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Accommodations

  • Kwara Camp

    Welcome to Kwara Camp

    • Eight traditional Meru safari tents lining an expansive stretch of lagoon 
    • Pool, dining room and lounges in the main guest area 
    • All safaris accompanied by both a guide and tracker 
    • Situated on a massive private concession 440,000 acres in extent 
    • An incredible variety of activities and wildlife species to be seen

    Kwara is a very well-known camp in the Okavango which has become a firm favourite of old safari hands looking for a more adventurous experience without the bells and whistles. Whilst the eight traditional Meru tents cannot be called luxurious, they are certainly very comfortable and provide everything you may need during your stay. The camp is permanently shaded by massive ebony and mangosteen trees and the tents line the edge of an expansive lagoon which echoes with the grunts of hippos early in the mornings and late in the evenings. There are a few lounge areas and a very social dining area in which to relax as well as a lovely pool in which to cool off on warm summer days. 

    The food here is also a simple affair and is all about good old-fashioned African home style cooking. Meal times take a back seat when there are spectacular sightings taking place out in the bush. Indeed, the attitude to safari at Kwara is very serious and the guides will stay out as long as necessary to find that something special. It is also one of the few camps in Botswana where you will be joined on safari by a tracker as well as a guide. This dramatically improves your ability to find game in an area with few other vehicles. Day and night drives, walking safaris, boating and makoros are all possible here as well as fishing in season – a full suite of safari activities. 

    Kwara is our top pick in the Delta for those who are not too concerned about the luxury of the camp but are looking for the most incredible safari experience above all else. It combines very nicely with Lagoon or Lebala camps in the Kwando Linyanti and with Tau Pan, in the Central Kalahari or Nxai Pan in the Makgadikgadi region, for a completely contrasting experience.

  • Little Kwara Camp

    Welcome to Little Kwara Camp

    • Five spacious safari tents lining an expansive stretch of lagoon
    • Pool, dining room and lounges in the main guest area 
    • All safaris accompanied by both a guide and tracker 
    • Situated on a massive private concession 440,000 acres in extent 
    • An incredible variety of activities and wildlife species to be seen 

    Little Kwara is a more luxurious and more exclusive version of its sister camp, Kwara. There are only five tents in camp, which are each very expansive and well appointed, although they still retain a feeling of authenticity. The camp lies on the opposite side of an expansive lagoon from Kwara and is permanently shaded by massive ebony and mangosteen trees which bring welcome relief from the heat in summer. Another favourite in summer is the sparkling pool and the comfortable lounge and dining areas in which to relax. .

    The food is still relatively simple but hearty and is all about good old-fashioned African home style cooking. Just what is needed after a long day on safari! However, meal times take a back seat when there are spectacular sightings taking place out in the bush. Indeed, the attitude to safari at Little Kwara is very serious and the guides will stay out as long as necessary to find that something special. It is also one of the few camps in Botswana where you will be joined on safari by a tracker as well as a guide. This dramatically improves your ability to find game in an area with few other vehicles. Day and night drives, walking safaris, boating and makoros are all possible here as well as fishing in season – a full suite of safari activities. 

    We feel that Little Kwara is almost more befitting of magnificent concession such as this. If your budget will stretch this far you should definitely consider it as an option, although availability can be a challenge owing to its small size. Book early or avoid peak season. Within a longer itinerary it combines very nicely with Lagoon or Lebala in the Kwando Linyanti concession of the Linyanti region north of the Delta and with Tau Pan in the Central Kalahari or Nxai Pan in the Makgadikgadi region, for a completely contrasting experience.

  • Little Vumbura Camp

    Welcome to Little Vumbura Camp

    • Incredibly private and exclusive location on a private island 
    • The camp consists of only six tents including one family tent 
    • Extremely personal but laid back and relaxed service 
    • Plunge pool, reading area and star deck lead off from the dining area 
    • An incredible variety of activities and wildlife species to be seen 

    This little gem must surely be one of the most intimate and exclusive camps anywhere in Africa. Shaded by a canopy of ancient trees, it is situated on its own private island and is accessible only by boat. With only six tents (one of them a family suite) you can be assured of personal service and attention, although it is of a more relaxed style. The atmosphere here is almost that of a beach lodge on the east coast! A plunge pool, reading area and star deck all lead out from the dining room in the main guest area. 

    The style of safari here is slightly more adventurous than at Vumbura Plains and there is perhaps more of an emphasis on the wet activities, owing to the camp’s watery location. Little Vumbura offers a good mix of wet and dry activities though and the game viewing is very consistent throughout the year. Day and night drives, walking safaris, makoros and boating safaris are all possible, as well as fishing in season. 

    Little Vumbura presents a great alternative for those not wanting to splash out on the uber-luxury of big sister, Vumbura Plains. For a much lower cost you can still enjoy the same incredible game viewing and activities. This makes it a firm favourite of ours and possibly the best camp in the Okavango Delta in terms of quality and value combined! It also makes for a great combination with DumaTau and Chitabe which will allow you to experience different habitats during your safari. 

  • Vumbura Plains

    Welcome to Vumbura Plains Camp

    • One of Botswana’s most luxurious properties
    • Two satellite camps of seven suites each
    • Private plunge pools and salas on the deck of each suite
    • Magnificent vistas over the Okavango Delta
    • An incredible variety of activities and wildlife species to be seen

    This is without doubt one of Botswana’s most luxurious properties, comprising two satellite camps of seven suites each. Each sumptuous suite showcases an airy, contemporary and minimalistic design which is open to the Okavango Delta on three sides. Your own private plunge pool and sala enjoy magnificent views over the Delta and allow you to enjoy massages and outdoor siestas during the heat of the day.

    The concession on which the camp is situated must surely be one of our favourite areas anywhere in Africa. It is a wonderfully healthy ecosystem and you can even drink the water straight from the swamp itself! The unique combination of habitats here means that almost every species to be found in the Delta can be seen here. For instance, it is the only place in the world where sable antelope and red lechwe may be found together. The predator viewing can be fantastic with lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and hyena all making regular appearances. The larger iconic species such as elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and zebra are also present in good numbers. This is all rounded off with an exceptionally diverse range of birds to keep anyone delighted.

    Another product of this unique combination of habitats is the ideal mix of 30% wet and 70% dry activities. The dry activities will allow you to cover more ground in your search for big game whilst the wet activities will allow you to experience the beauty of the classic Okavango habitats. Day and night drives, walking safaris, boating and makoros are all possible here.

    In short, this camp really does have it all! We highly recommend it.

  • Abu Camp

    Welcome to Abu

    • One of Botswana’s top high end camps
    • Just 6 guest accommodations based on contemporary and colonial designs
    • Elephant back safari and interactions at the original Elephant Camp
    • High standards of service across the board including the Elephant handlers
    • Good all year game viewing

    Abu is one of a handful of camps that can claim to be one of the very best in Botswana in terms of the opulence and high standard of its rooms, main area and service. It certainly commands a reassuringly expensive price tag to match. The main area and 6 guest tents are stunning and the colonial feel of the décor is done tastefully with some notes of contemporary influence.

    The camp is well known throughout the world which adds to its appeal, is well marketed and resonates well with guests looking for something that was an original idea that is still regarded as the best.

    The main focus of course are the Elephant back safari and close interactions as well they should be. Tailormade Africa are not personally great proponents of riding Elephants but we understand the allure to some people. What we do absolutely love and try to encourage more, are the kinds of experiences that make for longer lasting memories. Walking safari’s, hand in trunk, through the bush stopping at a nearby mud wallows and joining in the hilarious antics that come along bathing with Elephants. The camp also has an Elephant sleep out hide that overlooks the enclosure.

    The full range of safari activities are also on offer and the game viewing is pretty reasonable for most of the time. However, it should be said that visiting Abu is all about the Elephants and it is important to combine Abu with a much more traditional safari camp and game viewing area.

  • Baines Camp

    Welcome to Baines 

    • One of only 2 camps in a large private concession 
    • Only 5 guest accommodations set along the superb Boro River 
    • Uber cool Sky beds and Star Baths 
    • Contender for best habituated Elephant experience along with Abu Camp 
    • Owners have a strong reputation for high standards of service

    Baines Camp is one of only two camps situated in this huge concession that would be considered a proper mixture of wet and dry land epitomizing everything that is unique and wonderful about the Okavango Delta. It is an intimately small camp with just 5 large guest suites all with their own private decks overlooking the Boro River.

    Much like its sister camp Stanley’s, Baines Camp main focus is the experience with the habituated Elephants although here it is not possible to go on Elephant back safaris which we really like. It does not mean you get less time with them and the experience you do have is a more wholly enriching one. A full morning walk foraging with the 3 orphaned Elephants followed by a picnic lunch with them is a real highlight. We should just say that at Tailormade Africa we are generally against this kind of thing but we think that it is so well managed by the guardians, Doug and Sandi Groves that any fears of exploitation or ill treatment of the animals never comes up and we are happy to recommend it whole heartedly. It is just fantastic! 

    The camp itself is lovely. Sanctuary Retreats whom own Baines and its sister camp Stanley’s, have a real knack of blending aesthetic luxury with traditional values of a safari camp and experience. The service standards are extremely high with the dining experience being of a very high order. 

    The Elephant experience is a key factor to want to visit this camp but Baines has the full card of safari activities to fall back on. The game viewing is very good, though can be a little seasonal and we would generally recommend combining this camp with another much drier camp in the Okavango or of course the Linyanti Game Reserve north of the Okavango.

  • Chitabe Lediba

    Welcome to Chitabe Lediba 

    • Just 5 tented suites raised on wooden Decks 
    • High levels of serviced within a relaxed atmosphere 
    • Excellent land based safari activities and wildlife viewing all year round 
    • Beautiful views across the plains 
    • Strong predator sightings all year round 

    Chitabe Lediba lies just a short distance away from its big sister, Chitabe Camp, overlooking the same expansive floodplain. The smaller size of the camp lends itself to a more intimate experience and is perfect for families or small groups of friends travelling together. Each of the five tents is more than comfortable and very thoughtfully furnished, including indoor and outdoor showers. Two of the tents are designed as family suites and are joined together for added safety. The main areas offer all of the same comforts as the larger camp, including a plunge pool, library, fire pit and boma.

    The enthusiasm of the staff here is quite exceptional and they display a genuine love for the environment in which they work, which translates across to the very high standards of guiding. Private guide Dave Hamman also owns a 50% share in the camp, which no doubt rubs off on those under him. Activities focus entirely on land-based safari by game drive, night drive or walking safari.

    The game viewing here has become a thing of legend and has proven to be incredibly consistent year after year. Predator sightings are particularly prolific and wild dogs are regularly spotted. Other big game such as elephant, buffalo and hippo are also abundant along with plains game such as giraffe and zebra. This area also seems to produce the odd unusual sighting of honey badger, aardwolf and bat-eared fox.

    This camp has become so popular that it is often advisable to book more than a year in advance. We usually recommend that you combine it with another area that places more focus on water-based activities, such as Jao, Vumbura or Xigera for a more complete picture of what the Okavango Delta is all about.

  • Sandibe Safari Lodge

    Welcome to Sandibe Safari

    • 8 guest suites of extraordinary design 
    • High end luxury safari lodge 
    • Excellent land based safari activities and wildlife viewing all year round 
    • Beautiful views across the plains 
    • Strong predator sightings all year round 

    Sandibe has become the one of the best high end luxury safari camps in Botswana and is unquestionably a sight to behold. Designed around the body armor of a Pangolin the, domed main area and guest accommodation laced with overlapping wood plates the camp is unique and brings a freshness to safari design which we really like. 

    The interior décor of the very large main areas and the guest rooms has been carefully thought out and the result is simply breathtaking. It is a camp you’ll never want to leave and a place you’ll find wanting to spend time in, even sacrificing a game viewing activity for. The cuisine and service standards more than match the high end feel of the camp. 

    The main safari activity here are vehicle safaris, birding along with some walking safaris. It is also possible to take a scenic flight over the delta by Helicopter which we fully recommend but is an additional cost. The guiding here is of a very high standard as you’d expect. 

    The views across the plains are splendid with regular sightings of wildlife in front of camp. The game viewing is excellent and frankly competes very well with the much costlier Mombo Camps region of Moremi Central, deemed to be the greatest wildlife viewing in the Delta. Predators, notably Lion and Leopard are in abundance and are regularly seen along with a strong presence of the rest of the wildlife species you’d hope to see. Some quirky sightings of Honey badgers, Aardwolf, Civets and small cats seem fairly regular too. 

    Sandibe is a must do camp as part of a longer itinerary to Botswana or as a stand-alone camp for shorter trips. It remains a firm favorite of ours and has been included in the Tailormade Africa Collection of camps, a Gold standard of properties across Africa that we feel stand out. 

  • Chitabe Main

    Welcome to Chitabe Camp

    • 8 comfortable tented suites raised on wooden Decks 
    • High levels of serviced within a relaxed atmosphere 
    • Excellent land based safari activities and wildlife viewing all year round 
    • Beautiful views across the plains 
    • Strong predator sightings all year round 

    In the south-eastern Okavango Delta, a short flight from Maun, lies Chitabe Camp, overlooking an expansive open floodplain. A wooden walkway meaders through the trees, leading to each of the eight tents which are very thoughtfully furnished and well laid-out. The en-suite bathrooms are of a good size and include indoor and outdoor showers from which to watch any wildlife wandering past camp. In the main area you will discover the usual lounge and dining room along with a cleverly crafted bar, fire pit, boma, plunge pool, curio shop and a delightful little library to which you could easily disappear for a few hours.

    The enthusiasm of the staff here is quite exceptional and they display a genuine love for the environment in which they work, which translates across to the very high standards of guiding. Private guide Dave Hamman also owns a 50% share in the camp, which no doubt rubs off on those under him. Activities focus entirely on land-based safari by game drive, night drive or walking safari.

    The game viewing here has become a thing of legend and has proven to be incredibly consistent year after year. Predator sightings are particularly prolific and wild dogs are regularly spotted. Other big game such as elephant, buffalo and hippo are also abundant along with plains game such as giraffe and zebra. This area also seems to produce the odd unusual sighting of honey badger, aardwolf and bat-eared fox.

    This camp has become so popular that it is often advisable to book more than a year in advance. We usually recommend that you combine it with another area that places more focus on water-based activities, such as Jao, Vumbura or Xigera for a more complete picture of what the Okavango Delta is all about.

  • Duba Expedition

    Welcome to Duba Expedition 

    • One of the finest safari camps in Africa 
    • Just 6 guest tents with a maximum 12 people 
    • Exceptional wildlife experience with lion & buffalo 
    • High levels of service and food quality .
    • Mixed range of safari activities all year round 

    Duba Expedition is one of our favourite camps in Africa. We are big supporters of Great Plains Safaris who own it and several other camps in Botswana and Kenya. They offer the unbeatable combination of small, highly luxurious camps, expert guiding and an outstanding conservation focus. 

     Duba Expedition camp has just 6 well-appointed guest suites. It blends an authentic safari feel with a luxury standard. The main mess area is large, open and canopied. The stylish design offers comfortable areas to relax and a dining area with stunning views of the watery plains. 

    Safari activites from Duba include both wet and dry options – boat and vehicle. The main draw for Duba Expedition is the interaction between lion and buffalo, it is known as the place to observe lion hunt buffalo in daylight. Great general game viewing and birding provides plenty of other excitement. Duba’s guiding team are easily some of the best guides in Botswana and some have worked in this area for over a decade.

    Worth a special mention is Duba Expedition’s delicious food. Many of our past clients have commented on the exceptional food at the camp. Without pretentiousness, the chef manages to produce food that guests have told us is up there with some of the best restaurants they have visited.

  • Little Tubu Camp

    Welcome to Little Tubu 

    • Set on Hundu Island, a large permanently dry land 
    • Excellent mix of both land and water based activities
    • One of the best Leopard sighting camps in Botswana 
    • 3 guest tents within a stylish and beautiful camp 
    • Wildlife viewing amongst the best in the Okavango Delta 

    Along with its sister camp, Tubu Tree, it is our opinion that these two camps are simply 2 of the best for all round game viewing, birding and habitat diversity on this sensational private concession. They have delivered on all fronts since the camps have been known to the Directors of Tailormade Africa and would be recommended to anyone and everyone. 

    The Island in which Little Tubu sits on has the most diverse ecosystem and therefore wildlife and birdlife than anywhere else in the Delta. The full range of safari activities both wet and dry are on offer here. However, it is the extraordinary 95% chance of having excellent Leopard sightings and experiences that set the Tubu camps apart. Per square kilometer of Hundu there are more leopard here than you can shake a stick at. 

    Little Tubu has only 3 guest tents making it highly exclusive and perfect for groups of 5 or more people to be able to take over the camp entirely as a private camp. The main guest area and sleeping accommodation are designed to a high specification and are sensational. The swimming pool is quite small to be honest but befitting of such an exclusive size camp. The camp atmosphere, as you would expect of a camp this size, is as near to the old school, pioneering way of safari as is possible to get where one feels a part of the family almost instantaneously. 

    Little Tubu is a must do camp as part of a longer itinerary to Botswana or as a stand-alone camp for shorter trips. It remains a firm favorite of ours and has been included in the Tailormade Africa Collection of camp , a Gold standard of properties across Africa that we feel stand out.

  • Kwetsani Camp

    Welcome to Kwetsani 

    • Only five tents, built on stilts high up in the trees
    • The entire camp has been newly renovated and beautifully appointed
    • Classic Okavango Delta landscape
    • Good variety of activities with some of the best water-based safari anywhere
    • A particularly laid back atmosphere, perfect at the beginning or end of a safari

    With so much water around, Kwetsani is built on stilts high up in the trees, giving it a wonderfully airy and idyllic feeling. It is an exceedingly beautiful camp and has been recently renovated to a very high specification. There are only five tents which adds to the secluded exclusivity. Each is beautifully appointed and includes everything you would expect, including indoor and outdoor showers. The main areas are equally attractive and the main lounge and dining areas are complemented by a fire pit, boma and plunge pool which is welcome in the summer months.

    Being situated in a wetter area, the activities here tend to focus on the classic Okavango Delta water-based safari. Most exploration is done by boat or makoro and the species to be seen are those which are better adapted to this wet environment. Imagine herds of red lechwe galloping through the shallows, rafts of hippo eyeing you suspiciously as you drift by and the odd elephant crossing between the islands. Even the lions here seem to be semi-aquatic and have developed special techniques for hunting in shallow water! The camp also has access to a larger tract of dry land, known as Hunda Island, which is well known for its leopard viewing and this adds an extra dimension to the game drives. Walking safaris, night drives and fishing in season are also possible because of the location within a private concession.

    The style of safari here tends to lend itself to a slower pace and a more laid-back atmosphere. We love to include Kwetsani for a couple of nights at the beginning or end of a safari to either get into the swing of things or wind down at the end.

  • Pelo Camp

    Welcome to Pelo 

    • Just 5 traditional guest tents 
    • Set atop a beautiful Heart shaped Island 
    • One of the best value camps in Botswana 
    • Excellent birdlife and general game viewing 
    • Swimming pool and stylish man guest areas 

    We love Pelo Camp. This is the kind of safari camp that is almost nonexistent anywhere else in the Delta. Being of the classic pioneering safari style of days long ago, the atmosphere generated here is truly wonderful and timeless. 

    From the air you are immediately struck by the heart shape of the island conjuring romantic notions of the camp before you step foot in it. This is then amplified by the relaxed manor in which the camp operates, knowing instinctively when to be servicing your wishes and when to pull back. 

    Unusually, this camp is a reasonably priced option given the company it is in within this concession. In our opinion though nothing suffers, and the standards of service and quality of the camp remains high. The cost difference can be attributed to it being an Island camp and not being able to offer a traditional vehicle safari or big game walking safaris. 

    The wildlife and birdlife is very good year round but safari life here is generally more genteel. The Papyrus laden waterways that take you to the main game viewing areas are beautiful with birdlife, insect life and amphibians taking center stage along the way. 

    We do really love this camp and as a combination with a predominantly dry camp further south or North east of Pelowould be a perfect combination especially if needing to keep an eye on the costs.

  • Jacana Camp

    Welcome to Jacana Camp 

    • Beautiful Delta Island setting 
    • Only 5 guest traditional tented rooms overhanging the water 
    • Excellent all year birdlife 
    • Swimming pool, double storey main are and dining room 
    • A remote unplugged safari camp 

    For many years Jacana Camp has been a favourite for the directors of Tailormade Africa with its traditional pioneering safari atmosphere in a wonderfully remote location. In a safari age where this kind of safari experience is becoming much rarer it is pleasing to see that Jacana camp has stuck to its principles. 

    The camp is set atop an island of incredible natural beauty and it is quite a sight when you arrive by boat to the main area jetty. With only 5 rooms this camp is the epitome of the intimate and exclusive safari camp that makes Botswana such an attractive destination for travellers. Whilst traditional in the sense of the tents being the Meru style tents synonymous with safari from yesteryear, the interior décor is just lovely and blends old school safari with the touches of class and comfort designed to please anyone. 

    One of the things that stand out for us however is its ecologically sound operation of being a 24 hour solar power camp, having no Wi-Fi, internet or mobile phone reception. This is something to be embraced and to rejoice over. "Disconnect to reconnect" is the mantra of the operator that runs several properties in Botswana and we could not agree more. 

    The wildlife viewing is good but you should understand that it is a predominantly wet safari area and as such the big game viewing may not be as regular as you would like and therefore Jacana should always be combined with a much drier camp to the north or south of the Delta. 

    Oddly, there is no minimum age for this camp and whilst on the face of it would seem good for a family with young children we would advise against that in most cases due to the camp not being particularly set up for child safety. 

    Jacana Camp is just wonderful. It may not be for everyone and it’s important to discuss your travel personality with the team at Tailormade Africa to ascertain in advance if this is the case to avoid disappointment.

  • Jao Camp

    Welcome to Jao

    • One of only a handful of extremely luxurious camps in the Okavango 
    • Only 9 guest suites all fronting on to the waterfront 
    • Some of the best water based activities in the Delta 
    • Regarded as a prime location for Leopard sightings 
    • Spa, gym and excellent wine cellar for discerning clientele 

    Jao camp is set in the quite superb private Jao concession. It’s status as a truly high end luxury camp is well earned offering the king of service and facilities one would expect of a 5-star western property. Importantly though it manages this without compromising on the authenticity or quality of the safari experience, which plague some other high end offerings in Botswana and South Africa. 

    The main double story mess area of the camp along with the 9 guest suites are incredibly stylish and a joy to spend time in. As is the spa and Gymnasium. The wine cellar is well stocked with quality offerings to match the sensational food. 

    Safari activities are more centred around water based activities and areexcellent. The vehicle safaris out of extreme flood season are also highly productive. 

     All in all if high end Luxury is something that appeals then Jao camp will not leave you disappointed.

  • Tubu Tree Camp

    Welcome to Tubu Tree 

    • Set on Hundu Island, a large permanently dry land 
    • Excellent mix of both land and water based activities 
    • One of the best Leopard sighting camps in Botswana 
    • 8 guest tents within a stylish and beautiful camp 
    • Wildlife viewing amongst the best in the Okavango Delta 

    Along with its sister camp, Little Tubu it is our opinion that these two camps are simply 2 of the best for all round game viewing, birding and habitat diversity on this sensational private concession. They have delivered on all fronts since the camps have been known to the Directors of Tailormade Africa and would be recommended to anyone and everyone. 

    The Island in which Tubu Tree sits on has the most diverse ecosystem and therefore wildlife and birdlife than anywhere else in the Delta. The full range of safari activities both wet and dry are on offer here. However, it is the extraordinary 95% chance of having excellent Leopard sightings and experiences that set the Tubu camps apart. Per square kilometer of Hundu there are more leopard here than you can shake a stick at. 

    Tubu Tree Camp has 8 guest tents making that are at ground level and in the heart of the surrounding bush. Wildlife, notably Elephant, are seemingly residents in Camp on a daily basis. The main guest areas and swimming pool are a joy to spend time in and watch game across the vast floodplain as they stream by with abundant regularity. So much so that guests often give up a safari activity to relax in camp. 

    Tubu Tree camp is a must do camp as part of a longer itinerary to Botswana or as a stand-alone camp for shorter trips.

  • Little Mombo Camp

    Welcome to Little Mombo 

    • Sister property to Africa’s most famous camp, Mombo Camp 
    • Located on the exclusive Chief’s Island within the famous Moremi Game Reserve 
    • Only 3 magnificent tented suites ensure complete privacy and exclusivity 
    • The most reliable game viewing in Botswana throughout the year
    • Pool, gym and private spa treatments are all available 

    Little Mombo is situated next to its big sister and effectively offers a very similar experience. The fact that there are only 3 suites ensures an even higher level of privacy and exclusivity and the camp is ideal for families or a group of friends travelling together. The high wooden paths are a signature of this beautiful camp, it’s polished decking keeping guests safe from the profusion of wildlife constantly making its way through camp. The 3 tented suites are sumptuous in size and elegantly furnished throughout. Indoor and outdoor showers allow you to appreciate the best of both worlds and you can expect the finest in food and wines.

    Little Mombo has access to some of Botswana’s richest big game viewing and is often called The Place of Plenty. The name actually stems from the Tswana word Simombo which means the fire which burns within. These underground peat fires unlock a huge amount of nutrients and allow life to flourish here. The north-western tip is also near the panhandle of the Okavango Delta and receives the first and most nutritious floods. Leopard sightings are commonplace and lions often chase their prey through camp. Another big drawcard here is the population of both white and black rhinoceros which are well protected on the island.  

    The only two downsides to Little Mombo are the exceptionally high cost and the one dimensional activities. Game drives are the only activity on offer here and they can only be enjoyed during the day because the camp is situated within a national park. The game viewing is so phenomenal though, that it makes up for a few shortcomings.

    Little Mombo is undergoing an extensive refurbishment during the course of 2016 and will be more spectacular than ever once complete. We recommend combining this property with other premier camps in Botswana that will offer a wider choice of activities.

  • Xigera Camp

    Welcome to Xigera 

    • 10 guest suites all with water facing views 
    • Situated on a remote and spectacular paradise Island 
    • Some of the best water based safari activities in the Okavango Delta 
    • Birding is particularly good with Pel’s Fishing owl a regular sighting 
    • Pool, main lounge and dining in the main guest area 

    Xigera Camp is one of the very best wet safari camps in the whole of the Okavango Delta. To start with it is just a beautiful camp in a glorious remote location on Chiefs Island. This sense of remoteness is amplified by the journey required to get there. It is only accessible by light aircraft. A short drive in a 4x4 safari vehicle takes you to before a short drive to an awaiting motorboat for a 15-minute cruise along papyrus strewn waterways to the camp. 

