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Safaris five years from now

25 years ago, when Next Adventure started offering custom, personalized safaris in Africa, it was considered an exotic niche experience […]

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Top 10 Safaris for Every Kind of Traveler

During the pandemic, we had plenty of time to reminisce about our favorite safaris and really examine which safari experiences […]

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The Wide World of Safaris

Through the Next Adventure Lens One of Next Adventure’s most rewarding pandemic projects was examining our data from the last […]

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CONDE NAST TRAVELER - MARCH 2021

We choose to get to know our clients, and we do everything we can to make sure they are well-suited […]

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TRAVEL + LEISURE - DECEMBER 2020

2020 has been a hard year for all of us, especially for those who depend on tourism. But, just because […]

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Sapi Explorers Camp

The 118,000 hectare private Sapi Concession was awarded to Great Plains Conservation to manage and look after in 2016. Immediately […]

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How the safari community is responding to the pandemic

One of our favorite phrases heard around safari camps is “make a plan.” It’s a fascinating mix of being completely […]

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Overview of Travel Guidelines and Entry Requirements

Countries Currently Open to International Travel All of the countries in which we operate are currently open to international travelers […]

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Near-term Safari Opportunities 2020-2021

We’re excited to see African countries safely reopening and welcoming international travelers back to their borders. With a careful understanding […]

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Kili's First Adventures

For people who love to travel, the covid pandemic grounded us literally and figuratively, and it’s given us an opportunity […]

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CENTURION - JUNE 2020

I had come to the Namib to shadow Stander in his research on a trip organized by Wilderness Safaris as […]

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Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind, seven tent camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the […]

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TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE - APRIL 2020

Kili McGowan, the chair of the Safari Pros consortium of travel advisors, organizes and leads trips that venture beyond sightings […]

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Options for Travel Plans Impacted by the Pandemic

Given the unprecedented disruption to global travel, Next Adventure and our partners share, respect and understand your concerns about your […]

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Tembo Plains

“Tembo” meaning Elephant and reflects more than just a place and a name honouring the animals on these plains. It […]

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Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, […]

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Sheryl & Laura's African Photo Dreams Come True in Tanzania

  “It was amazing to be so close to so many animals and to not only see them, like one […]

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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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Jessica & Gearóid's Epic First Safari

“We sat quietly as they ate around us, we were no more than a few feet from the majestic beasts […]

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Penny & David's Life Changing Safari in Tanzania

“We had the most amazing time on our trip!  It was truly life changing.  We have probably overshared our adventures […]

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Best Vacation Ever on Safari in Kenya

“This was my best vacation EVER. I’d gladly try another safari.” — Eric I’d like to start by saying that […]

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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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Lion Cuddles in the Serengeti

Green Season Safaris in Tanzania

While Tanzania is best known for being home to the iconic Serengeti plains, the Serengeti can be known for peak […]

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Under Canvas & Flying Circuits in Namibia

Maybe no country has seen the buzz of the travel world like Namibia, and it’s been fascinating to watch it […]

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Private Mobile Camping in Botswana

While Botswana has grown to be seen as one of the more luxurious (and expensive) safari destinations, we’re glad to […]

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Coastal Adventures in South Africa

Kruger & Cape Town are a popular combination, but South Africa has much more to offer with an abundance of […]

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Walking Safaris in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has a well-earned reputation for some of the best guides and most picturesque wildlife and wilderness areas in Africa. […]

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Breathtaking Botswana & Hwange Thrills

Lance says: I had a fantastic time in Africa.  We saw a vast amount of wildlife, virtually everything one could […]

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New Circuits in Rwanda & Uganda

A wise colleague of ours says, “Rwanda has ambitions to be the best in the world, and it’s making quick […]

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A Writer Left Astounded For Words

“I always cry when the small plane lands on a dirt airstrip, and I always cry when I leave.” — […]

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Up Close and Personal - A Family Safari Road Trip!

“On the first day, we went out looking for lions, and we certainly found them. In fact, not only did […]

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Diving In Day One - A Surprise Southern Africa Safari

“We’re a gay couple that has traveled the world all on our own, from the Galapagos Islands to the Bosphorus […]

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Linda & John's Quintessential African Experience

“There aren’t very many places where we’ve been and are dying to go back. Patagonia is one we’d go back […]

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Mara Nyika

Mara Nyika, meaning “Large Plains or Great Plains,” is the newest edition to the Great Plains Conservation family of camps […]

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Namibia Under Canvas Safari

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Travel with one of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides. Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and […]

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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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Borana's Lengishu House

Borana has always been a special place; a truly family-oriented conservancy, adjacent to the world-renowned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, that offers […]

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When to book what?

