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Lake Masek Tented Lodge sits in a privileged position between the borders of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Southern Serengeti grasslands. This means there are no restrictions to off-road driving, which gives you excellent opportunities with your AfricanMecca guide to track and observe the illustrious wildlife up close and personal.
As you would expect on your dream photo safari to Tanzania – the Lake Masek – Ndutu area conveys traditional Big Five encounters augmented by the arrival of the seasonal annual Great Migration of over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra that circumambulate the Serengeti grasslands, travelling 1200 miles in search of new pastures and water.
This deluxe tented camp has a policy of pollution-free integration with the wilderness during your safari holiday in Africa. Electricity is supplied by noiseless sources - solar panel arrays. Rainwater is collected during the wet season. Biodegradable, eco-friendly and recyclable products are used in order to protect the environment.
Looking north, you have highland views of the Gol Mountains with limitless grass savannah of the Loliondo plains flanked by Maswa Reserve to the south-west. Here in the Masek-Ndutu area of the Southern Serengeti topography, vast wildebeest herds gather from December to March to calve and feed on lush grass amidst stalking predators including the king of the jungle – lions, lightning swift cheetahs, reclusive leopards and many more.
As the plains dry out, the herds move on to western Serengeti with the goal of reach north through the central bypass, followed by canine marauders. There is abundant diversity of nature’s dwellers on this ecosystem, from the huge Ngorongoro volcanic crater – a natural wildlife Eden to the Ndutu soda lakes with their flocks of pink flamingo and myriad of avi-fauna floating on the Serengeti cool skies.
Accommodation At Lake Masek Tented LodgeLake Masek Tented Lodge offers more than the anatomy of traditional tented camps in Serengeti. The 20 spacious, canvas octagon shaped rondavels sit on stilts layered with wooden platform floors. The canvas walls are of a natural color tone within its panoramic netted windows sheltered by white tie-back curtains. Numbers of animals come to drink at the blue waters of Lake Masek, providing satisfying spotting opportunities from the large railed verandahs which lead via timber steps with wild wood balustrades to the graveled walkways of the main camp.
Accommodation tours in Tanzania seldom offer such comfortable game-watching opportunities from your door step. Each tent is elegantly furnished in wrought iron and natural materials. Two-bed tents have a choice of king sized double, or queen sized single beds. Three-bed tents are also available. The beds are solid four-posters, swathed in creamy mosquito netting. The bathroom, with separate vanity units, flush toilet and free-standing bath, is screened from an outside shower surrounded by bamboo paneling, which an adventurous guest can enjoy by starlight.
The lounge boasts sitting and dining areas, fine mirrors with carved wooden frames and unique wooden standard lamps shaped to resemble surreal giant tulips. The standard of design and decor is outstanding for an African tour camp of this caliber. Shared areas of the camp include an impressive lounge with a well-stocked library and intimate clusters of cosy chairs.
A magnificent observation deck built around the bole of a shady tree is lit at night time by romantic lanterns – perfect for AfricanMecca honeymooners on a safari in Tanzania. Dine in the restaurant area or on the deck enjoying uninterrupted views over the mooning lake. You can also request to enjoy breakfast or sundowner cocktails on the lake shore.
Safari At Lake Masek Tented LodgeThis part of Africa has teemed with life for millions of years. The earliest ancestors of mankind were discovered by the Leakeys’ at Olduvai Gorge, which is within striking distance of your tour of southern Serengeti. From December to March, over a million migrating wildebeests and thousands of zebras arrive on the southern plains of the Serengeti from their long northern plains track of the Masai Mara cutting through the eastern side of Serengeti.
It is here that they rest, graze and more importantly calve to renew its evolutionary life and bring in the new generation of the wildebeests (see migration map). Where there is prey, there is a predator lurking around. You can encounter many hosts of the upper end of the food chain – lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena - all beholding for their spoils of nature in an event that is instinctive as breathing air.
Your safari activity drives through breathtaking scenery to see pink flamingos in shallow soda lakes encountering Maasai herders who graze their cattle on the rich sweet grass of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area – part of the Serengeti ecosystem. When the herds depart, the plains are left to resident fauna like the gazelle, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, topi, impala and numbers of wild cats, both large and small.
An amazing tapestry of wild flowers, jeweled by colorful birds, makes this area a year-round paradise for your AfricanMecca safari vacation in Tanzania. End your safari with sundowners enjoying your cocktails and snacks at an idyllic viewpoint as the sun sinks below the horizon, throwing glorious washes of color over the darkening skies and silhouetting the plains game in the foreground.
Dining At Lake Masek Tented LodgeYour culinary experiences during your Lake Masek safari trip in Serengeti includes the use of locally sourced, wholesome food prepared in a traditional Tanzanian fashion supplemented with a diverse range of international cuisine options available each day. Vegetarian and special diets can also be addressed on request. In general, breakfasts consist of fruit, oats, freshly baked bread, cheese and full English hot breakfasts.
Lunch offers salads, platters of meat, poultry, fish that are fried, grilled or baked with seasoned vegetables, whilst dinner includes soups, roasts, rice, vegetables and puddings served on fine china with silver service. A wide range of wines, beers, spirits, juices, soft drinks or warm beverages are always available.
All meals may be taken in camp or in the bush by arrangement, when tables, chairs, bush kitchens and bush bars will be set up as required. Very early, every morning, you will be awakened with a cup of aromatic Tanzanian tea or coffee. In the cool air of the early dawn, you will plan your Lake Masek Tented Lodge safari activities with your AfricanMecca expert guide. Your options are to make a morning game viewing trip in a specially designed 4x4 with all-round views from a pop-up roof, returning for a cooked breakfast, or staying out longer with a packed meal and drinks as your driver tracks predatorous fauna chasing the herds of wildebeest and other herbivores of particular interest.
A guided bush walk around the camp vicinity is an option after breakfast, followed by luncheon platters and a timely siesta during the warmest hours. Invigorating afternoon tea sets you up for an afternoon Serengeti tour activity catching many animals heading for water before settling for the night ending with your return to the camp for dinner with pre-drinks by the camp fire reminiscing your day’s events with other guests.
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When staying at Lake Masek Tented Lodge in Southern Serengeti Including Ndutu Area, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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