Welcome to TAASA Lodge, a hidden gem located on the enchanting northern edge of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Tucked away within a Wildlife Management Area, our lodge offers a serene escape from the bustling crowds of tourists, allowing you to immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the wilderness.

Thoughtfully designed and meticulously decorated, our main lodge embodies elegance and comfort. Crafted with a harmonious blend of precious timbers and adorned with expansive picture windows, it presents breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Step inside, and you’ll discover a haven of tranquility and indulgence.

Accommodation

At TAASA Lodge, we pride ourselves on providing our guests with luxurious and spacious en-suite tents that serve as your home away from home between exhilarating game drives. Each tent has been meticulously appointed, seamlessly combining modern comforts with uniquely African accents.

As you enter your tent, be prepared to be captivated by the stunning vistas of the Lobo Valley from your private verandah. Sink into the embrace of your cozy sitting area, adorned with a large sectional couch and a convenient desk for those who wish to document their adventures. The raised sleeping area offers a choice between a king or twin-sized bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep amidst the wilderness. The en-suite bathrooms feature stone showers, double vanities, hair dryers, sumptuous robes, and plush towels—luxurious touches that elevate your bush experience.

Dining

Indulge in a culinary journey at TAASA Lodge, where every meal is a celebration of flavors and a showcase of exquisite local ingredients. Our dining room, nestled within the main lodge, is where most breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served. Immerse yourself in an inviting ambiance as you savor delectable dishes prepared by our talented chefs.

Prefer to dine al fresco? We offer the option to enjoy meals on our terrace, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Serengeti. Alternatively, you can request a private dining experience on your verandah, where you can relish the flavors while reveling in the intimacy of the African wilderness.

Before or after your meal, unwind on our spacious outdoor patio, complete with a fire pit and comfortable lounge chairs. It’s the perfect spot to indulge in aperitifs, sample hors d’oeuvres, or simply soak in the breathtaking surroundings. And for those seeking a refreshing dip, our new infinity pool overlooking the picturesque Lobo Valley offers a serene oasis of relaxation.

Location

TAASA Lodge boasts an ideal location that allows you to witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles—the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. From June to October, the migratory herds paint the Serengeti with their presence, embarking on a remarkable journey. Witness the heart-stopping river crossings, as one brave wildebeest takes the leap, followed by hundreds more. It’s a testament to the wonders of the natural world, an experience that will leave you spellbound.

Situated perfectly for the Northern Serengeti migration towards the Mara River, TAASA Lodge offers an unparalleled vantage point to witness this breathtaking phenomenon. Prepare to be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of the wild as you become a part of this extraordinary spectacle.

Amenities

At TAASA Lodge, we believe in enhancing your stay with exceptional amenities that make your experience even more memorable.

Infinity Pool: Immerse yourself in our infinity pool, seamlessly integrated into the lush greenery surrounding the main lodge terrace. Take a refreshing swim or simply relax poolside, indulging in the panoramic views that stretch before you.

Starlit Dinners: As the sun sets, we invite you to gather around a bonfire overlooking the valley. Sip on your preferred beverages, relishing the breathtaking scenery as the stars twinkle above. Our chefs will craft a delectable African dinner, infusing each bite with flavors that reflect the richness of the land.

Activities

The Great Migration: Embark on an extraordinary adventure as you witness the Great Migration firsthand. From June to October, the Serengeti comes alive with the thunderous footsteps of wildebeest and zebra. The river crossings are particularly enthralling, as the animals gather on the banks, contemplating the daring leap into the unknown. This natural phenomenon is a sight to behold, an experience that will forever be etched in your memory. With TAASA Lodge’s ideal location, you’ll have front-row seats to this mesmerizing event.

Night Drives: Uncover the mysteries of the night as you embark on a thrilling game drive under the starlit African sky. Climb aboard our open-sided Toyota Land Cruiser, wrapped in warm blankets, and venture into the darkness. Witness the nocturnal wonders of the Serengeti, from the elusive striped hyenas on their prowl to the majestic lions on their nightly hunts. With your Maasai guide, perched in his tracker’s chair at the front, armed with a floodlight to reveal the hidden predators, every moment becomes electrifying—an adventure like no other.

