Stay with us in a luxurious lodge on a tranquil coffee plantation, just outside Arusha. It's location makes it an ideal base for the start or end of a Safari to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The small lodge has among the best rooms in Arusha, with a private atmosphere and personalized service. It's luxurous interiors will remind you of days gone by. Private balconies offering magnificent views of Mount Meru and the coffee plantation.
Exclusive Tented Camp – Nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake, our tented camp is only 5 minutes from the entrance of Lake Manyara National Park, which spreads out across the Great East African Rift Valley, dominating a vast landscape. Often called Tanzania’s water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara NP is also famous for its’ tree-climbing lions.
At Migunga you wake up in the morning with the beams of the sun finding their way through our Migunga trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy our mountain bike ride trail through Lake Manyara’s backyard or you can enjoy watching our vervet monkeys. The evenings are resonating with the typical sounds of forest creatures.
The Kisima Tented Camp – Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the shores of Lake Eyasi, with sweeping views toward the Rift. Across this seasonal soda lake, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2,000 feet up into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area providing a stunning backdrop. The camp is beautifully set in a Llala palm and acacia forest and is part of 200-acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake. It is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.
Ngorongoro Lodge – Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.
Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot’, dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.
Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’, the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp – Scenically located in a glade, known as the place of the klipspringer (mbuzi mawe), and guarded by three million year-old granite towers, this luxury tented-camp is unique. Cleverly located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators it is also located at the very epicenter of one of the world’s most famous national parks. The sixteen large custom-made canvas tents are widely spaced throughout the rocky glades of the camp. Reached by winding stone paths, each tent stands on a stone platform and has its own thatched roof. Opening off the spacious bedroom, is a tented bathroom, which features twin basins, shower and flushed WC. The main bedroom area features two queen-sized four-poster beds, each with all encompassing mosquito nets. There is also a seating area with stylish lamps and easy chairs. On the spacious private terrace are both safari chairs and sun loungers.
The Kirawira Tented Lodge– In a class of its own, Kirawa Camp is a highly exclusive and truly elegant tented camp set on a hill overlooking the expansive plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Situated on the Western Corridor, this place is the embodiment of everything the Serengeti is renowned for, with ringside seats for the annual migration of the wildebeest and action-packed safaris to view the ‘big five’, all in extreme comfort.
Replicating the hunting camps of the Edwardian era, Kirawira Camp tents are evocatively furnished with Persian rugs, antique furniture, carved rocking chairs, writing desks and sepia-coloured photographs and four-poster beds. All are raised on timber flooring and have a deck from which to view the commanding views of the savannah. In the early morning, leave Kirawira Camp and go on a game drive to see elephant, lion and giraffe, or take a balloon safari over the plains followed by a champagne breakfast at the bush-landing site. In the evening, enjoy a ‘sundowner’ and sip cocktails while watching a scintillating African sunset.
Widely-spaced luxury tents raised on timber platforms, each with a view of the Serengeti plains, spacious furnished deck leading to a bedroom furnished in antique Edwardian style with steamer-trunks, writing desk, brass lamps, rugs and four poster bed. The luxuruious ensuite bathroom is presented in polished mahogany and features twin marble basins, walk-in shower and separate flushing WC.
Lemala Mara Tented Camp– One camp in two locations. Lemala Ndutu and Lemala Mara Tented camp move with the seasons to ensure guests enjoy ringside seats to the spectacle of the Great Migration year round.
Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu Tented Camp is the ultimate amphitheater for the wildebeest migration between December and March. The 12 tents are sited to capture the boundless drama that accompanies the migration. The migration arrives in the highly nutritious short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti in December and usually begins calving in February. The camp is situated inside the NCA, near the border of Southern Serengeti, in what is perhaps the finest location in the whole of Ndutu. To the west of a marsh we have sited the camp to ensure the prevailing cooling breeze carries any dust away from the camp.
Lemala Mara Tented Camp is within touching distance of the Mara River (and yet far enough away to remain discrete and not interrupt wildebeest behavior as they mass along the steep banks) and set under large Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Northern Serengeti. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, but nothing compared to when the migration starts arriving when the area then turns into a wildlife paradise par excellence.
