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Tanzania, East Africa
Tanzania has the greatest variety of scenery and wildlife of any country in Africa. Along the northern border with Kenya runs a series of scenic wonders – Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Rift Valley, the 8,000-foot-high Ngorongoro Crater and continuing westwards the “endless plains” of the Serengeti. Further south there are the vast hardly touched reserves of the Selous, Ruaha and Katavi and westwards the Mahale Mountains where a thousand chimpanzees live in the tropical mountains beside Lake Tanganyika.
Enjoy a wilderness adventure to northern Tanzania in a private vehicle with your own guide travelling at the pace you wish, having your guide’s undivided attention before returning to your luxury camp.

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s natural wonders, once a volcano higher than Kilimanjaro, the centre was cataclysmically blown out leaving a crater 10 miles wide and 1,500 feet deep where you can now see 20,000 animals. East of Ngorongoro is the rift valley and Lake Manyara, while to the western base begin the vast Serengeti plains where two million wildebeest and zebra make their annual migration in continual search of fresh grassland. The Serengeti is enormous and complex and includes the forested western corridor where you find the huge Grumeti crocodiles.

Our Tanzania safaris enable you to stay in a luxury mobile camp shadowing the migration. If you like a challenge and have a good respiratory system let us plan your ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. Embark on one of the less known scenic routes taking maybe a week over the ascent – just you and a dozen porters carrying your tents, tables, water, safety equipment and wholesome food.

Our safaris to southern Tanzania are usually arranged as fly in safaris, linking vast partially explored reserves. Ruaha, a place of wild mountains, plains and rivers sits astride east and central Africa and has over 80 species of mammal and exceptional birdlife. The wildlife is not used to seeing people so your guide’s skills are tested as he seeks out the elusive leopard, shy antelope and great buffalo herds. In the Selous, ride boats and canoe on the Great Rufiji and fly camp in a remote part of the reserve, while between June and October immense herds of plains game gather in increasing numbers in the Katavi wetlands.
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You really can’t beat January for your trip to Tanzania. First of all, it’s time for the Great Migration: two million wildebeest, zebra, and antelope are moving en masse across the Serengeti accompanied by large prides of by now well-fed lion, licking their lips. There’s also large numbers of animals to see at Selous, in particular giraffe, zebra, and buffalo.
Birth is a remarkable thing, whatever the species, and visiting Tanzania in February you’ll be first on the scene as wildebeest calves take their first faltering steps in this world. In a matter of weeks some 600,000 calves will be delivered. See the wildebeest birthing in the Ngorongoro Crater before tracking chimpanzee through the Mahale Mountains. This incredible combination of experiences is easy to enjoy in February.
In March the Great Migration begins and the wildebeest, zebra and antelope start to move northeast across the plains. You could sit and wait for them in one place, but it’s far more exciting to journey with the animals on a mobile camping safari, getting a new viewpoint each day. We also recommend game drives and canoeing in the Selous, combined with the beaches and history of Zanzibar post safari.
Thunderstorms add drama to April and May days, but rains are far from constant and when it does come it makes the temperatures pleasantly cool. At the same time, the wildebeest are forced through the rising Grumeti River, dicing with death as the crocodile snap from below. Tree climbing lion and large herds of elephant move across to the shores of Lake Manyara.
In June the migrating herds continue through the beautiful forested western corridor towards the Mara River. Travelling with them is a remarkably tranquil experience. A chance to be quiet, take stock, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. Incorporate this into your safari along with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a wildlife hotspot year-round with 20,000 animals living on the cater floor.
July onwards is high season in Tanzania as the temperature’s comfortable with excellent wildlife viewing. The migration’s moved to the remote northern Serengeti, but we can arrange for you to stay there — far beyond other tourists — on a game-rich private reserve. You can also take advantage of the cooler climes to enjoy an adventurous walking safari with Andrew Molinaro at Ruaha or sleep out beneath the stars in the Selous.
Bring the kids and spend your summer holiday at Mkombe’s House, a stunning private home perched on the edge of a kopje in the northern Serengeti. You’ll be far from human crowds but the migrating herds — which is after all what you’ve come to see — will be all around you. You might also want to spend a few days based at Oliver’s Camp in the Tarangire watching the elephant migration.
Tanzania’s dry season begins to show in September and October, vegetation is dying down, water levels low, and the wildlife moving to the deeper watering holes. Game viewing conditions are excellent at this time and as it’s dry you’ll have easy access to the remote southern reserves by plane. Katavi, Mahali, and Ruaha are all reachable by light aircraft. It’s also the perfect time to climb Kilimanjaro.
Photographers love November in Tanzania as thunder and lightning storms rip across the Serengeti. Lightning bolts flash and illuminate the landscape by night. In daylight hours there’s still plenty of sunlight and the migrating herds turn south in search fresh pastures on which to graze. The new grass is irresistible for antelope, who in turn attract families of cheetah, stalking and catching their prey with aplomb.
Wake up on Christmas morning to guaranteed big herd game viewing from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. The crater stretches 10 miles wide and 20,000 animals have made it their home. It’s a place to indulge yourself and be pampered: make good use of your private butler, extensive wine cellar, and the offer of in-room massages. Finish with a week watching the waves of the Indian Ocean crash onto a pristine beach.