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  • Financial Times1

    Top Cats: Five Wild African Escapes

    Jabali Private House | October 2021

    Private houses are going stronger than ever in the bush, particulalry in East Africa. The remoter the place, the more gratifying the creature comforts of the model. Case in point: Ruaha in east-central Tanzania - a national park of 20,000sq km, with only a handful of lodges.

    View Financial Times Oct 2020
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    Visit the Masai Mara and Serengeti

    Rekero, Sayari | October 2021

    Sayari Camp, in northern Serengeti, delivers on the same high expectations set by others in the Asilia group. It offers the epitome of comfort in 15 tented suites, daily bush breakfasts (and even fresh lunches delivered to your vehicle if you're waiting for a crossing), and exquisite three-course meals, endless high-end wines and cocktails, and a spa and plunge pool, back at the camp.

    View Business Insider Oct 2021
  • Wired Logo 2

    This tiny solar-powered factory cleans up dirty water

    Sayari | October 2021

    In situ, at the safari operator Asilia’s Sayari Camp, this circular system has eliminated single-use plastic bottles by nearly 18,000 units per year, not only for the camp guests but also for the operating staff and the park rangers in the region.

    View Wired Oct 2021
  • I By Imd Logo (3)

    Ahead of the Game

    Asilia | June 2021

    Asilia Managing Director, Jeroen Harderwjk, tells how he set up Asilia Africa in the Serengeti, a ‘live’ experiment in developing a sustainable tourist business which has empowered the local community.

    View IMD Jun 2021
  • Business Insider Logo (1)

    Witness the Great Migration

    Asilia | May 2021

    "Getting tourism up and running again is also essential for the conservation projects tourism supports, the funding of the Serengeti National Park and Mara Reserve, and the local communities who work in the lodges and camps."

    View Business Insider Great Migration May 2021
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    Pioneering Women Changing the Landscape

    Dunia | March 2021

    Dunia Camp in Tanzania goes even further, with an all-female staff, from rangers to the General Manager. Safari guide Jonesia “Kazawadi” Dominic feels this has made a real difference to perceptions in the region. “They said, ‘Bush life isn’t easy for girls.’ But we’ve shown them we are strong,” she says.

    View Inews The I March 2021
  • The Scotsman Logo

    Women Changing the Way We Travel

    Dunia | March 2021

    "For too long, so many career fields have been dominated by men. Travel is no exception. From operators designing itineraries, to guides leading tours, few distinguished roles have been easy for women to reach. All that is changing though..."

    View The Scotsman Mar 2021 Women Changing The World
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    Serengeti Savvy

    Sayari, Namiri Plains | February 2021

    The camp itself also impressed as one of the Serengeti’s best. Transformed in 2019 from its humbler origins, Namiri Plains is now a collection of 10 solar-powered tents and tricked-out common areas, all crafted from ancient sedimentary rock, resulting in a fabulous, fossil-chic vibe. 

    View Palm Beach Pbmgmarch2021escape
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    Why We Travel

    Asilia Adventures | January 2021

    A multiday walking safari in a Kenyan conservation area presents a more sustainable model that benefits animals and locals alike.

    View Conde Nast AA CNT Jan 2021 V2
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    Out and About

    Asilia | January 2021

    Safari company Asilia Africa is assisting young Kenyan and Tanzanian employees obtain more hospitality skills to help to weather the economic fallout of COVID-19.

    View The Australian 16 01 2021 Main Travel P2
  • Vanity Fair Logo

    A Longing to Move

    Asilia | November 2020

    My guide Hamza Visram and I had staked out beneath the shadow of an acacia tree, a few hundred metres away from the river, on an incline, so we had height to study the direction the herds were moving in. The ritual of waiting for a crossing is like war. Nothing much happens, until it does.

    View Vanity Fair 11 20 Serengeti V2
  • Thetelegraph

    On safari in Tanzania

    Sayari | November 2020

    'I witnessed scenes I’d long forgotten: crowded market stalls; bars spilling with noisy revellers; friends greeting each other with hugs'

    View The Telegraph Country That Tackled Covid V2
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    Make the Link

    Dunia | October 2020

    One in 10 people around the globe earns a living from tourism, making it a delicate ecosystem with roots that spread out through the multitude of cities, islands, and wildernesses to those roadside crab shacks, small hotels, shops, galleries and nightlife spots whose survival depends on visitors - all of whom have been affected, in some way by the planet-wide COVID crisis.

    View Conde Nast Traveller CNT Zawadi Sept 2020
  • National Geographic Traveler

    Step into the Savannah

    Asilia Adventures | September 2020

    An intrepid on-foot safari across the Kenyan savannah bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve reveals, at rivetingly close range, the rich drama of this unique African ecosystem. Exploring terrain inaccessible to vehicles, walk between remote lodges and luxurious fly camps through lesser-visited conservancies, where guides share their intimate knowledge of its creatures, great and small.

