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Bush & Beyond safari collection includes different geographic areas, different styles of accommodation, different types of activities and even different wildlife. Sometimes makes it hard to decide where to go on your safari because you spoilt for choice!  Keeping that in mind, we can tailor itineraries to your specification or simply mix and match the properties to your heart’s content.  We just want you to have an amazing time when visiting any of the Bush and Beyond properties.

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Lake Turkana & The Nile PerchAn utterly unique place, Turkana is, at least for now, unspoiled by development or environmental problems.The Lake is naturally very saline because it has no outlet and a very high evaporation rate and so the series of dams upstream will in all likely hood alter the ecology of the lake itself (because so much more of the evaporation will now happen upstream). Driving to Turkana its all really not for the light hearted traveler or those seeking an easy no-problems vacation.The Flyfishing potential up here is huge and in the more protected National Parks along the lake you might expect to have the best chance hooking into a big Perch.
Sibiloi National ParkFor the more adventurous, the long road North leads to Sibiloi,a 1600 square km National Park recently accorded World Heritage Status. This park is a real surprise after a long desert journey- there is plenty of open green, grassland- and plenty of game. Zebra, Topi, Giraffe, Ostrich, Hippo and the occasional Lion and Cheetah have all been sighted in the park.
Mugie SanctuaryMugie is 46,000 acres but 22,000 acres have been set aside to create Mugie Sanctuary. The Mugie sanctuary is home to around seventy species of mammal including lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, elephant, eland and hyena. We have many endangered species residing on Mugie including the Grevys zebra and Jacksons Hartebeest
Namunyak Wildlife Conservation TrustThis is home to the proud Samburu people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. Sarara sits on community-owned land, outside the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The Trust was set up in 1995 specifically to promote wildlife conservation and to assist the local community to benefit from tourism, in return for protecting the wildlife species living on their land. The conservation work carried out by the Namunyak Trust to date has been hugely successful. Today, several thousand elephant 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 Mathews RangeThe Mathews is characterized by steep topography and granite outcrops that make most of the area inaccessible. The highest point of the Mathews Range is Warges Peak which stands at 2,688 meters above sea level. The forest is known for being in the best condition of all the sky island forests in northern Kenya. This is primarily due to its remote location, rugged steep terrain which precludes easy access and traditional compatible use of the forest.
Singing Wells of SamburuIn the sand river, Samburu’s dig a hole just deep enough until they find water and then they take a bucket or an old vegetable oil tin and fill it with water for their stock. Of course, as the dry season goes on, the water is harder to come by and the hole gets deeper and deeper. Eventually it might be 15 or 20 feet deep, necessitating a chain of three or four lmurran passing the bucket from hand to hand, all while they sing a lilting chant that reverberates all along the sand river where four or five other groups of warrior herdsmen are doing the same thing. For this reason, they are called the singing wells.

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Bush & Beyond properties provide activities that get you out of the vehicle and moving. While on safari you’ll be able to not only do game walks but also hiking, horseback riding, camel trekking, mountain biking, fly camping and even fly in a replica biplane if you wish.  Perfect for those who simply can’t sit still.

  • Lobolo Camp – Turkana

Situated on the western shore of Lake Turkana, east-north-east of Lodwar, provides an ideal camp from which to experience the unique Turkana culture, and, the lake; and is the base for their aptly named five day Jade Sea Journey, navigating across the lake to Sibiloi National Park on the north eastern shore, with its famous pre-historic fossil sites; then visiting Central Island National Park on the return boat journey to Lobolo Camp

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  • Fishing – on Lake Turkana for Nile perch, Tilapia and Tiger fish
  • Boat Trips to Central Island – A boat trip across the Lake to see Central Island and the flamingo Breeding Lake, the Crocodile Crater and more.
  • Cultural & village visits – to meet the Turkana tribe
  • Besides, we offer archaeological, geological, educational, fishing, and filming trips,
  • Elkorian’s Mugie Camp

Ekorian’s Mugie Camp (named after the Olive tree in the Turkana language) is located on the Mugie Sanctuary near Mugie Dam at the northern end of the Laikipia Plateau near Mount Kenya, where opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching are abundant.

