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Our Fantastic New Videos

August 16, 2017

At the beginning of 2017, videographer & film maker, Goh Iromoto and his producer & photographer, Courtney Boyd visited Kenya for 4 weeks. During that time they stayed at The Emakoko in Nairobi, Tangulia Mara Camp in the Masai Mara, Lewa House in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ol Malo in Laikipia and filmed countless hours of footage and took thousands of photos. More importantly they captured the magic & essence of Bush and Beyond and our properties! See some of their amazing work here.

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Introducing our New Video

May 17, 2017

We are excited to launch our first official Bush and Beyond video. Come explore, experience & escape to all that Bush and Beyond has to offer.

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Jackson Looseyia: 4 facts about one of our favourite guides

August 8, 2016

From what Jackson Looseyia loves most about Kenya to an inside peak at his “office”, learn more about one of Bush and Beyond’s favourite guides.

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10 Facts about Kenya’s Big Five

January 4, 2016

The term Big Five was originally coined by big-game hunters as a way to describe the elusiveness of Africa’s most fascinating wild animals. For hunters tracking animals by foot, the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros were the most dangerous to hunt. These days, Kenya’s Big Five are protected by conservation laws and other anti-poaching efforts are in place, but for visitors to Kenya, catching a glimpse is still a challenge. Lucky for you, guides at Bush and Beyond properties have “caught” fantastic photos of all of Kenya’s favorite wildlife.

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Great New Offer

October 5, 2015

Bush and Beyond is pleased to announce some new Fall Incentive Rates starting October 1st for New bookings. Check out all the details.

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The Globe & Mail, August 2015

August 11, 2015

Lewa Wilderness in “Into Africa”

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6 ways Bush and Beyond makes the world a better place

August 5, 2015

Bush and Beyond believes that it is our responsibility to protect and enhance the natural and cultural environment of the areas in which we operate. Not only does this care for the wildlife, land and people in Kenya where our properties are, but because our conservation activities are an integral part of the larger environmental system of the planet.

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New Electronic Visa process for Kenya starts July 2, 2015

July 5, 2015

Starting from 2nd July 2015, the government of Kenya will introduce electronic visa application. Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply as follows:

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Bush and Beyond Safari Offer

May 22, 2015

Receive a 10% reduction on net rates (excluding conservancy fees where applicable) on a Bush and Beyond Safari where guests stay at least two nights at each of three or more Bush and Beyond safari destinations. Include Jackson Looseyia as your private guide on your Bush and Beyond Safari and receive a 10% reduction on his daily fee too.

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We Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

April 22, 2015

April 22nd is Earth Day and something that all of us at Bush and Beyond believe in. One of things we take great pride in at Bush and Beyond is the amazing conservation work our properties do each and every day. Our properties combined have protected over 2.2 million acres within their private conservancies and group ranches. This is land where the wildlife is safeguarded and free to roam as nature intended.

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Take the first step.

March 23, 2015

There is something magical about getting out of the safari vehicle and putting your feet down on African soil. One of the joys of staying in a private conservancy is that you are able to do a guided bush walk and experience the landscape and wildlife on foot.

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Outside Magazine April 2015

March 21, 2015

Lewa House & Mara Toto Camp in “Best Safari of Best Trips of 2015”

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Love is in the air

February 3, 2015

February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day falling right in the middle. Well, we like to think that Kenya is one of the most romantic places in the world and the perfect spot to celebrate love. Here are the top 3 reasons Kenya is the place for romance:

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#WhyILoveKenya: the sunsets are amazing

October 13, 2014

Each sunset and sunrise in Kenya is unique. Here are our favorites from #WhyILoveKenya.

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Last Minute Special Offers

August 1, 2014

For the next three months, August, September and October 2014, the following Bush and Beyond safari destinations are offering excellent rates on available rooms for NEW enquiries. Don’t miss out on these amazing offers.

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Why do you love Kenya?

