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A Safari South of the Mara

Venture south of the Maasai Mara to wide open plains, an ancient volcanic caldera & Africa’s highest mountain

Highlights

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.

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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.

Stories about Ngorongoro Crater
 

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Safari Offers

The quintessential safari, offering some of East Africa’s most iconic destinations. Imagine journeying from Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater through the endless plains of the Serengeti and onwards into the Maasai Mara in Kenya staying in the region’s loveliest lodges and sole-use safari homes.

JUST FOR TWO

East Africa’s Finest

Pure Safari Perfection

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Singita Faru Faru & Angama Mara
9 Nights
From US$ 13,850 pp sharing
 

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Family

A Maasai Safari

Maasailand at its finest

Gibbs Farm, Singita Explore & Angama Safari Camp
8 Nights
From US$ 23,360 pp sharing
 

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Adventure

Private East Africa

Sole-Use Simplicity

Singita Serengeti House, Angama Safari Camp & Arijiju
8 Nights
From US$ 14,700 pp sharing
 

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We pride ourselves in curating bespoke itineraries for our guests. Share your dreams with us and we look forward to creating unforgettable memories together.

Getting There

Tanzania’s northern circuit is best accessed through the gateway town of Arusha, which enjoys seamless connectivity from Nairobi and nearby Kilimanjaro International airport – both of which are well connected internationally. There are several scheduled flights daily from Arusha, or fly privately if you so choose. The popular western transfers between the Mara and the Serengeti will re-open towards the end of 2021.

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Safari Adventures Not To Be Missed

Just over the border from the Mara stretches out the mighty Serengeti in Tanzania’s famed Northern Safari Circuit. On your way to Zanzibar, discover the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks.

Partners We Love

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

Boasting one of the most heart-stopping views in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge celebrates a distinctive African design, often dubbed as 'Maasai meets Versailles’ where locally crafted chandeliers and red roses abound offering a sense of the ultimate in African glamour. This safari lodge is one-of-a-kind with a setting quite like no other. With only 30 suites broken into 3 stand-alone camps the lodge promises intimacy and romance.

VIsit &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
 

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Singita Grumeti

Singita Grumeti Game Reserve consists of extraordinary safari lodges: sole-use Serengeti House is perfect for families with just four suites; Faru Faru offers the easy comfort of a traditional botanist’s camp with seven lovely suites; Sasakwa is a stately manor house reminiscent of elegant colonial safari chic and comprises of nine cottages and a family villa; Sabora Tented Camp is a modern interpretation of luxury tented safari, yet still maintains all the elements of a romantic and classical under canvas experience with nine tented suites; and finally Singita Explore, a mobile exclusive use camp that stays close to the action across the 350 000 acres reserve and can accommodated two to six tents.

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Four Seasons Serengeti

Set in the heart of the game-rich Serengeti and perched on a series of elevated platforms connected by walkways, this lodge overlooks a much-visited water hole, where you can watch a family of elephants stop for their morning drink as you sip your own out on your room’s private balcony. Be sure to visit the lodge’s wonderful Discovery Centre to gain a deeper understanding of the Serengeti, its inhabitants, geography, geology, history and the Great Migration. Accommodation is in rooms, suites with plunge pools and private villas and the service is pure Four Seasons.

VIsit Four Seasons Serengeti
 

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Singita Explore

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.

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Mwiba Lodge

An intimate lodge secluded amongst massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, and overlooks a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River. Set in a private conservation concession in the southern Serengeti ecosystem, Mwiba consists of only ten suites and offers an exclusive experience – you will probably not see another vehicle whilst out on safari. Best time of the year to visit would be January through March when the Migration is in the neighbourhood.

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Gibbs Farm

Gibb's Farm is another one-of-a-kind African hospitality experience. A settler farmhouse turned lodge with seventeen cottages and two farmhouses (accommodating four guests in each) is surrounded by a working vegetable farm. This farmhouse is warm, charming and welcoming. Guests can spend hours walking around magical (and sizeable) kitchen garden encountering farm animals of every kind whilst back at the lodge delicious farm-to-table meals are prepared by the kitchen team. All of this plus proximity to the Ngorongoro Crater makes Gibbs Farm worthy of its fine global reputation.

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Travel Stories

Migrating From Mwiba Lodge

Oli Dreike

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...

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A Throwback Safari

Nicky Fitzgerald

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...

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Hello Chem Chem

Ericson Lemaalo

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...

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Travel FAQs

Our knowledgeable and experienced team of East African experts answer some of the commonly asked questions
Baggage Restrictions

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.

City Hotels

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.

Safety

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.

Responsible Travelling

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.

Packing Recommendations
  • 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
Vaccinations

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.

Entry Requirements

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 .
Money and Gratuities
  • In Tanzania, the local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) and the current rate of exchange is approximately TZS 2,314 / US$1.To get an up-to-date rate of exchange, we recommend visiting Oanda.com
  • US$ 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

Do you have more questions?

Contact our travel team