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We have been working well in Tanzania for over 15 years, developing a network of failsafe contacts and creating the neatest and most effective itineraries to suit your interests and requirements. Tanzania has been our focus and our passion for decades, and we specialise in Tanzania bookings, although over time we have developed specialist advisors for all of the best safari lands of Africa, bookable through our sister company Africa Odyssey.
Experience counts for so much. Our MD is a director of the Africa Travel and Tourism Association, and continues to judge The Good Safari Guide, and our Tanzania director wrote and subsequently updated the Cadogan Guide to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Talk to us to discuss your ideas; our unparalleled knowledge will help you get the best out of your safari holiday or honeymoon.
Impartial and Objective: Tanzania Odyssey Price Promise
We will give you relevant, impartial advice as to the best locations for wildlife watching each season throughout the year, and up-to-date awareness of lodge management. Our comprehensive and objective counsel will greatly enhance your travel plans, and yet will cost you no more than if you were to book direct.
Take a Little Time...
Years of exploring and working in Tanzania has given us a very wide ranging knowledge, and we are aware of how much there is to take in. For this reason, we always prefer to take the time to provide you with a full travel presentation. We will talk through all of your options with the benefit of photographs, videos and brochures.
If you cannot make it in person, enjoy the benefit of a ‘virtual presentation’ from the comfort of your own computer. We are able to discuss and demonstrate all options and possiblities over the telephone, via our comprehensive website, with reviews, slideshows and videos of all our recommendations. We can quote bespoke itineraries as we work them out for you.
Detailed, specialist knowledgeOur strength is our knowledge. All of our consultants travel regularly and extensively throughout their specialist countries and know all of the lodges and regions that we recommend from first hand experience. We continue to revisit all regions each year, maintaining ties with familiar lodges and evaluating new properties...to the point that there is usually one of us out there at any one time. One of our consultants wrote the Cadogan guide to Tanzania and Zanzibar - no small feat !
Experience and dedication
Our market position as long-term market leaders has earned us good commission rates across Africa and our favourite Indian Ocean locations, so we are able to provide our clients with the best rack rates and have no need to mark up any of our itineraries. We have no affiliations to any company or lodge and our trips are always based on personal experience and expert knowledge of the movement of the animals. We know that all areas are seasonal, and recommend accommodation according to the dates that you are travelling.
We pride ourselves on 'same day' email replies, and we are available at any time, 365 days a year, should you need us for any last minute adjustments to your itinerary. Africa Odyssey is an independent, owner-managed company; all of our staff are paid a good salary and are not commission driven, so they will not sell you an expensive itinerary that does not suit you. We strive to provide you with the best trip for your budget; we are not responsible to a larger company, nor are we driven by large company targets.
Many Africa safari destinations can require complex itinerary planning, and we pride ourselves on our flawless arrangements. Given our long-standing relationships with the internal airlines, lodges and transportation companies, we know who to call if an itinerary ever needs to be rescheduled.
We are an ATOL bonded tour operator (ATOL 5397), which means that your holiday is protected. As well as being ATOL bonded, we provide our clients with a comprehensive service of care. We have been arranging itineraries since the mid '90s, and in that time have sent many thousands of tourists to Africa. As a result, we have built up excellent relationships with each and every lodge, and they, in turn, show greater respect to our clients than those with other newer or smaller operators. This often means that our clients get the best rooms as a matter of course, and enjoy the benefits of an invincible support network of ground contacts.
Financial security is a massively important issue; over the years many companies have gone bust (and we have picked up many clients from bust operators), and we believe that neither smaller new companies, nor local Tanzania companies can offer the level of protection that we can...
Pricing and Costs
The various lodges offer a 'rack rate' price to the public, but as tour operators we are able to book for less than this, and as a result can often offer a better price than if you were to go to the lodge direct. We also offer a price match promise where we will match any quote from a reputable UK or US bonded tour operator - although we rarely have to do this!
