Accommodations & Lodgings Used by Education on Safari
The accommodation we use includes luxury lodges, semi-luxury tented camps, and completely mobile tented camps that move every few months to follow the wildebeest migration. But “tented camp” does not mean a sleeping bag on a mat and an outdoor latrine! All have comfortable beds with en suite “bathrooms” with flush toilets and electricity generated by solar energy. It is our experience and opinion that the Serengeti is best experienced in small group tented camps, where you can hear the roar of lions at night and appreciate the beauty of stars in otherwise complete darkness.
Our first two nights will be spent at Lake Duluti Serena Hotel on the shore of Lake Duluti, 20 km east of the city of Arusha and a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
The large English manor style reception and individual stone cottages sit in beautifully landscaped gardens, perfect for relaxing after your long journey.
The remaining 4 camps/lodges that we use are properties of Tanganyika Wilderness Camps, which is a company owned and managed by native Tanzanians with the goals of exceptional service and high quality accommodation and food. Mara Under Canvas is a luxury, mobile, tented camp in a prime location near the Mara River and, with a little luck, right in the middle of migrating wildebeest. This is a small camp with just 10 canvas tents for an authentic feel to the safari experience.
Although the most basic of the accommodation on this trip, this mobile tented camp still provides everything you will need and attentive service. It is positioned in the center of the Serengeti, which makes for especially rewarding game drives within minutes of camp and frequently, right in the camp!
This colonial-style lodge accommodates guests in large, individual cottages on 500 rural acres of gardens and a coffee plantation. This is a lovely place to simply relax, enjoy a walk around the farm, or swim in the pool, and the lodge offers massage services and cultural activities. Much of the food served here is organically grown at the farm.
Although called tents, these are more like deluxe, canvas-walled hotel rooms, with wood foundations and private verandas with a view toward Lake Manyara. The camp is located in a wildlife corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire, so there is often excellent viewing of wildlife in this camp. If you desire, a Maasai guide will take you on a short walk to the lake, or you can simply relax in the infinity pool and enjoy the views.