Ekorian’s Mugie Camp will be closed in November

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  • Game drives – day and night to see the wildlife and beauty of the conservancy
  • Bush walks –  get up close with the landscape and wildlife on guided walks
  • Fly camping
  • Bush Breakfast, picnics and dinners
  • Fishing
  • Day to day cattle ranch activities – see how the ranch operates
  • Visits to Samburu and Pokot village markets
  • Walking with the blood hounds during their daily exercises
  • Kayaking on the Mugie Dam
  • Camel rides(optional extra)
  • Golfing at Mugie Golf Course (optional extra) – this is one of Kenya’s northernmost golf courses designed by Kenya’s most famous golf course designer.  The beautiful course has two-tier greens and is nestled among a grove of olive trees.  It offers a challenge for even the most experienced golfer.  Mugie Golf Course is also conveniently fenced in from wildlife so that guests can enjoy a jog or a gentle stroll around the 3.5 km track to enjoy the views as well as playing a round of golf.

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Loisaba airstrip and then 1 ½ hour game drive
  • By private charter flight, directly to Mugie airstrip.
  • By road, 2 hours from Rumuruti on the road heading north to Maralal.
  • Approximately 6 hours from Nairobi and 4 hours from Nanyuki
  • Sarara Camp Namunyak, Mathews Range

Sarara is found within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust. An area of approximately 75,000 hectares, lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain range of northern Kenya. This is home of the proud Samburu people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. The Trust was set to promote wildlife conservation and to assist the local community to benefit from tourism, in return for protecting the wildlife species living on their land. 

Seasons: Sarara Camp will be closed in April, May and November.

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  • Shared game drives in custom built, open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides
  • Escorted game walks with our expert field scouts
  • Hiking into the Mathews forest
  • Climbing to the top of Lolokwe with donkeys
  • Fly camping safaris with camels along the wide sand “luggas”
  • Beading workshops
  • Bush picnics and sundowner
  • Visits to the Samburu Singing wells (only in the dry season)
  • Village visits – extra cost
  • Star Camp – the newest addition to Sarara is the Star Camp, which is only accessible by foot and is a two and a half hour journey through the forest from camp. Camels carry all the equipment, led by their Samburu keepers so guests can enjoy the unique flora and fauna, including the rare Colobus and De Brazza monkeys, wild dogs and prehistoric Cycad palms. 

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki airstrip departing from Wilson Airport. Connecting private charter to Namunyak airstrip.
  • By private charter flight to Namunyak airstrip
  • Road transfers from Nanyuki or Samburu upon request and subject to road conditions.
  • A full day drive from Nairobi via Archer’s Post infinity swimming pool at the camps main lodge area.
  • Sarara Star Camp Namunyak, Mathews Range

The newest addition to Sarara is the Star Camp, which is only accessible by foot and is a two and a half hour journey through the forest from camp. Camels carry all the equipment, led by their Samburu keepers so guests can enjoy the unique flora and fauna, including the rare Colobus and De Brazza monkeys, wild dogs and prehistoric Cycad palms.

Seasons: Sarara Camp will be closed in April, May and November.

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  • Shared game drives in custom built, open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides
  • Escorted game walks with our expert field scouts
  • Hiking into the Mathews forest
  • Climbing to the top of Lolokwe with donkeys
  • Fly camping safaris with camels along the wide sand “luggas”
  • Beading workshops
  • Bush picnics and sundowner
  • Visits to the Samburu Singing wells (only in the dry season)
  • Village visits – extra cost
  • Star Camp – the newest addition to Sarara is the Star Camp, which is only accessible by foot and is a two and a half hour journey through the forest from camp. Camels carry all the equipment, led by their Samburu keepers so guests can enjoy the unique flora and fauna, including the rare Colobus and De Brazza monkeys, wild dogs and prehistoric Cycad palms. 

