Understanding Travelers Philanthropy


Defining Philanthropy’s Role in Travel
June 28, 2010, 4:02 pm
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Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel: Taking you Farther. Bringing you Closer.

One hundred and fifty years ago visionary poet Walt Whitman warned that the industrial revolution (not to mention our digital revolution) was artificially accelerating the tempo of people’s lives to the point where humans where losing touch with their inner rhythms and the natural pulse of their thoughts and emotions.

Whitman urged people to appreciate and occasionally cultivate idle time as a way to refresh the soul, in order to become more receptive to the human part of us.

More recently, Jeremy Rifkin the author of Time Wars warned of the dangers to the human psyche of too much speed.

“We have quickened the pace of life only to become less patient. We have become more organized, but less spontaneous, less joyful. We are better prepared to act on the future, but less able to enjoy the present and reflect on the past.

Humanity has created an artificial time environment punctuated by mechanical contrivances and electronic impulses.”

Today, over 75% of families share dinner once a week or less and parents face more outside the home responsibilities, and less intimacy and meaningful experiences with those they love.

Whitman’s prescient observation has been clearly validated.

Our experience (Exquisite Safaris PhilanthropicEngaged Legacies) has proven that the most powerful under-utilized tool for creating multi-generational family intimacy, unity, growth and transformation is the private family philanthropic travel experience.

A purpose driven high impact philanthropic travel experience creates a wonderful way to communicate with the people you love, the people with whom you want to share the most important learning insights and feelings of your life.

We give our hearts to those who share our experiences and we cherish those people both in and out of our immediate families, whose stories we have truly heard because we then understand their world.

Intimate Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic private travel experiences help us find meaning in our lives while we expand our perspectives, practice generosity and experience teachable moments that imprint our memories and model our values.

Creating virtuous children through early and often age appropriate philanthropic travel has proven itself countless times as a unifying transformational family experience.

Can Money Buy You Happiness?
Marc Gold was set on the path he now travels when he was just a child, when his father, photographer Albert Gold, explained “the meaning of life.” He took the 8-year-old into the bathroom and had him look in the mirror. Gold recounts the conversation:

Albert: ”What do you see?’
Marc: ‘I see myself.’
Albert: ‘Okay. How old will you be in 70 years?’
Marc: ’78.’
Albert: ‘Okay, when you are 78 years old, look in the mirror again and ask yourself one question, because by then your life will be almost over: ‘Did you live a life that made this a better world or not? Very simple. If the answer is yes, I am proud of you, and if not, I am disappointed.’
Marc: ‘But how am I going to make this a better world?’
Albert: ‘That’s your job. You figure it out.’
Mark has spent his life exploring the world as a philanthropic traveler.

Philanthropy Begins at Home
A parent’s greatest challenge is how to infuse character into children and grandchildren so they will have the underlying fiber to use their present and future social, financial and intellectual capital in ways that will be a blessing to them, their family and the world.

There is no vacation from a parent’s obligation to deliver leadership by example and being an affluent parent comes with even greater responsibilities.

It’s not just the responsibility of preventing money from harming your child -but the responsibility of using that money to parent in positive ways.

Creating teachable transformative moments that include impactful lessons in honesty, humility, sacrifice, industry, responsibility and temperance have largely failed in the Baby Boomer world of unprecedented affluence and excessive consumerism.

Families who are succeeding in raising well adjusted children do so because they always remember that every moment counts.

When I was just seven years old, my grandparents leveraged a rare opportunity to introduce me to the daily march for survival in rural Haiti.

My grandparents intent was to expose me to the world that I would inherit, both good and not so good.

Their vision included helping me develop a strong sense of self through challenging experiences and to impress upon me at a very early age that our family wealth was a blessing and a tool for the greater good, not the definition of who we are.

As you might imagine, my memories of our four-hour ride into a jungle village with unclothed, impoverished villagers left a lasting respect for my grandparents who answered my questions and helped me to comprehend what I had witnessed and how we might help.

My grandfather’s kind words and respect for those who we met and his generosity that day has profoundly shaped my worldview.

