A lot has happened at Hatari. In May, we welcomed our new managers Katrin and Denis. Katrin is mainly responsible for operational management and is complimented by Denis who supports her in technical problems and maintenance.
This year we renewed our deck on which our guests can now enjoy the direct view of the plains next to the crackling fire once again. Guests can enjoy a cool sundowner or relish a glass of wine next to the crackling fire on our deck.
The room design has also been further developed. The strong retro colours have now been replaced by smooth pastel shades. The circle wallpapers have been exchanged by peacock feather symbols. The symbolism of the peacock varies according to different spiritual traditions. Most embrace the peacock as a symbol of beauty. The eye pattern on the feathers of the peacock represents the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets, and thus symbolizes the universe. The peacock is also known to symbolize the circle of life when he shows off his majestic feathers in the form of a brilliant coloured wheel. The peacock also became a very important symbol in Tibetan mythology due to his ability to take poisonous plants to himself without harming himself. With this, he became the symbol for the ability of turning everything bad into good. Specifically, the peacock eye on the feather of the animal is a sign of consciousness.
The Ngurdoto Crater is also known as “Little Ngorongoro Crater”. This beautiful part of the park resembles a stranded Ark in the middle of a jungle which is reached via a curvy and steep mountain road. The crater has a diameter of 2,5 km and from the edge you have an amazing view past giant trees, lianas and strangler figs into the crater. More than half of the crater ground is covered by swamps.
“And that’s how it happened, at night, in total darkness.
They were sleeping nearby the fire on the ground holding each other softly.
The first thing he heard was the rattle of Saida and at first he thought she was speaking to him while dreaming. Then there was this breath over his face and the pain as finger-long fangs cut into his neck and his face. Then his lower jaw broke. Just for a glimpse he had opened his eyes and saw something huge and black with amber-coloured eyes…”
The story tells about the legendary Gurumico, who according to the Meru and Maasai roams the Ngurdoto Crater. But do not fear; there will be a ranger to accompany our hike through the crater. Since the Margarete Trappe era no human was allowed to walk in the crater and Hatari Lodge is now granted an exclusive trial period to enter the crater with our guests on foot. The legend of Gurumico is just one out of many fairytales about the Ngurdoto crater. Margarete Trappe, known as the white huntress and owner of the Trappe farm once discovered the crater while she was following the tracks of a huge elephant bull. When she saw him and his impressive figure she could not shoot him and was therefore rewarded with the sudden appearance of the Ngurdoto Crater.
After breakfast we drive to the crater to meet the ranger who will be accompanying us on our hike. We then descend through the dense jungle down to the crater floor. Leaving the dense rainforest behind us, wide swamp and moorlands open in front of us. We come across islands of huge papyrus plants in lakes, hiding buffaloes and warthogs and with a bit of luck we might catch a glimpse of Babu, a massive elephant bull who enjoys his remaining years on the crater floor.
Please note there is an additional 50 US$ p.P. for this exclusive hiking tour.
From 2014 you will receive a 50% discount on the first night at Hatari Lodge!
If you can only spend one night in Arusha, rather enjoy the beauty and serenity at the edge of Arusha National Park!
Opt for a longer stay and take advantage of our elaborate activities such as hiking in the rainforest and into Mount Meru’s crater, canoeing, guided walks along the river, visiting the hippo pool, following historic trails or enjoying a picnic at the waterfall. To our great joy we will soon be able to offer trips on horseback! A whole new perspective by which to discover the beauty of nature.
Less than an hour’s (part game drive) journey from Kilimanjaro Airport to Hatari Lodge
Experience African wildlife close up (including giraffe, warthogs and small antelope) roaming freely around this Oscar-nominated historical location
Spend the best time of the day on a morning game drive followed by a delicious breakfast or brunch prior to departure – or simply enjoy a sleep-in
Spacious en-suite rooms with verandas and fireplaces
Individual boutique decorated in warm African colours – a lodge made in Tanzania!
Wake- up call with coffee/tea/hot chocolate at the foot of Mt. Meru with a beautiful view of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Fresh cuisine featuring home-grown ingredients and catering for all diets
Exclusive service from attentive personnel with a love for detail
Enjoy the sunrise or a sundowner on our wooden deck, with a spectacular view over the African plain.
Bypass the ever-growing city of Arusha and its traffic by exiting from either the West Kilimanjaro Airstrip with Coastal Aviation (2 flights daily) or drive around Mt. Meru on to the Nairobi Road and through the coffee plantation onto the Northern Circuit Safari “highway“
Repeatedly selected as one of the best 10 camps with the most beautiful view in Africa, the Shu’mata Camp is suitable to get away from everyday life and experience the beauty of an untouched landscape.
