The Serengeti: Tonight We’re on Safari…Like it’s 1909

Our tent at &Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas

If you’ve ever wanted to travel like Teddy Roosevelt in days of yore (minus the animal poaching), I’d suggest transporting yourselves to Tanzania‘s elegant, far-flung Serengeti Under Canvas.

After all, when’s the last time you washed your face over a copper sink, lay down in a bed beneath a sparkly chandelier, and listened to a herd of wildebeest rustling just outside your tent?

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Shifting Sands: In the Wind

Continued from
Olduvai Gorge: Way the Hell Back in Time

Tanzania’s Shifting Sands are two crescent-shaped, bizarrely magnetic dunes in the midst of a long stretch of dusty desert. The sands blow slowly forth, around and back again as though pushed by tides, always holding their shape, never explaining themselves.

The air around them crackles with a strange energy, the vista is seemingly endless, and while there’s nothing else really here per se, there’s a strange pull that wants you (and the sands themselves) to stay.

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Olduvai Gorge: Way the Hell Back in Time

Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania's Great Rift Valley

While staying at the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, we took a short jaunt across Tanzania’s northwestern desert to visit the ancient Olduvai Gorge — aka human history’s Ground Zero. What we found there in the glorious middle of absolutely nowhere was surprising, sad…and inadvertently hilarious.

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Ngorongoro Crater: Way Beyond the Rim

In Tanzania’s Ngrorongoro Crater, we saw some things that to us were absolutely incredible…

…but to the Crater itself, were just part of the neighborhood.

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Ngorongoro Crater: Survival of the Fittest

In order to visit the legendary national park at Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, you’re required by law to be accompanied by an official safari guide.

This is a brilliant idea — for three reasons:

1) While someone else does the driving, you can both concentrate on the incredible scenery.

2) An expert guide can put all the amazing things you’ll see into a historical, geological and zoological context.

3) Someone will have your back if a lion strolls into the public bathroom…while you’re using it.

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