Compass Blog

Compass is a collection of blogs based on the imaginative research the Kensington team undertakes to ensure we find new and better ways to transform travel into a more meaningful and personal experience. In other words, we are always on the lookout for a secret café in Paris, the best spot to find the black rhino, a favorite local dish, a superb hike out of Buenos Aires and the next great hidden lodge. To accomplish this we've enlisted our team of destination specialists. When they are not designing custom trips that wow our clients, they are traveling the world for inspiration. In addition, we have pulled together a team of 'Explorers-In-Residence' - Royal Geographic Society Fellows, Explorer's Club Fellows and leading adventurers with fascinating stories. Follow these explorers and gain a unique perspective from their awe-inducing expeditions.

Africa Destination Expert

African Safari, Tailor-made Private Tours

A Warm Heart in Africa: A Safari Through Botswana, Zambia & South Africa

By Africa Expert Jolene Plant I first fell in love with Africa in high school when I spent a year living in central Zambia. On a 12-month cultural exchange I was immersed in the “real Africa,” one of mesmerizing landscapes, fascinating traditions, jaw-dropping wildlife and optimism in the face of hardship. It was one of the most profound years of my life and it inspired me to pursue a career as an African travel specialist. To me, Africa is magnetic. Read More »

Nature's Splendor

Madagascar Surprises

I'll be the first to admit that I'm in a serious and committed relationship with Africa. I've traveled to over 11 countries and been on more than a 100 game-drives in various parks. The affair is exciting, terrifying, inspiring and unwavering. The best part? No matter how comfortable or familiar I become, there's always more opportunities to learn, discover and be swept off my feet time and time again. Read More »

African Safari

Seeking Adventure: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Facing Mountain Gorillas and Tracking Game

It’s pretty safe to say that I’m a fully-fledged Africa junkie. I’ve had a range of travel experiences in various African countries over the past few years. From seeking out the Big 5 on over 60 game-drives to diving with sharks in South Africa and climbing the dunes in Namibia to sleeping under the stars in 5-star luxury tented camps. I’ve had other equally amazing experiences but my bucket list still remains boundless. Read More »

African Safari, Tailor-made Private Tours

Madagascar: Discover The Eighth Continent With Kensington Tours

As Kensington’s Africa Director, I am overjoyed with our recent addition to our award-winning Africa portfolio – private guided safaris and tours to the eco-rich isle of Madagascar! So unique that ecologists refer to it as the 8th continent, this isolated wonderland’s playful lemurs, phenomenal beaches, baobab trees and outlandish creatures are quietly climbing their way to the top of every globetrotter’s hit list. Read More »

Food & Wine, Tailor-made Private Tours

Why I Keep Going Back To Morocco

A sun-drenched land of sea and sand, blazing desert and mountain passes, Morocco has fascinated travelers for centuries – including myself. I’ve visited the sublime slice of North Africa a many times before but this trip had a focused purpose - researching genuine experiences and moments that reveal Morocco and its culture. I proposed to seek out golden travel tips for our travelers on their Morocco tours. I also planned on finding a richly coloured Persian rug for my living room. Read More »

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