lake Kariba Zimbabwe

Louise at Lake Kariba Zimbabwe

Leaving Mountain Travel*Sobek in the mid-90’s after 17 years, Louise focussed on building Next Adventure and exploring her interest in poetry, comparative literature and creative writing at Mills College in Oakland. Today she still reads fiction and poetry avidly while keeping up with the day-to-day operations at our Berkeley office and frequently traveling throughout Africa and beyond. Recent trips include trekking in Ladakh in Northern India, tracking rhino on foot in Zimbabwe and canoeing on the Zambesi River as well as boating and kayaking in the Pacific Northwest.

Five generations of women in Louise’s family have been drawn to Africa already; grand-daughter Rainier was just a toddler in May of 2011 on her very first wildlife safari in South Africa!  Please join us in traveling to this very special part of the world!

Email Louise directly at [email protected]



Trip Reports

Kili's First Adventures

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South Luangwa's Dynamic Diversity

For my first visit to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, I visited a number of camps and portfolios for a […]

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Big Reveal! Kili's Secret Safari of Surprises

About 2 years ago, a group of travel-giddy friends put their safari planning in Kili’s hand’s for a Secret Safari. […]

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Kili's Return to Rwanda - Gorillas & More!

Kili returned to Rwanda to find a country that has made tremendous progress toward its goal of being one of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Ele eating in the crater

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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