A vast and spectacular place to safari whether it is your first time or your tenth. Tanzania is known for the melting snowcapped peaks of Kilimanjaro, the endless Serengeti plains, Olduvai Gorge which many call the cradle of mankind, Ngorongoro Crater which boasts rich concentration of game, Lake Victoria the largest lake in Africa, and the exotic Zanzibar Spice Islands.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, approximately twice the size of California.  Roughly 25% of the country is designated as wildlife protected areas - National Parks, Game Reserves and Game Controlled Areas. The Indian Ocean coast and islands offer tropical beaches, coral reefs and great marine life.

The onset of rain in late November triggers the annual migration of large mammals and birds. The great Serengeti plains turn green and the zebras take the lead grazing the taller grasses and seed heads. They are followed by 1.2 million wildebeest who are a bit more selective grazers. This is one of the last places on earth where you can witness a huge spectacle of wild animals carrying out this annual circle of life.

Tanzania is a safe, stable and peaceful country with a multi-party democracy. Home to more than 100 different tribal groups, the Maasai are the best known. Many of these pastoralists are living the same lifestyle as their ancestors did centuries ago. English and Kiswahili are spoken here. International airports are located in Kilimanjaro and Dar Es Salaam. 

Tanzania Democratic Republic of Congo Rwanda Burundi Zambia Kenya SerengetiNational Park MaswaGame Reserve GrumetiGame Reserve IkongoroGame Reserve Ngorongoro Conservation Area Lolliondo Controlled Area Masai MaraGame Reserve SelousGame Reserve RuahaNational Park Gombe Stream National Park MahaleMountainsNational Park KataviNational Park Malawi Mozambique Uganda Lake Victoria Lake Rukwa Lake Manyara LakeNatron Lake Eyasi ● Kigoma Zanzibar Mafia Island Pemba Island ● Ngorongoro Crater Olduvai Gorge Arusha Namanga Dar es Salaam Mkomazi Game Reserve Lake Tanganyika Indian Ocean Lake Malawi AmboseliNational Park Tsavo West National Park Tsavo EastNational Park SaadaniNational Park TarangireNational Park ArushaNational Park Mt. KilimanjaroNational Park Mikumi National Park ● Iringa Udzungwa Mountains National Park Udzungwa Mountains National Park Great Rift Valley Great Rift Valley
Tanzania Highlights


Tanzania itineraries are usually focused on one or two regions of this vast country utilizing both road and flying transfers.  Mobile tented safaris tracking the Great Wildebeest migration, cultural interactions, horseback safaris, and chimp trekking can be combined with diving and snorkeling off the coast.  

Across Tanzania


Day 1: Kilimanjaro
You will be met upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha, where a welcoming staff awaits.  Settle in for your first night in Africa. 
1 Night in Arusha

Day 2: Serengeti
After an early breakfast, you will to catch your flight to the Serengeti. If the weather cooperates, you'll see the snows of Kilimanjaro on the way! 
4 Nights at Lamai Serengeti Camp

This is the land of endless plains punctuated with iconic kopjes -- think of Pride Rock from The Lion King!  The camp is situated high above the savanna giving you a commanding view of the Mara River valley. Traveling in the months of August to October will give you a front row seat for the Great Wildebeest Migration at the Mara River, where the crossings can mean life and death.

The en-suite tents are scattered within the rocks and feature 24 hour power, hot and cold running water, bathrooms with flush toilets, inside bath and outdoor shower.  There is a natural rock swimming pool if you feel like taking a dip.  Game drives, guided bush walks and optional fly camping are on offer here.

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, 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. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite kopjes. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

Day 6: Katavi
Head to the airstrip this morning for your flight to Katavi National Park. You'll have an eagle eye view as you fly across Tanzania 3 Nights at Chada Katavi Camp

Katavi is for the wildlife connoisseur, a wild and remote place with a high density of wildlife.  Rivers groan with hippopotamus and crocodile, and the plains are covered with massive herds of buffalo. Almost everywhere you look there’s something grazing, bellowing, fighting, mating or hunting.

Hidden in the trees that flank it are six guest tents, with fine wooden furniture, and large comfortable beds spread with crisp white Egyptian cottons, and floors covered with thick woven rugs. The tents are large, romantic and airy with many shade netting windows to allow the cool breezes through. The bathrooms are bush deluxe, and set just behind each bed tent. And to cap it all, the thoroughly good white wine sitting on your porch table is perfectly chilled. Activities include game drives in open 4 WD vehicles, bush walks, birding and fly camping under the stars.