“The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things.. it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.” -Steve Forbes

Thoughtful family wide participation in philanthropy leads to growth in self- esteem, stability, imagination, and a rewarding family life.

Research indicates that the adult philanthropist becomes the values model for their children and grand kids.

Personal Transformation, Wealth & Wisdom
There are many components to a charitable giving strategy, from donating money to causes we believe in to volunteering our time to setting up a donor advised fund or private foundation to create a lasting legacy of giving.

Savvy high net worth parents realize that full family involvement in philanthropic travel requires more than just a call to their black card concierge hotline.

Transformation requires outside help in the form of a philanthropic advisor experienced in choreographing every detail of the transformational experience to drive the deeper meaning and impact on all members of the family.

The full potential of Philanthropic Travel is realized through a professional process that requires a consultative and collaborative team of experts in philanthropy, investments, estate planning, family dynamics and family mission development.

You should expect to be engaged in questions that focus on every member of your family, their personal preferences, current philanthropic experience and future vision.

The hardest part of the planning process (for me) is asking the essential questions about what is most important to the people involved and determining how the answers can be used to enhance each family member’s growth and trust.

Over the past 6 years it has been my unique privilege to listen to family members share their aspirations and dreams of how they can make a difference in the world and leave a trace of the best of ourselves once we are gone. I have found inspiration in creating family transformation and sharing the personal victories catalyzing over $1 million dollars in high impact philanthropy donations.

Like Benjamin Franklin stated in Poor Richard’s almanac:

If you would be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth the reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

A few stories worth the writing..
“Visiting the Matare neighborhood outside Nairobi was a powerful experience for our family. What we encountered grabbed our hearts. Living there does not make for an easy life, and it is so much different from what we know. And yet we found our hearts warmed from this unforgettable experience. David opened the community up to us in ways we would have never been able to see ourselves. We enjoyed a chance to hear people’s stories, to learn about their hopes and dreams, and to enjoy playing sports with local youth. Franklin’s outreach is powerful, and since our visit we now feel like we can help him make a difference through our growing friendship. Our lives will never be the same and we look forward to visiting again.”

Quintessential Philanthropic Travel
Two Februaries ago, in the middle of a sticky East African night, Ted van Beuren sat in a remote region of Kenya, eyes fixed on the horizon. From his cushy Rusinga Island Lodge bed, near the shores of Lake Victoria, he watched as a storm approached like none he’d ever witnessed. Lightning bolts fired in blinding spurts, each time illuminating a landscape of fallen trees and grazing hippos. And the sound of thunder, at first almost inaudible, rose to a pitch so high it felt like a thousand bombs exploding in unison.

In the same room, van Beuren’s 23-year-old son tried to sleep. But as the seconds passed and the eye of the squall moved closer, a blast of wind burst through the net door, blowing the room’s curtains against the ceiling and the atmosphere into chaos.

“What was that?” Ted Jr. yelled as he jolted upright. “What’s happening?”

A moment later, the skies opened, unleashing a torrent of rain so hard it drowned out the thunder and dimmed the lightning. But as he sat there, the man who had left his safe Pennsylvania neighborhood to visit the unknown halfway around the world could not think about the powerful meteorological event unfolding before him. Nor could he think about fly-fishing, his passion, and one of the adventures he had hoped to share with his son while in Africa.

“All I could think about was what I was going to do with the quality time I had left in my life,” he says. “All I could think about was that morning.” That morning, van Beuren found himself first in Nairobi, in a densely populated slum where orphans of AIDS victims lived alone in extreme poverty. And then later in a village on Rusinga, where a young man without even a high-school education had somehow managed to pull together the necessary means to start not only a medical center, but an international export business to support it.

Images from those encounters did not sweep over van Beuren immediately. But as the day’s cadence slowed, and the clock turned past midnight, and that storm drew near with a strength he’d never seen, they came into focus. As the CEO of one of the biggest multi-sports facilities on America’s East Coast vividly tried to recall every last detail of his day, a message reverberated through his body.

“It was like God was speaking,” van Beuren says. “That storm was his cleansing me, and I knew what I had to do. Everything was all of the sudden extremely clear.”