Walking Safaris: Step into the heart of the African bush and embark on a walking safari. Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of the untamed wilderness in a deeply personal and immersive way. Learn about the medicinal plants that have been integral to African cultures, discover the ancient art of fire-making using sticks, and encounter the remarkable wildlife up close. This unique experience offers a deeper connection to nature, allowing you to truly appreciate the marvels of the Serengeti.

Balloon Safaris: Elevate your safari experience and take to the skies on a magical balloon safari. Witness the vastness of the Serengeti from above, as you glide gently over the plains and marvel at the breathtaking vistas below. This awe-inspiring adventure, operated by Adventures Aloft Serengeti, offers a bird’s-eye view of the wildlife and landscapes that make this region truly extraordinary.

Maasai Village: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Maasai people by visiting a local village. Unlike the tourist-oriented Maasai bomas found in other areas, the village of Ololosokwan remains untouched by large-scale tourism, allowing you to experience the authentic Maasai way of life. The Maasai are renowned for their distinctive customs, dress, and unwavering pride in their heritage. A visit to this community will undoubtedly be a rewarding and enlightening experience, providing valuable insights into the local traditions and beliefs that define the Maasai people.

Shopping

TAASA Lodge offers a unique shopping experience that supports the local community of Ololosokwan, ensuring that your purchases directly contribute to the welfare of the village.

Maasai Honey & Candles: Delve into the flavors and scents of the region with Maasai Honey, a beekeeping project located in Ololosokwan. The project aims to empower Maasai women by teaching them the art of honey harvesting and candle making, providing them with sustainable income-generating opportunities.

Maasai Beadwork: Admire the intricate beauty of Maasai beadwork, skillfully crafted by local women. Each design holds deep symbolic meaning, with colors representing bravery, strength, energy, purity, and the endurance of the Maasai people. These exquisite creations serve as visual narratives, sharing stories that have been passed down through generations.

Maasai Fabric: Discover the vibrant and versatile Maasai fabric known as the shuka. With its array of colors and patterns, the shuka can be used as a blanket, a throw, a wall hanging, or even incorporated into various sewing projects. Take home a piece of Maasai tradition and infuse your surroundings with the spirit of Africa.

Maasai Carvings: Marvel at the intricate wood carvings skillfully crafted by Maasai artisans. These decorative figurines, bowls, and utensils are carved from solid pieces of wood, showcasing the talent and artistry of the Maasai people. Each piece carries the essence of the Serengeti, serving as a lasting memento of your unforgettable journey.

