Around the Next Corner & Other Tales

Traveling during a Pandemic: Expertise You Can Trust

Posted 2020-11-19

After an intense year, travel is the escape you need right now.

We are adapting our 21 years of expertise to the times so we can continue to bring the best travel experiences to you. With our finger ever on the pulse of the latest in African travel, we are your source for the latest updates and information. In a time with plenty of uncertainty, we are here to answer any and all questions you may have.

We’ve worked with our trusted partners in Africa to create flexible terms and conditions so you can feel confident in your options when you book with us.

We are planning trips that maximize safety and anticipate changes that may arise. From using airlines that enforce safety measures to slowing down the pace of travel for less time in busy areas and more time in the fresh air of the bush, we will craft an itinerary tailored for optimal safety and optimal enjoyment.

We’re including extra days on arrival and camps offering on-site covid testing for seamless arrival and departure proceedings. We’re using fewer stops, responsible camps we trust, and a slower pace of travel so you can immerse into the African experience rather than focusing on the hassle. We’re smartly including measures such as private vehicles and guides.

Is it safe to travel?

In short – yes. There is always some degree of risk when you travel, and that’s no different right now. We have already had clients returning to Africa and having a marvelous time! With endless fresh air, wide-open spaces and small camps, safaris are a natural fit for covid era travel. This is social distancing at its best!

Through effective leadership, Africa has achieved impressive success at shutting down covid outbreaks. The continent has consistently seen low numbers. For example, Rwanda has a population of 12 million people and has only had 5,300 total cases. They are seeing daily case counts under 25, which is almost unfathomable as we sit here in the US. 

Where can we travel?

Most of the safari-focused countries are already fully open to US citizens. Our cultural destinations in North Africa are also welcoming Americans. Entry requirements vary by country, but the vast majority require a covid-negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival. 

When should we go?

If you are comfortable, travel between now and the end of May 2021. Flights are cheap, there are fantastic exclusive offers and you'll practically have Africa's vast wild spaces to yourself. The camps, guides and wildlife are ready and very excited to welcome you back! We have already had clients returing to Africa and having a marvelous time. 

"We still can’t believe we were able to trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, enjoy sundowners in the Mara, visit the singing wells and Reteti Elephant Sanctuary at Sarara, learn about rhino conservation in Lewa, and safely experience the beauty and wildlife of Rwanda and Kenya in the time of covid-19. Cheers to Mango and their partners in Africa for planning our incredible trip, dealing with all sorts of changes, and ensuring our safety and compliance with local covid-19 guidelines. Travel safe and wear a mask!"
- Ming Z. October 2020

The time is now! 

Swap Zoom meetings for game drives with leopards and baking bread for sundowners with giraffes. Swap your Netflix for a starry campfire and your living room yoga for a gorilla trek. 

We have cultivated a collection of one country itineraries that are perfect for the times. By focusing on one country, you minimize the hassle of border crossings and eliminate the need for extra testing. These trips deliver BIG on experience and thrills - wildlife galore, diverse activities, gorgeous camps and unique cultures.

Amazing Botswana   Rwanda Primate Safari   Grasslands of Tanzania   Namibia Self-Drive Adventure   Kenya Family Safari   Exclusive Egypt

It's time to refocus on the things you love with the people you love...

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Featured Favorite: Mala Mala Camp

Posted 2020-10-20


Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa

Who it’s best for:

Wildlife lovers, photographers, videographers, families and groups


Day and night game drives, walking safaris, special guided photographic experiences and junior ranger program

Why we love it:

Wildlife, wildlife, wildlife! The game viewing doesn’t get better than at Mala Mala. This family-owned private reserve has dedicated itself to long-term, holistic conservation, creating a haven for a diversity and abundance of wildlife that echoes the legendary tales of a bygone Africa.

Where Predators and Photographers Abound

When we’re looking for a place that we know will consistently deliver out-of-this-world sightings, we know the Mala Mala Game Reserve will fit the bill. This is the kind of place where you’ll be dazzled by the wildlife whether it’s your first time on safari or your twentieth. To call the predators abundant doesn’t even begin to cover the experience of going on a game drive at Mala Mala. Over the duration of a client’s stay, they have a 96% success rate for seeing lions, 99% for elephants, 95% for buffalo and a remarkable 97% for the highly elusive leopard. Beyond the Big Five, there is ample plains game and diverse birdlife.

Mala Mala has the perfect blend of elements to make it such a productive reserve. It’s one of the biggest private reserves in South Africa, comprising 33,000 acres of absolutely prime habitat. That’s nearly 7x larger than any other reserves in the famed Sabi Sands region. Within the reserve, numerous different habitats create a diversity of niches that supports that outstanding diversity. The Sand River runs right through it so even during the driest months when water is scarce, wildlife is consistently drawn to the reliable water.

The best habitat would be nothing without the dedicated conservation management the team at Mala Mala have carefully carried out since the reserve was founded. They have also benefitted from being nestled right in the heart of numerous other well-managed reserves on three sides and Kruger National Park on the other. Without any fences, the wildlife is able to wander freely.

A Haven for Photographers

Many properties offer great opportunities for photographers by the sheer nature of their surroundings, but Mala Mala is one that really goes above and beyond by creating special photographic packages that are perfectly tailored to the needs of both enthusiastic amateurs and professionals. From specially trained guides who understand vehicle positioning, lighting and composition to vehicles fully kitted out for shot stability, maneuverability and ease, they have thought of it all. We have clients that return year after year just for the photography.

Back in camp, as you review your snaps of the day, you’ll find plenty of inspiration on the walls around you. Vintage photos from the earliest days of bush homesteading mingle alongside professional images captured on the reserve. The whole story of Mala Mala is told in these photos.

In case any photographers out there need more convincing: the reserve has been used many times over the years for filming prestigious nature documentaries. Russ McLaughlin of Nat Geo Wild said "Over the past 10 years I've travelled the world documenting wildlife for National Geographic, but nothing has compared to what Mala Mala has to offer. Nowhere in Africa can the scenic beauty and wildlife behavior be remotely compared to Mala Mala in any aspect and it's hands down the most remarkable place I have ever filmed in." That’s a pretty world-class testimonial if we say so ourselves.

Family Heritage

The family that owns Mala Mala are one of the original players in the safari world. They have been operating safaris in some form for over 40 years, and they bring all those years of experience to their camps today. Throughout the camp you will be able to see their family’s storied legacy and heritage. You can feel the love they’ve poured into every bit of it. From the moment you arrive onto the reserve you will be swept up into their idyllic bush life.

The entire family of Mala Mala camps have undergone an extensive renovation from the ground up in recent years. The elevated experience is now on par with the other private reserves around the area. The guest service and feels-like-family atmosphere has always been there, but now the ambiance is too. As a testament to how fabulous the reserve is though, we’ve been selling Mala Mala for years, well before the camps were remodeled, because the game viewing was just that spectacular.