July 21, 2014

Is it Kenya’s breathtaking scenery, legendary migratory traffic or amazing activities that invite travelers to fall in love with this unique country? Discover your own reason to love Kenya in this video by the Kenya Tourism Board.

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10 stunning images from #WhyILoveKenya

July 2, 2014

Last month the Kenya Tourism Board launched “Why I Love Kenya” an exciting social media campaign to celebrate the country as not only the most fascinating safari destination in the world, but as a world class tourism destination. Visitors and citizens have been sharing their stories and photos of their experiences in Kenya, ranging from dramatic migration photos to Nairobi’s colorful architecture. We’ve collected the most stunning photos from Twitter here in this blog post. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tell us what you love the most about this amazing country by using the hashtag #WhyILoveKenya.

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7 ways to connect with the real Africa at Ol Pejeta

June 5, 2014

Set on nearly 100,000 acres in central Kenya, on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River you will find Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, one of Bush and Beyond’s newest properties. With the impressive Mount Kenya as a backdrop, this traditional and very comfortable tented bush camp is often called the “real Africa” for its dramatic landscape and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. For travelers wanting an authentic safari experience, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers 7 unique ways to connect with nature in Nanyuki.

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Best Adventures of Bush and Beyond – Our Offers

April 15, 2014

We are excited to announce BAOBAB, the Best Adventures of Bush and Beyond. These special limited time adventures will be offered on a regular basis. Our current BAOBABs are:

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February 20, 2014

We lost one of our big bull elephants last week to poachers – it’s been a very tough time for the ol Donyo Lodge global community. Richard Bonham shares his memories of this amazing elephant with us. We hope Torn Ear did not die in vain, and we all fight a little harder to stop these tragedies. As a conservation community, let’s change the fate of the Earth’s remaining wildlife.

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10 Facts About Kenya’s Big 5

December 19, 2013

The term Big Five was originally coined by big-game hunters as a way to describe the elusiveness of Africa’s most fascinating wild animals. For hunters tracking animals by foot, the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros were the most dangerous to hunt. These days, Kenya’s Big Five are protected by conservation laws and other anti-poaching efforts are in place, but for […]

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The 8 most amazing experiences in Kenya

November 6, 2013

From horseback safaris to simply sitting and soaking in the scenery, visiting Kenya with Bush & Beyond is an amazing experience. Here are 8 Kenyan experiences that will change your life forever.

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They have arrived!

July 31, 2013

The migration has arrived in the Masai Mara and this makes me think of the number one question that I get asked about Kenya – “when is the best time to see the migration?” Ahh, if only I had a dollar for every time I was asked that … if only I had a crystal ball! The answer to this question is truly a tricky one as it all depends on Mother Nature and the rains.

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Virgin America Magazine July 2013

July 5, 2013

ol Donyo Lodge and Mara Toto Camp in “Animal Kingdom”

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Sunday Telegraph June 2013

July 2, 2013

Topi House, Mara Plains & Mara Toto in “Maasai Mara  minus the crowds”

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What do Lewa, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids have in common?

June 28, 2013

What do Lewa, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids have in common? . . . They’re all UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Trust were honoured to be just added to the existing Mount Kenya World Heritage Site.

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Small Beginnings

June 6, 2013

“All great things have small beginnings” said Peter Senge, an expert in organizational learning. As spring arrives and the buds push forth, I find myself thinking of this quotation. And so to when I think about all the wonderful “beginnings” at our Bush and Beyond properties – some small and some quite large. Beginnings such as the successful opening of Ekorian’s Mugie Camp, the addition of bush ponies at Sarara and the new mobile safari, Ol Malo Nomad.

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My Top 5 Things to Pack for a Safari

April 16, 2013

I am lucky enough to be packing this week to head over to Kenya on safari – very excited as will be visiting many of our properties and spending time at the places and with the people I love. I am not necessarily a fan of packing but I do have 5 things that I always take with me on safari and I thought I’d share them with you.

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You never know where the first step may lead.

