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 The strong retro colours have now been replaced by smooth pastel shades.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“
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.