Explorers In Residence

The Explorers-In-Residence Series from Kensington Tours offers the unique and enriching opportunity to travel with the 21st Century’s most accomplished explorers. Available for private groups - on request only - these exclusive itineraries are woven together with the incredible knowledge, deep cultural connections and fascinating story-telling of each explorer. Itineraries are designed with your groups unique needs and strive for a perfect fusion of rare and rich experiences, adventure and luxury, off the beaten-path surprises and bucket list favorites.

Kensington’s Explorers-in-Residence include celebrated Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, renowned researchers, television personalities, and other leading adventurers.

TRAVIS STEFFENS

Madagascar Primatologist & Conservationist

A primatologist with a passion for conservation, Steffens has dedicated his life and research to community development efforts, environmental education, eco-tourism projects and international awareness in Madagascar. Considered an expert in the field, his current research is on the impact of habitat loss and threat of extinction posed to lemurs, an primate with 100 different species (many of which are endangered) endemic to the isolated African country.

In addition this 21st century explorer founded Lambas for Lemurs, a conservation education program seeking to inform local Malagasy people of the dangers lemurs face, promote the protection of these primates, encourage sustainable living and help locals understand how conservation efforts can help attract tourism, Travis While not in living in Madagascar, Travis brings travelers to remote wilds in Africa, Central America, and the Canadian Rockies. Travis holds a BSc and MA in Primatology and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto.


GEORGE KOURONIS

The Storm Chaser

Referred to as the “Modern Day Indiana Jones,” TV personality, adventurer and renowned storm chaser George Korounis has dedicated over 15 years of his life to documenting natural disasters in the most extreme places on earth. Whether he’s chasing tornadoes or driving into the eye of hurricanes, George has a knack for being in the right place at the right time when it comes to witnessing and documenting jaw dropping forces of nature. On his most daring expedition, George brought his camera to Ethiopia where he was lowered 60 feet into the smoking crater of the active Erta Ale volcano to film on top of a newly hardened lava lake.

George is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, and was also nominated for Gemini awards in 2008 and 2009 for his work on Angry Planet. George’s efforts have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN and his own adventure TV program, Angry Planet, which has been broadcast in over 100 countries.


JEFF FUCHS

The Ancient Tea Horse Road

Jeff Fuchs is an author who has lived most of the past decade in Asia where his work and research has centered on indigenous mountain cultures, oral histories and an obsessive interest in tea. Jeff gained prominence in the realm of exploration for being the first westerner to trek the daunting Tea Horse Road, one of the world’s greatest trade routes. His book 'The Ancient Tea Horse Road' documents this 8-month groundbreaking expedition covering 6,000 kilometers through the rugged Himalayan Mountains to uncover the mysteries of this vital route that has been so critical to the lives of the remote Himalayan people.

Jeff is a current member of the Explorers Club fluent in several languages, most notably in Mandarin, and calls the Shangri La County his home. His passion for exploration can be seen through his powerful photo essays which have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, World Geographic, Kyoto Journal, The Spanish Expedition Society, The Earth, The China Post Newspaper, Silkwinds, Outpost, The Toronto Star and The South China Morning Post amongst others.


MARIELLEN WARD

Author & Spiritual Solo Adventurer

Author and Indophile Mariellen Ward has experienced all the beautiful intricacies of India and shares her tales and insight as a solo female traveler on her award-winning website, Breathedreamgo.com which chronicles her journeys. Mariellen writes with passion, sensitivity and understanding about the land she considers her "soul culture." Over the 17 months she has spent traveling solo across the breadth of the subcontinent, she discovered a deep and abiding affinity for the country and its people. Mariellen has been blessed by the waters of Ganga during the Kumbh Mela, felt the power of the desert in Rajasthan while on camel safari, followed in the footsteps of 16th century Krishna devotee & poet Mirabai, practiced yoga at ashrams with renowned yogis, greeted dawn at Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, visited the Taj Mahal during a full moon and watching the colors of sunrise splash against the vast, white Himalayan range. Breathedreamgo is syndicated by the Times of India. Mariellen founded the #WeGoSolo movement to support and encourage female solo travel.


