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About Us

After realizing their dream of living and working in Africa, Kent Redding and Kelly McElroy returned to the United States to open Africa Adventure Consultants in 2001. We provide outstanding safari experiences resulting in highly satisfied customers, support of African people and conservation of African wildlife and ecosystems.

Like no other continent in the world, Africa offers breathtaking scenery, unparalleled wildlife and rich cultures. For travelers with an adventurous spirit, there is no better place for your next holiday. Armed with experience, knowledge and creativity, we can help you plan your next great adventure. If your dream is to adventure in Africa, we’re here to help.

Africa Adventure Consultants believe that a visit to Africa shouldn’t just be a trip – it should be the adventure of a lifetime.

We’re the best choice for your next African adventure-here’s why:

Our Expertise

notebook iconWe are known for our personalized trips, each tailored to individual travelers. We pride ourselves on our expertise and passion for our destinations and use that knowledge to craft the best experience for you. Owners Kent Redding and Kelly McElroy lived and worked in Africa for 3.5 years where Kent managed a bush camp and guided safaris. We work with a range of trusted partners across the continent, allowing us to provide objective advice on itineraries, accommodations and activities. Our expert travel advisors have been all over the continent and the rest of the world and are passionate about helping our clients create their own dream safaris. They stay up to date on our products by traveling to Africa many times a year and are experts at listening to the needs and concerns of our guests.

Award-winning Safaris

award iconWe have been recognized with myriad industry awards, including as one of the Best Travel Specialists in the World by Conde Nast Traveler and as one of the World’s Best Safari Outfitters for six years by Travel + Leisure, most recently ranking 5th in the world in 2023. Click here to check out some of the best accolades in the business.


Our Safari Planning Process

headset iconDuring the planning process, our expert Journey Specialists work directly with you to incorporate your wishes and travel style into your customized safari. You will also be paired with a Safari Concierge who can answer any questions you may have before or during your trip – from what to pack to restaurant recommendations in Cape Town, to plan every aspect of your safari – from transfers and airport meet and greets to special activities such as a hot air balloon safari, and ensure all details are taken care of. Our 24 x 7 support means that you have access to one of our dedicated employees in the US or Africa to assist with any last-minute changes or to help during a travel disruption, changing travel conditions or in an emergency. We are licensed and insured in the United States giving you strong consumer protection for your travel purchase.

Our Guides

binoculars iconDuring your travels, you will be treated to a safari with some of the best guides on the African continent. The knowledge and passion of a guide is what makes an African safari extra special and we pride ourselves on our exceptional guides. They help travelers understand and interpret nature and the roles that each of the animals, insects and flora play in an ecosystem. They decode animal behavior, giving context and meaning to what you see while on safari. Our guides are highly skilled, inspirational people that take travelers’ experiences to the next level. They are experts in conservation, culture, history, and the natural environment, and they have a gift in sharing their knowledge with their guests.

Exclusive Perks

circular iconOnce you have traveled with AAC, you are forever a part of our travel family. After your first trip you become a member of our Livingstone Club, providing access to great member perks including booking discounts, travel gifts and early access to specials. After your third trip, your membership will be upgraded to our Tanzanite Circle where you will enjoy special value-added incentives, special on-trip surprises and more!

Giving Back

Africa and heart iconWhen you travel with AAC, we want your trip to make a difference. Travel can have a positive impact on the places we visit and the people that live there. We have a deep connection with the destinations we send our travelers to and care about the people and wildlife that call them home. That’s why we donate $25 per person per trip to one of our hand-selected, preferred charities that help people and animals in Africa. We also support various fundraisers, causes and charities on a case by case basis.


TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD'S BEST 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2023

Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2024 award
CNT Top Travel Specialist 2023
100 Hikes of a Lifetime book cover
2022 A List
Travel+Leisure A-list Top Travel Specialist logo
Travel+Leisure A-list Africa Top Travel Advisor Award
National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime Award
National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime award
Men's Journal Approved logo
National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime logo
Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist award logo
Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist award logo
National Geographic Best Adventure Travel Company logo
National Geographic Best Adventure Travel Company award logo
National Geographic Best Trips logo
Tanzania Tourist Board Best Tour Operator Award logo
Tanzania Tourist Board Tour Operator Award logo

What People Say

Scott Rosenthal

Scott Rosenthal

Orlando, Florida

Everything was PERFECT! I’m calling them for my next African adventure!

Casey Franklin

Casey Franklin

Oceanside, California

Africa Adventure Consultants was the best choice of tour operator we could have chosen. We will be contacting Africa Adventure Consultants again for our next trip to Tanzania.

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