african safari

  • Get out and take a walk – Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai, Lengai to Natron

    Fredrick Mwange
    July 5, 2019

    Tired of sitting in a safari vehicle? Take a hike, stretch your legs, enjoy the smells and sounds of your surrounds and the most incredible scenery.

    One of the most incredible adventures offered by the Shadows of Africa team is walking from the Empakai Crater in the Ngorongoro Highlands down to the soda lake of Natron, passing the classic volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai.

    Ngorongoro Highlands Ngorongoro Highlands

     

    Before you start to walk you have to visit the Ngorongoro crater and take in a chance to see the Big 5. The next day you move onto the neighboring crater of Empakai with its forested slopes, flamingo encrusted lake floor and your first chance to get those legs working.

    Refreshed by the beauty of this lovely cultural area you’re now ready to walk a little further. With donkeys to carry your kit, expertly guided by local Maasai, you are freed up to shake your shoulders and skip down the highlands, and out of the chill, to the drylands below.

    Flamingoes on Lake Natron Flamingoes on Lake Natron

     

    Spending a night camping en route you walk on with the most astounding of views ahead. It is hard to concentrate on the walking with such a distraction.

    Ol Donyo Lengai volcano Ol Donyo Lengai volcano

     

    With choices of climbing Lengai at night to reach the active top and its molten lava by dawn, cooling off in the nearby waterfalls, or taking a drive to get close to the flamingoes at the lake’s edge, there’s plenty to entertain you at your destination.

    Waterfalls alongside Lake Natron Waterfalls alongside Lake Natron

     

    Lakeside Natron Lakeside Natron

     

    Chill out another day, staying at one of Natron’s many options of accommodation, before heading back into Arusha.

    Come take a walk with us and book your safari now!

  • Disney’s The Lion King and Conservation

    Fredrick Mwange
    July 2, 2019

    Since Disney’s The Lion King’s first release 25 years ago, half of Africa’s lions have disappeared.

    With the much anticipated new ‘live’ version of the Lion King out of the 19th July 2019, Disney have initiated a global conservation campaign, Protect the Pride, working primarily with The Lion Recovery Fund to double the number of lions in the wild by 2050.

    The Lion Recovery Fund currently support 9 different projects in Tanzania alone, including KopeLion in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Honeyguide Foundation south east of Tarangire National Park.

    Make the most of your safari with Shadows of Africa and learn about some of the work that is happening to protect lion in the areas that you visit.

    See how you can help support this significant action https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VdOSE8pb7i8

    Follow "The Lion King," Disney Conservation Fund, and the Lion Recovery Fund on social media to stay up to date on #TheLionKing #ProtectThePride campaign and share information with your friends and family about how they can help Protect the Pride.

    Come and see a lion in the wild for yourself. Book your safari now with Shadows of Africa.

     

     

  • Ngorongoro Crater East – Lemala Camp

    Fredrick Mwange
    June 28, 2019

    Is the drive around the crater worth staying on the eastern side?

    Ngorongoro crater Ngorongoro crater

     

    We think so…..especially if you get to stay somewhere as refreshing as Lemala’s lovely camp on the rim, like Shadows of Africa recent safari guests, Robert Humphreys and friends.

    Sundowners under the Lahai – Ngorongoro crater east side at Lemala camp Sundowners under the Lahai – Ngorongoro crater east side at Lemala camp

     

    The east side of Ngorongoro Crater is blessed with the exquisite Acacia Lahai trees – magical and reminiscent of shapes from a Tolkien novel, looming out of the mist. Beneath these majestic trees the camp is welcoming and warm and comfortable – all that you need after a long day of game drives and excitement.

    Warmth on the east side of the Ngorongoro Crater in Lemala camp Warmth on the east side of the Ngorongoro Crater in Lemala camp

     

    The east of the crater also ‘own’ the Olmoti and Empakai craters where you can walk and take in the flora and fauna as well as wander amongst the Maasai and their cattle in the grasslands that abound. A welcome diversion after a few days driving around the Serengeti, these walks in the Ngorongoro highlands get you up close and personal.

    It’s a bit different, slightly off the beaten track, and a whole lot more interesting.

    Take the time to explore……book your safari now!

  • 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!

  • 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!

     

     

  • The Magnificently Located New ‘Mpingo Ridge - Tarangire’, By Lemala

    Fredrick Mwange
    May 10, 2019

    A visit by our Shadows of Africa Safari Consultant Inge Olde Rikkert

    The saying ‘beautiful things don’t ask for attention’ is true of Mpingo Ridge. It’s just there in itself, understated, turning the spotlight onto its surroundings and guests.

    This new Lemala property has been placed with the views as its top priority. High up amongst the ebony of Tarangire it gives perspective to the vastness below and an insight into the significance of nature.

    MPINGO RIDGE LEMALA_VIEW OVER TARANGIRE

    Set back from the main tourist tracks of Tarangire, Mpingo Ridge is a little more interesting and a lot more peaceful. Forget the lions, buffalo, elephant, zebra and masses of antelope we had just seen, this was impressive!

    LOUNGE AREA MPINGO RIDGE

    BEDROOM TENT MPINGO RIDGE

    BUBBLE BATH WITH NATURE

    The 15 tents are modern in design, spacious and give the privacy desired to absorb the panorama around you, as well as to luxuriate in a bath or shower inside or out, under a canopy of stars. Just what I needed with the rains having started and after a muddy and adventurous game drive!

    ADVENTURE IN TARANGIRE

    Aside from the décor and the surroundings Mpingo Ridge delivered service and food beyond expectation. The picnic lunch was especially worth a mention.

    DINING AREA MPINGO RIDGE

    Thanks, Mpingo Ridge, for being so thoughtful and for making me feel beautiful too.

     

  • How to Behave on Zanzibar During Ramadan

    Fredrick Mwange
    April 24, 2019
    As a majority Muslim region, Zanzibar observes Ramadan each year. If your visit to the island paradise occurs during Ramadan, here are a few guidelines as to how you should behave in order to be respectful of local beliefs.
  • A Weekend Safari in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

    AdminSoa
    April 17, 2019
    One of our safari experts, Inge recently paid a visit to Tarangire National Park for a weekend safari and shares her astounding pictures from the trip.

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