Day 9:  Mahale
The flight from Katavi to Mahale is only 20 minutes and the landscape changes dramatically. When the plane lands at the edge of Lake Tanganyika, you'll wade out to the waiting dhow for a one hour ride to camp.  The Mahale Mountains are spectacularly beautiful with the forested slopes plunging from 8,000 feet down to the shoreline. 
4 Nights at Greystoke Mahale Camp

The exotic bandas at Greystoke are open fronted, looking out across the sandy beach and the blue water.  The interiors are fashioned from dhow timber and feature dressing rooms, a loft for morning yoga or afternoon naps, adjoining bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. There's never enough time to explore the forests which are filled with primates, forest mammals, birds, giant vines and waterfalls.  Beyond 'chimping' you can hike, fish, snorkel, swim and kayak.

Day 13:  Kilimanjaro
Today you will take the dhow ride back up the lake to the airstrip to catch your flight back to Arusha.  If time permits, you can do a bit of shopping before heading to Kilimanjaro to connect with your homeward flight.

Optional Extension:
To complete your "Across Tanzania" safari we recommend adding a few nights in Zanzibar or Pemba Island for a shore to shore experience!

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

 The ideal time for this itinerary would be August through October when you would have a good chance of seeing the “Great Wildebeest Migration" moving toward the Masai Mara and back to the northern Serengeti

Gorillas & Luxury Safari


Day 1: Entebbe
You will be met on arrival in Entebbe and transferred to your hotel. 
1 Night in Entebbe

Day 2: Bwindi Forest National Park
Take a scheduled flight to Bwindi Forest National Park, which impresses with a truly theatrical landscape. This is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This is the ideal base for encounters with the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi.

Later you may have time to visit the Batwa Pygmies village to learn about these native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills. 
3 Nights at Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 3
There are nine habituated gorilla families in Bwindi and you will have the opportunity to visit one of them today. Meet with the local guides and trackers for trekking formalities and a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. The trekking can take from three to seven hours and the terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery along with the anticipation of our quest seem to lessen the trekking effort. Once you locate your assigned gorilla group, you will have one hour to spend with them before making your way back down. This afternoon you may want to relax or get a massage!

Day 4
After breakfast and the now familiar trekking formalities, you will re-enter the forest to visit another gorilla family. You will likely find this to be a very different experience than you had the day before!

The bio-diversity of the park also makes it home for more than 350 bird species, 200 butterfly species, and eleven kinds of primates including L'Hoest's monkeys, rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and antelopes.

Day 5: Serengeti
Today you fly to Entebbe and onward to Tanzania’s famed Serengeti.  You will be met at the airstrip and then game drive en-route to your private camp which will be situated near the Great Wildebeest Migration.  This will serve as your base for exploring the area for the next few days.

2 Nights at a Private Tented Camp in the Serengeti

This is a totally private and exclusive camp just for you, with large walk-in tents with dressing area, private en-suite bathroom (short drop toilet, bucket shower and wash stand). There is a separate dining/mess tent, and fully equipped and well-stocked bar. This camp reflects the old and luxurious “Out of Africa” camping style, the beauty of the bush in an authentic atmosphere.

The Serengeti hosts the largest concentration of wildlife in the world, thought to be more than 3 million, and is home to one of the great wonders in the world, the Great Migration. Over a million wildebeest move annually from the southern plains, where they give birth in January - March, to the north and the Mara River, and back, accompanied by zebra and other migratory mammals. Lion, cheetah, hyena, African wild dog and crocodiles make sure only the strongest survive. 

Day 7: Grumeti Reserves
You will take a short flight to your next camp.  Once settled in you will have lunch and later go out to explore the area. 3 Nights at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

The Singita Grumeti Reserves spans more than 400,000 acres of relatively untouched wilderness and is part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem bordering the western corridor of Serengeti National Park.  There are no fences so wildlife moves freely and the concession has a variety of habitats including open plains, rugged rocky outcrops, woodlands and riverine forests.  Grumeti features unparalleled exclusivity combined with the ability to enjoy a wide selection of activities not allowed inside the Serengeti, since it is not governed by national park regulations.

Sabora Plains Tented Camp is situated on the Serengeti plains, beautifully decorated in grand campaign 1920s style. The six lavish tents are air-conditioned and feature a bedroom and reading area, bathroom with bath and outdoor shower, viewing deck with your own Swarovski spotting scope.

Day 10
This morning you will game drive en-route to Faru Faru River Lodge, arriving for lunch and settling in for the next few days. 
3 Nights at Singita Faru Faru River Lodge

This contemporary safari styled lodge offers barefoot elegance in a laid-back rustic setting. Elevated viewing desks over the watering hole allow guests to watch game from the lodge. The open-style suites are air- air-conditioned with a bath and outdoor shower, a personal bar and fridge, Wi-Fi, and deck. Walks from the lodge along the Grumeti River, with its unrivalled spectrum of fauna and flora, are an unforgettable experience.

Day 13
Enjoy your last game drive back to the Sasakwa airstrip to catch your flight to Arusha.  You will be met and taken to the Shanga River House for lunch and shopping.  Day rooms can be arranged here and later you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro for your international departure. 

