Sanctuary Ngorongoro Camp
Continuing with their ongoing efforts to keep improving the Sanctuary Retreat properties across Tanzania, they are delighted to announce that both Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp and Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp have undergone significant upgrades.
The classic safari tents at both properties have been raised off the ground using beautiful and sustainably sourced teak wooden flooring. This is to improve the safety and comfort of our guests, as well as decrease the camps' impact on the environment.
Building on their brand's history of providing luxurious accommodation in the heart of the African wilderness, further improvements have also been made inside the tents, with the addition of new toilets, showers and other amenities.
Guests to these properties can still expect all the usual indulgences one has come to expect from Sanctuary Retreats, such as delicious dietary-sensitive food, expert guides and first-class service.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp offers stunning forest vistas, with views overlooking deep into a valley of lush rainforest.
The journey to Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is also spectacular, with the crater rim made up of an intricate serpent of roads in the clouds. Driving between the Maasai herders, their cows and the region's wildlife as the light plays with various shades of green gives an eerie sense of timelessness.
Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp
Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp moves between three different locations, literally following the migration as it travels across the Serengeti.
Depending on exact migration movement, the camp will be in the Western Serengeti from April to July, the Northern Serengeti from August to November and the Southern Serengeti from December to March, ensuring guests never miss the action.
As the Great Migration moves into the Serengeti, both Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp and Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp are perfectly positioned to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Please be advised that Uroa Bay in Zanzibar will be closed for renovations starting 01 May 2017 for approximately three weeks. While the hotel remains a preferred choice of many families and business travellers alike, these extensive renovations will allow us to provide the very best hotel experience to their valued clients.
During the renovation period, they apologise for any inconvenience and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support.
September 2016: Serena Hotels is pleased to announce the completion of phase one of the improvement and refurbishment plan of Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, the Group’s hotel in Dar es Salaam, which is conveniently located in the city’s business district. The new look includes improvements to the hotel lobby, a new coffee shop and shopping arcade, now successfully complete and opened to the delight of our esteemed clients and visitors.
And following soon will be the new pool bar and the eagerly awaited Maisha Health Club. Phase two which will cover improvements to the Serengeti Restaurant, the Kibo Bar and Ballroom will be commencing soon, with completion set for mid-December. Management is ensuring that hotel operations continue normally with minimal disruption to services.
The property, formerly the “Movenpick’ before Serena Hotels took it over 4 years ago is on course to be the select hotel address in Dar es Salaam, a splendid 5-star facility with its own unique style and identity, offering 5-star quality services in line with the other Serena City Hotels in Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali and Maputo.
Bisate Lodge (opening June 2017) will be located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Twelve guests will stay in six sumptuous en-suite rooms that maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.
Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in our biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community – in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species: the mountain gorilla.
Aside from tracking one of the ten habituated gorilla groups, other attractions include Iby’wacu cultural village, the Twin Lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey’s grave, and even seeing the endemic golden monkey. Walks on the extensive property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme.
Please see the following special offers from Asanja Africa
Stay 4 / Pay 4
When combining Asanja Serengeti and Nimali Tarangire, you can stay a minimum of 4 nights (combined) and have one night free.
25% reduction for the bride on accommodation at Nimali Tarangire and Asanja Serengeti
Family special for August and September
Stay a minimum of 3 nights at either Nimali Tarangire or Asanja Serengeti and the fifth person in the family has free accommodation.
Stay at Asanja Serengeti or Nimali Tarangire in the next six weeks and receive 20% off accommodation.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- “Asanja-Nimali combination” price is calculated as 25 % off the regular price
- Honeymoon is valid for 9 months after the date of marriage
- Free nights exclude park fees, camping fees and WMA fees
- Offers valid for the New Bookings confirmed prior to 19th December, 2016 only
- “Last Minute Offer” valid for the stay until 30th of September
- The Honeymoon special requires a copy of the wedding certificate
- Special cannot be combined
- Subject to availability
Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano, Nomad Tanzania’s latest properties offers stunning view and exceptional service. The camp opened on 1st August and has left guests delighted with their stay. Roomy tents are complimented by a comfortable lounge tent and intimate dining tent.
If you would like to book your clients’ stay, contact your ARP Travel Group specialist.
A WILD NIGHT OUT
Serengeti - the word is a household name but it is also a word that personifies dreams. The Serengeti is arguably the world's greatest wildlife region, and has become known for its wildlife spectacle, the great wildebeest migration.
The mere mention of the name "Serengeti" conjures up images of vast open plains, dotted with flat-topped Acacia trees and huge herds of game, predators and birdlife. Well that was my vision until I was privileged enough to experience a few days behind-the-scenes at Serengeti Explorer Camp, a mobile camp in the Serengeti which moves locations to track the wildebeest migration. My stay was in early August where the camp was positioned in a private campsite within Lobo in the Northern stretch of the Serengeti.
