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Mara Plains, Masai Mara

I’m an island girl at heart but my other favourite kind of holiday has to be a safari vacay.   Having previously experienced a couple of safaris in South Africa and Kenya I really do feel extremely grateful to have just come back from the most incredible  8 days on safari  in Kenya staying at three luxury camps – Mara Plains and Mara Nyika in two conservancies in the Masai Mara and then Ol Donyo in the Chyulu  Hills.

All three being the only Relais & Chateaux camps in Kenya – a real stamp of approval for the amazing experience which you will receive..

 

Mara Plains

A 40 minute flight from Wilson Airport to the landing strip in the 35,000 acre Olare Motorogi conservancy or a leisurely game drive between two of Great Plains luxury lodges in the Masis Mara - Mara Plains and Mara Niyaka.

   

Mara Plains is a 7 room luxury tented suite which includes a private honeymoon tent and a 2 bedroom Mara Plains Jahazi family tent blending the finest in wildlife and the absolute best in safari hospitality.  Fitting in with the eco system this camp is solar powered and sustainable living at its best. Don't worry about wasting water while at Mara Plains as the water is desalinated and distributed back into  the eco system.

 

Suites

We were staying in a one bedroom suite which was incredibly spacious, all open plan offering either a view of the hippos basking in the river or out onto the open plains were you can witness the sun setting.

We were facing the river and from our private terrace we could see the hippos below. But don’t worry as the rangers secure the property 24/7 so you are perfectly safe – enjoy the lions roaring and the hippos grunting from the comfort of your room.

 

On one end of the canvas tent there is a large open bathroom which can be closed off by drawing the curtains – a separate loo, stunning shower with large Arabic door as the back drop and a deep copper free standing bath which sits next to the large window where you can simply relax and take in the views.

 

The two bedroom Jahazi suite is tucked away under a canopy of trees providing ample space, privacy and home comforts. Central living areas flow nicely from the large veranda with two large bedrooms and bathrooms either side.

 

In your wardrobe you will find a yoga mat and work out bands to use at your perusal.

 

Mara Plains offers 24 hour complimentary laundry service to all guests – every evening it was so nice to return back to the room with your laundry neatly folded and a hot water bottle placed in your bed.

 

Grounds

As you arrive at the secluded camp you are warmly greeted by the team while you walk over the wooden floating footbridge above the hippos and crocodiles in the river below – the entrance can’t get more African safari than that!

 

The welcome guest area opens onto the enthralling views of the endless savannah while the beautiful interior which elegantly mixes colonial, Swahili, and Masai traditions, makes you feel instantly comfortable – leather sofas, wooden furniture, brass fitting and wildcat photography on the walls.

 

Cuisine

Being a Relais and Chateaux member the title speaks volumes for the food served. But what you wont expect is the incredibly mouth watering dishes lovingly prepared by Chef Ben with no dietary requirement a restriction to his amazing array of recipes.

With his deep understanding of food and what our bodies require, Chef Ben provides you with all the fuel and nutrients, leaving your mouth watering and eagerly anticipating your next dish.

Lunch is all served as sharing portions

An example of lunch:

Chilled Avocado & mint soup

Spicy baked mountain beef mince with sweet chilli

Roasted roots and vegetables

Leek & onion tart with mozzarella toppings

Middle Eastern Shakshuka with poached quail eggs

Apple, radish & pecans with cranberry and arugula leaves

Cheese board and desert

 

During the day the team will let you know what is for dinner in order for you to choose your three course meal. If you go on an afternoon game drive, dinner will be served anytime from 7.30pm and for late night game drives dinner will be served earlier.

An example of dinner options are:

Starter:

Plant based basil & coconut milk panacota with parmesan

Nori seaweed wraps with vegetable and wasabi sauce

Carrot and ginger soup served with sweet corn fritters

Main Course

Duo of grilled lamb chops and lamb breast with garlic and mint jus with veggies

Pan seared teriyaki wahoo fish with lemon mango salsa with turnip puree, spinach and veggies

Baked stuffed eggplant with yogurt and pomegranate

 

There are many options for kids too. In fact anything your heart desires will be cooked especially for you.

 

I can honestly say the level of cuisine was incredible, nothing was too much and everything you ate was an explosion of flavors. I couldn't praise Chef Ben enough he’s a true master in the kitchen and his love for food is addictive.