Experience a scenic drive from Hatari Lodge to Shu’mata Camp located in the heart of the Maasai Steppe
Enjoy a 360° view of the African savannah at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Live in one of our six en-suite tents in Hemingway style with a Maasai touch
Have an authentic Maasai experience in Maasai land bordering the Amboseli ecosystem with:
Private & exclusive game drives
Maasai boma visit and sundowner on the plains with night time game drive
Profound nature walk with Maasai
Half-day game drive or guided walk in Tanzania’s private Amboseli with bush breakfast
Horseback riding (coming soon)
View Kilimanjaro from the Shira Plateau at 3500 meters
NEW: Safaris on foot (armed and guided) in the footsteps of elephants
In the morning, we drive to a picnic breakfast in the plains of the Amboseli ecosystem. We then explore the Maasai Steppe on a two-hour walk with an armed ranger. The trail leads us through elephant territory used as a corridor between Kenya and Tanzania. We will try to find the Grey Giants, past acacia islands and wide-open spaces and observe the majestic animals from a safe distance.
Maasai are a big part of Tanzanian culture. Therefore, we deliver diversified and authentic insight into their daily lives and traditions. During this experience, the Maasai present to us the many different ways and methods of how they live in and with Mother Nature which were acquired through hundreds of years of tradition.
Shu’mata Massai Experience
Enjoy a 2-day authentic Maasai experience that gives deep insight into the traditions and the everyday lives of these semi-nomadic people. Beside a nature walk, we also offer a traditional Maasai goat barbeque in cooperation with People-to-People Safaris’ Ole Sululu, with a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Join us on a guided hike in the footsteps of elephants and be welcomed in a Maasai boma, where the “living fences“ of the Big Cat Guardians project are already implemented. Learn more about their habits, traditions, rituals and healing methods nature has provided them.
2 nights/ 3 days
Rates on enquiry. Min. 4 persons
“Kili4all“ or picnic on Kilimanjaro
Shu’mata also has a new attraction to offer! From Shu‘mata Camp we make our way in an open car on a relaxing 2,5 hour drive in the direction of Mount Kilimanjaro. We cross versatile climate- and vegetation zones such as steppes, lush greens and, at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park, an alpine scenery. Our destination is the Shira Plateau at a level of 3.500 metres. When the clouds open, we can enjoy a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro’s breath-taking summit. The Shira Day Trail takes us on a hike for about 1 hour through grasslands, heath lands and moorlands with up to 10 metre high herbs and grasses.
Eland antelopes, the biggest antelopes of Africa will cross our way on the mountain cliffs.
Colobus monkeys swing through the branches and we will also see buffalos. With a little bit of luck we might even see elephants. We will take a break on the vast plains of the plateau for a picnic lunch with the wonderful views of the summit of the highest mountain in Africa. This offer makes it possible for anyone to climb on Kilimanjaro and enjoy a picnic on its slopes.
Kilimanjaro Horse Safari
For the adventurous, why not explore the beautiful surroundings of Shu’mata from horseback. Compared to being in a vehicle, you will be using all your senses on horseback. The sights, the sounds and the smells of Africa all round you, your horse being your personal companion. The area offers a great variety in scenery and habitats, with many different species to be seen. Everything from dung beetles to elephants. The terrain with very few holes and rocks is suitable for long gallops and if you’re lucky, maybe even alongside a journey of giraffes. Ride amongst the local tribe called the Maasai and experience their day-to-day life.
Explore Africa on horseback and you will see so much more.
Be a strong intermediate or advanced rider
Be able to control the horses’ speed and direction at all times
Be in a good health condition
Max. weight: strictly 15 stone, 210 lbs or 95 kg
Have a lightweight riding hat with you
Wear long chaps for protection against thorns
Destination: Kilimanjaro NP, Amboseli Wildlife Area
Seasons: December – March, June – November
In cooperation with Kaskazi Horse Safaris and Arusha National Park we are planning a horse safari through the bush and savannah of Arusha National Park. Discover an entirely different landscape while riding through the rainforest, passing by giraffes and buffalos and colobus monkeys greeting you from above.
The Kilimanjaro Safari Circuit (KSC) is now part of the famous Northern Circuit (Manyara – Ngorongoro – Serengeti).
