Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year

Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year

Reuter, Henry J.


Book ID 366

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Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 068
Extract Date: 1967

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Advert)

Extract ID: 3471

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 069
Extract Date: 1967

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park, (Park entry- fees residents 201/- per day. Cars 10/- per day).

Serengeti - a name that seems to conjure up all that is wildest in wildest Africa - is 5,600 square miles of plainsland, reachable from Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, or from Nairobi, via Arusha, Its Northern boundary joins the Mara Game Reserve of Kenya, to the West, the Park stretches in a long corridor to within five miles of Lake Victoria, and on its Eastern boundary lies Masailand, with its famous Ngorongoro Crater.

From Arusha, it is a relatively easy 208 mile drive on all-weather roads to the Seronera Game Lodge, on the Western side of the Serengeti plains. Alternatively, you can fly to the Seronera strip, which will take aircraft to the size of a Douglas D.C. 3.

The Lodge has 64 beds, 24 of which are under canvas. Full catering facilities are available, and there is a fully licensed bar. The Lodge tariff varies according to the season.

From July 15th to September 15th, and December 15th to April 15th a double room or tent with full catering costs 80/- per day per person; a single room or tent with full catering is 90/- per day; and the daily tariff for children under 12, sharing, is 40/-.

In the "off season" - September 16th to December 14th and April 16th to July 14th - the prices are reduced to 65/- per person per day for a double room or tent with full catering; 75/- per day for a single room or tent with full catering; and 35/- for children under 12. A new lodge to cater for 100 visitors, will be built shortly in the National Park.

The Lodge is a wonderful centre for game viewing. Within the park, the country varies from the vast, treeless central Serengeti plains and savanna-type stretches, dotted with flat-topped Acacia trees interspersed with magnificent rock outcrops, to riverine bush, thick scrub and forest, in the North and along the Mara River.

Streams, rivers and small swamps and lakes all add to the fascinating variety of scenery. Altitudes range from 3,000 to 6,000 ft.

The outstanding feature of the area is, of course, its fauna. It contains the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, and on a scale which has no parallel anywhere in the world. The most abundant herbivores are:

Wildebeeste 330,000

Zebra 150,000

Thomson's Gazelle 60,000

Grant's Gazelle 40,000

Topi 20,000

Buffalo 20,000

Giraffe 19,000

Impala 10,000

Eland 5,000

Hartebeest 5,000

In addition, there are hundreds of hippopotami, dik-dik, steinbuck, klipspringer, oribi, warthog, reedbuck, waterbuck, and rather fewer roan-antelope, duiker, and rhinoceros, which live in their somewhat restricted habitats in the region. Elephant, occasionally exceeding 1,000 in number, frequent the area.

Serengeti is also famed for its lions, and contains a wide selection of bird life. It is world famous for its annual game migrations, which usually take place in May and June.

Then the wildebeeste and zebra move from the central plains to the permanent water of the Western corridor. The great herds gather and then move steadily westwards, forming a column six or seven abreast and sometimes several miles long � one of the unique sights of Africa.

At the tail end of the procession come the cripples and those too old to keep up with the rest, often falling victim to the inevitable following of lion and other camivora.

The great procession passes through the central ltonjo Range, and gradually disperses throughout the length and breadth of the corridor, until many of its number spill over the park boundaries.

Extract ID: 3470

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Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 070
Extract Date: 1967

Ngorongoro Forest Resort

NGORONGORO FOREST RESORT LTD., is a unique innovation in that it provides inexpensive yet comfortable accommodation. It is organized on a "do-it-yourself" system, of providing one's own food, which can be cooked and served by the Resort staffer the tourist himself, with crockery and cutlery provided.

The Rest House is situated near the rim of the Crater in a Valley with a beautiful view sheltered by forest glades, often frequented by big game, such as Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo, which can be seen at close quarters from the Verandah.

There are six fully equipped bedrooms in the house. Some are family size, with fire places having three beds and a cot, whereas the others are twin bedded. Running hot and cold water, electric light and indoor toilets and baths are all available.

Food supplies can be bought from the Resort Store such as eggs, bread, butter, tinned foods, chocolates and cigarettes.

Light meals are prepared to order if preferred.

Booking at:

Ngorongoro Forest Resort Ltd.

Barclays Bank Building P.O. Box 792


Phone 2694

Extract ID: 3472

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Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 071
Extract Date: 1967

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Most visitors take in a trip to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, either on their way to the Serengeti or on their way back to Arusha, The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is 112 miles from Arusha, reached via the Arusha-Serengeti road in-a spectacular three-hour drive which takes the visitor to the base of the Great Rift Wall (3,000 ft) past the entrance to the Lake Manyara National Park and then on to the Mbulu Plateau, past the Karatu and Oldeani wheat and coffee farms, and finally through the temperate forest up to Crater View (7,500 ft.) and along the Crater rim to the Lodge.

There are two scales of fees and charges for entry into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area - one for visitors and another for Tanzania residents.

