A captivating location offers a live look at the animal kingdom alongside endless breathtaking landscapes, ancient tribes and places that civilization has not yet reached.
AFRICA IN FULL GLORY
Africa in full glory
THE WILDS OF NATURE
Serengeti National Park sprawls over 5,700 square miles (14,000 square meters) – a wildlife sanctuary with an immense resident population of millions of members. A visit to the park allows a rare peek into the fascinating cycle of life transpiring there.
"Hagbah" in Serengeti?
In keeping with the Maaglei Nofesh tradition, travelers will enjoy an unforgettable experience together with strict Kosher Mehadrin standards, minyanim with a sefer Torah, feeling comfortable in a religious environment even in the heart of the sprawling savanna.
A shower in the safari?
Although your trip and lodgings are in the heart of the nature reserve, we have arranged uncompromising high-quality accommodations, with all the amenities of modern life – from a comfortable bed to full cellular coverage.
Tanzania in calving season – Kosher food and direct flights
Enjoy Kosher fine dining in Israeli and local cuisine, rich breakfasts, packed lunches, meat dinners and traditional Shabbat. Meals are prepared in kitchens modified to meet Kashrus standards including kitchenware and dishes, all products are Kosher Mehadrin, all meals are prepared under strict rabbinical supervision with a mashgiach brought in from Israel to maintain the highest Kashrus standards. Regularly scheduled minyanim three times a day with a sefer Torah available.
This is an exceptional season for nature lovers – the calving season of the great herds of wildebeest (gnu) in Serengeti. From November onward, and throughout the short rainy season, the grassy plains become green and the flowers are in full bloom, a spectacular sight. Huge herds are returning from the north after seven months of migration. Between January and May two and a half million animals fill the Serengeti grassy plain – wildebeest, zebra and antelopes, prides of lions, cheetahs, hyenas and much much more … the herd drift along slowly following the rain. The first three weeks of March are one of the most important periods in Serengeti – this is the calving season of the wildebeest. At that time thousands of female members gather in the low grassy plain, and up to 8,000 calves are born daily. Predators and scavengers lay their hands on bountiful meals and tourists lay their eyes on indescribably moving experiences that can’t be imagined if not caught “live” in action. It’s a rare opportunity for photography and nature lovers to witness the abounding zoological world and the primordial landscape.
Safari in Serengeti National Park
Enjoy the unparalleled experience of a full-fledged safari – visit Serengeti National Park, watch the huge herd arrive at the center of the sanctuary after the long exhausting migration from the Mara region to the center of the Serengeti.
We will dedicate a full day to a riveting safari in the heart of the Ngorongoro crater, where we will also meet with indigenous tribes.
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Witnessing the perpetual lifecycle of all those animal species in their natural habitat brings the words of our sages to life – “I never saw a fox work as a storekeeper” (kiddushin 82:). Since the days of creation, it all continues to tick incessantly like clockwork – water and sustenance available for all, and the cycle of life continues onward.
The animal world has fascinated us since childhood – with visits to the zoo and safari parks, and pets we raised at home. Imagine them roaming free in the greatest open space safari in the world – no fence, no zookeeper, no external involvement – life carries on naturally (‘the gematria for nature – ‘hateva’ – is ‘elokim’) , with each member of the animal kingdom obtaining its sustenance in due time. Each and every living creature is carrying out its unique role in nature.
- Gastronomy -
A chef, a certifying rabbi and a mashgiach will be with us throughout the trip.
At every location the kitchens will be kashered so all food is prepared for the group at the highest Kosher Mehadrin standard – a plentiful menu for hot breakfast and supper, packed lunches for the day trips, with fruit and baked goods galore.
You’ll be surprised to discover the rich nourishing hot Kosher meals that could make their way to your plate even in the heart of the savanna.
Accommodations in the nature reserve
In the heart of this magical nature reserve, in full harmony with the surroundings, lodges have been constructed to give you a full sense of safety as well as a feeling of perfect luxury. Don’t let the exterior fool you – when you enter the lodge, you’ll find the best of modernity in every detail.