The Coastal Aviation flightschedule includes a daily flight to/from West Kilimanjaro Airstrip. KSC combines a safari between Africa‘s Giants: Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The new safari circuit offers a stay at the foot of both mountains which includes a daily change of scenery, wildlife, culture and in general, learn about a fragile ecosystem. Both, lodge and camp belong to the same owner/management. Experience rainforest, lakes and crater landscapes within the Arusha National Park surrounding the Hatari Lodge. Combined with the wide open savannah vista of the Maasai Steppe enclosing the legendary Shu’mata Camp in Hemingwaystyle under Kilimanjaro.
We recommend a four to seven night stay on the Kilimanjaro Safari Circuit.
We are also proud to announce that we have recently joined the “Members of the Healing Hotels of the World“ and have therefore added another attraction to our offers:
Hatari Lodge and Shu’mata Camp are nestled peacefully in the natural landscapes of Tanzania. The primordial African bush is one of the most profound ways to re-connect with nature in its purest form. A place where your mind, body and spirit find their ground, and relax.
The lodges are both located in northern Tanzania and both give a fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Both lodges also have the luxury of being in the middle of the natural habitat of many of Africa’s awe-inspiring wildlife such as giraffes, elephants, buffalos, zebras and many more.
Lodge meals are created using local organic ingredients.
The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area become part of your safari as all your senses open to a spectacular variety of flora, fauna and indigenous culture.
Dedicated Healing Safaris are based at Hatari Lodge and Shu’mata Camp and are scheduled several times a year. They combine yoga and meditation in the stunning African landscapes with a wildlife safari and teachings of traditional Maasai medicine. Healing Safaris are led by Dr. Tanya Pergola, sociologist and Chopra Center Certified Vedic Master, author of Time is Cows: Timeless Wisdom of the Maasai.
What is an Art-Safari?
First of all you need to know that our painting holidays are for everyone interested in an artistic adventure. Artists, photographers, sculptors, whether you are just starting out, or more experienced, these Art-Safaris are for you.
An Art-Safari is not just a Safari; it has been designed by an artist to maximize your experience of the African bush, to find your creative self whilst enriching your appreciation of the natural world.
It is an unforgettable journey, an opportunity to sketch and paint animals in their natural habitats, take extraordinary photographs and sharpen your observational skills. As the groups are small you will enjoy one-to-one tutorship and guidance from your art tutor. You will experience the wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania up close, including the chance to meet the wonderful local people. A portrait session with the local Maasai is included in your Art-Safari, providing an opportunity to engage and explore the culture and history of your host country.
You will stay in luxury accommodation, eat wonderful food and enjoy comfortable transport as your journey takes you through stunning landscapes full of wildlife. Sketching from the vehicle gets you close to the animals and birds in world famous National Parks, while in selected reserves you will be able to sketch and paint in peace, sitting on a stool or standing at an easel. At least one of our locations offers a hide-out near a waterhole which is regularly visited by herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and many birds. Our guides know what creative people are looking for, how to get close to the wildlife and how to find the best view points to see landscapes at their best.
Allow all your senses to experience the moment as you engage your creativity with the real Africa.
The MomellaFoundation is a non-profit organization that has launched several programs for sustainable development in the Momella region and will expand further in the future. The focus of our efforts lies in the areas of education and entrepreneurship, energy and environment, wildlife and nature conservation, permaculture and the empowerment of women. The Foundation is working closely with the Momella village council, with project-related consultants and international partners. Years of experience in international development has shown that the sustainable capacity of all projects can only be realized through direct participation of the population and clear individual successes. Long-term experience in many countries show that nature and environmental protection are only possible when the region’s population are willing to get involved and are not forced into consent. Therefore, Momella’s population has to be involved in all projects right from the start, and they must realize their own personal advantages in doing so.
“Momella” means “the shine” or “the sparkle” of the moon or the sun in the local Maasai language. The MomellaFoundation aims to contribute towards the positive development of the region to enable it to consciously and proudly carry the name Momella.
The MamaMomella project had its first catwalk premiere in 2011 in Arusha. In November 2011 MamaMomella also opened its own shop at the Hatari Lodge. The project enables the local women to generate their own income by creating valuable textiles through their sewing and embroidering skills. Aside from assisting with the financial needs of the families, this also strengthens their self-confidence and represents a major step towards equal rights for women. With their sewing skills, embroidering skills and creativity, many valuable textiles are created combining traditional patterns and styles and the latest fashion trends.
At the Fashion Week in Dar es Salam in 2012, MamaMomella’s second collection was received last year with acclamation! Photographer Karl Kläy and his team from Switzerland visited us in June to photograph two models in a number of new outfits at Hatari und Shu’mata. Backed by local model Letti from Arusha, all the work was done voluntarily to support and publicize the amazing work of the men and women tailors of MamaMomella. To show special appreciation for their handiwork, a visit to the home of the embroiderers who embellish MamaMomella’s clothes with their filigree stitchery was arranged. This year, Marlies Gabriel inspired by “Tania Blixen“ presented her newest collection at the Maridadi.
