“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal – African Safari 7

The Camp at Nduara Loliando

Although Nduara Loliando is not very far from Serengeti Mara, it’s totally different.

The semi-permanent tents are circular with a conical roof and remind me of yurts. As with the Mara camp, they are very nicely furnished with twin beds, two unusual-looking but quite comfortable chairs in the sitting area, floor pillows and a really neat little three-legged side table. The vanity table was polished hardwood and beautiful. The floors were covered in straw woven mats with animal (cow) skins thrown over them. I have to say that the bathroom was nicer than Mara. There are some photos on the website here: http://www.nomad-tanzania.com/camps/nduara_loliondo.html

This is Maasai country. The Maasai lifestyle centers on their cattle and a man’s wealth is measured in terms of his cattle and children. Our guides are Maasai men with spears and, since we are now outside the Serengeti National Park, guards patrol the camp at night.

No longer bound by National Park regulations, we can take a walking safari. Roland has accompanied us here as guide and two Maasai warriors go along. One heads our trek with a .460 caliber rifle that can take down an elephant, if necessary. The other follows us with a spear. We hiked up and down a mountain for about 4 hours. Although we don’t see many animals, we learn a lot about the plants and the area in general. And this really feels like a safari from the early part of the 20th century, walking through the landscape, approaching each new vista slowly, never knowing what the next turn might reveal. This is Africa!

Later at Loliando, we go on a game drive at night. It’s interesting to be out in the dark African night, but you only see the nocturnal animals when the driver shines a red-filtered spotlight around in the trees. If it hits an animal’s eyes, the eyes flash red. But you can’t really see the animals very well and can’t take pictures unless you have special photographic equipment. I wouldn’t do a night drive again.