With travellers increasingly turning towards responsible travel and participative experiences becoming more mainstream, luxury travel operator &Beyond has launched a selection of philanthropic itineraries that highlight the company’s ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People. Providing an enticing glimpse into &Beyond’s land and wildlife practices, as well as their people development projects, the tours are designed to provide the opportunity for guests to gain some first-hand experience in conservation and community initiatives. Lifting the veil around responsible luxury travel, the tours in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania combine high end accommodation with the opportunities to give back to the people and wildlife that make Africa a unique tourism destination.
&Beyond explores South America with Overland Small Group Journeys
The ultimate in luxury road trips, guests exploring the natural beauty of Chile and Argentina can now enjoy specialist guided overland small group journeys with &Beyond South America. Covering two iconic and sought-after destinations, travellers can opt for either the Wine and Country expedition or the Patagonia Lakes Expedition, each with its own unforgettable highlights and truly captivating scenery.
&Beyond invests in new and refurbished lodges for 2018
&Beyond is once again investing in the constant improvement and extension of its lodge network in 2018. Situated in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve, &Beyond Tengile River Lodge will open on 1 December 2018. &Beyond Phinda Homestead, is being rebuilt following a fire in December 2016 and will reopen on 1 September 2018. Also at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, the intimate Phinda Vlei Lodge is due to receive a refurbishment. Situated in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara, &Beyond Bateleur Camp will also receive a complete refurbishment over the coming months, with the brand new camp slated to reopen in March 2018.
“Travel has evolved from the adage of taking only photos and leaving only footprints,” says &Beyond CEO Joss Kent. “The wild places of this world need us to do better than that. Now it’s about taking memories and leaving a legacy.”
Rhinos Without Borders is proud to announce the successful translocation and release of another 40 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. Rhino horn remains one of the most sought after animal products in the illegal wildlife trade. Its value is greater than gold, making rhinos high-value targets
for poachers. Rhinos Without Borders is addressing this threat by translocating rhinos vulnerable to poaching incidents and releasing them into the wilderness of Botswana under close protection from that country’s government and the Rhinos Without Borders monitoring teams.
Luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has launched an exclusive selection of Small Group Journeys. Designed with privacy, authenticity and
flexibility in mind, these meticulously curated expeditions provide access to regions and experiences that lay off the beaten track, delving deep to the heart of each iconic destination. Exceptional moments are created under the care of dedicated private guides, as well as experts in the fields of conservation, nature photography and much more. Exclusive transportation and signature experiences round off the trademarks of each Small Group
Capitalising on the latest available technology, the company has installed a state-of-the-art off-grid electrical micro grid at its &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. The first of its kind in Botswana and only the second on the African continent, it incorporates a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant and a Tesla Powerpack battery energy storage system (BESS).
&Beyond contributes to lion conservation throughout Africa
Conservation-led travel company &Beyond recently celebrated World Lion Day, a global initiative to raise awareness for the conservation and preservation of these majestic cats. Part of Africa’s famous Big Five, the lion is an iconic species that, like so many others, is now in grave decline. Classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, lion populations the world over are under threat.
&Beyond carries out historic translocation of Africa’s rarest antelope
Conservation-led luxury travel company &Beyond recently celebrated the success of its breeding programme for Africa’s rarest antelope species by translocating four Ader’s duiker to a brand new breeding site on the island of Zanzibar. With only between 300 and 600 Ader’s duiker remaining in the wild, &Beyond has been managing a breeding programme for the species since 2005, when five of the little antelope were introduced onto &Beyond Mnemba Island, a private island paradise situated off the coast of Zanzibar.
&Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge reopens after refurbishment
Celebrating 20 years since its original opening date, &Beyond Phinda Rock Lodge has officially reopened with a brand new and updated look. The lodge has been comprehensively refurbished in line with &Beyond’s commitment to providing world-class luxury safari experiences.
&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp reopens after refurbishment
With the second phase of refurbishments completed at &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, the camp has reopened boasting a completely brand new look that now extends from the suites to the camp’s main guest areas.