The MamaMomella Foundation has grown steadily since 2007 and currently provides employment for 5 tailors and 30 women whose self-esteem has been enormously boosted by the success of their work. To insure sustainability, improvements are necessary. The current workshop, located on the premises of the Hatari Lodge, is not ideal. It lacks adequate heating, lighting and space. It relies on the lodge’s generator for electricity, which limits production to certain hours of the day. These restrictions affect production and the project suffers because of them.
Mwalimu and The Sparkling Elephant Project
The debut of Mwalimu and The Sparkling Elephant Project at Arusha’s Karibu Fair was an unmitigated success.
Mwalimu, a life-sized elephant made of wires and rebars, attracted hundreds of curious people at the fair. We are also very proud to say that our elephant statue attracted so many people that the media has also become interested in our project; television transmitters, journalists and organizations have contacted us requesting information about The Sparkling Elephant. The Sparkling Elephant Project was developed to create greater awareness to the endangered local wildlife species and vanishing ecosystems while providing the Tanzanians and school children with a creative outlet.
“Mwalimu”, which means “teacher” in Kiswahili, is adorned in a cloak made of 70,000 sparkling recycled glass beads. Each bead represents one elephant left alive in Tanzania. The glass represents fragility: the fragility of life, of the elephant population and of the sensitive balance of our ecosystem.
International March for Elephants October 4th 2013 – Arusha, Tanzania
Early in the morning a big crowd assembled at the Cultural Heritage to prepare for the big “March for Elephants”. The minister, school classes, rangers, citizens, tourists and volunteers were equipped with banners, t-shirts, masks, stickers and plaques. One after the other joined the big group and walked from Cultural Heritage to the AICC Kijenge. The streets were lined with spectators. Everyone had a very good time on the peaceful march through the city. Drummers and dancers gave the march an uplifting atmosphere as we were also celebrating the life of the elephant. In the midst of the event, Mwalimu was making his appearance and attracted all the attention. Young and old were mesmerised by the sparkling beads. Children were shouting their slogans and everyone showed a lot of respect and affection towards the biggest land mammal. We are proud to say that the whole event was a huge success!
Mwalimu now has his place in the Cultural Heritage Gallery to keep on raising people’s awareness of poaching. Further, they should learn how they can contribute to protect the wildlife in Africa. The plan is to create notice boards with facts and information to attract people’s attention. Furthermore, different animals, such rhinos and lions, will be constructed in the same way as Mwalimu. Likewise, they should be decorated with beads and finally take their positions at National Park gates.
Our provocative Elephant Tshirt for sale to raise funds & awareness
To raise further funds for the recycled glass beads we created a Tshirt line for the Sparkling Elephant Project:
Please help support our efforts by ordering and wearing one of these fantastic Tshirts. They are bold and beautiful and certainly send the message that people are fed up with the decimation of African
elephants for the sake of ivory baubles and carvings. The message is provocative and purposeful. We hope that when you wear it proudly you will turn some heads and start some minds to thinking.
Big Life Foundation
Time and again we are happy to arrange lectures and discussions at the Kenyan border with Richard Bonham and his team. Together we discuss the conflicts between humans and wildlife, and the projects that should protect both the Maasai and our environment. Enjoy a lecture in the bush.
280 US$ p.P. (thereof: 250 US$ will go to Big Life Foundation, 30 US$ for transport and delivery device MomellaFoundation)
Your donations will be invested in the following:
Hidden camera for capturing operations and arrests for evidence
Salary and upkeep of one ranger for one month as well as the equipment (e.g. ruck-sack, sleeping bag, GPS, uniforms)
Allowing the Super Cub plane in Kenya in the air to monitor wildlife and look for poaching activity
Hand-held Radio for rangers to communicate while on patrol
Fuel costs for the vehiclesfor patrols and positioning rangers
Costs of maintaining an informer network in both countries
One lightweight mobile camping unit that will enable the anti-poaching teams to provide a presence in areas further from established ranger posts
One year’s salary and training of a squad of 8 anti-poaching scouts, each with equipment for patrols including handheld radios, uniforms, binoculars, GPS and cameras.
