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  • How to Plan The Ultimate Lion Safari

    Chris Walker Bush
    August 10, 2018

    Planning the Ultimate Lion Safari

    When people think of African wildlife, a variety of images probably come to their minds.

    The colossal silhouette of an African elephant against the backdrop of thorny acacia trees.

    Long-necked giraffe or stealthy leopards.

    But for most, the regal lion is the most enduring symbol of Africa, and they come from all around the world to experience their own lion safari.

    But if you're as obsessed with lions as we are, where is the best place to go for a lion safari?

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    Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

    One of two places in the world that can proudly boast being home to tree-climbing lions, Lake Manyara National Park is a popular choice for Tanzanian lion safaris.

    During the annual wet season (April - May), the park comes alive with life as all manner of wildlife flock to the lake's shores.

    Hippopotamus and water birds are popular sights in the park, but it is its resident tree-climbing lions that make it a good lion safari destination.

    Believe me, you haven't seen a lion until you've seen it lazily lounging in the branches of an umbrella acacia!

    When to Visit: April, May, or November.

    Where to Stay: Check out our fantastic Lake Manyara accommodation guide!

    What to See: Hippos, water birds, and tree-climbing lions.

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    Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

    The other park that can boast tree-climbing lions, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is a popular spot between Kibale's chimp trekking and Bwindi's gorilla trekking.

    The park's Ishasha sector is especially popular, as it is here that you can find prides of lions relaxing in trees between meals.

    Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably Uganda's best safari park, but it's especially popular as a lion safari destination. It's the perfect stop on the road to Bwindi!

    When to Visit: Year-round.

    Where to Stay: There are some fantastic lodges in Queen Elizabeth, but Enjojo Lodge puts you closest to the action!

    What to See: Lions, elephants, antelope, and chimpanzees.

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    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    One of Africa's most famous safari destinations, Kenya's Maasai Mara is a fantastic place to spot lions in the wild.

    While only home to the Wildebeest Migration for a few months of each year, the Maasai Mara is a top-class lion safari destination regardless of what time you visit.

    The best part about the Maasai Mara is how affordable accommodation can be during the off-peak season, with luxury lodges for the price you'll pay for a regular tented camp across the border!

    When to Visit: Year-round for lions or in August/September for the Migration.

    Where to Stay: There are too many Maasai Mara lodges to count! Our favourites are Sopa Maasai Mara, Ashnil Mara, Mara Leisure, and Ol Moran.

    What to See: The Big Five, African wild dogs, and the Wildebeest Migration.

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    Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    The piece de resistance when it comes to lion safari destinations, the Serengeti is Africa's most stunning wilderness and the home of the annual Wildebeest Migration.

    With an abundance of Serengeti accommodation options and something to be seen throughout the year, it is the ultimate safari destination.

    The Seronera region, in particular, is known as 'big cat country', and the famous Simba kopjes are said to have inspired Pride Rock from The Lion King!

    When to Visit: Year-round. Check out our post on when to visit the Serengeti.

    Where to Stay: Check out our Serengeti accommodation guide for some great ideas.

    What to See: The Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration.

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    Akagera National Park, Rwanda

    You don't need to take an international flight to see lions while in Rwanda.

    Akagera National Park is now home to a pride of 14 lions, making it possible to embark on a lion safari as a day trip from Kigali!

    While not of the same quality as a safari destination as the Serengeti or Maasai Mara, Akagera National Park is the perfect option if you're in Rwanda and need more to do than 'just' gorilla trekking.

    When to Visit: Year-round.

    Where to Stay: Consult your Shadows of Africa safari expert for Akagera accommodation recommendations!

    What to See: The Big Five, Nile Crocodiles, and water birds.

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    Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    If you want to see a kill, there are few places better than the World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    Rare are the days where guests on safari in Ngorongoro Crater don't see a pride of lions guarding a fresh kill against hyenas looking for an easy meal.

    When you add the spectacular backdrop of the soaring crater walls, you've got a recipe for an unforgettable lion safari.

    When to Visit: Year-round.

    Where to Stay: Check out our Ngorongoro accommodation guide.

    What to See: The Big Five, especially rhinos.


    Planning a lion safari? Reach out to your Shadows of Africa expert and let them help you design the perfect itinerary!

  • 10 Things You Need to Know About a Serengeti Safari

    Chris Walker Bush
    July 23, 2018
    Planning a Serengeti safari? Here is all the information you'll need to make sure your Serengeti safari experience is unforgettable.
  • Where to Stay in Lake Manyara: The Best Hotels in Lake Manyara National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    July 12, 2018

    Where to Stay in Lake Manyara

    One of Tanzania's most beloved national parks, Lake Manyara is a popular stop-off on the way to (or from) the Serengeti and Ngorongoro regions.

    Home to Tanzania's tree-climbing lions, a startling variety of bird life, and the many hippos who call its waters home.

    A popular location for optional activities such as night game drives, Lake Manyara offers a variety of accommodation options while also being a short drive from the huge variety of accommodation in Karatu.

