We feel our Private Tented Camps in the Masai Mara and other reserves are the best way to experience Africa – let us prove it to you!
There is nothing quite like coming back to camp in the gloaming after an exhilarating day on safari. A perfect hot shower awaits you; your clothes have been freshly laundered, beautifully pressed, and smell like sunshine. Coming out to a crackling campfire the stars blaze overhead and maybe somewhere out in the dark, a lion roars. It is at moments like these that the primordial energy of Africa steals into your soul and changes you forever. Our tented camps create a safe, comfortable, and joyful haven from which to explore the African wilderness, to see the world as it looked in its infancy, and to re-discover magic.
Luxury Lodge Safaris
Our Luxury Lodge Safaris include the finest lodges and permanent camps located in iconic wildlife areas of Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda.
Our most popular programs combine private lodges in Northern Kenya (2-3 nights), the Masai Mara (4 – 5 nights) followed by a 4-day gorilla trek in Rwanda. Also popular is our ‘Best of Southern Africa’ tour combining the highlights of Botswana wildlife with South Africa’s Cape.
Most of our guests are families – often 3 generations – or private groups of 8 – 10 people. As a small, personally run company we imbue every one of our custom programs with a knowledge, passion, and loving attention to detail unmatched anywhere.
The combination of breathtaking landscapes, exotic cultures, ancient temples, and amazing wildlife – not to mention some of the best scuba diving in the world – make Indonesia an irresistible addition to our Donald Young Safaris programs.
Although I have always felt a great fascination with Indonesia and thoroughly loved my travels there, it was only after I was sure I could provide the same level of quality and the same attention to detail that has made my African safaris successful did I make the decision to offer Indonesia programs to our devoted friends. Join us on our new Safari Indonesia!
– Don Young
Best Guide Team
Because our guide team is composed of MEN AND WOMEN from AFRICAN and EUROPEAN heritage, our guests benefit from a depth of perspectives, knowledge and expertise missing from other luxury camping companies. All of our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about wildlife, and love teaching our guests – young and old – about the magic and mysteries of the natural world. All of us know how blessed we are to have the privilege to be your hosts in paradise on one of the most wonderful experiences on the planet – a tented safari in Africa. Please read more about our guide team here.
Our private campsite in the Masai Mara was presented to Don Young for his personal use by the Maasai more than 25 years ago and Don believes this campsite is one of nature’s ‘power spots’ – a magic forest full of healing energy and an island of calm set in the midst of one of the greatest wildlife areas on the planet.
We love mobile camping because it allows an uncluttered intimacy with nature without sacrificing the creature comforts, and because it leaves behind a minimal carbon footprint. We believe we offer the best tented African Safaris. Let us prove it to you.
Our experience allows us to design unique Custom Safari Packages around your interests, travel schedule and budget. Our Kenya-based team knows how to listen to your ideas and dreams and craft for you the experience of a lifetime.
Although we love our private tented camps, we are expert at selecting the best lodges and hotels, and because we are a small privately owned company, we treat all our clients like friends and every detail of your safari is planned with loving care.
Hospitality is our specialty
Our safari camp staff are not just “help” but proud and experienced professionals who will be one of the surprise pleasures of your safari.
The motto for our camps and crew is “Loving Kindness” and we discuss what this means to each of us and how we can best practice loving kindness with our guests and to the African wildlife and wilderness around us.
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Being on safari is one of the most romantic vacations you can have. We have been with Don Young and his company twice and we hope to go back again soon. We loved the beautifully designed tents and the incredible service. Their food is awesome, their staff is sweet and so attentive, and the campsites are in the heart of wild Africa – magical, mystical & very romantic. For honeymooners, or just romantic couples like us – WOW! - this is the way to go.Mr. and Mrs. Don Hafer, Denver Colorado
We go on safari with Don Young and his team every year. Over the past 20 years, we have tried many of the high-end safari companies but Don became our favorite in East Africa and we recommend Don to all our friends. We feel Donald Young Safaris are the best for safety and comfort, attention to detail, great food, great staff and guides. We highly recommend Donald Young Safaris Luxury Camping, and we know you will have the safari of a lifetime.Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ludwig, Los Angeles California
Arline and I want to thank you for an experience that has changed our family forever. Nature provided the setting, but you added two very special features: First, your knowledge of everything that walked, flew, swam, or grew kept us spellbound. Second, the warm hospitality of you and your colleagues made us feel very welcome in the deepest wilderness of Africa. We all only go around once, so I'm glad Donald Young showed us the best of Africa.Ted Greene, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Thank you for all of your efforts in making our trip to Kenya such a wonderful experience. You are a gifted teacher. To not only have the knowledge, but to be able to communicate it so well and in so many different ways—that is a real talent. We want to particularly thank you for the sincere interest you showed in us as a family. You were much more than a guide; you were part of our family and tried to understand each of us. We look forward to traveling with you again.David L. Anderson, Atherton, CA