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.

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African Safari, Tailor-made Private Tours

An African Safari Fix

From walking safaris and game drives to sundowners and luxury camps, Andrew Drummond got his fix for an all-encompassing African safari adventure. Our Africa Specialist headed to Zambia, Botswana and Namibia during off season but miraculously saw a lot more than he had bargained for. Read More »

African Safari, Tailor-made Private Tours

Travel, On Your Own Terms

If you've ever been on a trip that hit only the most heavily visited tourist destinations, you know how frustrating that can be. While experiencing famous landmarks and historic sites is undoubtedly a rewarding endeavor, if you're just one of thousands in the crowd, it's easy to see why your may not be as you imagined it. Read More »


Brett On The Water: Ganges River, Part I

Explorer in Residence, Brett Rogers, has led expeditions on the Mackenzie, Yukon and Mississippi Rivers. Over a total of 10 months, he spanned a total distance of 9,000 kilometers without burning a tank of gas. The focus of these expeditions was never about being the first, the fastest or to re-enact past expeditions. Read More »


Neuschwanstein Castle: A Fairytale Come To life

If you remember watching a story of a beautiful princess, the enchantment of sleep and a magical kiss from a handsome prince - then you’ve probably seen Neuschwanstein Castle. The picturesque German building was the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and has become a staple of Germany tours for years. The Romanesque style castle was built throughout the 1870s and was originally commissioned by the famously-reclusive King Ludwig II as a summer retreat. Read More »

Tailor-made Private Tours

A First Encounter with Beijing

Like most people, Christine Negroni enjoys all the parts of an adventure while traveling – even the unexpected. But in a destination where the language is challenging and getting around isn’t so easy, she discovers that having a guide can be a good thing. Christine visits Beijing for the first time with the assistance of a Kensington Tours’ guide who takes her off the tourist map and helps her find the heart of a destination. Read More »

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