&Beyond Phinda secures additional land for conservation
&Beyond has recently acquired traversing rights over an additional 1 620 hectares (4 000 acres) of community-owned land at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. This land was recently returned to the local communities, its ancestral owners, and, thanks to the close relationship between these communities and &Beyond, they have chosen to lease it to the company, pledging the land for conservation use while simultaneously making an income.
&Beyond puts it expertise behind South American conservation project
Luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has put its 25 years of conservation experience in Africa and India to use in South America, with Group Conservation Manager Les Carlisle recently invited to Argentina by Tompkins Conservation, an organisation committed to the preservation of biodiversity in Chile and Argentina.
New flight circuit connects &Beyond lodges to Southern Africa’s top tourist destinations
Guests travelling to &Beyond’s exclusive safari lodges in South Africa can now make use of a newly launched network of flights to quickly and seamlessly connect to the region’s top tourist destinations. Regional carrier Airlink has launched daily flights that connect &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve to each other, as well as to other tourist hubs throughout Southern Africa.
As the 25th year of its operations draws to a close, luxury travel company &Beyond looks forward to a year of growth and re-investment in 2017. The company, which has been active in African safaris and travel for a quarter century, also celebrated 10 years of touring operations in Asia and marked its first year in South America by expanding operations from Chile and Argentina to Peru and Ecuador. &Beyond’s offering in the region now includes traditional highlights such as Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands as well as lesser known, but equally as beautiful, travel destinations.
Hot travel tips and destinations in South America for 2017
Following the recent expansion of its South American touring operations into Peru and Ecuador in addition to existing itineraries in Chile and Argentina, luxury travel company &Beyond shares its thoughts on the hottest destinations and trends for 2017.
Celebrating ten years of tour operating experience in Asia, luxury travel company &Beyond shares their top insider tips for hotel openings, unusual activities that give you a glimpse of local culture and authentic shopping experiences.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve wins virtuoso sustainable tourism leadership award
The flagship reserve in South Africa for top luxury experiential travel company &Beyond, Phinda Private Game Reserve has been honoured with the prestigious 2016 Virtuoso Sustainable Tourism Leadership Hotel Award.
&Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve opens near Victoria Falls
The brand new &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge opened near Victoria Falls on 01 August, following an extensive multi-million dollar rebuild. Situated in a 50 000 hectare (123 500 acre) private wildlife concession on the Zambezi River, the lodge is set to provide the most luxurious accommodation and most unique wildlife experiences in the area.
Rhinos Without Borders continues to monitor translocated rhino in Botswana
Set up with responsible conservation in mind, Rhinos Without Borders has a daily monitoring programme in place to keep a close eye on the health and safety of the rhino that the project has translocated from high risk areas in South Africa to the relative safety of Botswana.
South African lioness gives birth to first lion cubs in Rwanda
The first lion cubs in Rwanda in almost 20 years have been born to one of the five lionesses donated by &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to reverse a local extinction of the species in Akagera National Park as part of an African Parks project.
&Beyond carries out massive rhino dehorning operation at Phinda Private Game Reserve
With more than 5 000 rhino illegally poached in South Africa in the past eight years and one rhino brutally killed every seven hours, luxury travel company &Beyond believes that drastic measures have become necessary to protect the country’s precious population of the species, which accounts for 74% of Africa’s remaining rhino.
&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp reopens following refurbishment
&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp in Botswana has reopened on 11 May 2016 following an extensive refurbishment and refresh. The camp boasts light and airy interiors that retain the original safari feel while offering a fresh and glamorous new look.
Luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has announced the launch of its Private Jet Expeditions. These privately guided set-departure journeys offer access to exclusive experiences in Africa’s most iconic destinations. Designed with privacy and authenticity in mind, the tours cater for a maximum of 12 guests, using the most exclusive transportation. Private jets such as the Embraer 145 and Pilatus PC12, or similar, are used for the international legs of each expedition.
