Tanzania luxury safaris and wildlife vacations

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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.

Best visited: July to December (excluding November due to the rains)

All itineraries are individually designed, but as an indication, we can arrange ten days in Tanzania (excluding interntational flights) from $6800 per person.

“We had an incredible first safari to Kenya and Tanzania thanks to cazenove+loyd. We look forward to our next adventure with c+l.”
Chris and Courtney Combe, Greenwich CT
best game drives in tanzania

Area Map

We know Tanzania better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favorite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member traveling 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.

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  • Travelling Team Member
  • Highlights
  • Client Stories

Highlights of tanzania

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made vacations, 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.

chimp trekking in mahale

chimp trekking in Tanzania, wildlife vacations africa

For an added extra to your vacation in Tanzania we can arrange 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 in zanzibar

luxury vacation to Pemba island Tanzania

A deserted 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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The wilderness of

Katavi luxury safari tanzania

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

selous fly camping experience

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

beach and safari in tanzania

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

Serengeti luxury safari Tanzania

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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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable vacation. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

luxury in  tanzania

extraordinary safaris tanzania

For the perfect combination of beach and safari, Tanzania is the answer. Starting in the Selous with a first rate safari experience and ending on the island of Zanzibar for some post-safari relaxation of cocktails and pristine beaches. For a more authentic and adventurous experience to your vacation, we recommend to spend the night fly camping under the stars, which is a special experience where you will experience the African bush like no other.

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As every one of the vacations we create is unique, 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. We at c+l are also always traveling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

a memorable 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 favorite memory was encountering a group of lion cubs and lionesses.

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a safari experience with the perfect guide

tailor-made luxury safari lodge Katavi national Park tanzania

Sylvanos, Serena's guide at Chada in Katavi National Park, collected her  at sunrise for an 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

luxury safari Tanzania Africa

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

luxury safari camp 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 Loyd visited Sasakwa Lodge in the Grumeti Reserves she knew it was perfect for our clients.

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the serengeti: a memory of a lifetime

luxury safari Serengeti Africa

Our client Merle Heinrich traveled to Tanzania with cazenove and loyd in 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

under the stars experience Africa

Octavia Bolitho, destination expert, recalls her first ever safari experience traveling 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

family safari specialists

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

Our client, Simon and Miranda Willes enjoyed an exclusive safari, for their honeymoon, which included two exhillerating days guided game tracking on horseback.

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The icing on the cake in the bush

wildlife vacation Tanzania africa

For  our client, 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

luxury family vacation tanzania

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

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chimp trekking in the mahale mountains

Louisa Bound 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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Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

festo msoffe

safari guide

best safari guide Tanzania

Festo has been impressing his clients with his intuitive tracking skills since 1992 and will still delight even the most seasoned safari traveler.  Having grown up in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, his favorite place in Tanzania is the Selous, for its remoteness and diversity of safari options, from walking to boating.  The magic of being guided by Festo is unlimited: he was once out walking when they came across a pack of 16 wild dogs hunting a leopard.  After a brief chase, the leopard dashed up a tree and the dogs stood intently at the base of the trunk.  But on sight of a bushbuck the pack changed tack to pursue the antelope at which point the leopard escaped into a thicket.  Such safari opportunities are few and far between in recent times as tourism in Africa has become so widespread and commercialized.  
At cazenove+loyd we endeavor to find the untouched pockets and secret expertise to enliven our clients.  We are fortunate to have met and worked with Festo, a true talent who will inspire your journey in Tanzania. any wildlife experience is all the more involving with Festo to put it in context.

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Group Tours

Our small escorted group tours have all been inspired by people or places you wouldn't normally have access to unless you travel as a small group. With each special journey we have been careful to stick to the same level of adventure, exclusivity and under the skin experiences as we do with our tailor-made travel.

20th - 28th february 2016

Track the great migration

Travel with Jonathan and Angela Scott, two of the world's foremost experts on African wildlife who will be your personal guides for this eight night adventure into the heart of Tanzania. The wildebeest migration is one of nature's greatest events and this is a rare chance to discover its intricacies with this inspirational couple who love nothing more than showing visitors their beloved Africa, where they have lived since the 1970’s. Improve your photographic skills with the help of Jonathan and Angela who have both won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. Stay at Asilia’s most stylish camp, your base to explore some of the most remote and beautiful corners of Tanzania without sacrificing on the comfort and exclusivity of a private tented camp with en-suite bathrooms and huge double beds.

