&Beyond to renovate African safari lodges
Leading experiential travel company &Beyond is committed to delivering extraordinary guest experiences, and, in line with this, the company has planned a considerable investment in its safari camps and lodges across Africa.
The initial phase aims to reinvent &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and redefine the classic Kenyan safari at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp on the Masai Mara.
Both lodges will be completely rebuilt and re-launched in July 2014 as part of &Beyond’s planned investment of ZAR20 million into its luxury safari camps and lodges.
&Beyond Sandibe will become the anchor lodge for &Beyond’s lodge circuit in the Delta.
Guests can expect natural luxury, rich game viewing, and warm hospitality at each of the four Delta lodges.
The reconstruction of &Beyond Sandibe has been planned in four stages to minimise the impact on guests.
Retaining the camp’s romantic, ethereal essence, the new design will draw its inspiration from nature, pioneering a new look that is serene, earthy, and organic.
To emphasise its location on a private 62,000 acre wildlife concession in the Okavango Delta, &Beyond Sandibe’s shared guest areas will be moved forward and upward to maximise the views of the Santantadibe channel.
The rebuild will also increase the number of guest suites from 8 to 15.
“The exciting new design will complement &Beyond Sandibe’s compelling location and rich game viewing experience.
“This renowned lodge will become our flagship property in the Delta allowing guests to explore our extraordinary Botswana circuit,” said Jason King, &Beyond regional director for Botswana and Namibia.
&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
While preserving the rich history, romance, nostalgia, and classic safari charm that define &Beyond Kichwa Tembo, 28 of its tented suites and shared guest areas will take on a brand new look.
Complementing the camp’s enduring and timeless style, modular and contemporary guest areas will be designed to easily accommodate large numbers of guests in high season without losing the sense of intimacy in quieter periods.
“he camp will feature creative spaces for interactive food preparation, including its organic vegetable garden, which will become part of the guest experience.
One of the most celebrated features of &Beyond Kichwa Tembo is its extraordinary location and views of the surrounding private wildlife concession within the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
By elevating some of the suites, more guests can enjoy the world-famous view; 22 suites will overlook the Mara, and six will sit in the forest canopy (with three of these forest suites also looking out over the Mara).