    What we love about this camp is the extremely high levels of service across the board and the enthusiasm of the guides. The food is wonderful, the rooms are simple yet elegant and remain true to being an authentic safari tent camp. We also rather enjoy the amount of wildlife that tends to be in and around camp throughout the day.  

    What is also appealing is the range of safari activities on offer. In fact, almost the full spectrum of Vehicle, Walking, Mokoro, motor boat, birding and fishing safaris are mainstays of the camp. The walking safari though is more of a nature amble than a serious big game walking safari. 

    It’s hard to imagine anyone not falling in love with this camp and is the reason we would highly recommend Xigera on any itinerary that incorporates 2 or more locations within the Okavango Delta. 

  • Mombo Camp

    Welcome to Mombo Camp

    • Quite possibly Africa’s most famous camp 
    • Located on the exclusive Chief’s Island within the famous Moremi Game Reserve 
    • 9 magnificent tented suites overlooking the floodplains 
    • The most reliable game viewing in Botswana throughout the year
    • Pool, gym and private spa treatments are all available 

    This camp is the flagship property of Wilderness Safaris, who are one of Botswana’s leading safari operators. Over the years it has earned its reputation as Africa’s most famous camp. The high wooden paths are a signature of this beautiful camp, it’s polished decking keeping guests safe from the profusion of wildlife constantly making its way through camp. The 9 tented suites are sumptuous in size and elegantly furnished throughout. Indoor and outdoor showers allow you to appreciate the best of both worlds and you can expect the finest in food and wines.

     Mombo Camp has access to some of Botswana’s richest big game viewing and is often called The Place of Plenty. The name actually stems from the Tswana word Simombo which means the fire which burns within. These underground peat fires unlock a huge amount of nutrients and allow life to flourish here. The north-western tip is also near the panhandle of the Okavango Delta and receives the first and most nutritious floods. Leopard sightings are commonplace and lions often chase their prey through camp. Another big drawcard here is the population of both white and black rhinoceros which are well protected on the island.  

    The only two downsides to Mombo Camp are the exceptionally high cost and the one dimensional activities. Game drives are the only activity on offer here and they can only be enjoyed during the day because the camp is situated within a national park. The game viewing is so phenomenal though, that it makes up for a few shortcomings. 

    Mombo is undergoing an extensive refurbishment during the course of 2016 and will be more spectacular than ever once complete. We recommend combining this property with other premier camps in Botswana that will offer a wider choice of activities.

  • Chiefs Camp

    Welcome to Chiefs Camp 

    • High end luxury camp with 12 guest suites 
    • Situated on Chiefs Island of the Moremi Central private concession 
    • Main mess area and swimming pool overlooking the floodplain 
    • Beautifully designed tents with thatch roof and private plunge pools 
    • Great immediate game viewing area 

    Chiefs Camp is situated on the southern reach of Chiefs Island and part of Moremi Central National park. Whilst not a private concession by designation, it is by default as Chiefs is cut off from the the easier accessible areas of Moremi. The camp is a very high end luxury camp owned by Sanctuary retreats, who specialize in this high end safari market. 

    There is a large deck fronting onto the floodplain housing the main guest areas and large swimming pool, the views from which are beautiful. The 12 guest suites are fabulous. The interior décor is well thought out and a beautiful place in which to relax ad spend tie in with all the modern touches of luxury you’d expect of this quality of operation. Each tent has a private plunge pool to the side of the rooms. 

    As with any high end luxury camp the full works of Spa, massage, bush gym, library gift shop and wifi are all present at this camp making it a perfect camp for much longer stays than the 2-3 nights commonly associated with safari camps. 

    The game viewing on this section of the island is also excellent featuring most of the wildlife you would wish to see. Vehicle safaris and water safaris by mokoro are the main activities here and with the guiding levels being of a particularly high standard guests are treated to a great safari wilderness experience and a high standard of service in camp.

  • Macatoo Camp

    Welcome to Macatoo

    •  The premier horseback safari camp in Botswana
    •  8 traditional safari guest tents
    •  Vast concession to explore by vehicle, motor boat or Mokoro boat
    •  Full range of safari activities on offer
    •  Excellent game viewing year round.

    Macatoo Camp is a heavyweight in the realms of horseback safari across the whole continent, offering some of the best safari riding experiences one is likely to come across. There can be nothing more exhilarating for horse lovers than to gallop across the flood plains of Africa riding alongside Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant and the many antelope species of this wonderful wetland.

    The camp itself harks back to a time of pioneering safari camping in medium sized Meru tents that are comfortable, with a slight hint of luxury, but where the experience of the safari takes precedence over everything else. This is the “it” factor that we love and as a stand-alone camp without horseback safari it would be up there with one of the best camps in the Delta on this old school approach to safari experience.     

    The game viewing is very strong in this part of the Abu Concession and with all activities on offer one should get a complete safari experience here. Night drives are possible, though tend to be actioned on the way back from the afternoon game drive. Whilst the focus is on Horseback safaris, people with no riding experience or interest in riding should still consider a visit to the camp

    We love Macatoo and feel, where possible it is a must do camp either as part of a longer itinerary to Botswana or as a stand-alone camp for shorter trips. It remains a firm favorite of ours and has been included in the Tailormade Africa Collection of camps, a Gold standard of properties across Africa that we feel stand out.

  • Nxabega Camp

    Welcome to Nxabega

    • 9 recently renovated guest rooms 
    • High levels of service and standards throughout the camp 
    • Very good year round game viewing & full spectrum of activities 
    • Especially good for family safaris with no minimum age set 
    • Owned and managed by one of our favorite operators in Africa

    Nxabega is a very high end safari camp, recently renovated and refreshed which in all honesty was well overdue. However, nothing needed changing with regards to the camp atmosphere, staff interactions with guests nor the quality of the safari experience and thankfully nothing has changed here. 

    The camp has a main mess area with a lovely swimming pool. 9 gorgeous guest suites look out over the watery plains and are beautifully presented with an outdoor Sala and accompanying swing chair. 

    The game viewing is very good all year round and the camp offers a full spectrum of safari activities including a scenic Helicopter ride. The Mokoro boat safaris are particularly good with unusually good big game sightings. 

    The owners of this camp have been favorites of ours over the years as we love their approach to conservation and community work and the projects they undertake across all areas in Africa they operate. A shining example for everyone to follow. 

  • Pom Pom Camp

    Welcome to Pom Pom 

    • Decent mid-level safari camp in the south of the Nxabega Concession 
    • 9 traditional guest tents overlooking the water 
    • Good mix of safari game viewing activities 
    • Particularly good game viewing from the water as well as land 
    • Combines well with other mid-range camps to help keep costs down. 

    Pom Pom is a very cool traditional safari camp located in the south part of the Nxabega Concession. It is a mid-level camp by design replicated that safari camp style of yesteryear. The levels of service are still very high as is the guiding and general operation of this camp. 

    The main guest area is surprisingly large and open with a Swimming pool leading off from the back entrance to the camp and of a good size. There are 9 guest tents all overlooking the watery plains and are regularly visited by multiple species of wildlife. As you’d expect with this more traditional style of safari camp, the rooms focus less on opulent luxury but remain very comfortable and full of character. 

    The game viewing is very good most of the year with a really good range of activities on offer. Mokoro boat safaris work really very well here and an unusually high rate of big game viewing success from the boats is generally achieved.

    Pom Pom works best when combined with other similar mid-range camps when trying to keep an eye on costs for a longer Botswana safari trip. Since the wet safari experience here are so good, combining it with a dry camp where vehicle and walking safaris are the dominant activity is the best way to maximize the experience at Pom Pom. 

  • Seba Camp

    Welcome to Seba 

    • Perfect for families as well as non-family safari travelers 
    • 8 guest suites inclusive of 2 awesome family suites with plunge pools 
    • Situated on a picturesque lagoon 
    • Very Good, year round game viewing with full range of safari activities 
    • Wonderful approach to conservation and community projects 

    Seba camp is an outstanding property within the Abu concession. Situated by a beautiful delta Lagoon with lovely views out from any direction it is a camp with an abundance of character. It is one of only a small number of camps that is perfectly geared to take children of all ages but it is important to note that the camp is so effectively well managed, that guests without children would never find themselves complaining about noisy or energetic kids. This talent cannot be overstated enough. 

    The camp has 8 guest accommodations, 2 of which are large family villas with their own private pools. All the rooms are bright and colorful and one can’t help but smile whenever entering the accommodations or main guest area. There is a campswimming pool set away from the main area towards the back of the property, with loungers out toward the Lagoon itself. 

    The game viewing is very good all year round with some peaks and troughs but not worth mentioning when those are as it really depends on the flood waters and rains. The full range of safari activities are on offer at Seba Camp and are expertly run by the excellent camp guides.

     At Tailormade Africa we really appreciate camps and lodges that go above an beyond when it comes to conservation and community projects and Seba epitomizes that perfectly. There is a very good Elephant research program, extensive camp vegetable and herb garden along with a giant Wormery. The latter is interesting in that it has been set up to breakdown the scrap food from camp with the nutrient rich soil being donated to local people in areas where soil quality is poor to help with small scale agriculture

  • Stanley's Camp

    Welcome to Stanley’s 

    • One of only 2 camps in a large private concession 
    • 8 guest accommodations all with views across the floodplain 
    • Contender for best habituated Elephant experience along with Abu Camp 
    • Owners have a strong reputation for high standards of service
    • Full range of safari activities on offer 

    Stanley’s Camp is one of two camps situated in this huge concession that would be considered a proper mixture of wet and dry land epitomizing everything that is unique and wonderful about the Okavango Delta. It is a relatively small camp with just 8 guest tents, styled in the traditional sense of a safari camp but with some lovely touches of luxury that the owning company have become synonymous with across Africa. 

    Much like its sister camp Baines, Stanley’s main focus is the experience with the habituated Elephants although here it is not possible to go on Elephant back safaris which we really like. It does not mean you get less time with them and the experience you do have is a more wholly enriching one. A full morning walk foraging with the 3 orphaned Elephants followed by a picnic lunch with them is a real highlight. We should just say that at Tailormade Africa we are generally against this kind of thing but we think that it is so well managed by the guardians, Doug and Sandi Groves that any fears of exploitation or ill treatment of the animals never comes up and we are happy to recommend it whole heartedly. It is just fantastic! 

    The camp itself is lovely. Sanctuary Retreats whom own Stanley’s and its sister camp Baines, have a real knack of blending aesthetic luxury with traditional values of a safari camp and experience. The service standards are extremely high with the dining experience being of a very high order. 

    The Elephant experience is a key factor to want to visit this camp but Stanley’s has the full card of safari activities to fall back on. The game viewing is very good, though can be a little seasonal and we would generally recommend combining this camp with another much drier camp in the Okavango or of course the Linyanti Game Reserve north of the Okavango.

  • Xaranna Camp

    Welcome to Xaranna 

    • One of only two camps in a huge private concession 
    • High end luxury safari camp with private plunge pools and Salas 
    • Full array of safari activities 
    • Family friendly camp, taking children of all ages 
    • Owned and managed by one of our favorite operators in Africa 

    Xarranna Camp is an upmarket camp in the heart of the private Ranns Concession of the Okavango Delta. Its sister camp Xudum being the only other presence over what is a huge area of pristine wilderness. 

    There are 9 guest tents at Xaranna, all of which are beautifully appointed and a joy to spend time in. Each room has a private plunge pool and outdoor Sala with views across the flooded Delta coming right up to the rooms in season. The main mess area is light and airy, full of colour and an extremely relaxing environment to find yourself in. 

    The game viewing here is fantastic for most of the year and all game viewing activities are offered, both wet and dry safaris, along with night drives and horseback safaris. Mokoro boat activities here are a firm favourite of guests and are generally very productive which is not always the case.

    The owners of the two camps of the Xaranna Concessions have been favourites of ours over the years as we love their approach to conservation and community work and the projects they undertake across all areas in Africa they operate. A shining example for everyone to follow

  • Xudum Lodge

    Welcome to Xudum Camp 

    • One of only two camps in a huge private concession 
    • High end luxury safari camp with private plunge pools and Salas 
    • Full array of safari activities 
    • Family friendly camp, taking children of all ages 
    • Owned and managed by one of our favorite operators in Africa 

    Xudum Camp is an upmarket camp in the heart of the private Ranns Concession of the Okavango Delta. Its sister camp Xarrana being the only other presence over what is a huge area of pristine wilderness. 

    There are 9 guest tents at Xudum, all of which are beautifully appointed and a joy to spend time in. Each room has a private plunge pool and outdoor Sala with views across the flooded Delta coming right up to the rooms in season. The main mess area is light and airy, full of colour and an extremely relaxing environment to find yourself in. 

    The game viewing here is fantastic for most of the year and all game viewing activities are offered, both wet and dry safaris, along with night drives and horseback safaris. Mokoro boat activities here are a firm favourite of guests and are generally very productive which is not always the case.

    The owners of the two camps of the Xaranna Concessions have been favourites of ours over the years as we love their approach to conservation and community work and the projects they undertake across all areas in Africa they operate. A shining example for everyone to follow

  • Duma Tau

    Welcome to Duma Tau 

    • Beautiful luxury tented camp on the river front 
    • 10 guest suites all stylishly appointed with views across the floodplain 
    • Large Main guest area with swimming pool and massage service 
    • Prime location within the Eastern section of Linyanti 
    • Full range of safari activities includes hides 
    • Duma Tau is a Fair Trade Tourism certified property

    Duma Tau is a firm favourite of ours at Tailormade Africa. It is simply beautiful and has managed to find that perfect harmony for being a luxury safari camp whilst maintaining the wilderness and safari focus that all camps should aim to achieve. Not quite at the standard to make it a 5-star camp so to speak but in our opinion Duma tau is not far away from being our idea of perfect.  

    The camp is situated on the front of an Ox-bow lake of the Linyanti river with a small jetty jutting out from the main mess area. Large light coloured canvas awnings decorate the edge of the waterfront of 10 guest suites and the main living and dining area. All 10 suites are large spacious rooms decorated to the highest standard all with power in the rooms for lights and charging. There is a camp swimming pool and a relax massage service for the after safari. 

    This region of Linyanti is a prime location for predators, with Lion Leopard and Wild Dog being particularly prevalent. It is also home to a “permanent den site for Wild dog. Along with a full range of safari activities both on land and water there are a couple of permanent hides in which to sit and watch the huge herds of Elephant and Buffalo drink meander past. 

    Duma Tau is a must do camp as part of a longer itinerary to Botswana or as a stand-alone camp for shorter trips. It remains a firm favorite of ours and has been included in the Tailormade Africa Collection of camp , a Gold standard of properties across Africa that we feel stand out.

    Fair Trade

  • Selinda Explorations

    Welcome to Selinda Explorers Camp

    • A genuine contender for the most authentic camp in Botswana 
    • Only 4 mobile-style tents combine the spirit of adventure with a touch of luxury 
    • Located within the rich and diverse 320,000 acre Selinda concession 
    • Beautiful views overlooking the Selinda Spillway 
    • Great variety of activities led by some of the best guides in Botswana 

    Selinda Explorers Camp is part of the Great Plains Conservation stable. The company is owned by Derek & Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic filmmakers, with a deep passion for Botswana and the conservation of its wildlife. Their commitment really shines through in the attention to detail here, whether it be the classic Persian rugs or the beautiful antique furniture collected during their travels. 

    The camp was originally erected in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve before finding its final resting place in Selinda. The fact that there are only 4 mobile-style tents in camp assures you of an exclusive experience. With bucket showers and no running water, there is certainly an air of adventure but the staff are experts at creating an ambiance of luxury around you. This is one of the most faithful representations of an old pioneer safari that you will find anywhere – a genuinely authentic little camp. 

    The 320,000 Selinda concession on which it is located is absolutely teaming with life. During the dry season in particular huge numbers of elephant and buffalo are commonplace as are the predators which share their domain. Wild dog sightings are especially good here. 

    Being situated on a private concession means that game drives and night drives are both possible here, as well as good walking. The camp is situated on the Selinda Spillway, which has been flowing consistently for the last decade and is therefore able to offer the best canoe safaris in Botswana. All activities are expertly led by the Great Plains guides, who we believe to be the best Botswana has to offer. 

    We recommend combining Selinda Explorers with Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta for a more luxurious experience at the end of your safari.

  • Kings Pool

    Welcome to Kings Pool 

    • One of Botswana’s top, high end camps 
    • Main areas and the 9 guest suites all extremely luxurious 
    • Private plunge pools on decks of all guest suites 
    • Extremely good location for predators 
    • Full range of safari activities including Hides 

    King’s Pool Camp is one of 3 high end luxury lodges in this greater Linyanti region and is exceptionally good. The camp is a favourite of ours for clientele that appreciate the finer details of a luxury safari camp can offer above and beyond a traditional safari experience. As with any super luxury camp, they run the risk of prioritizing the camp and dining/hosting experience over the the wilderness and safari experience, but happily King’s Pool does not fall into this category. They have struck a fine balance between the two worlds of “safari camping: and high end luxury and service. 

    The main guest area, like each of the guest suites are beautiful places to hang out, with a contemporary design with smatterings of light pastel colours. The 9 guest suites are large affairs with private plunge pools all superbly designed and decorated. Perhaps the most natural high end luxury camp rooms we have come across in terms of bringing the outside – inside. All the rooms look out onto an Ox bow lake of the linyanti River and offer wonderful views over the floodplain. 

    This region of Linyanti is a prime location for predators, with Lion Leopard and Wild Dog being particularly prevalent. It is also home to a “permanent den site for Wild dog. Along with a full range of safari activities both on land and water there are a couple of permanent hides in which to sit and watch the huge herds of Elephant and Buffalo drink meander past. 

    King’s pool has flirted with the Tailormade Africa collection of camps award but has never quite made it primarily because in the past the directors felt that there was little to non of the authentic safari camp atmosphere that makes safari so unique.But all that has changed and we are very pleased to place King’s pool into this Gold Standard award. 

  • Zarafa Camp

    Welcome to The Zarafa Camp

    • Our favourite camp in Botswana and one of the finest in Africa 
    • 4 expansive and beautifully appointed suites, overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon 
    • The only Relais & Chateaux accredited property in Botswana 
    • Private plunge pools, a gym and private spa treatments are all on offer 
    • Located within the rich and diverse 320,000 acre Selinda concession 

    Zarafa Camp is the flagship property of Great Plains Conservation and exudes elegance from every stich and seam. The company is owned by Derek & Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic filmmakers, with a passion for Botswana and the conservation of its wildlife. Their passion shines through in the attention to detail here, whether it be the classic Persian rugs or the ornate doors collected from Zanzibar. Each of the 4 exclusive suites offers every luxury you could imagine, from a private plunge pool to an air cooling device over the bed. As Botswana’s only Relais & Chateaux property the food and wines are the best you will find for many miles. 

    Zarafa is named after a giraffe that was gifted to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt in 1826. After being discovered in Nubia she was floated down the Nile to Alexandria, shipped to Marseilles and finally walked to Paris. Everyone who laid eyes on her fell in love with her and asked what she was called. Because the Nubians had no name for the animal, they simply called her Zarafa which means Beloved One in Arabic. It is easy to see why this camp is deserving of such a name. The 320,000 Selinda concession on which it is located is absolutely teaming with life. During the dry season in particular huge numbers of elephant and buffalo are commonplace as are the predators which share their domain. Wild dog sightings are especially good here. 

    Being situated on a private concession means that game drives and night drives are both possible here, as well as good walking and boating safaris. Each guest is provided with a professional quality Canon camera and lens as well a pair of Swarovski binoculars for their enjoyment during their stay. The guides are very well versed in photography and are some of the finest and most eloquent guides in the country. 

    Zarafa works very well as a stand-alone camp but it can also be combined with Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta or Jack’s and San Camps in the Makgadigadi Pans for more contrast.

  • Selinda Camp

    Welcome to Selinda Camp

    • 9 beautifully appointed tented suites including one family room 
    • Located within the rich and diverse 320,000 acre Selinda concession 
    • Beautiful views overlooking the Selinda Spillway 
    • Great variety of activities led by some of the best guides in Botswana 
    • Huge herds of elephant and buffalo with good sightings of wild dog 

    Selinda Camp is the most classic offering of the Great Plains Conservation stable. The company is owned by Derek & Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic filmmakers, with a passion for Botswana and the conservation of its wildlife. Their commitment to authentic safaris really shines through in the attention to detail here, whether it be the elegant Persian rugs or the beautiful artefacts collected during their travels. 

    The camp was designed with the elements in mind. Splashes of blue and the crystal-clear pool look out over the waterways of the Selinda Spillway. The billowing silks pay homage to the air and the breezes which ripple the endless sea of grasses. Earth is represented by the lovingly cooked meals and the evening camp fire completes the ethos of being in harmony with nature. 

    The 320,000 Selinda concession on which it is located is absolutely teaming with life. During the dry season in particular huge numbers of elephant and buffalo are commonplace as are the predators which share their domain. Wild dog sightings are especially good here. 

    Being situated on a private concession means that game drives and night drives are both possible here as well as good walking safaris. The camp is situated on the Selinda Spillway, which has been flowing consistently for the last decade and is therefore able to offer boating safaris when water levels permit. All activities are expertly led by the Great Plains guides, who we believe to be the best Botswana has to offer.

    We recommend combining Selinda Camp with Duba Plains or another classic camp in the Okavango Delta for a complete Botswana safari. 

  • Lebala Camp

    Welcome to Lebala Camp

    • Eight tented suites set on the wide open floodplains of the Linyanti Marsh 
    • Situated on a massive private concession 580,000 acres in extent 
    • Some of the very best dry season game viewing in the whole of Botswana 
    • Both guides and trackers accompany all safaris 
    • Pool, dining room and lounges in the main guest area 

    Kwando Safaris, who operate this camp, are known for concentrating on the safari experience above all else. Whilst their camps are certainly very comfortable, the focus is certainly more on the incredible wilderness areas in which they operate. Lebala Camp consists of eight good-sized tented suites (including a family suite) set on the wide open floodplains of the Linyanti Marsh. The dark wood used in the construction is very pleasing on the eye and the double outdoor showers are the nicest anywhere. 

    The Kwando concession is the largest private reserve in Botswana, offering one of the lowest guest densities anywhere in Africa. With only two camps and 36 guests sharing 580,000 acres it really doesn’t get more exclusive. Most of the area is made up of relatively unproductive mopane woodland, which can make game viewing more challenging in the wet season. In the dry season, however, the floodplains team with game and herds of more than a thousand elephant and buffalo are not uncommon. The predator viewing here is intense but it is the rare African wild dogs which steal the show – this is the best place to see them anywhere. 

    The activities at this camp are a little more limited with only game drives and walking safaris being possible. However, the ability to drive extensively off-road and going out at night make safaris here extremely exciting and rewarding. Kwando Safaris are one of the few operators to adopt a guide and tracker/spotter which really does increase sightings chances.

    We often recommend combining two nights at Lebala Camp with two nights at Lagoon Camp in order to maximise the chances of seeing wild dogs. Kwara or Little Kwara are also often used in combination with this camp or alternatively Nxai Pan and Tau Pan Camp if you are looking for even more contrast of habitats.

  • Lagoon Camp

    Welcome to Lagoon Camp

    • Eight tented suites perched on the banks of the Kwando River 
    • Situated on a massive private concession 580,000 acres in extent 
    • Some of the very best dry season game viewing in the whole of Botswana 
    • Both guides and trackers accompany all safaris 
    • Pool, dining room and lounges in the main guest area 

    Kwando Safaris, who operate this camp, are known for concentrating on the safari experience above all else. Whilst their camps are certainly very comfortable, the focus is certainly more on the incredible wilderness areas in which they operate. Lagoon Camp consists of eight good-sized tented suites (including a family suite) perched on the banks of the Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. The view from the pool means that elephants, hippos and other animals can often be seen throughout the middle of the day. 

    The Kwando concession is the largest private reserve in Botswana, offering one of the lowest guest densities anywhere in Africa. With only two camps and 36 guests sharing 580,000 acres it really doesn’t get more exclusive. Most of the area is made up of relatively unproductive mopane woodland, which can make game viewing more challenging in the wet season. In the dry season, however, the floodplains team with game and herds of more than a thousand elephant and buffalo are not uncommon. The predator viewing here is intense but it is the rare African wild dogs which steal the show – this is the best place to see them anywhere. 

    Game drives, night drives and walking safaris are available at both camps on this reserve and the ability to drive extensively off-road is a huge drawcard. Kwando Safaris are one of the few operators to adopt a guide and tracker/spotter which really does increase sightings chances. The extra attraction at Lagoon Camp is the boating safaris, where guests can glide down the river, sipping a sundowner of their choice and even try a spot of fishing if they so wish. 

    We often recommend combining two nights at Lagoon Camp with two nights at Lebala Camp in order to maximise the chances of seeing wild dogs. Kwara or Little Kwara are also often used in combination with this camp or alternatively Nxai Pan and Tau Pan Camp if you are looking for even more contrast of habitats.

  • Zarafa Dhow Suites

    Welcome to Zarafa Dhow Suites

    • Private annexe to Zarafa camp, one of the finest in Africa
    • Just 2 suites and a maximum of 4 guests privately serviced,
    • Private plunge pools, a gym and private spa treatments are all on offer
    • Located within the rich and diverse 320,000 acre Selinda concession

    We have decided to separate the Dhow suites of Zarafa Camp from the main camp as it is best, and most often, utilised as a private and exclusive camp whilst maintaining the extremely high standards of the flagship property of Great Plains Conservation, Zarafa.

    Dhow Suites exudes elegance from every stich and seam. The camp, along with Zarafa, Duba Expedition and the 3 Selinda camps are owned by Derek & Beverly Joubert, both National Geographic filmmakers, with a passion for Botswana and the conservation of its wildlife. Their passion shines through in the attention to detail here, whether it be the classic Persian rugs or the ornate doors collected from Zanzibar. Each of the 2 exclusive suites offers every luxury you could imagine, from a private plunge pool to an air cooling device over the bed. As Botswana’s only Relais & Chateaux property the food and wines are the best you will find for many miles.

    Zarafa is named after a giraffe that was gifted to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt in 1826. After being discovered in Nubia she was floated down the Nile to Alexandria, shipped to Marseilles and finally walked to Paris. Everyone who laid eyes on her fell in love with her and asked what she was called. Because the Nubians had no name for the animal, they simply called her “Zarafa” which means “Beloved One” in Arabic. It is easy to see why this camp is deserving of such a name. The 320,000 Selinda concession on which it is located is absolutely teaming with life. During the dry season in particular huge numbers of elephant and buffalo are commonplace as are the predators which share their domain. Wild dog sightings are especially good here.

    Being situated on a private concession means that game drives and night drives are both possible here, as well as good walking and boating safaris. Each guest is provided with a professional quality Canon camera and lens as well a pair of Swarovski binoculars for their enjoyment during their stay. The guides are very well versed in photography and are some of the finest and most eloquent guides in the country.

