Endless plains, flamingoes and Greystoke’s jungle playground
A Tanzanian Adventure
There is a little of everything on this safari – camping, great lodges, adventure and exploration, wilderness, bountiful wildlife, lots of activity, uncommon insight into Tanzania’s conservation challenges and solutions and a lifetime of memories. The experience spans from the edge of Lake Tanganyika, the longest and second deepest lake in the world, which holds 16% of the earth’s fresh water; to Greystoke, unquestionably one of our top five favourite places in Africa; to lazy afternoons boating or kayaking on the lake or simply watching the sun set across the lake and over the distant hills in the Congo; to the forests of Mahale from where we head to the game-rich open plains of the Serengeti; to Singita Sabora, a luxurious haven after the intoxicating chaos of the Mara river.
Experience the Chem Chem Concession
Chem Chem concession lies on the edge of Tarangire National Park, one of the most celebrated parks in Tanzania. Comprising 2,600 km², it is famous for its variety and abundance of wildlife species and its forests of giant Baobab trees. Whether searching for elusive nocturnal animals, watching pink swirls of flamingoes on the lake, following lions on the prowl (or more often sound asleep), or hanging in the heat of the day at the waterhole with elephants and herds of general game, Chem Chem offers a high impact and truly varied first stop on your safari.
Greystoke Mahale & Chimpanzee Trekking
Trekking with the highly habituated chimpanzees, hiking on the forest trails to learn more about this largely pristine natural habitat and diving into the sunset waters of mesmerising Lake Tanganyika – this unique combination offers one of the most extraordinary safari experiences you will ever have. It’s one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in the country and being 50 times larger than Gombe Stream (the site of Jane Goodall’s pioneering research), it is home to the largest population of the eastern subspecies of chimpanzee. The thrill of hearing the primal hooting of chimpanzee ringing through the forest, and spending time engrossed in the drama and politics of our highly social cousins, is almost impossible to put into words.
The Serengeti is Tanzania’s largest and best known national park and a world famous wildlife sanctuary where you can find some of the largest concentrations of game in the world. The Lamai wedge, a triangle of land north of the Mara river, yet still in Tanzania, is one of the Serengeti’s most productive locations. The crossings aside, the Lamai is teeming with wildlife, from all the big cats to herds of general game and numerous elephant families. The farther you get from the madness on the river, the more the Lamai shares its secrets and days can be spent exploring the plains and waterways.
Singita Grumeti Reserve
Singita Grumeti Reserve spans over 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness, located in the western corridor of the Serengeti. The reserve has well-established resident game populations that inhabit the area throughout the year. Notable wildlife highlights include large mixed herds of impala, zebras, topi, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle. There are also good numbers of reedbuck, waterbuck, dik-dik, klipspringer, oribi and Coke’s hartebeest and large breeding herds of buffalo that often frequent the area close to camp. In the dry season, elephant herds spend the heat of the day drinking, mud bathing and playing at the various water holes scattered across the reserve, offering hours of amusement to those watching.
Visiting at a time when the wildlife is teeming and at its most dramatic, this diverse safari offers you a plethora of opportunities.
From spending time in the presence of the bachelor herds of big bull elephants at Chem Chem to sweeping vistas of flamingoes as far as the eye can see and then swimming in Lake Tanganyika, one of Africa’s most dazzling and oldest lakes. You can then follow the dramas of chimpanzee family life at Greystoke Mahale (and realise yours isn’t so bad after all).
Then move on to observe the fabled migration in the rich open plains of the Lamai and watch the ‘madding crowd’ at the crossings. This focus is often consumed by the famed ‘crossings’ when the wildebeest (we call them bewilder-beest) throw themselves into the Mara river. Very often it is into the mouths of lurking crocodiles.
Accompanied by the various activities and outings, you will enjoy the fabulous and varied accommodation that provides exactly what you need in great comfort and style. The seamless logistics, aided by private charter transfers and private guides who elevate the experience from a naturalist and narrative viewpoint rounds off this wonderful experience.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp
Set in the Grumeti Reserve, right on the Serengeti plains, the luxurious Singita Sabora Camp offers the perfect balance between the classic and modern. Each of the nine tented suites offer sweeping views, a meditation deck, a private fitness area and a secluded outdoor sala with comfortable daybeds from where you can watch wildlife passing by. Singita’s earthen-hued and chicly designed main area features a bar lounge, library, elevated viewing deck, a pool and dining area. The food is world class, and the en plein air dining locations equally spectacular – everywhere from under a star-speckled night sky to beneath lamp-lit trees, soundtracked by a night chorus of hyenas, lions and nightjars.
Greystoke Mahale is exceptionally magical and its remoteness adds to the allure and mystique of this unique camp. The extraordinary six ensuite wooden bandas are simple yet beautiful, and perfectly in keeping with the location. Sandwiched on the beach between lake and mountain, each banda offers uninterrupted lake views all the way across to the Democratic Republic of Congo on the distant shore. This region is home to one of the most significant populations of chimpanzees in Africa and the camp lends its history and purpose to spending time with these fascinating cousins of ours.
know about Tanzania
View Michael’s personal Tanzania Photo Collection.
Tanzania visas can be applied for online.
You do not need a yellow fever certificate to enter Tanzania, unless you have been traveling through yellow fever-endemic countries. But please carefully check the requirements for other countries on your itinerary. Please note: if you do decide to have a yellow fever inoculation, it must be done more than 10 days before your departure. It is essential that you consult your medical practitioner regarding anti-malaria requirements prior to your trip.