• Tree-Climbing Lions of Lake Manyara

    June 13, 2016

    A Tree-Climbing Treat

    Lake Manyara, once the filming location for the classic Hollywood Tarzan movies, is a popular safari stop between Arusha and the Serengeti for a variety of reasons including its huge variety of bird-life and its wallowing hippos.

    However, it is the park's tree-climbing lions that are an especially popular sight with visitors. Up until recently, only Lake Manyara and Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park could boast this rare sight - although recent reports say that the phenomenon has now spread to the Serengeti as well.

    Our recent clients, Shwana & Jennifer, were lucky enough to spot them in both Lake Manyara and the Serengeti!

    tree climbing lion serengeti A lazy lion enjoying some R&R in a Serengeti tree.
    lake manyara tree climbing lion And one enjoying the view from atop a tree in Lake Manyara.

    Of course, this wasn't all they saw! In addition to catching a glimpse of the Wildebeest Migration in motion, they also spotted cheetahs, a variety of fascinating birds, and even a few topi!

    Guided by our experienced guide, Bashiru (the photographer on these shots), they crossed the Serengeti, ducked through Lake Manyara, and even paid a visit to the local Masai.

    cheetah serengeti A cheetah watches the plains carefully for signs of prey or danger.
    topi serengeti They don't get photographed as much as impala or other antelopes, but we think the topi are cute!
    giraffe serengeti A lone giraffe cuts a striking figure.
    elephant lake manyara An elephant forages.
    giraffe and baby giraffe A young giraffe stills a hug.
    southern ground hornbill serengeti The distinct colouration of the Southern Ground Hornbill makes it popular with photographers.
  • Valentina's Safari Adventure

    June 12, 2016

    Our recent client, Valentina had a memorable time on her safari across the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

    Not only did she get to see members of the Big Five such as lions, leopards, and elephants, but she also spotted some gorgeous antelopes and got to spend some time visiting with the local Masai.

    Below, you'll find just a few snapshots from her exciting five day safari.

    lions in the grass Lions having a nap in the grass.
    giraffe serengeti Giraffes and acacia trees just belong together!
    valentina shadows of africa safari Valentina poses with one of our brand new safari vehicles.
    impala herd A male impala looks over his harem of women.
    eland The gigantic Eland is the largest of the antelope species.
  • Shadows of Africa Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

    June 9, 2016
    Shadows of Africa has been recognised with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016!
  • A Sweet Treat for Shadows of Africa Clients

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 8, 2016
    Shadows of Africa has teamed up with Chocolate Mamas to give all of our clients organic, locally made chocolate!
  • Culture & History of Zanzibar

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 3, 2016
    Zanzibar has a unique and distinct culture and a rich and storied history. Something entirely different from mainland Tanzania, it is a fascinating place to start or end your Tanzanian adventure.
  • Kenyan Tribes & Religions

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 1, 2016
    The tribes of Kenya define the nation, and we cover just a few of the diverse peoples who make the country so unique.
  • Tribes & Religion of Tanzania

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 1, 2016
    The tribes and religions of Tanzania are every bit as fascinating as the wildlife. Learn how you can add a cultural safari to your Tanzanian vacation.
  • Big Cats & Rhinos in Ngorongoro

    Chris Walker Bush
    May 27, 2016
    Lions and cheetahs and rhinos, oh my! Our guests pay a visit to Ngorongoro and have a real adventure!
  • Yellow Fever Update

    Chris Walker Bush
    May 25, 2016

    Due to the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola and reported cases in both Uganda and Kenya, the Ministries in Health in Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania have issued a statement regarding the need for Yellow Fever vaccinations for all travellers wishing to enter these countries.

    In light of this recent development, we urge all Shadows of Africa clients to ensure they have had their Yellow Fever vaccination at least ten days ahead of their intended travel dates and have an up to date Yellow Fever vaccination card with them at immigration.

    An up-to-date Yellow Fever vaccination card is needed if entering Tanzania, Kenya, or Rwanda from another African country, even if you are just transferring through.

    If you are flying directly from your home country, you don't need to worry about this.

    The Yellow Fever vaccination lasts for ten years, so if you have had yours in the past decade, you'll just need your vaccination card.

    It's also important that your vaccination be up to date for health reasons. Yellow Fever is completely avoidable if vaccinated.

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