The annual movement of wildebeest across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. Originating on Tanzania’s short grass plains of the south eastern Serengeti, the dwindling of the available grass is the impetus for this primal trek.
The horizon fills with 1.5 million wildebeest, 200 000 zebra, 18 000 eland and 500 000 Thompson’s gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators. Essentially, the wildebeest are taking advantage of the strongly seasonal conditions, spending the wet season on the south eastern plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, and the dry season in the woodlands of the Masai Mara. The wildebeest give birth between January and March on the short-grass plains.
The Migration is rarely the same in terms of precise timing and direction, as local conditions influence grass growth. The wildebeest may therefore move off the open plains earlier in some years, and remain in the northern woodlands for longer in others. Typically, they head slowly northwest towards the western corridor of the Serengeti and the Grumeti River. From there, the herds move north before crossing into the Masai Mara. Here, they must ford another river, this time the Mara. The Migration remains on the productive Mara grasslands until the storm clouds gather in the south, and they return to their breeding grounds.
If you are travelling on charter flights within Tanzania, please note the luggage limit on the aircraft is 15 kg (33 lb), packed in soft bags.
With unbroken views over a gorgeous game-filled valley and the hills beyond, which play host to one of the greatest wildlife migrations on earth, Klein’s Camp embodies the very soul of the Serengeti.
This private and remote camp offers guests the spirit of wild Africa – wooded hillsides, rolling grasslands and forested river banks all teeming with the rich wildlife of this natural sanctuary lie sprawled at your feet. Set in a landscape that is gentle yet rugged, Klein’s reflects the heart of this untamed land with a vintage safari style. With just ten thatched stone cottages, Klein’s Camp is both personal and intimate. Whitewashed walls and rich wooden floors, combined with soft cream furnishings, create a calm and soothing refuge. Inspired by the breathtaking natural backdrop, relax on your private veranda with a pair of binoculars or indulge your inner artist with a sketch book. When night falls, snuggle down in your canopied bed and listen to the sounds of Africa unfold around you.
At Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp age is truly just a number! Young or old, this vibrant and rejuvenating haven charms all guests with its warm welcome and dramatic setting.
With ample resident game, the Camp is also the perfect vantage point for one of the most famous crossing points of the Great Migration.
Relax right on the water’s edge and unwind to the playful frolics of our resident family of hippo. Just make sure you don’t try to take a walk on that extra green patch of lawn – it’s really a floating garden of water cabbage that is home to some of Africa’s biggest crocodiles!
Perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is without doubt one of the most architecturally spectacular lodges in Africa.
The Crater, considered one of the Wonders of the World, is a World Heritage Site and shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth – some of Africa’s last black rhino are protected within its rim and black-maned lions stalk the grasslands. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge comprises three separate and intimate camps, North Camp and South Camp (12 suites each) and Tree Camp (6 suites). The sumptuous suites are steeped in romance reminiscent of a bygone era, with stilted, handcrafted structures adorned in graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and Pan African treasures. All of this, however, remains subordinate to the magnificence of the verdant Crater views through the window of every room. Each suite is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and even draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your return from your safari and lavish picnic on the Crater floor. Guest areas at each camp include sitting and dining areas, outdoor dining areas, viewing decks and a superb craft gallery, all with awe-inspiring views of the Crater below. Activities include a daily game-drive in closed game-viewing vehicles to the Crater floor and walks along the Crater rim. At an additional cost and subject to availability of vehicles, visits to local Masai manyattas and excursions to the archaeologically significant Olduvai Gorge or fascinating Shifting Sands can be arranged.
There are few places left on earth that might rightfully be called Eden, and the Mahale Mountains, in western Tanzania, is one of them.
On a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, below a huge tropical forest, lies the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale Camp. This is one of the finest camps in Africa. There are no roads in the park and you access the lodges by dhow along Lake Tanganika.
Greystoke Camp is one of the last outposts of true pristine African Wilderness!
The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rise behind camp, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. Mahale is home to the ‘M’ Clan of chimpanzees which are a habitualised clan of wild Chimpanzees which are protected in this incredible national park. Within hiking distance is one such group of sixty. A trek through the rainforest takes you to Mahale’s chimpanzees, as they groom, wrestle and forage across the leafy floor. There are few natural environments more seductive than Mahale National Park, and there is no place on earth better to watch wild chimpanzees. It is beautiful and unspoilt. Tropical mountains rise from pale sand beaches of Lake Tanganyika to 7500 feet. It’s not all about chimps though – Mahale’s forests, beaches and the lake are an outstanding attraction in their own right. Lake Tanganyika contains around 350 species of fish and it’s estimated that there’re probably around 500 different cichlid species mostly endemic and mostly yet to be classified. With safe and bilharzia-free crystal clear waters, this is a snorkelling paradise. Kayaking and dhow fishing are regular afternoon pursuits. Mahale has around 237 birds, of which a good dozen set most twitching eyes alight. The park also has 8 other primates and is a good spot for forest species including warthog, wild pig, antelope and leopard (the latter rarely seen but regularly heard around Greystoke).
