Vancouver-based Personal Travel Management has become the exclusive North American wholesale partner with Boutique Safaris.
A 100 per cent Maasai-owned company, Boutique Safari provides clients with "life-changing and bespoke safari experiences that empower the impacted community providing jobs and meaningful interactions with at-risk children."
The company also provides support for local schools as well as for a local orphanage.
This includes Engaruka English Medium Primary School (EEMPS) a school built by Maasai owner of Boutique Safaris, Abby Olemisiko, in his hometown of Engaruka.
Since opening in 2017 the school has achieved top academic standing. Unique to the school is that Olemisiko also built a luxury tented camp on the school grounds allowing guests to engage directly in school/Maasai life.
Through this exclusive arrangement, Personal Travel Management, which is a member of Ensemble, will be able to offer clients unique opportunities and itineraries to experience the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda; trekking with donkeys on a safari to the Ngorongoro Highland; and safaris to the Serengeti National Park.
There is also an itinerary that includes a two night immersive experience where travelers can assist with ongoing projects at the school, interact with the kids and even help the Maasai herd the goats.
“What we loved the most after meeting with the Boutique Safaris team is their commitment to ensuring that local tourism is a force for positive change in their community,” said Darci Murray, Travel Community Manager of Personal Travel Management. “We know that our clients will not only have a fabulous and unique experience on any of the itineraries but will be able to connect with the Maasai people in a mindful/purposeful way through a contribution to ongoing projects and hands-on interaction. It’s a reciprocal exchange – both travelers and the community visited are impacted in a positive way.”
Itinerary options range from three to 11 nights but can also be customized to the traveler’s preference.
The most popular trip is a 12-day itinerary that includes two nights at the EEMPS school and is priced from $7136 USD. A sample itinerary can be found here.