Tanzania

Walking Safaris, Game viewing in the Serengeti, private tented safaris, expert guides, beach retreat

Sitting on a high kopje at sunset and watching thousands of migrating wildebeest march across the vast Serengeti plain below you is one of life’s most extraordinary moments. But Tanzania has much more to offer: with a richly varied landscape, over a quarter of its area designated as protected reserves, and a strong commitment to developing tourism sustainably (conserving its natural resources and preserving the culture of its 120 tribes are the twin priorities) it is possibly the greatest safari destination of all. What’s more, for the ultimate safari  – a private tented one – Tanzania (alongside Kenya) has arguably the best outfitters and guides.

However its variety means that this is a country where we take special pride in our expertise, knowing that the advice of an insider will make all the difference between the merely good and the exceptional – matching the right camps, lodges and especially guides to your taste, style and personality, and getting you to the country’s hidden corners, away from the usual tourist track.

And the post-safari icing on the cake?  The island paradise of Zanzibar, just offshore, with its pristine beaches, barefoot-deluxe lodges and enticing cocktail of Bantu and Arabic cultures.

Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

Luxury holiday to Tanzania

A Morning with the Hadzabe Bushmen

Destination Expert, Cara Maitland, returned to Tanzania for an extensive visit of this wonderful countries wildlife, people and culture. Here she explains her encounter with the Hadzabe Bushmen.

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Four days in the Selous

Africa Destination Expert Cara Maitland travelled to the extraordinary Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania for 4 memorable days of game drives, fishing and guided walking safaris. Her favourite memory was encountering a group of lion cubs and lionesses.

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A SAFARI EXPERIENCE WITH THE PERFECT GUIDE

Sylvanos, Serena's guide at Chada in Katavi National Park, collected her for her at sunrise early morning game drive. She soon discovered that he had the most unbelievably trained eyes and seemed to spot the most camouflaged of birds- a skill which the small group were all in awe of.

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Cats Glorious Cats

Louise Holman-Baird was in for a treat when she visited Tanzania on safari, she desperately wanted to see lion, and not only was her dream fulfilled she also had another dream-like wildlife encounter.

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Space Wonderful Space in Northern Tanzania

Visiting the many different lodges in Africa is something we are proud of at c+l, this allows us to make informed decisions for each client and to allow us to choose the right lodge for each different type of trip. When Henrietta visited Sasakwa Lodge in the Grumeti Reserves she knew it was perfect for our clients.

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The Serengeti : A Memory

Merle Heinrich travelled to Tanzania with c+l on his first safari in the Serengeti and was so blown away by the wildlife and nature that it inspired him to write this beautiful poem.

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Camping Under the Stars in Tanzania

Octavia Bolitho recalls her first ever safari experience travelling to the Selous she spent a memorable night sleeping under the stars in the open wilderness. The next morning came a fascinating collection of stories.

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A mother and daughter safari in Tanzania

Suzie and Olivia Cazenove visited Tanzania together for a one off mother and daughter safari. Not only did they spend their time watching game they got to know some of the local people around their camp.

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Luxury Honeymoon in Tanzania

Simon and Miranda Willes enjoyed an exclusive honeymoon on safari which included two days guided game tracking on horseback.

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The Icing on the Cake

For Franca Mercati, the highlight of her trip to Tanzania was spotting a lioness and her cubs playing in the bush. With a specialist guide at her side, they watched these incredible cats in awe for several hours.

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A Wildlife Adventure in Tanzania

Kate Broughton and her family enjoyed a memorable safari experience at Sand Rivers in Tanzania, spending their days tracking magnificent game in the African Bush and relaxing by an open fire at sundown.

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Chimp Trekking in the Mahale Mountains

Louisa Dickson had always wanted to visit the chimpanzees. Arriving to the foot of the Mahale Mountains, she was led into the bush by her private guide where she spent an extraordinary few hours with a group of playful chimps and their babies.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

Sand Rivers

Sand Rivers

Sand Rivers is one of our favourite properties in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. We have worked with various management teams there since it first opened. Perched on the banks of the Rufiji River the lodge makes the most of the wonderful views with a large open living area where you can watch hippos wallow about in the shallow waters whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.

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Serian Serengeti

Serian Serengeti

We have worked closely with Alex Walker, the owner of Serian Serengeti, for many years and trust him implicitly with all of our clients. It is a simple camp brought to life by tales recalled of adventures in the bush. Alex has hand selected some of the best guides in the area, his team understand the importance of guiding on any safari and emphasis at the camp is on brilliant game viewing. The camp is very comfortable and stylish offering a really authentic under canvas experience.

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Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale really is a setting like no other – arriving by the camps traditional Dhow boat the adventure begins before you even arrive. Not for the faint hearted but a very rewarding experience for those wanting to get off the beaten track. Home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees this is the place to observe these primates in their natural environment. Set in the vast and lush Mahale mountain range which melts into the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, which can be explored on canoes. You cannot help but feel you have dropped into the set of a Tarzan film.

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Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon can only be accessed by boat adding to the remoteness of the location, the lodge has beauty abound and the treasures of the Indian Ocean to explore. Shoes are left at the door and a delicious fresh fruit juice ready for you on arrival. The long jetty means that even at low tide you can venture into the sea but there is also a large swimming pool with a stunning view out to the Indian Ocean. The island is a divers’ paradise with hundreds of fresh water fish and pristine coral to explore.

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Highlights

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

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Chimp Trekking in Mahale

For an added extra to your holiday in Tanzania we can organise private chimp trekking in one of the remotest parts of this extraordinary country. With your guide spend time searching for these elusive Chimpanzees.

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Diving off Pemba

A Robinson Crusoe style island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago, Pemba is blissfully away from mainstream tourists and you will have the ocean mainly to yourselves, well apart form the huge array of marine life.

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Katavi

The harsh wilderness of Katavi is a stunning part of Tanzania. It has great game viewing by 4 x 4 or on foot, and has a small number of excellent traditional tented camps.

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Fly Camping in the Selous

The Selous is the largest game reserve in the country. It is strikingly beautiful and the perfect destination for viewing game both by boat and on foot by day and by night - sleeping out under the stars. Despite its size, it is not on the main circuit, so a very private experience.

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ZANZIBAR, THE PERFECT POST-SAFARI TREAT

Zanzibar is perfect for those of you who want an after safari beach retreat. Just a 15 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, it is peppered with African styled lodges on palm fringed sandy beaches with fabulous diving and deep sea fishing experiences.

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The Serengeti

Tanzania's oldest and most popular National Park, also a world heritage site, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.

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Location

We know Tanzania better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit
Tanzania

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Best time to go

January to March is a popular time to visit Northern Tanzania when the migration is in short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti and when herds are giving birth to their young. Come April, the Serengeti Plains are looking lush and green with flowers blooming making it a photographer’s dream. In the South Ruaha is a carpet of flowers. April is a special month as it is much quieter in terms of tourists but you will experience some rain showers.

July to October is also an excellent time to be on safari. In the North the migration is crossing over to the Masai Mara in Kenya so you often get a chance to see the herds and some river crossings. The Selous and Ruaha are also at their best during these months and the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar and parts of Mozambique offer a fantastic beach break post safari during these months.

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Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.