July 2019

July 22, 2019

Tarangire National Park With Asilia

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Whilst many visitors rush to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, with perhaps an afternoon in Lake Manyara as a side-note, they miss out on a hidden gem. Often forgotten and dismissed at a glance, Tarangire National Park is the secret that not many people know about. Located a short drive (or an even shorter flight) to the South-East of Lake Manyara, Tarangire is perfect for people who have the time, the budget and are wanting a private and exclusive safari with no one else around. To be the only game drive vehicle in an area is a very rare experience indeed in modern Africa and it makes Tarangire all the more special.

© Sam Hankss

Tarangire is a National Park often over-shadowed by the infamous Serengeti, yet its charm shouldn’t be overlooked. For those wanting to escape the crowds and have a wild, untamed and authentic safari then this is the perfect place. For elephant lovers, this is the place to go. With a huge annual migration which sees thousands of elephants descend upon Tarangire, you can be sure of some fantastic game viewing. We recommend visiting Tarangire between July and October for the dry season. This is when the bush is at its lowest and water is scarce. The results are huge congregations of elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and a multitude of other plains game in and around waterholes.  And of course where there’s prey, there are predators; lions are frequently sighted in Tarangire at this time of the year as are leopards, rounding off a fantastic safari experience.

When it comes to visiting Tarangire, one of our favourite companies that we work with is Asilia. They are the proud owners of two camps: Oliver’s and Little Oliver’s. With their exceptional local guides and sustainability being at the forefront of their ethos, you can be sure that you will remember your stay for a lifetime.

© Asilia – Oliver’s Camp

Oliver’s is Asilia’s main camp in Tarangire. Made up of ten luxury tented rooms which also have all the amenities you need including sun-loungers in front, your time at camp can be spent in comfort. Whilst at camp, you can also relax in the library where sinking into soft leather sofas will make time fly by as you delve into one of the paperbacks off. Alternatively you can sit, watch and listen to the comings and goings of the wild fauna in the area. There are special honeymoon and family tents allowing the camp to cater for everybody’s needs, however children under six are not permitted.

© Asilia – Oliver’s Camp

Located a mere one kilometre from Oliver’s is the smaller and private, Little Oliver’s Camp. This is generally used for larger groups and families who want exclusive use of the accommodation. It is made up of five tented rooms and is situated upon a hillside which grants you beautiful views of the bush below.  Just like its big brother, the rooms are spacious, spread out and with private decks that stretch out in front of the rooms, it is a beautiful place to spend a sundowner.

Both camps are located in a special wilderness area where walking and fly camping are offered which is something that can’t be offered at every camp in the National Park. To get a true sense of the wild, we would certainly recommend taking part in a walking safari, and if your time allows hot air balloon safaris and night drives are a perfect addition to your Tarangire safari.

The best way to find out about Tarangire is to visit our website or simply contact us. We would love to tell you more about it.

July 5, 2019

‘Serengeti’ – A Look into BBC’s New Documentary

©Copyright of Shutterstock. A male lion with the red glow of a sunset behind him in the heart of the Serengeti.

For those who tuned into BBC1 at 8pm last Thursday, you will have witnessed the start of a series that transports you from your armchair to the rolling plains of the Serengeti. There you will witness the battle that the Serengeti’s best known animals face. Each day is a struggle between life and death and although it is great to watch these events unfold on television, there is nothing better than seeing these spectacles first hand. Whether it is the lions, the elephants or the wild dogs that spark an interest for you to go on safari or a love of wildlife, it doesn’t matter. After organising luxury safaris for over twenty years, we know the best places for you visit! Read below for our honest advice about where the best places are to see these magnificent animals.  

The Wildebeest Migration

The world-renowned Great Migration is a year-round event that occurs within the Serengeti National Park. Each year millions of wildebeest and zebra follow the rains in a clock-wise motion clocking up about two-hundred and fifty kilometres each. From crossing the Mara River in the North to giving birth on the Ndutu plains in the South, drama is never far away when watching these ungulates. If you’re particularly interested in keeping up with the migration, then we would whole-heartedly recommend a mobile camp. These are tented camps that follow the migration all year, moving from site to site meaning that they have the best spots for the action. Do not fear though, luxury isn’t compromised. All your amenities (and more) are certainly apparent.

©Copyright of Shutterstock. One of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth – The Great Wildebeest Migration

Lions

The majestic King of the Jungle is probably the most sought after animal people want to see when they go on safari. Luckily, lions are everywhere in the Serengeti and unlike the wildebeest, they stick to their territories. Whilst the migration may pass through areas at different times of the year, no matter where you stay there will be plenty of resident game in the lion territories to keep them fed whilst the wildebeest are away. If you are after a great value safari, it is worth seeking the ‘off season’ camps as they will still have great opportunities to see lions and great prices!

A beautiful lionness in the morning light. Picture taken by Africa specialist Sam whilst in the Serengeti.

Cheetahs

Small, lithe and the only cat that can’t roar, you are often left feeling sorry for the cheetah. Often bullied by hyenas and the other cats, being a cheetah mother is probably one of the toughest jobs in the Serengeti. Even with the honey-badger disguise, cheetah cubs unfortunately have a very high mortality rate. But for all their bad luck, there is one place in the Serengeti that we hold close to our hearts. Recently reopened and what used to be a cheetah research area, Namiri Plains in the Eastern section of the Serengeti is a place like no other. As well as being home to numerous caracals, servals and other big cats, the cheetah population has thrived here for years and sightings are daily and wonderful. For the best cheetah sightings and photographic opportunities we couldn’t recommend Asilia’s Namiri Plains Camp high enough. If you don’t believe it yet, check out our Instagram to see our first-hand sightings from our trips there!