 

Dining

With many private areas around the property you can dine in the library, wine cellar, on the terrace or out in the bush. You can also enjoy sitting around the open bonfire for early drinks and nibbles watching the animals in the distance as the sun sets. 

Champagne bush breakfast and lunches can be arranged and one morning we took a full Chef Ben’s picnic out on our drive and found a wonderfully shaded spot under an acacia tree where we enjoyed a large selection of dishes.

 

Wildlife

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is home to the highest concentration of big cats anyway in Africa and I was grateful to be witness to this.

From the minute we were in the vehicle going to the lodge the wildlife was abundant. And every game drive was an incredible experience. We saw two female leopards with 5 of their cubs, two male cheetahs patiently waiting for their next meal and a pride of female lions with her cubs. The zebra, wilder beast, giraffes, elephants, hyenas and other small animals were abundant.

 

What the conservatory has achieved is pretty incredible as you can watch this untouched wilderness where Maasai herdsmen live in total harmony with nature which is awe-inspiring. This truly unique entity boasts a relationship between conservation and livelihood, as you see cows grazing on one side and on the other lions, hyenas and wildebeest.

 

Experiences

The beauty of where Mara Plains is that its located in a private conservancy which means that the wildlife is abundant, there are minimal safari vehicles as only lodges in the conservancy are permitted in this area and you can get extremely close to the animals.  We literally had a pride of lions lying on the ground around the car and we parked next to the tree where the leopards were taking shade.

 

You can also experience a game drive in the Masai Mara National reserve, which I personally found too busy with other cars and a little too commercial. However driving up a mountain we could see vistas which went on for miles with the Serengeti (Tanzania) to our left and the Masai Mara (Kenya) to our right.

 

As with all three Great Plains Camps guests have the use of a Canon camera with multiple lenses and a pair of binoculars. At the end of your stay all your images will be downloaded on a memory stick.

 

Each tent is given a dedicated guide and vehicle to use during their stay. Our guide, Duncan was incredible and could literally sniff out the animals location. Its mind blowing how these wonderful guides know every single kilometer of the area like the back of their hand.

 

Guests can also enjoy a hot air balloon experience but this does need to be pre booked in advance. Last time I was in the Masai Mara my husband and I enjoyed a hot air balloon early morning which was incredible as we watched the migration from above and then a champagne breakfast.

 

 

Conclusion

Mara Plains does an absolutely brilliant job of combining thoughtful conservation with sustainable luxury. It really is the perfect combination for a mindful traveler who wants to take in the beauty of African wildlife but with a minimal footprint as possible. A safari holiday should show respect to the animals that we are visiting and be cognizant of our role as temporary guests and I really believe Mara Plains delivers on that.

 

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The founders and visionaries

 

In collaboration with National Geographic, award winning filmmakers, photographers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Jouberts have been helping to save wildlife and their habitats for over 30 years.

Mara Plains is owned and run by their company Great Plains Conservation.

 

To find out more visit about the camps which are located in Kenya, Botswana and Kenya and are members of Relais & Chateaux: www.greatplainsconservation.com

 

To understand more about the foundation : https://greatplainsfoundation.com

 

Who are Dereck & Beverly Joubert?: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/explorers/joubert/

 

 

For a bespoke itinerary and exclusive rates contact Unique Family Travels.

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
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Mara Nyika, Masai Mara

I’m an island girl at heart but my other favourite kind of holiday has to be a safari vacay.   Having previously experienced a couple of safaris in South Africa and Kenya I really do feel extremely grateful to have just come back from the most incredible  8 days on safari  in Kenya staying at three luxury camps – Mara Plains and Mara Nyika in two conservancies in the Masai Mara and then Ol Donyo in the Chyulu  Hills.

All three being the only Relais & Chateaux camps in Kenya – a real stamp of approval for the amazing experience which you will receive..

 

Mara Nyika

An hour flight from Wilson Airport to the landing strip in the Naboisho conservancy or a leisurely game drive between two of Great Plains luxury lodges in the Masai Mara - Mara Plains and Mara Niyaka.

  

Mara Nyika tented camp is the newest property by Great Plains and personally designed by the owners Dereck and Beverly. It’s nestled under an umbrella of ancient Acacia trees which create natural shade from the hot African sun.

While the camp is in a valley straddling a narrow stream, the beige colored canvas tents are set up high enough with wooden walkways so you can always enjoy the awe inspiring views out over the bush.

