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Mara Under Canvas

Mara Under Canvas

Mara Under Canvas

Be impressed by the natural beauty of Northern Serengeti

Mara Under Canvas is the closest camp to the river Mara where each year enormous columns of wildebeest cross the river, negotiating the jaws of the hungry crocodiles, in order to get to the pastures on the other side in what could be considered the climax of the Great Migration.

Mara Under Canvas this luxury temporary camp is open from June to November. It allows visitors to be in the proximity of the Great Migration and to be able to explore remote areas and the beautiful settings of Serengeti with a large amount of resident fauna. The camp has only ten double tents and a family tent which assures the intimacy and exclusivity of this intense experience.

Accomodation

The tents are situated at ground level with a private porch. They overlook the savannah. Ample and comfortable. There is a choice of one double bed or two twin beds. The rooms have a bathroom with a bucket shower. The family tent consists of two interconnected tents and a shared bathroom and private porch. Book Now

Location: In the Mara North Triangle, privileged location during migration

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Beach Destinations in Kenya & Tanzania 

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What to Experience on Family Holiday Safari, Solo travel, Group travel & Honeymoon

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Serengeti National Park

What to experience on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel, honeymoon and where to go is something many people have on their bucket list. And when thinking about where to go on safari, a trip to the iconic places in Tanzania or Kenya often comes to mind.

Most people have heard of the migration of the wildebeest that happens annually in the Masai Mara in Kenya and in the Serengeti in Tanzania. This vast wildlife area has a different name in the two countries, but it is essentially the same thing with an international border running in between. A border the wildebeest don’t know exists and without a worry about passports they make their clockwise migration every year and you can watch this spectacle either in Tanzania or in Kenya whilst on safari.

Safari Extensions

Popular extension of any safari is some relaxation on one of East Africa’s many pristine seasides, or lakeside, beaches. Giving you the opportunity to indulge in watersports, explore the underwater world, immerse yourself in the culture and history, or simply read a book and chill. But starting with the beaches is also becoming increasingly more popular, with many now opting to relax on the beach first and getting rid of any potential jetlag before chasing the Big 5 and other wildlife.

Many people on family holiday safari, solo travel, group travel and honeymoon clients going on safari book a flight to Nairobi in Kenya as this is a bigger hub and more international airlines fly there which means there are more options and cheaper flights available. From Nairobi, you can either book another flight to for example Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania or fly directly to your destination in Kenya with a smaller domestic flight. Driving to your destination in the country of your choice is of course also an option and will help keep the safari cheaper if you are on a budget.

Popular National Parks in Kenya
  • Masai Mara National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Tsavo National Park
  • Aberdares National Park
  • Samburu National Park
  • Mt Kenya National Park
Northern National Parks of Tanzania

In Tanzania some people use road transport if they visit the parks in the northern area of Tanzania, also called the northern circuit. But it is often a lot faster and more comfortable to catch a short flight directly to an airstrip close to your accommodation, avoiding bumpy roads, potentially crazy traffic and long hours in the car.

Parks of the northern circuit are:

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Arusha National Park
  • Mkomazi National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Visiting the other national parks in Tanzania

This parks are best best done on a flying safari as it would take a long time to drive to most of them from Arusha in the north or Dar es Salaam in the east. Parks that can be visited with a short flight from either Arusha, Kilimanjaro International or Dar es Salaam are for example:

  • Selous National Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Gombe National Park
  • Mahale National Park
  • Kitulo National Park
  • Katavi National Park

So the most important thing for natureboundafrica is to work out which park or wildlife area you want to visit and where you want to relax before or after your wildlife safari. If you are a first-time safari goer you will most likely want to choose your destination based on the availability of the big 5 and how easy it is to see those animals. Excellent places to see the big 5 are for example the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania.

You can then add one or two more places to get a broader picture of the country or because you have a specific wish like:

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing the many elephants in Amboseli with the impressive Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Trekking with the chimpanzees in Gombe or Mahale
  • Relaxing on the beaches of Lamu (Kenya) or Zanzibar (Tanzania).