The mobile tents are spacious and each is fitted with 2 double beds and combining an the authentic bush experience with all the little luxuries that make it so surprisingly comfortable. After an evening game drive, your tent attendant ensures your safari showers are filled with hot water to wash away the dust of the African savannah.
River Lodge – Start or end your Safari at a luxury lodge in dreamlike tropical gardens built on an old coffee plantation near Arusha. Allow you to break away from your tight Safari schedule and take a deep breath. Our large solar-heated pool invites for some lazy hours in the afternoon. The impressive Architecture of the open roof construction combined with our great love for the detail will immediately capture your eyes. The scent of the Angel’s Trumpet trees will blow you away -you have arrived in East Africa.
Tanzania offers some of the greatest national parks in the world such as The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Witness the much-acclaimed migration of the wildebeest – said to be one of the most fascinating and awe inspiring sights! You’ll have front-row seats for this Great Migration, following the herds in your delux safari camp and getting close to the action in a four-wheel-drive vehicle with your own Tanzanian driver and guide.guide. We spend days exploring the expansive Serengeti and an adjacent private nature refuge, looking for gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and more. Tanzania parks parks are the best place in the Africa to see the ‘big five’, the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the endangered black rhino and the elephant. There is no greater wildlife experience in the world than Tanzania—a nation that devotes 33% of its land to conservation and boasts the highest concentration of animals anywhere on the planet. Travel with professional photographer Sunny Reynolds who will offer instruction and expertise in a manner and amount that is suitable to the interests of the guests.
Our small group experience exclusive off-the-beaten path opportunities to meet and interact with the local tribesman of the Hadza and Barabaig people. We are warmly welcomed by these semi-nomadic people.experiencing the cultural life of The Hadza Tribe is a highlight of our African Safari. The Hadza are a small tribe of about 1,500 hunter-gatherers living in northwest Tanzania. They speak a click language. Until the 1950s they survived entirely by hunting and gathering. Living in small mobile camps, they had no ‘chiefs’ or formal political organization. Since then life has become increasingly hard as larger pastoralist tribes have encroached on much of their land, destroying much of the wildlife and plants on which the Hadza rely for their livelihoods. We were pleased to learn that the Tanzanian government has formally recognized the Hatza tribe’s land rights by formally granting them land titles.
Most importantly Tanzania is a peaceful, safe and stable country. A democracy since gaining independence 1961, Tanzania is led by a president and national assembly elected by popular vote. Tanzania is referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa,” peacefully sustaining more than 120 different ethnic groups and free of the political upheaval present in some other African countries.
Lake Manyara, The N’Gorongoro Crater, The Serengeti and Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. After we visit the Mto wa Mbu village and with its huge craft market, we enter the park. Lake Manyara itself is a shallow alkaline lake with a wide diversity of scenery ranging from thick acacia woodland to open grassy floodplains. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes. The Park is famous for its unique tree climbing lions but we also see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and hippos. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife too. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands are legendary and are one of Africa’s most beautiful regions! The crater is a conservation area and in 1979 became UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 110 miles west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, the worlds largest intact volcanic caldera, is home to the highest density of big game in Africa. Ngorongoro is an exceptional place to interact with the Maasai and is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife sites in the world and the best place in Tanzania to see the big five. A healthy population of black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa today are the prize spots, but the Crater is home to strong populations of lion, leopard and hyena along with good herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Other game in Ngorongoro includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle and bat eared foxes along with approximately 400 species of bird such as the extraordinary Kori Buzzard, flamingos, ostriches and many more. The N’Gorongoro Crater has one of the densest wild animal populations in the whole of Africa since animals never leave this vast extinct volcano crater surrounded by its 600m high walls.
The Serengeti is legendary! Here we drive across the plains to the famous Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakeys discovered the bones and footprints of our “hominid” ancestors. The museum relates the history of the discoveries and there are some interesting remains on display. We will hopefully see lions, hyena, leopards,and elephants as well as the herds of grazing animals moving towards the Grumeti River. The Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Maasai had grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia and to them it was Siringitu – “the place where the land moves on forever.” Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park is a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park where Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. The park is 5,700 sq miles, located 208 miles from Arusha and stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.