It has the feel of a classic South African lodge, with a handsome design and accents that celebrate the local African culture. It feels like stepping into someone’s home; it’s cozy and welcoming with plenty of family heritage. Oversize sofas topped with cushy pillows contrast against bold geometric patterns. Handwoven baskets and local art keep the atmosphere firmly grounded in the area’s traditional culture. There are just enough sleek touches to bring a modern, updated feel without losing any of the rustic charm.

Though many of our favorite camps are fully off the grid, that isn’t the right fit for everyone, so we love Mala Mala for those looking for some more creature comforts in their camp experience. Beyond the spacious and very comfortable rooms, there is also a large communal lounge, an air-conditioned dining room, and a shady deck and traditional boma for al fresco meals. Kids and adults alike will love the big infinity pool overlooking the Sand River; while cooling off you can watch the wildlife stop by the river for a drink. You can also focus on your wellness with a session in their well-equipped gym or a relaxing treatment from their masseuse.

We love that the new design offers both wide open spaces for togetherness, as well as little nooks you can tuck yourself away in for privacy. This makes it perfect for families or groups of friends that are traveling together. There are areas for your whole group to enjoy quality time together, but also room for some breathing space so everyone can get their alone time. There are areas perfectly tailored to the needs of children – think games, a television with satellite channels, plenty of DVDs and space for kids to be kids.

Visit Mala Mala Camp for Yourself!

If you’re looking for a place that will deliver big on the outstanding wildlife moments with an in-camp experience that is laid back and packed with all the creature comforts you could ever need, Mala Mala is absolutely the place for you. For anyone who loves photography, this spot is a must. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out our Lights, Camera, Action! itinerary to pair a stay at Mala Mala with time in Cape Town and the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. Cape Town brings a lively culture and dining scene, and the Bazaruto Archipelago packs in all the idyllic beach vibes and superb snorkeling.  

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Featured Favorite: Mara Plains

Posted 2020-09-28


Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Who it’s best for:

Wildlife lovers, luxury travelers, honeymooners, anniversaries, conservationists and photographers


Day and night game drives, Maasai cultural experiences and hot air balloon rides

Why we love it:

Set in a private concession bursting with wildlife adjacent to the national park, Mara Plains Camp is our favorite way to experience the iconic wilderness of the Maasai Mara. A brainchild of famed conservationists Derek and Beverly Joubert, the camp oozes their signature expedition-chic style. Think Hemingway vibes meets the vibrant cultures of East Africa. For those seeking the best of the best experiences in Africa, Mara Plains should be top of your list.

Exploration Unlimited

In a destination as world-famous as the Maasai Mara, it’s not surprising that there can be crowds. Sightings are rarely a solitary affair with numerous other vehicles flocking to the action. While the Mara is magnificent enough to make it worth the potential crowds, wouldn’t it be nicer to just have it all to yourself? This is where the magic of the northern conservancies come into play, delivering big on both experience and seclusion. These privately managed conservancies offer all the benefits of being in the Maasai Mara without any of the crowds. With only a few camps each, you will share these massive spaces with just a few other vehicles. Sightings will be private, vistas unmarred and the wildlife unperturbed.

These conservancies sit directly north of the official Maasai Mara National Reserve and are entirely unfenced so wildlife can move freely between them. Unaware of human boundaries, the wildlife knows only one difference – they are far less likely be disturbed in these northern reaches of the ecosystem. The result is a huge abundance drawn to the region, making for absolutely fabulous game viewing year-round.

Mara Plains Camp sits in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, the most prolific of them all in our opinion. The predator densities are off the charts, the plains games numbering in the thousands and the birdlife marvelous. Countless luggas (small rivers eroded into the land) crisscross the savannah, creating ribbons of fertility that attract plenty of animals. It is an astounding 100,000 acres of pristine savannah, forest and rivers. When paired with the 375,000 acres of the national reserve, you have access to nearly half a million acres of some of the world’s most coveted wildlife habitat. That is exploration unlimited.

Discovery, Customized

One of the biggest reasons Mara Plains should be on your bucketlist is the guiding. The camp is the home base for some of Kenya’s top guides, with only gold-level guides hired to work there. In a country saturated by tourism and therefore guides, having access to a world-class one is invaluable for enhancing and facilitating your experience to the best it can be.

Since you’re outside the national reserve, you have more flexibility in how you can explore the area. Alongside daytime game drives, you can also venture out on nighttime drives. These are absolutely fascinating because you can see the full spectrum of biodiversity the land has to offer. Nighttime is also when most predators prefer to hunt, so you might get to see some of this normally unseen action if you’re lucky.

You also have the flexibility to venture out for half or full days game drives instead of the traditional split of morning and late afternoon. You’ll depart in the morning with a picnic lunch and spend the whole day out exploring, enjoying your midday meal somewhere picturesque with a great view of the wildlife. You can really tap into your inner explorer this way and cover more ground than you would normally be able to.

One of the best ways to do this is with, what we call, lightning strike visits down into the national reserve to see the iconic Great Migration, especially the thrilling river crossings. You can make targeted drives down to where the wildebeest action is, witness it in all its glory, then return to the uncrowded tranquility of your private conservancy after.

The crossings are well worth a full day of your trip. You can immerse into the total chaos and drama of nature’s greatest spectacle playing out against the amphitheater of the Mara River. The anticipation, the thundering of a hundred thousand hooves, the absolutely massive crocodiles lying in wait in the murky waters and the predators waiting on the other side…it’s an experience not to be missed.

Whenever possible, we also recommend our travelers take full advantage of the hot air balloon rides on offer at the camp. Few places on Earth are more worthy of a hot air balloon ride than the Maasai Mara. You take off right at sunrise as the first blush of golden light is illuminating the land. As you drift quietly skyward, the savannah unfurls itself below you, revealing its magnificence like a map beckoning you in. From this lofty perspective you can truly appreciate the grandeur of this ecosystem. Watch as wildebeest and zebras graze in the early morning mist, as elephants and giraffes forage on the treetops and as sleepy lions settle into the long grass for a day of lounging. Pure magic.

Inspired Heritage, Picture Perfect

Mara Plains is a place where the camp itself is a destination. The camp has been so carefully and lovingly thought out, and it’s felt in every moment of your stay. It is part of the Great Plains Conservation portfolio created by Derek and Beverly Joubert, legendary conservationists, photographers and National Geographic Explorers that have dedicated their lives to protecting Africa’s most magnificent wild spaces through visual storytelling and high-end, low-impact ecotourism. (You’ve likely seen their work featured in numerous documentaries, magazines and television shows.) The Jouberts have managed to turn their passion into a respected eco-conscious lifestyle brand centered protecting African wilderness, including a line of clothing believe it or not. This signature style is seen throughout the design of Mara Plains.

From the moment you arrive at camp, it draws you into its intrigue. You cross a bridge spanning the Ntiakitiak River to reach the camp nestled into a grove of lush forest. Upon entering the camp, you are greeted by a panoramic vista of savannah, dotted by a lone acacia tree – a classic Mara scene if there ever was one. Throughout the camp, the Jouberts wanted to incorporate their origins as photographers. Views are carefully thought out and framed to mimic how a photographer crafts an image. The windows and doors are perfectly proportioned to match a 35mm camera frame. The attention to detail is outstanding! Every suite even comes with its own high-end camera set-up for you to test out while there. Where else are you going to find that?! You can have your very own Joubert moment.