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

The Great Ape Escape


Day 1: Kilimanjaro         
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport. 
1 Night in Arusha

Day 2: Serengeti National Park         
Depart after breakfast for Arusha Airport where you will board your chartered flight to Seronera in the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy lunch in camp and an afternoon game drive.  You will discuss the next day’s adventure over sundowners around the campfire. Enjoy a late dinner before retiring to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa. 
5 Nights in Serengeti National Park

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater       
Head east across the short grass plains for Olduvai Gorge (site of Leakey’s discovery of early man) and the Ngorongoro Crater. This cross country route will take you well into Maasai country. This is spectacular open plain country that was used during the filming of “Out of Africa” and will be ideal for an opportunity to do some hiking and for a picnic with a view.  From the Cradle of Mankind, you ride up in elevation through the fertile highlands area. 
1 Night in Ngorongoro Highlands       

Day 8: Lake Tanganyika
Depart after breakfast for Lake Manyara airstrip where your private charter waits to take you to Mahale on the western edge of Tanzania.  Upon arrival, you will board a dhow for the one hour boat ride to Greystoke Camp located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  Mahale Mountains is one of the most remote and beautiful parks in the whole of Africa.  The forested slopes plunge from the peaks to the shoreline.  The park is located halfway down the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. 
3 Nights at Greystoke Mahale

Days 9-10: Mahale National Park       
Mahale National Park is the best place in the world to view chimpanzees in their natural habitat.  You will track the chimps concentrating on the “M” group.  This troop inhabits all of Mahale Park.  Swimming and snorkeling in Lake Tanganyika are welcome afternoon activities.  Sunset cruises with fishing opportunities. Dinners on the beach under the stars.

Day 11: Tarangire National Park
Depart after breakfast on the one hour boat ride to Kigoma where you will board your charter flight to Tarangire National Park. This park gets its name from the Tarangire River that works its way through the length of the Park. This baobab-studded park looks like no other in northern Tanzania. During the dry season, it is the place to be as seasonal migrations of elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland and oryx come from southern Maasailand to the Tarangire River. 
3 Nights in Tarangire National Park

Day 14: Arusha          
Depart Tarangire after breakfast for the drive back to Arusha where day rooms are reserved.  You will have time for shopping, lunch, and relaxing before preparing for your evening departure from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Private Chartered Flights:
This itinerary features private chartered flights which enable you to make the best use of your safari days. 

Group Size:
This itinerary is ideal for a group of six to twelve travelers.

Optional Extension:
We recommend adding a few nights in Zanzibar or Pemba Island for a shore to shore experience!

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

The ideal time for this itinerary would be August through October when the game viewing in Tarangire National Park is best.



Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari


Day 1:  Kilimanjaro
You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Ngare Sero Lodge on the slopes of Mount Meru.  This intimate, country estate is located only 30 minutes away. Sitting on the veranda you can see the snows of Kilimanjaro in the distance. Sykes and Colobus monkeys frolic in the trees of the gardens. 
2 Nights at Ngare Sero Lodge

Day 2: Mount Meru

Today is a cultural excursion to a nearby village on the southern slopes of Mount Meru. The villagers are subsistence farmers and grow coffee, bananas and vegetables. Visit the women of Mama Anna's to get a glimpse of rural African life. These enterprising women make cheese, harvest honey and coffee.

Day 3: Loliondo
Depart early for Arusha to board your plane to Klein’s Airstrip and begin a game drive as soon as you arrive. 

The Loliondo private concession area - east of the Serengeti National Park border – is where the nomadic Maasai have small settlements.  Here you will be able to do walking safaris and night drives, activities which are not allowed within the national park.  You will also visit a traditional Maasai community and school. 
3 Nights at Loliondo area camp

Day 6: Serengeti
Travel by road to Sayari Camp in the northern Serengeti National Park.  The endless rolling plains and riverine woodlands are home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, large herds of antelope and much more.

Sayari Camp is situated on the Mara River in a remote location where you can immerse yourself in the safari experience.  The wildebeest migration can be seen in this area from mid-July to November. The en-suite tents have verandas overlooking the Serengeti.  The crew is dedicated to making you feel right at home.  Days will be spent exploring the Mara River for hippo, crocs and wildebeest crossings. Each night at the campfire, you’ll look up at the star-strewn sky and feel thankful that you’re here at last. 
3 Nights at Sayari Camp

Day 9: Zanzibar
Board your plane at the Kogatende airstrip for the flight to Zanzibar. Matemwe is a tropical paradise with white sand beaches, lush gardens, swimming pools and a menu featuring fresh seafood specialties served in the open-air restaurant.  The bungalows are constructed from local materials and have private verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Matemwe is situated opposite the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. 
3 Nights at Matemwe

Day 10
Spend the day sailing and snorkeling to the Mnemba atoll. Lunch will be set up on the beach just for you. 

