It all started for Chip and Sandy Cunningham, founders of Outside GO, as far back as 1972 when their dear friend Philip Osborne saw a need for a new kind of Safari, one away from the maddening crowds, where local people were empowered and offered an opportunity for a better life; where education, conservation and adventure all crossed paths!
It took awhile, but in 1993, they created the Bush Homes of East Africa, an association of private ranches, small intimate lodges, luxury tented camps, bush camps, coastal retreats, and small up-country estates in the heart of Kenya. These "Bush Homes" have been in existence since European settlers came and lived off the land in the 19th century, when Africa was still considered a remote frontier where only the brave and mischievous ventured. Today Outside GO guests visit these same destinations, where they can amble alongside alongside a herd of wild elephants, ride a camel with Samburu warriors, or fly in an open cockpit plane around Mount Kilimanjaro. The options for exploration in Kenya are boundless and it's our great pleasure to share them all with you.
World-Class Wildlife Viewing
Nearly seventy percent of Kenya's wildlife reside outside the popular beaten-track tourist parks. Our Bush Homes of East Africa are excellent places to view the same wildlife that you'll see in the parks, without all the crowds. Chances are that while on safari, you'll see the Big 5 and a tremendous amount of other creatures big and small. Enjoy the scenery too, for Kenya is a land of contrasts comprised of arid deserts, rich savannahs, snow capped mountains, large lakes, and dense forests. The diversity of this country makes it one of our favorite destinations time and time again.
“Sandy, I need to express my gratitude for your hand in the utter perfection of all my trips with your company. You are the pinnacle of travel planners—you really work hard to get the little things just right. You are a genius at the singular experiences. Our second trip to Kenya was the finest of my entire life."
–Sandra Meyers Snabl, GO Traveler
KENYA'S BEST SAFARIS
KENYA, EAST AFRICA
In 1993, Outside GO founded the Bush Homes of East Africa. If the African safaris of old beckon to you, this is your ticket for a bit of time travel.
from $7,450 pp 10 Days/9 Nights $745/Day
KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Our expertly curated conservation safari features three different tourism and wildlife organizations that are making huge strides in protecting Africa's wildlife.
from $10,435 pp 10 days/11 nights $1,045/Day
KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Untamed and unforgettably Africa is the best way to describe this ten-day itinerary. In the spirit of the Samburu, you will move from camp to camp on either foot or horseback.
from $6,950 pp 10 Days/9 Nights $695/Day
BASE CAMPS IN KENYA
CHYULU HILLS, KENYA
Campi ya Kanzi means "Camp of the Hidden Treasure" in Kiswahili, and it is truly that. Located in Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa, this award-winning ecolodge is far removed from the hectic pace of the modern world.
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, KENYA
Recalling an era of luxury and quality, Cottars 1920's Safari Camp harkens back to the original spirit and essence of safari, reminiscent of a golden era—one of romance, professional guiding, elegance, and above all else, adventure.
LAIKIPIA PLATEAU, KENYA
Sitting in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Enasoit Game Sanctuary is a beautiful home-away-from-home where classic safari adventure meets ultimate comfort.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, KENYA
This eco-lodge in northern Kenya was founded by one of the most passionate conservation families in all of Africa. Here, elephants are the stars of a show that is played out against the backdrop of the wild and rugged Samburu lands.
LEWA CONSERVANCY, KENYA
Lewa House is located in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Set on top of a hill with panoramic views, the outpost overlooks the sacred mountain of the Samburu—Ol Lolokwe.
OLARE OROK CONSERVANCY, MASAI MARA, KENYA
Imagine a camp set right in the heart of some of the greatest apex predator country in all of Africa. This is Mara Plains.
CHYULU HILLS, KENYA
Ol Donyo Lodge is situated on the slopes of the rolling Chyulu Hills between Tsavo and Amboseli with access to a quarter of a million acres of one of the few remaining corners of wild Africa.
NORTHERN FRONTIER DISTRICT, KENYA
The family owned and operated Ol Malo is a ranch and wildlife sanctuary in Kenya’s wild Northern Laikipia Province, the heartland of the Samburu tribe.
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