One common question we hear is “How far in advance should I start booking my safari?”, so we put together […]

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New Flights + Better Connections = More Possibilities

A big part of planning a perfect safari is thinking through the logistics of international and regional flight connections. We’re […]

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Four Extraordinary Lodges

For this edition of our “Personal Picks”, we’re thinking outside-the-box to share four breathtaking lodges in unique, lesser-known parks and […]

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Wilderness Safaris - Travel with Purpose Itineraries

We’re excited to share a selection of new Travel with Purpose Itineraries from Wilderness Safaris. These special scheduled departures offer […]

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Walking Safaris in South Luangwa

Not until you’ve followed in the footsteps of the great explorers and experienced the compelling mix of excitement, respect and […]

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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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Serendipity

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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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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A New Zimbabwe Safari Circuit

In the 1990s, Zimbabwe was booming. It was a sought-after destination, and Next Adventure was one of the few photographic […]

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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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Mara Expedition Camp

Mara Expedition Camp sits in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and just a […]

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Next Adventure - In the Field

Safari camps are always changing. Of course, the location and design are important, but it’s really people who make a […]

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Family Safari Picks

A family vacation is all about sharing special moments, and we can’t think of many moments more special than being out […]

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Zambia Migration Safari - November 2018

Next Adventure is excited to announce an opportunity to travel with our Managing Director, Kili McGowan, on a truly unique small group […]

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Snow Leopards in Ladakh - January 2019

Next Adventure is very excited to offer this unique and exclusive opportunity to travel with Safari Specialist Kelly Dellinger in […]

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Karen Gables

This lovely guesthouse is a great option in Nairobi’s Karen District. It is peaceful and charming, and we’ve received excellent […]

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Lewa Walking Wild

Lewa Walking Wild Fly Camping Walking Wild is a camel safari outfit based out of Lewa Wilderness. This venture offers […]

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Legendary Lodge

Legendary Lodge is one of a kind: it is a luxury property located on the outskirts of Arusha, set in […]

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Tanzania's Mwiba Lodge

Mwiba, a secluded, sophisticated haven set among massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, overlooking a rocky gorge on […]

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Legendary Serengeti Mobile Camp

Explore a rich landscape of inky blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and the soft neutrals of the African savannah. Within […]

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Botswana's New Qorokwe Camp in Pictures

We couldn’t be more excited to see this new Wilderness Safaris camp opening in one of the Delta’s most productive […]

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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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Jane & Alan's First Safari

When I was a kid I read things about Daniel Boone and the Native American explorers and scouts. They had […]

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Courtney & Christian's Honeymoon Safari

Just stunning…there is a constant parade of animals coming down the hill and you can see the vastness of the […]

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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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India Wild & Royal with Allen Bechky

India: Wild & Royal – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Kanha – Bandhavgarh Exclusive Small Group Departure – December 30, 2017 – […]

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Duba Plains

The renowned and totally brand new Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta. A recent guest […]

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Bee & Chaz Capture Rare Safari Moments

On the way to the airstrip at Mara Plains we watched this baby gazelle being born on New Year’s Day. […]

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Family Safaris - Our Personal Picks

As you might have guessed, the Next Adventure team fully supports taking the whole family on safari! As family safaris have […]

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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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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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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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Mike & Sheila's Serengeti Plains and Virungas Mountains

Mike & Sheila want to make sure we mention their ages (71 & 72) and these three points: Good guiding makes […]

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Walking in Hwange with the Johnson Family

So much of what we do here at Next Adventure is getting to know each client and pairing them with […]

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Join Allen Bechky in 2017

Next Adventure is honored to offer an India Wildlife Safari in February 2017 and two exclusive small group departures to […]

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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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Mike & Trina's Sensational Anniversary Safari

It was clear to us as our safari unfolded, that Kili listened carefully to us and, through a couple of […]

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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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Charismatic India - March 2016 Trip Report

Close your eyes. Think of India. What images come to mind? Maybe the romantic Taj Mahal? How about your favorite curry dish? […]

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Kenya - Our Personal Picks

Kili’s Pick: Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara There are many luxury camps throughout Kenya, but none captures […]

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Let Zim be your guide

Zimbabwe has long been a favorite destination for us at Next Adventure. I was first there as a two year […]

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Beyond Primates

Delving into Uganda’s Wildlife Havens Uganda is renowned for tracking and viewing both the rare Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzees. These […]

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Karen & Hank's Zimbabwe and Botswana Photo Safari

Karen & Hank are keen photographers who went on their first photo safari last year to Kenya and Tanzania. This […]

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Glenn & Karen's South African Anniversary Safari

Glenn & Karen have done a number of trips with Next Adventure, but their most recent anniversary safari was very […]

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Scouting India's Best Wildlife Safaris

Over the last few years, Next Adventure has arranged a handful of tiger safaris in India, but it wasn’t until […]

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Kili's Look at Namibia's Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast has an evocative, enigmatic name that sounds like a place one “has” to visit. In practical terms, […]

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View from an Elephant Hide near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

Join Kili's exclusive Insider's Safari to Zimbabwe

In celebration of my 10-year anniversary as Managing Director of Next Adventure, I decided to return to my roots. When […]

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Kili's Expedition Safari to the Republic of Congo

In September, Kili led 9 clients on an exclusive 6-day gorilla-tracking safari to the Republic of Congo. This special journey […]

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Photos from Kili's group trip to Namibia

This past September Kili led her first safari to Namibia. Read our 5 reasons for loving this spectacular destination. Here’s […]

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Happy Lion near Selinda

A Safari for Sisters in Botswana & Cape Town

Myra came to Next Adventure looking to share a special, once-in-a-lifetime, first-time safari with her sister Toby. After getting to […]

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Marataba has it all!

We spent several memorable days enjoying boat cruises on the dam, a herd of 100+ elephants and informative walking safaris. […]

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