Lake Manyara, Africa, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tanzania
Africa, Day Trips, Tanzania, The World Beyond, Uncategorised

A visit to Lake Manyara

Somehow we had reached our final day on safari and after yesterday’s epic journey to Ngoronogoro Crater we decided on a more relaxed day at Lake Manyara National Park. Situated beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley it boasts breathtaking views, a variety of bird and animal life and is also famed for the tree-climbing lions. We hoped to catch a glimpse.

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Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tanzania,
Adventure, Africa, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater

Blindly following the dirt track, the thick veil of cloud slowly thinned as we crept to the edge of Ngorongoro Crater. Other vehicles eventually came into focus as we started to descend to the bottom of the basin in an ant-like convoy.

Ngorongoro Crater, also known as the cradle of life is the place to visit if you want to see a lot of Africa’s wildlife in one place. Perfect for those on tight time budgets like us.

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Acacia Farm Lodge, Luxury Lodge, Safari Lodge, Karatu, Ngorongoro Crater, Luxury Lodge of the Year, Tanzania National Park, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park
Africa, Review, The World Beyond

Acacia Farm Lodge – Safari Lodge Review

Most importantly – Does the hotel and room do what it’s supposed to do?

Yes! The Acacia Farm Lodge is located in Karatu, a scenic town in the middle of Tanzania’s most famous National Parks such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. It’s eager staff will welcome you home from your long safari with a friendly reception and provide you with a picturesque, relaxing, and luxurious base to explore this incredible area.

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Acacia Farm Lodge, Luxury Lodge, Safari Lodge, Karatu, Ngorongoro Crater, Luxury Lodge of the Year, Tanzania National Park, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park
Africa, Relax, Review, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Sweet Surprises at the Acacia Farm Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge is a special hotel in Karatu, Tanzania near the Ngorongoro crater. We say it’s a special place, because the passion of the people who work there.

Karatu is a small town in the heart of the Tanzania National Park area. It’s the perfect place to explore the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater to the North West, Lake Manyara and Tarangire to the South East.

Acacia Farm Lodge is a new hotel which has been open for just one year. However in that one year it has already shot to the top of lists of places to stay in Karatu and has already won the ‘Luxury Lodge of the Year’ award.

How has this small, new hotel become the best place to stay in Karatu and Ngorongoro? Because the hotel goes the extra mile for every guest.

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Four Seasons Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, East Africa, Infinity Pool, Tanzania, FSSafari, MyFSSafari, watering hole
Africa, Tanzania

Four Seasons Serengeti – Safari Lodge Review

Most importantly – Does the hotel and room do what it’s supposed to do?

Emphatically yes. As a slight spoiler this hotel is the best hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Not only does it feature luxurious rooms, excellent food and the customary Four Seasons customer service, the hotel also has a watering hole next to it’s infinity pool that constantly draws elephants, zebras, buffalo, Impala and other game animals to the hotel. You can go on safari, but at the Four Seasons Serengeti you can sit back and let the safari come to you.

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Four Seasons Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, East Africa, Infinity Pool, Tanzania, FSSafari, MyFSSafari, watering hole
Adventure, Africa, Tanzania

The Four Seasons Serengeti: Paradise Found

I knew I’d love the Four Seasons Serengeti because it’s just like another thing I love: disaster movies.

I’m talking about a certain type of movie, like ‘The Martian’ or ‘Pitch Black’ where our heroes are trapped in a dangerous environment and they have to use their wits and skills to survive and prevail. Why is the Four Seasons Serengeti like The Martian? Because like Mark Watney, the Four Seasons Serengeti is a hotel trying to do something exceptional in a place which is far removed from the modern world, in an area filled with things which are trying to hunt you.

When the Four Seasons took over the management of this special hotel they were faced with two very different challenges: one obvious and one surprising.

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Our plane at Tarime Airport, Tanzania
Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, The World Beyond

Crossing from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti: An African Odyssey

I struggled to keep my eyes awake as the tiny plane passed over the Great Rift Valley. It was only 3pm but thanks to a pack of hyenas, a hot air balloon, an even hotter pack of lions, 2 planes, a black market, and the world’s smallest duty free shop… It had been a long day already. My eyes were almost closed and my head was dropping when my shoulder was poked by a passenger sitting behind me. The finer pointed out of the cockpit window towards a giant dust swirl ahead of us. However, what worried me wasn’t so much the dust whirl as what was happening right next to me inside the plane.

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Isebania
Africa, Kenya, The World Beyond

Reflections on Kenya

Isebania Border Crossing

The no-man’s land between Kenya and Tanzania is a mysterious place for many reasons. The biggest mystery of all might be why there is a border in the first place.

Kenya and Tanzania are not naturally separate countries but repercussions from the British and Germanic empires dividing their holdings in East Africa. The two empires drew a straight line from the Indian Ocean to Lake Victoria bisecting tribes such as the Masai and natural parks such as the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

Whilst naturally so similar, it’s interesting to see how seemingly small decisions led to massive changes in the fates of the two countries decades later.

These are our reflections on Kenya.

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Governor’s Balloon Safaris, Governors Balloon Safaris, Balloon Safari, Balloon ride, Kenya, Masai Mara, Masai, Governor’s Camp, Governors Camp, Kananga International, Julia's River Camp, Julias River Camp, Safari, East Africa, Migration, The Great Migration
Adventure, Africa, Kenya, The World Beyond, Weird & Wonderful

Governor’s Balloon Safaris

Being woken at 2:30am is always disorientating. Being woken by a Masai warrior doesn’t help the situation. Climbing into a giant wicker basket under an enormous balloon on top of the biggest flame-thrower you’ve ever seen almost blew all our senses.

At first the heat was almost unbearable but it was soon forgotten. The morning air was still but the ground staff were a constant flurry of activity around us.  The crowd waited in silent anticipation.

As the light spread over the horizon transforming the sky from a velvety black to a deep sapphire blue we started to rise. Slowly at first and surprisingly smoothly we ascended towards the clouds. Ahead of us two other silk balloons had already risen from the Governor’s Balloon Safaris launch site and disappeared beyond the trees.

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