Bush and Beyond offers travelers an exciting selection of adventurous and comfortable safari lodges and camps, each individually owned and managed, and intrinsically involved in the communities and conservation of their wilderness areas. Bush and Beyond offers the following accommodations and travel experiences:
Sarara :Located in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an area of approximately 850,000 acres, lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain Range of Northern Kenya, home to the proud Samburu tribes people. Today, several thousand elephants are recorded as living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews Range area, together with a variety of other wildlife species such as buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, impala and dik dik. The main lounge and dining area are on a wooden deck with commanding views of the Northern Frontier. Accommodation is in six double tents with an ensuite bathroom, a large patio overlooking the waterhole, and a spacious “al fresco” bathroom complete with an outdoor shower. The main lounge and dining area are on a wooden deck with commanding views of the Northern Frontier. A natural rock swimming pool overlooks an animal waterhole frequently visited.
Ol Malo : Ol Malo is situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honored lands of Kenya's Northern Frontier District. These miles of dense thorn bush are favoured by the shy, elusive antelope from which the lodge takes its name, “the place of the Greater Kudu”. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and people of long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature, part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo. Accommodation is in four exclusive cottages with ensuite bathrooms and private verandahs. To stay at Ol Malo is to live by a different rhythm - measure the day by the timeworn patterns of nature.
Ol Malo House : A new addition in the vast Laikipia region is Ol Malo House. Built on the edge of an escarpment with commanding views of the wild Ol Malo landscape below, the house has a large sitting room, dining room, a library and a children's/TV room and has three ensuite double bedrooms. Two separate cottages - one a double ensuite and the second with two double rooms ensuite and a small sitting room giving a total of six bedrooms so the house can comfortably sleep 12 guests with lots of extra room for young. The large area around the swimming pool has its own sitting, eating and BBQ area and is perfect for alfresco meals.
Lewa Wilderness : One of Kenya's major private conservation successes at the foot of Mt Kenya, Lewa Downs has been the Craig family home since 1924 when the Craig grandparents came from England and began raising cattle here. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has three extraordinary assets: beautiful countryside at the foot of Mt Kenya, and as good a wildlife viewing as anywhere in Africa, including 3 endangered species - Rhino, Grevy's Zebra, Sitatunga, and a major commitment to community development and participation. The family home accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable thatched cottages with ensuite bathrooms and verandahs. The food is wholesome, ranch style, and organically grown. The wildlife experience on Lewa Downs suits guests from all walks of life and all ages.
Lewa House :Situated on the northern foothills of Mt Kenya, Lewa House is set on the 65,000 acre privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Set on top of a hill with an engaging panoramic view of the rolling landscape of the Conservancy, Lewa House overlooks the luggas (valleys) and hills, with the horizon rising to the eye-catching views of the Mathews range and the sacred mountain of the Samburu, Ol Lolokwe. The property has a main building with a lounge and dining area, opening up to the charmingly furnished stretch verandah with its own special vista across the plains of Northern Kenya. A short walk away there are three large cottages each with a double and a twin room, making the property suitable for up to twelve people. All the cottages have ensuite bathrooms, apart from the family cottage, which has a shared bathroom. Each of the cottages has a private verandah where guests can sit in the cool of the evening to enjoy the starlit African skies. A large swimming pool overlooking the waterhole is also yours to enjoy at Lewa House. All income generated by Lewa House is directly reinvested towards Lewa’s conservation and community projects.
Walking Wild : Walking Wild in Laikipia Masaai-land is a walking safari experience through some of Kenya's best wildlife-viewing habitats, and some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa. A wide variety of game including the "Big Five", over 420 species of birds, Reticulated Giraffe, Cheetah, numerous different antelopes, and endangered species such as the Grevy's Zebra and Sitatunga, may be seen. Professional guides lead the 3 to 6-day Walking Wild safaris starting on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, recognized as one of Africa's top safari destinations. Walking Wild treks across Lewa to Il Ngwesi and Lekurruki depending on the number of days, with all nights spent camping out under the stars. The focus of the safari is learning about the ecosystems as well as the local Masaai culture. Guests will be shown tracking techniques and other vital bush skills, as well as how to identify and understand the behavior of the insects, plants, and animals they come across. Laikipiak Masai will join the guests to give insight into Masaai customs.
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentelle : A groundbreaking partnership between private investors, conservation tourism organizations, and the Maasai community balancing luxury travel and economic development with ambitious conservation and community development programs. There are four private, full-service, fully staffed houses. The Chief’s House has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck. The Sultan’s House has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room and a kitchen. The Colonel’s House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room and a sunken bath. The courtyard has a plunge-pool. Finally, The Eyrie has one bedroom, a sitting and dining room with open fire and kitchen. It is seductively furnished and perfect for honeymooners.