March 20, 2013

There is something magical about getting out of the safari vehicle and putting your feet down on African soil. One of the joys of staying in a private conservancy is that you are able to do a guided bush walk and experience the landscape and wildlife on foot. Not only does it help you burn some calories from all those delicious meals you’ve eaten on safari,

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

February 26, 2013

Most of us take our right to education for granted. We assume our children will be able to go to school and receive a free and good education. This is not the case in many parts of Kenya and as a result most of our properties are involved in various education projects. Today, we will highlight the Nomad Education project of Ol Malo and the Samburu Trust.

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CNN Travel February 2013

February 25, 2013

Ol Malo in “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do in Kenya”

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Make a resolution to go on safari

January 7, 2013

The start of the New Year is often the time when we reflect on the past and make plans for the future. It is also the time for making resolutions. This year we’d love it if your resolution was to come on safari with Bush and Beyond and here are 10 reasons why you should.

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Your main man (or woman) – your guide

December 11, 2012

I had the privilege of recently being a guide to 2 of our guides from Kenya – Jackson Looseyia of Nomadic Encounters and Karmushu Kiama of Lewa Wilderness – while they were over in North America. I now have a sense of just how difficult, exciting & entertaining their jobs are. I truly believe that your guide can make or break your entire safari experience.

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A Legend & An Example of our Passion

September 19, 2012

It is always nice when one of our own gets recognition for the amazing work they are doing and so it was wonderful to see the profile on Richard Bonham, founder of ol Donyo Lodge in the September issue of Travel + Leisure http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/profile-meet-richard-bonham-safari-legend. Richard’s passion for conservation is one shared by all of us.

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Ready, Aim, Get that Photo & Win

August 1, 2012

We have just launched our photography contest on Facebook (for more details visit http://on.fb.me/Q2agWf ) and you could win a fabulous 12 day Kenyan safari for two. We are lucky enough to have 3 fabulous judges – host of BBC’s Big Cat Diary, Jackson Looseyia, member of the Kenyan Tourist Board of Directors, David Stogdale and the world famous photographer, Angela Scott. To help you out, I have gathered 10 tips for photographing wildlife on safari – so get your cameras ready!

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Fit for A Queen

June 13, 2012

I, like millions all over the world, watched the Jubilee Celebrations for Queen Elizabeth and was amazed by her stamina – she is truly an admirable woman. Many know her history with Kenya but the Francombe family of Ol Malo has a very special relationship with her and her ascension to the throne. I will let Colin Francombe tell the remarkable story.

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All Great Things have Small Beginnings.

May 10, 2012

“All great things have small beginnings” said Peter Senge, an expert in organizational learning. As spring arrives and the buds push forth, I find myself thinking of this quotation. And so to when I think about all the wonderful “beginnings” at our Bush and Beyond properties – some small and some quite large. Beginnings such as the successful opening of The Emakoko, the amazing new buildings at Lewa House and the exciting refurbishments at Mara Plains Camp.

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My 5 Essential Items to Take on Safari

March 11, 2012

I am lucky enough to be packing this week to head over to Kenya on safari – very excited as will be visiting all of our properties and spending time at the places and with the people I love. I am not necessarily a fan of packing but I do have 5 things that I always take with me on safari and I thought I’d share them with you. So here are my 5 essential items to take on safari.

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Take a Leap – Celebrate our Women

February 29, 2012

Today is Leap Year and according to an old Irish legend, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar. So in honour of Leap Year, St Bridget and women – let’s talk about the women of Kenya and Bush and Beyond.

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Our Top Ten List

January 6, 2012

The start of the New Year is often the time when we reflect on the past and make plans for the future. It is also the time for lists – lists of resolutions, lists of the top movies, books or music of the past year and so many more. So we thought we’d start of 2012 with our own list – the top 10 reasons why you should go on safari with Bush and Beyond.

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Starry, starry night.

November 30, 2011

One of the most amazing things you discover while on safari in the bush is the amazing night sky. The stars form a glittering carpet across the deep ink coloured sky. Those of us who live in the city forget what it is like to see all those stars away from the lights of buildings & street lamps. It is truly awe inspiring. We love giving you the chance to experience these night scapes in a variety of ways – a star bed, a star camp, a star bath, a night drive or a good look through a telescope.