Day 11
Tour Stone Town’s narrow alleyways, bustling market and appreciate the historic architecture. Stone Town has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.  After lunch you can stop for a spice tour at one of the local plantations. Fresh cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and nutmeg will never seem quite the same again after you have been to the “spice island.”

Day 12: Dar es Salaam
Spend your last hours around the infinity pool before heading to the airport to check in for your flight to Dar es Salaam where you will connect with your homeward flight.  

Private Departures: 
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

The ideal time for this itinerary would be August through October when you would have a good chance of seeing the “Great Wildebeest Migration" moving toward the Masai Mara and back to the northern Serengeti.


Southern Tanzania & Zanzibar Expedition


Day 1: Dar es Salaam
You will be met when you arrive in Dar es Salaam and transferred to a nearby hotel.  Get a good night's sleep and dream of the adventures that await you. 
1 Night in Dar es Salaam

Day 2: Ruaha National Park
Depart for Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania where you’ll see an amazing diversity and quantity of big game.  Enjoy the birds-eye-view of the wild south en-route. After lunch you can settle in and later set out on your first game drive.
3 Nights in Ruaha

Ruaha offers an abundance of predators such as lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard, jackal, and Africa wild dog.  The location is special, sitting in the zone between northern and southern hemispheres where species (bird migrants, mammal species, and plant species) from both overlap.  The Ruaha River and a number of smaller seasonal rivers are a vital life-source.  The varied topography also results in a correspondingly varied diversity of species so that there are 1,600 plant species compared to 600 in the Serengeti and now over 500 bird species which approximates to half that are found in the entire country.

Days 3 & 4
Ruaha has a wealth of different habitats to explore, from grassy plains, escarpment woodlands and rocky kopjes. Hippo pools and an abundance of bird life make for many alternative game drives. Guided walk along the river or through the bush focus on the smaller things you miss in a vehicle.

Day 5: Selous Game Reserve
Enjoy your last morning in Ruaha before heading to the airstrip for your flight to the Selous Game Reserve. The plane swoops over the Rufiji River on its approach to landing, a dramatic arrival to the World Heritage Site and one of the largest conservation areas in Africa.   You will be met upon arrival and transferred by road to camp. 

3 Nights in the Selous Game Reserve

Selous is the world's largest game reserve covering a huge area measuring more than 21,000 square-miles with most of it untouched by human activities.  The reserve is bisected by the Rufiji River, a sprawling waterway with a myriad of channels that make for exciting boating safaris.  You will find large numbers of buffalo, lion, elephant and a healthy population of African wild dogs. This is also a birder's paradise boasting 440 species of birds.

The main feature of Selous is the sprawling river system with linked lakes and channels. Choose between walking, boating or vehicle safaris. Selous is the only location in Tanzania where boating safaris are possible.

Day 8

You will head to the airstrip to catch your flight to Zanzibar. 

3 Nights in Zanzibar

This is a spectacular place for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and walks on the beach.  You’ll enjoy the local catch from the fishermen who deliver fresh crab, lobster and fish on a daily basis.   A spice farm tour and a visit to the historical Stone Town are also on offer here.

Day 11

Begin your homeward journey.


Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

The ideal time for this itinerary would be late June through October.

Optional Extension:
See more of Tanzania while you’re here!  Start in northern Tanzania with a visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  We also recommend the chimp trekking experiences on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. 


Climb Kilimanjaro


Lemosho Route

Day 1:  Kilimanjaro

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your lodge where you will stay for two nights before your climb, and one night after the climb. You will have a late supper and settle in for your first night’s sleep under African skies.

2 Nights in Arusha

Day 2:             

It will be a good idea to go for a hike today, getting the legs warmed up and the body clock adjusted.  Later there will be a pre-climb briefing and equipment check.

Day 3:  Arusha - Londorossi Gate (2000m) to Big Tree Camp (2650m) - 4 hours walk

After registration formalities and you will be driven to the Lemosho Route starting point to begin the climb through the thick montane forest to reach the first camp.  You will spend six nights on the mountain in private camps.  You will be climbing with an experienced crew to maintain your safety and comfort in your private camp.  You will be sleeping in high quality, 2-person sized tents and there will be a private chemical toilet in camp.  The mess tent has tables and chairs and the kitchen has all required cooking utensils to provide hot meals in the morning and evening.  The crew will also carry a hyperbaric decompression chamber and oxygen.

Day 4:  Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp (3500m) – 6 hours walk

The day’s hike takes you from the montane forest, through a transition zone, and into the heath zone, where the old lava flows are visible. Tonight’s camp provides a dramatic view of Kilimanjaro and its glaciers.

Day 5: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (3860m) - 5 hours walk

Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of 4 to 5 hours hiking. Camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau with more expansive views of Kilimanjaro.