Big Cat Guardian Project
Well roared, lion! – How long will lions still roar? In 26 countries lions are already extinct. In the first newsletter in 2013 we wrote a promising announcement that trained Maasai would protect the lions in the Maasai steppe. Unfortunately these Big Cat Guardians are systematically casted out of the Tanzanian Corridor of Amboseli. Appalled by this, we started searching for an adequate alternative as quickly as possible to ensure the survival of the lions and at the same time protect the Maasai.
Two important aspects of the project are: the protection of the Maasai Bomas by nightly exterior lighting which should hold the lions off attacking the Bomas, and financial compensation in case of a loss of cattle caused by lions.
Hereby the full price is refunded if the Maasai took reasonable precautions. If cattle got lost or forgotten in the bush, only 50% are reimbursed and, in case of a blemished Boma, only 30%. With solar lamps and living fences, the settlement of the Maasai would be protected and prevent the lions from attacking the livestock.
A living fence consists of Commiphora trees which are fast growing, dense and never need to be replaced. For the realisation of this project we need your help. The solar lights have proven to be very effective in testing phases. Also the rate of destruction is very low. These environmentally-friendly and unique methods do justice to both – the Maasai and the wild animals.
Living fence once USD 500
Solarlamps installation for a Boma USD 300
Lost in bush
Despite various efforts to increase the level of educationat state institutions, Tanzania suffers from a shortage of accessible, free, high-quality educational opportunities. This especially affects the rural areas; for example the Momella region. The lack of financial resources allows only 50% of the students to finish a primary school education and less than 3 % to finish secondary school. WatotoMomella gives the children of Momella the otherwise very unlikely chance to excel at the best educational institutions in the area. By doing this we hope to strengthen the community by supporting the future leaders of Momella. In this way we want to strengthen the community by encouraging the future leaders of Momella. We do not just want to offer a high level of education to the children from which they can benefit, but it is as important to us that they understand the moral principle of this all, which is that the easiest solution is not always the right one.
The WatotoMomella Preschool was opened on 29th August for the village. Since the opening, the children could enjoy a classroom full of life and joy and could develop a spiritual openness whilst receiving the constant necessary support. WatotoMomella uses the curriculum which follows the teachings of Maria Montessori and we received the equipment through generous donations. After preschool, the children have the opportunity to attend the secondary school Ngorika. Through merging with the Nariva Academy, we have also come one step further. In the end, the goal is to place the responsibility back in Tanzanian hands. The Nariva Academy was founded by a Tanzanian and is led by Tanzanians. The children receive a unique opportunity of an excellent education in a school that is managed by locals. This is the first movement towards independence and sustainability. Thus, a whole generation is now growing up, which in turn, can later provide the young ones a good start in life.
Now the students from the WatotoMomella Preschool and Ngorika are going to the same school.
Currently, 51 children (aged 3– 6) are being taught at the Nariva Academy. The children are all from Momella, the small village on the outskirts of Arusha National Park. Many of the children belong to employees of Hatari Lodge. These have the highest priority for inclusion in the WatotoMomella sponsorship program. In addition orphans benefit from preferential admission to our school as well.
We aim at creating a large social and economic network responsible for training and employing those who are native to Momella at Hatari Lodge.
Would you like to support our efforts to protect the flora and fauna of Tanzania and the improvement of sustainabilityof the local population? Every contribution, whether it be cash or a material donation, helps bring our projects a step closer to their goals and also equips the people with the knowledge and the means for permanent independent living.
Please contact us. We will send you more detailed information on request, including a list of current needs of each project. email@example.com
Christmas is just around the corner! On the 16th and 17th November two of our projects took part at the Christmas market in Arusha. On the one hand, the focus was on the MamaMomella collection, following the current fashion trends which found great interest, especially among the ladies. We were also able to sell our „Grow your own Ivory“ – T-shirts, the proceeds flow into the „Sparkling Elephant “ project, with a great success.
„Mwalimu “ was our representative for the Sparkling Elephant Project and the Conservation Fund. More glass beads were sold to accomplish „Mwalimu’s“ jacket to support the project. A quiz of how many beads adorn the glittering elephant in total was held and a photo competition rounded off the event. The prizes were weekend safaris, donated by the members of TATO. The Conservation Fund is comprised of three pillars for the conservation of elephants, „education „, “ anti – poaching “ and „create awareness “ – „Mwalimu“ was responsible for the recognition and the large established info-banners for the required education. These are printed in English and in Kiswahili for a better understanding.
In addition the atmosphere at Hatari Lodge and Shu’mata is becoming even more cosy and comfortable, as Christmas decorations herald the season. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve we are going to celebrate all together and are going to be culinarily and culturally coddled. Lots of surprises await our guests.