Exclusive private game reserve in Victoria Falls returns to &Beyond portfolio
With Zimbabwe fast re-emerging as one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, experiential luxury travel company &Beyond is set to make its presence felt in Victoria Falls. The company will once again take over the management of the exclusive Matetsi River Lodge, as well as its 50 000 hectare (123 500 acre) wildlife concession on the Zambezi River, while also re-establishing an exclusive ground-handling operation in the area.
&Beyond expands marine conservation footprint to include Vamizi as third private island
Luxury experiential travel company &Beyond is set to expand its island footprint by adding the award-winning &Beyond Vamizi Island to its portfolio. Situated in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the coast of northern Mozambique, the company will take over the management of the island from 01 March 2016.
Mozambique Africa’s up and coming beach destination
With its balmy climate, vast miles of untouched beaches and colourful Portuguese and Arabic heritage, Mozambique is fast emerging as Africa’s hottest new holiday destination. Add to this the warm and friendly nature of the people, as well as the delectable cuisine, based heavily on abundant seafood and fiery spices, and you have a truly irresistible and authentic African beach experience.
While Chile’s wine-growing regions have achieved increasing fame over the past few years, the country’s cuisine is only now coming into its own. Chile’s capital, Santiago is fast gaining a reputation for cuisine that complements the attractions of the nearby wine regions and adventure activities.
Long considered an add-on to the classical Big Five safari experiences of Kenya and Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda are fast becoming safari destinations in their own right, offering unforgettable opportunities for up-close gorilla and chimpanzee encounters.
Nepal’s many attractions ready to receive visitors
Filled with natural beauty and fascinating heritage, Nepal has recovered from the effects of an earthquake in early 2015 and its many tourist attractions are once again ready and waiting to welcome visitors.
East Africa is famous for that one spectacular movement of wildlife that that tops them all – the Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest move across the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and into the rolling hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara, scrambling frantically through Africa’s mighty rivers to reach the promise of sweet, green grass. For nine months of the year, the mega herds of the Migration move through the Serengeti before crossing to the Masai Mara. Driven by the need for food, the animals cross the area’s major rivers, including the Grumeti and the Mara, where they brave the jaws of some of Africa’s largest crocodiles.
With easier access and readier availability of luxury goods boosting the country’s tourism industry, Zimbabwe’s beautiful natural highlights are driving ever increasing numbers of visitors to this spectacular country. Home to no less than four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the country has a wealth of natural beauty to offer.
&Beyond restructures executive team around client services, guest experiences, sustainability and ambitious plans
With 50% growth over the past three years and another 15% or more projected this year, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has reorganised its executive team to support its ambitious expansion plans. The new structure will ensure the continued delivery of exceptional guest and client services, as well as increasing focus on &Beyond’s management, guide training and sustainability projects.
Celebrating community heroes on World Aids Day – #worldaidsday
With the global community drawing together on 1 December on World Aids Day to support those living with the disease, &Beyond and Africa Foundation are celebrating those community members who dedicate themselves towards caring for those in need living in Africa’s rural areas.
&Beyond Mnemba Island awarded silver at 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards
&Beyond Mnemba Island was one of two silver winners in the Best for Beach Tourism category at the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards, held at the World Travel Market in London in celebration of World Responsible Tourism Day yesterday.
If you’ve been dreaming of enjoying the ultimate Kenyan safari, you can now embark on a traditional Kenyan safari adventure for 15% less with the Fly me to Kenya special offer from top experiential travel company &Beyond.
&Beyond launches six new mobile camping safaris in Botswana
Available now to book from February 2016, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has launched six new mobile camping safaris through the most iconic wildlife areas of Botswana. Privately guided throughout, these &Beyond Expeditions offer exclusive game viewing experiences combined with comfortable and fully serviced mobile camping accommodation.
Sri Lanka’s rich history unveiled – the tale of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Rich in history, Sri Lanka reveals layer upon layer of her past to curious visitors, from the grand ruins of ancient kingdoms to the visible influence of colonial times. There are clear traces of the country’s Portuguese, Dutch and British past in the architecture and forts of the cities, while the ancient capitals of the Lankan civilisation are filled with crumbling temples and magnificent Buddhist statues.