Zanzibar is a collection of islands off the coast of Tanzania. The Zanzibar archipelago is set in the Indian Ocean and is made up of the larger islands of Pemba and Unguja (also called Zanzibar Island).
Zanzibar is also known as the ‘Spice Island’ due to the delicious variety of spices grown there.
The island’s capital of Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, boasts a labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling marketplaces, beautifully carved wooden doors, breathtaking mosques and grand Arab residences. Stone Town is claimed to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Off the northeastern coast of Zanzibar is Mnemba Island – an idyllic private island featuring luxurious accommodation, breathtaking scenery and rich marine diversity.
MNEMBA ISLAND off ZANZIBAR: Located 4.5 kilometres off the North eastern tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is an award winning, tiny dream island that will leave you feeling like it is almost entirely and exclusively yours. Its sandy shores, regarded as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, are surrounded by a rich and colourful reef brimming with fish, little and large – dolphins, barracuda and tuna are often seen along with a stunning range of reef dwelling fish. At the island’s centre is a cool pine forest and one of the world’s finest beach hotels. This stunning natural island setting is home to Mnemba, a multi award winning beach lodge. Designed to provide the perfect balance of wild beauty and comfort, Mnemba has won numerous awards from the world’s most romantic beach destination to best hotel on the planet.
Ten simple yet very high quality beach ‘bandas’ epitomise the term ‘barefoot luxury’ and provide the perfect place to escape the African sun in the heat of the day or to have a private dinner in the evening. Private butler service means that your every need is catered for. Dining is always candlelit outdoors whenever weather permits with the cool waters lapping nearby. The seafood and fresh fish dinners here are legendary – all the more delicious with feet in sand and a glass of chilled wine in
hand. Soul of Africa SafarisA haven for no more than 20 guests at a time, as well as a team of warm hospitable staff that inhabit this island, Mnemba is a private island with this very sole purpose – to make you feel as if you have fallen off the edge of the world and landed in your very own paradise. Here luxury is defined by the paradise you wish to create. Whether your perfect island getaway is blissful solitude soaking up the sun or curling up beneath a thatch umbrella reading one of the lodge’s library books, diving with dolphins, snorkelling around the Mnemba reef, massages in your very own beach day bed, sleeping in until the fresh ocean air lures you out onto the impossibly luxurious coral beach sands or sailing in a dhow sipping delicious cocktails, Mnemba has a little inspiration in every corner to tempt you to create your very own Robinson Crusoe paradise island story. Totally secluded, intimate and private, guests are able to indulge their castaway island fantasies on this dreamy holiday island. Explore the barefoot paradise that is Mnemba Island, Zanzibar.
The island is part of a coral atoll formation once thought to be the remnant of a larger volcanic island and serves as home to some extraordinary marine life. Discover vibrant ecosystems and explore the coral gardens and reef drop-offs where an incredible variety of reef fish swim. Schools of dolphins frequently play in these warm waters and the gentle sea turtles may even decide to join you as you discover the depths of the Indian Ocean. For those wanting to take it easy, snorkelling around the island offers our guests a memorable experience, with boats and snorkelling guides available to take guests to more remote reefs. The lodge runs a professional dive school and traditional wooden dhows from which to explore the warm clear waters and coral reefs. Both snorkelling and scuba diving equipment are provided at no extra cost. More than 430 species of reef fish have been recorded on the Mnemba Reef, a mere two minute swim from the beach. The island’s natural attractions are added to by other activities on the island: diving and snorkelling expeditions, watersports, sunset cruises and fishing trips are all included. Guests return to the island to enjoy feasts of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood all fabulously prepared and presented by some of Africa’s finest chefs.
The island is also a nesting site for the endangered green turtle. Green turtle nesting season is year-round with a seasonal peak in February and March and something truly wonderful to witness. The ocean depths around Mnemba are a fisherman’s paradise, with game fish species such as barracuda, tuna, mackerel, kingfish, sailfish and marlin frequently encountered. Fly-fishing enthusiasts can fish directly off the island’s beaches, while deep sea fishing can be arranged at an extra cost. Mnemba follows a policy of catch and release. From those wanting a little more exercise, kayaking and windsurfing off Mnemba’s white coral beaches are both available for guests. Spice Island tours on Zanzibar can be organised from the Island, and massage treatments are available at an additional cost.