What We Do

You deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your travel budget is wisely spent, your comfort level and safety is assured and your interests have been considered. We collaborate with you to custom-tailor your itinerary, and provide plenty of trip planning advice. We love the details, so relax and leave to us.

Duffle & Compass provides the added value of working with an experienced Africa specialist to plan your trip. Whether you're traveling with a group of friends, a multi-generation family, solo, or planning your honeymoon, we can help you create your "trip of a lifetime."

Family Travel

Imagine watching your children and grandchildren experience the magnificent splendors of Africa! You’ll reminisce at family gatherings for years to come.


Point your compass to the ultimate romantic destination for your once-in-a-lifetime trip. We can send you anywhere in the world.

Wildlife Safaris & Cultural Journeys

Whether it’s your first time to Africa or you’re dreaming about another adventure, we’re standing by to design a trip just for you!

Founder & Team

Carol Oken marked the millennium by planning a safari for her family and friends. The experience was life changing. Her new-found passion for Africa combined easily with her previous work on environmental issues and post-college years working in the theatre. She always had a curiosity of how others lived around the world. She founded Duffle & Compass in 2003 to work closely with others who yearned to experience authentic adventures in Africa. She loves collaborating with clients to curate journeys they could never have imagined, and ones where they will make a positive impact.

Grace Oken was 13 years old on the original family and friends safari taken by founder (and mother) Carol Oken, to Tanzania in 2003 that led to the creation of Duffle & Compass. She has since studied abroad in Ethiopia during college, joined Carol on adventures to South Africa, Botswana, & Zimbabwe, and most recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to celebrate her 30th birthday. Her love of travel has also taken her to Central & South America, and Europe. Grace has a background in organic farming, and enjoys designing trips with a focus on cuisine, sustainability, and wildlife conservation.

Shawna Radzik’s interest in travel was sparked at a young age when her grandmother took her on an airplane to Disney World. Since then, she’s never stopped flying -- throughout the USA, Caribbean islands, Europe, Mexico, Central America, Canada and Tahiti. She’s an involved mom who also leads a non-profit group raising funds for charities in the Chicago area and serves on several boards. She loves planning travel for families, couples and small groups of friends who want to make travel memories that they’ll never forget.