The Masai Mara:
Acacia House : Located in a secluded valley in the north of the Masai Mara Northern Conservancy, at an altitude of 6,200 feet, Acacia House overlooks the famous Rekero waterhole. From the comfort of their verandahs, guests can enjoy a vast array of wildlife and birdlife at very close quarters. Bush and Beyond safari chefs produce uncomplicated but wonderfully imaginative meals which utilize skilful blends of flavors from the huge variety of exciting produce found in Kenya. The house has two spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and there is a third attic bedroom, ideal for children. There is also a large sitting & dining room with fireplace and a den/office with a television. A swimming pool provides a wonderful spot to relax during the afternoons.
Topi House: Located within the 23,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. The site has been carefully selected to maximize the views through the small thorn tree forest, in which the house sits, over the national park boundary and into the reserve beyond. This is designed to be your very own private residence in the middle of Africa’s greatest eco system. It comes with a full complement of well-trained and experienced staff at guests’ disposal including a chef, Rekero wildlife guide and a house manager to ensure a seamlessly-run safari experience which delivers the very best the Mara has to offer. The area, with its rolling hills, is ideal for bush picnics and sundowners with a view. The property is positioned directly on the wildebeest migration route and has been known to experience huge volumes of game right up to the front door.
Mara House is located in the Ol Chorro Losoit valley within the Lemek hills, far from the tourist trail and within the 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy area from where the team has operated their wilderness expeditions for more than twenty years. This private bush home comes with a full complement of well-trained and experienced staff that is completely at the disposal of all guests, including a chef, wildlife guide, and house manage. The staff ensures a seamlessly-run safari experience that delivers the very best the Mara has to offer. Staying at Mara House offers an opportunity to explore this wilderness in the company of a personal Masai guide while traveling independently. The house has three spacious bedrooms with unsuited bathrooms, and there is a large sitting and dining room with fireplace and a den/office with a television. A swimming pool provides a wonderful spot to relax during the afternoons. Power is provided 24 hours via the solar inverter.
Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, six-roomed camp under canvas that is located within the private Olare Orok Conservancy and just a few hundred meters to the north of the Masai Mara National Reserve boundary. The camp is situated along the Ntiakatek River with views of the surrounding plains and riverine forest. The camp caters for only 12 guests in six spacious and comfortable ensuite canvas rooms built on raised decks. The camp has been designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Mara Plains believes in keeping the experience intimate and personal, so there are no set camp schedules and set meal times. The day’s activities and meals are tailored around the guest’s preferences and wildlife activities of the moment. As the camp is located within a private conservancy, your guests are allowed to enjoy nature-based walks and exciting night game drives.
Ol Seki Mara Camp : Set on a wonderful rocky promontory, overlooking the Ilsupukioi River, north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the luxury Ol Seki Mara Camp treats guests to panoramic views in an area teeming with game but not tourists. This oasis of beautifully designed safari tents is nestled amongst Cordia and Acacia trees and the area attracts an abundance of wildlife and many species of birds. Romantic candle lit dinners, special dining for honeymooners, a resident masseuse and an experienced camp crew will make guest stays truly memorable - a delight for all of the senses! With all the amenities of a permanent tented camp, they have kept the ambience of the traditional mobile safari camp, in this tranquil and private setting. The six spacious tents and two "suite" tents have panoramic views and are complemented by the comfortable mess and dining tents.
Chyulu Hills/ Amboseli:
ol Donyo Lodge: Ol Donyo Lodge lies in the foothills of the Chyulu Range, halfway between Tsavo and Amboseli in a concession area of 300,000 acres, communal Maasai owned land, which is also part of the Amboseli eco-system. The open plains, rolling Chyulu Hills and snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro invoke images of Africa as it was in the earlier part of the last century; abundant game and Masaai herdsmen living as nature determined they should in this unspoiled corner of Kenya. The lodge consists of eight cottages of which five have their own pools and a beautiful, centrally positioned mess/dining room. All cottages have spacious ensuite bathrooms with an additional outdoor shower for those who prefer. All rooms have their own rooftop "star-beds" spot where guests enjoy dramatic views over the plains and onto Kili. More adventurous guests have the option to sleep out safely on these rooftops to enjoy a night sleeping under the stars.
Lukula Selous Camp is located within the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania which is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries anywhere in the world. Selous is world renowned for its wild character and large populations of elephant, buffalo, lion and African wild dog. Lukula Selous is a private photographic sanctuary of over 300,000 acres that only allows one group into the entire area at any one time. The camp is built right on the banks of the Luwego River and spread out amongst a large shady riverine forest characterized by fig and sausage trees. The camp has only four luxurious and spacious tents which provide an authentic and stylish wilderness retreat and experience. The focus here is on experience. This is not a camp that just offers morning and afternoon game drives. At Lukula, the key is connecting with the landscape and its wildlife – this can be from 4x4 vehicles, on foot, and in an inflatable kayak or canoe.