 

Suites

This is a small, cozy camp with only 5 large luxury tents consisting of 3 x one bedroom and 2 x two bedroom family tents.

We were staying in a one bedroom suite which was incredibly spacious - 3 tents were divided into three rooms – a living room with desk, central to the tent is a large bedroom and on the far end is the spacious bathroom. The entire suite has a wooden terrace spreading the width of the tent with a relaxing seating area.

 

Each room is separated by a curtain, providing privacy. The bathroom has the stunning signature Arabic door shower as a back drop and deep copper free standing bath next to the window offering great views of the bush which is regularly visited by many animals from elephants to Zebras.

The two bedroom family suites are exactly the same with the living room in the centre and both bedrooms and bathroom either side. Again a large terrace provides a great outdoor space.

 

The beating heart of the property is located in the middle of the 5 tents reachable by the wooden walk ways and opens up into a large central living/dining area which opens to a large terrace for dining and evening bonfires. Also on the terrace is a separate private dining area equipped with a wine cellar that is stacked with a large selection of wine.

 

What I loved about each of the three Great Plains properties which I stayed at, are the little touches – for example the communal washrooms in the communal/living area are well designed with the door as a curtain (again there is in no concrete used in the camps structure) when occupied you have to place the spear outside. Its sounds basic but its so effective and creative.

 

Cuisine

Being a Relais and Chateaux member the title speaks volumes for the food served. Lunches are always a selection of sharing dishes which include multiple salads and a protein, for example:

Turkey & Zucchini kebabs with sweet chill sauce

Harricot verts with caramelized onions

Wild rice with garden peas

Roasted aubergine with saffron coconut yoghurt

Balsamic roasted veggies

Nyika organic garden salad with roasted seeds

Cheese board and desert.

 

During the day the team will let you know what is on the menu for dinner in order for you to choose your three course meal. If you go on an afternoon game drive, dinner will be served anytime from 7.30pm and for late night game drives dinner will be served earlier.

 

There are many options for kids too. In fact anything your heart desires will be cooked especially for you.

 

I can honestly say the level of cuisine was incredible, always an explosion of flavors with an incredible variety of vast ingredients being used.

 

Dining

With many private areas around the property you can dine in the main living/dining area, wine cellar, on the terrace or out in the bush. You can also enjoy sitting around the open bonfire for early drinks and nibbles watching the animals in the distance as the sun sets. 

Champagne bush breakfast and lunches can be arranged. One morning post our game drive we enjoyed an incredible bush breakfast, were the staff had set up a kitchen and dining table under the trees and served a full English cooked breakfast, a selection of pastries and acai bowls with coffee, juices and champagne.

Another little touch is a portable sink to wash your hands with hot water poured from a jug and a soft towel to dry your hands.

 

Wildlife

The conservancy is just simply incredible as you you can watch this untouched wilderness where Maasai herdsmen live in total harmony with nature which is awe-inspiring. This truly unique entity boasts a relationship between conservation and livelihood, as you see cows grazing on one side and on the other lions, hyenas and wildebeest.

 

Sam our guide was a true gem – as a masai himself he provided us with so much insight in to the masai lifestyle and how their families live. He could literally smell an animal even in the dark he knew exactly where the animals were.

 

One of the most outstanding game drive experiences I’ve ever had was when we were out on a night drive looking for a pride of 20 lions. It was pitch black and Sam turned on his red light, looked in his super bionic binoculars and plains away he said he could see the lions – I have no idea how as we drove for about 15 minutes and then we could hear the roaring as the dominate male was calling out. We parked the vehicle right next to him as he let out another loud roar – the other lions roared too in reply– the sound was electrifying as it vibrated through the ground. It was a little scary but Sam reassured us that the lions could only see the shape of the vehicle as a large box – and not that people are sitting in it an open invitation to dinner!

 

After a while the lions started to walk away looking for dinner. We slowly drove side by side with the lions. As we parked we noticed a poor little Topi that literally walked into the lions den – the lions surrounded it, the poor Topi had no chance and ran for its life straight towards us and unfortunately ran directly into the side of the vehicle – knocking itself out (I know crazy, we felt so bad). The lions walked up to the vehicle as saw the Topi was lying on the floor. The large male saw it and grabbed it and it was still alive walking away on his own with the Topi in his mouth while the rest of the pride watched with envy.

