AndBeyond to open new safari lodge in Kenya

Conservation-led travel company andBeyond is expanding its presence in East Africa with the opening of a new lodge in Kenya, slated to open in July next year. 

The brand has signed a multi-decade, long-term lease for an Exclusive Tourism Concession over the Suyian Conservancy in Kenya in partnership with global conservation charity Space for Giants. 

The agreement gives andBeyond exclusive access to more than 44,000 acres of wilderness land in north-western Laikipia.

AndBeyond Suyian Lodge will feature 14 suites including a two-bedroom family suite and one triple suite, each with a private pool as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. 

Guests will be able to explore the conservancy via jeep, walking, camel and horse-riding safaris as well as take part in botany walks, interact with local tribes and participate in conservation and research activities. 

The property will be the sole luxury lodge and tented camp operating in the conservancy.

AndBeyond chief executive and executive chairman, Joss Kent, said: “Our expansion into Laikipia is the culmination of a long-held desire to increase our impact and lodge operating footprint in Kenya. 

“Laikipia is a prime wilderness destination that is home to a greater population of wildlife than anywhere else in Kenya outside of the Masai Mara.

“This includes a large number of globally threatened mammals that make it particularly important from a conservation perspective.”

He added: “As a partner of the Suyian Conservancy, our intention is to make an impactful contribution towards the development of conservation and community projects in the fragile Laikipia ecosystem.” 

Partner company Space for Giants works to transform private ranches into wildlife conservancies owned by not-for-profit trusts and attract investment for enterprises that protect biodiversity, generates employment and builds the local and national economy. 

Founder Max Graham said: “In andBeyond we have a company that shares our values and has the capacity to ensure this magical natural ecosystem is not only protected but thrives.”