Philanthropic Travel tests our comfort zones, generates positive emotions, ignites old dreams, empowers entrepreneurial initiatives and recalibrates financial and estate plans for families with a new-found sense of mission.

Our decision to create a living legacy allows us the opportunity to engage our children as financially responsible directors of family philanthropy potentially generating a legacy of global philanthropic engagement that shines like a lighthouse into the future.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that if responsible practices are in place, Philanthropic Travel is the natural interlocutor between the wealth and desires of the global traveler and the socio-economic needs of some of the world’s most remote, but heritage-rich communities, natural and cultural sites.


Learn More:
Around the World with Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel
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The Advent of Philanthropic Travel by Mark Lovett Global Patriot
Financial Times/FT.com: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travelers
Vacationing in Generosity: Philanthropic Travel
TheGlassHammer.com Philanthropic Travelers
Your First Philanthropic Travel Experience

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John Legend: Philanthropic Traveler



TRAVELLERS PHILANTHROPY PROGRAMS


In our highly connected world, travel can happen from any number of means, catering to just about any human desire out there. So why should you bother with Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel?

For many reasons, the top of which being that when you travel with them, $250 goes directly to organizations and communities where you visited. No opaque claims of a percentage of proceeds or other such vagueness. You get emailed a copy of the Wells Fargo bank transfer, showing exactly who it went to.

Real, meaningful interactions, rather then pre packaged tourist shows.

Not something your run of the mill backpacker “eco adventure” travel agency would do. But then, Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel’s main focus as a business is to raise funds for high impact non profits around the world, through the vehicle of memorable, powerful travel experiences, spending learning time with local people in the regions you visit. It’s geared towards those of a higher income bracket that want to make a difference, and have the means to do so.

And taking a look around their blog, it’s clear they have some big causes in mind. For instance, coal has been big on the radar this past year, particularly all the talk of “clean coal.” You may have heard about the egregious practice of mountaintop removal in order to get this cheap and dirty substance. You may have wondered what you could do.

Together with the Make it REAL Foundation, they sponsored a trip in May 2009 to raise scholarship money for students of the Appalachian Media Institute and local environmental anti-coal orgs who are doing something about it, and they flew low level right over many of the mined mountains.

Often what happens after these trips is the people are so moved by what they’ve seen and experienced, they find additional ways to continue making a difference in the regions they’ve visited, some even starting their own foundations and NGOs to achieve this aim.

David Chamberlain puts it well when he says,

“By educating philanthropic travelers on the critical humanitarian and environmental challenges and solutions facing fellow human beings who are struggling for their very survival, we are facilitating deep personal transformation that in turn creates funding action clean energy, children’s education, basic medical services and safe drinking water.”

In a world where continuing the status quo with where we get our energy just doesn’t cut it anymore, Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel seeks out organizations like Black Rock Solar, where every $1 donated, it results in $15 worth of value. Really? How? They specifically install solar on schools, medical clinics, and other places that would otherwise not be able to afford it themselves. The resulting energy savings frees up more funds for their more mission focused activities. So the next time you want to combine your values with a vacation, consider Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel.

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Learn More:

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel becomes Member of the United Nations Foundation World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism

The Advent of Philanthropic Travel by Mark Lovett Global Patriot

Financial Times/FT.com: Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travelers

Vacationing in Generosity: Philanthropic Travel

TheGlassHammer.com Philanthropic Travelers

Your First Philanthropic Travel Experience

Philanthropic Travelers:

The One’s Who Do: Philanthropic Travelers

John Legend: Philanthropic Traveler



World Travel Market 2008 recognizes Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel Industry Innovation and Leadership
November 28, 2008, 10:58 am
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Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel is grateful to have been recognized as a travel industry leader in Philanthropic Travel by The 2008 World Travel Market: The Global Event for the Travel Industry.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has pioneered the Philanthropic Travel experience by forging mutually beneficial fund raising partnerships with high impact NGOs serving in destination communities worldwide.

By educating philanthropic travelers on the critical humanitarian and environmental challenges and solutions facing fellow human beings who are struggling for their very survival, we are facilitating deeply meaningful, personally transformative vacation experiences that are funding clean energy, children’s education, basic medical services and safe drinking water.

