• Big cats in the Serengeti

    AdminSoa
    June 21, 2019

    This month our Shadows of Africa safari guests have encountered amazing big cats and cubs. They are delighted and the photos rolling in from our guides are incredible.

    Here’s just a few to samples to share with you and give you a taster of what Shadows of Africa can offer.

    Big Cat Serengeti.Lion Big cat Serengeti. Lion - Yen Yu Li safari with Edwin Diah - June 2019
    Big Cat Serengeti - Leopard on rock Big cat Serengeti – leopard on rock - Michael Morris safari with Edwin Diah, June 2019
    Big Cat Serengeti - Older Lion Cub Big cat Serengeti – older lion cub – Robert Humphrey & friends with Moody Kabongo, June 2019
    Big cat Serengeti – lions mating Big cat Serengeti – lions mating – Robert Humphrey & friends with Moody Kabongo, June 2019
    Big cat Serengeti – cheetah Big cat Serengeti – cheetah - Robert Humphrey & friends with Moody Kabongo, June 2019
    Big cat Serengeti – huge scarred male lion Big cat Serengeti – huge scarred male lion - Robert Humphrey & friends with Moody Kabongo, June 2019

    Impressed yet?

    Take a trip with Shadows of Africa and you will be.

    Contact us now!

  • Cheetah on the Car

    AdminSoa
    June 14, 2019

    Cheetah on the Car – here’s looking at you!

    Anyone in there? Cheetah in Serengeti National Park

    We still can’t believe the cats we saw on our few days in Northern Tanzania. Just 5 nights, and what incredible luck we had with Lomayani Jeremia as our guide. A cheetah on our car, lions hunting and then on their kill, lions fighting with hyaenas in the crater, two massive blonde maned male lion, a serval cat, a caracal, and a leopard!

    Lion in Serengeti

    We saw 7 black rhino in the crater, and of course, we still have to mention the elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, jackal, hippo, giraffe and hundreds of flamingo.

    The accommodation we had in Sametu Camp, Serengeti, Serena Hotel at the crater and Marera Lodge in Karatu was wonderful.

    Sametu Camp

    How many nights should I spend on safari? The answer was 5 for us…but truthfully, it’s never, ever enough!

    Cheers

    Thanks Lomayani Jeremia and Shadows of Africa!

  • Making the Most of a One Night Safari – Tarangire, Lake Manyara, or Ngorongoro

    AdminSoa
    June 13, 2019

    Can I Take a One Night Safari?

    It’s really possible!

    You might be travelling for business in Arusha and only have a tiny window at your disposal, or just want to get out of town and away from city stress, or simply to impress – you need a one-night safari, to see as much as you can, and a gorgeous place to stay.

    It can be done! Shadows of Africa just did this last week, covering Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro!

    Flamingos and jackal out over Lake Manyara

    Starting with a morning in Tarangire with elephants, lion and all the rest of the plains game, you still have time to visit the groundwater forests of Lake Manyara and sample the lakeside wildlife before climbing up the escarpment to the luxury Escarpment Lodge, a view to die for, and a delicious ice cold beverage to sip.

    Chalet at Escarpment Lodge Lake Manyara

    Ready to go early, you climb up the Ngorongoro crater rim, round the top and down into the heart of the caldera. What a blast of East African wildlife awaits – Ngorongoro is amazing!

    Zebra resting in the Ngorongoro crater

    One-night safari? Absolutely!

    It’s on offer, it’s achievable, it’s Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, it’s exhilarating!

    It’s Shadows of Africa. Book now!

     

     

  • Take a Cultural Safari with the Tribes of Tanzania

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 10, 2019
    Whatever the length of your trip, a chance to visit with the many tribes of Tanzania is a great way to add a fun, cultural element to your Tanzania trip.
  • Shadows of Africa Honored with Certificate of Excellence

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 3, 2019
    For a fifth consecutive year, Shadows of Africa has been honored with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for outstanding customer satisfaction.
  • Tanzania Bans Plastic Bags Effective June 1st 2019

    Fredrick Mwange
    May 28, 2019

    Please help to support Tanzania with this much needed new initiative.