Group Size: 14
Prices from: £5880

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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

serengeti safari camp

In our minds no visit to Tanzania would be complete without witnessing the beautiful plains of the Serengeti – this really is quintessential Africa at its best and at Serengeti Safari Camp you will get a game viewing fix that will impress even the most seasoned safari goers.

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sand rivers

luxury safari experience tanzania

Sand Rivers is one of our favorite 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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kigelia ruaha

luxury bush camp in tanzania

Kigelia is the most recent addition to Nomad Tanzania’s collection of wonderful safari properties. This authentic bush camp is located in one of the best game viewing spots in Ruaha. The camp is simple with six comfortable canvas tents that are a good size and each has a small area to sit on at the front. 

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lamai serengeti

Perched on the Kogakuria Kopje, the highest spot in the Northern Serengeti in Tanzania, Lamai has the most breath taking views. Approaching the camp on a bumpy, winding road, on arrival you are completely blown away by the panoramic, endless, sprawling plains of the Serengeti below. 

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plantation lodge

Plantation Lodge lies amidst the rolling hills between Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation area and Lake Manyara National Park. A stone’s throw from Karatu it is perfectly situated to be a comfortable base from which to explore the Crater and surrounding area. Set amongst acres of well-groomed garden our first impression of Plantation Lodge was of pure relief, after a long a hot journey. It is an oasis of calm with coffee plants and eucalyptus trees dotted around the grounds.

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kuro tarangire

Situated close to the banks of the Tarangire River, Kuro Tarangire is Nomad’s newest camp in Tanzania. It opened in mid-June, 2015 and is already proving popular thanks to its fantastic location within Tarangire National Park. Although Tarangire tends to be renowned for being dusty and busy, Kuro Tarangire offers guests the chance to get away from the seasonal crowds that visit the northern part of the Park between June and November.

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luxury beach hotel in Tanzania

Set on a long stretch of pristine beach, Baraza’s design is influenced by Swahili, Arabic and Indian style, well-deserved luxury after a safari adventure. The lavish design of Baraza is heavily influenced by Swahili, Arabic and Indian style. The ideal place if you prefer to have air conditioning and are looking for a bit of luxury. White drapes surround large day beds overlooking the pool from where you can relax in the shade while your butler mixes up your favorite cocktail.

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serian serengeti

special safari experience Tanzania

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 of adventures in the bush. Alex has hand selected some of the best guides in the area and can even act as your own private guide if you would like his wealth of knowledge first hand. Alex and his team understand the importance of guiding on any safari and emphasis at the camp is on brilliant game viewing. 

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greystoke mahale

luxury camping safari tanzania

Greystoke Mahale is a setting like no other – arriving by the camp's traditional Dhow boat the adventure begins before you even arrive. Not for the fainthearted 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

luxury beach retreat Tanzania

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 ocean 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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siwandu camp

luxury safari camp in the selous tanzania

Siwandu Camp has been a firm favorite of ours in the Selous for many years. We know that all of our guests visiting this camp will be well looked after and will never want to leave.
The Selous Game Reserve is four times larger than the Serengeti but with far less tourists and vehicles making it the perfect wilderness destination. For those keen to get out of the vehicle the Selous is known for excellent trekking and the guides are very experienced.

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singita grumeti

remote luxury safari camp Tanzania

Grumeti Reserves is set in an enormous private concession spanning 340 000 acres in Northern Tanzania. Guests staying on the reserve can make the most of the resident game without the numbers of vehicles attracted to the nearby National Parks. Being its own private concession also means they can operate horseback-riding safaris, mobile safaris, walking and mountain biking to name just a few. This Singita residence is unparalleled for its luxury experience and excellent safari whether on horseback, on foot or by Land Cruiser.

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azura selous

best lodges in the Selous tanzania

Azura Selous has recently opened on the banks of the Ruaha River creating healthy competition amongst luxury camps in the Selous Game Reserve. With each tent being equipped with a private plunge pool, air conditioning and chandeliers, the newly referbished Asura Selous provides a great option for those who are looking for that extra luxury amongst the remote landscapes of the Selous. Reports have come through of some fantastic sightings of wild dog, excellent cats - lion and leopard - as well as crocodile and hippo in the rivers and elephant, giraffe and buffalo.

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Inspired Journeys

Track The Great Migration

Track The Great Migration

Guided by Jonathan and Angela Scott
14 Maximum group size
20th Feb '16 - 28th Feb '16
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