Category Archives: Animals

Elite Voyages To The End Of The World – Kensington Antarctica


Introducing Kensington Antarctica – a luxurious eco-camp located at the end of the earth in the heart of Antarctica�s interior. Ideal for adrenaline adventurers, thrill-seekers & jet setters, this elite property features a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic activities with genuine polar explorers & experts as guides.
 
Perched on top of a 200 foot icefall, Kensington Antarctic is as surreal as it is beautiful & truly one of a kind. Furnished in the old world opulence of African safaris this designed eco-camp fuses traditional materials with cutting-edge comforts & modern technology. There are 6 sleeping tents, ensuring a intimate experience for every guest as well as first class service from 5 renowned polar guides, distinguished naturalists & a celebrated chef.
   
Activities led by expert polar guides include hikes through untouched oasis, explorations of ice caves & tunnels, treks over massive ice disturbances, kite-skiing, ice climbing, trips to a nearby Adelie penguin colony, an interactive tour of the American Science Station, abseiling into ice crevasses, Antarctic swimming, cross country skiing, an optional excursion to the South Pole & a short flight across unexplored mountain range to the site of a awe-inspiring and rarely seen Emperor penguin colony of over 12,000 & their fearless hatchlings.

Accessible only by private jet from Cape Town, South Africa, there are a range of adventures available including 5, 10 & 12-day expeditions as well as a 2 day journey & the options for exclusive custom departures. The Antarctica season runs from late November through January when temperatures average a mild -5 Celsius. 

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The Best of Botswana

A selection of wild photos from a private guided safari though Botswana from one of our favorite Kensington travelers.  Want to see more Botswana? Check out our flickr pg.

The Ultimate Adventure – Gorilla Trekking in the Congo

Deep in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, close to the Rwandan border lies Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, one of the last refuges of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla.  The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the last places on earth where these majestic creatures can be seen in the wild.  It’s the ultimate adrenaline adventure and these photos were taken during a recent private guided tour with Kensington through the wilds of the Congo and Rwanda.

Panda Hugs ???

Fuzzy, delightful, nuzzling and almost surreal – what else can we say about the Wolong Nature Reserve’s incredible Panda Breeding & Research Center.  If you’re an animal lover, the five hour drive from Chengdu is thoroughly worth it because once there you can hug a baby panda!  One of our favourite Kensington travelers recently sent us these great shots from his private guided tour through China.  Think you’d be brave enough to hug one of these scarily adorable bears?

Costa Rica Spring into Summer Special


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This active & exotic special is too hot to pass up. Adventurers will delight in a scenic voyage up the Sierpe River to the exclusive Casa Corcovado Eco lodge, nestled on the outskirts of Corcovado National Park. This intimate tropical retreat is a part of an area National Geographic calls “one of the most biologically intense places on earth.” Afterwards travelers will fly north to the green highlands of Arenal & the spectacular Arenal Volcano.  There they’ll enjoy the Royal Corin Resort & Spa, a Kensington favourite. This active adventure includes incredible wildlife viewing, white water rafting, horseback riding, canopy tours, zip lining, a fusion of private & shared expert guided tours, meals as indicated, private airport transfers & much more. Offered for May & June travel only! Limited space is available – Call Now!
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A Taste of Tanzania

More great photos from a Kensington traveler!  Hope you enjoy these images taken during one of our classic private safaris through Tanzania! 

The Elephant Orphanage


It’s no secret that Kensington Tours specializes in classic safaris to East Africa.  Last year alone we sent hundreds of travelers to Kenya and Tanzania.  Although there is nothing like one of our private guided game drives, we always encourage our adventurers to get out of their 4X4’s, visit local villages, community projects and experience this remarkable region hands on. 

One of our favourite recommendations is a trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.  Established shortly after the death of conservationist David Sheldrick in 1977, the Trust that bears his name does extraordinary work protecting Africa’s dwindling rhinos and elephants, running anti-snare units, and funding anti-poaching patrols.  Through it they run the Orphans Project, an inspiring endeavour that has saved countless orphaned young elephants, rhinos & various other animals.  Too young to survive on their own, they are rescued, carefully reared and then released back into the wild.  Sometimes taking as long as 10 years before they are ready, the Orphans Project provides these awe-inspiring creatures a second chance at life and freedom.   

Below you’ll find some photos from a Kensington traveler’s recent tour.  The project is only open to the public for an hour each day, but as he said you’ll “remember the elephant orphanage for a lifetime.”

Visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphans.asp