    From June 1st 2019 plastic bags are banned in Tanzania and there are restrictions on plastic bottles, which is long awaited and very welcome, new legislation!

    What this means for your visit to Tanzania is the following:-

    1.  Please ensure that when you enter Tanzania you do not have any of the following items or that you dispose of them as you arrive in the country i.e. at a specially provided desk in the airport terminal:-
      ·         Any single use plastic bag
      ·         Any carrier bag that is not single use but that is made out of plastic. All bags must be made of material, paper, card or biodegradable substances (but not bio-degradable plastic as this will possibly not be recognized by Customs here)
      ·         Any plastic bag used to protect shoes etc. from the rest of the items in your luggage.
      ·         Any plastic wrapping on duty-free purchases made en-route.
      ·         Any plastic used to wrap around/seal your bags for your trip.

     

    1.  Please make sure that you are aware not to accept any plastic bags with purchases made in Tanzania

     

    1.  Please do not bring in single use drink/water bottles.  If you already have a reusable metal/solid water bottle at home, then you could bring one to use for the journey over and on your safari.  Otherwise, Shadows of Africa as well as many lodges and camps give out reusable water bottles as gifts and/or for use while on safari. Please ask for details.

     

    1.  Fines for possession of banned plastics are around TSH 30,000 ($13-$15).
    2.  Please see the helpful notice from the Government addressed to travellers and visitors to Tanzania.

  • The Big Five, Small Five, Special Five, and Big Seven: What Are They?

    Chris Walker Bush
    May 24, 2019
    Everybody on safari talks about spotting the Big Five, but do you know what they are? What about the Special Five, Small Five, and Big Seven?
  • How Can I Pay for my Safari?

    Chris Walker Bush
    May 20, 2019
    When it comes to paying for your safari, Shadows of Africa offers a number of payment options to make things easier on you.
  • Mt Meru - Kilimanjaro’s stunning little sister!

    Fredrick Mwange
    May 16, 2019

    Shadowed by the size of Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, despite being an impressive 4,562m, does not get the attention it deserves.

    ROUTE TO THE TOP

    This scenic volcanic shell of a mountain, the surrounding Arusha National Park, the beautifully kept route and mountain huts are awesome!

    Starting our climb we walked, like a dream, into a grassy meadow and ambled past giraffe and cape buffalo, peacefully watching us at close quarters, bemused by our enthusiasm and sprightly pace. The back drop was the spectacular (active but dormant) volcano we were aiming to summit, bust open at its centre, with only the ash cone left as evidence of its majestic past.

     

    WATERFALL REFRESHMENT.

    The walk to Miriakamba, through giant cedar trees and olives, is truly lovely. Paths are well maintained and the climb was surprisingly pleasant with sightings of bush buck and red duiker en route. Although out of breath, we managed just fine arriving, in the sunshine, at the inviting wooden chalets that would host us for the night.

    Fuelled with steaming soup, hot porridge, pancakes and bananas we set off upwards and onwards, climbing high up out of the montane forests and into the Afroalpine heath zone. Stopping for lunch on the way, again we reached our next port of call, Saddle hut, feeling strong.

    THE ELEPHANTS BACK – A WELCOME STOP

    Well informed by our guide we ate lots and rested early and woke at midnight. Armed with torches we struck out, determined to summit. The climb is long, its challenging but my goodness its rewarding.

    TRICKY, BUT STILL SMILING

    SUMMIT OF MT MERU AT DAWN

    Reaching the top at dawn was stunning, and tripping back down the knife edge that we had climbed in the dark, with the views of the crags and caldera and its cone were breathtaking. Absolutely unbeatable

    Shadows of Africa, you surpassed our expectations with Mt Meru. Kilimanjaro bring it on!

     

     

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