Planning this very special 70th Birthday was almost as fun and exciting as the trip itself. It all began a year before the event, when my client asked me for a totally unique experience for his closest friends and family. After finding the perfect venue, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Masai Mara, we knew this would be the trip of a lifetime, and it certainly was! Guests were welcomed at London Stansted’s Inflite Jet Centre, where they sipped champagne and enjoyed the canapés, before boarding a private A340 charter with VIP configuration. This is where we let loose on personalised, little gifts for the guests to enjoy; from the pyjamas and wash bags, to the animal print socks and naughty eye shades. Upon landing in Nairobi, guests were whisked away on light aircraft, each with a different animal print to match the guests’ boarding passes. They were greeted by singing Masai women and herds of zebra, buffalo and even a few lions! The four-day itinerary in the Masai Mara included hot air balloon rides at sunrise, where upon landing guests were treated to a champagne breakfast buffet in the bush surrounded by the Great Migration. Every meal was an event, whether it was a lively Brunch around the pool, formal Gala Dinner, wild Bush BBQ or simple picnic next to an exciting river crossing, every detail was orchestrated to perfection. My personal highlight was the superb and hilarious performance by the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, secretly requested by the Birthday Boy’s family. It truly was the trip of a lifetime, and a huge pleasure to plan so many wonderful details and experiences for the guests and suppliers who will never forget it.
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