For visitors entry to the area costs 20/- per dav, with children over 3 and under 16 at half-price. The charge for taking motor vehicles into the area is 10/- per day up to 30 cwt. Tw., and 20/- per day for vehicles over 30 cwt. Tw.

Tanzania residents pay the reduced rates of 5/- per day for adults, and 2/50 per day for children, for entry into the area. Motor-vehicle rates are unchanged. All classes of visitors pay 10/- per day for hiring a guide.

The crater itself has been described as "Africa's Garden of Eden". The first view of it is breathtakingly lovely. It is 2,000 ft. deep and ten miles across, with an area of 102 square miles,

Most visitors stay at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and spend days exploring the crater, either in their own four-wheel-drive vehicles or in hired vehicles. Ordinary saloon cars are not allowed in the crater.

It is estimated that the conservation area contains 14,000 wildebeeste, 5,000 zebra and numerous gazelle and other plains game, in addition to the "big five" - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, hippo and buffalo.

No other game-viewing area in Tanzania offers such a healthy and bracing climate (at 5,000 to 7,500 ft.) or such a beautiful setting, with six 10,000 ft. mountain peaks constantly in sight. The area is free from mosquitoes and tsetse fly, and mosquito nets are not necessary.

The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge itself, with 105 beds and a superb view over the crater, is believed to be the oldest, largest, yet most up-to-date Game Lodge in East Africa. The earliest buildings date back to 1937. The latest - the new log-style dining room and lounge, providing full restaurant and bar facilities - was completed in July, 1963.

Most buildings are of log construction with shingle roofs, their rural aspect contrasting strongly with the internal appearance of comfort, with log fires, gasheated bath water, and indoor sanitation.

Tariff: There are two tariffs for the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, according to the season.

From April 15th to JuJy 15th and September 15th to December 15th the tariff is:

Single room with private bath, 75/-',

double room with private bath, 120/-;

single room share bath, 60/-;

double room share bath, 100/-.

From July 15th to September 15th and December 15th to April 15th, the tariff is:

Single room with private bath, 110/-;

double room with private bath, 180/-;

single room shai~ bath, 90/-;

double room share bath, 140/-.

All rates include the "best food available in East Africa",

Land-Rovers may be hired at the Lodge. A full day tour of the Crater with driver/guide costs 200/- or individual seats of 50/- each. Land-Rover hire when not staying overnight at the Lodge is 250/- a day,

Bookings to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Ltd., P.O. Box 751, Arusha. Tel. Arusha 3192.

Extract ID: 3476

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 072
Extract Date: 1967

Citizens' Lodges

For local people who may find the cost of staying at the Lodge beyond their pockets, Ngorongoro offers alternatives, in the form of three kinds of cheaper accommodation. Firstly, there is a youth hostel, designed primarily for youth groups) clubs etc. This has a 24-bed dormitory and a supervisors' bedroom, a lounge-dining room, an adequate kitchen and ablution facilities, and its use is free to any organised educational group.

Secondly, there is a 12-bed annex to the Youth Hostel, where the casual traveller with a knapsack or bedding roll on his back can get a bed for 5/-, or 10/- with sheets and blankets.

Thirdly, the authorities have established a "Forest Resort" to meet the needs of the local family man. This has six-bedrooms with electric light, indoor sanitation and hot baths; service is on a do-it-yourself basis, but food can be bought on the premises and cooked by resident staff,

The Resort Rest House is situated near the rim of the Crater in a valley with a beautiful view, sheltered by forest glades, often frequented by big game, which can be seen at close quarters from the verandah. There are six fully equipped rooms in the house. Some are family size, with fireplaces, having three beds and a cot. Others have two beds. Food such as eggs, bread, butter, tinned foods, chocolates and cigarettes can be bought at the Resort store.

The Resort tariff is: Single accommodation, 25/-; double room, 40/-; children under 12, 12/50. There is also a 10 per cent service charge. Full day tours of the Crater in a Land-Rover can be arranged at 200/-.

The vehicle seats six persons. All other trips by Land-Rover cost 2/50 & mile.

Bookings for the Forest Resort should be made to Forest Resort Ltd., Barclays Bank Buildings, P.O. Box 792, Arusha. Tel. Arusha 2294. All bookings must be confirmed with a deposit of 10/- per person, per night, plus 200/- if the Land-Rover is required,

A new, modern lodge is being planned for the Ngorongoro Crater to cater for the growing demand for visitor accommodation.

Extract ID: 3474

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 072
Extract Date: 1967

Safari Hotel, Arusha (Advert)

Extract ID: 3475

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 073
Extract Date: 1967

Lake Manyara National Park.

About 20 miles from Ngorongoro lies the third of the areas' tourist attractions, the 123 square mile Lake Manyara National Park. The park lies on the North-Eastern shores of Lake Manyara, one of the great saline rift lakes of East Africa. The lake, which is fed by springs coming from the foot of the Great Rift Wall, shrinks to a few square miles during the dry season. It supports hundreds of thousands of flamingos, pelicans and water birds of many species and is fascinating for the ornithologist.

