Mahale Mountains & Lake Tanganyika

The Mahale Mountains are home to one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Africa. Each day, you'll be just feet away from them as they go about their daily lives, while they remain entirely indifferent to your presence. Just two camps share the mountains and the lake with so many animals, but it's the chimps that inspire us; hard not to compare their daily lives, their movements, feeding, squabbling, foraging and grooming, with our own. It is both funny and wonderful to see how human the chimps are, down to the adult disagreements and the young ones somersaulting in the leaves. For the next hour it's as if you scarcely breathe, so wrapped up are you in watching them go about their daily life. You become aware of the subtleties of different relationships, through gesture, sound and expression. One dictating the pace, another courting favor, yet another perhaps plotting a coup. There is humor too as the young chimps fall about the floor and play remarkably human games.

Once your hour with the chimpanzees is over for the day, return to the beach or hike the forest paths looking for birds and butterflies, as well as the other shy mammals who quietly live there. Each day you can choose to swim in ice-cold pools up in the mountain waterfalls, take a kayak out for a dawn paddle towards the middle of the lake and enjoy the sunrise coming up over the mountains. Go for sundowners on the old wooden dhow, lazily following the shoreline and stopping to fish along the way, or just relax on the warm sands of the beach with a drink in hand. We love Greystoke Camp for the barefoot luxury and their unfailing appreciation and protection of the chimps of Mahale.

Mahale Greystoke Lodge

Mahale Greystoke Lodge

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Katavi National Park

Katavi is Tanzania's third largest National Park (4471 sq km) and most remote park. The Katavi plains are home to the last great herds of Cape buffalo in Africa and yet each year only a few hundred people are privileged enough to experience it. Katavi's three floodplains are strung together by the Katuma river and boast one of the largest population of hippopotami and crocodiles while providing a habitat for an abundance of waterfowl. Katavi's vast size, infinite grassland plains, isolation and inaccessibility have meant that herd sizes are huge and it is not uncommon to see several thousand buffalo in a herd as they congregate on the plains during the dry. Everything has to be kept in balance so lion, and other predators, wait along the fringed woodland to ambush the game as it returns to the woodland for shelter at sundown. In the late dry season, there are few places that offer such a raw and wild experience as Katavi.

Explore on game drives of course but the best way to experience Katavi is on foot. With your guide, and an armed scout along for the ride, you could find yourself watching elephants from up close marveling at how, despite their size, they can move so quietly; or be meandering along the river line seeing all the different birds around the pools, and crocs and hippos who are a big feature of Katavi life. Animals who would often take flight at the sound of a vehicle, won't even know you're there and that's what makes walking out here such an incredible experience. One afternoon, walk out to your flycamp where you can spend a night out under the stars. You'll sleep in a mosquito netted tent, small but with enough room for a bedroll kitted out with soft mattress, sheets and a feather pillow.

Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi

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Sadaani National Park

From your penultimate safari camp, fly to Dar es Salaam and then on to the remote and pristine Saadani National Park. Game viewing varies throughout the year at Sanctuary Saadani Safari lodge with December to March seeing increasing activity around the waterholes.Between June and September, the grasslands open up for good game viewing and in October and November buffalos, are increasingly attracted to the lodge's waterhole. Wildebeast, antelope, duiker, reedbuck, zebra and giraffe amble the savannah plains whilst herds of buffalo and elephant laze in the shade of the surrounding trees. Lions, leopards, mongoose and other predators also relax in cool spots awaiting the sun to set before embarking on their nocturnal hunting. On the open sea dolphins, crocodiles and hippos are all regular residents.

Game drives start straight from the lodge's 'front door' in comfortable 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa and so the game safaris are completely unique. Explore the wonders of the famous Wami River, a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts where large pods of hippos and basks of crocodile occupy the river. Located just 16km by road from the Lodge the Wami River is an overwhelming example of natural beauty. Date palms fringe the water edge whilst king fishers and weaver birds dart amongst their dappled shade. Fish eagles and storks fly high above the brackish water seeking tiger and cat fish displaced by the enormous steps of the resident hippopotamus. Nile crocodiles line the banks absorbing the powerful rays of the African sun whilst cautiously regarding the slow progress of the boat.

