Voluntourism

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Philanthropy really is a strong ethic that most of us have and we are finding, wonderfully, that so many more of our clients are wanting to do more than observe at a distance, but rather get involved.

There are so many fabulous, charitable projects that The Explorations Company is involved in, both conservation and community led, which our clients can visit and be a part of – from clinics, to schools, to hospitals, to self-improvement, to conservation projects.

These we can incorporate into any holiday that you arrange with us. However, voluntourism has really taken hold for those who would like to make a meaningful contribution. Most of these will incorporate a skill that you already have – building, bricklaying, teaching, medical, surgical – any much more besides!

We have selected just a few fantastic itineraries below where voluntourism plays a key part, then added some other ideas to complement your safari beautifully! As always, each of our holidays is entirely bespoke, tailored around your interests.

Zimbabwe

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Season Green Green Green Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Green Green
Avg Day Temp °C 28 27 26 24 22 18 19 21 24 26 26 27
Rain mm 130 97 86 46 20 8 8 8 20 66 109 112

Uganda

Excellent availability Excellent
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When to travel Excellent Excellent Good Possible Possible Good Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Possible Good
Season Dry Dry Green Green Green Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Green Dry
Avg Day Temp °C 28 28 27 26 25 25 25 25 27 27 27 27
Rain mm 66 95 130 218 198 102 69 69 69 101 132 109

South Africa

Excellent availability Excellent
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When to travel Good Good Good Good Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good
Season Green Green Green Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Green Green
Avg Day Temp °C 28 28 26 24 21 19 19 22 25 27 27 28
Rain mm 110 102 96 76 46 21 23 32 41 78 116 115

Kenya

Excellent availability Excellent
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
When to travel Excellent Excellent Excellent Possible Possible Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Excellent
Season Dry Dry Dry Green Green Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Green Dry
Avg Day Temp °C 25 27 24 24 23 23 22 22 24 26 24 24
Rain mm 46 43 74 160 119 30 13 13 25 43 119 76

Malawi

Excellent availability Excellent
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Possible availability Possible
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
When to travel Possible Possible Good Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Possible
Season Green Green Green Green Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry Green Green
Avg Day Temp °C 23 23 22 21 19 17 17 18 21 23 24 23
Rain mm 258 213 184 71 17 14 13 7 4 32 106 215

The Explorations Company, where no two journeys have ever been the same

South Africa images courtesy of Kensington Place, Uthando, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.

Kenya images courtesy of Giraffe Manor - The Safari Collection, Solio Lodge - The Safari Collection, Sasaab - The Safari Collection, Sala's Camp - The Safari Collection.

Uganda images courtesy of Mahogany Springs, Karibu Guest House and Ride4aWoman

Zimbabwe images courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges

Malawi images courtesy of Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Central African Wilderness Safaris and Kaya Mawa.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.


100% Tailor Made

- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- We use only the very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good holiday and an outstanding one

Priceless Knowledge

- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities


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