I left Arusha on a chilly, overcast Sunday morning and flew with Auric Air to Seronera, the central hub of the Serengeti. Like a vulture soaring high above the plains, I had a bird's eye view of this vast national park in Tanzania. I also quickly discovered that the park consists of a lot more than open plains, but also hills, valleys, rivers, kopjes (rocky outcrops) and woodland areas. The park is large and astoundingly beautiful.
On arrival, I was met the cheerful, smiling and knowledgeable Eliezer from Ranger Safaris, who transferred me to the Serengeti Explorer Camp site, a journey of a few hours. One has to pause for a moment to take in the magnitude and quantity of wildlife in the Serengeti. We saw herds of impala, wildebeest, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle (& Grant's gazelles), giraffe, warthog as well as smaller antelope like duiker, dik-dik and steenbok. We saw baboons and vervet monkeys, stopping along the way to gaze at tawny eagles and giant secretary birds. We had a brief stop at the hippo pool - a wallowing hole for hundreds of hippos who spend their day in the water and a wonderful sighting of a breeding herd of African elephants. All of this on my transfer!
During my stay and on various game drives, whether a predatory cat or one of the big five had been spotted or not, we would average at least 14 easily identifiable different species of wildlife in a couple of hours. It is a remarkable place with such incredible biodiversity and masses of wildlife.
However, I was not there, just to "Ooh" and "Aah", I was in the Serengeti to see what happens when a mobile camp changes location. Camps move location based on the time of year and usually follow the migration as much as possible.
I arrived to a group of 15 staff in camp - a smiling, singing, lively, energetic team of hardworking men. If you have ever had doubts about what is involved, then these are the experts who make it happen. It starts with setting up a basic camp for the staff - mess tent, storage tent and kitchen tent.
Setting up camp on site, starts with planning the site - deciding where the sleeping tents for guests will be placed, where the dining tent and lounge will be positioned. Then the site has to be cleared - the grass needs to be cut, rocks, stones, and debris cleared, tree stumps chopped and then flattened - a good deal of manual labour required.
Then comes the tent set up. If you've ever been camping you will know that pitching a tent does not always go as smoothly as the instructions indicate. Pitching 32 square metres of canvas is no easy task, especially in the morning wind or when the afternoon sun comes baking down. But up those tents go, with superbly coordinated teamwork!
From there, the holes are dug for toilets - a hugely important task! The bathroom showers are set up, along with double wash basin and eco-friendly flush toilets. Then it's the beds, the chairs, the wardrobe, the writing table, the solar powered lighting and of course the curtains, linen, cushions and decorative accessories follow. All the tents and equipment are brought in by truck but the roads are rough, bumpy and dusty. Each item of furniture is checked, polished, cleaned and scrubbed to be ready for use by the camp's guests. Setting up camp is hard work, it's hot and dusty and one must be on alert for predators and danger.
I took some time to read my book under the shade of an Acacia tree. A delightful indulgence. But you cannot escape that you are surrounded by life, from insects to massive elephants. It's Africa folks and one cannot forget that. The sounds alone are enough to keep you conscious that you are in a region that has never been permanently inhabited by human settlement. The grunts, growls and whining laughter of the hyena's carrying in the night air, and the deep throated rumbling vibration of a lion's roar is enough of a reminder.
My favourite moments were the early dawn sessions, waking up in the dark, grabbing a coffee and heading out for a game drive, as the sun breaks through the wispy clouds to herald the day. The sunrises were dramatic and almost more spectacular than the sunsets and held that promise of a day filled with adventure and the unexpected - because things can change in a moment in the Serengeti.
I also loved the clear, starry nights sitting around a camp fire, before and after a sumptuous meal and a day of sights, senses and smells. The body is weary bumping around the bush and being emotionally stimulated by the experiences of the bush. The longer you stay, the more your senses tune into the surrounding environment and the information provided by the signs, the tracks and the behaviour of other animals especially the birds, giving you clues to life and survival.
My final afternoon, was a supply run to the stores at Mbuzi Mawi to collect supplies for the camp. (In the bush, there's no such thing as popping into the local grocer for something you've forgotten). Everything went fine and well, in spite the capture and release of a boomslang (though venomous, a quite harmless snake) outside the storeroom! As we bumped our way along the road back to SEC, we came around a corner to find a safari vehicle with a very flat tyre and a guide struggling with his jack, so naturally we stopped to help. A good 45 minutes later we waved goodbye to the driver and his hatless group who had all turned an unfortunate shade of red whilst observing the rescue.
We decided to take the river road back to see if we could find the elusive leopard, but fortune was not on our side - no leopard. Once back at camp a hot meal was waiting lovingly prepared by Chef Conrad. It is amazing to taste his creations considering it is a camp kitchen with relative supplies and equipment to a full-fledged kitchen at a lodge or city hotel. The one advantage is the fresh supplies that come from the farm to your plate. This helps to flavour the wonderful food created by the master chef at Serengeti Explorer Camp.
Thanks to Ranger Safaris, Serengeti Explorer Camp and Auric Air. Special thanks to all the team at Serengeti Explorer Camp.