With all due respect to Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel and Tourism Research for Euromonitor International and author of the 2008 Global Trends Report, Philanthropic Travel is not a “trend,” reserved only for the “socially conscious jet set,” as she has reported.

The cynical and nihilistic assertion that Philanthropic Travel is motivated by upper class guilt, assuaged by “conscientious consumption,” is inconsistent with thetestimony from our clients, who seek to connect at the heart with indigenous people.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel clients report that our facilitated, personal introductions to high impact NGOs left them with a renewed belief in themselves and their purpose in life.

Client donations, which far exceed our company’s industry-leading $250 per traveler donation, have empowered local communities to gain a foothold on sustainability.

We Know the World by Heart: Exquisite Safaris
The cornerstone of our success is creating an awareness in the traveler/donor and host/beneficiary that the “Circle of Giving” is only completed when a personal relationship is created face to face -the moment when gifts flow in both directions.

The resulting intimacy, trust and confidence between newfound collaborators has inspired and educated children, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, mothers, fathers, grandparents and even the most jaded world weary travelers with clear evidence that one person can create powerful change -if they just make the journey with philanthropic intent .

Philanthropic Travel: The Globalization of Empathy
Unless you are a doctor, dentist, solar power specialist or have a technical skill that is urgently needed at the time, our NGO partners report that cash donations, which fund teachers salaries, employ local labor, and purchase local materials, are more important than ‘gifts in kind or short term volunteer labor.’

Philanthropic Travel is a learning experience, not a service experience like voluntourism.

Philanthropic Travel: It benefits everyone
We agree with the Ms. Bremner’s assertion:

“Travellers who do not have time to spend their holiday volunteering are more likely to choose industry suppliers that support local communities by paying market wages or by donating a portion of profits. However, the mass market is not willing to take on a price premium to switch to this type of supplier.”

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel prices our three, four and five star philanthropic travel experiences at market rates as compared with similar non-philanthropic tour operators or even do it yourself travelers who would piece together airlines, guides, vehicles and accommodations for an ‘apples to apples’ trip a la carte.

Our $250 donation to our NGO partner does not add to the cost, it is subtracted from our revenue.

Philanthropic Travelers: Better Angels
During each of our journeys, there are those inevitable moments when someone comes into our life at precisely the right time and says or does precisely the right thing. Their words or actions may help us perceive ourselves more clearly, remind us that everything will turn out for the best, help us cope, or see us through difficult situations.

These people are Better Angels -individuals designated by a higher power to be there for those in need at specific points in time.

Better Angels, come into our lives when we least expect them and when we can most benefit from their presence.

Most Better Angels are regular people, going about their daily lives until inspired to be in the right place at the right time to bring peace, joy, help, or heal someone when they most need it.

You may have met a Better Angel in the form of a teacher who gave you a piece of advice that touched your soul and influenced your path.

Perhaps it was a person that momentarily stopped you to say hello while crossing the street, delaying you long enough to avoid an oncoming car.

Better angels may offer nothing more than a kind word, smile, and a generous anonymous donation -but they will offer it when you can draw the most strength and support from their simple action. Better Angels give of their inner light to all who need it, coming into our lives and often changing us forever.

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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized experience we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Exquisite Travel: Socially Conscious Give Back Programs
September 26, 2008, 6:52 am
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Exquisite Safaris is wonderful because it combines the best of everything. You get world-class accommodations, the top notch activities, and then end up at a project that is life changing.” –Travel Connoisseur Magazine

Visiting the Matare neighborhood outside Nairobi was a powerful experience for our family. What we encountered grabbed our hearts. Living there does not make for an easy life, and it is so much different from what we know. And yet we found our hearts warmed from this unforgettable experience. Franklin opened the community up to us in ways we would have never been able to see ourselves. We enjoyed a chance to hear people’s stories, to learn about their hopes and dreams, and to enjoy playing sports with local youth. Franklin’s outreach is powerful, and since our visit we now feel like we can help him make a difference through our growing friendship. Our lives will never be the same and we look forward to visiting again.” -Amber Dowd

Picture: Mark Tomaras

Learn More:
My First Philanthropic Travel Experience
Understanding Philanthropic Travel
Teach your Children Well: Philanthropic Travel
Affluent Parents Dedicated to Instilling Philanthropic Values in their Children
Travel Philanthropy: Creating Peace
Asking & Receiving: Philanthropic Travel

Philanthropic Travelers:
Marc Gold’s 100Friends lead Philanthropic Travelers in Asia, Africa & South America
Beau Bressler: Philanthropic Visionary

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“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

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The Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel experience integrates indigenous local culture into every personalized luxury trip we recommend. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide.