    Zarafa Dhow Suites work very well as a stand-alone camp but it can also be combined with Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta or Jack’s and San Camps in the Makgadigadi Pans for more contrast

  • San Camp

    Welcome to San 

    • Located in the heart of the Makgadikgadi in a private concession 
    • Beautiful salt pan and semi-desert landscapes and scenery from camp 
    • Just 6 guests suites and stunning main mess area 
    • High levels of service and standards throughout 
    • Great seasonal wildlife with Black Maned Lion and Brown Hyena as highlights 

    San Camp is very special. Situated in a large private concession of about 203,500 Hectares in the Makgadikgadi, it is an utterly gorgeous and lavish camp with views out over the pans that will take your breath away. The camp is visible from quite far away given there are no raised areas of ground for much of the region, but it is a pleasing site. 

    There are 6 guest suites, beautifully designed to high specifications. The main mess area too is a wonderful place to spend your day surrounded by style and and an ambience that is unlike anything you may have experienced before. Tailormade Africa particularly like the fact that it is a camp that forces you to be unplugged. No wifi, internet or phone signal to be found. There is a charging station for camera batteries and tablets etc in the main area. 

    The range of activities from San Camp makes sure your days are always interesting, backed up by very professional and knowledgeable guides. This last point can’t be overstated in it’s importance. Areas such as these can’t compete with other more traditional parks or reserves for wildlife and therefore the ability to keep guests in awe is down entirely to the guide. 

    Activities include Bushman walks, Quadbiking, Vehicle Safari, Meerkat, Brown Hyena den visit and hugely interesting Palaeontology walks.

     Whilst this entire region may not offer a traditional safari experience, San Camp does offer an experience that we are sure most people would appreciate and find wholly worthwhile to add to their safari itinerary. 

  • Camp Kalahari

    Welcome to Camp Kalahari

    • Ten Meru-style tents overlooking the vast Makgadigadi Pans
    • Authentic style coupled with a complete lack of electricity
    • Main lounge and dining areas are complemented by a library and pool
    • A diverse array of very unique and unusual activities
    • Ideal for family safaris

    Owned and run by one of Africa’s most renowned safari guides, Ralph Bousfeld, this camp harks back to a bygone era of exploration. The fusion of local artefacts and antique furniture creates an authentic atmosphere which is accentuated by the use of paraffin lanterns and the complete lack of electricity. The ten Meru-style tents enjoy magnificent views over the Makgadigadi Salt Pans from a shrubby outcrop dotted with acacia and palm trees. Each one offers an open air bathroom with bucket showers and hot water. An interesting little library and small pool complement the main lounge and dining areas.

    At first glance it seems as if there is not much life here, but this place is magical in that it gives you everything you didn’t know you needed. The sheer sense of space is very calming and this must surely be one of few places on the planet where you can actually see the curvature of the earth! The best way to experience this is by quad biking out onto the pans in the dry season (May – Oct) and spending a night under the stars. In the wet season (Jan – April) there is an incredible contrast as the largest zebra and wildebeest migration in southern Africa passes through – approximately 25,000 animals partake. The game drive vehicles are designed with special seating on the roofs and night drives here often produce some very unusual sightings such as brown hyena, aardwolf and bat-eared foxes. Other real highlights include spending a few hours with a resident family of habituated meerkats and learning the secrets of the desert from the local tribe of Bushmen. Horseback safaris are also offered and these can be tailored to last as long as five days.

    Whilst Camp Kalahari doesn’t offer the luxury or prestige of its sister properties, Jack’s Camp and San Camp, it does offer the same experiences at a fraction of the cost. Those travelling with young children are also not required to hire a private vehicle, so this property naturally lends itself to a great family safari. The habitats and activities here are so different that we thoroughly recommend it on longer trips for a complete contrast to the rest of Botswana.

  • Jacks Camp

    Welcome to Jacks 

    • Located in the heart of the Makgadikgadi in a private concession 
    • Beautiful salt pan and semi-desert landscapes and scenery from camp 
    • 10 guests tents and main mess area with pool 
    • High levels of service and standards throughout 
    • Great seasonal wildlife with Black Maned Lion and Brown Hyena as highlights 

    Jacks Camp has been around, it seems, forever. It is the original of Jack Bousfields camps established in the Makgdaikgadi. Situated in a large private concession of about 203,500 Hectares, it is an utterly gorgeous, colonial camp with views out over the pans that will take your breath away. The camp is visible from quite far away given there are no raised areas of ground for much of the region, but it is a pleasing site. 

    There are 10 guest tents, beautifully designed to high specifications. The main mess area too is a wonderful place to spend your day surrounded by style and and an ambience that is unlike anything you may have experienced before. Tailormade Africa particularly like the fact that it is a camp that forces you to be unplugged. No wifi, internet or phone signal to be found. There is a charging station for camera batteries and tablets etc in the main area. Rather handily there is a lovely swimming pool, which is a blessing in the mid day sun. 

    The range of activities from Jacks Camp ensures your days are always interesting, backed up by very professional and knowledgeable guides. This last point can’t be overstated in it’s importance. Areas such as these can’t compete with other more traditional parks or reserves for wildlife and therefore the ability to keep guests in awe is down entirely to the guide. 

    Activities include Bushman walks, Quadbiking, Vehicle Safari, Meerkats, Brown Hyena den visit and hugely interesting Palaeontology walks.

     Whilst this entire region may not offer a traditional safari experience, Jacks Camp does offer an experience that we are sure most people would appreciate and find wholly worthwhile to add to their safari itinerary.

  • Nxai Pan Camp

    Welcome to Nxai Pan Camp

    • The only permanent camp situated within Nxai Pan National Park
    • 9 well-insulated chalets, including one family suite
    • Overlooks a bustling waterhole often frequented by elephants
    • Each safari is accompanied by both a guide and tracker
    • Great location to view the zebra and wildebeest migration in the wet season

    Nxai Pan Camp holds the honour of being the only permanent camp within the Nxai Pan National Park, adjoining the more famous Makgadigadi Pans. The main lounge and dining area is flanked by 9 chalets, including one family suite, which look out over a bustling waterhole often frequented by elephants. Each one is fairly spacious and includes a small lounge as well as indoor and outdoor showers. A small pool leads off to one side of the main building and is most welcome during the warm summer months (Oct – April). Interestingly, the camp was built using polystyrene, chicken wire mesh and plaster, which helps to insulate during both summer and winter extremes.

    Activities here are centred around game drives but because the camp is situated within a national park no off-roading or night drives are allowed. Each drive is accompanied by both a guide and tracker – somewhat of a rarity for Botswana. Big game viewing can be erratic but in the wet season (Jan – April) huge herds of zebra and wildebeest may move through the area. This movement of animals represents the largest migration in southern Africa today and is followed by lion, cheetah and even leopard. A short walk with one of the Bushman guides may be of interest, during which he will reveal some of their secrets of survival developed over thousands of years. The famous Baines’s Baobabs are also accessible during a full day drive from camp.

    Nxai Pan is often combined with Kwara Camp and either Lagoon Camp or Lebala Camp further north in Botswana. These properties allow for a wonderful contrast and when carefully combined will allow you to experience many different habitats and species during a single safari.

  • Kalahari Plains

    Kalahari Plains Camp 

    • One of only 3 excellent camp options in this vast area 
    • Beautiful tented camp with sleep out decks 
    • Unusual wildlife species and sightings 
    • Excellent Bushman walking trips 
    • Within good range of Deception Valley 

    Kalahari Plains camp is set in the heart of the Central Kalahari game reserve and is a real quirky but very cool camp. This huge park has only 3 real options for accommodation separated by absolutely miles of vast open plains. The sense of remoteness here is extraordinary. 

    There are 10 guest accommodations all with an upstairs sleep out deck for those wishing to sleep under the largest most amazing night sky. The rooms are well spaced apart and all have commanding views across the plains. The main area is very pretty with a campfire out in front of it and a decent size swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day. 

    The activities here are great. Wonderful full day game drives around Deception Valley for the more traditional game viewing including black maned Lion would be a must do activity. The bushman walks from camp are also worthy of special mention usually done in the evening. The wildlife is incredible. It is important to understand that the central Kalahari is unable to compete with the game viewing quality of Okavango or Linyanti and Chobe. However, you have a great chance of seeing the rarer species such as African wildcat, brown Hyena and Aardwolf. Porcupine, honey badger Caracal and Cape Fox make up other interesting species you may not come across in the main parks of Botswana. 

    All in all for 2 or 3 nights at the beginning or end of a longer itinerary is well worth it and we wholly recommend visiting the Central Kalahari.

  • Tau Pan Camp

    Welcome to Tau Pan

    • One of only excellent camp options in the area 
    • Beautiful scenic views from its location atop a large ridge 
    • Only 8 guest accommodations 
    • Excellent Bushman walks from camp 
    • Within good range of Deception Valley Lodge for traditional game viewing 

    Tau Pan camp is set in a very remote location in the Central Kalahari atop a ridge looking down over the plains and a nearby waterhole. The only waterhole for many a mile. The views across the plains are quite something with a welcome breeze floating up to bring welcome relief from the heat. 

    It is a relatively small camp accommodating its guests in 8 large guest rooms all with outdoor showers. They are simple in design and décor and yet somehow feel much more luxurious than they are?! 

    The main activities are vehicle safaris and bushman walks, both of which are excellent and we fully recommend a full day game drive to Deception Valley, though it is a fairly long way from Tau Pan. It should be noted just how huge the area is that Tau Pan have all to themselves. So much so that you would be very unlucky to see any other vehicles during your stay. 

    The wildlife sightings here focus much more on the species that you are unlikely to see on the rest of your Botswana itinerary and help to complete the whole picture of Botswana diverse species list. Brown Hyena, Aardwolf, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Oryx and Honey badgers are the animals you will mostly be searching out with Black maned Lion and Cheetah being reasonably regular sightings. 

    We feel 2 nights in the Central Kalahari is a great beginning or end to any Botswana itinerary of more than 7 nights.

  • Linyanti Ebony

    Welcome to Linyanti Ebony Camp

    • A Small exclusive bush camp with just 4 guest rooms
    • Idyllic location on the private Chobe enclave region of Linyanti/Chobe region
    • Excellent value for money for such a high spec camp
    • Ideal for families with no age limit on children
    • Owned by a fantastic African safari operator

    Linyanti Ebony Camp is a wonderfully small exclusive and intimate bush camp set in the Chobe Enclave region where the Linyanti reserve and greater Chobe area meet, away from the main traffic areas. The camp sits along the Linyanti waterfront with beautiful views out across the floodplain.

    The small size of the camps affords exceptionally high levels of service across the board whilst in camp and on safari with all members of staff excelling at their respective roles. The camp is owned by Africa Bush camps, one of the most authentic, pioneering style of safari company in Southern Africa.

    The main mess area is lovely without being overly pretentious about décor design, raised on a large wood deck and decent size swimming pool. The guest tents in contrast are surprisingly luxurious yet keeping the tradition of safari going with bucket showers. However there is a flush toilet in the large en-suite bathroom.

    One part of this camp we really lovely is that it is unplugged. No wifi, cell phone signal or internet facilities of any kind. The mantra, “disconnect to reconnect", is strong here and we are big proponents of this ideal.

    Linyanti ebony Camp is ideal for families as there is unusually no age limit on children. As such a larger family of 6 or 8 persons could take over the whole camp for themselves and there is no better way of arranging a family safari than that.

    African Bushcamps who own and run a selection of camps including Linyanti Ebony are among our favourite operators. This set of camps is owned by Becks Ndlovu who is known personally to one of our directors and is a Zimbabwean Professional guide of the highest quality taking all of his camps back to as authentic and pioneering as safaris were of a bygone era. Something that is becoming much more rare than we’d like.

  • Zambezi Queen

    Welcome to Zambezi Queen 

    The Zambezi Queen is a luxury 42-metre houseboat offering a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday in one of the most remote locations on the planet, while still being surrounded by comfort and elegance. 

    The houseboat consists of 14 suites featuring your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and game viewing right from your room. There are three room categories here. The standard suite, Master Suite and a triple Suite. All appointed beautifully and very comfortable. What we particularly like about the rooms are the views from each suite, out over the Chobe river and African bush beyond. Waking up in the morning and looking out is pretty incredible, to say nothing of the wonderful sounds of the river at night. 

    Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. In fact, the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent - estimated at approximately 120 000.

    One can spend 2 or 3 nights on board enjoying the park though there is a minimum requirement of 2 nights. The safari days are very flexible with a range of activities on offer, that you can choose between. Of course, if you just want to laze around the boat and watch the world go by from the main Pool, it would be perfectly acceptable to do so. 

    These houseboat experiences are extraordinary and offer guests a truly unique way of experiencing Africa and safari in general.

  • Chobe Princess

    Welcome to Chobe Princess 

    The Chobe Princess is a floating safari lodge in essence on the Chobe River of Botswana. There are actually 3 boats that share the same name but are all very similar in design and spec. This is a very unique way of experience safari and something we whole heartedly recommend. The houseboats are spacious, beautiful serviced to very high levels with good food comfortable accomodations and of course a ugely relaxing aura.

     The Chobe Princess allows you to experience the incredible diversity and concentration of wildlife that Chobe National Park has to offer whilst be able to return to the relaxing and intimate river residence experience. 

    With only a small number of people on each boat, staying on the Chobe Princess will feel like being on your very own luxury houseboat. There is no set departure dates or itineraries and with each boat having several small tender boats used for daily excursions, there is a flexibility one would not expect with a houseboat safari.

    Two of the 18-metre Chobe Princesses contain four cabin suites, while the third is slightly larger with five suites. Each cabin sleeps two people in comfortable, relaxed luxury. On the upper deck is a spacious lounge and bar to enjoy the scenery and superb meals prepared by the houseboat chefs. There are sun loungers, sofas and a plunge pool – the perfect spot to unwind and take in a touch of game viewing. 

    Chobe Princess allows you to completely relax away from the crowds in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. 

  • Chobe Chilwero

    Welcome to Chobe Chilwero

    • Most luxurious lodge in the greater Chobe region
    • 15 beautiful and well-appointed suites
    • Owned by Sanctuary retreats who excel in luxury safari camp/lodge management.
    • One of the best value properties outside of peak season
    • Excellent all year round game viewing.

    Chobe Chilwero is the most luxurious safari lodge in the greater Chobe region and is situated on the edge of Chobe National Park upon the Chobe Riverfront. It offers standards of service, accommodation and all round excellence at such high levels that make it arguably one of Botswana’s top luxury offerings.

    The Lodge is owned by Sanctuary Retreats whom we feel have mastered the art of creating harmony between 5 star luxury and safari authenticity, a particularly difficult skill to achieve. There are 15 glorious suites, all outfitted in absolute style and class. The attention to detail here is obvious and the rooms are great retreats in which to relax in when not on safari.

    The range of facilities on offer at the lodge are plentiful, all designed to pamper and relax its guests.

    We really love Chobe Chilwero in low season as it becomes incredibly good value, the crowds with which Chobe National park is synonymous are not present and the wildlife is still excellent. To be honest, we think that it’s too pricey in peak season given the proximity to large numbers of safari visitors to the park but would still work very well as a relaxing end to a longer safari itinerary.

    Activities are centers around vehicle and boat safaris. The river is a big focus and rightly so, with unimaginable numbers of Elephant frequently venturing to the river edge to drink. The guiding is of a high standard as is the quality of the game viewing and birdlife. A two or three night stay at Chobe Chilwero would be the perfect amount of time to spend here

  • Letaka Safaris

    Welcome to Letaka Safaris 

    Letaka mobile safaris are arguably the finest mobile safari operation in all of Botswana. Owned managed and guided by the Reed brothers, Grant and Brent whom have over 40 years if guiding and safari experience between them 

    They excel where others have failed with their offerings of set departure group trips on predetermined routes. Generally speaking we are not usually supportive of group safaris but in the case of mobile safaris we feel the potential negative dynamic of individual personalities potentially clashing is mitigated by the sense of adventure one must have to take part in these trips. 

    Letaka safaris offer multiple trip options from 3 nights to 10 nights safari adventures visiting various national parks and reserves. They do also offer fully tailor made and private safaris, which we are most keen but there is of course a fairly big big price jump from group safari trips to private itineraries. 

    Vehicle safaris and full day game drives are interspersed with ad-hoc big game walking safaris and tracking dangerous game, along with Mokoro and boat safaris when in the Okavango Delta. 

    It is important to note that whist walking safaris are very common in Africa, it is really only the Zimbabwe professional guides, Zambian and Botswana professional guides that are truly comfortable and skilled enough at tracking and approaching big and dangerous game such as elephant, lion and rhino. Herds of buffalo will be approached but solitary male buffalo and leopard will be kept at some distance. 

    Letaka have an incredible reputation for the quality of their guides and indeed as a result of that have set up the Okavango guide training school to which Botswana’s main operators, Wilderness Safaris, Kwando, &Beyond etc all send their guides to rather than running their own in house guide training programme. They now employ 7 of Botswana’s top guides, all having gone through this excellent school? 

    We love Letaka simply for their authentic, pioneering, old school approach to mobile safaris. Extremely comfortable, semi luxury camps, serviced to a very high standard yet in extraordinary locations with all the freedom that mobile safaris offer.

    Letaka offer multiple set departure and bespoke private safari itineraries throughout Botswana for a varying number of nights to best suit our clients . The guide price below is based on their 9 night set departure safari that takes in Chobe National Park, Savuti and the Okavango Delta. Please speak to one of our Botswana specialists to discuss all the set departure options or help design a bespoke mobile safari with Letaka.

  • &Beyond Mobile expeditions

    Welcome to &Beyond Mobile expeditions

    &Beyond are an exceptional safari company all across Africa with some of the continent’s most luxurious safari camps and lodges along with wonderful operating ethics, excellent guides, Conservation & Community projects. They are a firm favourite of Tailormade Africa. 

    Aside from their static camps and lodges they also run traditional mobile safaris and have a range of 6 very small set departure group safaris within Botswana. As with anything they do, the mobile operation is of a very high standard and more akin to "glamping" than roughing it. Their large dome tents have full en-suite facilities and lovely general décor. These camps are entirely set up before you arrive ahead of time and magically appear at your next location before you arrive. 

    Whilst it is an open group safari it is restricting to just 6 people per trip which is just the perfect size for these intimate wilderness experiences. Quite uniquely, there is little risk of joining one of these small group safaris and not getting on with the other strangers in the group as you will all have the sense of adventure in common to even put yourselves on a trip like this. 

    The food deserves special mention here as it is of an extraordinary quality when you consider the facilities within which the chef has to cook in. Guests regularly single out mobile safari cuisine as some of the best in Africa, partly because it is somewhat unexpected and partly because it is just that good! 

    &Beyond offer multiple mobile expedition set departure trips in Botswana for a varying number of nights. The guide price below is based on their 6 night Chobe National Park, Savuti and Okavango Delta Mini Explorer itinerary. Please speak to one of our Botswana specialists to discuss this trip and the other itineraries they offer.

  • Kazuma Trails

    Welcome to Kazuma Trails 

    Kazuma Trails is owned, guided by and managed by Zimbabwean professional guide, Dave Carson and his lovely wife Antonette. His operation is as old school as it gets, with green canvas Meru tents which are simple but incredibly comfortable, an open sided main mess area and simple ablutions. This is very much done on purpose and epitomizes the awe inspiring feelings one gets when out on a safari adventure such as this. Authentic, colonial-era bush camping. 

    Dave runs two styles of mobile expeditions. Semi-Luxury and Luxury mobile safaris. The former is a pretty traditional basic camp, using '4-man' dome tents, camp cots with foam mattresses and en-suite toilet and shared shower facilities.The latter is a little more civilized with the larger Meru style tents, proper beds with even a hint that the interior décor has been given some thought. The en-suite facilities are upgraded from just a toilet to include a hot bucket shower per tent. That is pretty much where the differences between them end as everything else from food, campfire storytelling and Dave’s infectious and passionate guiding knowledge and safari experience fill your day on both safaris.  

    The mobile safaris predominantly run in the quieter areas of Chobe National Park as Dave is passionate about the wonders this park has to offer once you have escaped the crowds of people in the main areas. Vehicle safaris and full day game drives are interspersed with ad-hoc big game walking safaris and tracking dangerous game. 

    It is important to note that whist walking safaris are very common in Africa, it is really only the Zimbabwe professional guides, Zambian and Botswana professional guides that are truly comfortable and skilled enough at tracking and approaching big and dangerous game such as elephant, lion and rhino. 

    Herds of buffalo will be approached but solitary male buffalo and leopard will be kept at some distance. Clyde Beaty, one of the company directors and co-founders trained alongside Dave Carson back in the early nineties. It is his respect of Dave’s skill, knowledge and infectious personality that has Tailormade Africa whole heartedly promoting this wonderful Mobile safari experience. 

    Kazuma Trails offer multiple trip itineraries in Botswana for a varying number of nights to suit our clients wishes. The guide price below is based on their 4 night Okavango Delta only itinerary. Please speak to one of our Botswana specialists to design a bespoke mobile safari with Kazuma Trails.

  • John Chase Safaris

    Welcome to John Chase Safaris

    John Chase Safaris is a luxury mobile operation with a 16-year history in offering highly professional guided safaris of Botswana’s top safari area.

    We really appreciate how much they go above and beyond when it comes to guests’ camping comfort. A colonial flair is strung throughout the camp, from the Meru-style bedroom tents, to the dining tent, and the airy lounge area. They have sole-use of the campsites in various locations, ensuring their exclusivity and remoteness.

    A combination of luxury camping and lodge accommodation complete this unique operation suited for families, as well as adventurers both young and old. Spacious Meru-style tented accommodation with en suite bush bathrooms and bucket showers are complete with twin beds, floor rugs, canvas wardrobes, and shaded canvas verandahs.

    Delectable meals are enjoyed either out under the stars or under cover of the dining tent.

    Twice daily game drives take place early in the morning and again in the late afternoon to coincide with the sunset. Specially designed Land Cruisers take guests through the spectacular wildlife regions where big game encounters and fantastic photographic opportunities present themselves. . On occasion, guests will arrive at a pre-setup table laden with snacks and drinks in a quiet spot in the bush, making for outstanding safari memories.

    The safari itineraries on offer by John Chase Safaris are arranged as both set-departure itineraries, and totally bespoke safari itineraries to best our clients. The guide price below is based on their 6 night Chobe National park and Okavango Delta itinerary. Please speak to one of our Botswana specialists to design a bespoke mobile safari with John Chase Safaris.

  • Lango Camp

    Welcome to Lango Camp

    Deep inside Odzala, Lango Camp has been reimagined as one of the most eco-sensitive safari Camps in all of Africa. This is a response to the fragility (and astonishing richness) of the bai it overlooks, and the incredible array of wildlife that is attracted there.

    Lango features just six guest rooms, the design of which was inspired by local forest dweller architecture. The roof panels were constructed from raffia by villagers living on the fringes of Odzala, helping sustain local skills, and providing the ultimate in biodegradable building materials. The rooms are connected to each other and the main area by a raised walkway which weaves through the gallery forest on the edge of the bai.

    The views from Lango are breathtaking – each morning, the rising sun burns off the dawn mists, revealing the bright green sedges, shifting sand bars, and sparkling waters of the bai. Forest buffalo are a near-constant presence, with forest elephant (previously only heard at night) now making more frequent daylight visits.

    Other species often seen in Lango bai include red river hog, harnessed bushbuck, and sitatunga. The elusive bongo is sometimes spotted from the Camp, and at night the calls of hyaena carry across the adjacent savannah.

    Lango offers a number of unique experiences, our favourite of which is the most simple – to walk out from the Camp and stroll along in the stream, heading for the bend where the bai opens out into an amazing marsh where herds of forest buffalo regard visitors with undisguised curiosity.

    Lango’s birdlife is equally compelling. The mineral salts in the bai attract impressive flocks, which exhibit incredible choreography as they alight and take off again, or react to the sudden attack of a raptor.

    Palm nut vultures adorn the trees around the bai - a species most birders have only ever read about. The fact that they are almost common here underlines just how special Lango is.

  • Mboko Camp

    Welcome to Mboko Camp

    The largest of the three Camps in and around Odzala, Mboko offers perhaps the most comprehensive Odzala experience as it is situated within easy reach of three the key habitats of the park: savannah, forest and river.

    The twelve guest rooms (including two family rooms) run in a line along a swift, clear tributary of the Lekoli River. A deck by the river is the perfect place to relax during the day, and a footbridge connects with a walkway that leads through the forest to lush savannah punctuated with distinctive red termite mounds.

    Mboko itself is situated in a further expanse of meadow-like savannah, which frequently bursts into colour as wildflowers come into bloom. Forest elephant and buffalo frequently pass right through the Camp; indeed, one or two of them spend so much time there that they have become well-known celebrities in their own right.

    Mboko acts as the ‘adventure centre’ for Mboko. From here, you can kayak, boat or even fat bike into the park to uncover its secrets and explore its hidden corners. The forest blocks close to Mboko are known to contain central chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas, and hyaena are frequently spotted.

    Tracks in the roads hint at other creatures that live in Odzala, with civet, serval and even golden cat leaving their distinctive marks in the mud and sand.

    After a day of exploring, there are few finer feelings than pulling a chair up to the camp fire and sharing a cocktail and Odzala tales with your fellow guests. Depending on the season, the sunset either sees incandescent clouds or is the prelude to some of the finest ‘starscapes’ you’ll ever see.

    Situated on a slight rise, the main buildings of Mboko are visible from a distance. As dusk settles, the lights of the Camp are a beacon of comfort and welcome in this immense landscape

  • Ngaga Camp

    Welcome to Ngaga Camp


    The six-room Ngaga Camp - aka ‘Gorilla Central’ - is situated just outside Odzala, and is also the base for the world’s leading western lowland gorilla researchers. The opportunity to engage with them and learn about the subtleties of gorilla behaviour and social structure adds immeasurably to the Ngaga experience.

    The main focus at Ngaga is of course venturing into the forest to track and observe the two habituated groups of gorillas whose ranges include the Camp. Accompanied by expert forest guides and incredibly skilled local trackers, your gorilla walk could last anything from two to eight hours as you search for clues – footprints, nest sites, chewed leaves and stems – as to where the gorillas have moved since they woke up that morning.

    After years of locating the same two groups, the trackers have something approaching a sixth sense regarding the gorilla’s favourite feeding areas at different times of year, and even in different weather. This ensures a very high rate of success in finding the gorillas.

    In contrast to the Rwandan / Uganda mountain gorilla experience, the dense nature of the forest vegetation means that the gorillas are approached while they are still actively feeding, rather than when they are resting. This means that you will typically see a greater variety of behaviour, from feeding and playing to tree-climbing or digging for roots.