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Our Purpose – Life Changing Experiences

November 1, 2011

I have just returned from the Adventure Travel World Summit in Mexico and the theme was “Prosper with Purpose” and that got me thinking about our purpose. We believe our purpose is to provide our guests with life changing experiences and there are 3 unique things about all of our properties that allow us to do this successfully – our private conservancies, our authentic cultural experiences and our hosts & guides.

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It’s all about family

October 5, 2011

If you have read any of my previous blogs, you will know that family is very important to me and I mention my own quite often. Family is just as important to all the members of the Bush and Beyond portfolio – it is actually one of the unique things about us. Our properties are individually owned and operated by families who in many cases act as your hosts and welcome you to their homes. Read further to learn more about our Bush and Beyond families.

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Food, glorious food.

September 20, 2011

I have spent the past few days with good friends and that has meant lots of fantastic meals with great wine, wonderful conversation and food, glorious food! Now I am a real foodie and one of the things I love about being on safari at our properties is the delicious meals. We truly have a talented group of chefs who make every meal a gourmet delight.

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Man’s best friend

September 6, 2011

Spending so much time in Africa, I understand the concept of the “circle of life” however, that still doesn’t make it easy when I learn of an animal’s death. A few weeks ago, we lost Bosco who was a legendary bloodhound based at ol Donyo Lodge and who helped track & catch numerous poachers throughout Kenya. The loss of Bosco made me think about all the wonderful domesticated, semi-domesticated & wild animals we have come to know and love at our properties.

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Get Back to Nature

August 24, 2011

So it has been over a week since our last blog post and that it because I was away on holidays. Yup, spent some time in the bush getting back to nature and have to say that I have come back relaxed, rejuvenated and feeling like my soul has been restored. And that got me wondering just why that it is and why being surrounded by nature makes us feel so good.

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Diversification is Key

August 8, 2011

Well, it has been an interesting few days for the global financial markets and that has me reflecting on the favourite advice of my stockbroker – “diversification is key to your portfolio”. And I realized that this advice is reflected in the Bush and Beyond portfolio and one of the many things that make our properties so special.

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Celebrate good times, come on.

August 2, 2011

As the band Cool and the Gang so aptly sang, “Celebrate good times” and there is no better place or way to celebrate a special occasion than on safari. I have been lucky enough to have been part of a number of different types of safari celebrations –

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Getting out on foot

July 26, 2011

There is something magical about getting out of the safari vehicle and putting your feet down on African soil. One of the joys of staying in a private conservancy is that you are able to do a guided bush walk and experience the landscape and wildlife on foot.

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Spreading the conservation message

July 19, 2011

I just finished reading an engrossing and very disturbing article in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine (“Agony and Ivory”) about the plight of the African elephants and the ivory trade.

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Your guide makes all the difference.

July 11, 2011

Last week I talked about a life changing conversation I had with one of our guides while on safari and this week I’d like to talk more about safari guides. I truly believe that your guide can make or break your entire safari experience.

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It’s the people that change your life.

July 5, 2011

It is usually the wildlife that draws people to East Africa on safari, however, it is the people they meet that they remember. And when one of those meetings changes how you perceive your own world than you have experienced the transformational power of travel.

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3 Common Misconceptions

June 28, 2011

I have been thinking a lot about the misconceptions people have about being on safari, some of which my own family had prior to joining me in East Africa. So I thought I’d address a few of them in this week’s blog.

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Best time to see the migration

June 21, 2011

It is the first official day of summer here and that makes me think of the second question that I get asked most often about Kenya – “when is the best time to see the migration?” Ahh, if only I had a dollar for every time I was asked that

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Best time to visit the bush

June 15, 2011

The number one question I get asked is “when is the best time of year to visit?”. Having visited in every month, I have to be honest and tell you there really isn’t a bad time to visit, it is just different depending on what month you are there.

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