A Sample Private Guided Safari
Once regarded as the ‘other’ country after Kenya in terms of an East African safari – Tanzania has risen rapidly to become one of the most visited countries in Africa.
The ‘Northern Circuit’ is responsible for the bulk of this with its iconic places such as the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti & Mount Kilimanjaro. But there are some other great regions in this vast country – from its beautiful & magical coastline & tropical islands, to the huge reserves in the south to its lesser-known gems in the west, Tanzania has a lot to offer both first-timers as well as those coming back on repeat safaris.
The Ngorongoro Crater
Believe it or not, there are still ways of experiencing the busy Northern Circuit without the crowds & masses...
Starting from Arusha (perhaps after a 5-day Kilimanjaro trek?) head south through the Maasai steppe & into the southern wilderness zone of Tarangire National Park to an exclusive mobile camp near some remote waterholes. We explore the area for a couple of days, mostly on foot or sitting & watching at the waterholes - if the situation is right we spend a night sleeping in a simple tree nest over the waterhole, a very unique experience & amazingly comfortable!
Connect by road north to the Nou Forest on the slopes of the Ngorongoro escarpment to explore these secret forests & the neighbouring Irawq villages on foot for the day, overnighting in a private mobile camp, before continuing on into the Yaeda valley in the Lake Eyasi basin & home to the indigenous Hadza people. Here we will hang out with these incredible bush men & women, walking, interacting & learning with them based from an exclusive mobile camp.
Connect in a private safari vehicle on the long road up over the Ngorongoro Crater highlands & into the Serengeti National Park’s wilderness zone. Here we will be doing what very few are able to do – a multi-day walking safari through some of the most big-game dense areas in Africa overnighting in a very comfortable private mobile camp which will follow us as we follow the big game on foot & in a safari vehicle when needed.
Finally we connect by way of an extended game drive to the Mara River valley in the Kogatende area of northern Serengeti – home to the great Migration river crossings, but without the thousands of tourists (yet!) - to enjoy our final nights in relative luxury at one of the great safari camps situated here on the doorstep of one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world
Tanzania's Southern Circuit
Starting from Dar es Salaam, we connect by scheduled air charter to Africa’s largest reserve,
the Selous – a vast area spanning the size of a small European country. Here we start with a
few nights at one of the comfortable lodges based on the Rufiji & Sand Rivers & explore the
area on foot, by boat & by safari vehicle
Connect by scheduled air charter to the Ruaha National Park to the west – another massive
and relatively unexplored wilderness area in central-south Tanzania. A few nights at one of
the small owner-run tented camps here is the best way to experience the big game that the Ruaha is known for
Connect by scheduled charter to one of the tropical islands off the nearby coast – Mafia,
Zanzibar & Pemba islands all offer something different & are great spots to unwind from the
safari whilst enjoying some diving or snorkelling off the reefs that host an amazing variety of
The Hadza People
The Remote West
The western sections of Tanzania are quite remote – nicely so - which ensures they stay relatively
unvisited but also means a couple of relatively long scheduled flights in & out of the region for the
intrepid safari-goer who lives by my mantra of the beaten path is for the beaten man
Starting with some time at the unique & exquisite Greystoke Camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
where we will spend a few days enjoying the primates of the Mahale forests. Whilst the chimps are the main attraction, there is plenty here to keep you entertained & I guarantee this will be a place you will want to return to again & again...
Connecting via scheduled air charter to arguably the finest (& remotest!) wilderness reserve in Tanzania, Katavi. Here we will stay a handful of days in a small exclusive tented camp, enjoying the dense populations of big game in this splendid park. Huge herds of buffalo, some over 1000-strong,
The full gamut of predators & some of the biggest pods of hippo you are likely to see, Katavi is a gem
that you need at least 4 or 5 days to truly experience to the full. The western Tanzania safari can also end with a few days on the coast or on one of the palm-filled, white sandy tropical islands mentioned above...