Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Africa’s Amazing Hobbit Shire

Outside our room at Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Where’s the best placed you’ve ever stayed?

Here, I’ll give you a minute to think…and then I’ll top it.

The best place we’ve ever stayed is northwest Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, an African fantasy with a flourish of chandeliers and zebras to mow the lawn. Since I left it seven months ago, I’ve thought about it every single day.

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Logistics of an African Safari

Most of an African safari involves sitting, excited, in a safari vehicle

If you’re planning (or dreaming of) an African safari, there are a few things to know and a few things you can forget.

Here’s your guide to both.

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Africa: Turns Out, It’s Really There

On safari with And Beyond in Botswana's Okavango Delta

So, you know how some places in the world just seem theoretical — even imaginary — until you actually go there?

Well, that’s how I felt about Africa for much of my life. Until now.

Having now seen a few corners of the continent for ourselves — largely in Botswana and Tanzania — we’re happy to report that while Africa is truly vast, it’s far from unknowable.

In fact, we’ve fallen so much in love that I dare say we’ve left a bit of our hearts behind.

Hope to go get ’em back someday.

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Off to (a Birthday Safari in) Africa

Hippo in Botswana's Okavango Delta - photo by Brian Scott

So, today is my 40th birthday.

(It’s the one thing Matt Damon, Sigourney Weaver, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and I all have in common.)

A few errant age spots and some stubborn gray hair aside, I’m relieved to find that I’m really happy about it.

I have wonderful friends and family, the best husband for whom a woman could wish, a new role as an expert (genConnect)…

…and oh, I’m off for a two-week safari in Botswana and Tanzania!

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TWT Travel Binder: Tanzania

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Tanzania.

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