    It would take a stony heart not to find the playful youngsters completely endearing, and the massively built silverbacks never fail to impress. Your return journey may include a chance to cool down in the crystal-clear Ngaga stream below the Camp, before an afternoon siesta in your raised room, with its wraparound walkway offering unparalleled glade and canopy views.

    Night forest walks are another unique Ngaga experience, as the eerie calls of the tree hyraxes echo between the trees. The gorillas may be sleeping, but this is when the unusual nocturnal mammals of the Congo forest emerge: things that go jump in the night.

  • Manafiafy Lodge

    Welcome to Manafiafy Lodge

    Manafiafy is a secluded tropical paradise with excellent wildlife viewing and miles of untouched beaches. There are no major tourism developments aside from the charming 5 bedroom Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge. This is where French colonists first landed in Madagascar in 1638 and life in the local fishing village has stayed very much the same over the centuries. The beautiful and wildlife abundant community managed forests are some of the last remaining stretches of coastal rainforest in southern Madagascar. Manafiafy is also one of the best locations to see hump-back whales in Madagascar during the season (June – November). Bottle-nose dolphins can be spotted from the beach year-round. The Sainte-Luce peninsula is the starting point of a mangrove network spanning 40 km towards Fort Dauphin. The mangrove is intersected by rivers and lakes, with the dramatic peaks of the Anosy mountain range in the background.

    Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge was opened in 2010 offering wildlife and culture together with beautiful beaches and sea activities. The lodge is located two hours north east of Ft Dauphin near the village of Manafiafy on a long private beach. With 4 spacious bungalows and a 2-room family bungalow the lodge offers beachfront luxury in a private, secluded bay. Each bungalow is nestled in the coastal forest, with a large private terrace, fully en-suite bathroom and panoramic glass windows for a magical view into the bay and forests. Sumptuous meals are served in the open air restaurant, on your private terrace or under the stars on the beach. 

    As well as day and night walks in the Coastal Rainforest, the lodge organizes boat activities such as whale watching, sport fishing, kayaking and snorkelling. The forests around Manafiafy are home to numerous species of lemurs, amphibians and reptiles as well as excellent birding, especially in the extensive mangrove and wetland eco-system.

  • Mandrare Camp

    Welcome to Mandrare Camp

    Ifotaka is a community managed forest reserve protecting 22,000 ha of spiny forest and gallery forest in the remote south of the island. Very few tourists venture here and it is incredibly rewarding to be off the beaten track: you will experience the authentic and wild Madagascar that enchanted early explorers. With two distinctive forest types, 5 species of lemur, including the Verreaux’s Sifaka and Ring-tailed Lemurs, countless birds and reptiles, the wildlife experience here is outstanding. 

    Walk amongst the octopus trees in the otherworldly landscape of the spiny forest in the early morning to spot the many endemic birds such as Crested Coua, Vangas and Running Coua. Explore sacred forests where the ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe are interspersed with 500 year old baobab trees, inquisitive lemurs and an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, unique to the spiny forest. The sacred gallery forest along the Mandrare River is home to large troops of playful Ring-tail lemurs; the forest is accessed by boat from Mandrare River Camp. Night walks are a fantastic way to see diurnal lemurs bedding down, and the nocturnal lemurs begin to wake in the eerie and prehistoric Spiny Forest. You will spot Sifakas and sleeping White-foot Sportive Lemurs, then once the sun has set, two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and now active Sportive lemurs.

    The Camp also organizes visits to the colourful local market as well as schools and clinics that they sponsor. Nearby there is a local version of the ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ where sundowners are served. Watching the sun set and moon rise with a view across the Baobabs to the mountains beyond is a magical experience. In the evening the local village may come to perform beautiful traditional dances, accompanied by singing and music. Song and dance is at the heart of Antandroy culture and is used to accompany the major rituals and events of everyday life.
    Mandrare River Camp is a luxury tented camp set on the banks of the Mandrare River in the wild south of Madagascar. The camp offers an authentic wildlife and cultural experience in seven semi-permanent tents, fully en-suite, with a private terrace overlooking the river. The food and service are excellent and the wildlife viewing superb. 

    The seclusion of the camp affords intimate access and insight to the spiny forest; home to an abundance of wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe that co‐habit this arid and otherworldly landscape. Delicious meals of European and Malagasy inspired dishes are served on the riverside terrace and in secluded groves on the camp grounds. The camp is solar powered and has fostered excellent relationships with the local communities by supporting schools and clinics and providing employment. Activities in Ifotaka Community forest are organized through the Camp including: day and night walks, cultural visits to the local village and school, Antandroy traditional dancing, sundowners on the river bank and in ‘Avenue of the Baobabs.’

  • Isalo Rock Lodge

    Welcome to Isalo Rock lodge

    c The modern design is beautifully offset by the ancient landscapes surrounding the hotel. Suites and family rooms are available. Delicious European cuisine is served in the restaurant or on the terrace.

    Isalo National Park is a combination of sandstone rocks cut by deep canyons and eroded into spectacular shapes and rare endemic plants, making it one of Madagascar’s most appreciated parks. For botanists there are Pachypodium plants and locally endemic Aloe; and for lemur lovers there are Sifakas, Brown Lemurs and Ring Tails. Isalo is also sacred to the Bara tribe; for hundreds of years they have used caves in the canyon walls as burial sites. A full day of guided walking in the park will allow you to explore one of Madagascar's most diverse parks. Very different to the lush tropical vegetation in the east, Isalo's attraction is its vast rolling plains interspersed with stunning rock formations. Wildlife is not as dense as in other parks but look out for Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Brown Lemurs, Sifakas and 14 nocturnal lemur species hiding in dense vegetation along the streams. There are also 80 species of bird (including the rare Benson’s Rock-Thrush, the Knob-Billed Duck or the Crested Ibis), 35 species of reptiles and several endemic frogs. Your guide will offer you a variety of possible trails depending on your interests and physical abilities. A popular trail is the ‘Canyon des Singes’ which winds through the dense foliage of the forest and brilliantly colored rock formations to reach a stunning rock pool known as the ‘piscine naturelle’.

    Zombitse National Park is a 36,300 hectare transition forest between the western and the southern habitat types, rich in biodiversity. The park is outstanding for birdwatchers as it offers the chance to glimpse one of Madagascar’s rarest endemics, Appert’s Greenbul, which is confined to this forest. Other bird species include the Giant Coua and Crested Coua.

  • Bakuba Lodge

    Welcome to Bakuba Lodge

    Located 10 km from the Tuléar airport this beautiful hotel has three rooms and two suites. With stunning views, a spa and swimming pool. Meals are a fantastic assortment of the chef’s favourite dishes from around the world. The architecture is inspired by West Africa, the rooms and suites adorned with beautiful African artwork. The lodge offers massage and a variety of excursions in the area.

    The main coastal reserve of the area - Reniala Private Reserve - is a small 45 ha protected area, managed by an environmental association called Reniala (meaning baobab in Malagasy) that is trying to develop eco-tourism in the area. The reserve is located less than 1km from the Mozambique Channel near the village of Ifaty-Mangily. An early morning visit guarantees sightings of the Long-Tailed Ground Roller and Subdesert Mesite, two endemic species. The towering spiny forest is home to more than 2,000 plant species (many of them locally endemic), some spectacular and very old baobabs (there is a giant baobab of 12,5 m diameter) and a completely endemic plant family, the Didieraceae. Reniala includes a botanical trail and a bird sanctuary. 

    Ifaty is also a beach destination with a number of diving and snorkeling excursions as well as kite surfing and boat trips.

  • Jardin Du Roy

    Welcome to Jardin Du Roy

    Jardin Du Roy is a lovely 40 room property built with the unique local stone to reflect the property’s natural environment. Meals are European and Malagasy cuisine with organic fruits and vegetables sourced from the hotel’s garden. Double, triple and family rooms are available. The hotel is very well located near the entrance to Isalo National Park and has lovely views. Activities include: Horse-riding, rock climbing, walks, cultural visits and spa services.

    Isalo National Park has the combination of sandstone rocks cut by deep canyons and eroded into spectacular shapes and rare endemic plants, making it one of Madagascar’s most appreciated parks. For botanists there are Pachypodium plants and locally endemic Aloe; and for lemur lovers there are Sifakas, Brown Lemurs and Ring Tails. Isalo is also sacred to the Bara tribe; for hundreds of years they have used caves in the canyon walls as burial sites. A full day of guided walking in the park will allow you to explore one of Madagascar's most diverse parks. Very different to the lush tropical vegetation in the east, Isalo's attraction is its vast rolling plains interspersed with stunning rock formations. Wildlife is not as dense as in other parks but look out for Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Brown Lemurs, Sifakas and 14 nocturnal lemur species hiding in dense vegetation along the streams. There are also 80 species of bird (including the rare Benson’s Rock-Thrush, the Knob-Billed Duck or the Crested Ibis), 35 species of reptiles and several endemic frogs. Your guide will offer you a variety of possible trails depending on your interests and physical abilities. A popular trail is the ‘Canyon des Singes’ which winds through the dense foliage of the forest and brilliantly colored rock formations to reach a stunning rock pool known as the ‘piscine naturelle’.

    Zombitse National Park is a 36,300 hectare transition forest between the western and the southern habitat types, rich in biodiversity. The park is outstanding for birdwatchers as it offers the chance to glimpse one of Madagascar’s rarest endemics, Appert’s Greenbul, which is confined to this forest. Other bird species include the Giant Coua and Crested Coua.

  • Miavana

    Welcome to Miavana

    Miavana Private Island, designed by the creators of North Island in the Seychelles, opened in December 2016. Miavana is located on a private island, Nosy Ankao, off the north-eastern coast of Madagascar. With just 14 exclusive villas, untouched white sand beaches and world-class marine biodiversity, visiting Miavana is an outstanding way to experience the Indian Ocean. 

    Architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens have designed Miavana, meaning ‘to reconcile’, blending barefoot beach luxury and historic European renaissance. Celebrating diversity, the natural elements of water, sand and air merge elegantly with luxurious interiors and textures unique to Madagascar.

    The island is surrounded by a pristine reef offering superb snorkelling and diving opportunities, as well as whale and dolphin watching, deep-sea fishing beyond the reef, jet skiing, kite surfing, helicopter flights, and more. The resort’s “blue safari” comprehensive guided water activities provide fascinating insights into the surrounding ecosystem as guests explore the aquamarine bays, beaches, lagoons, and channels of the archipelago. 

    Activities include: Blue safaris, Lemur trekking, scuba diving, fly fishing, whale/ turtle watching, spa and kite-surfing.

  • Tsarabanjina

    Welcome to Tsarabanjina

    Tsarabanjina is a beautifully designed collection of 25 ensuite chalets constructed predominately of local materials. Despite the exclusivity there is a total lack of pretension as guests are encouraged to cast aside their footwear and go barefoot. Besides relaxing on the island’s three beaches, other free activities at your disposal include snorkelling, water-skiing, tennis, volleyball and sailing. Massage, fishing, diving and boat excursions are on offer – and there is a helipad for those who want to arrive in style!

    The Mitsio archipelago lies some 50km from Nosy Be, accessible only by boat. This is the Maldives of Madagascar with world class diving and outstanding beaches. One of the islands, Nosy Tsarabanjina, meaning ‘good-looking’, is made up of red, grey and black volcanic rocks with lush green vegetation clinging to them, including baobabs and pachypodium. The highlight of the island is its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and abundant marine life.

  • Masoala Forest Lodge

    Welcome to Masoala Forest Lodge

    This secluded lodge accessible only on foot or by sea is nestled between the pristine rainforest and coral rich sea. The Lodge is in an amazingly serene location with just 6 palm-thatched tree-houses elevated on stilted wooden platforms providing uninterrupted canopy views. This eco-friendly lodge supports local communities through employment, purchasing of supplies, handicrafts and sponsoring the local school. A village visit will help you get to know the traditions of this region. The Lodge also regularly hosts yoga retreats. Forest and beach activities are organized through the Lodge and led by their expert guides.

    The densely forested Masoala Peninsula contains the largest remaining block of protected rainforest in Madagascar and harbours a wealth of rare and unique species including the Red-Ruffed Lemur, seen only in Masoala. The national park covers 240,000 ha of the peninsula as well as three marine areas. This is the wettest place in Madagascar with an annual rainfall exceeding 500cm. The trails can be quite steep and muddy so it is best to visit this area if you are physically fit. The peninsula can only be conveniently accessed by boat across Antongil Bay. This is a wonderful destination for photographers, with golden sandy beaches and lush rainforests. Combine night and day walks through the primary forest and trips up the river in traditional pirogues with beach activities such as snorkelling and guided sea kayaking for a chance to spot Bottlenose Dolphins and Green Turtles. Birdwatchers will relish the opportunity to see the Helmet and Bernier’s Vangas, Scaly Ground-Roller and other rare endemic birds. The very lucky visitor may even be able see the elusive Aye-Aye, surely Madagascar’s strangest lemur species.

  • Iharana Bush Camp

    Welcome to Iharana Bush Camp

  • Tsara Komba

    Welcome to Tsara Komba

    Tsara Komba is a luxurious 4 star eco-lodge on Nosy Komba Island. 2 Ocean View Suites and 6 Ocean View Lodges. Located on Nosy Komba, the most beautiful island of Nosy Be archipelago, Tsara Komba is a real eco paradise. “Art de Vivre” Slow Life, smart and ethnic atmosphere, a renowned Slow Food gastronomy, exceptional getaways to discover fabulous Malagasy landscapes and people, Tsara Komba offers a unique and tailor made experience.

    The hotel is located on the southern tip of Nosy Komba. Nosy Be airport is less than 1 hour away. The Hell Ville port is a 30 minute boat ride away and Ankify port just 15 minutes away. 

    Nosy Komba is a small island nestled between Nosy Be and the mainland in the Mozambique Chanel. It is known for its population of black lemurs, lively local crafts market and stunning beaches. This volcanic island is covered with lush rainforest, home to the Macacoa lemur species and an abundance of chameleons, butterflies, tropical flowers and more. The beaches are white sand that flows into emerald waters. Snorkelling, scuba diving and boating excursions offer encounters with turtles, dolphins and hump-back whales (July-November).

  • Eden Lodge

    Welcome to Eden Lodge

    Eden Lodge was recently voted as one of the top 50 finest lodges in Africa taking into account the most outstanding, sustainable tourism operations, while effectively nurturing their environment and communities responsibly. Located on the mainland across the water from Nosy Be, the lodge is only accessible by boat and is around 40 minutes from Nosy Be or Ankify if you are coming from the northern parks of Montagne D'Ambre and Ankarana.

    Eden Lodge is a perfect combination of remote secluded beach, an abundance of wildlife and large baobabs, all of which is encompassed in a small, friendly and luxurious lodge.

    The lodge is made up of just 8 large luxury 'safari style' tents spread out along the pristine beach. Each tent has a four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom, large walk-in shower and also a massage table at the back of the tent over-looking the gardens. The tents are warmly decorated and have ceiling fans, safe, mini-bar, large clothing storage and electricity around the clock provided by the solar panels which power this eco-minded lodge.

    The main building is open sided, thatched and overlooks the beach. This is home to the restaurant, lounge and small bar. Food at Eden Lodge is superb offering home-cooked tasty cuisine, with something to suit every palate. The lobster is fantastic and the fresh bread, croissants, fruit and juices for breakfast are a great start to the day.

    A number of lemur species inhabit the forest behind the lodge and guided walks into the forest are a main attraction of staying at Eden Lodge. Guests can also spend their days at leisure on the gorgeous beach, snorkel where Turtles and dolphins are seen frequently, or go to view the wonderful baobab trees. The hotel is able to offer a range of activities during the day, including deep sea fishing, horse-riding and quad-biking on the nearby island of Nosy Be, and excursions to other islands for wildlife watching. We also encourage guests to join in a game of boules with the staff!

  • Litchi Tree

    Welcome to Litchi Tree


    The Litchi Tree is a unique, restored colonial mansion built in 1902 at the foot of the national park with 5 rooms. The Litchi Tree is located on the heights of Joffrevile and was the colonial home of Marshal Joffre (for whom the town is named) and the French admiralty. A 45-minute drive from the town of Diego Suarez, this charming guest house has stunning views of the Diego Suarez Bay and the Mozambique Chanel. The guest house opened its doors in 2008 after two years of meticulous renovation. All of the furniture was made locally using sustainably harvested wood.

     This environmentally and socially conscious hotel uses solar power and employs only local staff, expertly trained by the owner.
    Montagne D' Ambre was established by the French in 1958, this 18,500 ha volcanic massif and its surrounding forests are now one of the country’s best examples of ecotourism which invites local community participation in planning and management. Thousands of acres of montane rainforest are home to extraordinary plant and animal life. Huge ferns and strangler figs flourish in the forest, while several indigenous species of lemurs, including Sanford’s Lemur and the Crowned Lemur, are also found here. You may even see Ring-Tailed Mongoose and Fossa. Magnificent birdlife includes Crested Ibis, Paradise Flycatcher, Forest Rock Thrush and Ground-Rollers. You may wish to make one of the waterfalls the destination of your trip – as you make your way to one of the three dramatic falls (Cascade Sacré, Cascade d’Antankarana and Cascade d’Antomboka), you will spot the abundant wildlife and incredible flora while learning about the local Malagasy customs from your guide. This is one of the most visitor-friendly of the island’s protected areas with broad trails and a cooler climate

  • Palm Beach

    Welcome to Palm Beach hotel

    Palm Beach is situated on the south west coast of Nosy Be Island near the village of Ambondrona. This elegant, modern resort has 63 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a pool and spa. The kids club and playground will be a hit with your little ones. The hotel offers European cuisine and live music. Large family rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms are available. Palm Beach is 30 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from Hell Ville. Activities include: Kayak, Paddle SUP, pedal boat, 2 tennis courts, football, basket-ball, bocce, beach volley and a play area for kids.

    Nosy Be is Madagascar’s most popular beach resort. Located in the Mozambique Chanel, the island’s best beaches are on the western coast. The name means ‘big island’ and the climate is nearly perfect all year. The largest town is Hell-Ville named after the French colonial governor of Reunion, Admiral de Hell. While the beaches are stunningly beautiful, snorkelling and scuba diving are best undertaken on the other islets of the Nosy Be archipelago. A variety of yacht charters are available through your hotel to take you diving or snorkelling off the nearby islands. Turtles and dolphins can be seen year-round and humpback wales visit annually between mid-August and October. Deep sea-fishing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking and horse-riding are also available. An international golf course opened on the island in 2014.

  • Anjajavy Lodge

    Welcome to Anjajavy Lodge

    Anjajavy is as close as you will get to Madagascar all in one place. Not only is it a beach paradise on the Mozambique Chanel, but it protects 450 ha of dry deciduous forest with unique baobabs and other endemic plants. Wildlife viewing here is effortless, including Coquerel’s Sifakas and other lemurs. There are flocks of bright green Grey-Headed Lovebirds, Sickle-Billed Vangas, Crested Ibises, Crested Couas, Madagascar Fish Eagles and Vasa Parrots. There are a few spectacular caves to visit along with tsingy limestone formations, mangroves, outstanding coral reefs and pristine beaches. Spends your days simply relaxing, enjoying the beaches, pool and top quality food and combine this with excellent wildlife viewing and community visits. 

    A member of the distinguished Relais & Chateau group. This superior 4 star hotel has 24 sea-facing rosewood villas each with great views. The food and service are excellent, some of the best in Madagascar. The hotel supports local communities and conservation. There are 12 private beaches and a beautiful swimming pool.

    The lodge is accessible by light aircraft from Antananarivo. There are flights three times a week presently on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – with the return flight on the same days. 

    Quick Facts -

    24 rooms - luxury lodge

    Effortless Wildlife viewing

    Stunning Beaches & diverse scenery

    Community and Conservation focus

  • Palissandre Côte Ouest

    Welcome to Palissandre Cote Ouest

    Palissandre Côte Ouest is located on Nosy Kely beach, just 30 minutes from the Avenue of the Baobabs. This comfortable hotel has 30 sea view bungalows built from local granite, rosewood and thatch. The rooms are spacious and have private terraces overlooking the beach. Meals are taken in the poolside restaurant just a stone’s throw from the beach. The chef prepares both Malagasy and European dishes. Activities include windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, pedalo, fishing and boat rides in the nearby mangroves.

    The Morondava area was the centre of the Sakalava kingdom and their tombs bear witness to their power and creativity. These elaborately sculpted wooden royal tombs are frequently decorated with well-executed, often erotic, funerary carvings representing life and fertility. Today, Morondava is the centre of a prosperous rice-growing area and a seaside resort with a laid-back atmosphere.
    The main attraction is its proximity to the famous Avenue of the Baobabs, a cluster of towering Grandidier’s Baobab, one of Madagascar’s most famous views. The Avenue became a protected natural monument in 2007 and new trees have been planted on the 320 ha reserve. The best time to visit is at sunset.

  • Ankarana Lodge

    Welcome to Ankarana Lodge

    Ankarana Lodge is a simple but comfortable hotel is the most convenient location from which to visit the national park. It has a handful of well furnished air-conditioned bungalows, made of stone and wood, all with en-suite bathrooms. The Lodge’s swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the heat in the afternoons. In the evening lemurs and chameleons can be seen around the Lodge. Meals are French-inspired European cuisine. There are lovely views of the surrounding dry deciduous forest.

    Ankarana is an island of limestone Tsingy amidst dry deciduous and riverine forest. The limestone massif is penetrated by numerous caves and canyons. Some of the largest caves have collapsed, forming isolated pockets of river-fed forest with their own perfectly protected flora and fauna. The reserve is known for its many lemur species, including Crowned and Sanford’s Brown Lemurs as well as the ever-playful Ring Tailed Lemur. It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with nearly 100 species. If you are lucky you may even spot Fossa and Tenrec. The Tsingy are sharp limestone formations caused by erosion from acid rain to form otherworldly cathedrals of stone. In addition to the Tsingy and forest, you will want to visit the Lac Vert (a beautiful crater lake), Andrafiabe Cave and Crocodile Cave, home to the world’s only cave-dwelling crocodiles. Your guide will recommend the best trails to follow depending on your physical aptitude and interests. Other points of interest include the Baobab forest, Ampondrabe river, the abyss where the three rivers of Ankarana disappear and the Bat’s cave.

  • Princess Bora Lodge

    Welcome to Princess Bora Lodge

    The best hotel in Ile Sainte Marie, built by a European family who has lived on the island for 200 years. The hotel has 20 beautiful villas (Executive, Luxury, Standard). This is an ideal honeymoon destination. The villas have gorgeous sea views and are set in lush tropical gardens. The lodge has an excellent spa and offers detox retreats, massage, aromatic baths, scrubs and more, all using Madagascar’s wealth of healing plants. The Chef uses seasonal local products, cooked with Malagasy, Creole and French influences. In addition to relaxing on the beach you can enjoy some of the many activities available: guided island tours, boat excursions, deep sea fishing, snorkelling and water-skiing.

    Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha), is a luxuriant island off the eastern coast of Madagascar. The best times to visit are June and mid-August through December. It is an excellent spot for whale watching from July through October. Humpback whales visit the island’s shores yearly to have their young. This is a real tropical island experience with endless deserted beaches overhung by coconut palms, bays protected by vibrant coral reefs and lush vegetation. The island was a major pirate hideout in the 18th century and was the first part of Madagascar to fall under French rule in 1750. There is even a pirate cemetery with gravestones dating back to the 1830’s.

  • Vakona Forest Lodge

    Welcome to Vakona Forest Lodge

    Vakona has 28 Madagascan style bungalows nestled in the forest bordering a man-made lake. Vakona has its own small reserve, Lemur Island, with habituated lemur species including: Bamboo Lemur, Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Brown Lemur and Diademed Sifaka. This is Andasibe’s most popular hotel. The restaurant has pleasant views over the forest and serves European and Malagasy meals. Double, triple and family rooms are available, all with ensuite bathrooms. Activities include: forest walks, horse riding, kayaking, swimming pool and visits to Lemur Island.

    Andasibe is a fantastic place to experience Madagascar’s lush endemic rainforest. The highlights are two protected areas, the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. The journey to Andasibe offers first time visitors to Madagascar a gentle introduction to rural life with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables lining the route.
    The 810 ha Perinet reserve is one of the best places to see Madagascar’s largest lemur: the Indri. With a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy–bear face, this Lemur is one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity. Its haunting call can be heard for up to 3km in the forest. There are another 11 species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest. You may find a troop of Grey Bamboo lemurs, Common Brown lemur, Diademed Sifaka. Birdwatchers should look out for the Velvet Asity, Blue Coua and Nuthatch Vanga and many more endemic species. Perinet is home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s over a thousand orchid species.

    Mantadia National park comprises virtually untouched primary rainforest and is home to different species than those seen in Perinet. A full day outing is ideal to look for some of the lemur species in this stunning park including the Indri Lemur, Diademed Sifaka, Grey Bamboo Lemur, Red-Bellied Lemur and White Ruffed Lemur. While the trails are slightly more difficult, the rewards are great as the forest is taller, wilder and less crowded than Perinet. There are an abundance of birds including the Scaly Ground Roller, Pitta-Like Ground Roller and Red Breasted Coua. To do justice to Mantadia you need to spend a whole day in the park. This is a naturalist’s goldmine with many seldom seen species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

  • Andasibe Hotel

    Welcome to Andasibe Hotel

    Andasibe Hotel is a three star hotel conveniently located close to Perinet Reserve with 20 comfortable and spacious rooms nestled in the lush greenery of rural Madagascar. The hotel has a choice of deluxe, standard and mobility-friendly rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. The rooms look out over the nearby rice-paddies. Food is a blend of European and Malagasy meals. In addition to the activities available in the national parks, the hotel offers massage, a children’s play area, swimming pool, pool table and petanque.

    Andasibe is a fantastic place to experience Madagascar’s lush endemic rainforest. The highlights are two protected areas, the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. The journey to Andasibe offers first time visitors to Madagascar a gentle introduction to rural life with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables lining the route.
    The 810 ha Perinet reserve is one of the best places to see Madagascar’s largest lemur: the Indri. With a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy–bear face, this Lemur is one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity. Its haunting call can be heard for up to 3km in the forest. There are another 11 species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest. You may find a troop of Grey Bamboo lemurs, Common Brown lemur, Diademed Sifaka. Birdwatchers should look out for the Velvet Asity, Blue Coua and Nuthatch Vanga and many more endemic species. Perinet is home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s over a thousand orchid species.