Saadani Safari Lodge

Zanzibar for Romance

Located along the Bwejuu – Paje beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. The Frangipani spa in Baraza is an oasis featuring its own lap pool with underwater music, indoor and outdoor relaxation rooms, the Sultans bath-our signature treatment for two as well as a yoga center, fitness center and tennis court. In this beautiful setting, reflecting a sophisticated Swahili style enhanced with candlelight and spice scented aromas, you can enjoy a variety of treatments and therapies, all aimed at relieving the negative impacts of a modern lifestyle such as stress & exhaustion. The Water Club is our water sports center located approximately 300 meters from Baraza on the Bwejuu/Paje beach front. Featuring a great selection of new equipment and offering instruction in wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing, The Water Club is the perfect place to experience the very best of the Indian Ocean.

The chef has designed a menu which features the very best produce that the island has to offer. We are inspired by Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavors using the local Spices for which the island is famous as well as our favorite continental offerings. Every evening features a different influence showcasing the islands produce and spices. The nightly entertainment features traditional Swahili dancers and singers and our Taarab band plays music that would have been heard in the Court of Sultan bin Said in 1880. This is in our efforts to support and celebrate the cultural identity of Zanzibar and preserve this iconic art form.

Baraza Resort & Spa

Zanzibar for Families

Featuring a wide variety of activities, a beautiful beach and an inviting pool, Breeze Beach Club is ideal for families. The Marine Activities Center offers a range of marine activities ranging from Beach Volleyball, Pedal boats, canoes to daily snorkeling trips to the lagoon by boat, windsurfing and sailing. There are also more adventurous options including powerkite surfing, biking, pedal boats and kayaking as well as the opportunity to explore the island on visits to Jozani Forest to see the endemic Colobus monkeys, spice farms and historic Stone Town.

Breezes Beach Club

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara Game Reserve

As one of just four camps currently operating within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which boasts the region’s lowest vehicle density with no mini-buses, and lowest ratio of guests to land, guests have uniquely private access to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Here, it is possible to avoid the high tourist density of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve proper, if desired. In total, guests of Mara Plains have access to over 100,000 acres of low-density vehicle tourism lands as well as an additional 375,000 acres within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve itself. Mara Plains offers possibly the widest range of activities anywhere in the greater Maasai Mara – early morning, late afternoon and night game drives, balloon safaris (at extra cost), authentic local village visits, wildlife walks and unrivaled access to superior wildlife habitats.

Most of all, Mara Plains is a showcase for one of the world’s most magnificent wildlife havens. And it must be done right. We believe in keeping the safari experience intimate and personal, so there is no set camp schedule or set meal times. The day’s activities and dining arrangements are tailored around guest preference and the wildlife opportunities of the moment. Each guest tent comes equipped with a set of professional Canon camera and lenses. And to it the pair of Swarovski binoculars, and it is impossible not to see and capture the region’s incredible wildlife scenes. After all, we are located in one of the most wildlife rich regions of the world.

Mara Plains

Mara Plains

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Mbirikani Group Ranch, Chyulu Hills, Kenya

ol Donyo Lodge is in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation. Strong populations of wildlife find their habitat in and around the ol Donyo Lodge environs. While the "Big Five" are here - rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo - they are frequently masters of elusivity; however, cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, and giraffe make for easy viewing. Guests are able to track wildlife by open game drive vehicles, by foot, or horseback. Late afternoon and early evening drives are featured for those interested in spotting the more elusive nocturnal species.

The Mbirikani Group Ranch features an incredible diversity of habitats. Perhaps the most unique is the high-altitude mist forest, where leopard and rhino lurk, and an incredible amount of biodiversity is present. It is a microcosm, unlike any other area of the ranch. So in addition to tracking, a hike to this area, from the lodge, is very rewarding. The camp is home to the horses of Ride Kenya and offers rides for every level as well as wildlife viewing from mountain biking which is an exhilarating exploratory activity. Set out across the savannahs with an armed guide and enjoy the freedom of riding on the open plains potentially viewing amongst others, zebras and wildebeests. After a bike ride, join our resident bloodhound as they scent track through the woodland in a game of ‘hide and seek’. The Maasai of the Mbirikani Group Ranch are as natural a part of the area as the wildlife. Guests are able to visit the Maasai villages on the ranch, without a sense of voyeurism. It is an authentic experience, giving guests insight into the culture and traditions of the Maasai. Please note the Maasai do charge a small fee for taking photos. We love Ol Donyo Lodge for the ultimate freedom and seemingly endless ways to explore this piece of Kenya's vast wilderness.

ol Donyo Lodge

ol Donyo Lodge

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