South Africa’s largest pack of wild dogs raised at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve
One of the continent’s most rarely spotted predators, a sighting of African wild dogs is inevitably something to get excited about on safari and a glimpse of wild dog pups is rare even for seasoned safari veterans. Andrew Nicholson, a ranger at &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa has been delighted to witness the country’s largest wild dog pack bringing up their puppies on the reserve.
Daktari for Maasai project brings dental care to East Africa communities
With a massive population of 52 million people, Tanzania has a mere 250 dentists. Residents of the country’s many rural communities are forced to walk long distances over difficult terrain to obtain any form of dental treatment and the standards of hygiene at many of these practices remain woefully underdeveloped.
Rhino translocated by Rhinos Without Borders gives birth to calf
Rhinos Without Borders is celebrating the arrival of a calf born to one of the rhinos that the project has translocated from South Africa to Botswana. With one rhino killed every seven hours in South Africa, the birth of the calf in an area where poaching is practically unheard of is a significant milestone for the initiative.
With more rhino now killed each year than there are being born, the species is facing a real threat of extinction. Rhinos Without Borders has turned towards translocation as one of the answers to ensuring the future survival of the rhino.
&Beyond spreads message of hope on World Rhino Day
With the world’s rhino species increasingly threatened by the rapidly growing scourge of poaching, World Rhino Day provides the ideal opportunity for companies such as luxury experiential travel provider &Beyond to celebrate the steps taken to protect these iconic animals.
Photographic river cruises now part of Botswana safari at &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas
From January 2016, travellers staying at &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas in Botswana will be offered a complimentary photographic safari on the Chobe River under the supervision of an expert wildlife photographer. Positioned at secluded sites in the game-rich Chobe National Park, the &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas camps consist of mobile safari tents with ensuite bathrooms and combine a wild and authentic Botswana safari with &Beyond’s famous brand of exceptional service.
Customised new vehicles enhance safaris at &Beyond Bateleur Camp
In Kenya’s Masai Mara, travellers on an African safari package may frequently spend most of their day jostling along rough tracks in search of the famous local wildlife, including the vast wildebeest herds of East Africa’s renowned Great Migration. Given the amount of time spent driving around the rolling hills of the Masai Mara, the right choice of safari vehicle is crucial to ensuring the comfort of a luxury safari in Kenya.
&Beyond’s Asia experts provide authentic local experiences for top documentaries
Known for its use of highly skilled specialist guides and naturalists, as well as authentic local experiences focused on the natural and cultural highlights of South Asia, &Beyond has become the travel expert of choice for a number of top documentaries filmed in India and Sri Lanka over the past few years.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers fine dining and wine tasting experience
Adding to the variety of classic dining experiences at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, the recently constructed wine store offers an elegant setting for a variety of gourmet experiences that range from champagne tasting to private dinners.
&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge scheduled for a refurbishment
In line with &Beyond’s extensive reinvestment programme into its safari lodges and camps, &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge in South Africa, which shares unfenced borders with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, is due to receive a comprehensive refurbishment. The USD 2 million rebuild and renovation will begin on 15 January 2016 and the lodge is scheduled to reopen to guests on 15 June 2016.
&Beyond Mnemba Island refurbishment adds refinement to private beach living
A recent refurbishment at &Beyond Mnemba Island has created even more exclusive and intimate new areas for guests to relax directly on the silky beaches of this private island paradise, set off the coast of Zanzibar.
&Beyond donates lions to reverse extinction in Rwanda
&Beyond has donated five lionesses from Phinda Private Game Reserve to be translocated to Rwanda as part of an African Parks project aimed at reversing the local extinction of the species in Akagera National Park. Lions became extinct in Akagera 15 years ago, as Rwanda experienced a period of intense upheaval following the 1994 genocide, resulting in the lack of management of its national parks and the subsequent poisoning of lions by cattle herders.
&Beyond launches luxury tour operations in South America
Following its significant growth and operating success in South Asia, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond is now expanding its portfolio to include a third continent with the launch of &Beyond South America. World-renowned for its magnificent landscapes and pristine wildlife areas, this continent offers truly authentic and extraordinary guest experiences.