 

Another moment was watching a large full mane domineering male lion mark out his territory – walking miles and then coming across a cheetah who was eating her kill. He knew he could never catch her – shes simply to fast, but he did warn her off with a chase– she really wasn't bothered, however if the other lions were to surround her she would be in serious trouble.

 

Another wonderful sighting was a leopard sitting under a tree with her 4 adorable cubs, we watched them play together chasing each other and snuggling into their mother as she sat keeping guard. One of the cubs was limping and slightly behind the other three, it must have been injured. After watching her for so long, I named her “Hope” as I was so worried she wouldn't be able to keep up with her mother and siblings and be attacked. As we were watching, in the distance the mother saw a topi (like a deer) we watched her analyze the situation, checking out if any other predators were around. As we explored the area further – literally about 500 meters away a male lion was hiding in the bush with a wilder beast he had just caught.

As the lone baby topi lay on the grass, the mother leopard struck, running like the wind to catch her pray – quick and easy she pounced on the topi and carried it still alive back to her babies.

As her 4 cubs tore into the animal the mother kept watch staying alert and not letting her guard down.

It’s sometimes sad to watch these kills but its nature and we can not interfere with nature.

The same night I was informed that the weak limping baby leopard was caught by the lion – he wont eat it – he just kills off his competition.

 

Another favorite moment was when the red African sun was going down, Sam parked the vehicle in a way were we managed to capture the elephants directly in front of the sun – such a beautiful moment.

 

Experiences

The beauty of where Mara Nyika is located in a private conservancy means that the wildlife is abundant, there are minimal safari vehicles as only lodges in the conservancy are permitted in this area and you can get extremely close to the animals.

The terrain is so incredible that you see everything be it high on mountain tops, low in the rocky valleys or out in the open plains.

I felt so lucky to see what we did then when driving back to the lodge early evening I asked Sam if there where any porcupines in Kenya to which 2 large ones ran out of the bush directly in front of our car!!

You cant take moments like this for granted its just luck and the beauty of nature.

 

As with all three Great Plains Camps guests have the use of a Canon camera with multiple lenses and a pair of binoculars. At the end of your stay all your images will be downloaded on a memory stick.

 

 

 Conclusion

Like it’s neighbor, Mara Plains, Mara Nyika does an absolutely brilliant job of combining thoughtful conservation with sustainable luxury. It really is the perfect combination for a mindful traveler who wants to take in the beauty of African wildlife but with a minimal footprint as possible. A safari holiday should show respect to the animals that we are visiting and be cognizant of our role as temporary guests and I really believe Mara Nyika delivers on that.

 

 

The founders and visionaries

 

In collaboration with National Geographic, award winning filmmakers, photographers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Jouberts have been helping to save wildlife and their habitats for over 30 years.

Mara Nyika is owned and run by their company Great Plains Conservation.

 

To find out more visit about the camps which are located in Kenya, Botswana and Kenya and are members of Relais & Chateaux: www.greatplainsconservation.com

 

To understand more about the foundation : https://greatplainsfoundation.com

 

Who are Dereck & Beverly Joubert?: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/explorers/joubert/

 

 

For a bespoke itinerary and exclusive rates contact Unique Family Travels.

 

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
LEAD

Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya

While I’m still an island girl one of my other favorite destinations is going on a safari adventure.   Having previously experienced a couple of safaris in South Africa and Kenya I really do feel extremely grateful to have just come back from the most incredible 8 days on safari in Kenya staying at three luxury camps – Mara Plains and Mara Nyika in two conservancies in the Masai Mara and then Ol Donyo in the Chyulu  Hills.

All three being the only Relais & Chateaux camps in Kenya.

 

Ol Donyo Lodge

 

Ol Donyo Lodge is a 40 minute flight from Nairobi located on 275,000 acres of private land in the heart of the Chyulu Hills in South East Kenya between Tsavo and Amboseli National Park. The vast open plains are home to only one lodge – Ol Donyo which is elevated on the hills providing the most incredible vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

When we arrived we immediately noticed how the plains were dry compared to being in the mara as they hadn’t had any rain in such a long time.  From the skies the ground looked like sand but with large patches of black which was actually from the ancient lava rock that spewed out of Kilimanjaro 360,000 years ago.

 

Driving through the dense bush there were areas that were extremely lush and green with animals taking shade under the acacia trees.  In the distance, we could see the lodge which sat majestically on the hill top.

