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.

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

Stories

As every one of the holidays 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 from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

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

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Hippo Heaven on Safari in 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 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 Loyd visited Sasakwa Lodge in the Grumeti Reserves she knew it was perfect for our clients.

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The Serengeti : A Memory

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 in Tanzania

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 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

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

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

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 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.

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Jongomero

Jongomero is a charming camp situated right in the heart of the remote Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania and being the only camp in the area, privacy is guaranteed. Situated under tall Acacia trees, the accommodation is comprised of eight large tented suites, built on raised wooden platforms under thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda.

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Ras Kutani

Just a 15 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, Ras Kutani is a little slice of paradise on the Tanzanian coast. Being perfectly positioned between the Indian Ocean and a freshwater lagoon makes this eco-friendly lodge an idyllic hide away. Set on a gently sloping hill amidst the lush tropical vegetation, individual cottages are constructed from local materials.

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Serengeti Safari Camp

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

Sand Rivers

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

Kigelia Ruaha

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

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

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

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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Baraza

Baraza

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

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 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

Greystoke Mahale

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

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 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

Siwandu Camp

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

Singita Grumeti

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

Azura Selous

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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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 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

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

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
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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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