andBeyond announces top experiential safarisWith experiential travel still a buzzword, andBeyond, the renowned experiential travel company, has a range of new special moments and personal memories. From connecting with indigenous cultures, to tasting local food, exploring exotic landscapes on foot and meeting experts in their field, the andBeyond experiences are something a one-size-fits-all group tour cannot provide.
AFRICA THROUGH A LENS – PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARIS
Capturing safari experiences on camera has always been an integral part of the andBeyond experience. Now, the andBeyond photographic safari offers guests the chance to be guided by a professional photographic guide – Andrew Schoerman - through the intricacies of getting that perfect wildlife picture or African landscape shot. The tour starts in Kenya’s Masai Mara at andBeyond Bateleur Camp, where wildlife and the big five abound. Guests then head into the vast Serengeti plain in Tanzania for six nights. The group also has use of a private vehicle which ensures the rhythm of the safari can be adapted to get the perfect shot
From £8,669 per person based on two people sharing. The nine-day tour includes all road and flight transfers, the specialist guide and national park fees. Accommodation included: two nights at andBeyond Bateleur Camp (Kenya) and six nights in Tanzania - two nights at andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas, two nights at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and two nights at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
UNDER CANVAS WITH ANDBEYOND
Under Canvas allows guests to fully experience an adventurous safari in spectacular solitude and with nothing separating guests from their surroundings. Offering glamping at its very best is andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. This luxury mobile camp re-opened in May 2014 with a brand new, elegant look that does not detract from its surroundings. The ten chic, elevated tents are carefully positioned, deep in the far western reaches the National Park, to ensure excellent game viewing, year round. This immense closeness to nature is combined with the stunning views of the Grumeti River from every suite; where guests can even catch a glimpse of the resident hippo wallowing in the lagoon.
Rates at andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp start from £421 per person, per night. This is based on two sharing and includes all meals and transfers.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE IN SOUTH AFRICA
One of the most thrilling and intimate ways to experience Africa is on foot. andBeyond has exceptional guides and trackers who are passionate about the history, culture and animals in the area. The specialist guides will lead trails to get up close with smaller game such as impala and nyala antelope and tread in the tracks of zebra and elephant. Each walk is tailored to the indivdiual so guests can choose to walk for a couple of hours or spend the entire day on foot tracking the animals.. More adventurous guests can choose to walk to another lodge on the reserve or even spend the night out in the bush under the stars.
Walking Safari rates from £360 per safari per day (minimum of two, maximum of six people – must be 16 or over). This price includes the use of a specialist guide and private vehicle, but excludes accommodation. Choose from six beautiful safari lodges at andBeyond Phinda Game Reserve in South Africa.
STARRY STARRY NIGHTS IN NAMIBIA
One of the world’s top destinations for stargazing, Namibia is renowned for its generally cloudless night skies, minimal air pollution and excellent views of the southern constellations. andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge lies in the heart of the NambibRand International Park. This extraordinary landscape was declared Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) in 2013 and was the first IDSR to be awarded the Gold Tier. Designed to make the most of the spectacular night skies, Soussusvlei’s guestrooms have scenic skylights above the beds and there is a fully equipped observatory and resident astronomer on hand.
Rates start from £296 per person per night based on two sharing and including all meals. Two safari activities per day are also included (e.g. excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei, guided nature walks, hiking trails, quad biking, sand rock painting and star-gazing - and transfers). Ballooning and scenic flights are an additional charge.