Venture south of the Maasai Mara to wide open plains, an ancient volcanic caldera & Africa’s highest mountain
The Serengeti National Park
Comprising nearly 1.5 million hectares, the Serengeti National Park is one of the largest conserved tracts of land in Africa and plays host 9 months of the year to the Great Migration. The vast plains of the Serengeti, only occasionally dotted with trees, forms the backdrop to some of the most memorable wildlife sightings.
The Ngorongoro Crater
A geographic wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to a beautiful and diverse wildlife eco-system contained in a perfectly formed extinct volcanic caldera – the largest in the world. Wildlife viewing is prolific with the best months to visit being April, May and early December.
The quintessential safari, offering some of East Africa’s most iconic destinations.
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Kilimanjaro International airport is well connected to a network of international flights. From there, there are many daily scheduled and private flights that connect to the Serengeti safari lodges and camps. A much loved route by safari travellers is to connect the Mara to the Serengeti via the western border between the two countries. From the Serengeti, it’s a short hop to Tarime, a quick road transfer across the border to the Migori airstrip in Kenya, and another short hop into the Mara. All in all, if you left a Serengeti camp in the morning, you could be in the Mara in time for lunch. The Angama Safaris team would be delighted to book these flights for you.
Just across the border from the Mara stretches out the mighty Serengeti on Tanzania’s famed Northern Safari Circuit. En route to the spice island of Zanzibar discover the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks.
All these partner properties have been handpicked by the Angama Safaris team because of the exceptional experiences and high standards they consistently deliver, making each an exceptional destination in an East African Safari.
&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
One of Africa’s iconic properties, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is 'Maasai meets Versailles’ with its opulent chandeliers and red roses making a perfect haven for romantics. Set right on the rim of the crater, don't miss breakfast with a view...
The vast private Grumeti Reserve is home to a dizzying choice of gorgeous Singita lodges. Singita Serengeti House (perfect for families, this villa sleeps up to eight guests in four exquisite en-suite bedrooms), Singita Faru Faru (a mix of contemporary, organic and the quirky practicality of a traditional botanist’s camp) and Singita Sasakwa, more like a gracious manor house with sprawling cottages, portrays a sense of elegance, blending colonial chic with African style.
Four Seasons Serengeti
True is the globally renowned hospitality of the Four Seasons brand, this handsome safari lodge sits perched on a series of elevated walkways. The lodge’s spacious guest areas overlook a busy water hole frequented by wildlife a-plenty. Watch a family of elephants stop for their morning drink as you sip your own out on your room’s private balcony.
Follow the Great Migration with Singita Explore. An exclusive mobile camp that can be set up from two to six tents, offering optimal game viewing in the Grumeti Conservancy. Designed for minimal environmental impact, enjoy an authentic camping experience.
A beautiful secluded lodge set amongst massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, overlooking a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River. Set in the heart of a private conservation concession, Mwiba offers an uncrowded safari experience within the greater Serengeti eco-system.
Gibb's Farm, with its warm and rustic character, is deeply rooted in African culture and community—in a warm, rustic and welcoming environment. This lovely lodge, quite like no other in East Africa, offers guests a magical kitchen garden, farm animals of every kind, gracious hospitality and proximity to the Ngorongoro Crater.
Migrating From Mwiba Lodge
Having run the Discovery Centre at Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti for five years, followed by a migration further south to manage Legendary Expeditions’ Mwiba Lodge last year, I finally had the opportunity to visit Angama Mara, where so many of our guests had stayed. I had been waiting three-and-a-half years – and...
A Throwback Safari
Before flying became the norm in East Africa, intrepid safari goers travelled by car from Nairobi to Seronera in the Serengeti in Tanzania, did a U-turn and drove all the way back to Kenya. When planning a mid-December safari in northern Tanzania I gave into a nostalgic desire to drive, not fly. Best decision of...
Hello Chem Chem
It was a great and rare opportunity we received from our Directors and Head of Department to travel to Tanzania visiting Lake Manyara and the Tarangire Ecosystem. I and my guiding colleague Moses really enjoyed the tour, for sure it was an eye opener, cruising from Maasai Mara to Lake Manyara by road was fun...
