Tanzania is the largest focus point for safari tourism in the whole of east Africa. Home to the great migration for at least 9 or 10 months of the year, the famous names of Serengeti and Ngorongoro are really not needing too much of an introduction.
T he main arrival point for the majority of safari trips is the Kilimanjaro airport , and then you are at the starting point of the renowned 7 or 8 night Northern Tanzanian Safari circuit. It starts with Arusha, being the small coffee plantations and hub for safari vehicles and charter flights that circulate through to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and then ends off in the famous Serengeti National Park.
At the end of this safari circuit, we often include a stop on the spice island of Zanzibar. It is within an easy 2-3 hour flight from most points in the north, and generally routes via Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport.
Serengeti is a world-heritage site and 7th wonder of the natural world. Following the vast herd of wildebeest are 250 000 zebra and thousands of gazelles in search of grazing as the rains move rotationally around the entire national parks expanse. Outside of the migratory season the serene plains of Serengeti offer some of the best game viewing Africa can offer with lion, cheetah, leopard hot on the heels of the hapless herbivores.
The famous extinct crater Caldera is one of the largest in the world, and acts as a natural contained eco system within the greater Ngorongoro Conservation area, which extends way beyond the rim of the crater in the eastern reaches of the massive conservation area.
It is probably one of the best places to look out for the Big Five. This is also the home of the tall Maasai people.
This central African region is regarded as one of the most beautiful and Ngorongoro Crater is a very definite “must” Safari destination because of its bio diverse fauna and flora.
For the Kosher traveller, this destination is a must see, but not without its limitations. Again due to a very limited Jewish population, no Shuls exist within the regions 90% of all guests visit. Often our guests will take their private Shabbat time in a 3 night stay, as part of their journey through the nation. In the Serengeti where the wildlife is at your doorstep, and for the 24 hours you are unable to use transport, you will often find wildlife milling around the waterhole, or the river or the meadows in front of the lodges. So whilst in your state of rest and rejuvenation, as well as prayer time, G-d in his gracious ways, gives the blessing of a unrivalled natural location for your Friday night and Saturday respite.
In general, again due to strict importation laws on Kosher meat, or any form of imported meat, unless you are part of a group tour, the most plausible way to cater for Kosher guests is Parev and Milchik for the time you are in the country.
Our partnership with Kosher friendly safari lodges, means we set up temporary separated tented and dry walled Kosher Kitchens in back of house areas just for the few months that there is demand, and then pack them away again. Most food is cooked on an open fire, or gas stove tops, and you are welcome to light these elements upon invitation from your hosts and managers.