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki airstrip departing from Wilson Airport. Connecting private charter to Namunyak airstrip.
  • By private charter flight to Namunyak airstrip
  • Road transfers from Nanyuki or Samburu upon request and subject to road conditions.
  • A full day drive from Nairobi via Archer’s Post infinity swimming pool at the camps main lodge area.
  • Loimugu House Namunyak, Mathews Range

The newly rebuilt Loimugi House at Sarara Camp – Winner of the “Best Community Owned Camp in Africa”at the 2014 Safari Guide Awards is ideal for families and friends looking for an interactive and homey atmosphere. The house has two tented en suite rooms, a private pool, viewing deck and library, private waterhole to attract wildlife, outdoor showers and a central living and dining area. It comfortably sleeps a family of five or a group of four close friends. Drawn in by the nutritious acacia pods that fall off of the trees surrounding the house, the famous Sarara elephant are often seen just meters away!

Seasons: Sarara Camp will be closed in April, May and November.

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  • Shared game drives in custom built, open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides
  • Escorted game walks with our expert field scouts
  • Hiking into the Mathews forest
  • Climbing to the top of Lolokwe with donkeys
  • Fly camping safaris with camels along the wide sand “luggas”
  • Beading workshops
  • Bush picnics and sundowner
  • Visits to the Samburu Singing wells (only in the dry season)
  • Village visits – extra cost
  • Star Camp – the newest addition to Sarara is the Star Camp, which is only accessible by foot and is a two and a half hour journey through the forest from camp. Camels carry all the equipment, led by their Samburu keepers so guests can enjoy the unique flora and fauna, including the rare Colobus and De Brazza monkeys, wild dogs and prehistoric Cycad palms. 

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki airstrip departing from Wilson Airport. Connecting private charter to Namunyak airstrip.
  • By private charter flight to Namunyak airstrip
  • Road transfers from Nanyuki or Samburu upon request and subject to road conditions.
  • A full day drive from Nairobi via Archer’s Post infinity swimming pool at the camps main lodge area.
  • Ol Malo, Laikipia

Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honoured lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature, there, as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo – Place of the Greater Kudu. 

Seasons: Ol Malo will be closed in April, May and November.

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  • Shared game drives in open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides, both during the day and at night
  • Game walks with an experienced guide
  • Horse riding for both experienced riders and novices
  • Camel rides across the plains
  • Mountain biking on the hilly terrain
  • Cultural visits with local communities
  • Overnight in the Look Out by a water-hole which is visited by a variety of wildlife
  • Swimming

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Loisaba departing from Wilson Airport. Transfer to Ol Malo is 40 minutes away and is included.
  • Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki departing from Wilson Airport. Connect with private charter to Ol Malo airstrip.
  • By private charter flight, directly Ol Malo airstrip
  • Ol Malo Nomad

The secrets of the North are at your finger tips; sand dunes, crocodile pools, multi coloured volcanic lakes and fishing trips are all within a few hours flight away. We even have a lightweight chopper camp – perfect for a moonlit night in the middle of a saltpan with only chattering flamingos surrounding you from one horizon to the other. Experience truly wild un-touched Africa

Seasons: Ol Malo will be closed in April, May and November.

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  • The adventures are varied and tailor-made; from exploring by helicopter and fishing vast lakes, to trekking on foot, horse or camel with mobile camps into the unknown.
  • Nomad Ethic – Ol Malo Nomad also offers guests the opportunity to get more involved and support the Samburu eco-system through the Samburu Trust by walking with the Samburu people to secure their land, its wildlife and their shared future. Rather than just moving through, we aim to enhance and protect their rangelands and Kenya’s wildlife with our presence
  • Nomad Horse – We leave vehicle support far behind whilst our lightweight camp is carried entirely by Camels. Riding on sure-footed, homebred bush ponies we enjoy the wonders of Northern Kenya; breathtaking views, harsh rocky outcrops and cool acacia lined riverbeds, all home to the Samburu people. A colourful and nomadic tribe who flit about the north following fresh pasture and seasonal water, much like the wildlife of this area
  • Nomad Camel – Homebred and hardy from bloodlines sourced from the North by Colin, our trusty train of Camels carry our lightweight camp during a mobile safari. On walking safaris a small team of camels for riding and carrying water move alongside you while the main train moves camp. By the end of your Nomad expedition you’ll truly appreciate the strength and even character of a camel!

