We are in receipt of some exciting new updates from our friends from Asilia in East Africa. They’re that exciting we need to tell you straight away, so you don’t miss out on any fabulous opportunities that are happening this season.
Save on set dates when travelling to Rubondo Island. Ever heard of Rubondo Island? Well, it is a wonderful gem set within the heart of Tanzania. It may be an opportunity to embark on a slightly different ‘bush and beach’ experience, when most people head to the sea, how about heading towards the inland paradise of Rubondo Island instead. Rubondo Island is located on the shores of Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and is a perfect contrasting experience to the grassy plains of the Serengeti. It is almost an extension to your safari as there are elephant and giraffe that roam the lush surrounding forests as well as a fantastic birdlife population, including the African Grey parrot. They are currently in the process of habituating the resident chimpanzees that reside in the area, staying at Rubondo Island you could lend a hand in being a part of this process. With daily flights from the Serengeti to Rubondo, it is incredibly easy to get to and does not take too much travel time, flying time is only 1hr 15minutes. If you combine your stay with any of the Asilia camps within the Serengeti – Dunia Camp or Namiri Plains – followed by three nights at Rubondo Island, you could save yourself $2,000 usd per person, departing on set dates 11-15 August, 13-17 September, 9-13 October or 23-27 October 2022. If this is of interest, please do not hesitate to contact us here.
There are new additions to Olivers Camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire, they have built a brand-new swimming pool at Oliver’s Camp, a new sun deck and a raised walkway for the new season. There are 10 tented suites at Oliver’s Camp, and you can embark on stunning game drives, becoming one with the local flora and fauna by walking with one of their knowledgeable guides, getting up close and personal with Tarangire’s natural surroundings, or you can embark on a hot air balloon safari, soaring over the plains to get a different perspective of the surrounding land – and perhaps spot some herds of elephant from the air!
It is fair to say that many of the wildlife documentaries we watch, often centre around the open plains of the Serengeti or Masai Mara, the marsh lands of Amboseli and the watery highways of the Okavango Delta, there are tonnes of other reserves that are equally, if not more fascinating. Taking a focus on the lesser known and possibly more wild, Southern Tanzania reserves such as Nyerere National Park (Selous) and Ruaha. The unspoilt wilderness of Ruaha has a rich diversity of wildlife including one of Africa’s greatest lion populations and prolific birdlife. Combine this with the waterways of Nyerere National Park where boat safaris cruise up to hippo pools and walking safaris put senses on full alert, then you will have the ingredients for an unforgettable safari. Places to stay within these two reserves we would recommend are Roho ya Selous and Sand River Selous in Nyerere National Park because their locations, guides, stunning and very comfortable rooms are some of the best. Stay at the fabulous Jabali Ridge within Ruaha or Ikuka Ruaha – Jabali’s location is incredibly quiet and almost looks like a movie set being built in and around a rocky kopje. Ikuka Ruaha is located again in a very private location and one of the only camps up high on the side of a hill overlooking the reserve.
Fly camping at Sand Rivers
Ikuka Ruaha room views
Wildlife conservation and safari go hand in hand, but many travellers never get to see this work up close. Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya is an exception to this, where alongside game drives, guests can join wildlife rangers on their morning run, watch a demo from the anti-poaching canine dog’s unit and telemetry track collared lion prides to share data with the research team. It’s wonderful to see and experience parts of conservation projects that otherwise you might read on a newsletter email, or a brochure within your rooms when staying at these camps.