The Chyulu Hills Lodge has a long association with local conservation efforts. Its founder Richard Bonham is a notable conservationist. Here, the landscape is pristine. Maasai (semi-nomadic people) herdsmen strive in the untouched wilderness here, living in total harmony with nature.
The Chyulu Hills Lodge is complemented by the natural environment. Perched within the hillside, the lodge faces open plains and offers views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. The structures at the Chyulu Hills Lodge were built using stone, thatch, and wood. This creates for an earthy, yet pleasing ambiance. There is also an infinity pool, completed with a private lounge and dining area. The view looks out to the waterhole, maximizing visitors’ chances of spotting wildlife who come to drink.
Chyulu Hills Lodge is completed with four pool villas, each have two bedrooms and are ideal for families or small groups of friends. They are designed to be versatile and function either as family villas or for two couples while still maintaining an element of privacy. One of the villas functions more as a bush home intended for families or groups of friends. This villa is purpose built and designed for a couple who want space and seclusion or for parents who require their children under the same roof, but with adequate space and privacy. There are two bedrooms and each bedroom has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, complete with an indoor and outdoor shower, “star bed”, private pool and sundowner viewing deck.
Visitors to the Chyulu Hills Lodge will be at a high-altitude area, where an array of African wildlife lives, including leopard, rhino, zebra, and elephant. The Chyulu Hills and Mbirikani Group Ranch boast an ecosystem that lend itself to be home to many species. Horseback safaris can be enjoyed by travelers, with the resort’s posse of 20 horses.
We adhere to a carefully crafted model of luxury experiential ecotourism, anchoring all of our African and Asian safaris and tours with our unique conservation philosophy of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People.
You can therefore rest assured that &Beyond offers African and Asian tours and safaris with a core focus on conservation - helping you enjoy all that these holiday destinations have to offer, while at the same time having as little impact on the natural surroundings as possible.
In essence, going on a safari holiday with &Beyond, means that you are able to directly contribute towards the land and wildlife conservation of our 9 million hectare footprint throughout Africa and South Asia. After travelling on safari or tour with us, you will come to appreciate that as the lucky
custodians of these beautiful destinations, it is therefore our responsibility to conserve their delicate eco-systems and respect the wild animals they’re home to, as well as educate surrounding communities on how to continue caring for them.
At each of our luxury lodges and safari destinations, we’ve invested in extensive training to produce expert safari guides and naturalists who are able to give you a deep understanding of each game reserve’s unique qualities and potential future challenges.
We tread lightly, build green safari lodges where possible, apply eco-sensitivity in all that we do and support the groundbreaking Rhinos Without Borders initiative. By doing all of this, we genuinely believe that we can help protect Africa and Asia’s threatened ecosystems, endangered species and their precious diversity of wildlife areas.
Our guests play a crucial part in helping us realise our vision. By travelling with us, our guests enable us to make many small but meaningful differences to the world that surrounds us. Whether it is coming face to face with a previously endangered rhino, shaking the proud hand of a local elder whose once destitute community now has a future or simply witnessing the sun rising once more over lands that have been restored to their natural splendour, our guests cannot fail to be touched by the contribution that they are making to &Beyond's work in Africa's wide open spaces.
Today, &Beyond provides direct employment for nearly 2 000 people, in some cases boosting the employment level on the land by 1 000%.
In some cases in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa, &Beyond's landlords are the traditional communities and this is the model we seek to expand to global territories with the help of grant-funders and governments seeking a new model of sustainable rural development.
We recognise that our most valuable asset is our staff. With this in mind, in 2003 &Beyond initiated a Positive Health programme across the group, spearheaded by positive health trainers David Patient and Neil Orr. David Patient is the longest documented HIV-positive survivor in the world, more than 20 years and counting. Neil Orr has a Masters degree in Research Psychology in the area of psychoneuroimmunology (the mind/body effect - the role that attitude plays in maintaining health).
Together they have created a dynamic training course built around natural vitamins and minerals, affordable foodstuffs and the power of positive thinking. It is geared both at preventive health care and at improving the health of people living with chronic disease.
Through this Positive Health training we motivate and empower our staff and neighbouring communities to take positive action in dealing with all current health challenges - not only restricted to HIV/AIDS.
To date, &Beyond's Positive Health programme has reached over 30,000 individuals amongst staff and rural communities. The programme was voted one of three finalists in the 2005 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the Investor in People category.
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Chyulu Hills: KENYA
Bedroom(s): 6 Tented cottages, 2 Tented suites
Locale: Volcanic summits. Wildlife reserve
Maasai Mara: KENYA
Bedroom(s): 12 (Tented Suites)
Locale: Maasai Mara National Reserve
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