Destinations

Tanzania

The Great Migration and more…

Tanzania is a beautiful country that offers an incredible diversity of safari experiences. Naturally the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and the famous Ngorongoro Crater are well-known, but there is plenty more to see, from the baobab trees of Tarangire to the hunter-gatherers that roam Lake Eyasi.

HIGHLIGHTS IN TANZANIA

Our ‘not to be missed’ recommendations for your holiday

THE GREAT MIGRATION

Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go in order to maximise your chances of seeing the migration. We want to make sure you see abundant wildlife on your safari, and we do our utmost to deliver on a game rich experience.

From mid-July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the northern part of the Serengeti where the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara river area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season.

Follow the path of the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

The more remote parks in the south are usually fly-in itineraries to the spectacular Selous, Ruaha and Katavi parks, and combine well with visits to northern Tanzania.

Other highlights include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, chimp trekking in Western Tanzania or relaxing in the remote wilderness around Lake Victoria. To top it off, a tranquil beachside break is the perfect end to any safari – either on the mainland or Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Island.

Spectacular sunsets on the Selous river.

LEARN ABOUT THE HADZABE

The local culture of a country humanizes the experience, and adds a depth and personality that touches the soul. Wander the village of Mto wa Mbu, where several different tribes co-exist peacefully, and have lunch locally.

Or walk among the Hadza, Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherer population, not genetically close to any other people, and have subsisted with little lifestyle modification for thousands of years.

Meet the Hadza; Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherer population.

More things to do and see

EXPERIENCE THE BIG FIVE

The Big Five – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – remain the most sought after species to see on the African continent. Although a safari is so much more than wildlife sightings only, seeing of one of these five incredible African animals can really change your life forever.

Although there is a wide variety of destinations to spot the Big Five, popular areas for travellers usually are Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater combined with the Serengeti, Kenya’s Maasai Mara, Etosha in Namibia or the Greater Kruger area in South Africa.

STAY IN AUTHENTIC TENTED CAMPS

Some of the mobile camps move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in southern or northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won’t be as concentrated, but there is still plenty of resident game in the Serengeti – we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.

GET INVOLVED

There are chances to visit schools, meet the children, visit the hospitals, and village bars, or even residents in their homes. This gives you a real feel of the heartbeat of Africa – its colorful personalities, survivor mentality, and richness in the simple things. There are many cultural experiences to choose from, and we strive to ensure that they remain authentic, respectful and unobtrusive to the people.

ENJOY A VARIETY OF UNUSUAL LANDSCAPES

From the Serengeti’s endless plains and spectacular views at the Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire’s unusual landscape of baobab trees and semi-arid riverbeds to stunning beaches on the coast and Zanzibar; Tanzania offers a wide scale of different landscapes.

WHERE TO GO IN TANZANIA

A selection of unforgettable places to visit

OUR HAPPY CUSTOMERS

"We had a dream vacation in Tanzania"

LUCIA & HEINRICH (FRANCE), TRAVELLED NOVEMBER 2018

Where to stay in Tanzania

Some of our preferred safari camps & lodges

Wide views over the Serengeti right from your own tent
Take a dip in the camp's pool, you might even spot wildlife from there...
Enjoy the swimming pool while looking over the Serengeti
Elegant, stylish guest tent interior

Sayari Camp

Serengeti, Tanzania

Located in the un-spoilt northern Serengeti area, Sayari Camp offers superb views of the Great Migration crossing the Mara River (typically from mid-July to early November) – with crocodile and hippo ever-present along with the abundant birdlife of the Serengeti. Non-migratory inhabitants include big cats, elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, groups of numerous large antelopes and many other incredible animals. The whole experience is enhanced by the exclusivity of this remote area.

Sayari’s spacious, elegant tents have panoramic views of the never-ending Serengeti. With delicious food and a large swimming pool, this camp immerses guests in the bush without sacrificing style and comfort. Sayari is definitely one of our favourite permanent tented camps, for the combination of authenticity and luxury – not to mention outstanding guides!

Gibb’s Farm

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Open since the 1950s, Gibb’s Farm is a lovely colonial home that has been converted into an exquisite lodge situated just outside the Ngorongoro Crater. The beautiful gardens and surrounding farmland make for a very peaceful ambience and the sweeping views invite lazy afternoons.

The vegetable and fruit grown near the lodge are the basis for delicious home cooking, and the rooms are extremely comfortable. We find Gibb’s a bit pricey for what it offers, but it is often a favourite for those who have a bigger budget.

The dome tent with its unique look
The unique, funky design of the guest dome tent
Enjoy a hot tub with this amazing view
View from the lounge area

The Highlands

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

With its new, funky design The Highlands is a uniquely styled camp that is set in a quiet location on the edge of the mountain forest that hugs the Olmoti volcano north of the Ngorongoro Crater. The camp is boasting both sunrise and sunset views from the main dining and bar areas with views of the Gol Mountains in the north and the Empakaai Crater in the east.

In addition to easy access to the Crater, this exclusive camp offers a wide range of activities to experience the wild and pristine highlands; a half day hike excursion to the Empakaai Crater, Olmoti walk (2-3hr round trip walk from camp) or visit a local Maasai school and village. Combined with its quiet location, this camp sure is a delight to Ngorongoro Crater explorers!

Kisima Ngeda

Lake Eyasi, Tanzania

Located on the shores of Lake Eyasi, the camp is beautifully set in a date palm and acacia forest – part of a 200 acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake. The Alipi escarpment wall which rises 2,000 feet up into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area provides a stunning backdrop.

This rustic style camp provides a nice quiet base from which to explore the surrounding area that includes the fast-diminishing Hadzabe hunter-gatherer tribe. Kisima Ngeda is a special place – it’s a bit off the beaten track and not at all geared towards wildlife viewing, but a great choice for those looking for a unique experience out of the safari vehicle.

Watch over the Indian Ocean from your own hammock
Enjoy a sand bank picnic
Guest bedroom interior
Take a dip in the plunge pool

Matemwe Lodge

Zanzibar, Tanzania

An intimate lodge with just 12 luxury suites, each with views over the Indian Ocean. The relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent seafood, along with two swimming pools and lush gardens make it the ultimate, exclusive beach location. Its remoteness will make you feel like you’re on your own private beach.

Alex Walker’s Serian Camp

Serengeti, Tanzania

The camp is located right up in the northernmost part of the Serengeti in the Lamai Wedge, where you have a good chance of seeing the wildebeest migration from July until October. Alex Walker is a seasoned walking and safari guide, so we feel the quality of guiding at this camp is quite good as a result of his training and influence.

At this smaller more intimate tented camp, each group is allocated their own safari vehicle. The tents are very nicely appointed and the staff are friendly. We think Serian Camp is a really great choice for those seeking an authentic experience with great guides.

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