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The Explorations Company was first established in 1989. Our core business then was creating highly individual safaris to Africa, reflecting the origins of the founders and hence the company’s original name; African Explorations. In time we were lucky enough to attract key individuals to our business and added India and surrounding areas such as Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma), to our portfolio and latterly also Latin America and The Polar Regions. The business was finally rebranded as 'The Explorations Company'.

Our original ethos holds firm to this day; we are totally dedicated to creating utterly personal and highly exclusive safaris, holidays & vacations for the most discerning travellers. Each itinerary we create is unique and in 27 years, no two itineraries have been repeated; each holiday experience aims to be ‘the journey of a lifetime’.

The success of our company is down to our people. The founder of the business was brought up in Africa (but born in India) and we are lucky to have probably the most experienced and knowledgeable specialists anywhere. We are unique; our Africa specialists come from Africa and intrinsically know the continent, its cultures and its wildlife. In the same vein our Asian specialists come from Asia / India and our Latin American specialist has family in Mexico. It is all about that crucial understanding of the places one is discussing and of course, being able to then translate that into the right holiday for each and every client.

We spend huge resource each year revisiting all the countries that we promote. Each place that we recommend for you has been thoroughly tested by us – the beds have been slept in, the rooms compared, the best views noted and the food sampled! We seek out the finest guides and the very best camps and lodges which give our clients the very best experiences.

Whilst the relevance of all the above is self-evident, our main driving force is passion for what we do; it is in our blood. Our enthusiasm and love for Africa, India and Latin America, their wildlife and their people, continues as a thread through each safari or holiday, whether focused on “luxury” or something more down to earth and perhaps highly specialised, that we hand-craft for all of our clients. We also are deeply involved in charitable projects – both humanitarian- and conservation-oriented – which clients are welcome to experience.

We have been chosen by the Financial Times on several occasions to arrange specialist group safaris for their readers. We were also chosen by Selfridges in London to arrange exclusive African safaris for their customers. Our owner, Nicola Shepherd, is also a judge for a publication that determines the quality of the safari camps and lodges in Africa and their sustainability and community practices.

We hope that we have the privilege to work with you.


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‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

Thanks a million

Judy and Mike’

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