    View National Geographic NGT0920 104 Kenya
  • NYT NY Times Wide

    Do Safari Companies Really Want African Travelers

    Asilia | September 2020

    Border closures, national lockdowns and other measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus have devastated Africa’s $39 billion tourism industry. The tourism industry funds wildlife conservation across the continent and the lack of international tourists has led experts to fear that threatened animals would be poached at higher rates, further endangering them.

    View NY Times Sep 2020 Afrcan Travelers
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    Serengeti’s First Solar Powered Microbrewery

    Sayari | August 2020

    Reopening after a complete rebuild, Sayari has undergone a transformation in line with Asilia’s environmental ethos and according to the bold design approach of designer Caline Williams-Wynn, a long-time collaborator with Asilia and the creative mastermind behind award-winning camp Jabali Ridge.

    View Forbes Aug 2020 Sayari Reopens
  • Travel+Leisure Logo

    Rebooting the African Safari

    Sayari | July 2020

    Across the continent, innovators are rethinking everything you thought you knew about heading into the bush - and changing these iconic journeys for the better.

    View Sayari Travel+Leisure
  • The Scotsman Logo

    Simply Wild About Safari

    Kwihala | July 2020

    Across Africa, millions of people are employed in the safari industry and vital conservation projects benefit from donations driven by tourism. Even the sheer presence of more people is a deterrent to poachers.

    View The Scotsman Kwihala July 2020
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    The Best New Hotels in the World

    Namiri Plains | June 2020

    The bad news? The travel industry is reeling. The good news? Once restrictions are eased, the 65 remarkable hotels and resorts on the pages that follow—and the communities that depend on them—await. Here’s to recovery, everyone.

    View Town And Country Best Hotels June 2020
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    Be Inspired to Travel

    Naboisho Camp | May 2020

    Set in the 210km2 private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Naboisho Camp offers spectacular game viewing, from the herds of antelope that dot the plains of this wilderness corridor throughout the year to the high concentrations of predators, including lion and cheetah.

    View BE INSPIRED TO TRAVEL MAY 2020 Digital ULM
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    Coronavirus Will Change the Future of Safaris

    Asilia | April 2020

    Conde Nast Traveler speaks to Asilia's head guide, Hamza Visram, about how Coronavirus will change the future of safaris. The closing of camps impacts more than just the guides—it’ll change animal behavior and attract poachers, too.

    View Conde Nast April 2020 I’M A Safari Guide
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    Safaris on hold, locals and animals at risk

    Asilia | April 2020

    With the coronavirus pandemic threatening the 194.2 billion tourism industry across Africa, that safari ecosystem locals and animals alike rely on is on shaky ground. While some parks are still open, most plan to reopen no earlier than late May or June—maybe as late in the year as October.

    View Conde Nast April 2020 Safari Tourism On Hold
  • First

    Bursting with pride

    Namiri Plains | February 2020

    The eastern Serengeti is a cheetah hotspot.
    Lions, cheetahs and leopards roam undisturbed across Namiri Plains, which is at the heart of big cat conservation projects in the Eastern Serengeti.

    View BA First Class Magazine
  • Suitcase

    Ladies of the Serengeti

    Dunia Camp | February 2020

    Meet the women redefining Africa’s safari industry.
    In the Serengeti’s all-female Dunia Camp, 16 women are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a woman in Africa.

    View Suitcase Ladies Of The Serengeti
  • Vie

    Sisterhood in The Serengeti

    Namiri Plains, Dunia Camp | January 2020

    The Serengeti National Park hardly needs an introduction.
    Synonymous with safari, Tanzania’s most iconic National Park is famed for its Great Migration.

    View VIE JAN20 Tanzania Womens Safari Final Medres
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    Into The Wild

    Rubondo Island Camp | November 2019

    The most intriguing place to track chimpanzee has to be Rubondo.
    Seeing chimpanzees in the wild is one of Africa’s many great animal encounters; providing you’re up for some hot and arduous trekking

    View Msafiri 2019 11 CHIMPANZEES Article
  • Thetelegraph

    The Perfect Safari

    Namiri Plains | November 2019

    After a lifetime exploring Africa, I've found the perfect safari.
    In just seven days there, I saw 20 cheetahs, more than 60 lions and, uniquely, a melanistic serval cat that has established its home range not far from Namiri Plains.

    View Namiri Plains, Tanzania After A Lifetime Exploring Africa I've Found The Perfect Safari
  • Thetelegraph

    The Real Jurassic Park

    Rubondo Island Camp | September 2019

    The only place in the world where chimpanzees have been reintroduced into the wild.
    There are now about 60 chimps on Rubondo, and amazingly they have formed their own social structure and settled into two distinct troupes.

    View Telegraph Rubondo Oct 19
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    Namiri Plains Review: First In

    Namiri Plains | October 2019

    Asilia rebuilds an eco-chic safari camp in its own corner of the Serengeti.
    As guests of Namiri Plains, we had this part of the Serengeti—Tanzania’s largest National Park, known for the sight of 10 or more cars circled up around a lone elephant—practically to ourselves.

