- WILDERNESS SERIES -

Tanzania

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?

RELIGIOUS ATMOSPHERE

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?

FINEST ACCOMMODATIONS

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

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

כותרת גדולה מעניינת וייחודית

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.

Now’s your opportunity to join us for yet another boutique vacation from Maaglei Nofesh.

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.

International chef

Meticulous desserts

Enticing appetizers

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"...

Tanzania

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.

Exclusive rooms

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.

Traveler Services

Local Currency: Tanzanian Shilling

Exchange Rate: 1 NIS – ~600 Tanzanian shillings; $1 – ~2300 Tanzanian shillings

Electricity

220W (British adaptor required)

Weather

Fair, with chance of light showers in the evenings

Travel Time

6 hours from Israel, 17 hours from New York

Local Language:

Swahili

Local time

GMT+3

Itinerary:

Tel Aviv – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha National Park – Manyara

This is our first day in Tanzania. After landing, we will meet our safari guides, and head to Arusha National Park. This is our first safari in Tanzania and the view of Mount Meru is breath-taking from this unique park overlooking the city of Arusha. It is only in this park you can feel the natural guided walk between herds of buffalos, giraffes and other wild animals. You will eat your lunch at the beautiful scenery and shores of Momela lakes within the park.

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 colorful turquoise 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 our tour, we will drive to Manyara area, where we will stay the night.
Overnight – dinner and breakfast at Manyara area

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is the star of many nature documentary films. The great migration of the wildebeest brings thousands of tourists.

Serengeti National Park- is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world and it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
Established in 1952, it is home to the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. The Park can be divided into 3 sections:
– The southern/central part with its classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife.
– The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River and has more forests and dense bush.
– The north meets up with Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.
It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous – over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the Ndutu plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June.

During the months of July-September the herds will cross the Mara River again and again in search of fresh grass. They will have to face the mighty crocodiles in the river, which are waiting quietly in the water for their opportunity.
Serengeti is also known as the “endless plains” in the Maasai language. This will be your area of exploration for the following two days. You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.

At this time of year, the wildebeest females give birth and every day, over 5000 calves are born. The area is filled with the sound of new mothers calling their young ones. Around the big herds you can see the predators looking for opportunity, trying to separate between mother and calf. These 2 days are ones you will never forget.
We will eat our lunch as a picnic where it is safe and continue with the safari as long as possible.
Overnight – dinner and breakfast at Serengeti NP (centre)

Ndutu – Maasai Tribe – Manyara

It is time to say goodbye to Serengeti and. After breakfast you will exit the big gate of the park and have a tour in the southern part of Serengeti – Ndutu planes. You will tour this area off-road where you can see the wildebeest herds, Lake Ndutu and if we are lucky – lions and cheetahs.
From Ndutu we will continue our way to meet with one of the most famous and welcoming tribe in Tanzania – Maasai tribe.

Maasai tribe – The Maasai tribe lives in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known for their welcome dancewhere the men sing and jump as high as possible with straight legs, to show how fit they are. The woman stands at the side, singing with the man and do a special dance for woman only.
The Maasai believe that all the cows in the world belong to them and where given them by god. The wealth of a family is measured by the number of cows they own.
The Maasai tribe lives in villages (Manyata) and each woman builds a small house (Boma) for her family. The Boma’s structure is made of wood and it is covered by a mixer of mud, wood and sticks, grass, cow dung, human urine, and ash. Traditionally, men are wearing sheets that are wrapped around the body. Usually, the main color is red, but you can see some blue color and a plaid pattern. Men and women are wearing ornaments made of colorful beads.

At the end of our visit, we will do our way out of Ngorongoro conservation area, back to our lodge at Manyara area. We will get to the lodge several hours before the end of the day, and will have time to do all the arrangement necessary to welcome Sabbath. In the lodge we can relax on the rim of the riff, do some walking with a local guide and enjoy the magical area that lift our spirits with appreciation for the beauty of creation.
Overnight – dinner and breakfast at Manyara area

A day with the tribes – Hadzabe Bushman, Datoga and Iraqw

After an adventurous one-hour drive on dusty roads we will arrive to the northern shore of Lake Eyasi: a mildly alkaline lake which stretches some 50km across the south-western area of the Ngorongoro Crater.

The shores of Lake Eyasi are still inhabited by Hadzabe Bushmen: hunter-gatherers, who can perhaps be considered one of the most interesting tribes in Tanzania and eastern Africa. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south, in the Kalahari, and they are often willing to provide visitors with an insight into their simple bush homes, consisting in no more than a tree canopy or a cave. You will experience their everyday life at close range and be able to witness the tribe’s men skillfully hunt small antelopes and baboons with bows made from giraffe tendons and poison-coated wood arrows. After Lunch we will drive to visit another group of nomadic Bushmen: the Datoga Tribe. Datoga people are agro-pastoral nomadic, and nowadays they do some small blacksmith works, like jewlry and arrow-heads. They live in several areas in Tanzania, and the majority lives near Lake Eyasi. This tribe consider themselves the oldest tribe in Tanzania (the Maasai and Bushmen also claim this fame). The man of the tribe does the pastoral and blacksmith work, while the woman cares for the children’s and home duties.
The married woman is dressed in beautiful leather dress and have tattoos around their eyes for decoration. The people of the Iraqw tribe where agriculture, but in recent years they have become musters of building. They make bricks from mud and burn them in a huge stove – made from these bricks. Originally, this tribe came from Ethiopia and was forcing to move due to attacks from other tribes. Our Iraqw guide will tell us the story of his tribe and its special traditions.

At the end of the tour we will drive back to our lodge.
Overnight – dinner and breakfast at Manyara area

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast we will have a short briefing about today – a safari in Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater- is the largest unbroken ancient volcanic caldera in the world. In 1979, this nearly three-million-year-old area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former volcano crater is also considered to be “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, as it is a haven for thousands of wild games, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes. The crater is among the 8 Natural Wonders of the World. The crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, next to a small lake, where hippos splash and the birds are looking for some crumbs. At the end of the day we will drive back to our lodge in Manyara.
Overnight – dinner and breakfast at Manyara area

Tarangire National Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Tel Aviv

This is our last day in Tanzania. After morning breakfast, you will visit Tarangire NP, for a morning game drive

Tarangire NP runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. In the afternoon you will eat your lunch at the picnic overlooking Tarangire River before you depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will overnight in a beautiful hotel.
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!
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
The swamps tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.

At the end of our safari we will drive back to Kilimanjaro Airport. This is the time to thank our local guides for the wonderful work they did and say our good bays, before starting our way back to Tel Aviv.

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