 

As well as the terrain being very different from the Masai Mara, so was the lodge as the 7 open air villas are all made of stone, thatch and wood and are solar powered, offering a luxury sustainable living right in the middle of safari country.

 

Once arriving at the lodge the Ol Donyo team provided us with a massively warm welcome. Walking into the main area which is all open you are immediately greeted by the incredible views of the plains and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

 

 

Suites

Ol Donyo Lodge has 6 suites and a 2 bedroom villa and no two spaces are of the same design but all have a dramatic view of the African savannah with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The suites are designed in a traditional African safari style with contemporary elements - dark wood furniture and white sofas. All of the suites have a lounge seating area which is totally open, a private terrace with pool, indoor and outdoor showers a large bathroom with the bath located by the glass doors and a “star-bed” located on the roof.  The rooms all come with a hairdryer, complimentary laundry service and at night a boiling hot water bottle is placed in your bed at turn down service.

I found the rooms very comfortable even when it was hot during the day and cold at night.

As Great Plains properties are all eco friendly, all the water which is used for your shower or bath is desalinated and then re-distributed within the grounds and for the animals.

 

Grounds

Just below the main area is a breathtaking infinity pool, complete with a private lounge and dining area. There is also an open air hide (hidden bunker/blind ) only a few minutes walk from the lodge situated right next to the water hole where you can sit and wait for an up-close experience with the wildlife that come to the waterhole to drink. Elephants would take their time sucking up the water while the zebras and giraffes would wait patiently for their turn. The two wooden hides which are literally 2 meters away from the waterhole offer different views of the animals and make you feel like you are really a fly on the wall in nature. At anyone time the wildlife is abundant so get a drink from the bar and enjoy taking in the experience while sipping on a coffee or cocktail.

 

Ol Donyo Spa

A separate building with two treatment rooms, one for manicures/hair and the other one is a couples treatment room. The large glass windows add to the perfectly relaxed atmosphere.  If you prefer to have your treatment in your room this service is also available.

 

Dining

Dining at Ol Donyo provides many unique experiences be it indoors or al fresco. Within the property you can dine in the wine cellar, library, in the lounge by the open fire or the dining room. There is also a unique private space outdoors where a fire is lit as dinner is served. 

Breakfast and lunch is served out door by the swimming pool or you can enjoy breakfast at a unique spot shaded by the acacia trees out on the open plains. This was such a beautiful experience and created so perfectly. Once you arrive there is a portable sink to wash your hands with hot water and handed a towel to dry. The table is set elegantly, the champagne is on ice, coffee is ready and a selection of juices. The chef is located a few meters away where he will prepare a full cooked breakfast along with a selection of fruit, muesli, pancakes and pastries.

It's the most beautiful way to end your morning game drive and relax in the fresh open air.

 

Cuisine

Being a Relais and Chateaux member the title speaks volumes for the food served. I mentioned the breakfast above, lunch is light and focuses on many different sharing plates. All dietary requirements are noted before arrival so the meals are all catered to suit your needs. From a selection of salads and a meat or vegetarian dish all served with rose wine or your choice of beverage.

An example of a shared lunch would be:

Stuffed chicken meat balls with spiced tomato and basil

Zucchini, corn and ricotta fritters

Wild brown rice salad with mushrooms and raisins

Dressed fennel, snow pea and onions

Red, white cabbage slaw, combined with peppers, ginger in a peanut dressing

Mixed fresh vegetable leaves with gooseberries, almond flakes and poppy seeds.

Mango and berry meringue roulade and a selection of cheese, crackers and dips

 

During the day the team will let you know what is for dinner in order for you to choose your three course meal. If you go on an afternoon game drive, dinner will be served anytime from 7.30pm and for late night game drives dinner will be served earlier.

An example of dinner options are:

Bacon and asparagus crescents with grilled zucchini

Carrot and ginger soup with corn fritters

Duo of grilled lamb chops and roasted lamb breast with garlic, mint jus and veggies

Pan seared teriyaki wahoo fish, with lemon mango salsa with roasted vegetables and turnip puree.

Vegetable and chickpea tagine served with herb couscous

Baked stuffed eggplant served with yogurt and pomegranate.

 

There are many options for kids too. In fact the chef is flexible to cook anything your heart desires.

