We have been working in Tanzania for over 20 years, developing a network of failsafe contacts and creating the neatest and most effective itineraries to suit your interests and requirements.

Why Tanzania Odyssey

Over 20 years experience

We have been crafting unforgettable tailor-made trips to Tanzania since 1998! In fact, we were the first ever online UK tour operator to do so... Our experience really does speak for itself!

Transparent pricing

Want to see a breakdown? Just ask! We will never be more expensive than booking direct with the lodges, and often we are cheaper. Our long-established relationships with lodges in Tanzania mean we can negotiate excellent rates, resulting in savings for you.

Owner run & 100% independent

We are not driven by high targets or commission based sales which other bigger companies could be beholden to, so we only send you to lodges which we think you'd love. We are proudly 100% tailor-made.

Expert knowledge

We will never send you to a lodge which we have not been to. Our small team are some of the UK’s leading Tanzania experts, and we send them back year after year to ensure their knowledge is still exceptional and fully up to date.

24/7 assistance

Help is available around the clock on an Odyssey trip. So if there is an emergency on the ground in Tanzania then we are only a call away.

financial protection

We are ATOL bonded. This means that if in the unlikely event that something happens to us, your money is safe.

How it all works


Speak to an expert

When you are ready to begin planning, please do pick up the phone and chat to one of our expert team. Every Odyssey consultant has travelled in Tanzania extensively or lived there, and we have personally vetted every single property we recommend.

We begin crafting and eventually finalise your itinerary

Once we know a little more about you, we will get to work on some sample itineraries. Then, it is simply a case of tweaking and tweaking (or completely changing!) your trip until you are 100% happy. To confirm the space at the lodges, we require a 20% deposit, with the final balance due 12 weeks before you travel.

Preparing for your trip

Once you have paid your deposit, we will be with you every step of the way until your departure. We will send you a link to our App which has maps, locations, pre-departure information (including packing lists) a countdown to your trip and even the weather forecast. We are always at the end of the phone or on emails to help answer any questions you have un the run up to your trip.


In the unlikely event that you encounter any problems on your travels, then simply call our emergency 24/7 number and one of our team will be on hand to help. On your return, please do get in touch and let us know how everything went – we love hearing about your experience and staying in touch.

In the media

In The Press

Marc Harris

Managing Director

Following years of travelling and exploring, Marc started organising safaris for clients in the mid 1990s.  Specialising in the then lesser-known safari regions, he 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.  A natural perfectionist, his unrivalled zest for world experiences makes him a sturdy helmsman for all of your African Odysseys.  Marc's Africa knowledge is decades in the making and he 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.

Ted Archdale


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 has since furthered his knowledge with countless trips back to Africa. Name a country, and Ted almost certainly has a campfire tale to tell about his time there. A careful itinerary planner, with a real thirst for adventure; Ted is your man for a seriously thoughtful, off the beaten track safari trip of a lifetime.

Annabel Skinner


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 country. 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.

Dave Fuller

Senior Consultant

Dave's passion for travel was with him from an early age; during his teens he travelled through most of Asia and Latin America, and Africa soon followed. On a one way ticket he headed to South Africa, walked straight through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. An adventurer at heart, Dave loves authentic experiences in lesser-visited parts of the continent, making him our very best safari guinea-pig. His latest travels have taken him to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania. Dave also heads up our Asia Odyssey desk and though it is painful to admit, he is probably the best travelled member of our team. 

George Hannan


George has packed in an awful lot of travel! He has explored much of Asia, Africa, North America and recently has enjoyed an action packed South America adventure… But it was Tanzania which he has returned to again and again. George has worked in travel since leaving University, and his passion for adventure and zest for life shines through in every itinerary he crafts. A true Serengeti specialist, we’re fairly sure George knows several of the great migration’s wildebeest by name.  Happy with luxury but at home in a tented camp, George is your man for a fantastic personalised trip to Tanzania.

Kitty Chrisp


Kitty’s passion for all things Africa began on a horse riding safari in Kenya, and ever since she was itching to get back to explore different countries on the continent. Since then, she has managed to return countless times through working and living in Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda as a safari lodge hostess and videographer in between and after her university studies. Having also visited Tanzania extensively as a guest, Kitty has an exceptional knowledge of how camps work from behind the scenes to the front line, meaning she has an unrivalled ability to sort the truly special camps from the good ones. Delighted by a superb safari, but equally delighted by a superb gin and tonic, Kitty has made planning relaxing yet exceptional safaris to Tanzania her very own.

Sam Hankss


Growing up in Singapore didn’t deter Sam from realising he had an affinity with Africa from an early age. After travelling to the continent with his family, he decided one holiday wasn’t enough. After finishing his studies, Sam became a guide in the Greater Kruger where he educated guests in a variety of lodges. A passion for wildlife photography also grew during this time and his writing and pictures have been used in a number of publications in South Africa. His travels have taken him from Kenya to South Africa and everything in between. Away from the continent of dreams, he has explored Europe, North America and the UAE extensively.

Gail Hennessey

Finance and legal

Gail travelled all over the world as a child and had lived in eight countries (from Norway to Brunei via Hong Kong and Syria) by the time she was eighteen.  She experienced her first African safari at the age of nine, and the safari bug bit deep!   After studying law at university she spent twelve years as a corporate lawyer for a major firm in the City of London before taking a career break in order to spend more time with her young children. Travel is her favourite topic and she is rarely happier than when planning, talking about or going on a big family adventure. She looks after business development, advises on legal matters as well as puts together itineraries for families to South Africa.

Work for us

Tanzania Odyssey is a boutique tour operator specialising in Tanzania. We are always on the look out for exceptional graduates with a real passion for Africa, as well as seasoned senior Tanzania consultants.

Current Vacancies


Over the years the majority of our staff have started their careers at Tanzania Odyssey as an intern. We are always looking out for talented people who have a passion for Africa and are looking to start a career in luxury travel.

The ideal intern candidate would be a recent graduate with good A Levels, attention to detail, the ability to work with urgency and accuracy and a passion for Africa. The role is on a monthly rolling basis and the intern would work on all aspects of the business, including website, advertising, PR, administration and accounts as well as learning about the booking process and tailor-making trips to Africa.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Ted Archdale at [email protected]

Africa Travel Consultant

We are currently looking for an Africa Travel Consultant, either with or without experience of working in the travel industry but ideally with experience in sales. We offer full training in our offices in Putney as well as an extensive educational trip to East Africa initially, over time picking up new destinations with more educational trips.

The main responsibility of this role would be tailor-making itineraries and driving sales but the role is very varied and you will be expected to get involved in website, advertising, PR, administration, accounts and marketing.

Salary will depend on experience and is above market rate.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Ted Archdale at [email protected]
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