If you have already been on a safari before, if it is not as important to you to see the big 5, or if you like the remoteness and wilderness of the less visited parks, you can plan your trip to the other parks and wildlife areas. Many of those offers outstanding opportunities to see wildlife, but you might have to travel a bit further. However, for your effort, you get a totally different, deeply rewarding experience.

After deciding which national park or wildlife area you want to go to and booking your best option for the international flight and your onward domestic flights depending on your destination, you will need to also book your accommodation in line with your budget and then of course any experiences you might want to add to make it the perfect safari for you.

There are a lot of options to personalize your family holiday safari and it all depends on what you enjoy doing on your holiday. Think of things like:

  • A hot air balloon trip
  • A horse riding adventure
  • Some time on the beach before or after your safari for some relaxation time
  • Rafting
  • Scuba diving
  • Yoga retreat
Accommodation

There is so much choice, especially in the popular areas like the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, that deciding what is best for you often comes down to three things; your budget, the availability at the time of your trip and if you want to be in a specific location for example to witness the migration.

Once you know which park or wildlife areas you are going to visit you can narrow the search for accommodation down to that specific location. You can also check if a specific provider offers accommodation in all the areas you intend to visit, they might offer a better deal if you book more nights in several of their lodges.

Once you have booked your flights, your accommodation and your favourite experiences to personalise your safari, Nature Bound Africa would like to wish you a ‘safari njema’, as we say here in East Africa. This is Swahili for wishing you a safe and good safari!

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Beautiful Beaches in Africa

Watamu Beach, Kenya

Just on the shores of the Indian Ocean, located in the small Kenyan town of Watamu is the Watamu beach. This is one of the more undeveloped areas along the coast, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. The beach has fine white sand, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral formations.

As such, snorkelling is a popular activity in Watamu Beach. A quieter beach, this is an excellent place to relax in general: take a refreshing dip in the water, go for a walk along the shore, or watch the sunrise or set.

Clifton Beaches, South Africa

A wealthy suburb of South Africa’s Cape Town, Clifton boasts a set of four beautiful beaches and a luxury real estate which looks out into the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. These beaches are favorited by locals and tourists – thanks to its white sand and picturesque cliffs. The beaches are popular spots for sunbathers and sporty adventures (surfing on the waves and volleyball on the sand).

Buffalo Bay Beach, South Africa

Buffalo Bay Beach is an excellent choice if you will be travelling with family, especially kids. It has waters that are safe to swim in. This beach sports white sand surrounded by bush located in South Africa. Tourists and locals visit the beach to swim, surf, fish, and boat. It is also a perfect spot if you are working on your tan. The natural beauty of the area is protected as the beach sits within the Goukamma Nature Reserve. If you want to walk and take in this beauty, take a stroll along the beach to nearby towns.

Paje Beach, Zanzibar

Located in Zanzibar, Tanzania is the Paje Beach, which is a long strip along the Indian Ocean with beautiful white sand and clear turquoise waters. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, Paje Beach is a good choice as it is one of the island’s quiet beaches. This fabulous beach is excellent for surfing and kitesurfing. For snorkelers, enjoy the clear waters as you spot moray eels, starfishes, and turtles. When you are hungry, there are beachside eateries where you can enjoy a meal with astounding views.

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

Nature Bound Africa is not a general tour operator or travel agent, we do not sell every destination available on the globe. We carter for those that want a true African experience and seek advice of our portfolio of safari destinations.

At the heart of what we do is a common passion for sharing our love and expertise of our portfolio of safari destinations in Africa. With many years of experience in the East African tourism industry.

We are proud to say that we have specialised in a select portfolio of only 5 safari destinations in Eastern Africa and South Africa.

With our headquarters based in Nairobi, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania, we will be welcoming you personally upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Other Safari destinations

Uganda Safari Tours, Rwanda Chimp Tracking and South Africa Safari Adventure Tours, we have established a relationship with very professional and trustworthy partners in every country.

