To be in the midst of the plain, with wildebeests as far as the horizon in all directions, is something I will never forget.

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Nduara Loliondo

  • Located within the greater Serengeti avoiding the crowds
  • Offers the chance to experience the Maasai way of life
  • A front row seat to watch the Great Migration each year

Facilities include

Reflecting nomadic culture Located in migration tracks

Activities include

  • Bush Walks
  • Game Drives
  • Night Game Drives
  • Watching Maasi Dancing
  • Visits To The Maasi Villages
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About

About Nduara Loliondo

The unique 'Meru' camp moves twice a year within a private area of the greater Serengeti. Big skies and stunning landscapes, this is a different perspective on safari: walks, picnics, night drives and the chance to experience the life style of the Maasai who live in this wild part of Tanzania.

The lounge and dining yurts are designed to reflect the nomadic culture, and allow you to make the most of the panoramic views that are typical here.

The six sleeping tents are the more traditional Meru-style tents, furnished in the bright textiles and warm textures of sheepskin and leather. En-suite bathrooms with eco-flush toilets and bucket showers ensure that you can be comfortable while still feeling just a little bit intrepid.

This camp is suited to adventurous and active people who like to do a lot whilst on safari and those who are interested in the cultural side. Perfect for families, couples and groups.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Loliondo still feels unspoiled and unencumbered by rules, like the Serengeti of 50 years ago. To the east, Loliondo runs into the wild extremities of the Great Rift Valley above Lake Natron, to the south it borders the volcanic hills of Ngorongoro, to the north it borders Kenya’s Loita Hills, and to the west it blends with the Serengeti National Park.

But nowhere will you – or the wildlife that migrates through this area - find anything that resembles a man-made boundary. This is somewhere with a palpable sense of freedom from rules. You can leave the car behind and scramble up a rocky kopje, walk along soaring ridges with your Maasai guide or - if you feel like it - lie on your back in the middle of a valley 20 miles wide listening to the sounds of the migration all around you. And you probably won’t see another soul.

This is truly a land of nomads where humans and wildlife must always have an eye on the horizon, ready to move with the seasons.

Loliondo is a sensational place, it's magnificent wide rolling valleys and whale-backed mountain ranges; at times it can overwhelm with its combination of wildlife followed by rarefied emptiness. But more than anything, it is a place to take in slowly and let the mixture of Maasai culture, rugged wilderness and wildlife slowly soak in.

Nduara Loliondo have formed a partnership with the Maasai and have been given permission to set up the camp in this particular area. They've been working with them now for more than 20 years, so while they still find each other fascinating, they also know each other quite well by now.

What this gives, is an opportunity for questions (as many answered as asked) and a chance to get the smallest glimpse of what nomadic life this wild part of Africa really entails.

Take a walk with one of the Maasai guides or spend time at one of the many attas and it becomes apparent that degree to which every facet of their lives bears the imprint of the environment in which they live.

Many attas are constructed using the raw materials available, cow dung and thorn bushes to keep predators away from the cattle within (still a very real risk). Morani decorate themselves using cow fat and ochre dug from the ground.

And the red shukas stand out vividly against the colours of the landscape, the perfect clothing in which to remain visible in a vast landscape.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and western Tanzania

BY CAR:
By vehicle depending on the season

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Nduara Loliondo is only open from November - March in Piaya.

Tanzania's climate is predominately tropical. For the whole country, the hottest months are from October to February. The long rains are from mid-March to late May, and the short rains from November to January. The coolest months are June to August when the nights and early mornings can be cold. In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro, temperatures can fall below freezing.

Important Information

The rooms are lit by a solar power 12V system. There are no charging sockets available in the tents, but charging of any equipment can be done in the library tent or the private guide cars. Hair dryers cannot be used in the camp.

A valid passport, a valid visa for those not exempted (£32 per person per single entry visa valid for 3 months). Yellow Fever certificate NOT needed for European arrivals. For more information please contact.

Malaria protection is essential. Please consult your doctor for advice on prophylactics.

Medical Insurance & Evacuation Cover. Due to its remoteness, Nduara Loliondo can only accept guests if they are covered by Flying Doctors. FDS cover varies between £20pp & £33pp, depending on length of the safari and if you don’t use it, the profit goes to fund FDS community support. This will be added to your invoice.

There is no internet at this camp.

Children

Travelling with children

Children of 8 and over are welcome in the camp.
Children of 12 and over are allowed to participate in the walking activities.
A child occupying a single room will be charged full rate.
Child rate applies to all under 21yrs sharing with an adult or another child.

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