These personal photographic touches are laid against a design that celebrates the many cultural influences etched upon the land of East Africa. Red accents honor the famous Maasai and Samburu warrior tribes; oversized wooden doors echo the Swahili coastal culture of Lamu; vintage leather, hammered copper and brass bring the Hemingway vibes in spades. You can feel the stories of the region’s rich heritage woven throughout every space, every detail.

The suites are so fabulous that they’ll make you want to leave everything behind and move there for a life in the bush with the elephants and giraffes. When they were first being designed, the Jouberts challenged the builders to create a tent 270 square feet in size – the largest they had ever done. The result is spectacular. They are spacious and open, with floor to ceiling windows that effortlessly bring in the immense beauty of the Mara right into your tent.

The natural beauty is contrasted against luxurious touches that create a sense of understated opulence that has become the signature of the Jouberts’ entire portfolio. Soak in your hammered copper bathtub while watching birds flit through the canopy outside your tent. Sip wine on the large deck as a fire crackles in your personal outdoor fireplace. Indulge in an afternoon massage between game drives. This is life in the bush at its best.

It’s no surprise that the dining and service are just as impeccably thought out as the design of the camp is. Attention to detail is the name of the game here and the staff deliver in spades. From the supremed citrus served at brunch to the perfectly paired wines with every meal, the experience rivals the best across Africa and beyond.

Visit Mara Plains Camp for Yourself!

As with many of our favorite camps, the only downside to Mara Plains is finding a tent! In order to secure a spot during your desired time, it’s best to plan at least a year in advance, if not earlier. Trust us, it’s well worth the wait and extra lead time!

Our Finest Kenya & Seychelles itinerary pairs Mara Plains with Sirikoi, another camp featured in our Top 20 Favorites, and time on two different idyllic beaches in the Seychelles. A visit to this secluded archipelago is the perfect way to wrap up a thrilling safari packed with wildlife and adventure. Sip cocktails on the beach, snorkel in turquoise seas and revel in the barefoot ease of island life.

For the ultimate wildlife adventure that Africa can offer, check out our Grand East Africa itinerary. Alongside Mara Plains, this trip visits the stunning camps of Serengeti Lamai and Sirikoi for all your classic safari wildlife. Your grand finale is a stay at Bisate for the best gorilla trekking experience Africa has to offer. This rainforest-chic lodge is another one featured in our Top 20 Favorites and will surely become one of yours too.

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Featured Favorite: Little Vumbura

Posted 2020-09-10

Little Vumbura

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Who it’s best for:

Wildlife lovers, adventure lovers, active travelers, families and photographers


Day and night game drives, boating safaris, mokoro rides (traditional wooden canoes), walking safaris, catch-and-release fishing, hot air ballooning, scenic helicopter flights and guided photographic lessons

Why we love it:

Botswana is our favorite country for safaris and Little Vumbura is our favorite place to stay there. Set on its own private island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, this charming camp is everything we love about a safari experience. Between only being accessible by boat and being mere minutes away from one of the most productive savannahs, it’s the perfect way to experience this must-see destination.

Into the Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the most coveted safari destinations in all of Africa, and easily one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. In the middle of the vast sweep of the Kalahari, waters that have flown countless miles from the Angolan highlands abruptly break their banks and fan out across 5,800 square miles to form the Okavango Delta. This creates a haven for wildlife unlike anywhere else on Earth.

The delta is a vast tapestry of different habitats ranging from savannah grassland and reedy wetlands to ancient ebony forests and deep lagoons. A huge abundance and diversity of birds and animals are drawn to the watery paradise, creating the most incredible game viewing experience. You’ll see it all, from the usual suspects like elephants, giraffes and zebras to rare species like sitatunga. If birdwatching is your thing, there’s well over 400 species to scope out, from the littlest in Africa (the penduline tit) to the largest (the ostrich).

One of the biggest highlights of visiting the delta is the incredible abundance and diversity of predators that you can see. Alongside the safari classics (think lions and cheetahs), you can also spot rare ones, such as bat-eared foxes, African wild cats and endangered wild dogs. The area around Little Vumbura is rich with towering ebony trees, the favorite hang-out of the ever-elusive leopard, giving you prime opportunities to see one of them.

Photographer’s Paradise

Little Vumbura is one of the best camps for photographers. Located on its own private island right in the middle of deep, year-round channels and lagoons, you can choose whether you want to photograph wildlife around the water or take a five minute boat ride over to one of the most productive savannahs in the entire delta. It is located on the northern side of the delta, so the floods arrive first and dry up the last, making it fabulous year-round. But it will be fantastic whether you go during the green season when the landscape is lush and the wildlife pops against the verdant backdrops, or during the dry season when the flood plains are full and utterly magnificent.

By Land, Water and Air

The activities on offer at Little Vumbura are some of the most diverse and thrilling in the entire delta. With one of the most productive savannahs in the entire delta just a short boat ride away, there wildlife viewing is prolific and incredibly memorable. Beyond the usual game drives in search of big game, you can also explore on foot for an up-close perspective on the delta’s smaller residents, as well as learning about the local use of plants for food and medicine.

There are of course several ways to enjoy the region’s signature waterways. Weave through the maze of channels and lagoons on a motorboat safari or slow down with a ride in a mokoro. These traditional dug-out canoes are how the local communities have moved through the delta for generations, so it’s very special to experience the ecosystem this way. Without the noise of any engines, you can drift peacefully past wildlife as they go about their business. Watch as elephants feed on marshy reeds, red lechwe bound gracefully across flood plains and kingfishers dart about like colorful arrows.

For a breathtaking view of the Okavango from above, Little Vumbura offers both scenic helicopter flips as well as hot air balloon rides. From above you can truly see the forces of water and animals on the earth, etching their trails, channels and lagoons in the vegetation. You can watch wildlife as they wander below…hippos wallowing and snorting, flocks of cranes taking off, maybe even lions lounging in a hidden glen. Though this is incredibly memorable for anyone, this is especially great for photographers. You’ll create images unlike anyone else!

Barefoot Luxury

Life in camp is just as charming as the safari itself. Little Vumbura elevates a laid-back ambiance and tranquil setting with superb service, wonderful food and thoughtfully planned splashes of luxury. The suites are simple and comfortable with plenty of space to spread out, great views and all the amenities and comforts you could ever need. Elevated walkways connect all the suites and main area, so you’re immersed into nature without any inconveniences. There’s nothing better than waking up to birdsong and falling asleep to the sounds of crickets and gently rustling reeds.

Don’t be surprised if there’s elephants wandering around though – a resident herd has taken a liking to feeding on the trees scattered throughout camp. It’s such a treat to just relax on your private deck sipping on a cocktail and watching them stuff themselves silly on figs and marula fruits.

