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A Tanzania safari is something special, whatever your age, budget, interests or previous safari experience.  Almost a third of this vast and spectacular country is protected for wildlife viewing, and these areas include some of the best and most varied game viewing locations in the world.  This is a region of incredible natural beauty with a great range of landscape and terrain.  Furthermore, all the game viewing areas offer a selection of excellent accommodation options - a winning combination!

Best South & West Safari Lodges Best Northern Safari Lodges
Tanzanian Safaris can take many forms, depending on your interests and inclinations. We specialise in providing you with the finest safari experiences, in absolute comfort and style, whatever your requirements.   

A huge element of safari is the guiding.  All of our safaris are expertly guided and we guarantee that even the most knowledgeable and experienced guest will learn a thing or two along the way!  Days are spent observing the magnificant African wilderness and wildlife at first hand, an experience which most safari-goers find profoundly moving and life-enhancing.  Safaris in Tanzania make for exceptionally memorable and intimate honeymoons, as well as the most treasured family holidays.  A true treat for animal lovers, bird-watchers, nature lovers and anyone who appreciates a little luxurious pampering!
 
For many people, the very idea of safari includes nights under canvas.  This can be incorporated in a myriad of different ways...  From permanent tented camps (where voluminous canvas tents stand on concrete platforms and include built-in bathrooms with flush toilets and running hot and cold water) to mobile tented camps which move regularly to follow the migration, there is a huge range of camping options available, from simple and rustic (bucket showers) to chic and luxurious.  Even the best permanent (non-canvas) lodges can organise a night or two fly-camping under the star-studded African sky.
Tailor-made Tanzania Safaris
We pride ourselves on the quality of our safaris, which are all tailor-made and built from experience that we have painstakingly gained over the last two decades.  We do not organise 'pre-packaged' trips; however to give you an idea of some of the possibilities please see a couple of digital itineraries to whet your appetite:

Southern Tanzania with mainland coast
Northern Tanzania with Zanzibar
Western Tanzania with Zanzibar


Northern Tanzania Safaris in brief
The northern parks, around the Serengeti, are justifiably world-renowned, especially if you are there to witness the enormous herds of the Great Migration or to take a balloon or riding safari across the vast grassy plains.  The escarpment of the Great Rift Valley creates a dramatic volcanic landscape and some of the most fertile grazing grounds on earth; thus this is home to the largest herds on the planet, and the highest concentration of predators in the whole of Africa.
 
The Ngorongoro Crater is reliably rewarding for wildlife action, although it does get crowded and for this reason we recommend only a brief visit.  The wider conservation area is fascinating and a very worthwhile cultural and historical experience.  This is the land of the Maasai tribe, who live and farm within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in as traditional a manner as is possible for nomadic tribes in the modern world.  It is also the site of Olduvai Gorge, where Professor Leakey discovered the earliest known footprints of hominoid man.  This region is best combined with other northern Tanzanian parks, in a diverse itinerary.

These days all the Serengeti camps and lodges are linked with a network of bush airstrips, and almost all have their own safari vehicles and guides.  Where once travellers used to drive the entire route, these days we recommend driving only around Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara, where the roads are good and parks are easily accessible, then flying into the more remote regions of the Serengeti.
 
Northern Tanzania Safaris: Activities
Rules banning activities such as night safaris, walking etc. are most strict in the central Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Regulations are relaxed in the adjacent reserves, such as Loliondo in the East and the fabulous Singita Grumeti Reserve above the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, where night drives, walking and even horse riding safaris are possible.
 
Night safaris have also been recently introduced in Lake Manyara and Tarangire. However it is not possible to do boating safaris in Northern Tanzania.

Southern Tanzania Safaris in brief
Tanzania’s lesser-known southern parks are superb safari destinations in their own right, and combine well with each other to create varied and exciting wildlife itineraries.

The best regions here include the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, and the less visited (and more expensive) western areas of Katavi and Mahale Mountains National Parks.  These areas are all quite different from each other in terms of terrain and landscape, and therefore the resident game.  Selous is riverine and water-based; Katavi and Ruaha are vast, dry and more remote; and Mahale Mountains is a walking park on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, an incredible place to experience a chimpanzee safari.
 
These parks provide superb opportunities for walking, boating and nights out fly-camping, and there are several great quality, highly recommended accommodation options.

Tanzania Safaris - a guide to safari accomodation
All the parks have range of accommodation options of all different types and styles, to suit every traveller.  Some of the best camps and lodges are fabulous destinations in their own right, almost as interesting as the wildlife around them!  Here is a quick rundown of the types of accommodation available, mobile and tented camps, lodges and hotels:
 
Mobile Fly Camp: A private, mobile camp, packed up and pitched on a fresh patch of wild park each day. Tents are usually small and fairly basic.
 
Semi-permanent tented lodge: A camp constructed with large, luxurious, semi-permanent tents; you will not witness their 'mobility'! The camp is prepared before the arrival of guests, and will not move during your stay. The benefit of the semi-permanent camps is that they pitch according to the seasonal position of the migrating herds, setting you right at the heart of the action. Not necessarily private to your group.
 
Tented Camp / Lodge: A tented camp or lodge is a permanent structure, in which accommodation is under canvas. Most 'tents' have solid wooden floors set on a concrete base, and proper bathrooms with a flush toilet and running water.  The central bar and restaurant area is usually a fully solid structure.
 
Lodge: The term 'lodge' is generally used for a smaller, often owner-run accommodation, as distinct from a larger hotel. The lodges that we recommend tend to  be beautifully appointed and run, usually have swimming pools and almost all have their own resident vehicles, trackers and guides.
 
Hotels: The safari hotels tend to be much larger, less personal and intimate versions of lodges. They tend not to operate their own safari vehicles (with some exceptions), so it is necessary to book a vehicle and driver/guide separately.

Planning a safari is an expensive and potentially confusing business - which is why we strongly recommend you telephone us in the UK on 020 8704 1216 or US on 1866 356 4691 to discuss. Otherwise please do email us at info@tanzaniaodyssey.com

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