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Loisaba departing from Wilson Airport. Transfer to Ol Malo is 40 minutes away and is included.
  • Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki departing from Wilson Airport. Connect with private charter to Ol Malo airstrip.
  • By private charter flight, directly Ol Malo airstrip
  • Ol Malo House

Ol Malo House is built on the edge of a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honoured lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature, there, as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo – Place of the Greater Kudu

Seasons: Ol Malo will be closed in April, May and November.

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  • Shared game drives in open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides, both during the day and at night
  • Game walks with an experienced guide
  • Horse riding for both experienced riders and novices
  • Camel rides across the plains
  • Mountain biking on the hilly terrain
  • Cultural visits with local communities
  • Overnight in the Look Out by a water-hole which is visited by a variety of wildlife
  • Swimming

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Loisaba departing from Wilson Airport. Transfer to Ol Malo is 40 minutes away and is included.
  • Daily scheduled flight to Nanyuki departing from Wilson Airport. Connect with private charter to Ol Malo airstrip.
  • By private charter flight, directly Ol Malo airstrip

Riding Information:

Ol Malo has 15 horses – 8 rideable and the rest young horses coming on. Small, Somali type horses/ponies – strong and good for trekking. Horses are schooled to trail riding. All level of riders are provided for and children can be accommodated. Weight limit for beginners is 80 kg. Horses are used to going amongst the wildlife. Game seen on rides include giraffe, zebra, gazelles, eland, oryx, occasional cat and elephant at certain times of year. No polo or show jumping offered. Type of saddles – A choice of English, Argentinian gaucho & Western saddles Equipment at the Lodge – Riding helmets

  • Lewa House

The dramatic, thatched main house is the focal common area, with the accommodation being separate cottages around the grounds, each with unique views of Kenya’s Northern Frontier. This elegant room has a large fireplace where our guests can mingle with a drink before dinner. During the day we spend time on the verandah with its impressive views over the gardens and the nearby waterhole

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  • Experience Lewa in as many ways as you can- From the dawn setting fire to the snow peaks of Mount Kenya and elephants wallowing in the mud right in front of your room.
  • Game drive – Our skilled guides will get you in amongst the wildlife to get those all-important shots in comfortable open sided vehicles.
  • ‘Out of Africa Exprience’ — Gear up with goggles and a leather jacket and take to the skies in a yellow bi-plane or jump into a helicopter from the lawn and go fishing up the mountain.
  • Horse and camel riding experience – Being on horseback means that wildlife doesn’t recognise you as human and you’ll travel through the plains as if wearing an invisible cloak.
  • Guided Walks – Being on foot opens up the more inaccessible valleys to our north and allows you to feel your true place in the landscape
  • Conservancy activities guests can also visit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy headquarters to find out more about their pioneering conservation and community work such as a visit to the anti-poaching tracker dogs or a visit to the LWC sponsored local school or other community project
  • Cultural trips –  to the local Il Ngwesi village can be arranged with all proceeds going to the village itself.

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  • Daily scheduled flight to Lewa departing from Wilson Airport. 
  • By private charter flight, directly Lewa airstrip
  • The Emakoko, Nairobi National Park

The The Emakoko is situated on 15 acres of land bordering the National Park, on one side of the plot is the Mbagathi River – Nairobi National parks natural fence line and at the top of the plot is the Emakoko River, where the lodge gets its name. Entrance to it is through the park, which is an ideal way to escape the Nairobi traffic.

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  • Shared game drives in open 4×4 vehicles with knowledgeable guides
  • Visits to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
  • Shopping excursions into Nairobi
  • Swimming pool

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  • 20 minute drive from either Jomo Kenayatta International Airport or Wilson Airport

Each lodge/camp offers different game-viewing activities (including river safaris, night drives, walking safaris, helicopter safaris, and a sundowner cruise) included in cost and our trips offer the perfect opportunity to get to meet Africa’s diverse wildlife. From horseback and camel riding and the commanding views of the wild Ol Malo landscape, to the eco-friendly Loimugi house which fits perfectly into Sarara Camp’s immersive ethos of preservation and responsible tourism. And the best thing? We’ve sorted all your flights, transfers, food, drink, park fees and even laundry, so all you need to do is make sure you’ve got plenty of film in that camera of yours.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Wilson Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 30mins before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

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