Selecting one from these five safari destinations is your first step to an amazing journey, take your time to look at the careful selection we have made of only the best destinations Africa has to offer.

Feel free to contact us at any stage to help you with your decision. We will tailor-make your safari adventure exactly as you want it based on your requirements, flexible travel dates, choice of destination and accommodation.

K E N Y A SAFARI ADVENTURE TOURS

Our portfolio of Safari destinations

R W A N D A CHIMPS TRACKING

rwanda chimps

S O U T H  A F R I C A FAMILY SAFARI TOURS

Our portfolio of Safari destinations South Africa

T A N Z A N I A SAFARI ADVENTURE

Tanzania Serengeti Lion

U G A N D A SAFARI TOURS

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Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Safari Experiences in Arusha

Undoubtedly, Arusha Safari Adventure Experience  are magical. It’s a dream for an outdoor adventure enthusiast, dotted with vast landscapes, abundant wildlife, and natural attractions. The town is the gateway to a wide variety of national parks in Tanzania; thus, it provides a unique type of safari experience, which you can truly get immersed in when exploring the ecosystem.

1. Walking Safari

While walking seems like a basic activity humans do daily, a walking safari comes with many exciting promises. You would be walking down wonderful terrains of natural greenery and be able to sight some animals. If you were on a walking safari at the Arusha National Park, for instance, you are likely to spot some buffalos, zebras, baboons and other monkey species. It is important to obey the ranger’s instructions to stay safe. Don’t get carried away with taking pictures and overstep. The walking safari in Arusha is so ideal because most parks do not have an artificial feel of caging animals within a space to them. You get to see the animals in their natural habitat.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Walking Safari 

2. Biking Safari

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience walking safari, bike safaris are guided and usually organized by a tour agency. Indulge in a bicycle tour across the Tanzania Northern Safari circuit, through the Arusha mountain and forest biking trails. Arusha is a mountain bike paradise as it is perched at the altitude of 4,600 feet (1400m). You can expect an adventurous time biking through the wild and natural environment of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. You should expect a game drive first which familiarizes with you with the terrain of the park where the bike safari is to be held. Then, you would be led to the bike trail. It is important to remember that even though this is about biking, it is not a competition and you should not try to lose others in your company especially your guide in a bid to win. The biking safari is more about discovering the fauna and flora around you at close quarters. As with most physical activities, you should try to stay hydrated especially since it can get pretty warm in Arusha depending on the season.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Biking Safari 

3. Game Driving Safari

This involves driving around the parks and conservation centers in Arusha Safari Adventure Experience in a Jeep or any other vehicle compatible with such a trip. This kind of safari is best suited for older persons who may not be able to indulge in higher impact activity such as biking or walking long distances. You would have a guide to take you close the animals and to give you interesting information about areas you visit. However, the Jeep safari can also be a self-drive if you are up to it. But it is still advisable to procure the services of a guide to avoid getting lost or missing out on some important locations and activities.

4. Horseriding Safari

This is another adventurous safari that takes you the closest to the wildlife as you can ride in more closely and observe. You can start your horse riding tour from the horse base on the outskirts of Arusha Town. The area offers a perfect environment for horse riding and offers a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru from the stables. Exploring the remote African wilderness from the back of the horse is quite exciting and fascinating. Obviously, this kind of safari is only for skilled horse riders and not amateurs. Thus, it is not an occasion to learn horse riding as any little mistake made when riding in the wild could be costly.

Arusha Safari Adventure Experience

Horseriding Safari

5. Birdwatching Safari

Arusha is a great destination for bird watching as Tanzania is home to over a thousand species of birds. This kind of safari differs from the rest and is only for people keenly interested in birds and not generally other mammals. A bird-watching safari in Arusha would likely take you through the Acacia forests and savannahs of Sinya to the mountainous woodland of the Arusha National Park down to Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and possibly ending at the Serengeti plains. You would likely spot birds such as parrots, plovers, turacos, flamingos, weavers, sunbirds and starlings. Depending on your package, some bird watching safaris can be up to 4 to 14 days.

