AFRICA

Donald Young Safaris camp in the Masai Mara

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara National Reserve is the finest wildlife viewing – the biggest variety and most numbers of animals — anywhere in Africa. Now officially recognized as one of the “Wonders of the Natural World” the Mara is the home of the big prides of lions, families of cheetah, elephants, buffalo, eland, Masai giraffe, and of course the vast herds of plains animals such as topi, Thomson’s gazelle, hartebeest, Grant’s zebra. Visits to the Mara from July to September features the epic migration of the wildebeest.

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Northern Kenya Beauty - Donald Young Safaris

Campsites in Northern Kenya

In Kenya’s Northern Frontier we select private camp sites in Shaba, Buffalo Springs or Samburu Reserves depending on the season and the movements of the animals. Spectacular animal species such as Reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, and Abyssinian wart hog are best found in this region as nowhere else in Africa. Likewise, the elegant Samburu people are nearby, and a visit to a traditional village is one of the highlights of a stay in the area. The scenery of northern Kenya is some of the most beautiful in Africa.

Rhino in Great Rift Valley - Donald Young Safaris

The Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is nowhere more spectacular than at Lake Bogoria. Our spectacular private camp site in this quiet corner of Kenya, allows us to enjoy the flocks of flamingo and other birds that feed there, and on walks and drives we enjoy the best viewing anywhere in East Africa of Greater kudu. From our quiet lakeside hideaway we can hike up into the surrounding hills, or make a day outing to nearby Lake Nakuru with its Colobus monkeys, both species of African rhino and very good leopard. Other outings from our camp can include a visit to Lake Baringo, or a drive up the stunning Kerio Valley.

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Wilderness Trails at Lewa Downs with Donald Young Safaris

Wilderness Trails Lodge

Wilderness Trails Lodge at Lewa Downs Ranch
This has been a favorite destination of ours for over 20 years. This 50,000 acre private wildlife conservancy is home to African rhino, elephant, all the big cats, and rare species such as Sitatunga antelope and Kenya hartebeest. Activities here include horseback riding, hiking, and night drives, and facilities include a swimming pool and tennis court. See our DVD for photographs and more details.

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The serenity of Botswana with Donald Young Safaris

Okavango Delta – Botswana

The great advantage of the Okavango Delta region is its combination of the magic water experience in the Delta itself, with wildlife viewing on land in the Moremi Reserve. You can choose to have a quiet ride through the winding waterways of the Delta in a fiberglass copy (to save trees) of the traditional dugout canoe, or drive to see the big cats, elephants, buffalo, and antelope. We especially enjoy long, escorted walks to look for the rare Pel’s fishing owl on the many small islands in the Delta. Our preferred lodges in the Delta include Kigera Camp and Jacana Camp, and in the Moremi Reserve, we love Mombo Camp, Jao Camp, and Little Vumbura Camp.

Selinda Botswana - Donald Young Safaris

Selinda – Botswana

One of Don Young’s personal favorite areas in Botswana is the “Selinda Spillway” region: which links the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti Swamps. Selinda Camp is the perfect vantage point for drives to look for resident African hunting dog, as well as the big prides of lions who prey on the exceptionally large buffalo herds in the area. Elephant abound here and you will find Selinda Camp a comfortable, cool and restful haven in the midst of such natural splendor. We consider Selinda our Botswana home base.

Travel the Rovos Rail with Donald Young Safaris

ROVOS RAIL VINTAGE LUXURY TRAIN

The Rovos Rail vintage train journey is quite simply one of the most pleasurable and romantic travel experiences anywhere. If we had our way, EVERYONE who does a Southern Africa program with us would include the two night journey on Rovos Rail. For old world hospitality and service, luxurious creature comforts, superb food and wine, and a “Golden Age of Travel” experience through the heart of Africa, nothing compares to Rovos Rail!

Visit glorious Cape Town with Donald Young Safaris

CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is Don Young’s favorite city in the world. The combination of the vibrant mix of cultures (African, European, Indian and Malay), the awesome backdrop of Table Mountain and the breathtaking drives around Cape Point, the incredible food and wine, (and Don would add the exotically beautiful women, and antique bookshops) make Cape Town a ‘do not miss’ destination. One of the most perfect travel experiences on the planet is to arrive in Cape Town having enjoyed two nights en route on Rovos Rail, then stay at the Cape Grace Hotel or one of the other MANY fabulous properties, dine out along the seafront, and tour the city. Don’t miss the Kirstenbach Gardens, a tour of Cape Point (say hi to the adorable penguins for us), and the many markets and galleries. Take time to explore the wine country around Franshoek and, during September and October (the best months to be in the Cape), you can watch Southern Right whales cavorting right along the quay at Hermanus.

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda with Donald Young Safaris

Mountain Gorillas/Rwanda

We love Rwanda! Having survived a tragic period in its history, Rwanda has re-emerged as a safe, well run, and exciting tourist destination. Trekking to see Mountain gorillas is an incredibly moving experience, and if you are a wildlife lover, you simply HAVE to do this. As of 2013, Don Young has led 79 gorilla treks, so we know how to provide you with the best experience. If you are a primate lover, we recommend you add a two-night visit to the Nyungwe Forest as well as the 3 nights to see the gorillas. Book early: viewing passes are limited!

INDONESIA

Villa Borobudur, Java with Donald Young Safaris

Villa Borobudur – Java

Villa Borobudur, opened in 2012, is set in a private estate offering luxury villa-hotels with breathtaking views of the Borobudur, its surroundings and the volcanoes Merapi, Merbabu and Sumbing. Experience the traditional Javanese friendliness, spirituality and hospitality in one of the villas, each with their own large pool. Enjoy the variety of Javanese cuisine in a wonderful setting. The villas are built according to traditional Javanese architecture, with sustainability in mind. Teakwooden handcarved joglos, temple-stone flooring, handmade tiles, furniture and art are all sourced locally.

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MesaStila Resort & Spa

MesaStila Spa & Resort – Central Java

MesaStila is a retreat that incorporates an unparalleled collection of remarkable antiques and enchanting buildings; including a Colonial railway station; historic Joglo-villas with a true wellness experience. The property has twenty-three unique villas set within an area of twenty-two hectares of outstanding natural beauty; surrounded by cooling highland-air, eight mountains, tropical gardens and lush vegetation. The true magnificence of MesaStila is in its spectacular setting and its Hammam Spa.

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