    View CN Traveler Namiri First Look
  • Thetelegraph

    Stay at the Centre of the Action in the Masai Mara

    Mara Bush Houses | September 2019

    The wide open plains host herds of elephant and giraffe, and clusters of wildebeest.
    It’s an unusual option, and the advantages of having your own house are obvious. You also have a guide at your disposal all day, which makes everything more flexible.

    View Maasi Mara
  • Thetelegraph

    Big Cats and Gin and Tonics: See the Best of the Masai Mara on Foot

    Asilia Adventures | August 2019

    An exclusive trek through Kenya’s top conservation areas is like walking in a wildlife documentary

    Walking safaris are nothing new, but our Kenyan adventure takes it to the next level: a four-day, 85km hiking trip across five of the wildlife-rich conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara.

    View The Times Mara Walking 1
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    Real Life Locations That Inspired the Lion King

    Rekero | August 2019

    If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Pride Rock, here’s where to go.
    Asilia Africa’s Rekero Camp, in southwest Kenya’s Masai Mara, not far from the border of Tanzania and right in the middle of Great Migration country. led Chinlund to the look of the lions’ stalking grounds. The area’s bushland, rivers, and wide-open savannas dotted with dramatic umbrella-like acacia trees provided just the right look.

    View The Real Landscapes That Inspired The Lion King – And 10 Amazing Ways To See Them
  • Thetelegraph

    Get Up Close and (Very) Personal with the Tanzania Locals

    Kwihala | August 2019

    Night drives, day drives and walking safaris – that’s what you’re there for.
    Kwihala is intimate, but the staff – who all gathered to welcome me with a Swahili song and never lost that level of smiling, personable hospitality – ensure everybody’s stay is their own.

    View Trabvel 31 August Travel
  • National Geographic Traveler

    17 Unforgettable African Safaris

    Namiri Plains | August 2019

    Set off into the wild and see the world like never before with this guide to the best experiences in 11 countries
    At Asilia’s Namiri Plains camp in northern Tanzania, visitors become part of the migration as they travel in a luxury mobile camp alongside herds of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles. Walking safaris get you closer to the action, with veteran Serengeti safari guides giving the play-by-play.

    View Amazing African Safaris
  • Brides1

    Brides Magazine: Honeymoon Guide

    Jabali Ridge | August 2019

    Find your dream getaway on our annual list of 70 award-winning hot spots
    The eight tree-house style stilted bungalows—enclosed by teak shutters and nest-like thatched roofs—hide between boulders on a soaring granite outcrop, offering unparalleled panoramic views of plains and otherworldly baobab trees in Ruaha, Tanzania’s largest but still off-the-radar national park.

    View Jabali
  • AFAR1

    The Best Family-Friendly Africa Safaris

    Mara Bush Houses | June 2019

    Familes can set their own schedule when they stay in a six-person bush house with Asilia Africa.
    If recently released “The Lion King” has you and your brood yearning to witness savannah animals up close, or if you have always dreamed of an all-ages African adventure, these outfitters can make that dream a reality.

    View The Best Family Friendly Africa Safaris AFAR
  • Robb Report Logo1

    Meet the Designer Behind the World’s Most Mind-Bending Safari Camps

    Jabali Ridge, The Highlands | July 2019

    Deriving inspiration from lodge locales, Caline Williams-Wynn’s trained eye makes a safari experience sing, there’s no doubt about that
    In Tanzania, Jabali Ridge’s nest-like abodes are a cross between the native baobabs that dot the landscape and actual native birds’ nests.

    View Meet The Designer Behind The World’S Most Mind Bending Safari Camps – Robb Report
  • Thetelegraph 1

    The Secret to Planning a Successful Three-Generation Safari

    Kimondo | April 2019

    Asilia’s semi-mobile Kimondo camp tracks the seasonal 1,200-mile trek of 1.5 million wildebeest from just north of the Mara.
    Seeing real life was exactly why we’d come – in our first few hours at Kimondo we saw four of the Big Five.

    View Telegraph Family
  • Condé Nast Traveler1

    The Women Changing Safaris

    Dunia | March 2019

    How an entirely female-run safari property in the Serengeti is shaking up the status quo.
    “When we first began with an all-female team it was hard,” says Dominic, who often faces challenges like changing a tire in the middle of the Serengeti—even if its pounding rain or there’s a pride of lion nearby.

    View Cnt Womensafari
  • Independent

    Walking Through Kenya’s Maasai Mara

    Asilia Adventures | March 2019

    86 kilometres, one big African landscape and many, many predators. Lizzie Pook takes the ultimate walking safari.
    I’m on foot in the Maasai Mara, where I’m spending four days traversing four different conservancies using just my legs as part of Asilia’s new Adventures offering.

    View Independent Walking
  • Financial Times1

    Island of the Apes

    Rubondo Island Camp | January 2019

    Meeting the lucky chimps of Lake Victoria
    Am I about to meet the luckiest chimpanzees in the world? As I fly over the ruddy hills of south-west Tanzania in a tiny single-prop aeroplane, my background reading certainly suggests so.

    View FT Rubondo
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