Day 6:  Shira 2 Camp to Baranco Camp (3950m –6 hours walk) via Lava Tower (4600m)

Today is another acclimatization day for a mostly uphill climb of 5 hours to an elevation over 4500m at Lava tower then descending to Baranco Valley at 3950m to camp in the Lobelia moorland forest.  You will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. You will have a spectacular view of the steep Western Breach.

Day 7:  Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4600m) – 5 hours walk

As you begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we work our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means, “ice” in Kiswahili.  The base camp at Barafu hut is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for your push to the summit. After an early dinner you will rest. At midnight, under the stars and moon, you will begin the final ascent.

Day 8:              Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 7 hours walk) then 5 hours descending to Mweka Camp (3000m)

You will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5,895 meters/19,340 feet around 8 a.m.   At this early hour, before the clouds close in, you will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. After a brief stay for photos and awe, you will descend 2 to 3 hours to our Barafu Camp for lunch, rest, and to pick up belongings. Then we continue downhill 3 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest. Tonight’s camp is 3000m below the summit!

Day 9:  Mweka Camp to Arusha (3 hours walk), 2 hour drive

After a good sleep and breakfast, you will begin the final descent to the Mweka gate.  You will then be driven to our lodge for a nice long shower!   The rest of the day is for relaxing and a leisurely evening of sundowners and dinner.

Day 10:  Arusha

Those doing a post-climb safari, or a Zanzibar beach stay, will begin their journey.  Those departing for home will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Group Size: 

- We arrange climbs for solos, couples, small groups of 6-12, and larger groups of up to 35.


Best Time to Climb: 

- We suggest climbing anytime except during  late March, April and May. 


Fundraising Consultation:

- Duffle & Compass can also provide fundraising advice for charity climbs.


Partial Climbs:

- We can organize a partial climb for three days and two nights on the mountain.


Optional Extensions:

- We highly recommend a pre-climb or post-climb safari since you are so near to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.  A Zanzibar beach vacation is also a popular post-climb destination.  Contact Duffle & Compass



Accommodations in Tanzania range from intimate settler inns and coffee plantations to award-winning lodges and camps in private reserves to rustic beach retreats on the Indian Ocean Islands. We book many more lodges and camps, but these are some of our preferred places.

Northern Tanzania

This area is home to two of Africa’s most famed destinations – Serengeti National Park and Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest free standing mountain.  In addition there are adjacent wildlife reserves around the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, and Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.   

Photo: &Beyond

Klein’s Camp

Perched on the edge of the Kuka Hills in northern Serengeti, Klein’s Camp is in a 24,700-acre private wildlife preserve leased from Maasai landlords. Guests come to enjoy a vintage style safari experience without the crowds. Day and night game drives and interpretive bush walks are offered to Klein’s 20 exclusive guests. A complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars are provided for your use during your stay. 

Photo: &Beyond

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Perched on the rim of the famous Crater, the architecture is inspired by the Maasai who build in mud and sticks. The lodge has three intimate camps, North Camp (12 suites), South Camp (12 suites) and Tree Camp (six suites). In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, the rooms feature Persian carpets and butler service.  With ever-changing views as mists swirl over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking.

Photo: &Beyond

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Ten spacious guest tents sit in a forest on the banks of the Grumeti River in the western Serengeti where the annual migration brings thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores to cross. Anticipating crocodiles provide quite the show and seasonal resident hippo pods can be seen in the river pools, right in from your tents. Game drives from the camp can expect to encounter large lion prides and clans of hyena, big herds of resident plains game and black and white colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the Serengeti. There is also a nearby launching site for hot air balloon safaris over the Serengeti.

Photo: Sabora Tented Camp

Sabora Tented Camp

Singita’s Sabora Tented Camp was extensively redesigned in 2020 from its former 1920-style to a forward thinking 21st century modern property. The nine lavish tents are newly situated on the open savanna to maximize the sweeping views and the combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. All suites include en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, outdoor shower, sitting room with private pantry and bar, dining area, outdoor decks and secluded daybeds with views of one of the two waterholes. The main areas include a swimming pool, spa and fitness center, open plan bar, dining and lounge areas with wicker baskets and fridges filled with gourmet bites. Singita’s 350,000-acre private Grumeti Reserve ensures an unparalleled safari experience. Children aged 10 and over are welcome.

Photo: Singita

Faru Faru Lodge

Singita’s Faru Faru Lodge is mix of contemporary and organic style inspired by the idea of a botanist’s camp. Set along the Grumeti River the lodge has seven suites, one family suite and a two-bedroom suite with a private infinity pool. The oversized windows open to welcome the natural beauty inside. There are two swimming pools, spa and fitness center. Children of all ages are welcome. There are babysitting services available and tailor-made activities to suit each family. 

Photo: Singita

Serengeti House

Designed for exclusive use, Singita’s Serengeti House is a modern-African home on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill with four guest suites, each with uninterrupted views across the Serengeti, spacious en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private terraces. Guests have flexibility on their schedule of activities and meals being tailor-made each day with the staff host, chef and private guide. The house features casual indoor and outdoor living spaces including an eat-in kitchen and media room, fitness center, fire pit, outdoor sala and 25-meter lap pool.