The Park also boasts a large variety of wild animals. Buffalo are plentiful and there are numerous herds of elephant. Lions in the area have a habit of climbing trees to escape from tormenting flies.

Lake Manyara is reached easily from Arusha - a 75 mile trip, 50 miles on tarmac to Makuyuni and thence on an all-weather gravel road running Westwards to the village of Mto-wa-Mbu immediately below the Western wall of the Great Rift Valley.

The entrance to the Park is li miles beyond the village, and is open to visitors from 6 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. The park area includes about two-thirds of the lake and all the land on its western shore as far up as the top of the Rift Wall.

The main all-weather track goes South from the entrance gate until it reaches the hot springs called Maji Moto at the Southern end of the Park. These springs are a favourite feeding ground for many water birds.

There are several circuit tracks branching off from the main track taking visitors into the principal wild life areas. These tracks may be closed in wet weather. On the lake shore there are swampy patches of fresh water which are also frequented by many birds.

Within this glorious setting can often be found leopard and rhino as well as large herds of elephants and buffalo. Lion keep up with the various herds of wildebeeste and should be looked for amongst the acacia trees along the lake shore.

The best way to spend a day in the Park is to enter in the early morning and drive slowly down to the Hot Springs at Maji Moto, where you may see klipspringer standing on the rock outcrops and reedbuck in the marshes. After lunch drive back by way of some of the circuit tracks, to arrive at the gate by 6.30 p.m. Visitors may enter and leave the Park only at the Mto-wa-Mbu gate.

Entry fees are: Residents of East Africa, 5/- per day per adult. Nonresidents of East Africa, 20/- per day per adult. Children between the ages of 3 and 16 are admitted at half-price; children under 3 are admitted free. Vehicle charges are 10/- per entry for vehicles under 40 cwt. Tw. and 60/- for vehicles over 40 cwt Tw. Guides are available at 5/- per day or part of a day.

Many visitors to the Park stay at the luxurious Lake Manyara Hotel situated on the Rift Wall overlooking the lake which has now been included in the National Park, and six miles from the Park gate. (For details of tariff etc, see Hotels Section).

Extract ID: 3473

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 074
Extract Date: 1967

Ngurdoto Crater National Park

Having offered this famous trio of Parks, northern Tanzania is by no means done with the tourist. Arusha sits in the shadow of 14,979 ft Mt, Meru, and high up on the mountain is what Sir Julian Huxley has described a "little gem among National Parks." The Ngurdoto Crater National Park is only 20 square miles in area, and has an interesting history.

In the last century, it was a battle ground for rival groups of Masai. Then, in 1907, a German family called Trappe acquired a vast farm on the top of the mountain which, precipitous on one side, is relatively gently sloping on the other and houses a series of lakes in its volcanic depressions.

The Trappe family used the land for ranching for many years. In the 1914-18 war, as Germans they were classified as enemy aliens and the land was confiscated, The whole family moved to South Africa and worked and saved, and later moved back into their old homestead, having purchased back: the 5,000 acres on top of the mountain.

The late elder Mrs. Trappe was a lady of great character. She was the first and only woman to become a professional hunter in East Africa. In 1960 a large part of the Momela estate was made into a game sanctuary. Other members of the family still live in the area.

The Crater National Park is truly a gem. A road has been built to enable the visitor to drive around the lakes, and along the crater rims there are beautiful lockout posts in the forests at which the visitor can picnic and gaze down on the wildlife.

For its area, the Park has more than its share. It is a haunt of large numbers of rhino and hippo; elephant and buffalo frequently cross the trails; giraffe and waterbuck are common and the area is also the haunt of lions, leopards, wild dogs and a host of small game.

Extract ID: 3468

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 074a
Extract Date: 1967

New Arusha Hotel (advert)

Extract ID: 3469

See also

Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year, 1967
Page Number: 153
Extract Date: 1967

New Arusha Hotel


NEW ARUSHA HOTEL, P.O. Box 88, Tel. Arusha 2042, Telegrams Centre.

Proprietors, New Arusha Hotels Ltd., Manager D. N. Jarman.

Tariff: Bed and breakfast with private bath, 60/- single; 100/- double.

Full Board per day with private bath, 80/- single, 150/- double.

Full Board per week with private bath, 507/- single; 893/- doubife.

Full Board per month with private bath, 1000/- single; 1800/- double.

Private suite, with bath, lounge and balcony, with breakfast, 200/- double.

Tariff for children: Reduction of 50% for children of 3 to 12 when sharing with parents.

Tariff for meals: Breakfast 7/-, lunch 15/-, dinner 15/-,

Accommodation available: 31 double and 36 single rooms all with private bath.

Amenities available: Tennis court, swimming pool, regular dances, a

banqueting hall, tours arranged to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater. Serengeti and all game parks in East Africa.

Amenities within reasonable distance: Golf course, fishing.

No servants' accommodation, but available nearby.

Dogs are accepted.

Petrol is available day and night opposite the hotel.

Extract ID: 1438