Or imagine turning the corner in your mokoro to find a dreamy sundowner set-up: chairs perched in the shallows so you can cool your toes, the bar (complete with garnishes!) floating on its own tray and the pink light of sunset fading across the gently rippling water. There’s nothing else in the world quite like a stay at Little Vumbura!

Family Safaris

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of taking your kids on safari, and Little Vumbura is one of our all-time favorites. They have perfected the art of crafting a kid-friendly experience that will keep them engaged while creating lifelong memories. From special activities such as kid-oriented bush walks, basketweaving and campfire s'mores to family suites perfectly designed for togetherness when needed and privacy when desired, there is no better place for your family.  

Visit Little Vumbura for Yourself!

Little Vumbura is such a Mango Safaris favorite that we have included it in myriad of our best itineraries. Whether you want a Botswana-centric trip, one that celebrates Southern Africa or an extraordinary journey that ventures all the way from Botswana to the highlights of East Africa and finally Egypt, we have one for you! Or even better, let us do what we do best and customize a trip to perfectly suit your style.

For all things Botswana, check out Amazing Botswana. Here’s why we love it:

Covering three of the Okavango’s top wildlife habitats, you’ll see the best the region has to offer
Huge variety of activities that are perfect for those seeking an adventurous escape
A grand finale at Mombo Camp, one of the top camps in the entire continent

For Southern Africa highlights, check out Taste of Southern Africa, Treasures of Southern Africa or our Highlights of Southern Africa. Each is a little different, but all are wonderful:

Taste and dine your way through the blooming restaurant scene and renowned wine lands of Cape Town
Marvel at the awe-inspiring power and beauty of Victoria Falls
Discover desert magic at its finest – think towering dunes, rare wildlife and dramatic scenery

For the ultimate African experience covering the continent’s most spectacular natural and cultural wonders, check out Cape to Cairo:

Explore the bottomless wine, food and cultural delights of Cape Town
Venture into the heart of iconic wild areas with stops in the Okavango Delta and Masai Mara
Take in the beauty of Victoria Falls in all its misty, thundering glory
Discover the ancient cultural wonders of Egypt’s mighty dynasties

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Featured Favorite: Dar Ahlam

Posted 2020-08-14

Dar Ahlam

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Who it’s best for:

Luxury travelers, culture lovers, foodies, those seeking a little pampering and those who love highly unique hotels


Private desert encampment, tour the almond and rose valleys, spa treatments, visit 12th century Berber villages, private sundowner experiences, go for a hike, stroll through the gardens and cooking classes on request

Why we love it:

Dar Ahlam is a restored kasbah restored that promises an oasis of ethereal and minimalist romance with a luxurious whimsy that echoes through your mind long after you’re gone. This is a place to simply be, to take in centuries of Moroccan magic.

A Place for Dreams

Hidden away in an oasis of palm and almond groves where the Atlas Mountains meet the Sahara, Dar Ahlam is a place of dreams. This is a place where the days are long and luxurious, where time is measured in cups of fresh mint tea and pages turned in your book. After the thrilling hustle and bustle of Morocco’s vibrant cities, Dar Ahlam is a much-welcomed respite of calm and tranquility. It is long garden strolls, leisurely wine-soaked lunches and evenings pondering the desert stars.

From the moment you step foot onto the grounds, you are welcomed into a place where luxury is tinged by whimsy and delights await around every corner. The staff are attentive, but non-intrusive, giving you the time and space to discover the hidden secrets of Dar Ahlam at your own pace.

Come here to enthrall your senses. Breathe in the delicate aroma of orange and almond blossoms, hear the rustling of silvery leaves in ancient olive groves. Watch the fringe of the Atlas Mountains glow coral and red as the sun sinks low in the sky and you sip on a gin and tonic. Feel the couscous between your palms as you learn to hand-roll it in a Berber home, taste the palette of spices painted across your dinner table. Dar Ahlam is the dream of Morocco that you’ll never want to wake up from.

A Place to be Enchanted

A centuries old kasbah that has watched over generations of oasis life, Dar Ahlam has been lovingly restored to welcome travelers from around the world. They struck the perfect balance between adding just enough modern conveniences to create a luxurious experience without losing any of the relic charm. The design is minimal and beautifully clean, letting the sprawling, organic beauty of the gardens be the focus. Clean architectural lines are softened by swishing palm fronds and swathes of airy white linen. Accents of geometric Berber patterns are tattooed into rammed earth walls the color of honeyed terracotta.

Handwoven textiles and rugs plucked from the local souk bring a restrained decadence to the suites. Pressed tin lanterns cast a kaleidoscope of golden light, creating an almost unbearably romantic ambiance to any meal. Oversized, hand-carved wooden doors with pounded nails beckon you to seek what lies beyond.

This is a place where a new, secret space awaits you around every corner. Wander down halls lit only by candles, the flickering light casting shadows across the gently undulating surface of the earthen walls. Tuck yourself away into a cozy room painted the sumptuous colors of a Saharan sunset to read a good novel. Warm your toes by your suite’s private fireplace as nighttime brings the chill of desert air.

Morocco is a nation shaped by the cultural influences of countless foreign lands, and the Dar Ahlam gardens are no exception. Created by Louis Benech, the gifted designer of the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris and the Bosquet du Théâtre d'Eau at Versailles, they show how elegant simplicity can be. Feathery tufted grasses frame perfectly manicured lawns. Palms tower over orchards of olive and citrus trees. Pomegranates and flowers bring pops of color to a backdrop of soft greens. Tiny tortoises wander freely, peeking out from beneath the leaves. Perhaps the most delightful part of the gardens is the abundance of luscious fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and nuts that are grown to fuel the creativity of Dar Ahlam’s culinary team.

A Place for Delights

If you only travel to Dar Ahlam for the food and nothing else, no one could fault you. During your stay you will dine on dishes selected from 450 gourmet recipes created by the likes of Frédérick Grasser-Hermé, Philippe Conticini, Frédéric Eyrier, Cédric Nieuvarts and Thierry Alix, with desserts by the incomparable Pierre Hermé. Each dish has a story to tell. The ingredients tell the tale of Morocco’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. They are tantalizing, yet subtle. Simple, yet creative. Magnificent, memorable and utterly unexpected. The abundance of the garden fuels the menus, which are ever-changing to express the bounty of the seasons.

Whenever possible ingredients that can’t be produced at the kasbah are sourced from the local women’s co-operatives or farmers. Goat cheese, pomegranate vinegar, date caramel, tall herb grass honey and amlou, a luscious spread made from crushed almonds and argan oil, are all sourced from the surrounding valleys where they are harvested and produced by families who have been making them for generations. They have also developed a micro-credit system with local herders to rear high quality, environmentally responsible livestock.

At Dar Ahlam you’ll taste olives cured with orange peel and chilies, and pineapple carpaccio with crystallized coriander. You’ll sip on warming pumpkin and ginger soup or cool off with strawberries served with sweet and salty crystallized lemon, olive oil sorbet and vanilla. You’ll dine on a crusty avocado tart with arugula salad and ice cream made from melon flowers and yogurt.

