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It is half past six in the morning. It dawns in Tanzania. And the only thing that sneaks through the seams of the 11 canvas tents of the Pakulala Safari Camp is the sound of the wild life that permanently inhabits the caldera of the volcano of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (the largest stable population of animals savages of Africa).
Located in Masái territory, at more than 2, 300 meters of altitude, this exclusive camp - the only one located on the Ngorongoro crater ring - is one of the most complete options to revive the atmosphere of the old African expeditions: a safari like those of once with the comforts of the 21st century.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in this spectacular landscape sown by volcanoes, animal sighting is not something exceptional, but usual. Unlike in other regions of Africa, they are not obliged to migrate in search of water and food, so thousands of wildebeest, zebras, buffalo, gazelles, lions … graze inside the crater (600 meters deep and more than 20 kilometers in diameter) throughout the year, which increases the chances of sighting the 'big five' of Africa.
Pakulala Safari Camp is located in Masai territory, and a large part of the staff belongs to the tribe. © Ratpanat
The eleven stores, equipped with two double beds, private bathroom and shower, ecological toilet and solar lighting, are governed by the principles of ecotourism and sustainability that characterize Ratpanat, the luxury travel agency that manages this Tanzanian camp property.
Safari chairs, communal tables and lanterns complete a contextualized flooded decoration for masas reasons, such as the blankets with which travelers are wrapped around the fire every night to tell the stories that happened during the safari day.
In addition, many of the decorative elements are handmade by local artisans, such as butterfly chairs or hand-woven rugs in natural fiber by the Mbulu women's community.
Interior of one of the 11 stores of Pakulala Safari Camp. © Ratpanat
TREKKING TO THE EMPAKAI CRATER
The best of the places that can only be accessed by walking is that they tend to be off the tourist routes and make the traveler experience much more authentic and experiential experiences. This is the case of the Empakai crater, which houses a deep and bluish lake inside where the flamingos come to raise. There are also buffalo, gazelles, antelopes, leopards, monkeys in the area …
A route that is worthwhile, in addition to all these reasons, for another fundamental one: from this crater there are incredible views of the only active volcano currently in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ol Doinyo Lengai, which in the Masái language means 'Mountain of God'.
Flamingos in the lake inside the Empakai crater in Tanzania. © Ratpanat
RATPANAT LUXURY & ADVENTURE
Founded by Estrella Ortego and Ricardo Gramona, this travel agency dedicated to the design of luxury travel and adventure is a specialist in the organization of safaris in East Africa, mainly in Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Morocco.
It relies on the East Africa Camps brand, based in Tanzania, which brings together the properties owned and, in addition, since 2009 has its own operating base in Arusha (Tanzania) to manage and supervise the experiences offered in Africa.
In addition, it has its own infrastructure, such as its chill out trucks or its property accommodations, as is the case of Pakulala Safari Camp. Its other properties are: Olengoti Ecosafari Camp (Kenya), Pumzika Luxury Safari Camp and Pumzika Safari Camp (Serengeti National Park) and its latest addition, Lukuba Island Lodge, on Lake Victoria.
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Pakulala Safari Camp, a safari like those of yesteryear with the comforts of the 21st century. © Ratpanat