"Primordial landscapes, unimaginably pastoral"...
Everything you need
True, we are at the heart of the wilderness, but the lodges have been built with the consideration that at the end of the day you may want to take a dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a hot tub, and communicate with the world through full Wi-Fi and cellular reception.
When you enter the rooms, you’ll be surprised to find them fitted with the finest modern amenities. Yes, while looking out from your window onto the endless safari landscape, you may lie in your luxurious bed, surf the internet and enjoy pampering room service.
Thursday, 27/02/20 – Tel Aviv – Kilimanjaro airport – Tarangire National Park
We’ll meet at Ben-Gurion International Airport and take a direct flight to Tanzania. Upon landing, our Safari drivers will greet us and drive us to our first safari tour in Tarangire National Park, known for its huge Baobab trees.
Tarangire– This National Park enables you to experience an unrivalled landscape of open plains, dotted with thousands of baobabs. Not only does the meandering Tarangire River attract a vast number of wildlife, but the Park is also especially renowned for its huge elephant herds, enabling its visitors the spotting of entire thick-skinned families!
We’ll eat lunch in the heart of the reserve, surrounded buy the animals and birds.
At the end of the tour we will jeep up a steep path towards our lodge.
Manyara area, pray Mincha, receive room assignments and eat dinner. After dinner and Maariv we’ll get to know each other and enjoy a preparatory presentation ahead of tomorrow’s tour.
Friday/Shabbat, 28-29/02/20 – A day with the tribes – Hadzabe, Datoga and Iraqu
After Shacharit, we’ll meet in the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast and will receive guidance ahead of the day’s itinerary.
We will devote our day to an exciting meeting with the Bushmen, still living in ancient tribal conditions, untouched by western development. As we travel, we will be joined by a local anthropologist who has studied and lived with the tribes, and will facilitate our communication with the tribesmen.
The Hadzabe and Datoga tribes are the last remaining traditional tribes in Africa, with a history of thousands of years. Only 1,000 people of this culture remain. These tribes, living near Lake Lasi in northern Tanzania, are nomadic tribes, without a permanent home – they live in the huts that they set up in the summer. During the rainy season, they find refuge from the rain in caves and in the boulders. Each group in the tribe is made up of between 20 and 30 people, living in proximity to the animal herds. The men are the hunters equipped with poison arrows and women serve as gatherers. The Hadzabe tribe, speak in the language of Khoisan, a language that combines consonant clicks and clucking. The Hadzabe are sworn enemies of the Messi tribe, who wear bright red, decorative dresses. They also practice artistic scarring which resemble primitive tattoos.
Iraqu tribe are well-known for there the building-bricks they produce. They make the bricks from mud and then burn it to make it harder. We will see how they create the bricks and then how they use them for building.
At the end of our visit we’ll return to our lodge at Manyara, for preparations for Shabbat.
An uplifting Shabbat experience with Tefilot and Seudot, including a tour (on foot) at the Retreat
Sunday, 01/03/20 – Ngorongoro crater – Serengeti National Park
After Shacharit and breakfast we’ll depart to the majestic, world-famous Ngorongoro crater, one of Africa’s most beautiful reserves.
Ngorongoro Crater, the most famous crater in Africa, was created by the collapse of the Ngorongoro volcano. This created a huge natural amphitheater, with steep walls that rise to a height of about 600 meters. Most of East African animals live in the Ngorongoro crater, including rhinoceros, hyenas, buffalo, elephants and gnocca and zebras. The Crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
We’ll eat lunch in the hear of the reserve, in a designated area, next to a waterbed, close to the animals and under the watchful eyes of the birds of prey. An unforgettable dining experience.
At the end of the tour we will jeep up a steep path towards Serengeti National Park, where we will spend the night
After Shacharit and breakfast we’ll start touring the endless savannahs of the Serengeti NP. We will dedicate all the necessary time to this incredible location.