    Mantadia National park comprises virtually untouched primary rainforest and is home to different species than those seen in Perinet. A full day outing is ideal to look for some of the lemur species in this stunning park including the Indri Lemur, Diademed Sifaka, Grey Bamboo Lemur, Red-Bellied Lemur and White Ruffed Lemur. While the trails are slightly more difficult, the rewards are great as the forest is taller, wilder and less crowded than Perinet. There are an abundance of birds including the Scaly Ground Roller, Pitta-Like Ground Roller and Red Breasted Coua. To do justice to Mantadia you need to spend a whole day in the park. This is a naturalist’s goldmine with many seldom seen species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

  • Lokanga Hotel

    Welcome to Lokanga Hotel

    Perched on the royal hill in the historical part of the city, Lokanga Boutique Hotel has breathtaking views out over the city and is the ideal hotel to stay at if you have more than a night in the capital. It is quirky and probably not to everyones taste, but with just 6 en suite rooms, it has a friendly and personal feel. Each room is uniquely decorated with family antiques and old photographs. The hotel has wi-fi, televisions in the suite rooms, and a mini bar in each room. Every room at Lokanga has its own style including the West Indies Room, the Italian Baroque Suite, the Purple Colonial Room with Chinese decorations, the English Room, Rose's Suite Room with a view of the Queen's Palace, and the Explorator's Room with old Madagascar maps.

    The restaurant is very intimate and offers high quality cuisine. At night the views from the balcony and the city lights below are superb.

  • Soleil des Tsingy Hotel

    Welcome to Soleil des Tsingy Hotel

    Soleil des Tsingy is a comfortable and stylish hotel at the gates of the stunning Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in western Madagascar. With 17 spacious bungalows, infinity pool, open-air restaurant and free wifi access. The Soleil des Tsingy welcomes adventure lovers in an environmentally friendly and natural environment.

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    The uniqueness of Soleil des Tsingy

    During construction, they preserved all of the surrounding trees and then planted another 5,000 indigenous trees and shrubs. The restaurant and rooms have dramatic views of the surrounding landscapes. Meals are a delicious fusion between traditional Malagasy food and European cuisine.

    Tsingy de Bemaraha - UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Tsingy de Bemaraha is a unique site, a forest of 40 - 50-meter high limestone peaks, is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located about 20km from the village of Bekopaka. This is one of the highlights of any visit to Madagascar.
    The Tsingy are razor sharp pinnacles produced by the erosion of limestone massifs over millions of years. Steps, boardwalks, ladders, cables and suspension bridges have been installed with phenomenal expertise to form a pathway allowing tourists to explore the Tsingy in safety.

    Wildlife in the area

    The Tsingy shelters a startling array of wildlife: 11 species of lemur (including Verreaux and Decken’s Sifaka and Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs), 103 species of terrestrial and aquatic birds, 15 species of bats, 22 species of amphibians and a variety of reptiles. Pachypodiums and other strange succulents provide splashes of green amidst the grey limestone.

    Activities at Soleil des Tsingy

    Head up the Manambolo River in a traditional dugout canoe known as a ‘pirogue’. The river cuts a spectacular gorge through the limestone on the southern boundary of the national park. Visit one of the caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites as well as a few human tombs from Madagascar’s first settlers, the Vazimba (approximately 5th century).

  • Relais des Plateaux

    Welcome to Relais des Plateaux

    Just a ten minute drive from Ivato International Airport, Relais des Plateaux is the choice if you have a late arrival or early departure from the airport.

    There is a large swimming pool and the relatively new restaurant is modern and offers a wide range of cuisine. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and all have air-conditioning and mini-bar.

    There is even a live arrivals and departures board in reception, so no need to worry about missing your flight! This would not be the choice for those staying in 'Tana' for a couple of nights, but Relais des Plateaux is a very convenient option for those on a necessary overnight stay.

  • Ruzizi Tented Camp

    Welcome to Ruzizi Tented Camp

    Located in Akagera National Park and managed by African Parks , Ruzizi Tented Camp offers an authentic safari camping and small lodge experience.  Since African Parks assumed the responsibility of Akagera National Park, wildlife has flourished seeing the reintroduction of 18 Eastern black rhinos as well as lions to the area.

    Travel to Ruzizi Tented Camp

    To reach Akagera National Park is around a 2 to 3-hour drive from the capital Kigali, which is a distance of just over 100kms. Leaving the capital Kigali after breakfast will mean you can reach Akagera in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive.

    Ruzizi Tented Camp Information

    A maximum of 20 guests is welcomed at this intimate camp in 9 safari-style canvas tents.  Set back from the lake shore amongst the palms and fig trees, each tent has an ensuite bathroom and small patio and are connected to all areas of the camp by wooden decking.  A large decking area overlooks Lake Ihema, an ideal spot for morning coffee and evening sundowners. Ruzizi Tented Camp is powered entirely by solar energy and prides itself on being extremely environmentally conscious.  

    Activities at Ruzizi Tented Camp

    Boat trip on Lake Ihema

    Take one of three daily boat trips on Lake Ihema to have the chance of seeing hippos, crocodiles and a plethora of birdlife.  

    Game drives in Akagera National Park

    Take daily morning and evening game drives in Akagera National Park to catch the chance of seeing leopard, spotted hyena, lion and rhino.  Herds of elephant and buffalo also emerge from the woodland to drink from the lake.  Giraffe and zebra are often seen as well as a dozen type of antelope.

    Best time to visit Ruzizi Tented Camp

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, the dry season of June to October is the best time to visit with wildlife viewing in mind.  It is best to avoid the rainy months of April and May.

    Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

  • Karenge Bush Camp

    Welcome to Karenge Bush Camp

    Karenge Bush Camp, meaning "small footprint' in Kinyarwanda is a seasonal camp set up in Akagera National Park by African Parks for 3 months at a time.  No cement or permanent construction materials are used in the set up of the camp and everything is removed without a trace at the end of the season. As with its sister camp Ruzizi Tented Camp, Karenge Bush Camp focusses on being wholly environmentally conscious.

    Travel to Karenge Bush Camp

    To reach Akagera National Park is around a 2-3 hour drive from the capital Kigali , which is a distance of just over 100kms. Leaving the capital Kigali after breakfast will mean you can reach Akagera in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive.

    Karenge Bush Camp Information

    Karenge Bush Camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests.  Each tent is equipped with camp beds, mattresses and bedding. The tents include camp chairs, reed matt flooring and solar lights along with bucket showers, toilets and canvas basins.  This is an authentic bush camp experience.

    Activities at Karenge Bush Camp

    Akagera National Park is big game county so morning and evening game drives are the principal activity at Karenge Bush Camp. Expect to see herds of buffalo and elephant as well as giraffe, zebra and maybe even a leopard or spotted hyena. Thanks to the great work African Parks, sightings of lion and rhino are now also becoming more frequent. 

    Best time to visit Karenge Bush Camp

    Karenge Bush Camp is set up twice a year during the drier months of June to September and December to February. Between those times the camp is completely removed.

  • Bisate Lodge

    Welcome to Bisate Lodge

    Located in Volcanoes National Park , Bisate Lodge is run by highly reputed Wilderness Safaris, who operate many high-end camps and lodges across Africa.  Nestled in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone in Rwanda , the world Bisate means "pieces" in Kinyarwanda and depicts how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion.

    Bisate's vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means each guest contributes to biodiverse conservation and the boosting of local communities.  This, in turn, makes a positive impact on the endangered species whose home is in Volcanoes National Park: the iconic mountain gorilla.

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    Travel to Bisate Lodge

    If you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe there are various flight options to Kigali : RwandAir flies directly to Kigali from London Gatwick three times a week alternatively Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, KLM via Amsterdam and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, all from London Heathrow. Other airlines serving Kigali include Fly Dubai and Qatar Airlines.

    Bisate Lodge is a 2.5 road transfer from Kigali Airport

    Bisate Lodge Information

    Just six forest villas offer the ultimate in comfort and exceptional views of surrounding rural Rwanda. Bisate is close by road to the park headquarters where gorilla treks depart daily.

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    Activities at Bisate Lodge

    Gorilla trekking

    Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters, close to Bisate Lodge.  Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

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    Trek to Dian Fossey's grave and Karisoke

    Take a challenging yet spectacular hike to see the grave of Dian Fossey and some of her beloved gorillas as well as the ruins of the original Karisoke Research centre. While there is not a huge amount to see when there, at an altitude of 3,000 metres in the saddle between the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanic cones, a visit to this beautiful spot is highly recommended for the views alone. Operates by the National Park, the trek starts early in the morning and takes 6 to 8 hours.

    Golden monkey trekking

    Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is one of the two places in Africa where the beautiful golden monkey can be seen the other being the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.   These playful primates, seen in groups of 30, are a joy to watch and are characterised by their bright golden body, cheeks and tail with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end. Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

    Guided treks in Volcanoes National Park

    Take a full day guided hike to the summit of Mt Bisoke at 3,711m. Whilst challenging, this trek offers breathtaking views of the crater lake and rainforest.

    Bisate community walk

    Take a rewarding guided visit to with the farms who cultivate and supply their vegetables to Bisate Lodge.

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    Nursery visit and tree planting

    Learn about Bisate's reforestation project and plant a sapling with resident Bisate agronomist Jean-Moise.

    Best time to visit Bisate Lodge

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for tracking chimpanzees. Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

    For a different view of Rwanda and a completely diverse wildlife experience, why not combine your stay at Bisate Lodge with Magashi Camp in Akagera National Park.

  • Virunga Lodge

    Welcome to Virunga Lodge

    Virunga Lodge enjoys one of the most spectacular locations of any lodge in Africa.  The lodge is perched high on a ridge in Volcanoes National Park with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and Musanze Valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. The lodge is just an hour's drive away from Park Headquarters making gorilla trekking easily accessible

    Travel to Virunga Lodge

    Virunga Lodge is a 3-hour road transfer from Kigali Airport or a 20-minute helicopter transfer, a distance of about 100km. 

    Virunga Lodge Information

    Virunga Lodge has just 10 stone bandas, each with wooden flooring and uniquely decorated in Rwandan style with locally inspired furniture and fabrics.  With a private terrace, each room enjoys magnificent views of the volcanoes and the valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east.

    Two deluxe bandas, Ibirunga and Ibayaga, are more spacious with their own sitting room and more refined interiors.  The central main lodge is very sociable and comfortable with a 'home away from home' feel.  Fireplaces, comfortable seating areas and a small restaurant and bar welcome guests.

    Activities at Virunga Lodge

    Gorilla trekking

    Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla.  Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

    Golden monkey trekking

    Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is one of the two places in Africa where the beautiful golden monkey can be seen the other being the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. These playful primates, seen in groups of 30, are a joy to watch and are characterised by their bright golden body, cheeks and tail with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end. The walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

    Visit Dian Fossey's Grave

    Take a challenging yet spectacular hike to see the grave of Dian Fossey and some of her beloved gorillas as well as the ruins of the original Karisoke Research centre. At an altitude of 3,000 metres in the saddle between the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanic cones, a visit to this beautiful spot is highly recommended. Operates by the National Park, the trek starts early in the morning and takes 6 to 8 hours. 

    Birding

    Home to a vast variety of bird species Rwanda offers some the world's most incredible bird watching.  Rwanda has over 700 bird species and is home to the second highest number of Albertine endemics in the Albertine region.  

    Intore dancers

    During the late afternoon, the local community's dance troupe performs and you are invited to come and watch.  This fabulous troupe is supported by the Volcanoes Safari Partnership Trust (VSPT) who have been working with the troupe at Virunga Lodge in Rwanda since 2004. 

    Climb a volcano

    Take a challenging hike to the Virunga chain of volcanoes, the reward at the top being the most stunning panoramic view.  The three most popular volcano climbs are Mt. Gahinga, Mt. Muhavura and Mt. Sabyinyo and take a full day.  The treks start at 7.00am from park headquarters and vary in difficulty.

    Lake Bugera village walk

    Meander down the mountain slope from Virunga Lodge, through local villages to Lake Bulera.  Pass through local communities, visit local schools and community centres and take a peek into the vibrancy of village life. 

    Best time to visit Virunga Lodge

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for tracking chimpanzees. Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

  • Singita Kwitonda Lodge

    Welcome to Singita Kwitonda Lodge

    Opening August 2019

    Due to open in late August 2019 and set within a landscape of wetlands and lush meadows, Singita Kwitonda Lodge will be built to embody the spirit of Rwanda . The lodge is named after Kwitonda, a legendary silverback gorilla who was known for his humility and gentleness. Singita Kwitonda Lodge is located on a piece of land spanning 178 acres right on the edge of Volcanoes National Park within easy reach of gorilla trekking but at the same time improving the buffer area between agricultural land and an estimated 320 mountain gorillas who inhabit the area.

    With magnificent views of Sabyinya, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes, Singita Kwitonda Lodge will be sensitively constructed and will offer 8 suites and 1 four bedroom villa. The suites and villa will be creatively designed with locally sourced and produced materials and the local community that are involved with the building on site. Sustainability is at the core of the construction of Singita Kwitonda Lodge.

    Travel to Singita Kwitonda Lodge

    To reach Singita Kwitonda Lodge is a 2.5-hour drive from Kigali Airport, a distance of just over 100kms.

    Activities at Singita Kwitonda Lodge

    There is so much to see and explore from the Afro-montane forests of Nyungwe National Park and Lake Kivu to Rwanda’s charming capital Kigali as well, of course, the iconic mountain gorilla and the beautiful golden monkey.

    Gorilla trekking

    Singita Kwitonda Lodge is within easy reach of Volcanoes National Park headquarters from where the gorilla trekking departs each day. Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

    Best time to visit Singita Kwitonda Lodge

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for chimpanzee trekking . Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

    Why not combine a stay at Singita Kwitonda Lodge with a stay at Singita’s private concession in Tanzania , Singita Serengeti for an alternative safari experience .

  • One & Only Gorilla's Nest

    Welcome to One & Only Gorilla's Nest 

    Opening July 2019

    Imagery and information coming soon.

  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    Welcome to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    Set in the foothills of the Virungas in Rwanda with wonderful views of the volcanoes and surrounding countryside, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is located close to the park headquarters for trekking the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla. Owned by the Community Trust and part of the Governor Camps family with sister camps in the Maasai Mara, the lodge uses rentals and community fees from the lodge to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in local communities.

    Travel to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    If you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe there are various flight options to Kigali : RwandAir flies directly to Kigali from London Gatwick three times a week alternatively Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, KLM via Amsterdam and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, all from London Heathrow. Other airlines serving Kigali include Fly Dubai and Qatar Airlines.

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a 2-hour road transfer from Kigali Airport.

    Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Information

    Just 6 cottages, 2 suites and a family cottage make up the accommodation at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Each spacious stone cottage features a private sheltered verandah, large open plan bedroom with stylish ensuite bathroom and sitting room with an open fireplace. Heat exchangers in the fireplaces provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The family cottage comprises two independent ensuite rooms connected by a shared verandah.

    The cosy main lodge with restaurant, bar, outdoor decks, library and homely living room enjoy views of the landscaped gardens. Three large fireplaces provide warmth and all rooms are finished with a polished wooden floor. Two patio areas afford wonderful and dramatic views to the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding lowland farmland.

    Activities at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    Gorilla trekking

    Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters, close to Bisate Lodge . Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

    Golden Monkey trekking

    Take a trek into the high altitude forests of Volcanoes National Park to see these playful and inquisitive creatures.  The Golden Monkey is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the Blue Monkey and is endemic to the area.

    Escorted bird watching walks

    Over 40 species of birds have been identified on and around Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.  Many of these are endemic to the Albertine Rift Forests and thrive in the sheltered 7 hectares (17 acres) expanse of land surrounding the property.

    Escorted walks and cycling excursions

    Enjoy an escorted walk or mountain bike trip in the area surrounding Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. These walks are arranged and led by the staff of the lodge and provide a fascinating introduction to daily rural life in the Volcanoes area

    Iby'iwacu cultural village

    Visit Iby’iwacu cultural village and discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal potions, try bow and arrow shooting and watch cultural dances by local performers.  Having been convinced by villagers to turn their back on poaching, past poachers now perform for visitors. Iby'iwaco village is located 15 minutes from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.  

    Trek to the grave of Dian Fossey

    Take a challenging yet spectacular hike to see the grave of Dian Fossey and some of her beloved gorillas as well as the ruins of the original Karisoke Research centre. Whilst there is not a huge amount to see when there, at an altitude of 3,000 metres in the saddle between the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanic cones, a visit to this beautiful spot is highly recommended for the views alone. Operated by the National Park, the trek starts early in the morning and takes 6 to 8 hours.

    Trek to Lake Ngezi

    The Ngezi trail is the shortest trail in the Volcanoes National Park and leads to a small scenic lake nestled in a volcanic depression at the foot of Mt Visoke. This hike takes around three hours and is not physically demanding. This short trail leads to a scenic lake nestled in a volcanic crater at the foot of Mt Visoke.  There is the possibility of encountering wildlife on the trail and views extend over the Congolese parts of the Virunga range.

    Mt Bisoke, Mt M'Gahinga and Mt Muhabura

    Mt Bisoke stands at 3700m, Mt M'gahinga at 3,400m and Mt Muhabura at 4127m.  Mt Bisoke is not a demanding climb, however, does take 5 hours and is challenging at high elevation. Mt M'gahinga is the smallest of the six volcanoes in the Virunga range and is a pleasant climb to the summit crater encountering interesting features such as volcanic caves along the way. Mt Muhabura is the most easterly volcano in the Virunga range and marks the border between Rwanda and Uganda.

    Best time to visit Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    Welcome to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a mid-range option located in the foothills of Mount Karisimbi in Kinigi, northern Rwanda , on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park . The lodge is close to park headquarters where trekking of the critically endangered mountain gorilla starts.

    Travel to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    If you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe there are various flight options to Kigali : RwandAir flies directly to Kigali from London Gatwick three times a week alternatively Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, KLM via Amsterdam and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, all from London Heathrow. Other airlines serving Kigali include Fly Dubai and Qatar Airlines.

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is a 2.5 road transfer from Kigali Airport.

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Information

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge has 30 cottages which are simple and spacious with ensuite bathrooms and fireplaces. The ecolodge has been simply constructed with locally sourced materials to have the least impact on the surrounding environment.

    The basic restaurant serves home cooked, simple yet hearty buffets and the landscaped gardens offer beautiful views of the volcanoes. The ecolodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant.

    Activities at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    Gorilla trekking

    Gorilla trekking takes place from Volcanoes National Park headquarters, close to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Take a magical trek through the dense forest to track the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Only eight visitors are allowed per gorilla group each day and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas to prevent the transmission of any human diseases. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours and requires some agility and fitness, however, all fitness levels can be accommodated and no one should feel deterred from missing this once in a lifetime experience.

    Best time to visit Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for tracking chimpanzees. Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

  • Kigali Serena

    Welcome to Kigali Serena Hotel

    Ideally located, Kigali Serena Hotel lies on a quiet boulevard in the heart of Kigali just 10 minutes from the airport. Vibrant and welcoming, Kigali is a forward-thinking city ideal for first-time visitors to Rwanda as well as those visiting for a second or third time.

    Travel to Kigali Serena Hotel

    Kigali Serena Hotel is just a short drive away from Kigali International Airport. The hotel is a 2-hour drive from Akagera National Park , a 5 to 6-hour drive from Nyungwe National Park and a 2.5 to 3-hour drive from Volcanoes National Park . Lake Kivu is just over 100km away and a 2.5 to 3-hour drive.

    Kigali Serena Hotel Information

    This contemporary hotel is a rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with 148 sophisticated and well-appointed rooms.   With several categories to choose from, stay in elegance in one of the comfortable and spacious rooms or lavish style in one of the hotel's 25 suites.  The fantastic pool area provides a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and the hotel's restaurants and bars and excellent. 

    Activities at Kigali Serena Hotel

    There are many cultural pursuits in Kigali the most poignant of which and a must do in our opinion is the Kigali Memorial Centre in Gisozi. The centre opened in April 2004, on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide which claimed over a million people in just 100 days.

    Just south of Kigali, a 45-minute drive will take you to Nyamata and Ntarama where you can visit two local churches where scenes of serious atrocities were committed during the 1994 genocide. 

    Continuing your city tour, visit the Kandt Museum of Natural History to learn about the interdependency between living beings and their environment. Tour old Kigali where the colonial buildings now form the heart of Rwanda’s small businesses as well as visit the Kalpaki crafts centre with her many little stalls displaying a wide range of Rwandan curios, crafts and artefacts.  A visit to the Nyabugogo second-hand clothes market is also worthwhile.

    Best time to visit Kigali Serena Hotel

    During the dry months of June to October, temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, with these temperatures changing very little throughout the year. Rainfall and showers are possible throughout the year, however, heavier downpours are to be expected in the rainy season of April and May.

  • Lake Kivu Serena

    Welcome to Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

    Situated on the shores of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi just a one hour drive from Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda , Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is ideal for a relaxing few days or as a pre or post Gorilla trekking experience.

    Travel to Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

    Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is around a 3.5-hour drive, approximately 160kms, from Kigali and a 1-hour drive from Volcanoes National Park.

    Lake Kivu Serena Hotel Information

    Surrounded by tropical gardens on the shores of the lake, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel has a private beach and 66 superior, family and executive room offering panoramic views of the hotel's private beach and the lake beyond. 

    Overlooking the lake, the hotel's Kiyaga restaurant provides the venue for sophisticated yet casual dining. Rwandese, African and International cuisine are served here created using the best locally sourced ingredients.

    Activities at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

    Lake Kivu Serena Hotel has a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the lake and health centre on site.  There are various pursuits to enjoy from the hotel too including boating and fishing on Lake Kivu, tennis on the hotel's courts, hiking, trekking and volleyball.

    Best time to visit Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

    Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is a destination for all seasons however if you combining your stay with trekking to see the mountain gorilla the drier season from June to September is better.  Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool.

    Lake Kivu Serena Hotel weather

    Due to a combination of tropical location and high altitude Rwanda enjoys a year-round temperate climate. Temperatures rarely stray above 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 15 degrees Celsius at night through the year. Generally, variations in temperature throughout the country are insignificant.  Most parts of the country receive in excess of 1000mm of precipitation annually with the wettest months being February to May and the driest months being July to September.

  • Cormoran Lodge

    Welcome to Comoran Lodge

    • Located in lakeside town of Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu. 
    • Set on steep hillside overlooking the lake. 
    • Just 7 rooms in this small, friendly and personal lodge. 
    • Wooden cabins that are small, simple, but stylish and a 'log cabin' feel. Each with a small terrace ideal to view the sunset.
    • Main area with beautiful views out over the lake, bar, restaurant and small terrace area. 
    • Small man made beach to relax or swim in the lake, kayak or go hiking locally.
    • Best lodge in the Kibuye area of Lake Kivu. 
  • Paradis Malahide

    Welcome to Paradis Malahide

    • Located in the village of Rubona, around 7kms south of Gisenyi. 
    • Truly beautiful location overlooking the lake and several small islands. One of the best spots around to view sunset with a drink in hand.
    • Family run with a very homely atmosphere, feels personal and friendly.
    • Immaculate gardens with vast quantities of brightly coloured Bougainvillea.
    • 10 rooms - including six individual bungalows and four apartments. The bungalows are dotted around the gardens to one side of the central areas, and the apartments are in a two-tiered structure at the far end and all of rooms are all fairly simple, but comfortable.
    • Main central area consists of a large, simple, open-sided brick structure and a stone fire-pit dug into the floor. In this area the floor is gritted and colourful African fabrics and ornaments are everywhere. Small tables and chairs and here for dinning and the small bar is also located in here.
    • Garden area is dotted with cushioned benches and tables, and shaded area with thatched umbrellas.
    • Real local feel and engagement with the community. Head out with the local fisherman or take a trip out to the nearby islands. 
  • Kichaka Camp

    Welcome to Kichaka

    • One of the best best walking safari experiences in Southern Tanzania with professional guide Andrew (Moli) Molinaro.
    • Mobile bush camp - always situated in top game viewing area in a grove of trees to provide shade. 
    • 3 mobile tents with 2 people in each tent. 
    • Fantastic 3 night, 5 night and 7 night walking and game drive safaris available. 
    • Fly camp also used for guests staying longer than 3 nights. 
    • Activities include walking safaris, game drives, bird watching, stargazing and bushcraft.
    • Comfortable beds, good food, hot bucket showers.
    • Large mess area with dining table, sofas and beanbags for reading time or relax around the nearby campfire. 
    • Environmentally friendly with as little impact as possible on the area. 
    • Minimum age of 16 years old. 
  • Kwihala Camp

    Welcome to Kwihala

    • Set deep in the bush on a hillside, with fantastic views out over the park in the game rich central area of Ruaha, close to it's sister camp Jabali Ridge. 
    • Just 6 tents in a simple, yet elegant safari style. 
    • Ensuite bathroom facilities, with flushing toilet, bucket shower and each tent with a veranda. 
    • Main area has a tented lounge and dining room. Meals are shared either under canvas or in the alfresco dining area beside the campfire.
    • Activities include game drives, night drives and walking safaris. 
    • Minimum age of 5 years old. Family tent available that sleep 4 people. 
  • Jabali Ridge

    Welcome to Jabali Ridge

    • Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking beautiful Ruaha landscape in the same area as it's sister camp Kwihala. 
    • Core game viewing central area of Ruaha close to the Mwagusi River. 
    • Elegant and sophisticated accommodation and the first truly luxurious option in Ruaha. 
    • 10 suites hidden amongst the rocky boulders. 
    • En suite bathrooms with hot running water and flushing toilets. 
    • Infinity pool and spa. 
    • Activities include game drives, night drives and walking safaris. 
    • Minimum age 5 years old. 
  • Jongomero Camp

    Welcome to Jongomero

    • Set on the banks of a seasonal river in the southern part of Ruaha.
    • 8 large tents on raised wooden platforms under thatched roofs with private veranda overlooking the river bank.
    • Large wide beds made of dhow wood and en suite bathrooms with running water. 
    • Camp bar, restaurant, lounge and terrace full of sofas and striking wooden furniture overlooking the river.
    • Sister camp to Siwandu in Selous and Ras Kutani on the Tanzanian coast.
    • Swimming pool over looking the river. 
    • Activities include game walks, game drives and fly camping. 
    • Minimum age of 6 years old. Only 2 children of 6-11 years old in camp at one time. 
  • Kigelia camp

    Welcome to Kigelia Camp

    • Located in the prime central area of Ruaha in game rich area to the east of Kichaka, Kwihala and Jabali Ridge. 
    • Nestled in a secluded grove of 'Kigelia' or Sausage Trees close to the small Ifuguru Sand River.
    • Just 6 simple, comfortable tents. 
    • Airy safari tents, locally crafted wooden furniture, bucket showers (outside) and flush toilets.
    • Family tent with 2 en-suite bedrooms. 
    • Activities include game drives and game walks. 
    • Minimum age of 8, 12 years old for walking safaris. 
  • Mdonya River Camp

    Welcome to Mdonya

    • Permanent Tented Camp in the core game viewing central area of Ruaha, south of Kwihala Camp. 
    • Located in a spacious area under the shade of large sycamore figs, along the curving banks of the Mdonya sand-river.
    • Small and intimate camp that offers a luxury safari experience.
    • 12 tents all simple and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, showers and flush toilets.  
    • Activities include game drives and walking safaris.
    • Minimum age 6.
  • Siwandu

    Welcome to Siwandu

    • Situated on the shores of Lake Nzerakera in core game viewing area of the Selous. 
    • 13 spacious canvas tents, with thatched roofs and elegant decor.
    • Ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and outdoor running water shower. 
    • Wooden walkways and verandas overlooking the lake. 
    • Sister camp to Jongomero Camp in Ruaha and Ras Kutani on the Tanzanian coast. 
    • Activities include game drives, motorboat safari and walking safari.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old. Only 2 children of 6-11 years old in camp at one time.
  • Selous Impala Camp

    Welcome to Selous Impala Camp

    • Situated on the Rufiji River in core game viewing area of the Selous.
    • 8 guest tents including family tent.
    • Each tent has their own en-suite bathrooms which include a flushing toilet and a shower.
    • The 8 Meru-style tents each have their own private verandas overlooking the Rufiji River.
    • Simple, yet well-appointed stylish decor and design.
    • Activities include vehicle safari, motorboat safari and walking safari. 
  • Sand Rivers Camp

    Welcome to Sand Rivers

    • Situated in the core game viewing area of the Selous overlooking the Rufiji River. 
    • 8 stone and thatched cottages.
    • All open-fronted and overlooking the river with raised decks and simple, stylish and airy feel.
    • En suite bathrooms, running water for showers and flush toilets. 
    • 3 hillside suites with additional large living space and plunge pool.
    • Main mess area with bar, library, dining area and main swimming pool.
    • Activities include game drives, motorboat safaris, walking safaris and fly-camping. 
    • Sister camp to Kigalia Camp in Ruaha. 
  • Mivumo River Lodge

    Welcome to Mivumo

    • Located in the more remote area of the Selous to the west of the core game viewing areas. 
    • Less vehicles and camps in this area, more relaxed feel with other activities including visiting hot springs and fishing.
    • Camp located high up overlooking the river, with spectacular views down to Steiglers Gorge.
    • Just 12 timbered chalets each featuring a private viewing deck and plunge pool. All are traditionally thatched, with high vaulted ceilings and picture windows and have air-conditioning. 
    • Design is a mix of classic safari antiques and ultra-modern leather and rattan styled furniture.
    • Tents all with Victorian bathtub, en suite bathrooms, running water showers, flush toilets.
    • Wooden decking connects the lodge to the main area with intimate dining area, large wooden decking area complete with stunning infinity pool and sun deck.
    • Mivumo Villa also available for exclusive use for families or friends with three bedrooms, private chef, staff and guide.
    • Activities include game drives to core game viewing areas, motorboat safaris, walking safaris, along with fishing, picnics and swimming in the hot springs.
    • Sister camp to the nearby Selous Serena and various lodges across Northern Tanzania and on Zanzibar - Serena Inn.
  • Roho Ya Selous

    Welcome to Roho Ya Selous

    Located in the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, Roho Ya Selous is one of our favourite camps in this area. Put simply the safari experience at this camp is sensational and we love it! Not only is this a proper luxury safari camp, but the staff and guides are also some of the most friendly and warm people you'll ever have the pleasure of spending time with. Roho Ya Selous is truly a fantastic safari experience and you will be well looked after and spoilt throughout. The camp is run by a company we have worked with for over a decade now (and Clyde used to be a safari guide for them), so we know everyone very well. We could go on for ages about the time we have spent at Roho Ya Selous, but do take a look over the details and images and we would love to tell you all about our experiences there over the phone. Truly this is somewhere that provides memories to last a lifetime!