6. Balloon Safari

The Balloon Safari is often a side-safari for most people since the hot air balloon actually takes you high up in the sky away from the close view of the wildlife and natural foliage you want to observe. You can enjoy a Balloon safari in two of the most spectacular wildlife parks in the world – Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park. From Arusha, you can organize a trip to these parks for a lifetime experience in the wilderness. It gives you a bird-eye view of everything that you would not notice while on the ground. You would notice some birds and other animals perched in trees. The balloon safari is quite expensive in comparison with the other kinds of safaris. If you are in the balloon during the migration period, you would be able to get excellent views.

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Balloon Safari

7. Camping Safari

Camping safari will give you an opportunity to be immersed in the wildlife parks around Arusha as you explore the mesmerizing landscapes, travel on jagged roads and see abundant wildlife. This type of safari is more extreme but exciting as you will be camping in the middle of the wilderness – experiencing nature at its peak. You’ll sleep in tents with hundreds of dazzling stars above your head and wake up amongst the beautiful scenery. It’s an ideal way to experience East Africa’s nature in an affordable and comfortable way. Camping safaris are perfect for those who love nature and looking for a break in the East African wilderness.

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Camping Safari 

In the end, whichever safari you decide to choose in Arusha, it will be worth it. As the wildlife experience in Tanzania is one of the most authentic across the world.

Enjoy Your Tanzanian Safari

Arusha has so much to offer so we have no doubt you will find the perfect safari experience for you. All that’s left for you to do now is choose and book!

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

At a Glance

A 5 star colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated with 360 degree views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. The property is set on 40 acres of pristine lush green gardens and local vegetation with over 130 species of birds.

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite
All 50 Deluxe rooms and the Livingstone Suite have infinite views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5 star luxury lodge. The spectacular stone main house has all the luxuries including main lounge, grand central hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, media (TV) room, outside fire place, rim flow pool, billiards room, internet café and children activity room.

Ngorongoro Oldeani

Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Activities & Excursions

While a short one night stay is spectacular, it is recommended at lodge for 2, 3 or even for nights. The lodge is more than just a safari stop over, due to its location and design it is a destination too and it offers several interesting safari game drives and excursions that start early and end at the lodge just before the magical sundowner at the lodge. The sundowner at the Lodge is one of it kinds. The ever inviting fireplace pit by the swimming pool where the Swahili lessons with fun are offered by our staff.

Masai culture

Ngorongoro Oldeani Masai dance

Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge is located 130kms from Arusha, 9kms from Ngorongoro Gate, 54kms from Mto wa Mbu Village, 43kms from Lake Manyara Airport

covid-19 Travel

Covid-19 Travel

The U.S. will ease covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday.

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Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure, said Jeff Zients, who is leading the nation’s Covid response efforts for the White House.

The changes will take effect in early November, which the airline industry expects will spur holiday bookings.

“They must show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane,” Zients said during a press briefing.

Airlines and other travel industry groups have clamored for the U.S. to lift the restrictions for months. The Trump administration had first issued the rules, which now apply to more than 30 countries, in March 2020. President Joe Biden upheld those rules in January, shortly after taking office.

The British Government has announced a move to remove the traffic light system in favour of a simplified approach for international travel, which comes into effect on 4 October 2021.

A red list of countries will remain with travel restrictions still in place, but we are slowly starting to see more destinations beginning to re-open for travel and testing requirements being reduced for fully vaccinated travellers.

For anyone who has a holiday due to depart in 2021, please be assured that our team will be calling you to talk to you about your booking and advise about the options available to you for your forthcoming trip.

We will be working through all bookings on a departure date order and will be working on a rolling 3 week basis ahead of departure

If you have a query regarding your booking which is due to depart in 2022, then please email  info@natureboundafrica.com or call +255 784 737 413 and one of the team will be able to assist you.

 

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