The Serengeti National Park is the most biodiverse nature reserve in the world. Among the great animals to watch in the reserve are: zebras, giraffes, antelopes, lions, tigers, hyenas and a huge variety of birds. Every year “the annual Great Migration” is observed by countless tourists. Over two million millions of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope travel in search of better pastures.
We’ll eat a picnic-style lunch on in the heart of the Serengeti on safe reserve grounds. The same applies for the Mincha prayer. As the day draws to a close, we’ll drive to our lodge, where we will stay for the next 2 nights, soak up the majestic views and gather for dinner.
Wednesday, 04/03/20 Serengeti National Park – Ndutu – Massai tribe – Manyara
After Shacharit, we’ll meet in the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast and will receive guidance ahead of the day’s itinerary. We will say our goody to Serengeti NP and continue to the southern part of the park – Ndutu, where the wildebeest females give birth at this time for about 8000 calfs every day. We will try and see the predators looking for the new borns, who after just few hours can run at the speed of there mother.
From Ndutu we will continue and drive to see the way the Massai tribe live. The people of the tribe believe that all the cows in the world belongs to them. The men and woman are dressed in red-and-black-and blue dresses and live in a mud huts.
We will join them to a welcome-dance, where the men jump as high as then can and women sing along.
From the Massai we will continue to Manyara area, where we will spend the night.
Thursday, 05/03/20 –Arusha National Park – Kilimanjaro airport – Tel Aviv
After Shacharit, we’ll meet in the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast. At the end of breakfast we will do our way to a small and beautiful rain forest park – Arusha NP.
The Arusha National Park is a relatively small area, but it offers stunning sceneries with a wide range of habitats, from the imposing peaks of Mount Meru, afromontane forests, the Ngurdoto Crater to the Momela lakes. The shadowy montane forest is the only place in the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey can be easily seen, as well as some of its other inhabitants: blue monkeys or the colourful turacos and trogons. Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one of the seven lakes featuring a unique green-blue hue. Their shallows are the habitat of a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, especially thousands of flamingos which let the lakes tinged with pink. Shaggy waterbucks complete the scenic landscape, when displaying their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Observe the long-necked giraffes as they glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, and discover wide-eyed dik-dik darting into scrubby bushes like overgrown hares on spindly legs.
At the end of the safari we will continue to Kilimanjaro airport. We will thank our local guides and start our way back to Israel.
Prices per person based on double occupancy
|Departure date||Return Date||# of days||Guided Tour||Cost of personal tour, per people in the vehicle|
|Additional person in the room-for-two||$500|
|Discount for a child under 12 with the couple||$500|
|Discount for a child under 12 with a single adult||$250|
|Discount for a child between 12-14 with adult||$150|
|The Price includes||Hebrew Guide||English Guide||Private Tour|
|Direct international flight to Tanzaia and back||✓||✓||✓|
|English speaking, professional driver/tour guide in Tanzania||✓||✓||✓|
|A preparatory meeting with the staff of “Olam Acher” in Tel Aviv, one week before departure.||✓||✓||✓|
|2 staff members devoted to organizing meals||✓||✓||✓|
|Two nights on the Serengeti NP||✓||✓||✓|
|Tours of the reserve without mileage limits||✓||✓||✓|
|Quality maps for each couple/family||✓||✓||✓|
|8-seater Toyota Land Cruiser, loaded with 6 passengers, with full security||✓||✓||✓|
|Top of the line lodgings in the heart of the reserve||✓||✓||✓|
|Full room-and-board in Tanzania, with Mehadrin Kosher service||✓||✓||✓|
|Bottled mineral water throughout the safari||✓||✓||✓|
|Port-taxes and security||✓||✓||✓|
|Advance Issuing the necessary documents for the visa||✓||✓||✓|
|Kitchenware and disposable utensils||✓||✓||✓|
|Visa to Tanzania||✓||✓||✓|
|Tips to local providers in Tanzania||✓||✗||✗|
|Professional Hebrew speaking guide, member of Olam Acher guides||✓||✗||✗|
|Presentations in Hebrew on a variety of fascinating subjects||✓||✗||✗|
|Health insurance and cargo||✗||✗||✗|
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