Photo: Singita

Singita Mara River Tented Camp

This luxury off-the-grid, permanent tented camp is set in the Lamai triangle area of the Northern Serengeti with great views of the Mara River. This area is a key location in the annual wildebeest migration, as well as, a year-round home to big cats and elephants on land while the hippo and crocodile rule the Mara River. There are four en-suite tents and two-family tents. Children aged 10 and over are welcome.

Photo: Asilia

Sayari Camp

Sayari sits in an unspoilt area of the remote northern Serengeti where the migration generally roams from mid-July to November. This is when the stage is set for the annual drama of migrating wildebeest herds crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River. There are 15 luxury guest tents including a family unit and a honeymoon suite. There are two wings, each has a dining area to ensure intimacy and personal service especially for groups who would like to book the wing exclusively. Activities include game drives, guided walking and hot air ballooning.

Photo: Legendary Expeditions

Legendary Serengeti Migration Camps

Set in remote and exclusive areas within the greater Serengeti eco-system, these classic East African tented camps offer a comfortable base from which to explore. There are two identical camps that are set up in different areas that are close to the movement of the herds of the great wildebeest migration. Each camp has eight en-suite tents and one family unit which are situated in two different sides. Each half of the camp faces in a different direction and is fully contained with its own lounge and dining facility, using natural habitat to ensure maximum privacy. With a private vehicle and guide for each couple, group or solo traveler, the sense of having the wilderness to oneself is a luxury. These camps are also available on an exclusive-use basis for groups of six or more.

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Lamai Serengeti Camp

Here in the quieter part of the Serengeti you will find year-round resident game and the Migration passing through from July through October heading to cross the Mara River. The camp is built amongst the Kogakuria Kopje with eight rooms. In a separate wing there are five rooms at Lamai Private for families or groups traveling together. There is also the 2-bedroom Mkombe House designed for families with small children.

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Entamanu Private Ngorongoro

Perched high on the wild side of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, guests see the sunrise over the crater and the setting sun over the Serengeti Plains. This is the perfect spot for those who want a private experience in this area. You have access to the Crater at dawn. Highland walks with a Maasai scout and armed ranger are a must! This exclusive use camp features four rooms and two-family rooms. The nearby Entamanu Ngorongoro Camp has seven canvas rooms elevated on wooden platforms, with two family rooms made up of two full size rooms and a shared bathroom. Each room has indoor heating and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.

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Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm provides an ideal base for a few days to visit the foothills of the Ngorongoro Forest, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Lake Manyara areas. Coffee is grown on 30-acres and roasted on site and a 10-acre organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden is utilized in providing fresh, home-cooked meals. There are 19 cottages with fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers. Activities include guided farm and garden tours, forest walks, bird watching, mountain biking, game drives and cultural visits. The spa features traditional Maasai healing treatments.

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Namiri Plains

This remote corner of the Eastern Serengeti boasts vast grasslands which make this a prime big-cat territory and an outstanding place for cheetah sightings! Namiri Plains is the only camp within an hour’s drive. There are ten tented suites including a honeymoon tent and a family unit. All have en-suite bathroom, indoor shower and outdoor shower and bathtub. Sliding doors run the full length of the room and open out on a full-length viewing deck. The migration can be found in this area anytime from November to June. The camp is open year-round and children aged five and up are welcome. 

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Kuro Tarangire

This location was home to one of the earliest camps in Tarangire for good reason. Kuro sits in the shade of Acacia and Kigelia trees on the banks of the Tarangire River – drawing wildlife in all seasons. The Silale Swamp and other favorite animal hang outs are just a leisurely game drive away. Walking safaris and open-vehicle game drives, both day and night are on offer here. The six light and stylish tented rooms are complete with comfortable beds, en-suite indoor and outdoor bucket showers and flush toilet. The family tent has two en-suite bedrooms and an adjoining sitting area. Kuro is closed from mid-March through May. Children aged eight and over are welcome.

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

This luxury safari lodge is set on the shores of the lake in the heart of a mahogany forest.  The ten treehouse suites, including one family unit, are the only accommodations in Lake Manyara National Park. Families with children of all ages are welcome to take part in fun, interactive experiences. A pair of Swarovski binoculars is provided for complimentary use during your stay. The area is known for the tree-climbing lions and great bird watching with more than 400 different species including pink flamingos that can be seen on the lake shore in the season.

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Chem Chem Lodge

Chem Chem Lodge is situated on the eastern edge of Lake Manyara making it ‘the sunset camp'. This exclusive retreat has eight luxury tented safari suites, including one family suite. This is the place for bush walks with the Maasai, hot air ballooning, sundowners on the edge of the lake, school and community visits. There is a pool, spa and gym. Chem Chem, Little Chem Chem and Forest Chem Chem are the only lodges on this exclusive 50,000-acre wildlife concession. The owners have re-established an ancient wildlife migration corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park.  

