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NEW: Hot air balloon safaris in Ruaha National Park
Serengeti Balloon Safaris has launched hot air balloon safaris in Ruaha National Park. Located in the southern part of Tanzania, Ruaha is East Africa's largest national park and is characterized by a baobab-studded landscape and huge herds of elephants. Contact us to include a thrilling, early morning balloon ride to your client's itinerary.
NEW: Forest Chem Chem, Tarangire National Park
Opened on 1st June 2018, the new Forest Chem Chem is located on a 16,000 ha private reserve adjacent to the Tarangire National Park. The camp, available on exclusive basis only, features just two vintage-style tents and a family suite, ideal for a family or small group of friends travelling together (a maximum of 6 adults and 2 children). Forest Chem Chem is about 130km (about two hours’ drive) from Arusha. It is located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks. It's about 40 minutes' drive to Tarangire's main gate. The nearest airstrip is Kuro airstrip. Guests can look forward to big game safari walks, day and night game drives, a sunrise hill climb and private dining.
Auric Air offers pre-purchase of additional baggage allowance
Auric Air now offers passengers the opportunity to purchase additional baggage allowance for any excess baggage that they may have. Excess baggage is available in slabs of 10kgs at varying costs depending on route/class booked for a maximum of 4 slabs (40kgs) per passenger. Excess baggage can be purchased online for all classes on all routes.
Serengeti National Park Ballooning Fee Increase
TANAPA, the body in charge of Tanzania’s national parks, recently announced an increase in the Ballooning Concession Fee to $59 per person from 1st July 2018. Serengeti Balloon Safaris has agreed to honour confirmed bookings at the old rate for balloon flights until 31st July 2018. Bookings confirmed for flights from 1st August 2018 onward will be re-quoted and invoiced at the new rate.
&Beyond Tanzania Credit Card Update
&Beyond Tanzania Lodges—Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, Serengeti Under Canvas and Mnemba Island—are no longer accepting American Express credit cards. Be informed that only Mastercard and Visa can be used at these properties.
Roving Bushtops to move to Southern Serengeti in January 2019
On 5th January 2019, Roving Bushtops will temporarily move to Kusini in southern Serengeti to give guests the opportunity to experience the wildebeest birthing season. The camp will be based in Kusini until end of April after which it will close for renovations in May before heading back to its base in Seronera in Central Serengeti from 1st June 2019 into the new year.
NEW: Nyumbani Serengeti Camp
Nyumbani Serengeti Camp is a new camp located in Central Serengeti. Furnished in earthy tones, its eight en-suite tented suites have been thoughtfully positioned to enjoy views of the sunrise while from the lounge/bar and the dining tents one can watch the sun set. Seronera airstrip is a 45 minutes game drive to the camp.
Sanctuary Swala suspends walking safaris
Sanctuary Swala Camp in Tarangire National Park has suspended walking safaris until 15th July 2018. This is as a result of heavy rains that in turn has lead to very long grass that makes the walks unsafe and uncomfortable. The camp shall advise if there is any change in the opening date.
Opening Soon: Lemala Mpingo Ridge
Lemala Mpingo Ridge is aptly named after the ridge upon which it stands. From this vantage position, it affords beautiful views of the valley and Tarangire River below. Scheduled to open in July 2018, it is set to open with just 10 spacious tents with another 5 to be added in August. Each tent is en-suite inside and also has an outside shower and bath. From each tent's sunken lounge area, one can enjoy stunning views of Tarangire National Park.
Camp amenities include a large lounge and bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a spa and swimming pool. Sundowners, early morning walks and game drives are some of the activities guests can look forward to during their stay.
NEW: Serengeti - Kigali - Serengeti flight
Tanzania-based airline Auric Air has added Kigali, Rwanda's capital in its growing list of destinations. Passengers can now have an early morning game drive in the Serengeti before departing for Kigali at 0915. The return flight from Kigali leaves Kigali International Airport at 1055 to arrive in the Serengeti at 1355 in time for an afternoon game drive.
The flight will service the following airstrips in the Serengeti: Fort Ikoma, Grumeti, Kogatende, Lamai, Lobo, Sasakwa, Seronera, Mwiba, Ndutu and Serengeti South.
For more details about this new flight, contact us.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement
The Tanzania Government wishes to advice that yellow fever vaccination is mandatory to travelers arriving from yellow fever endemic countries.This requirement also applies to travelers subjected to long flight connections (transit) in yellow fever endemic countries for 12 hours or more.
The vaccination which is given as a single dose should be administered ten days before entering the mainland Tanzania as well as Zanzibar. Failure to produce a valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate may lead to refusal of entry. You can get vaccinated upon arrival at a cost of USD 50. A government receipt shall be issued for the vaccination charges paid. For a list of endemic countries, click here.
Sanctuary Retreats Refurbishment Closures
Sanctuary Retreats have announced the closure of its camps in Tanzania for refurbishments as follows:
|Camp||Provisionally planned closure*|
|Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire||1 April to 31 May 2018|
|Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp||12 November to 1 December 2017|
|Sanctuary Kusini, Serengeti||1 April to 31 May 2018|
|Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp||1 November to 15 December 2018|
*The closure dates are provisional and may be subject to change. Contact us for any inquiries.
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