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    Travel to Roho Ya Selous

    If you are travelling to the Selous your trip will normally begin from Dar es Salaam. Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam, we will be met and fly off to the Selous Game Reserve, which is around a one hour light aircraft flight. Upon arrival at the airstrip in the Selous, you will be met by your guide and 4x4 vehicle from camp who will drive you to camp to settle in. Normally you will take a game drive on route to camp and hopefully catch your first sightings of the wonderful wildlife in the reserve.

    Roho Ya Selous Information

    Tucked away into the trees, each of the eight tents is set far apart to give everyone privacy. The tents are Roho Ya Selous are stylish and spacious, measuring an impressive 60m² inside. Thoughtful details include an evening breeze cooling system over the bed which is a real treat and allows you to sleep peacefully even during the hotter months. The evening breeze system is much nicer than the noise of a fan or full air-conditioning. Each tent also has an ensuite bathroom complete with indoor and outdoor shower, which is a must try! There's nothing quite like taking a shower outside after a game drive whilst listening to all the sounds of the bush around you. We love the design and decor of the tents and the panoramic view from the front of the tents is fantastic. It is just a beautiful view to wake up to each morning whilst you sip your coffee or tea that is brought to you.

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    Roho Ya Selous also has a family tent which is the same size as the double tents, but can accommodate a family of five - the tent is 60m² inside. The main bedroom is a more compact version of the double tents, with an evening breeze cooling system over the bed, fan, reed walls and slate floors. There is a main bathroom with a flush toilet and outdoor shower. The children's room has its own shower and basin, with a bunk bed and single bed, accommodating up to three children. The beds in the children's room do not have evening breeze due to the layout.

    Activities at Roho Ya Selous

    The Selous is one of the largest game reserve in Africa, much larger than Switzerland! In the wonderful Selous Game Reserve the big drawcard is the combination of not only time out on game drives and walks, but out on boating safaris on the mighty Rufiji River, and also potential sightings of wild dog for which the reserve is known for. It really is a truly sensational place to visit.

    When you are at Roho Ya Selous you will be able to take part in the following activities

    Game drives

    Head out in either the morning or afternoon or for a full day to explore further afield and search for larger mammals and predators. Game drives normally make up most of your safari experience. Using seven-seater open-sided vehicles with tiered seating, everyone is assured of an uninterrupted view of the wildlife. There is a roof for shade, power points for charging your devices and fridges to keep your sundowner drinks deliciously cool.

    Walking Safaris

    A must do experience in the Selous the walking safari allows you to immerse yourself completely in the rugged environment of the reserve accompanied by an armed expert guide, taking in the smaller details and tracking wildlife on foot. Here you will learn all about the environment and the smaller things like animal tracks that you would not necessarily notice on a game drive.

    Boating Safaris

    No safari in the Selous is complete without a trip out on the water, passing pods of hippo in the shallows and crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks. Watch wildlife come to drink from the ultimate perspective, and enjoy drifting up close to bird colonies nesting in the riverbanks or on small islands. Hopefully all topped off by a cool sundowner!

    Catch and Release Fishing

    Combine your boat safari with a bit of catch and release fishing, which is a relaxing way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon. The rivers are home to good populations of tigerfish as well as catfish. Do speak to us before you travel if you wish to do this.

    Fly Camping

    Going to sleep at night with only the sounds of the African bush around you, and the only lights are the stars overhead and is one of the most amazing experiences you can have on safari. Accompanied by an armed guide, you spend the afternoon on a walking safari to the fly camp, a comfortable remote site in the bush.

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    Fly camping may take you a little outside your comfort zone, but once you try it, you will love it! The fly camping tents are 100% mosquito net, fully open to see 360 degrees and the stars above, with a shared outside short-drop toilet and shower cubicle. Fly camping in Selous is only available between June – October during the dry season.

    Best time to visit Roho Ya Selous

    Wildlife viewing in Selous Game Reserve is best from late June to October. It is Dry season and wildlife is easier to spot since animals gather at water sources and vegetation less thick. The scenery is normally lush and green in the wet season, from October to May, but afternoons can be unbearably hot.

    April and May are best avoided as many lodges and camps are closed due to it being the peak of the wet season. However if you do travel between October and March and can stand the heat you are less likely to encounter more people and vehicles, the scenery is often beautiful and green, the prices are lower to attract tourists, and it is also peak bird watching time since migratory birds are present. As always there are pros and cons to each month, so please do discuss this with us.

  • Kiba Point

    Welcome to Kiba Point

    • High quality private lodge close to the core game viewing area of the Selous, a mile downstream from sister camp Sand River.  
    • Elegant and intimate lodge with just 4 guest rooms slightly set back from the river.
    • Exclusive use for group of family or friends. 
    • Bathrooms are bush deluxe, with flush toilets, indoor and outdoor showers.
    • Each room has its own plunge pool set into the edge of the deck, and there is also a large pool at the main thatched mess.
    • Activities include game drives, motorboat safaris, walking safaris and also swimming in the hot springs. 
    • Sister Camp to Kigelia in Ruaha. 
  • Selous Serena Camp

    Welcome to Selous Serena

    • Located in the more remote area of the Selous to the west of the core game viewing areas. 
    • Less vehicles and camps in this area, more relaxed feel with other activities including visiting hot springs and fishing.
    • Camp located on the bend of river with just 12 luxurious tents. 
    • Tents all with Victorian bathtub, en suite bathrooms, running water showers, flush toilets.
    • Wooden decking connects the lodge to the main area with intimate dining area, large wooden decking area complete with infinity pool and sun loungers. 
    • Activities include game drives to core game viewing areas, motorboat safaris, walking safaris, along with fishing, picnics and swimming in the hot springs.
    • Sister camp to the nearby Mivumo Camp and various lodges across Northern Tanzania and on Zanzibar - Serena Inn. 
  • Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

    Welcome to Top View Hill Hotel

    • The most beautiful views in the Nyungwe Forest area. 
    • Access up a steep road the lodge it is set on top of a hill with views across numerous tea plantations, and close to the headquarters of Nyungwe National Park.
    • 12 cottages offering simple, but comfortable accommodation. 
    • Friendly staff and welcoming feel at the hotel. 
    • Best option presently in the Nyungwe area if looking for affordable accommodation and presently the only real option whilst high-end Nyungwe Forest Lodge is closed for refurbishment in 2017. 
  • Zawadi

    Welcome to Zawadi

    • Friendly family owned, intimate luxury hotel.
    • Set atop a cliff with spectacular Indian Ocean views. 
    • Private beach retreat with just 9 spacious villas.
    • Villas elegant, laid back and modern design.
    • En suite bathrooms and private terrace with ocean views.
    • Small white sandy beach in front of the cliff accessible from staircase.
    • PADI dive centre and Water Club at sister hotel Breezes - 2kms away.
    • Shuttle service for use of facilities at Breezes.
    • Sister hotels nearby Breezes, Palms and Baraza. 
  • Matemwe Retreat

    Welcome to Matemwe Retreat

    • Private, luxurious and relaxed escape set high up among the palm trees with superb Indian Ocean views. 
    • North-Eastern coast of Zanzibar in a quiet area close to Mnemba Atoll and local fishing village.
    • 4 spacious and elegant villas. 
    • Each villa with private butler, private plunge pool, bar, spacious roof terrace, day beds and loungers. 
    • Ideal for honeymooners and couples. 
    • A short walk to beach and sister lodge nearby Matemwe Lodge.
    • Sister lodge to various Northern Parks safari camps and lodges and Kwihala and Jabali Ridge in Ruaha. 
  • Baraza

    Welcome to Baraza

    • Friendly family owned exclusive boutique hotel on beautiful beach in South-Eastern Zanzibar.
    • Fusion of Arabic, Swahili & Indian design. Grand and luxurious. 
    • 30 luxury villas all beautiful interior.
    • PADI dive centre & Water club at sister property Breezes.
    • Voted by CNN among best hotels in Africa. 
    • Voted in Conde Nast Magazine Top 30 Beaches in the World. 
  • Mnemba Island

    Welcome to Mnemba Island

    • The Ultimate beach paradise. 
    • Set on a private island off the North-east coast of Zanzibar. 
    • Private hideaway with just 20 guests maximum.
    • 10 beachside luxury bandas. 
    • Ideal for honeymooners and romantic getaways. 
    • Scuba divers heaven with PADI dive centre and Mnemba Atoll on doorstep with no need for boat to reach house reef.
    • Diving, snorkelling, walks and massages on the beach all available. 
    • Variety of sister safari camps and lodges across Tanzania and the rest of the continent including Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. 
  • Breezes

    Welcome to Breezes

    • Friendly family owned hotel on the South-east coast of Zanzibar. 
    • 70 beautiful and spacious rooms. 
    • Water Club on site - snorkelling trips, kayaks, pedal boats, sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing. 
    • PADI dive centre - only National Geographic affiliated centre in East Africa. 
    • Sister hotels nearby - Palms, Baraza and Zawadi. 
    • Voted in Conde Nast Magazine Top 30 Beaches in the World.
  • Matemwe Lodge

    Welcome to Matemwe Lodge

    • Laid back, relaxed barefoot luxury lodge.
    • On Northern-Eastern Coast of Zanzibar in quiet area close to Mnemba Atol and local fishing village. 
    • Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral fringed lagoon with a quiet beach next to the lodge. 
    • 12 'beach-chic' chalets set in lush gardens - 2 chalets with private plunge pools. 
    • Multi-level swimming pool and spa. 
    • Seafood a speciality at the lodge. 
    • Sister lodge to various safari camps and lodges in the Northern Parks and Kwihala and Jabali Ridge in Ruaha. 
  • Palms

    Welcome to Palms

    • Intimate, friendly, family owned exclusive private escape on beautiful beach in South-Eastern Zanzibar.
    • Just 6 luxurious villas all with private plunge pool.
    • Sophisticated interiors with hand carved furniture, beautiful fabrics and dark wood floors.
    • Relaxed terrace, dining room and bar. 
    • Beachfront spa and swimming pool. 
    • Minimum age of  16 years old, ideal for honeymooners and couples. 
    • PADI Dive centre and Water club at sister property Breezes.
    • Voted in Conde Nast Magazine Top 30 Beaches in the World.
    • Located between sister properties Breezes and Baraza and short distance away from Zawadi.
  • Matemwe Beach House

    Welcome to Matemwe Beach House

    • Private, exclusive beach front house. 
    • North-Eastern coast of Zanzibar in quiet area close to Mnemba Atoll and local fishing village.
    • 3 bedroom private residence (2 doubles and 1 twin room). 
    • Private Swimming Pool. 
    • Private butler, bar and spa options. 
    • Ideal for families or a group of friends. 
    • A short walk to sister lodges Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat.
    • Various sister safari camps and lodges in the Northern Parks and Kwihala and Jabali Ridge in Ruaha. 
  • The Residence Zanzibar

    Welcome to The Residence Zanzibar

    • Luxury hotel on the South-West part of the island in a relaxed and peaceful area.
    • 66 Luxurious villas with a mixture of African, Swahili, Arabic & European styles. 
    • Villas with garden, beach or ocean views with private lounge decks, daybeds and swimming pools. 
    • 150metre jetty with sunset lounge bar. 
    • Superb spa in lush tropical gardens.
    • Complimentary children's club for ages 4-14.  
  • Kilindi

    Welcome to Kilindi

    • Luxury boutique hotel in the North-West of the island. 
    • Fantastic ocean views and pristine beach in an intimate & tranquil setting. 
    • 15 white-domed Pavilion suites. 
    • Private plunge pool, day pavilion, sun terrace with loungers and adjoining 'rainfall' showers.
    • Main pavilion with bar, dining areas & 25metre infinity pool. 
    • Ideal for honeymooners and couples. 
    • Spa tucked away in tropical gardens. 
  • Pongwe Beach Hotel

    Welcome to Pongwe

    • Relaxed, intimate and secluded beach hotel on the East coast of Zanzibar.
    • One of the very best white powdery sand beaches on the island. 
    • Superb value for money and ideal for couples, families and honeymooners.
    • Infinity pool. 
    • 20 simple and comfortable rooms with African decor. 
    • 3 rooms types - 3 garden rooms, 13 beachfront rooms and 4 sea-view suites with private plunge pool. 
  • Essque Zalu

    Welcome to Essque Zalu

    • Contemporary luxury hotel on the northern tip of the island set on a small set of cliffs.
    • Hotel has a simple, yet elegant design. 
    • 40 suites either ocean front, sea-view or garden-view and 8 3/4 bedroom villas with private plunge pools. 
    • Large swimming pool and decking area with loungers. 
    • Long jetty out over the ocean with bar, relaxing areas and loungers.
    • Spa on site and complimentary children's club for 4-12 year olds in 3 daily periods (10-12, 2-4 & 7-9).
  • Zanzibar White Sand Villas

    Welcome to Zanzibar White Sand Villas

    • Small boutique hotel on the East coast at Paje. 
    • Beautiful clear white sand beach with 200 metres of beachfront. 
    • 11 villas each with private plunge pool and star beds.
    • Fine-dining restaurant, rooftop lounge and trendy bar. 
    • Spa in lush gardens and large swimming pool.
    • Well known area for kitesurfing.
    • Water sports centre opened by owners next door to hotel. 
  • Zanzibar Serena Inn

    Welcome to the Zanzibar Serena Inn

    • Fantastic location on the water's edge and heart of town.
    • One of the best hotels in Stone Town. 
    • Located in two restored historic buildings with 51 rooms, all with air-conditioning and many with sea views. 
    • Swimming pool overlooking the sea-front. 
    • Member of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'.
    • Access to Managapwani Serena Beach Club on the North-west of the island.
  • Zanzibar Palace

    Welcome to Zanzibar Palace

    • Small, intimate, family run boutique hotel in the backstreets of Stone Town. 
    • Just 9 quirky and fascinating rooms over 3 floors of this historic tall building. 
    • All different in design combining Arabic, Indian and English influences. 
    • Decor a combination of antique furniture, large wooden beds, Persian rugs and colourful silks. 
    • Spa & intimate restaurant for guests. 
    • Voted Tanzania's leading hotel for several years running. 
  • Ras Kutani

    Welcome to Ras Kutani

    • Idyllic secluded beach lodge set between the deserted Indian ocean shores & quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon.
    • 25kms south of Dar es Salaam (approx. 90minutes drive or 10 minute flight).
    • Offers pure relaxation away from East Africa's busier beach areas. 
    • 9 beach cottages all with ocean views, thatched roof, spacious veranda, hammocks and relaxed 'beachy' feel interiors. 
    • 4 suites perched on the hillside with panoramic views and private plunge pools. 'Hill House' also offered as an option for families.
    • Spacious bar and dining area with relaxing open lounge and nearby swimming pool. 
    • Massive expanse of beach to relax on. 
    • Activities include kayaking & boogie boarding along with coastal forest walks, horse riding and snorkelling around the shipwreck just off shore.
    • Spa treatments available from therapist on site. 
  • Fanjove Island

    Welcome to Fanjove Island

    • Set 140kms south of Dar es Salaam, part of the Songosongo archipelago. 
    • Private island experience on a 1km long island with just 6 bandas.
    • 40 minute flight from Dar es Salaam to main island of archipelago and then 20 minute speedboat transfer.
    • Simple, relaxing experience designed to enjoy secluded island life and its experiences.
    • A-frame eco-bandas spaced along the beach, each with two stories, wooden beams and floors. 
    • All are open and breezy with ocean views and paths leading to main area and beach. 
    • Activities include kite-surfing, kayak trips, simple fishing, dhow trips, snorkelling and diving.
  • The Manta Resort

    Welcome to The Manta Resort

    Put simply, here at Tailormade Africa, we love The Manta Resort and the Manta 'family'.

    • Set on a beautiful beach on the remote and relaxed Pemba island
    • Hugely friendly, welcoming, family feel to the small lodge
    • Involved heavily with the local community and have a registered NGO - the Kwanini foundation engaged in local projects
    • Dining terrace with wonderful panoramic sea views, beach lounge and bar and swimming pool
    • Dive centre at the lodge & some of the best dive sites in the world
    • Amazing Underwater Room experience - your own private floating island
    • Various excursions including - 'Pemba Safari', sandbank trip, deep sea fishing, school visits and kayak trips

    Introduction to The Manta Resort

    Now the first and important thing to point out with Pemba Island is that it is remote and a far cry from the busier areas on Zanzibar Island and the cities of Tanzania , which in our opinion is its real draw! It is just fantastic to be away from any hustle and bustle and lots of people. Going to Pemba is not about walking out down the beach to restaurants and bars, or about larger resorts with lots of facilities and all the five-star touches.

    The Underwater Room At The Manta Resort Pemba Island

    Pemba is remote, quiet and full of beautiful beaches, forests and friendly people. Saying that Pemba and The Manta Resort is not for everyone - it is not five-star luxury, it is all about relaxing and taking in the whole island experience, with its vast array of natural riches. They really encourage you to switch off and enjoy the sunshine (hopefully!), fresh air, natural food, comfortable surroundings and friendly company. Bliss!

    Manta itself is a real family environment and you will be welcomed into the family straight away. Be prepared to take in and immerse yourself into all the resort has to offer - whether that be simply relaxing, going out on their all day 'island safari' - seeing spice farms, fish market, 18th century ruins, the endemic flying foxes and the bustling capital Chake-Chake, visiting the local school, fishing, heading out on kayaks or chilling out on the sandbank.

    There really is a lot to do on Pemba and lots to keep you busy if you do not fancy just relaxing on the beach. And of course, if you are into your marine life then the diving and snorkelling here are world class!!

    Another good part of staying at Manta, is that it is 'fully inclusive', they will not ask for a bill at the end of your stay - so no surprises, the only extras are island excursions and diving - these are additional costs.

    The Manta Resort Pemba Tanzania

    We must also mention the Underwater Room! Manta has been getting quite a bit of media coverage in the last few years as they have built a room for overnight stays literally underwater! A private floating island with a bedroom four metres below the surface. Sunbathing, stargaze and dine on the deck there surrounded by the marine environment. More info below on this feature.

    We do feel Manta is a great place for our clients and it is hard to beat in terms of an off the beaten track island experience. Also, a massive plus for us is the formalising now of years of work in the officially registered NGO - the 'Kwanini Foundation' - where there are now many ongoing projects with the local communities.

    This is something vital to us here at Tailormade Africa, in that lodges/camps we work with engage and involve the local community, and that by people staying on the island it benefits all involved.

    Again we must stress that Manta is not for everyone, and it is not a five-star luxury. But for the right people - of which hopefully lots of clients are - you will get a hell of a lot out of staying there. All our clients who have stayed to date have loved it and we love staying there ourselves - to relax in beautiful surroundings, but also to take in all of what the island has to offer and get so much out of seeing this remote island and the community there.

    Not only is Manta a great experience, but it also compliments time on safari so well with it's friendly and welcoming 'camp' feel, which is so common on safari.

    Sunset At The Underwater Room At The Manta Resort Pemba Island

    Getting to the Manta Resort

    Many parts of Pemba island are not easily accessible, as there is only one tarred road. The rest are often dead-end dirt roads. Saying that, while exploring them on your own you might very well find that hidden-away beach you have always dreamt about. The only sensible way to visit Pemba is with the scheduled charter flights.

    Pemba Island is accessed through most airports in East Africa via Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. Pemba island can also be accessed with direct local flights with several charter airlines that operate smaller aircraft. The most frequent route is Zanzibar – Pemba and is serviced by airlines Coastal Aviation and Auric Air.

    The transport from Chake Chake Airport to the resort takes around an hour and a half and be prepared for a bumpy ride towards the end of the journey as you make your way through the forest. It’s totally worth it though when you arrive at beautiful Manta!

    Best time to visit & weather at The Manta Resort

    The Manta Resort is located very close to the equator resulting in the temperature and climate being very stable. The western Indian Ocean is dominated by two monsoon winds. The KazKazi comes southwards from December till April and then the Kusi arrives in April and blows back north till October.

    There are also two mini-seasons between these monsoons when the wind blows very gently as the seasons change. The beginning of each new season brings rains.

    The light rains are in November but usually are brief showers between long stretches of sunshine. The heavy rains fall between late April and early June.

    The hottest season is January to March but there is normally a refreshing sea breeze. Daytime temperatures usually vary between 26 and 32 degrees centigrade.

    View From The Ocean Of The Under Water Room At The Manta Resort

    Accommodation at The Manta Resort

    6 x Seafront Villas

    These villas have open plan makuti thatched roofs and are spacious and private. The ‘evening breeze’ air conditioning system around your bed is delightful! The rooms have a king size bed and large en-suite bathroom. The ‘open’ windows face a spectacular ocean view and stunning sunset. Our choice for our clients if you can afford it.

    4 x Superior Garden Rooms

    Two pairs make up the four Superior Garden Rooms with views of the sea between the garden foliage. One of the two pairs has an interconnecting door which makes it a good choice for families or friends. The Superior Garden Rooms are air-conditioned with a king size four poster bed and private makuti thatch covered terrace.

    6 x Standard Garden Rooms

    The standard rooms are open plan makuti thatched rooms situated further back in the gardens. They all feature a king size bed covered by a mosquito net, open plan en-suite bathroom, and a comfortable verandah to relax on. These rooms offer great value for those on more of a budget. They are not air-conditioned but do have a fan above the bed.

    Underwater room at The Manta Resort

    Anchored in an ocean floor anomaly, the floating underwater room tops almost anything you’ll see worldwide in terms of a unique accommodation experience! All within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swim by - sometimes in three or four layers of different species, this is a truly heart-stopping, yet awakening, experience. The floating structure, Swedish engineered, provides three levels, those above the water clad in local hardwood. Each one worthy of its own story.

    The landing deck, at sea level, has a lounge area and bathroom facility. A ladder leads up to the roof which has a lounging area – for sun worshipping by day and stargazing at night all seen without any light pollution. You can sleep happily under the stars to the sounds of the ocean or underwater in your spectacular windowed room!

    Descending the ladder to the bedroom below you are given the amazing feeling of lying on a soft kingsize bed surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degrees viewing of the ocean. Situated on the reef, in the middle of a conservation area, shoals of reef fish and exquisite, often rarely seen nature will often visiting your windows. Some have taken up residence around the room, which provides them with some protection from predators.

    At night, the underwater spotlights on all sides of the room often attract the shyer and more unusual, for instance, squid. Coral has established itself on the anchoring lines and around the underwater structure. Octopus and even Spanish dancers have been seen attaching themselves to the glass panes. The reef inhabitants can simply not resist attraction, which makes for exciting watching and a truly unique experience!

    The room lies approximately 250m from the shore, in the crystal clear waters of the marine conservation area. The Underwater Room at Manta is a short boat ride of around 5 minutes from the beach. On arrival at the room, along with your service fundi and boat captain, you will get shown around and made familiar with the ins and outs of your private floating island.

    You will then be left alone to enjoy your new surroundings. The underwater room lies in what Manta call the blue hole, which has some fantastic coral heads and an abundance of marine life. A kayak, snorkel and fins will be provided for you to use.

    After having sundowners on the lower or upper deck, dinner will be served at a pre-arranged time decided by you and your service fundi. After dinner, you will be left to yourselves. Breakfast will be served at a pre-arranged time. Check in time is 14h00 for the Underwater and check out time from the room is at 11h00.