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Little Chem Chem Lodge

The vintage-inspired Little Chem Chem faces east towards Tarangire National Park and the spectacular sunrises have made it known as ‘the sunrise camp’. It feels very private here as there are just six luxury tented suites, including one family suite. The exclusive concession is not fenced and animals regularly wander through camp. Day and night game drives in open vehicles are on offer here as well as guided walking safaris. The Chem Chem Foundation supports the local communities and guests have an opportunity to visit. Children are welcome from age eight and this is a great place for a family safari. The camp is closed in April and May. Only a 15-minute drive away, Forest Chem Chem, a new exclusive use property, is nested along the Tarangire River. A great place for families and friends to connect and experience a bush camp on your own in the heart of Tanzania.

Western Tanzania

Winging your way across the country takes you to some special places that are perfect for those who yearn to venture to more remote areas with first-rate wildlife viewing.  

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Greystoke Mahale

This camp sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rising behind. This is home to the world’s largest population of wild chimpanzees. In addition to “chimping,” activities include, hiking, lake swimming, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking. The six thatched bandas are created from old fishing dhows and feature a loft that serves as a perfect spot for morning yoga.

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Chada Katavi

Katavi National Park is in remote western Tanzania, and this stylishly simple bush camp is perfect for the wildlife connoisseur. The six en-suite tents have breathtaking views over the wide Chada Plain and elephants are frequently passing through camp feeding on the fruit trees. Activities include game drives in open vehicles, fly camping under the stars, walks, birding and three to four-day walking safaris. Chada is open from June through November.

Southern Tanzania

There are some enormous tracts of pristine wilderness here making it new frontier territory for those looking for adventures shared by few others!  The Selous Game Reserve and Nyerere National Park cover an area measuring more than 21,000 square-miles with most of it untouched by human activities.  Ruaha National Park is home to 10% of the world’s lion population.

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Beho Beho

Nyerere National Park

This privately owned camp has operated for over forty years. There are eight spacious stone and palm thatched guest cottages all with magnificent views and plunge pools to enjoy on hot afternoons. The combination of excellent guiding, unbounded friendly hospitality and bush luxury creates a favorite base from which to explore this area. Excursions on foot, by boat or in open safari vehicles fill your days here. A night in the treehouse is popular with honeymooners. Bailey’s Banda is the private two-bedroom house with a dedicated staff, exclusive guide, vehicle and private boat on nearby Lake Tagalala.

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Roho Ya Selous

Nyerere National Park

This stylish property sits on a hill overlooking the Rufiji River where hippos wallow in the very heart of the Selous Game Reserve. There is an air-cooling system in the eight, spacious en-suite tents for those hot weather months when game viewing is spectacular here. There are indoor and outdoor showers and private verandas where guests can safely view wildlife that frequently moves through camp. A wide range of activities, led by the expert guiding team includes game drives in open-sided vehicles, boat safaris, fishing and walking safaris. The camp closes from mid-March through May.

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Kigelia Ruaha

Ruaha National Park

Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bush camp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa. There are six en-suite tents and one family tent with safari-style bucket showers. From here, you can explore on foot and in open vehicles, in search of elephant and lion, the statuesque greater kudu and noble sable, as well as all the smaller creatures that call this place home. While children aged 8+ are welcome, they must be at least 12 years old to participate in bush walks. The camp is closed from February through May.

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Jabali Ridge

Ruaha National Park

Jabali Ridge sits high on a rocky kopje with exceptional views of this baobab studded landscape. A tenth of the world’s lion population hunts across these plains and sightings of large prides are common. Expert guides lead walking safaris, game drives and night drives. The eight luxury guest suites feature private decks and bathrooms have rain showers and flushing toilets. There is an infinity pool to cool off on hot afternoons. 

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Jabali Private House

Ruaha National Park

Built around three majestic baobabs, this exclusive use property offers a completely flexible safari schedule, private chef, guide and vehicle. There are three en-suite bedrooms, ample indoor and outdoor lounging areas and a private swimming pool. Day and night drives and walking safaris are on offer. This area is known for sightings of lion, leopard, herds of greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope, the endangered African wild dog, bat-eared fox and cheetah, one of the few sustainable populations left in East Africa. 

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Kokoko Camp

Ruaha National Park

This exclusive-use camp for up to 6 guests is hosted by a private safari guide. Guests can enjoy exploratory walking safaris, game drives and night drives, star gazing, and dinners surrounded by lanterns in the riverbed. There are just 3 guest tents, each made of mosquito net mesh to maximize the views. Each has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, bucket shower, and hand basin, and a weatherproof cover which can be folded back on clear nights to sleep under the stars. Enjoy the pristine nature of this camp as meals are cooked over the fire and remember what the true essence of safari is all about: being out in the wild, exploring, discovering, and making memories.  Open from July through October.