No Surcharge for Currency Fluctuations
Even though we are a UK company, we can offer both Sterling and Dollar pricing. Since we buy our currency in bulk, we are able to offer a guaranteed price in Sterling, with the option of receiving dollars if that is beneficial to you.
In summary, we are able to package a holiday for less than you would be able to arrange independently, without any exchange risk, and you will benefit from our many man-decades of experience in arranging similar trips, our impartial opinions and the financial security that our ATOL bond offers.
Meet the Team - Africa Odyssey Face to Face
We always encourage our clients to come and meet us, to discuss safaris with the benefit of fresh coffee in our offices in Fulham.
Marc HarrisManaging Director
Following years of travelling and exploring, Marc started organising safaris for clients in the mid 1990s, specialising in then lesser-known safari regions, and set up Tanzania Odyssey, a focused, specialist company providing the very best itineraries and safari support in Tanzania. Marc has a natural flair for itinerary planning, and a keen passion for the finest safari and beach experiences, all of which he continues to test assiduously, whenever possible. Perfectionism, tenacity, and a true zest for world experiences make him a sturdy helmsman for all of your African Odysseys; he has great Africa knowledge and also specialises in the Indian Ocean locations of Seychelles and Mauritius. Now a judge of The Good Safari Guide and a director of the African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA), he is one of the most respected safari consultants in the world
Annabel SkinnerPress, Pr and Cadogan Guidebook Author
Annie was travel writing on a freelance basis before being comissioned to write the Cadogan Guide to Tanzania in the mid 1990s. The joy of writing and researching the first edition over a two year period inspired a life-long passion for this endlessly breathtaking land. The success of the first edition led to a second edition five years later, and we continue to hope for a chance to collate the third! Tanzania and Zanzibar remain Annie's main focus, although she also works on the best family itineraries for those travelling with young children, invariably combining safaris and the best of the Indian Ocean.
Edward WardSouthern Africa Consultant
Edward was born and grew up in Botswana. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Okavango and knows all for the best game and any particular time of year. He is one of the few people in the world to have ever navigated from the Okavango's Pan handle down to Maun and has literally covered every corner of Botswana. To give you an idea of how much safari this guy's done; he's seen pangolin, he's seen aardvaak and when he's back home in Botswana he spends most of his time guiding and researching in the Delta. Ed's areas of expertise are Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania.
Ted ArchdaleEast Africa Consultant
Ted joined the Africa Odyssey team in 2010, and quickly made himself an invaluable asset. Having completed a degree in Anthropology, specialising in the study of primates, Ted furthers his knowledge with real, on the ground experience. Ted is a careful itinerary planner, with a genuine passion for travelling and exploring that enhances all of our client experiences. Ted has recently made some enviable fact-finding trips to Western Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana - increasing his knowledge base substantially. He is also heading up our new India program.
Angus BarthramEast Africa Consultant
Angus is our latest recruit plucked from the African wilderness. He is well travelled and has spent years in South America, before discovering Africa. He has worked in lodges in Mozambique; gaining an invaluable appreciation for the running of safari and beach lodges at ground level and cultivating a serious love for the wild, rugged Mozambique coastline. Angus has spent large amounts of time traveling throughout Tanzania and the Selous is his favourite park. The walking safaris and just the huge variation of activities make it the one - Angus is an old fashioned action man.
Danny RodgersEast Africa Consultant
Dannny 'Ruaha' Rodgers lives for rustic walking safaris in Southern Tanzania. He also has a particular fascination with chimps and gorillas and is an avid wildlife photographer. Being a watersports enthusiast he is happy planning beach itineraries as well as pure safari trips.
Edward DavisonIT Manager
Ed is our resident IT specialist and web-support master. His talents lie in the digital realm, but naturally he took his honeymoon in Tanzania; (some say he had little choice!) Ed's area of expertise is computer technology, and while he will not be the one to work through your itinerary - he is an invaluable member of the team and is always glad to add his two penny'worth to presentations...