    The Underwater room security guard will be anchored to a buoy not far off from the room. The bathroom facilities include an open-air fresh water shower, a fully-functioning advanced marine toilet system that is eco-friendly, and a small hand-wash basin. Manta provides all the necessary environmentally friendly, biodegradable shower products. A fully-stocked bar fridge is there for your convenience and a mobile phone will be provided with the contact numbers required should you need assistance with anything.

    The Underwater room is - $ 1 700 / double room / night.

    Diving at The Manta Resort

    The diving around Pemba is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island makes Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world. Pemba is home to one of the healthiest coral reef in the Indian Ocean, a water temperature of 26°C, and the best visibility in East Africa of 30 - 40 meters in the summertime. In combination with these great water conditions Dive 360 Pemba Dive Centre at Manta has everything you will need, including a great training pool in two levels and friendly professional dive instructors.

    Some of the dive sites around Pemba are spectacular by any standards. Diving in this region is characterized by exceptionally clear, blue water drop-offs and vibrantly healthy shallow reefs. Hard and soft coral gardens support a proliferation of reef and pelagic fish and other marine life. The deep Pemba channel rises dramatically towards the island’s west coast in near vertical walls along many of the reefs.

    Diving At The Manta Resort Tanzania

    Other activities at The Manta Resort

    There is plenty to do at The Manta Resort and across Pemba Island. Any excursion can be arranged the day before with your service fundi and paid at the resort, whichever excursion you choose.

    Marine Activities

    The sandbank trip - At low tide, a sandbank protrudes for you to take a walk on the purest white coral sand. It is the perfect beach to relax on, surrounded by azure blue waters. This excursion relies heavily on the tides, currents, and weather conditions and is not always possible, so it does require some planning between you and the Manta team.

    A cooler box of snacks, fruits and refreshments comes with you on the trip too of course. It is a 15-minute boat ride from Manta on the most northern point of Pemba Island.

    Ngalawa sunset cruise - An Ngalawa is the traditional sailing vessel used by fishermen on Pemba island. Leaving from the beach at around 17h00, you will cruise along the shoreline over the reefs enjoying the sunset and of course a cold beer or wine!

    Snorkelling for conservation - The house reef, directly in front of the Manta resort, lies within the marine conservation area. Hundreds of species of marine life and crystal clear tropical waters make this a must for all nature lovers.

    This trip leaves Manta every morning by Ngalawa at 07h00. All the revenues are donated to the local Marine Conservation Area Committee and wardens and of course further donations are very welcome and appreciated.

    The conservation boxes can be found at the diving centre and main lounge area at Manta. We always recommend supporting this project.

    Snorkelling At The Manta Resort Tanzania

    Snorkelling trip – You can also experience the vast numbers of marine life and reefs through the clear blue waters of Pemba Island in chosen snorkelling spots. You will be taken out with a guide and shown the colourful, vibrant life, lying just under the surface.

    Kayak safari - Discover the remote mangrove wilderness and network by kayak safari. The guides at Manta will take you and kayak on a sail south along the coastline. Once you reach the mangroves at Njao Gap, your kayak adventure begins along the thick mangrove forests and inlets.

    Discover this unique mangrove environment, habitat to exotic bird and marine life. You’ll enjoy a bountiful picnic, on a secluded beach and if you are lucky you may even bump into a pod of spinner dolphin on the way. This 3-4 hour excursion is tide and weather dependent.

    If you are staying at Manta you are also welcome to make use of the kayaks on the beach at your own leisure to venture out and enjoy reefs and vibrant marine life below. Paddles can be found in the dive centre.

    Canoeing At The Manta Resort Tanzania

    Fishing - Enjoy a big day out with a deep sea fishing experience you will never forget. The Manta boat, Lunatic is a 34-foot sport fishing boat. Captain Bob will take you out to the fishing grounds, where a wide range of game fish species awaits under the clear blue waters. You will enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Up to four people can enjoy this excursion at once.

    Quarter-day (approximately 3h): $500
    Half-day (approximately 5h): $770
    Full-day (approximately 9h): $1050

    An hourly rate, if not in conjunction with half-day or full-day fishing trip, will be charged at $295 (first hour) and $145 for every hour thereafter, for up to 8 hours. Additional hours on any regular trip is $145 per hour. The fishing charters must be arranged before arrival and paid at the Manta resort. All the fishing is catch and release.

    There are also more casual fishing options where you can enjoy a casual cruise along the reef line in the dive boat while trawling lines and hoping for a strike. If you happen to catch a tuna, dorado, kingfish or wahoo this will be cooked up for dinner.

    This 2-3 hour excursion is tide and weather dependent, charge at $50 per hour, with max 8 persons per boat.

    You can also try local Ngalawa hand line fishing; a fishing tradition that runs deep to the roots of Pemba’s culture. Not only will you enjoy sailing the Ngalawa, but you will also learn how to fish with the local experts. This 2-3 hour excursion is tide and weather dependent, charge at $25 per person with max 3 persons per boat.

    Land Activities

    Spice Farm and Rainforest Tour - A visit to the spice farm will have you experiencing the true tastes and smells of Pemba Island. The Zanzibar islands are known as the 'spice islands', with 70% of the world’s cloves coming from Pemba. This trip is followed by a walk through the Ngezi Rainforest for about 45 minutes.

    This is a protected reserve home to endemic bird species, vervet and black colobus monkeys, the forest ranger will also point out all the protected fauna and flora.

    Lighthouse Walk - This walk takes approx 20 mins and is well worth doing. You will be accompanied by your service-fundi who will introduce you to the lighthouse keeper who will take you up the structure. The views from the top are spectacular! There is no charge, except for a $5 dollar entrance if you wish to climb the lighthouse and get the tour by the Lighthouse keeper in charge.

    Packages & fully inclusive at The Manta Resort

    The Manta Resort offers special packages for honeymooners that includes a free private sunset cruise with a bottle of bubbly, a free private sandbank trip and a romantic beach dinner.

    There is also a 'free nights' offer available to everyone - stay for 7 nights, pay for 5 and also a stay for 4 nights, pay for 3.

    Another plus to Manta is that it is FULLY inclusive. You will not receive a bill when they leave, except for any additional excursions or diving activities that you may have taken part in.

    Included in the fully inclusive plan is all of the below:

    • Breakfast: pastry & fruit platter, followed by an English breakfast
    • Lunch: a choice of 2 options for starter and main course
    • Dinner: 3-course dinner, 2 options for starter and main course
    • Beverages: soft drinks, juices, mineral water, coffee/tea, cocktails, wines, beers and all alcoholic beverages
    • Spa treatments: one treatment per person, per day at the Kipepeo Spa
    • Kayaks from the beach
    • WiFi internet in the main lounge area

    Marine Life At The Manta Resort Tanzania

    The community at The Manta Resort

    The Kwanini CSR Initiatives' aim is to supply the local community with the tools they need to create their own future – on their terms. The program is striving to support, help educate their young and help the local people to preserve this unique place for future generations. The initiatives started as a project from local people living near The Manta Resort. Besides the support of The Manta Resort, the project has been supported by Kwanini Africa, Resort Investors and Dive360Pemba.

    Kwanini Initiatives is a tool to start creating the link and co-operation between the local community on Pemba Island and the new tourist sector. It is important once more to point out that the Kwanini Initiatives are projects, on the local’s terms.

    The Shamba - These farmers have been given land to cultivate and harvest fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables for The Manta Resort and in time to be sold at the local market for additional income. The farm has enabled us to employ five local farmers. They have watermelon, sweet potato, tomatoes, peas, spinach, pumpkin, baby marrow, and a selection of herbs planted. While at Manta feel free to wander through and perhaps even pick some veggies for the kitchen.

    Sele's school - The village, just outside Manta’s gates is very far from the town schools in Chake Chake, and so many children simply do not attend school, unfortunately. Sele is one of the managers at Manta, who has now started a school room in the village for children to learn mainly English and Maths.

    This has inspired both Manta, and The Manta family guests to get involved in building a school in the village. Please do take a walk to meet the children and see the progress of the school during your visit. It will be well worth your time.

    We encourage people to ask us pre-departure if they are keen to see the school as we encourage guests to take supplies to the school. We will speak to Sele pre your departure to ascertain what is needed

    The Manta Resort Curio Shop - A small curio shop in the lounge area of Manta, has handmade products, by the ladies of the local village, on display and for sale. From hand woven ‘makeke’ bags, to hand carved 'Ungalawa' dhows to decorative hanging ornaments for the garden, this is now their own business. The ladies would be very happy to meet you during your stay at Manta to share their new business ideas with you.

    Kwanini Manta Football Club - The Small Manta is a football club that has its training field close to The Manta Resort. A lot of the staff from the resort are active members of the team and if they are not working would love a kick about with guests!

    If you want something special to rejuvenate the soul and feel part of a wonderful community and family at the same time then The Manta Resort is the place to visit. Chat with us about visiting The Manta.

  • Fundu Lagoon

    Welcome to Fundu Lagoon

    • Small, privately owned beach lodge on South-West part of the beautiful, remote and relaxed Pemba Island.
    • 18 tented, thatched bungalows set on the hillside and beachfront. 
    • Barefoot luxury, 'Robinson Crusoe' feel. 
    • Home to some of the very best diving in the world. 
    • Three bars, an excellent restaurant, spa all connected with wooden walkways and sandy paths.
    • Beautiful beach and infinity pool, the ideal place to relax and unwind. 
    • Ideal for couples and honeymooners or groups of friends.
    • Not really suitable for children under 12 years old. 
  • Chole Mjini Lodge

    Welcome to Chole Mjini

    • Quirky, owned managed beach lodge on small island - Chole - just off Mafia Island. 
    • Tree houses, baobab trees, stone ruins and a funky bar all add to the character of this unique lodge.
    • Eco and responsible tourism at its heart with a bed night levy providing direct income to Chole and its village projects.
    • 6 Tree houses open to the elements all with sea views and their own character and nuances. Open showers and closed composting toilets. 1 ground level room with flushing toilet.
    • Mafia Marine Park provides some top class dive sites. Owners are a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a Dive Master and biologists.
    • Delicious home cooked food full of flavour and spices. Locally caught fresh fish and vegetables grown on the island. 
    • No beach at the lodge, but sandbars nearby. 
    • Whale sharks nearby around November-April and Humpback Whales normally around July-October. 
  • Greystoke Mahale

    Welcome to Greystoke Mahale Camp

    • Remote, wild and truly unique beach-forest lodge in stunning setting.
    • The amazing experience of trekking the chimpanzees of Mahale from the lodge. 
    • Lodge all built from reclaimed wood from dhows and canoes and palm trees. 
    • 6 wood and thatched bandas set on the edge of the forest line with lake views. 
    • En-suite bathroom accessible by a short boardwalk and has flush toilet and running water shower. Dressing room and upstairs relaxing area.
    • Main mess area is the only structure on the beach and focal point of camp overlooking the lake and mountains of the Congo.
    • Bar on the rocks at the end of the beach. 
    • Along with Chimp treks, hike in the forest for birds and butterflies, swim in the ice-cold waterfalls, kayak on the lake or relax on the beach. 
    • Lodge welcomes children 8 and over, however chimp treks only for children 12 and over due to park regulations.
  • Kungwe Camp

    Welcome to Kungwe Camp

    • Beach and forest lodge in dramatic setting on stretch of secluded golden beach accessible by dhow boat.
    • Chimp trekking from the lodge.
    • 10 light and spacious thatched safari style rooms on the edge of the forest canopy.
    • En-suite bathrooms with running water showers and toilet.
    • Private decking with views of lake and beach. 
    • Short walk to main area of the lodge for dining and relaxing. 
    • Additional activities include hiking in the forest to view birds, butterflies, boat safaris, kayaking, fishing excursions or simply relaxing on the beach.
    • Sister camp to Katuma Bush Lodge in Katavi. 
  • Katuma Camp

    Welcome to Katuma Camp

    • Bush Lodge in the centre of the park with breathtaking views over the vast Katisunga plains. 
    • 11 safari style canvas rooms under thatched roof on raised platforms on the edge of the flood plains. Sable suite available for exclusive private experience. 
    • En suite bathrooms in safari rooms with running water and showers. 
    • Raised thatched main area with large decking for dining and relaxing around the swimming pool overlooking the plains. 
    • Activities include morning and afternoon 4 x 4 game drives, night drives and birdwatching. 
    • Sister camp to Kungwe Beach Lodge in Mahale. 
  • Chada Camp

    Welcome to Chada Camp

    • Small and intimate safari camp with expert guiding overlooking the Chada plains.
    • 6 East African stylish and simple safari tents with wide open fronts and panoramic views.
    • En suite bathrooms with eco-flush toilets and bucket showers.
    • Dining tent and library to relax in with nearby campfire for evening drinks. 
    • Activities include 4 x 4 game drives, birdwatching, walking safaris and the option of fly-camping overnight under the stars. 
    • Sister camp to Kungwe Camp in Mahale. 
  • Lake Manze Tented Camp

    Welcome to Lake Manze

    • Situated on the shores of Lake Manze in the core game viewing area of the Selous. 
    • Simple, with no frills, very good value for money tented safari experience. 
    • Above average amounts of wildlife in and around camp. 
    • 12 tents overlooking the floodplain and lake. Family tents available. 
    • En-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and running water showers. 
    • Cool, shaded main thatched area with dining and relaxing area overlooking the lake. 
    • Game drives, boating and walking safaris available. 
  • Chem Chem Safari Lodge

    Welcome to Chem Chem Safari Lodge

    • Located in between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara.
    • 8 secluded tent style suites.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a bath, outdoor shower and toilet.
    • There is a viewing deck with an amazing view of Lake Manyara and a pool hidden in the trees.
    • Activities included are scheduled off-road safaris with a guide, bush breakfasts and picnics.
    • Eagle Nest viewing tower with a magnificent view of Lake Manyara.
  • Little Chem Chem

    Welcome to Little Chem Chem

    • Situated on the border of an acacia forest and over looks Lake Burunge.
    • 5 elegant authentic tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a shower and flushing toilet, each tent has their own private fire pit.
    • Blends in with the wildness, lions roaming the camp, elephants drinking at Lake Burunge and leopards can be seen in the forest.
    • Best place to explore on foot and indulge in a vintage safari.
    • Minimum age of 10 years old.
  • Swala Camp

    Welcome to Swala Camp

    • Situated in a quiet part of the Tarangire National Park.
    • 12 luxurious tented rooms.
    • Infinity pool looking over the waterhole.
    • Main areas are elevated on stilts around an ancient baobab tree.
    • Activities include game drives, night drives and walking safaris.
    • All the rooms provide a comfortable and relaxed sanctuary from the day’s activities.
  • Kuro Tarangire

    Welcome to Kuro Tarangire Camp

    • Located on the banks of the Tarangire River.
    • 6 light safari tents that blend into the natural surroundings.
    • Ensuite bathroom facilities, with bucket shower, flushing eco-toilets and each tent with a veranda.
    • The dinning and lounge areas are open-sided.
    • Activities include walking safaris, game drives and bush dinning.
    • Minimum age of 8 years old can stay at the Kuro but minimum of 12 years old to go on walking safaris.
  • Tarangire River Camp

    Welcome to Tarangire River Camp

    • Situated between the Maasai Steppe and the Great Rift Valley.
    • 21 safari tents which include standard safari room, deluxe safari room and family safari room.
    • Ensuite bathroom facilities and each tent with a veranda.
    • All rooms have thatched roofs making them cooler in midday.
    • Main areas have wonderful views of the river.
    • Activities include bird watching on Lake Manyara, cultural visits to the bomas of the Maasai and Datoga people and game viewing.
  • Oliver's Camp

    Welcome to Oliver's Camp

    • Situated on the outskirts of the park not far from the Silale Swamp.
    • 10 luxury tents.
    • Each tent has a thatched roof and is spread out nicely providing privacy.
    • Relaxing main areas which include a lounge, library and a fireplace.
    • Ensuite bathroom facilities and each tent has sun loungers and a radio to contact the office if need be.
    • Minimum age of 5 years old can stay at the camp.
  • Little Oliver's Camp

    Welcome to Little Oliver's

    • Located 1km north of Oliver’s Camp.
    • 5 luxury safari tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with both an indoor and outdoor shower and a large private deck.
    • Intimate, personal and small camp.
    • Perfect for active, family or romantic safaris.
    • Minimum age of 5 years old.
  • Nasikia Ndovu Camp

    Welcome to Nasikia Ndovu Camp

    • Situated in the heart of the Tarangire National Park.
    • 8 mobile safari tents.
    • Each tent has an ensuite bathroom, with a bucket shower, wash basin and a flushing toilet.
    • Best suited for adventurous travellers.
    • Prime location for viewing elephants as they run through the park.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old.
  • Manyara Tree Camp

    Welcome to Manyara Tree Camp

    • Located in a thick forest on the edge of Lake Manyara.
    • 10 intimate tree-house suites.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and outdoor shower, each tree-house has their own private deck overlooking the forest.
    • The interactive kitchen is one of the main attractions as guests observe the preparation of their meals and get involved.
    • Well-known for tree-climbing lions.
    • This is the only permanent camp in the Lake Manyara area.
  • The Highlands Ngorongoro

    Welcome to the Highlands Ngorongoro

    • The Highlands offers a complete Ngorongoro experience.
    • Enjoy a hike up to the Olmoti Volcano to understand the topography. Explore the Empakaai Crater and its soda lake, home to flocks of infamous powder-pink flamingos, and experience time in the local communities and with the Maasai.
    • Magnificent views of the sunrise and sunsets from the tents.
    • Ensures maximum privacy for guests.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with flushing toilet and double shower, each tent has their own private deck.
    • Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from the camp.
  • Entamanu Ngorongoro

    Welcome to Entamanu Ngorongoro

    • Located on the North Western edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • 6 canvas rooms that are raised on platforms.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and shower, all the tents have a view of the crater.
    • The camp is removable so it does not disrupt the environment.
    • The camp provides views of the crater and the plains of the Serengeti.
    • Minimum age of 8 years old.
  • Gibbs Farm

    Welcome to Gibbs Farm

    • Situated half way between the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
    • 17 beautiful cottages.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and an indoor and outdoor shower, each cottage has their own private veranda.
    • Perfect for guests who want to see the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and would like to relax in between.
    • Guests are able to feed the local bush-babies that live in the area.
    • Bushes of flowers and plants give guests their privacy.
  • Lemala Ngorongoro

    Welcome to Lemala Ngorongoro

    • Located on the Eastern side of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • 12 comfortable tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet, shower and a basin.
    • Provides guests with an opportunity to see the Big Five from the camp.
    • The camp is small and intimate.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old.
  • Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

    Welcome to Sanctuary's Ngorongoro Crater Camp

    • Situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • 10 luxury safari tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a shower and flushing toilet.
    • Guests have a high chance of seeing the Big Five in one day.
    • Activities include driving to the Crater floor, guided walks and cultural interactions.
    • Minimum age of 12 years old.
  • Plantation Lodge

    Welcome to Plantation Lodge

    • Located in between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara National Park.
    • 24 intimate rooms.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a shower and flushing toilet, each room has their own private veranda.
    • The garden attracts birds and butterflies.
    • The lodge is 1 hour away from Lake Manyara and 1 hour away from Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Children are welcome at the lodge however it is more suitable for teenagers and up.
  • The Manor

    Welcome to The Manor

    • Situated on the Shangri-La Coffee Estate.
    • 20 cosy and comfortable rooms.
    • Ensuite bathroom and each room has their own private deck.
    • Perfect place to stay to visit both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
    • Activities include wine tasting, spa treatments and a cinema room where you can watch DVDs.
    • All children are welcome and there is a lot for children to do at the lodge.
  • Tloma Mountain lodge

    Welcome to Tloma Mountain Lodge

    • Located just outside of the Karatu village.
    • 36 exclusive cottages.
    • Ensuite bathroom and private verandas for each cottage.
    • Breathe taking views of the coffee-plantation and the Eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • The gardens and pool provide guest with an opportunity to wind down after a full day out.
    • Activities include trekking in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, visiting the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes and picnicking by the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

    Welcome to Crater Lodge

    • Located on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • 30 standalone suites.
    • Ensuite bathroom and breathe taking views of the wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Buffalos tend to wonder around the open fields in the lodge.
    • Activities include watching the Maasai dancing, sundowners with magnificent views and walking safaris along the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • All children are welcome but it is recommended children should be over 5 years old to stay at the lodge.
  • Serian Lamai Camp

    Welcome to Serian Lamai Camp

    • Located on the remote side of the Mara River.
    • 6 luxurious meru-style tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with flushing toilets and a bucket shower and their own veranda.
    • Provides an authentic safari experience.
    • Situated in a major area for the migration river crossing.
    • Very rare owner-hosted camp.
    • Wildlife is very popular here and are often seen passing through the camp.
    • Camp is small providing guests with a lot more privacy.
  • Olakira Migration Camp

    Welcome to Olakira Migration Camp

    • Situated in the far north on the Mara River.
    • 9 safari tents which includes one family tent.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with flushing toilet and a shower and their own veranda.
    • Guest can enjoy their breakfast and lunch while watching the great migration crossing.
    • The aim of this camp is to get you as close to the action as possible.
    • The camp is rustic but luxurious which makes it popular for honeymoons.
  • Nomad Lamai

    Welcome to Nomad Lamai Camp

    • Located in the Kogakuria Kopjies in the far north of the park.
    • 12 stone rooms with thatched roofs.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with flushing toilet and a shower.
    • The camp provides magnificent views of the Mara River Valley and the Lamai Wedge.
    • During the great wildebeest migration, the camp provides outstanding views of the Mara River crossing.
    • Minimum age of 8 years old however the camp recommends children to be over 12 as the evenings are fairly formal and there is a lot of big game wondering around.
  • KasKaz Mara Camp

    Welcome to Kaskaz Mara Camp

    • Located close to Kogatende Airstrip and the Mara River.
    • 8 intimate mobile safari tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and shower and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • Activities included game safaris, guided walking safaris and watching the migration take place.
    • Perfect for guests that want an intimate safari experience.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old can stay at the camp.
  • Serengeti Safari Camp, North

    Welcome to Serengeti Safari Camp, North

    • Situated in the Kuka Hills.
    • 6 Large open-plan meru tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp is small and intimate and provides guests with privacy.
    • This camp is ideal for couples, small groups or families.
    • Provides guests with a raw safari experience.
  • Chaka Camp

    Welcome to Chaka Camp

    • Situated near the Mara River from late May through to October.
    • 10 simple mobile safari tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with flushing toilet and bucket shower and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp is designed to be mobile so it can move seasonally.
    • Provides close-up views of the wildebeest migration crossing the Mara River to and from Tanzania and Kenya.
    • Magnificent views of the Serengeti eco-system.
    • The camp provides guests with an authentic and intimate bush experience.
  • Singita Mara Camp

    Welcome to Singita Mara Camp

    • Located close to the Mara River.
    • 6 luxury tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet, shower and open-air private bath, and each tent has their own private deck.
    • All the tents are raised on wooden platforms providing the best view of the wildlife and the migration.
    • One of the only permanent camps along the Mara River.
    • Minimum age of 10 years old allowed to stay at the camp as there are no fences and big game wondering around.
  • Lemala Kuria Hills

    Welcome to Lemala Kuria Hills

    • Located in the Wogakurya Hills, close to the Mara River.
    • 15 glass fronted tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet, shower, and freestanding bath and each tent has their own veranda.
    • All the tents have their own plunge pools and the main swimming pool is on the sundeck.
    • Tents are spread fairly apart to provide guests with privacy.
    • Provides guests with a modern experience to view the migration.
  • Klein's Camp

    Welcome to Klein's Camp

    • Situated just outside the Serengeti National Park.
    • 10 cosy thatched stone cottages.
    • Ensuite bathrooms and each cottage has their own private veranda overlooking the valleys and hills
    • Magnificent views of the Serengeti from each cottage and all the main areas.
    • Feels like a permanent lodge and not a tented camp which is mainly found in the Serengeti.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old can stay at the camp.
  • Sayari Mara Camp

    Welcome to Sayari Mara Camp

    • Situated in a remote region of the Serengeti and perfectly positioned for witnessing the great migration crossing the Mara River.
    • 15 luxurious tents that blend in with the landscape.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet, shower and bath, and each tent has its own private veranda.
    • Wildlife such as hippos usually roam the grounds at night looking for good grazing.
    • One of the few permanent lodges in the remote wilderness.
    • Minimum age of 5 years old, however, the camp recommends children over 12 years old.
  • Lemala Mara Camp

    Welcome to Lemala Mara Camp

    • Located near the Mara River.
    • 12 intimate safari style tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and a safari shower, each tent has their own veranda.
    • The camp provides an authentic safari experience, with wildlife often wondering through the camp.
    • The main attraction is the great migration crossing the Mara River, however, wildlife can be spotted here all year round.
    • All children are welcome, however, it is recommended children be over the age of 12 years old.
  • Mkombe's House

    Welcome to Mkombe's House

    • Situated in the Kogakuria Kopjes.
    • 4 rooms, two suitable for children.
    • Ensuite bathrooms.
    • One of the most child friendly lodges in the Serengeti.
    • Biggest attraction is the great migration, however, other wildlife can be seen.
    • The house provides views across the valley towards the Mara River and of the Lamai Wedge.
  • Nasikia Migration Camp North

    Welcome to Nasikia Migration Camp

    • Located in Bologonja.
    • 8 – 12 safari tents, this all depends on how busy the season is.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • Magnificent views of the great migration crossing the Mara River.
    • The camp is mobile so it can follow the great migration.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old.
  • Serengeti Under Canvas, North

    Welcome to Serengeti Under Canvas, North

    • Situated in the Kogatende.
    • 9 large safari tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own veranda.
    • The camp provides a good traditional safari experience without losing any of the luxuries.
    • Activities include visits to a local school, private game drives and fishing in a canoe.
    • The camp provides magnificent views of the great migration crossing the Mara River.
  • Serian Serengeti North

    Welcome to Serian Serengeti North

    • Located in the Kogatende region.
    • 6 elegant traditional safari tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with flushing toilets and shower, and each tent has their own veranda.
    • Camp provides an authentic safari experience and there is often wildlife wondering through the camp.
    • Activities include walking safaris, full day game drives and hot-air balloon safaris.
    • Very rare owner-hosted camp.
  • Ubuntu Migration Camp North

    Welcome to Ubuntu Migration Camp

    • Situated near the Mara River.
    • 6 tented rooms.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own outdoor area.
    • Provides guests with a wild and authentic safari experience but also providing a luxury and comfortable experience.
    • The camp is small and intimate and is ideal for couples or small groups.
    • Activities include hot-air ballooning, bush dining and going on a game drive.
  • Namiri Plains

