Navigating the complex world of African travel is best done with the help of an expert. We caught up with Joss Kent, CEO of andBeyond, our On Location partner and leader in conservation and sustainable travel. It’s a fascinating read with informed ideas for your African adventure!
Q: As a leader in conservation and sustainability in African travel, tell us about the achievements you are most proud of.
We have so many, I’ll list a few including some that are happening right now:
Q: Tell us about the game viewing experiences in Southern Africa and your guides who lead them.
At any time, somewhere remote in Africa, guests on safari and tour with andBeyond are enjoying spectacular wildlife sightings and indulging in the magic of Africa’s sunsets, wildlife and the trademark hospitality of its people.
South Africa is home to some of Africa’s most renowned wildlife reserves, including the massive Kruger National Park. Its exceptional game parks are spread throughout the country, offering a range of landscapes and experiences that are easily accessible and all include outstanding game viewing.
We pride ourselves on creating incredible guest experiences and are renowned for the caliber of our guides. andBeyond places a huge focus on ensuring that our in-house ranger training is world-class. We employ hard-working, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and strong-minded individuals and we train and mentor them extensively on how to deliver extraordinary experiences and superlative wildlife sightings to each and every guest that visits our lodges.
Q: Describe the features of a few of your lodges and camps in Southern Africa for those wanting "Natural Luxury" while on safari.
The lodge exudes a colonial ambiance with safari memorabilia throughout. Spacious thatched bar, dining and sitting areas are open to the breezes of the African bushveld. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private veranda ideal for dinners. Family Suite accommodates four and includes a private swimming pool and the use of a private vehicle. The swimming pool and sundeck overlook a natural riverine woodland, ideal for avid birdwatchers.
One of the best wildlife experiences in the Delta, the lodge combines a natural location with an unusual design. Set in a forest canopy it has spectacular Delta views. Twelve elegant suites raised above the papyrus feature private plunge pools, fireplaces and secluded nooks. There’s an interactive kitchen for Botswana beef, artisanal breads and pizzas, and a beautifully situated massage sala offers relaxing massages in a spectacular natural setting.
Elegant tented accommodation with breath-taking views of the ever-changing Delta. Nine exclusive tented suites, set on raised wooden platforms, feature a luxurious bed, en suite bathroom with an indoor shower and a veranda with a spacious sitting area. A family tent, consisting of two luxury tents joined by a walkway, offers the perfect setting for families.
Q: For families, what exactly is the "WILDchild Programme"?
Designed especially for children visiting our safari lodges and camps in Africa, the programme is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Deeply rooted in the love for the African bush, it not only creates a series of unforgettable moments for the whole family but forges strong bonds between our young guests, our planet and its people. Expeditions may involve activities such as tracking and fishing, making traditional bows and arrows, beading, crafting and painting, as well as fun in the lodge garden or kitchen and more. The children’s activities available at each of andBeyond’s lodges attempt to tie in with that particular environment, as well as the local heritage of the region.
Q: Tell us about some of your tours that combine a safari with other destinations.
We have many tours combining the excitement of a safari with other destinations in Southern Africa for a comprehensive vacation. Here are a few examples:
This 11-day Africa safari and coastal exploration offers the unforgettable opportunity to witness the Safari Big 5 and Marine Big 5.
Experience the ultimate family safari through South Africa, staying at a selection of exclusive villas and enjoying adventures with dedicated private guides.
Set in Zambia and South Africa, this incredible 12-day Southern Africa tour offers the perfect blend of safari and coastal adventures.
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Q: What are your personal favorite travel experiences in Southern Africa?
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