Conservation-led luxury travel company AndBeyond is marking its 30th anniversary with the launch of a series of limited-edition itineraries. These small trips highlight the company's conservation successes and achievements, seeking to promote greater awareness of sustainable travel by involving more of its guests in incredible travel experiences that contribute toward environmental awareness and protection.
The first collection of experiences has recently been launched and includes a glimpse of South Africa's magnificent marine phenomenon, the sardine run, as well as the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of lion translocation efforts that reversed a local extinction in Rwanda. Led by AndBeyond's top conservation experts, these journeys are once-off, bucket-list adventures scheduled to take place in 2022.
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Planned for June 2022, Africa's Greatest Marine Migration Expedition enables divers to experience the annual sardine run, a mass movement of the fish along the east coast of South Africa. The expedition provides the opportunity to learn more about how marine ecosystems are interconnected and how predator species such as sharks function as indicators of the health of these ecosystems from Oceans Without Borders program manager and expedition host Tessa Hempson. Moving north, the itinerary allows divers to explore the warmer waters of Sodwana Bay, renowned for its thriving coral reefs, while also enjoying game drives and bush walks at the nearby AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
This itinerary travels from June 7-17 and costs about $16,000.
The Return of the Lion Expedition, highlights a collaboration between AndBeyond and African Parks that resulted in the reversal of a 15-year local extinction of lions in Rwanda's Akagera National Park. Showcasing what the travel and conservation community is capable of when working for the greater good, this trip follows in the footsteps of a group of lions moved from Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Rwanda. Hosted by Phinda conservation manager Simon Naylor and Akagera conservation manager Drew Bantlin, the trip explores the unique wildlife conservation challenges at each destinations and includes a host of hands-on conservation experiences.
At Phinda, travelers will learn about the processes of selecting and capturing the lions for translocation, while also joining in an unforgettable conservation activity such as an elephant or rhino initiative or tracking the reserve's rare pangolin. At Akagera, guests will track and participate in the monitoring of the reserve's new pride of lions, gaining an understanding of the park's conservation management plan, while exploring some of Africa's most untouched wilderness areas.
This itinerary travels from Oct. 5-14, 2022, and costs $11,950 per person.
All itineraries include a donation toward conservation.