Our knowledgeable and experienced team of East African experts answer some of the commonly asked questions
Please note that all scheduled flights carry a luggage restriction of 15kg per person in soft bags, including carry-ons. The acceptance of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the airline but some offer the option to purchase an additional freight seat for luggage weighing up to 75kg.
Angama Safaris can assist with all your city hotel arrangements in Arusha and has a close relationship with a network of properties such as Legendary Lodge and Arusha Coffee Lodge. Our team conducts regular site inspections to stay up to date with new hotels and upgrades at existing partner properties.
We are often asked, understandably, by travellers ‘how safe will I be?’ It is a good question to ask and simply put the answer is that Angama Safaris will do all and more to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your possessions every step of your journey. We have teams on the ground in Nairobi, at our lodge in the Maasai Mara and in Johannesburg all of whom are on call 24/7. As a lodge operator in Africa with over 25 years of operational experience in the safari business across 6 countries we know that keeping our guests safe is paramount. We have done, and continue to do this, day in and day out. Angama Safaris applies the same stringent adherences to safety as does the Angama Mara lodge team. Should you have any specific questions in this regard please ask your travel planner.
We are delighted you have chosen to travel to East Africa. You will meet some wonderful people during your stay and be amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone is towards visitors. It almost goes without saying but please be sensitive to others and aware of local customs. Should you wish to take a photograph of someone, please ask permission beforehand. Generally the answer is yes but sometimes it comes with a request for a small donation.
While theft is not very common, please take responsibility for the safety of your valuables by keeping them in a money belt or a hotel / lodge safe. Please take caution when in the urban areas, especially at night. We kindly request that you do not bring sweets for the children.
In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.
- Comfortable cotton clothing
- Both long and short sleeve shirts, shorts and trousers
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block, lip balm
- Bathing suit
- A jacket and/or warm fleece – layers are always good as it can be cold at altitude
- An extra pair of reading glasses (if you need ‘em)
- Camera, binoculars, extra memory cards, charging equipment
Tanzania and Kenya are two of the many African countries where yellow fever is endemic, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who are arriving from other countries classified in the endemic zone (much of Africa and Latin America). Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have the vaccination in order to leave Kenya.
Although there are many areas that are considered low-risk, malaria does exist in East Africa, and we recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling.
You will need to enter Kenya you will need:
- A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, with at least three consecutive blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)
- Visas are required for visitors from many countries, including the UK and the US
- Visas for Tanzania are available upon entry at all official entry points or in advance from a Tanzania Mission abroad (recommended)
- Ordinary / Tourist visas cost US$ 100 for American citizens, and US$ 50 for other nationalities, and applications must be accompanied by two recent passport sized photographs
- Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, and more information please see the website of Tanzania’s Ministry of Home Affairs, or the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington DC
- Visas for Kenya can be applied for at the point of entry or online at the new eCitizen portal
- Single entry visas are valid for three months from issue, and cost US$ 50; multiple-entry visas cost US$ 110 – these fees can also be paid in Pounds Sterling & Euro, but must be in cash
- Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, please see the website of the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC .
- In Tanzania, the local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) and approximately TZS 2,314 / US$1
- US$ are widely accepted, though you may have some trouble with notes of larger denomination or those issued prior to the year 2000. At certain bank branches US$ are available over the counter, but are not available for withdrawal from ATMs
- We recommend travelling with some US$ in cash, for any eventuality, and in multiple denominations
- Many local restaurants will accept US$, though prices are shown in Shillings and typically inclusive of all taxes and levies
- All major credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diner’s Club etc
- Gratuities are entirely at guests’ discretion and are not included in Angama Safaris quotes. There is no hard and fast rule for this, and tipping recommendations vary from property to property across the country. However as we are frequently asked for advice, herewith a guideline:
* Restaurant waiters: 10 – 15% (often asked for in cash and not included on the bill)
* City drivers: US$10 - $15
* City guides: $30 per day
* Porters: $5
* Lodge safari guides: $20 - $30 per day
* Lodge butlers / waiters: $10 - $20 per day
* Members of staff at a lodge (generally pooled and distributed): $10 - $20 per day
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