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Reinventing the traditional safari with purpose

Date: January 14, 2021 | By: Deborah Kilcollins | Category: Travel Blog

Dear Agency Partners,

Sometimes you must go backward in order to go forward.  So 2021 takes me back to my roots in East Africa, where a reinvention of the traditional safari is taking place – with purpose leading the way.

I grew up knowing if you went to Kenya, you went to Tanzania. If you wanted to go to other parts of East Africa, they had to be added on. Who made that rule anyway? It seemed to be widely accepted until a few years ago. Many of our advisor partners and guests started asking the same question… Why?

Why not combine Tanzania with something other than Kenya such as like Rwanda?  And, what about matching Kenya with something besides Tanzania like Uganda?  Some time ago we began designing programs to respond to those questions. We noticed how popular our Kenya and Uganda combination, in particular, was becoming.

So what happens when people stop traveling like they did in 2020? Something amazing began changing within our own team. We began to go even further off the beaten track, and we got more excited as we became more creative, which lead us to go even further afield. With that renewed energy came a renewed purpose.

Enter our newest President’s Pick Wilds of Uganda and Kenya. Take the unique gorilla habituation project in Bwindi and combine that with chimpanzee trekking in Kibale. Then add a safari in the less-visited Tana River Delta in the eastern part of Kenya, and enhance it with a front row seat to elephant conservation in the Mbulia Conservancy, where one of your guides is an ex-poacher. End this remarkable journey with the great wildebeest migration in the famed Masai Mara.

The result – a packed bag… See you in Nairobi.


In memory of Bipan.

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