SIMON DONATO

The Ultra-Marathon Runner

Star of the hit new show Boundless on the Travel and Escape Channel, Simon Donato is known across the world for being an ultra-marathon runner and adrenaline adventurer. The show features Simon as he travels across the globe competing in grueling endurance races at some of the world’s most challenging terrains. These extreme competitions include a 155 mile race through highlands and around volcanoes in Iceland, five day foot race in the Sahara Desert, paddleboard race from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii and extreme mountain biking in Utah.

Combining his love of exploration and adventure, Simon founded Adventure Science, a company that specializes in leading scientists and search parties into remote locations using non-motorize means when possible. In 2012, Simon and the crew at Adventure Science led the search to find the missing legendary ultra-marathon runner, Micah True. Some of his other notable adventures include; the documentary film Go Death Racer where Simon and 3 other runners take on the Canadian Death Race, an ultra-marathon event high up in the Rockies and the Musandam Oman Expedition, where the Adventure Science team hiked on foot through the daunting northern tip of Oman to study tsunami depots and archeological sites. Simon is also a proud member of the Explorer’s Club and has a PHD in Geology.


JONATHAN GREEN

Acclaimed Naturalist, Researcher & Photographer

With over 25 years as a naturalist, diver and photographer, Green’s work in Galapagos and the Antarctic has received global acclaim. A graduate of the University of London with a BSc in Combined Sciences, his love for marine life took him to Ecuador where he trained as a naturalist with the Galapagos National Park and worked at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Green has been published in Time Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Royal Geographical Magazine, and exhibited at the Natural History Museum of London, Olympia Exhibition Centre of London, and across the world. In 2009 Green led an underwater filming expedition to unexplored areas of Antarctic resulting in a documentary that garnered international attention. He is a current Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London and The Explorers Club.

Green is the founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project which together with the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation has undertaken extensive satellite research of this enigmatic species. He hopes in the near future to use a submersible to follow the whale sharks down into their domain, beyond the depths divers can reach to determine if the Galapagos Marine Reserve is indeed where the whale sharks are pupping, a fact that to this day remains a mystery.


BRETT ROGERS

The River Runner

Brett Rogers is a documentary filmmaker that has led expeditions on the Mackenzie, Yukon, Mississippi, Ganges and Mekong Rivers, spanning a total distance of over 6,500 miles without burning a tank of gas. Brett served as the Field Coordinator for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance where he gained a thorough understanding about the pressures facing North America’s fresh water supply. As a filmmaker, Brett has been mentored by Les Stroud (Survivorman).

Brett is a recent and proud member of The Explorers Club and has been featured by National Geographic Traveler, The Documentary Channel, Daily Planet, Canada AM, Weather Network, ABC News, National Post, Waterkeeper Magazine, CBC Radio & more. Brett has completed keynote presentations regarding his expeditions, highlighted by lectures at Columbia University, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, TEDx , and the GreenXchange in Los Angeles, California.


MARK TERRY

The Polar Explorer

From his early works, We Stand On Guard, Earth’s Natural Wonders, Mysteries of Sacred Sites and the popular documentary series, Shop With Me, Mark has been making documentaries for over 20 years. His expertise in documentary films, as well as his keen interest in the polar region led to two award winning films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer. Both films were made in partnership with the UNEP and premiered in the Climate Change Conferences and won a combined 20 international film awards for excellence.

Mark is a member prestigious Explorers Club and the recipient of the Explorers Club Canadian Chapter’s highest honor, the Stefansson medal, for his international field work documenting our natural world. Mark is also the winner of the 2012 Gemini Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with the United Nations with his documentaries. Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Environment Programme in 2008.


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