There's more to a safari than watching the animals!
09.01.2008 - 09.01.2008 80 °F
E UNOTO RETREAT LUXURY LODGE
There are a number of activities at the E Unoto Retreat Luxury Lodge to make for a nice break from watching animals all day on your safari.
The hike to the beautiful waterfalls takes about 2 hours round-trip and is a great way to stretch your legs.
There are a number of Maasai villages surrounding E Unoto, none of them touristy like you find in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is best to get up early and visit the village when they are moving the cattle out to the "fields". They will show you inside a house, talk about their lifestyle, do a little song and dance, and yes, sell you some jewelry. This is a great opportunity for pictures!
E Unoto has a few bicycles, and it is safe to bike around the roads surrounding the lodge.
The afternoon can be spent relaxing by the swimming pool with a good book.
The rooms are large and absolutely gorgeous. Much nicer than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, which is one of my favorite hotels. The service was also great, but the food was not quite what it used to be. Hopefully, they will improve on this to make the lodge really top notch.
The Shalom Orphanage is located in Karatu, a town between Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. It is about 1 mile off the main road, and Karatu is a relatively small town, so the orphanage does not get as much attention or help as some others.
It houses about 40 kids between 1 and 13 years old. They were evicted from their last home, but luckily were able to move into their new facility, which they built and own. The new orphanage is not quite complete, and they can use a lot of help to complete the construction, and of course, with the daily care of the children.
NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE
This was my first visit to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, and I must say that I do in fact like it better that the Ngorongoro Serena for a few reasons: the gorgeous sunsets, the large rooms with enclosed viewing porch, and the only swimming pool at the Crater. I am sure the pool is quite chilly, but kids don't care, do they?!
I had heard that the food was not so good at the Sopa, but I thought it was absolutely fantastic. The Internet is painfully slow -- just like at every other hotel at the Crater. The only thing I miss from the Serena Lodge is the morning mimosas!