Balloon Safari in Tanzania
Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wild life in the early morning. Typically, a ballon safari begins between 6 am and lasts for around 1-2 hours, during which you will likely see the magnificent wildlife below over several square kilometres of the game park. Ballon safaris are held regularly in the Serengeti and take off from designated sites where the disturbance to animals is kept to a minimum. Your safari vehicle drops you off at the take off site and picks you up from your landing site. The safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to your memorable flight in the wild..
Migration and Herds
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
Serengeti National Park
Mawe Tented Lodge is located right in the heart of the central Serengeti – located in the Seronera area with plenty of game right around the Mawe camp. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest and best-known national park, with a massive concentration of migratory animals who move around the park according to the availability of food. But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills. As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterises the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth.
Ngorongoro Crater Extension
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers and sits adjacent to the Serengeti and en-route from Arusha to The Mawe camp, so it offers the perfect opportunity to stop off and experience. The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, extinct volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. Teeming with wildlife it is often compared to the Garden of Eden and wildlife viewing in the crater is out of this world – all major animals are easily seen.
Ngorongoro is easily accessible from the Serengeti National Park