5 Reasons Why You Must Stay at the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodges in Tanzania, Africa

5 Reasons Why You Must Stay at the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodges in Tanzania, Africa

On our third night on our African Safari in Tanzania, after spending the day at Tarangire National Park we made our way to the Rhotia Valley Lodge.

The Rhotia Valley Lodge is perched high on top of a hill in rural Tanzania near Karatu, overlooking a beautiful valley. It is just on the border of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area rainforest which means the land is very fertile, and that is why we were surrounded by cornfields & sunflower fields. 

But the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is so much more than just an accommodation... here are 5 reasons why you must visit the Rhotia Valley Lodge. 

So Many Elephants!! | Our safari in Tarangire National Park | Tanzania, Africa

So Many Elephants!! | Our safari in Tarangire National Park | Tanzania, Africa

A look into our day and a half game drive through Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, Africa. This park is known as being the 'home of the elephants' - and it is so true! The elephants would get so close to the truck we could reach out and touch them - but of course I wouldn't as I was slightly scared of them...

What to pack for a Safari & Beach Holiday in Tanzania, Africa

What to pack for a Safari & Beach Holiday in Tanzania, Africa

Two weeks. Two completely different locations. Varying temperatures. All in one carryon duffle bag. 

Some would get stressed at the thought of this, but for me - I honestly enjoyed it. It was a challenge. We would be spending 1 week on a safari in and around the Serengeti, and 1 week on the island, Zanzibar. 

I will admit, I probably spent much too much time googling 'what to wear on a safari', as well as too much time shopping for 'safari outfits' - but I don't care! During the weeks leading up to this trip, it was all I could think about!

So I wanted to share my learnings, personal experiences (why did I pack so many nice sandals?? so not necessary!), and actual list of what went into that very packed red duffel bag. 

Booking a Safari to The Serengeti & The Ngorongoro Crater | Tanzania, Africa

Booking a Safari to The Serengeti & The Ngorongoro Crater | Tanzania, Africa

Andrew and I have just returned home from our amazing and eye opening two week trip to Tanzania, Africa during the first two weeks of June, 2017. I have started to write and then re-write several different blog posts because I don't know where to start! I want to dive right into the safari experience. But first, I felt I should give an overview of how I booked the trip. From finding the right safari company (and knowing who to trust), the extreme price differences from mid-range to luxury lodges (ones starting at $1,000 per night!), and why safari's can be so expensive.

Our Attempt at Brewing Kombucha

Our Attempt at Brewing Kombucha

In the US Andrew and I LOVED the GT's Kombucha brand. They had some odd/interesting flavors that always made me feel 'healthier'. (ok ok, that may have been all in my mind). But, in Germany... these tasty/magically healthy kombucha brands don't exist! (They do have one or two brands of "kombucha" here, but it basically tastes like bubbly tea). I had always read that you could brew your own... and it was easier than I had thought!

Our Seaside Lunch in La Baule-Escoublac, France

Our Seaside Lunch in La Baule-Escoublac, France

Just before we arrived in Le Croisic, we decided to stop in a neighboring town to get some seaside lunch and to get our first glimpse of that beautiful ocean. 

French cuisine is by far my favorite... so eating it in a coastal french city, where you can get the freshest seafood? I'm in heaven. First thing we must eat in France? Steak tartare + muscles. 

We found a great little restaurant that was right on the beach called Les Fils a Maman La Baule.