For truly out-there trips, Lorentz is the one to call: he takes guests to places like Chad, Ethiopia’s Omo River valley, and the Republic of the Congo, often leading a team of guides himself. "I am increasingly interested in West Africa and the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic," Lorentz says. When designing expeditions, he often partners with top-flight operators, including Asilia Africa, Great Plains Conservation, and Singita. (While Passage to Africa is based in South Africa, its sister firm, Royal African Safaris, has an office in the U.S.) Despite the ends-of-the-Earth mindset, Lorentz can, of course, plan more achievable adventures for those with less time. "There has been a trend towards shorter trips and the desire to pack in as much as possible," he says. "We're doing a lot of six- to eight-night safaris, which was not common just a few years ago." The common thread for all trips is a focus on conservation: "There's increasing interest in experiences that combine travel, conservation, and philanthropy," Lorentz notes.
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