Indian Ocean Coast & Islands

Zanzibar Archipelago, referred to as the Spice Islands is a series of islands just 23 miles off the coast. The largest is Zanzibar with the historic capital city Stone Town and Pemba which lies to the north. These exotic locales provide a fascinating history, diverse cultural offerings, spice plantations, beautiful beaches, excellent fishing and diving.

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Matemwe Lodge

The 12 chalets are perched on coral rock, surrounded by the white sand beaches of northeast Zanzibar. Each chalet has a private veranda with a hammock overlooking the water.  Situated opposite the Mnemba atoll, this is a spectacular place for diving, snorkeling, canoeing, reef walks and excursions to Stone Town. Matemwe is closed during April and May.

Matemwe Retreat

These four luxury, air-conditioned villas are just north of the main lodge and share a private beach.  Perfect for honeymooners and those looking for more privacy, each villa offers private roof terrace with plunge pool and both sun and shade decks, large veranda with couch and hammock, in-house dining, butler service, Internet, and in-room massage treatments

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Matemwe Beach House

This exclusive use property offers a private slice of this beautiful coastline and accommodates six guests in three bedrooms.  Enclosed with its own walled garden, the view is out over the private plunge pool to the beach and blue sea beyond.  A private butler and chef will serve your every need.  

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Mnemba Island

Mnemba is a private island just off the northeast tip of Zanzibar.  This award-winning barefoot beach paradise is a romantic, private hideaway with just ten beachside bandas. There is a PADI dive school and a variety of excellent dive sites. 

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Fundu Lagoon, Pemba

Set on the southwest coast of Pemba, this privately owned, romantic and peaceful resort is considered one of the top dive sites in the world. There are 18 Makuti thatched tented rooms and suites, an infinity pool and spa at this award-winning resort. This is a PADI 5-star resort where you can also enjoy snorkeling, diving, sailing and the popular dhow sunset cruise. Fundu Lagoon supports the local villages on the island with a variety of health, education and economic development projects.


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Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Nestled in the nature amongst baobabs and exotic gardens, this privately owned beach resort was designed by Neil Rocher one of the best architects in East Africa.  There is a simplicity to the furniture and décor and a commitment to sustainability and working with the local community.  A variety of garden rooms and villas to accommodate couples and families are spread out over the beachfront on Paje beach. There is a spa and a high-end watersports center which specializes in kitesurfing.    

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Kilindi Zanzibar

Set in 50 acres of lush tropical gardens, Kilindi Zanzibar is a luxurious boutique hotel for those who love nature.  Originally designed for Benny Anderson of the pop band ABBA, the property boasts dramatic architecture of Middle Eastern heritage and Scandinavian minimalism.  Each of the 15 domed pavilions is slightly different but all feature wooden-slatted shutters and glassless windows allowing for views and the subtle breezes of the Indian Ocean.  Each pavilion has a sleeping room and a separate, and quite stunning, rainfall shower room.  There is also a private plunge pool, veranda area for private relaxation and dining, and butler service.

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The Residence Zanzibar

Luxury comforts of Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences make up The Residence Zanzibar.  There are 66 one and two-bedroom spacious, private villas set within a lush 79-acre estate.  Indulge in the island life while lounging on your private deck, overlooking your own swimming pool with beach, garden or ocean views.  You can bicycle around the property to the restaurants, bars, spa and beach, or call for golf cart pick up.  

Travel Information

When to go to Tanzania

Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year with more tropical humidity along the coast and on the islands. The coolest months are June to October with daytime temperatures that range from 68 to 86 F. Overnight temperatures can go down to 50 F in some areas. 

The Great Migration is best viewed across the Serengeti plains from May to July and again from late October to March. The pilgrimage is prompted by the lack of water in May when the herds begin moving west and north from the southern plains. The wildebeests mate in May and June and eventually cross into Kenya's Masai Mara during the months of July through October. The herds begin to head back south in November and they are back on the southern plains again by December. Calving starts in February.

Some camps and lodges close during the long-rains in April and May because road conditions can sometimes be very difficult.

Passport & Visa for Tanzania

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of your return from Tanzania. Your passport must also have at least one blank page for immigration stamps. A visa is required to visit Tanzania and can be obtain on arrival or in advance using the Tanzania Immigration Services Portal. We recommend obtaining your visa in advance, as the multiple queues on arrival are long and time consuming.

For further information: U.S. Department of State - Tanzania & Embassy of Tanzania

Medical Information for Tanzania

Before traveling to Africa, please consult with your physician. An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required for travelers arriving in Tanzania from countries where yellow fever is present. The certificate must be obtained no less than 10 days prior to your arrival into Tanzania. You will also need a malaria prophylaxis.

For further information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Tanzania