Tanzania is simply amazing: home to the "roof of Africa", Mount Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro Crater - arguably the "8th wonder of the world!" Those wishing to experience wildlife in remote settings will be rewarded by the diverse game reserves and national parks it has to offer e.g. Selous Reserve, Mahale Mountains, and Serengeti. Not many countries can boast over 1000 bird species, the largest population of chimpanzees in the world and the Great Migration! So, whether you're seeking thrills climbing the highest mountain in Africa or looking for wildlife or cultural experiences you'll never forget, Tanzania has it all! Why not look at our recommendations on places to stay below...BUT don't forget that we can arrange accommodation anywhere, just contact our dedicated Seyexclusive team.
Greystoke Mahale On far-flung Kangwena Beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, in the Mahale Mountains National Park, lies the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale. The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains that rise behind camp are famously home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees. The camps 6 exotic en-suite double bandas are set on the edge of the forest look out over the beach and lake. They all have an upstairs 'chill-out' deck, accessible from the side by a wooden canoe 'ladder' to make the most of the views. Indeed a natural opulence seeps into Greystoke Mahale; beneath the soaring mountains you can dine on lake-fresh sashimi, gaze at the stars over cocktails at the bar on the rocks, or lie on the soft sand beach before slipping into the cool clear lake in front of camp.
Sand Rivers Selous - Cottages The Sand Rivers Selous Cottages are part of the small and intimate Sand Rivers Selous Lodge, situated in the Selous Game Reserve. At a massive 50,000 kilometres square, the reserve is a wilderness on a huge scale - the largest in Africa. Set on a wide curve of the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers Selous has been a well-loved hub for safari buffs since the late 1980s. It is at the centre of a natural melting pot of very diverse habitats - gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes. The 5 open-fronted cottages are made of stone and thatch are raised up on the banks of the Rufiji with amazing views out across the river. All the cottages have a single bedroom but spacious, open, en-suite bathrooms, with flush toilets and powerful showers. To top it all off guests dine in a both grand and homely dining area , set close to the beautiful river.
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Tagalala & Kipalala Suites Tagalala and Kipalala are 2 suites part of the small but intimate Sand Rivers Selous Lodge, situated in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa. Set on a wide curve of the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers Selous has been a well-loved hub for safari buffs since the late 1980s. It is at the centre of a natural melting pot of very diverse habitats - gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes. The suites themselves are set appart from the other lodge accomodation but within walking distance of their facilities. They are constructed in much the same way as the other lodge cottages, with open-fronted rooms of stone and thatch. Unlike the other cottages however they do have their own private lounge area and their bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms are bush-deluxe.
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The Rhino House The Rhino House is part of small but intimate Sand Rivers Selous Lodge. The lodge is situated in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa. Set on a wide curve of the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers Selous has been a well-loved hub for safari buffs since the late 1980s. It is at the centre of a natural melting pot of very diverse habitats - gorges to open plains, woodland to lakes. The Rhino House is an exclusive one-bedroom 'house', located near to the main lodge. The bedroom is deeply romantic, and has a wide open front looking down over the river and open woodlands. Perched on the hillside, while it provides the ulimate view, it's also the perfect little hideaway; with meals served in your own dining area, your own small pool, and private car and guide for your own special game drives.
Kiba Point Kiba Point could be the base for your own private safari house-party with family or friends, as the 8 bed camp is booked on a totally exclusive basis only, including all activities! The camp is set on the banks of the Rufiji River, in the largest reserve in Africa, the Selous Game Reserve. Kiba Point's 4 spacious, airy cottages (2 doubles/2 twins) are made of stone and thatch, and raised up on platforms above the river line, perfect for viewing the river wildlife. The interiors are cool and elegant, and bathrooms spacious and open, with hot/cold running water, flush toilets, and an indoor and outdoor shower. The dining area too, with its plump sofas, library of books and bar, has lots of space to make your own!
Chada Katavi Camp Chada Katavi camp is the place for the wildlife connoisseur with almost unbelieveable game viewing. The camp is based on a peninsular overlooking the Chada Plain in the heart of Katavi National Park, with a greater density of mammals, it's thought, than any other Tanzanian reserve! The tents lie under a canopy of trees , a great source of shade and food for a variety of animal and bird life, so you can often see great game without even having to leave your veranda! The camps 6 wide spacious safari tents are romantic and airy and the private bathrooms are bush-deluxe, with traditional safari style bucket showers, and long drop toilets. The special attraction of Katavi is its remoteness and emptiness. At Chada Katavi you are truely on a WILDlife safari!
Serengeti Safari Camp The Serengeti Safari camp roams around the Serengeti park and beyond in a true nomad fashion, but pre-planned in an effort to be within reach of the famous wildebeest migration! Sightings of the wildebeest can't be guaranteed BUT the Serengeti's amazing array of habitats and thus huge number of animal and bird species make any trip through this wilderness worthwhile. The 12 bed camp, upgraded in 2008, changes location every 2 weeks. Each of the 6 tents are light in their footprint, but with all that anyone might need in their own bush home: spacious tents with deeply comfortable beds, a roomy dressing area, and then an en-suite bathroom with long drop toilet, and traditional safari style bucket showers with hot and cold water on demand. There is also a library and lounge tent, and dining tent.
Nduara Loliondo The Nduara Loliondo camp was designed to celebrate nomadic cultures around the world; the Mongolian Yurts, and our own Maasai bomas. The outcome is a magical mix of culture, style, comfort and wilderness! The camp moves seasonally spending 6 months in southern Loliondo (Piyaya) and 6 months in northern Loliondo (Ololosokwan) with private campsites positioned in stunning wilderness areas! You will have far more freedom in Loliondo than in any park, as you can drive off-road and walk anywhere and you'll be introduced to Maasai culture, in a way which is not available on most safaris. The camp consists of 6 big, beautiful yurts, given a totally African makeover, with a dining yurt and separate lounge/library yurt perfect for lazy afternoons or cuddling up as night falls.
Crater Lodge Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is consistently recognised as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay. It sits right on the edge of the Crater, offering unbeatable views of one of the natural travel wonders of the world and World Heritage Site. Set in classic crescents and inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta, there are three separate camps at the Lodge– North and South Camp each with 12 suites and Tree Camp with 6 suites. Each stilted suite is sumptuously furnished with en-suite bathroom featuring twin hand basins, shower, chandelierlit bathtub and separate w.c. The suites all boast decks with magnificent views of the Crater floor. Each camp has a sitting and domed dining room, an outdoor dining area and viewing decks.
Tanzania offers excellent game viewing all year round. Perhaps the most famous highlight is the Great Migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. This spectacular sight takes place from Apr-Jun and Oct-Dec, but it is important to note that not all animals migrate and are year-round residents. Birding is excellent year round BUT the south is best at the height of the northern winter when some 160 species of migrating birds make their way south. Although Chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains is possible June-Feb, August is thought to be one of the best months for it. The months immediately after the 2 rainy seasons are best for floral and botanical interests. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is best from Aug-Oct and Jan-Mar.
Rainy seasons Apr-Jun and late Nov-Dec: Good time to travel if you are looking for a more exclusive experience as there are lower numbers of tourists, and the rains do not hinder game viewing.
Dry seasons Jul-Oct and Jan-Mar: Generally better for game viewing when the game concentrates around the water sources.