Apologies to Ben Fogle – Where The Wild Men Are…
The team have been out in the bush a bit lately, keeping an eye on the wildebeest, designing tents… pretty much standard procedure for the Wild People. Below is a brief list of our travels – feel free to ask us for updates on anything.
John and Debbie – wild old people…
Early September – John Addison
Hosted an eclipse group to southern Tanzania, which was a great success – an excellent annular eclipse. Stayed at the Foxes Lodge, Mufindi Highlands, great spot.
Joined up with two large groups up Kilimanjaro on the weekend, all went well, we had around 48 people on the mountain, with an excellent success rate.
October, Dar es Salaam – John Addison
Launched the 2017 Kilimanjaro Marathon, with sponsors – and Felix Simbu, the Tanzanian runner who came 5th in the Olympic Marathon this year. Have some great new sponsors in 2017.
Took all sponsors on a sunset cruise in the bay, off Dar es Salaam, on an amazing 56 ft catamaran – who would have known that 20 minutes out of Dar es Salaam you can be in deep, clear water, with white sandy beaches? Great time was had by all.
October – John Addison and Debbie Addison
- Near Lake Manyara, stayed overnight at a great spot called Isoitok – quiet, peaceful, comfortable and well run, and a great Masai experience… only an hour and a half from Arusha. Great walks, birding, views – and, some good activity options too.
- Popped in to Engaruka en route to Natron, a very interesting place, with some great history, good markets and real “cattle town” feel when they all come in to water… no tourists.
- Stayed at Lake Natron Camp, really fun spot, interesting design of tents, well run, ancient human footprints, active volcanoes, flamingo, bit of game and very “wild” …and, being on the frontier, fits in well with Wild Frontiers. The free fish massage is a must.
- Drove up via Loliondo and into Serengeti via Kleins Gate (good road, great scenery and views) – about 4 hours to the gate.
- From Kleins gate we drove to our Serengeti North Wilderness Camp. We had a fantastic game drive north along the Mara River, with some excellent sightings of rhino.
- Camp looks great, lovely site, good views and plenty game around – and, no traffic!
- Visited our neighbours at Serengeti North, the famed Kuria Hills Camp, lovely spot, with some great green initiatives too.
- Drove to our central camp, near Seronera, Serengeti Wilderness Camp. We then enjoyed a nice game drive, around 3 – 4 hours.
- The central camp, as usual, was great. Awesome game, including lions, leopard and cheetah. We have some new tents going up there next month. Game are so used to the camp, the zebra just about come into the mess tent at breakfast.
- A long day was in store as we drove out via Ngorongoro. visited the new Nomads Entamanu Ngorongoro Camp en route, great location and excellent camp design and decor.
- In Karatu, we stopped at the new Roy Safaris Lodge: The Retreat at Ngorongoro. This is a new lodge with stunning gardens and grounds, which make it a fantastic venue.
- Finally we stayed in Arusha at the African Tulip, which was excellent as usual.
That’s about it, few days doing admin/vehicles – fleet upgrade in progress along with new furniture. In Arusha, but on the way back to fly home, we visited Siringit Villas on the Golf Estate – very special place, exclusive, well run, and can get in a game of golf too.
That’s it ‘til our next African adventure.
John and Debbie