Tarangire National Park is more densely wooded than the other parks, primarily covered in acacia woodland studded with the iconic Baobab Trees. The Tarangire River which attracts a large range of mammals and birds and we may see over 500 elephants in their family groups during the course of the day. The bird life is spectacular ranging from Fish Eagles and Palmnut Vultures, storks, and brightly coloured barbets.The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 1,100 square miles. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers(1,100 square miles.) The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, boasts the continent’s highest mountain, the world’s largest game reserve and probably the most famous national park. The country is a priceless treasury of many animal and bird species; from the colorful to the exotic, the rare to the impressive. Savannah grasslands are fringed by lush tropical forests and mighty rivers, while the Great Rift Valley has produced a number of unusual geographical features, from the exceptionally deep Lake Tanganyika to the unique Ngorongoro crater, and ultimately to the heights of Kilimanjaro.
Every year in Tanzania, awe-struck visitors witness animal behavior of a type and on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world. Join them and take time out to explore all the fun that Tanzania offers.
Snow capped and wreathed in veils of clouds, Kilimanjaro rises from the vast open plains. First mentioned by Ptolemeus ( 2nd Century Greek philosopher and geographer), the largest mountain in Africa and highest freestanding mountain in the world, has proved a magnet to climbers, naturalists, travelers and explorers over the centuries.
Serengeti National Park
Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, equal in size to Northern Ireland, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest park, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. It is contiguous with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve and stretches as far as Lake Victoria to the West. Its name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning ‘endless plains’. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful.
The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. It is the sanctuary of an estimated four million different animals and birds. The animals roam the park freely and in the spectacular migrations, huge herds of wild animals move to other areas of the park in search of greener grazing grounds (requiring over 4,000 tons of grass each day) and water. The annual migration into Kenya (in a continuous search of water and pasture) of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle is triggered by the rains and usually starts in May, at the end of the wet season. Called the Great Migration, this constitutes the most breathtaking event in the animal kingdom ever known to humans. As the dry season intensifies, the herds drift out towards the west, one group to the north (to Lake Victoria, where there is permanent water), the other northeast heading for the permanent waters of the northern rivers and the Mara. The immigration instinct is so strong that animals die in the rivers as they dive from the banks into the raging waters to be dispatched by crocodiles. The survivors concentrate in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve until the grazing there is exhausted, when they turn south along the eastern and final stage of the migration route.
The world famous Maasai Mara, offers the classic Kenya Safari. From July to September, the Mara provides one of nature’s most dramatic spectacles, the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest and zebras, from the south across the Mara River into the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The reserve is home to cheetahs, lions, antelopes, hippos and crocodiles, among others.
Before the main exodus, the herds are a spectacular sight, massed in huge numbers with the week and crippled at the tail end of the procession, followed by the patient vigilant predators, including lions (the adult males of Serengeti have characteristic black manes), cheetahs, hunting dogs and spotted hyena. Our small group tour is witness to this migration up front and personal!
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This vast protected area stretches from Lake Natron (the breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingos) in the northeast, to Lake Enyasi in the south, and Lake Manyara to the east. The area of Tanzania includes the still active Ol-Ndoinyo Lengai (meaning “Mountain of God” in Maa, the language of the Masaai) volcano (which last erupted in 1983), Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls. The bird life, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal.
Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains. You can descend to the floor of the crater in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Only 4WD vehicles are allowed into the crater and game rangers are compulsory for all.
The Maasai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater.
Tarangire National Park
The park’s permanent water supply ensures a huge and varied animal population, especially during the dry season when it rivals that of the Serengeti. The animals include large herds of elephants, rhino, buffalo, zebra, lesser and greater kudu, eland, wildebeest, hartebeest, gerenuk, impala and fringe-eared oryx. This attractive park, with its statuesque baobab trees, is the main refuge for wildlife from the surrounding part of the Great Rift Valley during the dry season.
- Prime game viewing months are between August and December.
- It is also an excellent place for birdwatching, especially from October to May.