Children’s Activities: At TAASA Lodge, we understand the importance of creating memorable experiences for our young guests. Our experienced and enthusiastic staff are dedicated to engaging and entertaining children of all ages. Whether it’s tracking wildlife through their footprints, stargazing to discover the wonders of the southern hemisphere, or encouraging creativity through wildlife-inspired drawings, we ensure that every child’s visit is filled with joy, excitement, and educational opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is TAASA Lodge located? TAASA Lodge is located on the northern edge of the Serengeti in Tanzania, nestled within a Wildlife Management Area. It offers a serene and secluded setting, far away from the crowds of tourists, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region.
  2. What is the accommodation like at TAASA Lodge? At TAASA Lodge, you’ll find luxurious and spacious en-suite tents that provide a comfortable and relaxing retreat between your game drives. Each tent is thoughtfully designed and appointed with modern comforts, while incorporating unique African accents. You can enjoy stunning views of the Lobo Valley from your private verandah and indulge in the cozy sitting area furnished with a large sectional couch and desk. The raised sleeping area features either a king or twin-sized beds, and the en-suite bathrooms offer stone showers, double vanities, and luxurious amenities such as sumptuous robes and towels.
  3. What dining options are available at TAASA Lodge? TAASA Lodge offers various dining experiences to cater to your preferences. Meals can be enjoyed inside the main lodge, outdoors on the terrace for an al fresco dining experience, or on your private verandah upon request. The lodge’s dining room serves most breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, providing a delightful culinary journey that showcases the flavors of the region. Additionally, the large outdoor patio with a fire pit and lounge chairs creates the perfect ambiance for aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres, while the lounge bar offers a selection of fine wines and spirits.
  4. What amenities does TAASA Lodge offer? TAASA Lodge features a range of amenities designed to enhance your stay. One of the highlights is the infinity pool, seamlessly integrated into the lush surroundings of the main lodge terrace, providing a stunning spot to relax and soak in the panoramic views. Additionally, you can indulge in starlit dinners perched on a hill above the tents, where you can witness the enchanting sunset while enjoying drinks and delicious treats around a bonfire. The lodge also provides a comfortable main lounge with opulent settees and an indoor fireplace, as well as a lounge bar offering a selection of fine wines and spirits.
  5. What activities are available at TAASA Lodge? TAASA Lodge offers a range of activities to immerse you in the natural wonders of the Serengeti. One of the most remarkable experiences is witnessing the Great Migration, which occurs during certain months of the year (typically June to October). You’ll have the opportunity to observe the awe-inspiring sight of wildebeest and zebra herds, including thrilling river crossings. Night drives are another thrilling activity, allowing you to explore the Serengeti under the starlit sky and encounter nocturnal wildlife. Walking safaris provide a unique opportunity to experience the bush up close, while balloon safaris offer a breathtaking perspective from above. Additionally, you can visit a local Maasai village to learn about their rich culture and traditions.
  6. Can I go shopping at TAASA Lodge? Yes, TAASA Lodge offers a unique shopping experience that supports the local community of Ololosokwan. You can find a variety of authentic and handmade items, including Maasai honey and candles produced by a local beekeeping project, exquisite Maasai beadwork featuring traditional designs and symbolic meanings, vibrant Maasai fabric known as shuka, and intricately carved wooden figurines and utensils created by Maasai artisans. By purchasing these items, you directly contribute to the welfare of the village and support sustainable income-generating projects.

Getting there

Getting to TAASA Lodge is an exciting part of your journey to the Serengeti. Whether you prefer to travel by air or road, there are convenient options available to ensure a smooth and enjoyable arrival at the lodge.

By Air: The most convenient and time-efficient way to reach TAASA Lodge is by flying into one of the nearby airports. The closest airport is the Lobo Airstrip, which is approximately a 30-minute drive from the lodge. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to Lobo Airstrip from major airports in Tanzania, including Arusha Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. Upon arrival at the Lobo Airstrip, you will be warmly welcomed by the lodge’s staff and transferred to TAASA Lodge in a comfortable vehicle, allowing you to begin your adventure in style.

By Road: For those who prefer a scenic journey and the freedom to explore the picturesque landscapes along the way, traveling to TAASA Lodge by road is a fantastic option. The lodge is easily accessible by 4×4 vehicles, and the road leading to the lodge is well-maintained. The exact route will depend on your starting point, but generally, you will embark on an exhilarating drive through the Serengeti, passing by diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery. It’s important to note that road travel in the Serengeti requires careful planning, as some areas may have specific regulations or restrictions. It’s advisable to consult with your travel agent or the lodge staff for the most up-to-date information and guidance on road travel to TAASA Lodge.

Transfers and Assistance: Regardless of whether you choose to arrive by air or road, TAASA Lodge offers reliable transfer services to ensure a seamless transition from your point of arrival to the lodge. The lodge’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will be waiting to greet you and assist with your luggage, ensuring your comfort and convenience from the moment you arrive. The transfer vehicles are spacious and well-equipped, providing a comfortable journey to the lodge while allowing you to soak in the surrounding natural beauty.

Exploring the Surroundings: Once you’ve arrived at TAASA Lodge, you’ll find that the lodge’s location on the northern edge of the Serengeti offers a perfect starting point for your safari adventures. The lodge’s experienced guides and drivers are well-versed in the intricacies of the Serengeti and will accompany you on thrilling game drives, ensuring that you don’t miss any of the remarkable wildlife sightings and breathtaking landscapes. They will also provide you with insightful commentary and share their extensive knowledge of the region, enhancing your overall safari experience.

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