Two cheetah brothers photographed by Managing Director Marc on his stay at Namiri Plains.

Elephants

The most intelligent of all savannah animals, with communication systems that humans haven’t been able to apprehend and emotions that no other animals seem to have, the elephant is a magnificent creature. The biggest member of the Big 5, yet also the most gentle, one would be mistaken that they are big fumbling, bumbling balls of grey, yet an insight into their behaviour shows just how gentle and nimble they can be. That’s not to say they aren’t destructive because they certainly can be when the mood strikes. With the Serengeti being such an open and vast landscape, elephants are not normally found in such open areas, that’s why it is important to be in a camp that is placed perfectly for both habitats. A great area for elephant sightings is in the often-forgotten Serengeti forests. Here the vegetation is denser and riverine thickets are the perfect habitat for elephant families who need plenty of food, water and shelter to provide safety for the herd.  We absolutely love Nomad’s Serengeti Safari Camp, a mobile camp which moves throughout the year depending on where the migration is, yet their location also takes into consideration the movement of the mega fauna like the elephants. Their new position by the Moru kopjes in central Serengeti provides the perfect setting for great sightings.

The often forgotten forests of the Serengeti photographed by Africa specialist Sam whilst staying in the Moru region.

Whilst I hope you will enjoy the rest of the series, I know I plan to, if you want to experience the Serengeti with your own eyes then there is only one thing for you to do: contact us! We would love help you book the trip of a lifetime.

May 16, 2018

Tanzania Holiday: The Ultimate Safari

From diving for marine treasures off Tanzania’s remote coastlines and tropical islands, to climbing Africa’s highest mountain, to witnessing scores of iconic African wildlife; a Tanzania holiday has the potential to fulfill the whims and fancies of every traveler.Tanzania Holiday. Photographer: Mark Williams.

Tanzania Safari Holidays

Tanzania is an inherently wild and adventurous area that has only been partly tamed by man. A large portion of the country is dedicated to preserving the wilderness and wildlife, and it is home to three of Africa’s top five destinations – the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also numerous lesser visited parks in the south and west of Tanzania that are equally as exciting but offer a more private experience.

Safari and Beach

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In addition to its spectacular wilderness areas, Tanzania also offers some breathtaking beaches, making it a brilliant bush and beach safari destination. The Tanzanian coast north of Dar es Salaam is an idyllic stretch of wide sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and the south coast boasts endless stretches of sparsely populated coastline. Just off the coastline, numerous islands, including the renowned Zanzibar archipelago, are dotted within the warm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.
Zanzibar Tanzania Holiday

Tanzania Holiday activites

With so many natural attractions on offer, it makes sense that Tanzania also provides plenty of activities that allow you to explore these scenic wonders. Ranging from walking safaris to hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, snorkeling, scuba diving, horse riding, fly camping under the stars, chimpanzee trekking at Mahale, and more, there are endless possibilities for the adventurous spirit.
Walking safari in Tanzania
Combining these numerous locations and various activities is made easy by the reasonably-priced and efficient internal network of light aircraft. There is also a myriad of choices when it comes to accommodation options that suit the taste and budget of every traveler. Our personal favourites are the smaller, more intimate and luxurious lodges and camps that offer excellent personal service, such as Namiri Plains Camp and Singita Mara Tented Camp.
tents at Siwandu
For all these reasons and more, Tanzania is a brilliant holiday destination for any traveller. Whatever your preferred combination of safari/adventure/beach/relaxation may be, or perhaps even a Tanzania honeymoon, there is an ideal holiday itinerary that will suit you perfectly. For help planning your bespoke Tanzania holiday experience, or for more information on Tanzania, get in touch with us.

December 22, 2017

4 Reasons to Travel to Tanzania in 2018

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As we say goodbye to 2017, it’s time to start saying hello to new adventures and start planning those travels for 2018!

Home to sixteen national parks, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the highest mountain in Africa, and the largest and deepest lakes on the continent too, there’s not much that we can say that the country doesn’t already boast itself. It’s one of the most beloved and enchanting safari destinations in the world.

Here are four reasons to add Tanzania to your 2018 Travel Bucket List:

Accessibility

Tanzania is one of the most accessible countries in Africa. It’s infrastructure and transportation systems have been designed so that the international airports, ferries, and highways are all perfectly positioned to transport you to where you need to be. Another drawcard is that most of Tanzania’s biggest attractions are within a day or two’s drive away, or a quick transfer flight.

Endless Choices

Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, Tanzania has just the thing for you. Since safari tourism is such a driving economic force in the country, there are countless tour operators, accommodation options, and experiences to choose from.

Variety of Activities

From world-class hiking experiences such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to unbelievable snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities to witnessing wildlife migrations in the Serengeti, Tanzania offers a vast variety of activities and experiences for travelers to enjoy.

Political Stability

Africa might have a bad rep when it comes to political stability, but this is not the case when it comes to Tanzania, which is a leader in regional stability. A recent Pew Research poll stated that nearly 80% of the Tanzanian population is satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country. And the people in the country are some of the friendliest in the world – you’ll instantly feel at home in this beautiful country.

For help planning your perfect safari to Tanzania in 2018, get in touch with us! We know this country like the back of our hands.

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