Close Encounter With Giant Tusker Elephant

Enjoy the video below taken by our safari guests on September 5th, 2020 during an early morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. The elephants in the Ngorongoro Crater have become very habituated to tourist vehicles over the years though it’s unusual to get this close. Make sure to turn the volume up on this one!

Lerai Forest, Ngorongoro Crater
Video September 05, 2020

Lerai Forest in the world famous Ngorongoro Crater is home to some of the largest bull tusker elephants in Africa. The elephants in the Crater are unique in that they are predominantly old bulls flaunting giant ivory tusks. They survived the pre-ivory ban days in the 1980s when many large tuskers outside the relative safety of the Crater were poached. Since the ivory ban was enacted, elephant numbers have increased dramatically and the contiguous Northern Tanzania parks including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire form one of the greatest strongholds for elephants in Africa.

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What’s it like these days to travel and safari in Tanzania?

After a flurry of flight cancellations at the beginning of summer that left many disappointed travelers postponing safaris to next year, we finally have a few guests successfully venturing from the U.S. to Tanzania for late summer trips. We thought it would be helpful to show what it’s like travelling internationally along with the current conditions in Tanzania and, of course, some wildlife updates from the bush!

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Travel Restrictions and International Flights

Currently, there are no restrictions on travel between the U.S. and Tanzania. Tanzania had briefly put in place a requirement that travelers would need to present a negative COVID-19 test upon entering the country but that measure was rescinded. As the situation is fluid and out of an abundance of caution, all of our guests travelling for the remainder of the year plan to get tested within 72 to 96 hours prior to travel. Regarding the return trip home to the U.S., the CDC has recently dropped the 14-day self-quarantine recommendation for returning international travelers.

International Terminal in Boston on Aug 26 – not the typical summer lines!

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Operating Conditions In Tanzania

Most of the lodges and camps we typically incorporate into our itineraries have now reopened under the government’s new and strict operating procedures. These include screening and temperature checks for all staff and guests, frequent disinfecting of high touch surfaces, limiting the number of guests for dinning services and wearing recommended protective gear.

ADS Guests checking in at Arusha Coffee Lodge – Temperature Checks and Hand Sanitizer Stations now in place at all Lodges and Camps

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Welcome Back Tanzania!

The Tanzanian government recently announced the lifting of all international travel restrictions following a decreased trend of COVID-19 cases in the country and that it’s ready to welcome back visitors with open arms. In recognition of the importance of health, safety and security of tourists, the government further announced the implementation of strict operating procedures for each sector of the tourism industry (hotels, tour operators, airports and national parks) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Bringing the Serengeti to Your Home

In an effort to help you weave some moments of joy into your stay-at-home routines, we’ve helped sponsor a new project called Serengeti Show Live that brings you fresh new wildlife video from the Serengeti bush. Imagine game drives through wide-open vistas teeming with zebras and wildebeests. Although our lives have recently been put on pause, Tanzania is still full of life, teeming with wildlife and adventure. We’ll be posting clips of these video excursions here and on our social platforms to keep you all inspired by the magic that is Africa. View a clip from episode one below and stay tuned for more!

This project is supported by the  Tanzania National Parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, Tanzania Tourist Board, and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators.
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Travel for Good: Safari Adventures that Give Back

When guests travel to Tanzania, not only are they moved by the beauty of its natural resources, but also by the graciousness of the local people. In appreciation for all the inspiration this amazing country has to offer, each safari trip with Africa Dream Safaris aims to give back to Tanzania and its local community.  It is our privilege to support FAME – The Foundation for African Medicine & Education. This humanitarian project is entirely focused on advancing quality medical care in rural Tanzania. We proudly sponsor their efforts to impact the lives of local people in real tangible ways. Below is an update of how this important organization is responding to the vital needs of the Tanzanian community in response to Covid-19.

Photo by FAME / A vital signs station relocated outside of their Outpatient Department
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The Magic Of The African Sky

We could all use some peace and tranquility right about now and nothing conjures this up more than looking out into the African skyline. Here’s a roundup of our favorite skyscapes captured while on safari by our guests and staff.

Captured by Safari Guests: Suzanne, Robert & Megan from Las Vegas, Nevada
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Another Epic Adventure!

I recently returned from another fabulous safari with ADS….my fourth! As I basked once again in the beauty of Tanzania and its people, I couldn’t help but wonder how can anything surpass such glory?! To travel to this haven of natural wonder four times is such a blessing. To watch the circle of life play out in front of one’s eyes is truly amazing. To do so on a private safari with ADS makes for an incomparable experience…every time! There’s just no other way to go!

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Fun Facts About the BIG FIVE

Can you name the “Big Five”? This term originally referred to Africa’s mammal species that were most dangerous and difficult to hunt including: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Today however, the expression takes on a much gentler form as we use it to describe safari guests’ wildlife bucket list. Here’s some fascinating wildlife fun facts about about each of these majestic animals that are sure to impress your fellow safari mates.

Photo By: Ann E. from Aviano, Italy (Safari Dates: April 5-13, 2019)
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Region Spotlight: Maasai Kopjes

Tremendous wildlife viewing opportunities exist at the Maasai Kopjes. The craggy hollows and smooth granite crests of these towering granite kopjes are home to one of the Serengeti Lion Project’s most studied prides, called the Maasai lion pride. The nearby swamp, where the rare Bohor reedbuck can be found, is also the famous hunting spot for the resident lion pride. Kopjes are remarkable in that they have their own little ecosystem with a range of vegetation and wildlife including hyrax, mongoose, lizards and birds.

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Top Ten Memories of our ADS Tanzanian Safari

10. Getting in the Land Cruiser (before sunrise most days) with hot tea and coffee in hand, eager to see what the day would bring and NEVER being disappointed.

9. Eating amazing fresh fruit and fantastic homemade soups with nearly every meal and enjoying our first banana chips as a snack in the vehicle

8. Seeing elephants and the endless plains of the Serengeti FROM THE SHOWER.

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