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Sunday
Jun102018

How to Experience the Best of Kenya

Of all of the African countries where you can go to experience the most iconic luxury safari, Kenya has some of the most diverse and stunning landscapes. Kenya offers some of the best game viewing on the continent with huge numbers of lions, leopards, elephants, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and more. Many people choose a classic safari with expert-led vehicle game drives and perhaps a sunrise balloon ride over the plains, especially if it’s their first safari. But for adventurous travelers who want an alternative kind of safari, it’s possible to create a customized itinerary with special experiences that offer opportunities for heart-pounding, thrilling adventures on foot, on a mountain bike, or in a private plane or helicopter.

A Bike Ride Through The Amboseli-Chyulu Corridor

Join the annual Ride for Lions and embark on an unforgettable mountain biking adventure through the Amboseli-Chyulu corridor, an area of conserved land that serves as a key pathway between national parks for lions and other species. You’ll spend the days biking along the stunningly beautiful corridor of land that you’re helping to preserve, and spend nights under the stars at luxurious mobile camps with a final night at beautiful luxury lodge Ol Donyo. By joining this 6-day adventure, travelers will be directly contributing to wildlife conservation through the Land for Lions Initiative. On top of directly contributing to efforts to save lions and their habitat, the cost of this wild ride is 100% tax deductible. Active and adventurous travelers ready for a wild ride can book directly with Epic Road.

Flying by Helicopter or Plane over the Laikipia Plateau

A sunrise balloon ride while on safari is one way to see the incredible landscapes below, but consider a more unforgettable and over the top safari experience - swooping over Kenya’s awe-inspiring Laikipia Plateau by helicopter or private plane. The sparsely populated Laikipia Plateau is backdropped by Mt. Kenya and is a sprawling wilderness home to stunningly dense concentrations of wildlife, including some of the highest populations of endangered species like the Eastern Black Rhino, the Southern White Rhino, and the African WIld Dog, among others. Travelers can visit private wildlife conservancies and stay at luxurious ranches, including beautiful Ol Jogi and Segera Retreat. Segera is the home to the original biplane made famous in Hollywood masterpiece Out of Africa and for a substantial donation to Segera’s 4C projects (initiatives related to Community, Commerce, Culture, and Conservation) travelers can take a private ride in this relic from a bygone area. A private helicopter ride over the region can also be arranged. Get a taste of what it might feel like to soar across Kenya’s amazing landscapes by checking out a short video from Ol Jogi and Matador Network.

A Walking Safari with a Maasai Tribesman

Explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the northern Serengeti plains the slow way, on foot, with a Maasai tribesman as your guide. This region has some of the most spectacular game viewing on the continent, and you have the opportunity to see it all it as part of an authentic cultural experience with this semi-nomadic tribe, one of the last of its kind in the world. Your Maasai guide will teach you their ways - how to reduce your carbon footprint and how to track animals by reading their footprints. You can also join a traditional Maasai jumping ceremony or train in traditional stick fighting, and eat a delicious meal made from local ingredients cooked right there in the bush.

Adding special experiences to customize your luxury safari will make your trip to Kenya that much more memorable. Read more about the exciting adventures you never thought were possible and get inspired to start planning your safari with Epic Road!

Monday
Jul152013

Luxury Safaris for Everyone

'Luxury safari' conjures a different image for every traveler. Across Africa, top end lodges and luxury safari operators offer a wide range of luxury safaris across a spectrum of access, landscape, dining, guiding and lodging. A luxury safari in Botswana or South Africa will invariably be a different experience to a luxury safari in Tanzania and Kenya. The former focuses on water and oasis activity, whereas the latter focuses on the wide, open plains of the Serengeti and the Great Migration.

South African Luxury Safaris:

South Africa is perhaps Africa’s most family-friendly place to experience safari. The proximity of Cape Town makes a mixed trip of wild beauty and cultural experience an easy option—and reduces necessary medical precautions and lightens packing. You won’t sacrifice the ‘wild’ in wilderness though—South Africa’s safari parks are some of the best places in Africa to spot the “big five.”

Zambian and Zimbabwean Luxury Safaris:

Zambia and Zimbabwe are known for thrilling safari at more modest price points, which focus on guided walking safaris. In many ways, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the South Eastern heart of Africa, are the undiscovered gem of the country.  Zambia boasts one of the largest swaths of land under national park protection. And the crown gem of the two nations is the majestic, thundering Victoria Falls—unlike anywhere else on earth.

Tanzania and Kenya Luxury Safaris:

Perhaps the image often associated with safari is the open plains, covered by grazing animals, low trees, swaying grasses, and the canny predators they hide. This is the Serengeti. The vast Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is the stuff of movies, books and dreams—think Earnest Hemingway game hunting. The wide plains are home to wildebeest, lions, zebra, cheetahs, giraffe, elephants, antelope, and more, best seen by jeep or four-wheeler, arranged by one of the spectacular luxury lodges in the area.

Rwanda luxury safaris:

Rwanda is the lush, green, misty heart of Africa. The most spectacular safaris are the ones that bring us eye to eye with the continents gorillas—one of our closest relatives—in one of their last remaining habitats on earth. In most gorilla safaris, a guide will lead you up the forested hills of volcanoes on foot, to quiet clearings where you can watch the gorillas live and play in peace.

Botswana and Namibia Luxury Safaris:

The Kalahari, across Botswana and Namibia, is the oldest desert on earth. Still, there is vibrant life there, concentrated in great diversity around oases and waterholes. Desert safaris focus on these pockets of concentration, where spectators can quietly watch usually solitary animals, like the black rhino, interact with a range of desert neighbors, including giraffe, ostrich, and lions. Despite the vast emptiness of the desert landscape, some of Africa’s most spectacularly luxurious lodges are found here. And last but not least, Botswana's Okavango Delta is in a league of its own when it comes to game rich luxury safaris that combine mokoro rides on the water and open vehicle game drives.  It's the pinnacle of luxury safaris.