New Property, Meliá Serengeti Lodge Opening on 20 December 2017

The Meliá Serengeti Lodge blends into its natural surroundings without relinquishing the services and facilities of a luxury hotel.

  • Located in the heart of Serengeti National Park, 15,000 km2 of pure nature with the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent.
  • Overlooking the River Mbalageti valley. 36 km (50 minutes) from Serorena airport and 335 km from Arusha.
  • A safe and perfectly integrated resort with all the services and facilities of a luxury hotel.
  • Elegant rooms and suites inspired by local Masai traditions with colonial details and terraces that offer breath-taking views.
  • Magnificent facilities made from sustainable architectural materials, offering pool, gym, spa, Kids&Co and meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology.
  • Experience an extraordinary fusion of international cuisine and local flavours.

Discovering the Secrets of the Empakaai Crater, Ngorongoro, Tanzania

One of the most unique aspects about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is that the local Maasai tribe live in harmony with wildlife, something that is facilitated by a law demarcating Ngorongoro as a Conservation area, rather than as a National Park.  Unknown to many, are the variety of experiences that can be enjoyed within the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

A scenic drive through the Ngorongoro highlands, passing through various volcanic peaks and mostly uninhabited areas, with the exception of the occasional Maasai village.  A mixture of cattle along with zebra and impala can be spotted on the open grassland as you drive from the Ngorongoro Crater for about 80 km towards Empakaai.  When you arrive at the rim of the Empakaai Crater, the views are magnificent and you will realize that the famous Ngorongoro Crater is not the only intact volcanic caldera in this region.  The large alkaline lake covering three quarters of the crater’s floor dominates the landscape.  From the crater rim, the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano near Lake Natron is clearly visible in the distance.

As you begin to hike, you will be accompanied by local Maasai guide expert as well as an armed ranger, qualified to lead walking safaris in this area.  Potential wildlife sightings include buffalo, bushbuck, blue monkey and a variety of birdlife including barred tailed trogon, eagle, greater and lesser flamingo.

The easy hike down to the bottom of the crater goes through the lush forest and provides scenic views of the crater and lake beneath.  Upon arriving on the crater floor, flamingos are in clear sight, though they maintained a comfortable distance. Being able to experience the serenity and tranquillity on the crater floor is a definite highlight, especially since it is only accessible on foot, unlike the Ngorongoro Crater, which at times can feel overcrowded with vehicles.

After a 30 minute break admiring the views and enjoying the scenery, the challenge of hiking uphill to the top of the crater is upon you.  During this uphill climb you begin to feel the altitude.  However, hiking at a leisurely pace will make it more enjoyable, with the added incentive of having a picnic lunch waiting for you at the top.  Though the ascent and descent trail passes through the same route, the breath-taking scenery more than makes up for it.

Hiking the Empakaai Crater can be combined with an additional hike at Olmoti Crater or a visit to an authentic local Maasai Village to make a full day active and cultural itinerary. The Maasai in this area are far away from the tourist trail and therefore the experience interacting with them is less commercial, allowing you to get a true understanding of the tribe and their daily life.

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy Horse riding activity – starts on 19th June 2017

Take a morning or an evening ride within the 600 acre Endangered Species Enclosure, accompanied by knowledgeable staff on Ol Pejeta’s safari horses.  These rides will take you on a journey through a predator free area set aside by Ol Pejeta for the recovery of the northern white rhinoceros. As well as meeting the last three remaining northern white rhinos on the planet, you will ride through herds of the highly endangered Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest.  You will also encounter many other species including southern white rhinos and a myriad of plains game. Morning and evening rides will conclude with tea and cake at the nearby Morani’s Restaurant.

The rides will only be open to experienced riders and some proof of riding ability will be required at point of booking.

Ol Pejeta will supply all tack and riding hat. You will be responsible for your own attire. Legs and arms should be covered.

Rides for up to 4 riders will be available daily at 10:00 and 15:00 and will last approximately one hour.

Price per person: USD 90. Inclusive of meeting the northern white Rhino, riding and coffee/tea & cake.

 

Hub Zero – City Walk, Dubai

Hub Zero - City Walk, DubaiHub Zero is a unique, futuristic, and immersive park that features a variety of Interactive Dark Rides, Thrill Based Attractions and Challenging Action Zones in addition to the largest LAN gaming zone in the UAE, karaoke and party rooms, a pool hall and a retro arcade.

Aided by cutting-edge virtual experiences that bring video games to life through advanced, innovative technologies, Hub Zero is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers to engage in games and rides based on world-renowned intellectual properties.

You will find rides from games like Resident Evil, Plants vs. Zombies, Dragon Age, and many more that it’s not yet ready to talk about. the hub also features region’s first wireless VR-based first-person shooter, Time Zombies, which made its debut at this year’s Middle East Film & Comic Con. It also has exclusive attractions like the Hyper Drive driving simulator, the Double Agent double laser maze, Tiny Track Racers children’s karting simulators, a massive LAN gaming zone, a 4D cinema, a large indoor adventure climbing zone, pool and billiard tables, private karaoke rooms, and an extensive range of retro arcade machines with games like Pac Man, Space Invaders and more.