Kenya: Beyond the Game Drive

Kenya has recently risen to the top of my list as one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Why? Kenya offers so much more than just a typical morning and afternoon game drive routine on safari. While you will still spend time in a safari vehicle, there are plenty of alternatives to get you Read more…

Craig Beal Named to Travel + Leisure A-List for 8th Year!

For the 8th straight year, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal was named to the elite Travel + Leisure A-List as a Safari Specialist! As Craig’s 2018 member profile on Travel + Leisure’s website explains, “Safari travel runs in Beal’s blood. His mother founded Travel Beyond — the company he now owns — when he was Read more…

Travel Beyond Named “World’s Best” of 2018!

For the second straight year, Travel Beyond has been honored as a “Top 10 Safari Outfitter” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards! The annual World’s Best Awards are voted on by Travel + Leisure readers, who rate and review the tour operators, hotels, cities, cruise lines and other travel companies and destinations they’ve Read more…

Katie’s Fundraising Climb for Maasai Olympics

Katie Blackstone, Travel Beyond’s product manager for Africa, will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, this August. While Katie’s primary goal is to bring back firsthand knowledge to benefit her clients, she wanted to use this climb as an opportunity to give back to East Africa as well. As Katie’s invested hundreds of hours Read more…

The Third Time’s a Charm!

When I am asked what my favorite African country is, Kenya is always one of the few I name. (Yes, I have a couple of favorites and cannot narrow down my choice to just one country!) Why? I first saw Kenya on the big screen, in the movie Out of Africa, and it shaped my early Read more…

Kenya’s Unique & Intimate Wildlife Experiences

In the fall of December 2016 I visited Southern Africa. So, when I learned I was returning to this great continent earlier this year, I was elated to hear I would be visiting East Africa and the country of Kenya along with my colleague Jenny Mikkelson. Of course, it was a fabulous trip – how Read more…

The Marshalls’ Samburu wedding in Kenya!

As some of you may know, my wife Linda and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year – time flies when you’re having fun! Since we were already scheduled to visit Kenya near the date, I decided to try to make something special (although I wasn’t sure quite what) happen along the way as Read more…

Great Migration, Natural Wonder

The wildebeest of East Africa give life to the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side,” continually migrating through northern Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and southern Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of green grass on which to feed. The annual Great Migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 Read more…

Zanzibar: A Vacation from Your Vacation

My most recent trip to Africa was my fourth trip to the continent but included my first trip to an African beach destination (outside of Cape Town). After an amazing 3-week trip in Kenya and mainland Tanzania visiting 40 properties, I made my way to the island of Zanzibar for a bit of R&R. A trip Read more…

A Roller Coaster of Emotions in Kenya

In September of 2017, I was privileged to lead a sailing club’s membership travel program to Kenya. The planning was two years in the making – a long road of anticipation and excitement. It was a group of 17, most all whom had never stepped foot on the continent. With wide eyes and smiles, I Read more…