Not only will you never have the same dish twice, you won’t even have the same dining experience twice. Everything is private and perfectly customized to you and your tastes. On a quiet balcony overlooking the grounds, sit on oversized cushions as your attendant presents delectable small dishes and starry skies peak through the canopy overhead. Be led through a candlelit hallway to a secret courtyard where a table for two illuminated by 100 candles awaits. Stroll through the garden to a secluded stand of olive trees where an elaborate lunch is set up for you, chilled wine and nibbles ready the moment you arrive. It’s all about these gorgeous, curated moments just for you.

Venture Beyond the Place

In case you want to do something more than indulge in delectable meals and read in the gardens, Dar Ahlam also offers a handful of other activities. Get a massage featuring the most beautiful Moroccan spa products or enjoy a personal sundowner on a bluff overlooking the mountains. Hike to a 12th century Berber village to learn about their traditional lifestyle or go for a picnic and bike ride through the fragrant almond and rose valleys.

By far their most special experience beyond the kasbah is their extraordinary private desert encampment called Camp Nomad. Spending a night in the Sahara in a classic Berber-style camp is a quintessential Moroccan experience that many travelers will do. However, no one does it better than Dar Ahlam. They have two different locations depending on the season, but both are utterly private and away from the crowds that most other experiences have.

White canvas tents, plush pillows, handwoven rugs, crisp linens and all of the same delectable food and impeccable service as the kasbah come together to create an experience that is simply put – magical. Think tagines slow cooked over the campfire coals and cocktails made from vodka steeped with lemons and star anise. As you watch a watercolor sky fade away to a canopy of stars brighter than you’ve ever seen, you’ll feel like the only people on Earth. It’s an homage to an age when the world felt twice as large and was still largely unexplored.

When your heart craves the romance of a bygone era and your soul the stillness of a desert sky, come to Dar Ahlam. You will find what you seek and so much more.

Visit Dar Ahlam for Yourself!

Traveling through Morocco can involve a lot of hours in the car as you move between the various destinations, so we love to use Dar Ahlam as a place to unwind and slow down at the end of a trip. We think everyone should splurge and spend at least three nights here, especially if you’re going to do one night in the desert at Camp Nomad. Everyone we send here comes away saying it’s one of the best and most special experiences they’ve ever had.

Check out our Magical Morocco itinerary, which pairs two nights at Dar Ahlam and one night at Camp Nomad with our other opulent favorites in Fez and Marrakech. From the fascinating traditions of Marrakech to vibrant modern cultural scene thriving in Fez, this itinerary has it all.

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Featured Favorite: Bisate

Posted 2020-07-14


Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Who it’s best for:

Luxury travelers, conservationists, wildlife lovers, active travelers, photographers and those who love highly unique hotels


Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, nature walks, massage treatments, guided photographic experience, cultural experiences and tree planting for conservation

Why we love it:

Trekking to see wild mountain gorillas is one of the most special experiences in Africa and there is no better way to do it than with the team at Bisate. From their effortless operation of the gorilla trekking to the impeccably curated and unmistakably Rwandan in-camp experience, this is the height of what ecotourism is meant to be.

Mist Draped Magic
In the heart of a magnificent continent lies an emerald oasis where a thousand rolling hills give way to the sharp peaks of volcanoes carpeted in lush rainforests. Rwanda’s Volcano National Park is a landscape steeped in intrigue. Home to one of the last populations of wild mountain gorillas, this is an incredibly special place to explore. It’s no wonder that it has inspired countless people, including the famed conservationist Dian Fossey.

This is nature’s most exuberant expression of chlorophyll – towering trees laden with vines, moss draped on branches dripping from the moist air, oversized ferns and dense groves of bamboo. All this abundance supports not only gorillas, but also rare golden monkeys, diverse birdlife and even elephants, buffalo, bushbucks and giant forest hogs.

Encounter of a Lifetime
Bisate has perfected the gorilla trekking experience for their clients. Traversing the slippery slopes of a tropical rainforest in pursuit of the gorillas can be a wet and messy affair, but they have managed to create an effortless experience. Not only are you located a very quick drive from the national park’s entrance, but the guiding team is top notch.

No two treks are alike because the gorilla family you visit, the time of day, the location and their behaviors all impact what your time with them will be like. Sometimes they are close to a trail head, so the trek is quick. Other times they’re deep in the hills and it takes a little more time and effort to reach them. No matter whether you’re there in rain or shine, your time with them will be life changing.

There is no other wildlife experience that compares to an encounter with great apes. Sharing over 98% of our DNA, they are utterly human-like in a way that is utterly fascinating. There are plenty of other intelligent, social animals out there, but there is nothing quite like looking at a wild gorilla and seeing the recognition in their eyes. They see you, they know you, they understand you. No other animal gives you that sense of sharing a moment in time as two souls.

Every encounter is unique. You may see mothers fawning over their babies or teenagers roughhousing. One of the toddlers may mock thump their chest – you can practically hear the majestic silverback chuckling at this while the young females groom him. No matter what combination of antics and tender moments you get to see, it will be unbelievable. This is the type of experience that inspires you to do better for the planet and its fellow inhabitants. It should be on everyone’s bucketlist – not just wildlife lovers.

Beyond the gorillas, it is well worth it to trek to see the golden monkeys on your last day. They live in much larger colonies of up to 70 and are just as animated and entertaining to watch as the gorillas. The experience is more relaxed, and you will have more autonomy to move around the area where the monkeys are playing. Their sweet, fluffy faces are the perfect way to wrap up your Rwandan primate adventure.

The Spirit of Rwanda
From the moment you first lay eyes on Bisate, its mysterious aura draws you in. You’ve been ascending into the volcanic highlands on a bumpy road, driving past flourishing farms and tea plantations, when suddenly it appears. Perched high on a ridge of a caldera, the chic peanut shaped suites pop out from the mottled forest backdrop.  

When you finally arrive into camp, you truly get a sense of Rwanda. They have taken the beautiful complexity of a nation and a land and expressed it as a lodge. From the building materials they used and the colors they chose to the design elements and the pieces they selected, this lodge is Rwanda. It is an expression of the nation’s vibrancy and resiliency, their rich cultural heritage, their ability to find beauty in the unity of disparate elements.

The team at Wilderness Safaris did a marvelous job of creating an impeccably curated Rwandan design that gives the most authentic and intricate sense of place. Every fabric, every door, every knob, every wall surface, every colour, every print, every scent – is all thought out to emulate a very special sense of place. The suites mimic nests tucked in the rainforest. The color palette is a cacophony of greens, just like the rainforest, paired with black accents to echo the rich volcanic soil of the region.

Everything is handcrafted and specially designed for Bisate. Nothing was simply chosen from a catalog – every single piece was created to celebrate this remarkable place on Earth. When you get your cappuccino in the morning, it’s not only made with locally grown coffee, but also has a gorilla stenciled onto the foam in cocoa powder. That’s the type of attention to detail that makes a lodge so memorable and unique.