    Budget

    Most budget travelers will find there are better options in nearby Karatu, but Lake Manyara National Park is also home to both a campsite and budget lodge that cater to those on a tight budget.

    Twiga Camp

    If you're not looking for all of the bells and whistles, Twiga Camp is the best value for money you can find in the area.

    With both regular rooms and campsites, there are a variety of options to suit all budgets. The presence of a swimming pool and on-site restaurant make it a cut above other campsites in Tanzania's National Parks too!

    Recommended For: Budget travelers and adventurous travelers.

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    There are a number of Lake Manyara lodges for those on a conservative budget, with both tented camps and brick and mortar options available.

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    Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

    Boasting one of the most breathtaking views of Lake Manyara you're likely to find, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is a brick and mortar lodge catering to families, large groups, and those who want affordable accommodation close to the park.

    While the rooms are a little small and it lacks some amenities, you can't beat the stunning view.

    Recommended For: Families.

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    Escarpment Lodge

    Perched on the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the aptly named Escarpment Lodge is another property that can boast a gorgeous view of the park.

    Its infinity pool, huge viewing deck, and gorgeous decoration make it a better option than Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge for those who want a little something special.

    Recommended For: Those with a little extra money.

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    Kirurumu Manyara

    For those wanting the tented camp experience, Kirurumu Under Canvas offers stunning views of the Great Rift Valley and the thrill of camping in the wilderness.

    You're not roughing it in your tented accommodation, either! There's hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity, and all of the comforts you'd expect to find in a hotel room.

    Ideally located between Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire - Kirurumu Manyara is a great place to base yourself for a few days.

    Recommended ForAdventurous travelers.

    Luxury

    Lake Manyara's immense natural beauty and its position on the Great Rift Valley escarpment lend it to some truly spectacular luxury lodges.
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    Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

    The best value when it comes to luxury properties in Lake Manyara, Kilimamoja offers luxury services at a price that even medium travelers can afford.

    From the same family behind the popular Ole Serai and Oldeani properties, Kilimamoja is one of our favourite lodges.

    Recommended For: Luxury on a budget.

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    Serena Lake Manyara

    The popular Serena chain of hotels has a strong presence in Lake Manyara. For those traveling with their family or a large group, the trusted Serena brand is always a good option.

    Like other Serena properties, Lake Manyara Serena can boast a large pool, spacious dining facilities, and comfortable lodge accommodation.

    Recommended For: Families.

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    Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

    For a luxury tented camp experience, Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is the place to be.

    Combining world-class luxury with a closeness to nature you won't find at other Lake Manyara lodges, Wildlife Safari Camp is perfect for those wanting the comforts from home while also enjoying an authentic African bush experience.

    Recommended For: Barefoot luxury and adventurous luxury.

    Ultra Luxury

    There may not be many top luxury options in Lake Manyara, but the one the park can boast is one of the best.

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    &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    From the first name in African luxury experiences comes Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Not only is this one of Tanzania's most photogenic properties, it's also one of its most decadent.

    Each of the property's nine tree house suites can boast 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. Designed to leave a minimal footprint on the surrouding ecosystem, Tree Lodge combines &Beyond's signature flair for luxury with an experience that is akin to sleeping in the trees like on of the park's famous tree-climbing lions!

    Recommended For: Honeymooners.

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    While Lake Manyara National Park may not boast the same variety of accommodation as Ngorongoro or the Serengeti, there is nonetheless something for all tastes and budgets.

    Got a favourite that you don't see here? Let us know!

     

     

     

  • Where to Stay in Zanzibar: A Guide to Zanzibar Beaches

    Chris Walker Bush
    February 12, 2018
    When planning your trip to Zanzibar, you're likely to find yourself spoiled for choice. Thankfully, we've arranged this handy guide to Zanzibar beaches to help you find the right fit for you!
  • Five Unmissable Things to do in Zanzibar

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 24, 2018
    Looking for inspiration for things to do in Zanzibar? There's more to Tanzania's island paradise than simply relaxing on the beach! Here are five of our favourite Zanzibar activities for your next adventure to the Spice Island.
  • From the Beach to the Bush: How to Plan a Zanzibar Safari Experience

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 20, 2018
    Planning a Zanzibar safari experience? Here's our ultimate guide on how to combine your Zanzibar beach escape with an unforgettable safari experience.
  • Tarangire Wildlife Guide: What Animals Can You See in Tarangire?

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 19, 2018
    Most famous for its large herds of elephants, Tarangire National Park is a fantastic game-viewing destination during the annual dry season. Our wildlife guide explains the very best that Tarangire has to offer.
  • When is the Best Time to Visit Tarangire National Park?

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 15, 2018
    When is the best time to visit Tarangire National Park? As one of two heavily seasonal parks in Tanzania, Tarangire is an ideal dry season destination.
  • Where to Stay on the Serengeti: The Ultimate Guide to Serengeti Safari Lodges and Camps

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 10, 2018
    When planning a Serengeti safari, there's a dizzying array of Serengeti accommodation options. We've compiled the ultimate guide to the tented camps and lodges of the Serengeti to help make planning your dream safari easier.

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