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Bashay Rift Lodge sits on the table top of Umbwe Hill, south of the wildlife viewing Mecca of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. From the lodge, 4,500 feet above the African Great Rift Valley, there are spectacular views to the North West to Mount Oldeani and south east to the beautiful Lake Manyara within driving distance. The Rift Valley, formed 25 million years ago, runs both sides of Lake Victoria, through Tanzania and Malawi to Mozambique. In it can be found the footprints of prehistoric man at Laetoli and the fossils and tools of his hominid predecessors at Olduvai Gorge, both within range of a Bashay Rift Lodge day safari excursion or visited on route to the Serengeti. The lodge is a unique Africa accommodation in the Ngorongoro Karatu District which has become a focus for the successful integration of wildlife conservation projects, tourist initiatives and preservation of distinctive indigenous tribal identities. Built in undisturbed forest vegetation except for a small coffee plantation, with kitchen and pleasure gardens immediately surrounding the main lodge and adjacent suites, Bashay Rift Lodge offers stylish, affordable and convenient tour accommodation for AfricanMecca traveler in Tanzania. A range of local fauna can be seen and heard within a short distance of the buildings, including beautiful tropical sunbirds, weavers and lovebirds, as well as the pretty dik-dik, the world smallest antelope.

Accommodation At Bashay Rift Lodge

Approached by a twisting track through farmland and forest, Bashay Rift Lodge rewards the visitor with breathtaking views across the rift valley from escarpment to escarpment, vanishing into blue mists in distance. Modern, well-designed cottage suites are carefully positioned to afford excellent views while presenting an opportunity for peace and privacy. Spacious, airy rooms contain easy chairs, tables, and king-size / twin beds swathed in dreamy mosquito netting. There are delightful ethnic touches in beadwork, textiles and statuettes. Rich perfume of flower gardens wafts through open meshed windows. Roomy tiled bathrooms feature walk-in shower stalls. Complimentary toiletries and fluffy towels complete the welcoming effect. There are a mix of 21 rooms, suites, cottages and houses, all individually configured to provide convenient accommodation for families, couples, solos and groups of all sizes. Honeymoon couples on their Tanzania safari may choose either secluded cottages or self-indulgent terraced suites. AfricanMecca groups or families can share their vacation in Tanzania, in suites comprising two adjoining bedrooms, or four bedrooms with shared lounge, or even a house with six rooms on two floors. An eco-friendly, sun-warmed, infinity swimming pool provides a pleasant abode to relax on upholstered sun-loungers, enjoying the superb prospect. Showers, toilets, and changing rooms are close by. A comfortable main lounge is available with leather armchairs, sofas, and a large, hooded fireplace for cool evenings. Here, you can exchange stories of your African vacation experiences.

Safari At Bashay Rift Lodge

A Ngorongoro Crater trip from Bashay Rift Lodge is the most popular game-viewing activity on a Tanzanian safari, presenting the opportunity to see all the Big Five in a single 6-hour visit to this densely packed wildlife haven. Here, thousands of wildebeest and zebra share the grassy plains with other hooved animals; hungry black-mane lions wait for an opportunity to hunt and scavengers such as vultures, jackals, and hyenas wait patiently. In a customized 4 x 4 vehicle with pop-up roof for optimum wildlife viewing, driven by a skilled and knowledgeable AfricanMecca guide who exchanges up-to-date sightings and tracking intelligence by radio communication with others within the collapsed volcano, you are assured of seeing and photographing the best in action. You may witness during your African photo safari: confrontations between buffalo males and marauding predators. Our safari guides are sometime lucky in spotting the rare black rhino seeking the shade under the leafy woodlands or deceptively quaint hippo emerging from marshland, feathered with swamp weed. Other destinations to visit in the surrounding area include Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara, as well as the volcanic craters along the Rift Escarpment. In addition to the museums at Olduvai and Laetoli, you can enjoy educational and entertaining visits to Maasai villages, or to local markets and farms as well as private projects funded by Tanzanian tourism earnings that enhance the lives of local communities. Among these are schools, orphanages, adult education and craft courses, as well as conservation training initiatives. A safari to Tanzania is a two-way exchange: you will leave behind your heart and come away with fulfilling your dream.

Dining At Bashay Rift Lodge

The food served at Bashay Rift Lodge is grown in the home garden or sourced from local farms. A selection of teas, coffees, cordials, beers, wines and spirits are also available from both restaurant and bar, and special diets can be catered if explained in advance. All meals can be served in the dining area or on your verandah; alternatively, you can have them served on the decking beside the pool. An impressive, spacious restaurant with separate window tables is the place to take breakfast of fruit, cereals, eggs, toast and tea or coffee. Alternatively, a packed meal can be taken for an early start to your superb Ngorongoro Crater tour activity. Then Ngorongoro Safari begins with an hour’s drive to the main crater gate through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Northern Highland Forest Reserve, where you will be privileged to see the wildlife; due to the lack of adequate vegetation giraffes are easily sighted in the Serengeti, your next stop with AfricanMecca on route your East Africa safari circuit. A packed lunch can be enjoyed down in the crater so you won’t waste a moment of your allotted 6-hour exploration time. Or you can lunch at the lodge from a hot and cold buffet upon your late afternoon return. Sundowner drinks with delicious pre-dinner nibbles are served as the sun goes down, and a four-course set dinner will be enjoyed in the elegant wooden ceiling restaurant. A tasty vegetable soup with freshly baked roll starts the menu, followed by salads, vegetable curry or barbecued beef or chicken with desserts of fresh fruit, pastries and cakes. In the evenings when back at the lodge, with a cup of warm coffee or tea, for the lucky ones, in the peering of the vegetation or branches of the trees, you might be able to sight a bush baby or in some short distance the visibility, movement and rustles of a nocturnal wildlife that roam the ranges of the Bashay Rift Lodge (read more details on animal experiences in Ngorongoro).

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  • Jambo Raza, The safari trip in Tanzania was terrific - Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Our guide, Rodgers is a gem - smart, funny, knowledgeable and always interested in us and our journey. Great guy. We would all recommend your group to our friends.
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  • I can't thank AfricanMecca Safaris and everybody that I met as part of my African Safari enough for the most incredible and unforgettable vacation of my life. The lodge at Ngorongoro Crater and Kirawira Camp in the Serengeti were magnificent.
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  • The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
    Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
  • We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
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When staying at Bashay Rift Lodge near Ngorongoro Crater - Highlands (Karatu Farmlands), we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.



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