Trip Inspiration

Kenya Chartered Safari

November 21 - December 5, 2020

This incredible 14-day trip to Kenya features prolific safari wildlife, private transportation, and physical distancing at every turn!

As Kenya reopens its borders to travelers, we’ve partnered with Great Plains Conservation to design a “once in a lifetime” safari, taking over 4 luxury safari camps and arranging chartered Transatlantic flights to help 30 eager travelers reach their dream safari destination. This safari is designed with physical distancing, stringent health recommodations and the best private and personalized service in mind.

This safari grants 30 passengers access to a chartered Boeing 787 Transatlantic flight with 180-degree reclining beds and first class service. Upon arrival, travelers are separated into 3 groups of 10 travelers each, minimizing interaction between travelers. Each group will visit all four safari camps in a rotating sequence, and all staff at each camp will be tested for COVID-19 before a guest steps foot on property.

Learn more about the accommodations and safety measures in the itinerary overview below or contact us at info@travelbeyond.com or 952-475-9975 to learn more!

Trip Highlights

Activities

  • Safari game drives in 4 conservancies
  • Big Five Animal Viewing
  • Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and more

COVID PRECAUTIONS

  • Chartered Transatlantic flight with ample physical distancing
  • Physical distancing on safari vehicles and in camps
  • Camp staff tested by Kenyan Department of Health ahead of guest arrival

Camps

ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising 275,000 acres of wilderness between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks and bordering Chyulu Hills National Park. This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse, and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

No other lodge in Africa offers such a wide range of experiences, in such a private setting. As one of Kenya’s only two Relais & Chateaux properties, the lodge is perched on a hillside with views of East Africa’s classic savannahs below.

Offering a notable variety of activities – quality wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a place to feel Africa, and get out from behind the wheel.

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind, seven tent camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This intimate camp, one of Kenya’s only two Relais & Chateaux properties (the other being sister property ol Donyo Lodge), blends the finest in wildlife viewing on an extensive traversing area of 100,000 acres of private conservancy land as well as the world-renowned Maasai Mara. Each guest at Mara Plains contributes considerably to the success of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy’s flourishing ecosystem; conservation fees paid safeguard this habitat, while supporting over 1,000 Maasai families. This partnership agreement ensures the survival of an astounding volume and variety of wildlife.

The camp is nestled in lush forest on the meandering bends of the Ntiakitiak River, and serves as a subtle refuge among the wild. Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. By day and night, the camp is a sanctuary for resident species, including many of the Maasai Mara’s 300 bird species. After dark, larger mammals frequent the camp and Maasai warriors escort guests to and from their rooms. Hippos snorting and leopards barking often provide the night’s chorus.

Mara Nyika Camp

​​Mara Nyika,  meaning “Large Plains or Great Plains,” is set in a valley, straddling a small stream, amid the private and exclusive 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy, the second largest conservancy in the greater Maasai Mara region. “Naboisho”, means “coming together” in the Maasai’s Maa language and represents the 500 local landowners who came together for a conservancy that combines the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, tourism and enhancement of livelihoods for the local communities. Each guest’s stay supports over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood and helps to ensures the conservation of this vital corner Maasai Mara eco-system.

At Mara Nyika, no two days are the same on safari. Wildlife viewing often starts at sunrise, returning to camp for a late breakfast and departing again in the mid-afternoon after tea before returning just after sunset. Guests can also opt to go out all day with a packed breakfast, lunch and beverages. Very often, safaris will continue into the night, a possibility because of the camp’s location on the private Naboisho Conservancy. Night drives are particularly prolific and while they take patience, sightings commonly include lesser known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.

Arijiju

Arijiju is a beautiful, private home in the game-rich Kenyan Highlands of the Laikipia Plateau. An elegant spa and hammam, a gym, clay tennis and squash courts, a pool and health-focused menus make wellness feel effortless here.

Set amid the untamed wild of the Sieku valley in the Borana Conservancy, Arijiju offers a thriving piece of the game-rich Kenyan Highlands and a sanctuary for adventure. Here, travelers will explore 97,000 acres dedicated to conservation as well as activities like quad bike safaris, horseback riding and Big Five game drives.

FAQs

What guidelines are in place to ensure minimal COVID-19 exposure?

The logistics of this entire trip have been designed with the current state of the pandemic in mind. Therefore, masks will be utilized throughout the trip. All transportation between New York and Kenya, including all transportation within Kenya, will be private to the members of this trip. VIP arrival and departure screenings will keep interaction with others to a minimum, and all staff members at each camp will be tested before guest arrival. All trip members will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and are encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days before trip departure. On the trip, physical distancing between parties will be the goal when dining, traveling and spending time in camp.

How will I get to Africa?

Upon arrival at JFK Airport in New York City and after passing through airport customs and temperature checks, travelers will gather in a private lounge hosted by Kenyan Airways. Travelers will then board a Boeing 787 charter by Great Plains Conservation, with 180-degree reclining beds and first class service for a flight to Nairobi.

Upon arrival in Nairobi, travelers will be separated into groups of 10 and rotate through 4 camps/lodges with 3-night stays at each. Travel between camps/lodges will be via private vehicle or private air. Upon conclusion of the trip, a similar departure strategy for the chartered international flight will ensue.

How many travelers will be on this trip?

This trip will depart with a minimum of 10 passengers, with up to 30 passengers. Kenya Airways reserves the right to sell cabin space to other passengers in coach class, separate from trip members. Once on the ground in Kenya, groups of 10 travelers will rotate through the camps to get a variety of safari experiences.

Cost

This private safari costs $42,900 (USD) per person sharing and includes international business class flights, private inter-camp air transfers, lounge access in all airports on arrival and departures, all meals, all beverages (premier cellar wine, champagnes and spirits excluded at Arijuju), all wildlife sightings and activities.

Exclusions include comprehensive travel insurance, a conservation levy of $900 (USD), souvenirs or personal items, spa treatments and gratuities.

For More Information

We’d love to talk more in depth about this groundbreaking trip, including protective measures, itinerary highlights and more! For more information, terms and conditions, contact us at info@travelbeyond.com or call us at 952-475-9975.