In every suite, spacious windows reveal panoramic views of mist draped volcanoes. Organic materials create a neutral backdrop for bold geometric patterns to pop on. A large soaking tub and fireplace create the perfect amount of coziness – even though you’re in the tropics, the park lies at a minimum of 7,000 feet of elevation, so nights can be chilly! A private balcony curves along the back of your suite, giving you your own little hideaway to soak in the exquisite views with a glass of wine in hand. Sit back and watch the clouds flow around the volcanoes as jewel-toned sunbirds flit through the treetops.

Just as you’d expect, the food is absolutely delectable. Thanks to that rich volcanic soil, farming is a core part of the Rwandan economy. The lodge has access to a ready supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that bring every dish to life. With tea and coffee growing another integral part of the countryside, the selection on hand is outstanding. The Bisate ginger tea is an absolute must while there – we have clients that still rave about it to this day!

Dressed sharply in their uniforms made from traditional kitenge cloth, the staff also bring the spirit of Rwanda to every moment of your stay. They are warm, friendly and laid back, but also bring a keen eye for effortless service and creative problem solving needed when operating an ultra-luxurious property in the middle of a rainforest with ever changing weather and a developing infrastructure.

Bold Conservation
While at the lodge, be sure to go for a guided walk around their reforestation project on the surrounding hills. In partnership with our company, Wilderness Safaris have undertaken a bold conservation initiative aimed at expanding the habitat available for the endangered mountain gorillas. We are buying back agricultural land from farmers at fair market price and converting it back to native forest. For more information about how they are doing this check out this story.

With a member of the Bisate Agronomy Team, you can wander the hillsides learning about their efforts and long-term plans. Stroll through the young trees, which are already attracting native wildlife back to the area. Chameleons, sunbirds, duikers and countless other critters are repopulating these hillsides. Once the forest is healthy and mature, the land, which lies adjacent to the boundary of the national park, will be gifted back to it to expand the protected habitat.

As a Mango Safaris client, you will have the privilege of planting your very own native tree into the new forest if you so choose. Mango co-founders Teresa and Casey both took the opportunity to do so when they visited in 2019. We love giving our clients the chance to connect with conservation in a tangible way. It’s the perfect reminder of the power for good they hold when choosing how and when to spend their tourism dollars.

Visit Bisate for Yourself!

To get the full Bisate experience, we recommend a minimum of three nights so that you can get one gorilla trek and one golden monkey trek. If you want to maximize your time with the gorillas, four nights is best so that you can have two gorilla treks and one golden monkey trek.

Check out our Grand East Africa or Rwanda Primate Safari for a little inspiration to get started on your own Bisate adventure.

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Featured Favorite: Hoanib Valley Camp

Posted 2020-06-30

Hoanib Valley Camp

Kaokoland, Namibia

Who it’s best for

Seasoned travelers, landscape photographers, conservationists, adventurous travelers, culture lovers and those seeking an escape


Game drives, walking safaris, rhino tracking, cultural experiences with the Herero-Himba people and giraffe conservation experiences

Why we love it

A dot amid an almost inconceivably vast desert wilderness, Hoanib Valley Camp is a revitalizing escape from the hustle and bustle of our world. Far from anything resembling your modern life with no other camps around for miles and miles, you will feel like an early explorer, stepping into an uncharted land.

The Ultimate Escape
Though most people think of sand dunes when they hear Namibia, Kaokoland is a breathtaking landscape of rugged mountains rising from vast open spaces, groves of determined trees and ephemeral river valleys. Despite the harsh environment, an unexpected ecosystem of desert-adapted wildlife has learned to thrive. Elephants dig wells into the dry riverbeds to find the water deep below, creating mini oases for all the other creatures. Giraffes survive on the prickly treetops and springbok and ostriches wander freely. Rare mountain zebras can be spotted and even lions have learned to live alongside desert-dwellers like the oryx.

One of the most special wildlife experiences that is unique to this region of Africa is tracking endangered black rhinos on foot. With the largest free-roaming population left in Africa, Hoanib Valley is one of the few camps that offers such a special experience. Venture out with your guide in search of these desert giants – there is truly no thrill like sighting one in the distance, then carefully approaching until whisper close. These are truly ancient beasts ruling an ancient land, and spending time with them is such a privilege.

Out here, ruggedness blooms into an unexpected beauty. The tale of human existence in the desert is woven with the lives of several tribes, including the beautiful Himba people. Living largely nomadic herding lifestyles, they are fluid with the land, moving with the precious water and grazing for their goats. They are the original light-touch explorers with generations of insight for coexisting in harmony with a fragile ecosystem. Experience life as a Himba with a village visit lead by a camp staff member who belongs to the tribe. Since you’re hosted by one of their own, the experience is respectful and relaxed, a positive encounter for all that gives you an intimate glimpse into their lives.

Even accessing the camp is an experience in and of itself. Whether you fly in and drive to camp or drive the whole way on a road trip, you’ll have the chance to witness some of the most extraordinarily beautiful and remote scenery on Earth. It feels like you’ve landed on Mars – otherworldly and desolate in the best way possible. Few people will ever get the chance to lay eyes on these places – a rare experience in our well-trodden world.

Home Amid the Stars and Mountains
Hidden amid all this blissful emptiness lies your new home away from home – Hoanib Valley Camp. Located in the former site of famed giraffe researchers Julian and Steph Fennessy’s field camp, the spot was chosen for its immense beauty and proximity to the wildlife. The setting is so breath-taking that you won’t even want to leave camp.

The spirit of the region moves throughout the design. The canvas peaks of the tents mirror the mountains encircling camp and neutral colors let them melt into the setting. Local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers created the furniture and baskets handwoven by the people of the Omba Project adorn the décor.

The light-touch design of the camp does everything possible to preserve and protect the fragile ecosystem. The entire camp could be packed up and moved out without leaving a trace, and that’s part of its magic. When you’re in camp, you feel the respect for nature and understand how lucky you are to experience such a remote and untouched destination.

Sit around the campfire with a local beer in hand, gazing at the impossibly brilliant stars overhead as the cool night air creeps in. Make yourself at home in the lounge – help yourself to the jars of fresh baked goodies or mix yourself a cocktail, complete with a wedge of the juicy lime left out on the cutting board for you. Read a book in the pool while hiding from the midday heat - from its lofty perch you can spot any wildlife that might wander past. This is desert life at its best.

Another unexpected element that makes the camp come to life in an authentically Namibian way is the staff and their uniforms. Natural Selections, who operate the camp, have moved away from the typical idea of a uniform where everyone dresses the exact same. Instead, they have curated a collection of different style pants, shirts, skirts, belts, hats and scarves so they can mix and match to create a look that is all their own, while still professional. This seemingly small move makes the camp feel even homier. Every personality shines through and the staff feel like your family, welcoming you into their home. It allows local traditions and culture to shine in their tourism setting in an effortless and relaxed way.

