Thursday, June 25, 2015

Serengeti Sunrises

People often ask me if ballooning gets boring for me as I've done it a few hundred times, the answer will always be no :) Leaving the house under the amazing starlit sky and enjoying the morning sunrise while searching for animals from the balloon are experiences I really look forward to. It's the most wonderful way to start the day! We are currently in the western corridor, flying along the Grumeti River. It's a beautiful way to see the area and something you do not want to miss when you safari in Tanzania. 





 


I have been trying to get a photo of the Black and White Colobus monkeys for a while, finally I was able to get one. A bit far away but they are so great at hiding in the trees...


Vulture getting ready to take flight. 


Water buck watching as we float along as though resting on a cloud. Flying in a Hot Air Balloon is such a peaceful experience. Many expect it to be turbulent like a fixed-wing aircraft, but this is not the case. You travel with the wind, which is a very gentle ride, it's like sailing the sky!


Family of impala


 Serengeti Balloon Safaris operates in 3 locations in the Serengeti National Park as well in the Grumeti Reserves. Learn more about a balloon safari over the African landscape and wildlife. 




Float at tree top level like a bird soaring along the river. 


King Fisher...fishing time....





Normally at this time of year the "Great Migration" is passing through the western corridor, however, this year they are not on their "typical" path. The crocs in the Grumeti River must be a bit disappointed by this, I would think! 




There are quite a few large herds of buffalo in the area...




Curious lions watching as we pass by, they had their eyes on the buffalo! 




Another great sunrise from the balloon in Serengeti National Park. 





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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Save on Safari

Joining a group tour is one way to help lower costs when traveling to East Africa.  I wanted to share these options for those looking to travel to Tanzania for 2015, to help make your dream trip more affordable. 

Working with reputable and reliable tour operators is something I take pride in. I choose to work with companies that I'm proud to attach my name to their service. Duma Explorer is one of those suppliers and they have over 10 years of experience in the climbing and safari business. Below are several tours operated by Duma Explorer for 2015 that may interest you or your family and friends. Contact me to learn more about how to book into these exciting holidays. 



Safari Packages 2015 

July 16 - 20: Five day budget camping safari. US $1100 per person assuming two people join.

July 17/18 - 20/21: Four day lodge/tented camp safari. US $1150 per person assuming two people join.

July 19 - 23: Five day budget camping OR lodge/tented camp safari. US $1100 -$1400 per person for budget camping safari OR US $1550 - $1995 per person for lodge/tented camp safari.


August 8 - 15: Eight day tented camp/lodge safari. US $2500 per person assuming two people join.



August 23 - 30: Eight day budget camping safari. US $1475 - $1700 per person. 

August 23 - 30: Eight day safari - 5 nights budget camping and 2 nights tented camp in Northern Serengeti (to see the wildebeest migration). US $2105 - $2240 per person. 

September 14 - 24: Eleven day lodge/tented camp photo safari. This trip is led by Bob Madden, a retired National Geographic photographer who was twice awarded Magazine Photographer of the year. US$6900 per person based on double occupancy. View full details of the trip at Bob Madden Tour.
October 1 - 5: Five day lodge/tented camp safari. US $1550 - $1895 per person.
December 4 - 8: Five day tented camp/lodge safari. US $1750 per person assuming two people join.

December 16 - 20: Five day budget camping safari. US $1050 per person assuming two people join. Start date flexible.

December 29 - January 5: Eight day budget camping safari. US $1600 per person assuming two people join.



Climbing Packages 2015 

July 7 - 12: Six day Machame climb. US $1799 - $2069 per person. An optional 8 day camping safari follows this climb, starting July 13.

July 11 - 18: Eight day Lemosho climb. US $2329 - $2459 per person.

July 18 - 25: Eight day Lemosho climb. US $2459 per person.

July 25 - 31: Seven day Machame climb. US $1849 - $2099 per person

August 1 - 8: Eight day Lemsoho climb. US $2459 per person.

August 7 - 12: Six day Machame climb. US $1799 - $2069 per person.

August 23 - 29: Seven day Lemosho climb. US $2149 per person.



September 15 - 19: Four day Meru climb. US $929 per person.

September 22 - 29: Eight day Lemosho climb. US $2459 per person. Full moon summit. -- LUNAR ECLIPSE

October 10 - 17: Eight day Lemosho climb. US $2459 per person.

October 22 - 29: Eight day Lemosho climb. US $2459 per person. Full moon summit.

December 25 - January 1: Eight day Lemosho climb. US $2459 per person.

September 21 - 29: Nine day Northern Circuit climb. US $3099 per person. Full moon summit - LUNAR ECLIPSE



Choose a tour and contact Amanda to learn more and book one of these great trips in Tanzania! 

Tours not long enough for your adventures?? 

Talk to Amanda about doing a multi-trip tour including Rwanda, to trek with the Mountain Gorillas.