 

I can honestly say the level of cuisine was incredible, nothing was too much and everything you ate was an explosion of flavors.

 

Wildlife

This untouched wilderness where Maasai herdsmen live in total harmony with nature is awe-inspiring. This truly unique entity boasts a relationship between conservation and livelihood,  as you see cows grazing on one side and on the other lions, hyenas and wildebeest.

 

During our stay we saw many large elephants especially by the water hole, giraffes with their babies, an abundant of zebras, ostrich, hyenas, and a pride of 7 lions.

 

Experiences

Ol Donyo is so unique in the fact that it has many experiences other than game drives because of the large open plains. One of the most incredible things I have ever done on safari was horse riding on the open plains at Ol Donyo. Lana who is Kenyan, is the Equestrian manager and also a polo player runs the stables which has 19 horses mostly brought in from South Africa. The stables are beautiful and enclosed in an arena in order for all riders to have a quick assessment before you go out riding. The minimum requirements are that you must have rode a horse before and have basic control, stop, start and trot. Once approved by Lana depending on your level of skills you can either ride through the thick bush onto the plains or meet on the plains to start your ride.

The absolutely incredible thing about riding a horse in the bush is that you get super close to all the other animals as they don't see you as a threat. The horse can smell if a lion/cheetah is close by and its really down to the rider on how you react but being more experienced is certainly a lot safer.  I didn't see any cats but they were in the area; I felt very comfortable being so close to a giraffe and zebra who basically ignored us and continued with what they were doing. I hadn’t been on a horse for a couple of years, yet my horse Kimbia was so good which added to the enjoyment of being out in the wild of Africa which was not only liberating but also extremely therapeutic.

This is a must do while at Ol Donyo and don't worry if you don't have all the gear with you – after all this is a luxury lodge who have thought of everything and is fully equipped with the most stunning leather riding boots, chaps, helmets and trail saddles.

 

If you want something a little more extreme you can go mountain biking through the plains and up the Chyulu hills. Guided bush walks are also a lot of fun. And if you can’t live without running, there is an experienced runner who will run alongside you – but be careful he is Kenyan so that means he has some serious speed in his legs!!

 

 Conclusion

I would recommend staying at the Ol Donyo Lodge either at the start or end of your Kenyan holiday, as you can really relax, take in the incredible views and enjoy the slower pace of life.

The two bedroom family suites are great for families with older children but sadly the property is not open to children under 10 unless on an exclusive basis.   

Also if you love taking pictures but dont have a professional camera or lenses, then dont worry as every suite at the property is provided with a CANON camera, lenses and binoculars to use during your stay. At the end all your pictures will be uploaded to a memory stick for you to keep.

This is a massive advantage considering the internal flights are very strict on luggage allowanece!

 

Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOf554NwOwo&t=3s

 

Room Tour: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CUsHbw_jG83/?utm_medium=copy_link

 

Riding in the plains: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CUksCIHo4lG/?utm_medium=copy_link 

 

The NGO, ‘Big Life Foundation’ is a partner of Ol Donyo and Great Plains Conservation, which protects over 2 million hectares of wildlife.

The property is one of the major donors of the Big Life Foundation, annually donating several hundred thousand dollars. Cattle rearing is an essential part of the Maasai way of life, who are shareholders of the land  which is under conservation around ol Donyo Lodge. When predators and cattle mix, it is usually predators like lions that are killed by the Maasai protecting their cattle. This ultimately places the lions on a path to extinction. Richard Bonham, the creator of the Big Life Foundation, realized many years ago that in order to save the wild animals he had to tell the locals how valuable wildlife is for conservation tourism. He also initiated anti-poaching operations. Since then biodiversity breathes easier.

The founders and visionaries

 

In collaboration with National Geographic, award winning filmmakers, photographers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Jouberts have been helping to save wildlife and their habitats for over 30 years.

Ol Donyo is owned and run by their company Great Plains Conservation.

 

To find out more visit about the camps which are located in Kenya, Botswana and Kenya and are members of Relais & Chateaux: www.greatplainsconservation.com

 

To understand more about the foundation : https://greatplainsfoundation.com

 

Who are Dereck & Beverly Joubert?: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/explorers/joubert/

 

For a bespoke itinerary and exclusive rates contact Unique Family Travels.

A heli pad is also close to the property for guests who are traveling by helicopter.

Dani
Family Friendly Couple
LEAD

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