Though there is wifi, the beauty of this place is the ability to completely disconnect. Sip on its tonic for modern life - let the remoteness revitalize you and inspire introspection. Let the heat of the day and the chill of the nights make you feel more alive than ever before. This is one of the least inhabited corners on the planet, and it’s amazing what that feels like on your body and mind. It’s simultaneously invigorating and calming – it gives you perspective and the space and time to think.

The Hoanib Valley is a special place to say the least. For those with wanderlust in their hearts, who yearn for distant lands, it doesn’t get better than this.

Visit Hoanib Valley Camp Yourself!

There’s something inherently romantic about the austere tranquility of a desert. We love pairing Hoanib Valley Camp with another property in the Natural Selection family: Shipwreck Lodge. This incredibly unique lodge is dotted along the isolated, blustery coastline of Skeleton Coast National Park. With a cozy, sexy atmosphere (think wood burning fires places, faux fur blankets and red wine waiting in your room) and wraparound decks to take in the foggy ocean scenery, this spot is the perfect complement to Hoanib Valley. As a bonus, the flight between the two offers some of the most breath-taking aerial vistas of anywhere in Africa.

We love Hoanib Valley Camp so much that it features in several of our Namibia-centric sample itineraries. Check out Namibia: Land of Contrasts and Great Escapes Namibia for all the inspiration you’ll need to start planning your own journey.

If high density wildlife viewing is your thing, we also love pairing the camp with a stay in neighboring Botswana’s Okavango Delta region. With huge populations of wildlife and water galore, you’ll be amazed by the contrast between countries just next door to each other.

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Covid Africa Relief Fund

Posted 2020-06-23

With ecotourism on pause, wildlife and communities across Africa are missing one of their primary sources of employment, funding and development. Staff and their families are suddenly without income, schools and clinics have lost their support, and game rangers are operating without much-needed funding essential to protecting wildlife. These areas desperately need our assistance immediately to help alleviate the growing crisis.

Any amount makes a big difference and will be hugely appreciated. As a gesture of our gratitude, for any donation of $250 or above, we will give you a $250 credit toward a future trip to Africa. **

Supporting Communities

Ecotourism supports so much more than just the staff you see at the lodge. It gives farmers and artisans a market for their wares. It gives mechanics, handymen and seamstresses employment. It gives mothers clinics to treat their babies and schools to educate their children. It’s not uncommon for staff members to be supporting dozens of family members on their wages, so the lack of income creates a domino effect that is spreading far beyond our industry.

Protecting Wildlife

Africa’s iconic and extraordinary wildlife is at immense risk without ecotourism. Without the protection of game rangers and the efforts of conservation teams, we are at risk of losing countless animals to illegal poaching and habitat degradation. Years of hard-won progress is being wiped out in mere months.

Where will donations go?

100% of donations to the Mango Safaris Covid Relief Fund will go to supporting our longstanding partners across Africa:

We are currently featuring our Top 20 Camps and Lodges Across Africa. We have chosen these camps not only for their guest experience, but also for their commitment to the ideals of ecotourism – supporting local community development and protecting wildlife and natural areas. The donations will be allocated to their non-profit foundations to fund their well-established projects. Scroll down for more information on the different organizations.

ANY AMOUNT HELPS - whether you donate $10, $100 or $1000, it will make a profound impact on countless lives. The amount below is customizable, simply type in the amount you'd like to donate. 

The Organizations

The Mango-Bisate Forest
In partnership with the Wilderness Trust, we are restoring agricultural land to native forest along the boundary of Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. The long-term goal is to donate the reforested land to the national park to expand that habitat available to gorillas and other wildlife.

The Wilderness Trust
An independent non-profit entity associated with the Wilderness Group, supporting projects and researchers that address the needs of existing wildlife populations, seek solutions to save endangered species and provide education and training for local people and their communities.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
A world-leading conservation organization that protects the wildlife and communities of the Lewa Conservancy. Elite anti-poaching units protect one of Africa’s most successful rhino strongholds, monitor wildlife populations and track far-reaching elephant migrations to inform better conservation plans across Kenya. Communities are supported through education and micro-credit initiatives.

Great Plains Foundation
A foundation committed to creating a bright future for some of the most endangered wildlife, fragile ecosystems, and remote communities in the world. They currently manage over one million acres of land with strategic, comprehensive and action-oriented conservation efforts. They also support the communities living among the wildlife that are integral to the success and long-term sustainability of their conservation efforts.

The Nomad Trust
A non-profit associated with Nomad Tanzania that supports a wide variety of projects for community development and wildlife conservation, ranging from supporting a home for girls escaping FGM to tracking lions in community lands to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Rhino Conservation Botswana
A conservation group with the sole aim to prevent the extinction of black and white rhinos in Africa. To achieve this goal, they are working with the Botswana government and partners including Wilderness Safaris and Rhinos without Borders, to rescue rhinos in peril and bring them to the safe haven of the Okavango Delta. Once translocated, they work with their government partners to monitor the rhinos and keep them safe.

Singita Grumeti Fund
A non-profit organization protecting wildlife, operating an anti-poaching K9 unit and supporting communities in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem. Adaptive, holistic conservation management has helped store a once badly degraded ecosystem into a thriving one that has expanded the habitat available for the Great Migration and countless other animals.

Natural Selection Foundation
Help support Natural Selection’s mission to make a difference in wildlife conservation and in the lives of people living sustainably alongside wildlife areas. Projects range from desert giraffe conservation and monitoring leopard population dynamics to community education programs and village library sponsorship.

Conservation South Luangwa
A non-profit working with community and conservation partners for the long-term survival of wildlife and habitats in South Luangwa under the custodianship of the Zambian people.

Conservation Lower Zambezi
They are an NGO that has been operating for over 25 years, working with the local park authorities to protect the wildlife and integrity of the Lower Zambezi valley.

African Bush Camp
A foundation committed to partnering with rural communities in vulnerable wildlife areas. By creating opportunities to empower these communities through education, community empowerment and conservation, they improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation successes in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

Kicheche Community Trust
Their current project, The Conservancy Guardian, concentrates solely on covering critical conservation costs: ranger salaries, welfare and medical needs, predator monitoring and patrol costs. All donations are being matched dollar for dollar by the Band Foundation, up to $500,000.

Ranger Care
Funding salaries, training, equipment and medical care for the anti-poaching rangers protecting the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They also provide financial support for the families of rangers that killed in the line of duty.

Sarara Foundation
An organization designed to pick up where ecotourism revenue left off, ensuring that Samburu communities are supported and that wildlife continues to thrive in the 850,000-acre Namunyak Community Conservancy in northern Kenya. This includes the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, which rescues orphaned baby elephants and hand raises them to be released back into the wild.

Mala Mala Reserve
A black economic empowered ecotourism enterprise that operates in partnership with the local N’wandlamhari Community as a shareholder in the business. Beyond employment at the camps, they also run a micro-finance program for small businesses and community infrastructure development, provide a stipend to all households from the land lease fees, and allocate the tourism levy to education and job skill training programs.