Contra Costa Times: Public Relations Consultant to Myanmar Dictatorship
March 30, 2008, 9:11 pm
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Enlightened and informed consumers must ask Contra Costa Times and any other publication that chooses to turn a blind eye to torture, rape and cold blooded murder: What part of the Burmese people’s enslavement don’t you understand?

A March 30, 2008 article in the Contra Costa Times online magazine aPARENTly Speaking has overlooked the reality of traveling to Myanmar/Burma completely. Regardless of the philanthropic intent of the family trip described in the article, travel to Myanmar and donations to un-vetted charitable organizations facilitated by Myanmar based travel agencies is not in the best interest of the Burmese people who live under mortal fear every moment of their life.

FACTS:
The Myanmar government and intelligence services control everything in every corner of that country with an iron fist.

They do not just punish the individual who runs afoul their policies, they punish the entire extended family.

There is no business or registered non-profit in Myanmar that can operate without supporting the government of Myanmar.

Everyone in Myanmar lives in the reality that at any moment any night they can receive a knock on their door and be taken away for years of harsh imprisonment and death without a trial.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has never sent a client to Myanmar.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel does not organize travel to Myanmar. Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has traveled to Myanmar on a fact finding mission and have supported a vetted non profit organization that brings much needed fresh water to a community there.

Exquisite Safaris statements on Burma

To publish this article without these facts amounts to a public relations coup d’etat for the Myanmar government’s efforts to crush human rights and stimulate tourism under the guise of Philanthropic Travel, and enhances its efforts to raise hard currency and continue its ruthless violence against the Burmese people, environment and democracy/freedom.

It is naive at best and irresponsible at worst for Jackie Burrell and the Contra Costa Times to have published their article encouraging ‘exotic travel in Myanmar,’ without disclosing the reality of current affairs there. Common sense and responsible journalism should have dictated that Jackie Burrell and Contra Costa Times include the brutal reality of life in Myanmar and the ongoing human rights abuses of the Myanmar government.

Anyone considering travel to Myanmar –with philanthropic intent or not – should first inform themselves of the human rights situation in Burma. There is no question that Philanthropic Travel of this sort is beneficial for both travelers and hosts in many countries around the world.

However, Burmese travel agencies are nothing more than agents of revenue generation for the brutal Myanmar dictators. Once again, the Contra Costa Times story does nothing to tell consumers about the genocide that government has been executing against its own Karen ethnic group in the north. Un-informed travelers enable Myanmar to raise more money in hard currency as tax revenue (used to starve people, burn villages and rape women) than the philanthropic travel donations that family may have raised and donated to the unvetted “Hungry Duckling Project.”

I wish the situation in Burma could be solved by “donating a duck, sack of rice or row of soil,” as suggested by The Hungry Duckling Project. However, before being convinced either by their oversimplified reason for traveling to Burma today, or their belief that a “purchase of a bag of bird feed from the little kid hanging around the boat rental on the Inle Lake or a piece of a sugar cane on an elephant ride can make his day or maybe his week,” will help bring human rights and a representative democracy to that very child or his children is bordering on delusional.

International pressure must be brought to bear against the Myanmar government. Concerned citizens of all nationalities should join in solidarity with the Burmese people by joining organizations like the US Campaign for Burma and Burma Campaign UK.

Consumers must demand responsibility from the travel industry -it is time to put the human rights of indigenous people over profit.

Exquisite Safaris Philanthropic Travel has traveled to Myanmar on a fact finding mission and have supported a vetted non profit organization that brings much needed fresh water to a community there. However, Exquisite Safaris does not organize travel to Myanmar at this time.

