Explore Laikipia’s Wild Luxury: &Beyond Suyian Lodge

by | May 14, 2024

Discover Kenya's newest luxury safari at &Beyond Suyian Lodge in Laikipia – your exclusive adventure awaits!

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Luxury and Conservation with &Beyond Suyian Lodge in Kenya’s Laikipia. A new chapter in luxury travel and wildlife conservation is being written in the rugged and stunning landscape of Laikipia, Kenya. The highly anticipated &Beyond Suyian Lodge, set to open on July 1, 2025, promises to redefine the safari experience. Nestled within the expansive 44,000-acre Suyian Conservancy, this lodge is a destination and a gateway to a world of unparalleled natural beauty and ecological significance.

Laikipia, A Prime Wilderness Destination

Laikipia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Home to Kenya’s second-largest population of elephants and one of the largest free-roaming wildlife populations on the continent, this region is a critical wildlife movement corridor between Laikipia and the northern conservancies. It supports diverse species, including endangered animals such as the melanistic leopard, African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and desert warthog. Visitors can expect to see a thriving population of elephants and buffalo alongside predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and both striped and spotted hyenas.

The region’s landscapes are equally varied, featuring grasslands, savannas, rocky outcrops, dense vechellia woodlands, and over 16 kilometres of river frontage along the Ewaso Narok River. With 55 mammal species and over 260 bird species, Laikipia is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

&Beyond Suyian Lodge – A Unique Luxury Experience

&Beyond Suyian Lodge is poised to offer the finest luxury accommodation within this pristine conservancy. As the only luxury lodge and tented camp operator in Suyian Conservancy, &Beyond promises an exclusive and intimate safari experience. Guests can look forward to world-class game drives, tented camps, sky beds, and mobile camping experiences, all set against Mount Kenya’s majestic views.

Explore Laikipia's Wild Luxury andBeyond Suyian Lodge

Explore Laikipia’s Wild Luxury andBeyond Suyian Lodge

Conservation at Its Core at Suyian Conservancy, Kenya

The partnership between &Beyond and the global conservation charity Space for Giants underscores the lodge’s commitment to wildlife preservation. Space for Giants, founded by Dr. Max Graham, has been instrumental in transforming private ranches into thriving wildlife conservancies. The organisation operates across eleven African countries, with Laikipia as its heart and Suyian as its soul.

“Space for Giants has grown immensely in the last ten years and now operates across eleven countries in Africa,” explains Dr Graham. “If Laikipia is the heart of the organisation, Suyian is its soul.

&Beyond Suyian Lodge not only provides luxury and adventure but also contributes significantly to local conservation efforts. The lodge helps safeguard endangered species and their habitats by transforming private lands into protected areas, ensuring that wildlife thrives for generations.

Engaging Activities and Cultural Immersion at Suyian Lodge

Guests at &Beyond Suyian Lodge can immerse themselves in various activities that highlight the region’s natural and cultural richness. Walking safaris offer an up-close look at the diverse flora and historical artefacts, such as ancient cave paintings. Camel and horse-riding safaris provide unique perspectives on the landscape, while helicopter safaris offer breathtaking aerial views of the conservancy.

Fishing trips and interactions with local pastoral tribes, including the Samburu and Pokot, further enrich the experience and offer a deep dive into the local culture and traditions.

Accessibility and Nearby Attractions in Kenya

Easily accessible by air or road from Nairobi, Suyian Lodge is a perfect base for exploring the Northern Frontier region of Kenya. Nearby attractions include the Samburu, the Matthews Range, the Endoto Range, Lake Turkana, and the Suguta Valley, offering additional adventures for intrepid travellers.

“Laikipia is a prime wilderness area 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,” explains Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO and Executive Chairman.

Explore Laikipia's Wild Luxury andBeyond Suyian Lodge

Explore Laikipia’s Wild Luxury andBeyond Suyian Lodge

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&Beyond Suyian Lodge in Laikipia is more than a luxurious retreat; it is a beacon of hope for wildlife conservation and an invitation to experience the unspoiled beauty of Kenya. As the opening date approaches, anticipation builds for what promises to be an unforgettable adventure in one of the world’s most important ecological regions. ◼

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© This article was first published online in May 2024 – World Travel Magazine.

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