** Trip credits cannot be applied to current bookings and must be used within 24 months. There is no limit on how many $250 trip credits can be earned, but only one $250 trip credit can be used per person on any given trip.




Featured Favorite: Faru Faru Lodge

Posted 2020-06-17

Faru Faru Lodge

Serengeti Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania

Who it’s best for:

Luxury travelers, wildlife lovers, conservationists, photographers and families


Game drives, walking safaris, community visits, private Maasai dance sundowners, spa treatments, anti-poaching observation post visit and hot air balloon rides

Why we love it:

To put it simply, Faru Faru Lodge is a masterpiece in the art of safari. From the utterly flawless service and the attention to detail to the outstanding commitment to conservation, Faru Faru delivers one of the best experiences in the whole of Africa.

A Private Eden
Set in the heart of the private Serengeti Grumeti Reserve, guests have access to 350,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat. The reserve is contiguous to the ecosystem of the national park and covers a large section of its western corridor. The lodge is one of just five Singita-run properties in this vast reserve, so the experience remains incredibly exclusive and uncrowded, a rare commodity in the popular Serengeti.

Imagine exploring a savannah stretching to the horizon and teeming with wildlife without a single other vehicle in sight. Giraffes bob gracefully across the land like wildflowers in the breeze. Zebras and wildebeest mill about, nibbling on the tender shoots of grass. Cheetahs rest daintily on their perches, scanning their territory. Large herds of elephants meander lazily across the plains while the babies romp about. When you stay at Faru Faru, this entire Eden is your private playground.

Under management by the Singita Grumeti Fund since 2003, this area is one of the most impressive long-term conservation efforts on the continent. Once badly degraded by uncontrolled illegal poaching, large stands of invasive plants and rampant wildfires, the ecosystem has been revitalized by years of holistic, adaptive management. Plains game reside in impressive numbers year-round, as do the plethora of predators drawn to the abundance. Around June, nearly the entirety of the Great Migration passes through the Grumeti area, creating a private viewing spectacular of millions of wildebeest and zebra just for guests of the reserve.

If you have the time, we highly recommend visiting the anti-poaching unit to learn about the incredible efforts they make every day to keep the reserve safe. You can spend time with their tracker dogs, visit the boma where rhinos are kept during conservation efforts, see one of the outposts where rangers are stationed and hear about their daily routines. It’s well worth it to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for the level of dedication these teams have.

Beyond the usual game drives and walking safaris – which are just as excellent as you’d expect with a lodge of this caliber – Faru Faru offers a few other activities that make your stay wonderfully special and memorable. We’ve already talked about seeing the anti-poaching unit, but you can also visit with the local community for a taste of life as a Maasai. Having lived in the Serengeti for more than 600 years, their cultural heritage is rich and absolutely fascinating. Dance and song play a central role in their culture, and experiencing it is very memorable, especially when paired with a private sundowner.

For an extra special morning, take to the skies for a sunrise hot air balloon ride. It’s one of the few ways to truly take in the magnificence of this sprawling, ancient land. Watch as the herds of the Great Migration ebb and flow below you. Spot lions and cheetahs lounging in the long grass. Marvel at the endless plains as the golden light of sunrise illuminates the land. As you drift along silently, the wildlife is undisturbed by you, offering a rare glimpse into their hidden lives. End by touching down to a private champagne brunch set up just for you.

Where Every Moment Sings
To stay at Faru Faru Lodge is to experience the height of hospitality. A part of the Singita collection of lodges, the brand is named for the Shangaan word for ‘miracle’. They’ve embraced this as a guiding principle, melding it into every moment and every detail of your stay.

From the moment you land at the private airstrip to the moment you depart the experience is utterly flawless – a perfectly coordinated masterpiece in service. They read every guest, then deliver the exact right amount of service to suit you. They pour juuust the right amount of wine at just the right time, give you juuust the right type of magic to make your stay memorable, give you juuust enough attention so you always feel cared for without feeling overbearing. They’ve pre-thought of everything that you could ever want so that every facet comes together to be effortlessly perfect.

Thoughtful touches are sprinkled throughout your stay, with new ones on every day so it never feels formulaic. Beautifully crafted little gifts are left in your suite. Meals are served in new spots throughout the lodge’s many lovely spaces. Surprise sundowners and campfires are set-up in one of the many picturesque spots around the reserve. Bubble baths are drawn and ready for you after a chilly morning game drive. Unexpected experiences are woven into your activities. No matter how long your stay is, every day feels uniquely special.

Perched on the edge of a forested canyon, Faru Faru Lodge is a haven of tranquility and luxury. The design achieved the perfect balance between placing the natural beauty of the Serengeti at the forefront while also standing out itself. Recently reimagined for a new generation of safaris, every stone from the former structures was reused in the new build, in line with their strong commitment to sustainability.

Peeking out from a glen of mature forest, the lodge is handsome and striking. Clean lines and neutral colors give it an unmistakably modern feel, but organic materials echo the wild beauty of the surrounding bush. Large windows and high ceilings create a bright and airy atmosphere that seamlessly brings the outdoors inside. Every suite has panoramic views of the bush and the countless animals that wander by to visit the lodge’s water hole. Sip cocktails in your private lounge, indulge with a relaxing spa treatment or unwind with a bath while watching out for the rare colobus monkeys that leap through the canyon’s treetops.

Handcrafted pieces throughout the design lend themselves to the new luxury of travel, where the local culture is celebrated to create an authentic sense of place. From handwoven baskets to carved masks, the attention to detail is apparent. Even the bath products are uniquely blended specially for Faru Faru Lodge using African botanicals. You feel Tanzania in every element.

From the soap you wash your hands with to the signature cocktails you sip during sundowners, the entire Faru Faru experience is impeccably curated. As we said, it’s a masterpiece in the art of safari. A stay here is bound to be one of the most memorable and exquisite trips of your life. Come experience the miracle for yourself.

Visit Faru Faru Lodge for Yourself

A lodge as extraordinary as Faru Faru needs to be in an itinerary with equally fabulous properties. Our Highlights of East Africa (platinum level, shoulder season) pairs it with time at Sasaab and Mara Plains Camp in Kenya and a grand finale on Zanzibar at White Sands.

Why this itinerary is great:

Immerse into the otherworldly beauty of Samburu land in the Laikipia Plateau and see the rare Northern Five animals at Sasaab
Stay at another world-class conservation-based operation in the famed Maasai Mara where an outstanding classic safari experience awaits at Mara Plains Camp
Experience the signature effortless perfection of Singita at Faru Faru Lodge in the heart of the Seregenti
Reflect on your trip of a lifetime on the idyllic beaches and turquoise seas at the stunning White Sands resort on the island of Zanzibar

Begin planning your own luxurious escape to the wild today!





Epic Wilds of Yellowstone

Posted 2020-06-09

Since we can't enjoy the wilds of Africa right now, we are thrilled to be offering our first ever collection of stateside safaris that celebrate the incredible wildlife of North America.

There is extremely limited space, so get in touch today to reserve your spot!
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