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WHY WON’T THE CONTRA COSTA TIMES PUBLISH OUR COMMENT CITING AUNG SAN SUU KYI’S STATEMENT ON BURMA TOURISM?

Read the Contra Costa Times unpublished comment referenced below: President-elect Aung San Suu Kyi (under house arrest the past 18 years) calls on tourists to stay away from Burma.”

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Travel Philanthropy

“If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Indigenous Saying

The Exquisite Safaris philanthropic mission integrates a guided visit to a humanitarian outreach project into every private, luxury, epicurean experience we create. These personal introductions create authentic cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations funding philanthropic travel projects worldwide. …Collaboration creates Prosperity: Philanthropic Travel

Intimate Luxury Experiences
Our experiences are designed for travelers who prefer the privacy, freedom and flexibility of traveling alone, with a spouse, or a small group of family and friends. Our thoughtfully planned, tailor made itineraries make “independent” the most convenient way to travel. Each responsible travel experience includes “must-see” sights and the finest hotels as well as expert local guides, private transfers and selected meals. Our experiences are private, which means you will always have your own vehicle and English speaking guide. Explore the planet confident that you will have the epicurean experience you desire while being introduced to an effective way to create a legacy of compassion that will last long after you have returned home.

Africa, Asia, South America and Beyond
Our luxury experiences throughout Asia, Africa, South America are opportunities to step beyond the narrow confines of the well-traveled tourist circuit to feel the pulse of a country. Immerse yourself in new experiences and cultures, and come away inspired by what you have seen and satisfied that your journey was more fulfilling than you would have imagined.

Our Experience Guides You
On our private (not group) custom-designed experiences, knowledgeable Exquisite Safaris consultants are available from the moment you begin thinking about where you want to go until your trip concludes. Before you depart, you will work closely with one of our experts to design an absolutely perfect itinerary that includes a compelling visit to a humanitarian outreach program, well-planned touring, and the very best accommodations. We have spent the better part of our lives promoting philanthropic travel, and we continue to travel in order to stay current on the latest social issues, attractions, restaurants, and accommodations. Our recommendations are based on our own first-hand experience. We spend an extraordinary amount of time with each and every client, learning about you and your interests so that we can create the most enjoyable travel experience possible. We truly welcome an opportunity to share our accumulated knowledge and passion for travel with you.

Local, Seasoned Career Guides
To assist and accompany you on your trip, Exquisite Safaris uses local guides that know each destination as only a resident can. Our guides are smart, dynamic, personable, fluent in your language, and they appreciate the genuine curiosity and keen intelligence of Exquisite Safaris visitors. Guides conduct all touring to our careful specifications, and are pleased to suggest alterations to your itinerary during your trip to satisfy your personal interests and requests. Flexible private touring allows you to take advantage of chance encounters and serendipitous moments, so you can follow new interests as your knowledge of a destination grows and develops. Unlike a group tour, there is no fixed agenda: the guide is yours exclusively and the suggested itinerary can be altered as you wish.

Safety and Comfort

Because your safety and comfort are paramount, we include luxury transportation and accommodation in all itineraries. The properties we choose are noted for their exquisite service and tranquility. We understand that relaxation is an essential component to enhance your experience. Whether you want a cozy bed and breakfast, a luxury safari camp, a stunning eco-lodge or a chic downtown hotel, we have a recommendation to suit your preferences. As an Exquisite Safaris traveler, you are also entitled to exclusive upgrades and amenities at many of the properties we use.

Please don’t be surprised if an unexpected gift, activity or exquisite keepsake greets you upon arrival in a new country. We leave no stone unturned to ensure your experience is absolutely exquisite. Finally, if you need to change your services while traveling, you will always have a contact on location to handle your request. No international communication or overseas calls are necessary, because your guide and our in-country partners will see that your needs are met smoothly and efficiently.

The Exquisite Safaris philanthropic mission is to include a visit to a humanitarian outreach project into every private, luxury, guided safari, tour and expedition we sell. The resulting personal introductions create cross cultural friendships that generate trust, respect, and generous donations that have funded grassroots humanitarian projects worldwide.