Safaris

Safaris in Tanzania and Kenya

In organising safaris on the mainland of Africa we aim to minimise time spent travelling between parks, and maximise the amount of time viewing game.

Most people for whom we book safaris prefer to have their own vehicle. In this way we can tailor itineraries according to what people want.

Safaris are not only about the magic of seeing animals in their natural habitat; nights under the vast African skies are to be savoured, and provide life-long memories of brilliant moonlight and star filled skies, the silence broken only by the sound of animals.

Northern Tanzania Parks

Northern Tanzania Parks include the unique extinct volcanic Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the vast savannah of the Serengeti National Park as well as the smaller Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park set at the foot of the Great Rift Valley.

We book flights with Kenya Airways to Nairobi linking on to Kilimanjaro International Airport, just a short distance from Arusha, the gateway to the parks.

For people wanting good game viewing, and to see the amazing land forms of the Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Crater, we suggest visiting Tarangiri National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. All of these are within a couple of hours drive of each other, avoiding long drives between locations.

The Serengeti National Park has been popularised by many TV natural history/wildlife documentaries, particularly the migration of millions of animals looking for the best feeding grounds. It is the farthest park to get to so we suggest people fly either there or back. A popular itinerary is a 5 – 6 night safari combining the Serengeti with the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

We do not book budget accommodation. Such establishments are often uncomfortable and the financial savings are not worth the discomfort.

We use small lodges such as Tarangire Safari Lodge in Tarangire National Park, Gibbs Farm near Ngorongoro Crater, Kirurumu Tented Lodge near Lake Manyara, Karatu Plantation Lodge near Ngorongoro and Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge, as well as the larger hotel type lodges such as the Serena Lodges at Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, the former with its dramatic setting on summit of the Rift Valley escarpment and the latter perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

After the safari, flights from Arusha to Zanzibar take approximately 1.5 hours and there are several flights each day.

Southern Tanzania Parks

Southern Tanzania Parks are very accessible to Zanzibar & Dar es Salaam with daily flights taking just over 1 hour from Zanzibar and 40 minutes from Dar es Salaam. 3 or 4 night safaris based in 1 lodge is the usual duration as one does not have “down-time” moving between parks or lodges. This gives all day, every day, for excursions and game viewing.

The most accessible is the Selous Game Reserve, relatively untouched by visitors and is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa. There are very few camps in this vast Reserve and most are located in the banks of the Rufiji River where game come to drink throughout the year.

The lodges are small with en-suite tents which have a verandah Some of our favoured camps are Lake Manze Tented Camp, Selous Impala Camp and Rufiji River Camp. An advantage of visiting the Selous is that visitors have a choice of drive safari, river safari or a guided walk. There is also the possibility of “fly camping”, spending the night away from the lodge with a tent and a guide/cook who prepares your dinner and breakfast camp style.

The Ruaha National Park is farther afield. This is the destination for serious safari seekers with vast open landscapes, relatively few humans but a wide variety of animals. As with the Selous, visitors tend to stay at one of the few camps/lodge striking out each day to different parts according where the best game viewing is on that day. The Great Ruaha River is the central artery where animals are drawn for their water. Some camps we use are Mdonya Old Fiver Camp, Kwihala Camp and Ruaha River Lodge.

Mikumi National Park is 300 kilometers from Dar es Salaam and accessible by road. It is the 3rd largest national park in Tanzania and is predominantly woodland, grassland and swamp areas with and surrounded by two mountain ranges. There is a wide range of animals and over 300 species of birds have been observed in the Park.

Safaris in Kenya

Safaris in Kenya fit in well either on the way to or back from Zanzibar.

We can arrange safaris which take in many of the popular parks including Tsavo National Park, Amboselli National Park in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Abedares and Nakuru National Park as well as the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.

Most people for whom we book safaris in Kenya optimise the time of a short safari by flying from Nairobi to the Masai Mara National Reserve where they spend a few days in one camp/lodge. Each day there are game drives to different parts of the Masai Mara and the guides at the camps will know which are the best locations for game viewing. Between drives there is the possibility to take guided walks and visits to Masai villages.

Indicative Prices for a short safari (approximately 4 – 5 days) and 9 – 10 days on Zanzibar depend on many things including, time spent on safari, grade of lodges/camps and hotels on Zanzibar as well as the time of year and flight prices.

However, as an indication:

  • Kenya Safari & Zanzibar: £1,900.00 – £2,400.00
  • Northern Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar: £2,150.00 – £2,700.00
  • Southern Tanzania & Zanzibar: £1,850.00 – £2,200.00