    Welcome to Namiri Plains

    • Located in the Soit Le Motonyi area.
    • 8 luxury safari-style tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and an indoor and outdoor shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp offers the ultimate safari experience.
    • This area has the highest density of cheetahs in East Africa as it was closed off to tourists for nearly 20 years to be used as a breeding ground for cheetahs.
    • The campsite is remote with the closest neighbour an hour’s drive away.
  • Dunia Camp

    Welcome to Dunia Camp

    • Situated in the Moru Kopjes area.
    • 8 large luxurious tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp is a favourite of honeymooners that are looking for privacy and luxury.
    • The camp has a good view of the Wildebeest Migration between December and March, but the rest of the year has magnificent views of other wildlife.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old, however, the recommended age is 12 years old as the area is unfenced and wildlife roams the camp at night.
  • Naona Moru Camp

    Welcome to Naona Moru Camp

    • Located in the Central Serengeti at the heart of the action.
    • 10 luxurious and intimate safari tents.
    • Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a toilet and a shower, and each tent has their own private covered veranda.
    • Variety of wildlife all year round and perfect camp for the migration during May/June and November/December.
    • The camp offers visitors an authentic safari experience with animals such as lion and elephant roaming the camp site during the night.
    • The camp welcomes children age 6 years and older. 
  • Serengeti Safari Camp, Central

    Welcome to Serengeti Safari Camp, Central

  • Grumeti River Camp

    Welcome to Grumeti River Camp

    • Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti overlooking the Grumeti River.
    • 10 large spacious tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The main area of the camp is situated on the bank of the Grumeti River and is perfect for hippo watching.
    • Each tent has a magnificent view of the Grumeti River, guests can see elephants drinking from the river, monkeys playing in the trees and hippos wallowing happily in the water.
    • The camp is the perfect position to witness the intense drama of the Great Migration crossing over the Grumeti River.
  • Kiota Camp

    Welcome to Kiota Camp

    • Situated in the heart of the central Serengeti.
    • 10 spacious tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private shaded veranda.
    • This camp is a permanent tented camp and has magnificent views of wildlife all year round.
    • The camp offers an authentic safari experience.
    • Activities include dining under the stars, game drives and balloon safaris.
  • Lemala Ewanjan

    Welcome to Lemala Ewanjan

    • Located in the Seronera Valley.
    • 12 tents situated on the western slopes of Makoma Hill.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • Provides guests with great views of wildlife and is a great place for leopard and lion sightings.
    • The Wildebeest Migration can be seen from the camp.
    • Minimum age is 6 years old, however, the recommended age is 12 years old as the camp is unfenced and there is dangerous wildlife roaming around.
  • Serian Serengeti South

    Welcome to Serian Serengeti South

    • Located in the southern part of the Serengeti
    • 6 lavish and spacious tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp is small and intimate and provides guests with privacy.
    • This camp is ideal for couples, small groups or families.
    • Provides guests with a raw safari experience.
  • Serengeti Under Canvas, South

    Welcome to Serengeti Under Canvas, South

    • Situated in the Serengeti National Park.
    • 9 spacious tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own veranda.
    • The camp is a luxury safari but has a feel of a good traditional safari.
    • The camp is small providing an intimate Great Migration experience.
    • Guests can customise their own game viewing experience to suit their interests.
  • Olakira Migration Camp, South

    Welcome to Olakira Migration Camp

    • Located in the Ndutu area.
    • 9 safari tents which includes one family tent.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with flushing toilet and a shower and their own veranda.
    • The camp provides the viewing of the Great Migration spreading across the southern plains.
    • The aim of this camp is to get you as close to the action as possible.
    • The camp is rustic but luxurious which makes it popular for honeymoons.
  • Serengeti Safari Camp, South

    Welcome to Serengeti Safari Camp, South

    • Situated around Lake Ndutu.
    • 7 spacious tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • Prime viewing location for the Serengeti’s Wildebeest Migration.
    • Activities include picnicking, driving around following the Migration and full day safaris.
    • The camp offers an intimate and intense wilderness experience.
  • Nasikia Migration Camp South

    Welcome to Nasikia Migration Camp South

    • Located at the Small Marsh special campsite.
    • 8 – 12 safari tents, this all depends on how busy the season is.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet and shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp offers the best view life viewing as it follows the Great Migration.
    • The camp provides an authentic safari experience without compromising on comforts.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old can stay at the camp.
  • Kimondo Migration Camp South

    Welcome to Kimondo Migration Camp

    • Situated near Kusini.
    • 8 spacious airy tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own private veranda.
    • This camp follows the Great Migration and ensures the best locations to view the Migration.
    • The camp is a rustic yet comfortable camp with views of the grassland.
    • Minimum age of 6 years old can stay at the camp, however, the recommended age is 12 years old as the camp is unfenced and there is a high risk of wildlife roaming through the camp during the day and night.
  • Lemala Ndutu Camp

    Welcome to Lemala Ndutu Camp

    • Located in the Ndutu plains.
    • 12 spacious wooden floor tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own outdoor seating area.
    • The camp provides a sense of privacy in what is a busy area.
    • The camp offers an intimate safari experience.
    • Activities include daytime safari drives, walking safaris and off-road safaris.
  • Serian Kusini

    Welcome to Serian Kusini

    • Situated to the west of the Ndutu cluster, on the border of the Maswa reserve.
    • 6 luxurious tents.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a shower, each tent has their own private veranda.
    • The camp is remote and guests have access to the camp's vehicles, making it the ultimate private African adventure.
    • The camp allows guests to get as close as possible to the wildlife and provides guests with a personalised experience.
    • There is often wildlife wandering through the camp during the day and the night.
  • Ubuntu Migration Camp South

    Welcome to Ubuntu Migration Camp South

    • Located in the southern plains in the Serengeti National Park.
    • 6 tented rooms.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet and a bucket shower, and each tent has their own outdoor area.
    • Provides guests with a wild and authentic safari experience but also providing a luxury and comfortable experience.
    • The camp is small and intimate and is ideal for couples or small groups.
    • Activities include walking the hills behind the camp, bush dining, going on private safari drives and spotting the Big Five.
  • Singita Faru Faru

    Welcome to Singita Faru Faru

    • Situated near a waterhole and the tree line of the Grumeti River.
    • 9 modern suites that have a view of the river.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet, a bathtub with a view and an outdoor shower.
    • The main areas have a magnificent view of the waterhole where a large herd of elephants frequently visit.
    • Activities include mountain biking, going on a game drive and playing tennis or star gazing.
    • All children are welcome and there are tailor-made activities to suite each family.
  • Singita Sasakwa

    Welcome to Singita Sasakwa

    • Located on the Sasakwa Hill.
    • 10 magnificent cottages.
    • Ensuite bathrooms, with a flushing toilet, a shower and a claw-foot bath, and each suite has a private veranda.
    • The lodge is perfect for small families or couples looking for a romantic getaway.
    • The lodge offers game drives all year round even in the Great Migration and is a wonderful area to see the Big Five.
    • Minimum age of 10 years old.
  • Singita Sabora

    Welcome to Singita Sabora

    • Situated in the Sabora Plains above the Grumeti River.
    • 6 spacious tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with a flushing toilet, bath and an outdoor shower, and each tent has their own private deck.
    • The Great Migration surrounds the whole camp and it’s often common for a few Wildebeests to fall into the pool.
    • When it isn’t the Great Migration, the camp offers magnificent views of other wildlife.
    • Activities include archery, game drives in an open safari vehicle and nature walks.
  • Singita Serengeti House

    Welcome to Singita Serengeti House

    • Located on the slopes of the Sasakwa Hill.
    • 4 intimate suites.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with flushing toilet, bath and shower, and each suite has their own private outdoor area.
    • The infinity pool overlooks the plains allowing guests to view Mother Nature at work.
    • Child-friendly, with babysitting services and tailored activities for each family.
    • The house overlooks a waterhole where elephants gather during the dry seasons.
  • Singita Explore

    Welcome to Singita Explore

    • Situated in the Singita Grumeti Reserves
    • 6 canvas tents.
    • Ensuite bathroom, with flushing toilet and a shower, and each tent has their own private viewing deck.
    • Private guide, chef, camp host and camp staff, activities can be arranged according to the guests making the experience intimate.
    • Activities include archery, star gazing, community visits, wine tasting and game drives.
    • This camp provides one of the most authentic safari experiences in the Serengeti.
  • Ikuka Camp

    Welcome to Ikuka Camp

    • Ideal location upon the Mwagusi Escarpment
    • One of only a handful of owner run safari camps
    • Just 6 rooms in this small intimate camp
    • Superb game viewing
    • Swimming pool, main mess area and dining room all with stunning views
    • Excellent big game walking safaris
    • Children welcome from 7yrs, Walking safari age, +16yrs

  • Singita Pamushana

    Welcome to Singita Pamushana

    • Singita luxury lodge in private Malilangwe reserve
    • Only 7 rooms in total
    • Glorious views into the reserve
    • Private plunge pools for all rooms
    • Extraordinary high levels of service and standard across the lodge
    • Wonderful guiding, wildlife, birdlife and diverse activities

  • Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

    Welcome to Chilo Gorge

    • Luxury lodge just outside the National park overlooking the Save River
    • 15 large rooms, 5 of which form a separate camp called Nhambo
    • Glorious views into the National park
    • Private tented camp in Gonarezhou itself for fly camping
    • Diverse and numerous activities
    • Excellent guiding with diverse and numerous activities
    • Home away from home atmosphere

  • Little Ruckomechi

    Welcome to Little Ruckomechi Camp

    Little Ruckomechi, along with it's larger equally beautiful sister camp Ruckomechi, is Mana Pools's luxury accommodation offering. It only has 3 guest tents, with a 4th available for group or family bookings, that gives this camp such a wonderful exclusive feel for guests staying there. They both sit on the Western edge of the main national park in their own private concession which gives them licence to operate some activities that are not possible within the national park boundaries. Little Ruckomechi is owned by Wilderness Safaris who are one of Africa's top safari operators and conservationists who work very hard at delivering high levels of service across the board. In both Little Ruckomechi and Ruckomechi Camp, this is very evident. Given the opulent nature and style of the camps, it can be said that the real "Mana Pools" experience of raw untamed wilderness that is synonymous with Mana Pools is perhaps somewhat lost but, that should not be perceived as a negative because that unadulterated, truly wild safari is not everyone's cup of tea. All in all this high-end intimate camp is wonderful and the draw of being able to go out on a boat on the Zambezi River which is only possible at these two great camps make it hard to overlook as the' choice of camp. At the very least in combination with another, more inland camp or one that sits on the shores within the National Park itself.

    Little Ruckomechi at a glance :

    Location: situated approx. 4km (20-minute drive) downstream from Ruckomechi

    Setting: overlooks a floodplain, the Zambezi River and the Zambian Escarpment. On the opposite bank of the river (in Zambia) there are some small villages which are home to subsistence farmers. Depending on the wind sound does travel

    Airstrip: Mana West - transfer to camp takes approx. 20 minutes.

    Road & Boat: from Lusaka it’s a 3-4 hour road transfer to Chirundu (depending on day of the week and the number of lorries) followed by an hours boat transfer to camp (43.5 km). The last 1hr50 is most attractive as the road winds its way through the Zambian Escarpment down to the Zambezi River and the Chirundu border post

    Accommodation: 3 airy and elegant twin bedded canvas tents each with 2 x ¾ beds. The pilot/guide/tour leader tent is of the same standard and can be used as a guest tent in the event of an exclusive use booking.

    Guest areas: dining room, lounge and plunge pool

    Activities: take place within Ruckomechi’s private concession and include day and night game drives, walking, sunset river cruises, catch-and-release fishing (from the river bank or by boat) and canoeing (on a shared basis with Ruckomechi Camp). As the Ruckomechi concession is adjacent to Mana Pools it is the only camp to offer motor boat excursions. No private vehicles are available.

    Season: 01 Apr - 15 Nov

    Children: not permitted

  • Ruckomechi Camp

    Welcome to Ruckomechi Camp

    Ruckomechi Camp, along with its smaller and more intimate sister Little Ruckomechi, are the real luxury offerings in Mana Pools. They both sit on the western edge of the national park in their own excellent private reserve which gives them licence to operate some activities that are not possible within the National Park boundaries. Ruckomechi Camp is owned and managed by Wilderness safaris who are one of Africa's top safari operators and conservationists and who work very hard at delivering high levels of service across the board. In both Ruckomechi and Little Ruckomechi this is very evident. Given the opulent nature and style of the camps it can be said that the real "Mana pools" experience of raw untamed wilderness is perhaps somewhat lost, but that should not be perceived as a negative because the raw unadulterated safari that can be had in Mana Pools is not for everyone. All in all this high end camp is wonderful and the draw of being able to go out on a boat on the Zambezi River, which is only possible at Ruckomechi and Little Ruckomechi, make it hard to overlook as the choice of camp or at least in combination with another camp more inland or on the shores of the national park itself.

    Ruckomechi Camp at a glance :

    Location: in a private concession adjacent to the western boundary of Mana Pools

    Setting: overlooks a floodplain, the Zambezi River and the Zambian Escarpment. On the opposite bank of the river (in Zambia) there are some small villages which are home to subsistence farmers. Depending on wind direction one may hear the sounds of every day village life 

    Accommodation: 10 spacious canvas units, 2 of which are 2 bedroom family units. Well laid out and attractively furnished each unit has floor to ceiling gauze panels which can be unzipped to let the outside in. There is a covered deck, sitting area with sofa and table, wooden floor, dressing table with charging station (no hairdryer), free standing fan and mosquito net. A screen and wardrobe separates the bedroom from the bathroom with its double vanity, w.c. and shower, which when the front panel is unzipped becomes an indoor/outdoor shower. Blending effortlessly into its surrounds the colour scheme of cream, teal and pops of blue is calming and peaceful

    Guest areas: set under the shade of age old mahogany and acacia trees is a large outdoor dining deck, an indoor dining area, a separate lounge with small bar and a sunken fire pit cum star gazing deck. A few steps away is an infinity pool with loungers and a (secluded) outdoor bath with a 'view'. Elephants frequently wander through camp and often hang around the dining deck 

    Activities: take place within Ruckomech in a private concession and include day and night game drives, walking, sunset river cruises, catch-and-release fishing (from the river bank or by boat) and canoeing. As the concession is adjacent to Mana Pools it is the only camp to offer motor boat excursions. If guests want to explore deeper into Mana Pools they need to book a private vehicle

    Sleep out: at Parachute Pan which is a wooden deck set high up in the branches of a massive rain-tree overlooking an open vlei area 

    *Children: minimum age 6 years. Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s. Families with children between 6 - 12 years must book and pay for private activities. Minimum age for walking is 13 years and 16 years for canoeing

  • John's Camp

    Welcome to John's Camp

    Named after renowned safari guide John Stevens, John's Camp is an authentic yet charming camp. It offers the most gorgeous view across a floodplain to the Zambezi River and the Zambian escarpment in the distance. A proper safari camp along the lines of Goliath Camp, Vundu and Zambezi Expeditions this is safari at its best. Whilst the experience is intimate and highly personalised guests will enjoy exceptional service, top notch guiding and great game viewing. John Stevens joined Zimbabwe National Parks over 50 years ago and has worked in and around Mana Pools ever since. The management of the camp is now under Robin Pope Safari's a Zambian safari company that has similar operating style and ethos of how safaris should be. They are a wonderful safari company, specialising in walking safaris in Zambia, Robin Pope himslef being an Africa safari guide icon and it is very exciting to have one of their camps on this side of the river. John is available to guide personally on request and at additional cost should you wish, but the camp resident guides, as with all Zimbabwe guides are fantastic!

    John's Camp at a glance

    Location: At the beginning of each season camp is set up at a semi-permanent site where it remains for the whole season

    Airstrip: Mana Pools Main is a 45 minute leisurely game drive from camp. Alternatively guests can transfer from Lusaka by road to Chirundu and then by boat to camp

    Accommodation: Five generously spaced twin/double tents set under fly sheets and with large gauze windows. En-suite facilities include a flush loo, bucket shower, wash basin and bathroom amenities. Outside on the small veranda is a canvas hand basin and a couple of directors' chairs

    Guest area: Dining is al fresco - under a shady tree in the heat of the day or on the banks of the river in the moonlight. At night guests gather around the fire pit to plan the following days activities

    Activities: Include walking, game drive and land based catch and release fishing and photography. A private tour of the National Park Headquarters where guests can interact with the rangers who protect not only the wildlife but the park itself can be arranged. More adventurous guests may opt to sleep out under the stars in a 'mozzi dome' tent away from main camp or spend an evening on a rustic platform

    Season: 14 Apr -30 Nov

    Children: No children under 12 unless the camp is booked exclusively

  • Kanga Camp

    Welcome to Kanga Camp

    Kanga is located in the heart of the national park in its own "unofficial" private concession next to the Kanga Pan. This is one of the most remote parts of the park and as the pan is the only permanent water source in a 10km radius it attracts a large amount of game to the camp. In fact so much so that an armchair safari on the decks of the camp overlooking the waterhole is a must do activity with large and regular rewards. Lion Leopard Elephant and buffalo frequent the camp often. This is a semi luxurious camp and is really lovely. Importantly though the essence of Mana Pools is not lost and you definitely feel like you are in very wild African bush which is what Mana is all about. It is owned by African Bushcamps who have a whole host of similar camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana and are absolute favourites of ours. They epitomise true traditional safari values of high quality guiding, superb safari camp locations and effortlessly combine luxury with authentic safari camps. Beks Ndlovu, owner and professional guide is fast becoming an icon through his efforts in the safari and wildlife conservation world. It is easy to see and feel his passion and operating ethos in all of his safari camps, guides and staff. It is best to combine Kanga with a camp on the Lower Zambezi shoreline and Kanga does have a sister camp, Zambezi Expeditions. This way you get the full Mana Pools experience!

    Kanga Camp at a glance :

    Location: in a remote private concession in the heart of the park 15km (1hr50 drive) inland from the Zambezi River

    Setting: on the edge of Kanga Pan which is the only permanent water source within a 10km radius. Comprising of multiple open vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests this diverse area is a complete contrast to the flat Zambezi floodplain

    Airstrip: Dandawa - transfer to camp takes approx. 30 minutes

    Accommodation: 6 secluded tents each with a private deck overlooking the Pan. All the tents have just been refurbished with attractive new softs. The 2 honeymoon tents which double as family units are lovely. They comprise king-size bed, 2 day beds, writing desk, wooden floor, floor to ceiling gauze windows (lots of zips!), good lighting, tea/coffee station (thermos of hot water is provided) and mosquito net. Behind the bed is hanging space, a double vanity and w.c. Set under the branches of a massive tree is an outside shower and bath. Although comfortable the 4 standard Meru style tents are quite a bit smaller and have an outdoor shower, washbasin and flush loo.

    Guest area: sculptured around the trunks of ancient ebony and nyala berry trees are four tiered decks shaded by canvas sails. There are two seating decks, a dining deck, fire deck and pool deck

    Activities: morning, afternoon and evening game drives and walking. Canoeing and fishing is on request as the Zambezi River is an hour's drive away. Bush dining accompanied by impromptu entertainment by the staff are a highlight

    Sleep out: overlooking a dry river bed 'Kanga under the Stars' comprises four platforms (3 for guests and 1 for the guide) furnished with a mattress, bed linen, tin trunk and mosquito net. At ground level and set a few steps away from each of the platforms is a wash basin and flush loo

    Season: 1st April to 10 December

    Children: not below 7 years. As children under 16 are not permitted on walking safaris nature walks around camp can be arranged. Families with children younger than 12 years will be required to pay for a private vehicle. Families of 5 or more guests automatically qualify for a private vehicle

    General: at the beginning of the season (Apr - mid July) game is sporadic and in order to compensate for this guests are taken on a full day excursion down to the flood plains where they can enjoy a picnic lunch and a spot of canoeing. From around mid-July until the arrival of the first rains Kanga Pan literally becomes a magnet for all manner of game. With so much activity going on around camp guests can sit back and enjoy an 'arm chair' safari which, for some guests, makes a pleasant change to bouncing around in a vehicle. In order to experience a beautiful contrast in landscape Kanga should be combined with Zambezi Expeditions or one of the other river front camps.

  • Zambezi Expeditions Camp

    Welcome to Zambezi Expeditions Camp

    Zambezi Expeditions is a wonderful semi permanent camp that sits along the shoreline of the Lower Zambezi river in Mana Pools National park itself. The camp itself is a bit of a throw back to the original and deliberately simple type of safari camp of a bygone era, of which there are several in Mana Pools alone, and in our opinion the best way to experience Mana Pools. The safari experience as a whole, the game viewing and activities, the camp atmospherics and extremely high level of guiding is the camps primary focus. Which is how it should be of course. The floodplain area of Mana Pools is so beautiful, with big cathedral like Winterthorn Acacia trees littering and otherwise open landscape. The fruit pods of this tree species being a favoured food of Elephant and other herbivores, this area is teaming with wildlife. Walking safari's, Canoeing and Vehicle safaris are the activities on offer here and they always deliver epic safari experiences. The camp is owned by African Bushcamps who have a whole host of similar camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana and are absolute favourites of ours. They epitomise true traditional safari values of high quality guiding, superb safari camp locations and effortlessly combine luxury with authentic wilderness safari camps wilderness. Beks Ndlovu, owner and professional guide is fast becoming an icon through his efforts in the safari and wildlife conservation world. it is easy to see and feel his passion and operating ethos in all of his safari camps, guides and staff. It is best to combine Zambezi Expeditions with its sister camp, Kanga, located in the heart of the park away from the river shoreline. This way you get the full Mana Pools experience!

    Zambezi Expeditions at a glance :

    Location: at a designated operator site along the Zambezi River within Mana Pools National Park. Will be moving to a new site near Nkupi at the beginning of July 2017 until the end of the season

    Setting: in the shade of ancient trees looking out over an expanse of flood plain with the river and Zambian Escarpment in the distance

    Airstrip: Mana Main - approx. 20 minutes to camp

    Transfer: between ZE and Kanga is approx. 1hr50 game viewing en route

    Accommodation: 6 guest tents each set on a wooden deck. Tents 6 & 7 are connected by a short walkway & can be taken as a family unit. The maximum number of guests permitted in camp at any one time is 12. En-suite facilities feature a shower, with running water, wash basin and flush loo. Game wanders freely through camp and around the tents.

    Guest area: a mess tent with self-service bar, tea/coffee station, dining and seating areas. Breakfast is set out next to the camp fire whereas lunch is served in the mess tent. Dinner may be taken in the mess tent or outside under the stars. Guests are often entertained by impromptu song and dance or storytelling.

    Activities: morning and afternoon game drives, walking, fishing, birding and canoeing

    Season: 1st April to 10 December

    Children: not below 7 years. Children under 16 are not able to participate in walking safaris however nature walks around camp are on offer. Canoeing is not recommended for children under 16 however this is at the discretion of the guide. Families with children younger than 12 years will be required to pay for a private vehicle. Families of 5 or more guests automatically qualify for a private vehicle.

  • Goliath Camp

    Welcome to Goliath Camp

    This camp easily makes it into Tailormade Africa's ultimate top 10 safari camps in Africa in its original authentic and deliberately simple form. Goliath Safaris camp is owned and run by one of Africa's premier safari guides, Stretch Ferreira who has operated here in Mana Pools for 25 years. By any standards, that in itself is impressive. His knowledge of Mana pools is extraordinary and along with a couple of other supreme guides in this park he has the ability to transcend the normal safari experience for you. The camp is not for everyone, nor is the style of safari experience. He knows individual Elephants at a quite personal level and in turn they know him and accept him. This leads to walking safaris like no other in that it is possible and likely that you will be sat on the floor with a giant Bull Elephant within 5 meters of you. Similarly you might even crawl up to a pack of Wild dog or walk onto some Lion that also just seem to know Stretch. There are few guides that have the skill and the relationships with truly wild animals like this. The guides he has under him have equal measure of passion and love for Mana and of course can't but help being fonts of knowledge themselves. The camp has a lovely position right on the river bank overlooking the Lower Zambezi River and is a deliberately simple affair, but it gets away with it because you understand very quickly that you are there for extraordinary experiences. It is still very comfortable, the food is great and the hosting of Stretch and the team in camp is remarkable and homely. Undoubtedly Goliath Camp lives al lot on the availability of Stretch himself being at camp and taking guests out. This can't happen every day of course so expectations should be managed but at least once in your stay at Goliath there is a very good chance you would get him as your guide.

    Goliath Safari Camp at a glance :

    Location: meters from the Zambezi River in the heart of Mana Pools National Park

    Airstrip: Mana Main - transfer to camp takes approx. 25 minutes

    Accommodation: six spacious East African style tents with twin beds, teak furnishings, en suite shower, flush w.c. and washstand. Offering outdoor living at its best the public areas comprise of a covered lounge and bar, an open-air dining area and riverside campfire seating

    Activities: there is no set routine as each day is planned around animal movements and what the guests want to do. Stretch usually takes guests out on an early morning walk whereas drives (night drives not possible), canoeing and fishing (from the river bank and bring your own rods) may be in the company of another guide.

    Season: 1 May-31October

    Children: under 12 accepted if camp is booked exclusively. May participate in walks if Stretch feels it's appropriate.

  • Vundu Camp

    Welcome to Vundu Camp

    • One of Africa's truly great safari camps and experiences
    • Owner managed and guided by Nick Murray, one of Zimbabwe's & Africa's top guides
    • Just 8 deliberately simple but comfortable tents 
    • Situated in a prime location on a private concession in the park itself on the Lower Zambezi river bank
    • Superb Guiding quality of all camp guides
    • Extraordinary game viewing and wildlife experiences

    A traditional old style safari camp that is not going to win any awards for style. However, what it lacks in safari chic is more than made up for in warmth and character. Owned by professional safari guide Nick Murray, who is supported by a loyal, skilled and dedicated team, Vundu, and its sister camp a few Kilometers away, Little Vundu, are one of a kind type camps. Here the focus is fully on introducing guests to the real Mana Pools where they may experience never to be forgotten close up interactions whilst tracking wild dog and lion on foot. We wouldn't necessarily recommend either of the Vundu Camps or indeed the similarly awesome Goliath Camp for first time safari goers due to the very raw nature of the wilderness experience here. However if you have  good sense of adventure and are worldly well travelled in rustic countries shall we say then perhaps it'll be right up your street. For safari purists or repeat Africa clients though, this is gold!

    Vundu is a typical example of why one shouldn't judge a book by its cover. One has to look beyond its dated décor and vehicles, which may have seen better days, and focus on Nick, his team, the game and the experience. No nonsense and down to earth Nick is passionate about Mana Pools and is hugely pro-active when it comes to supporting anti-poaching initiatives in the Zambezi Valley. 

    As well as Little Vundu, Nick and his team operate a 2 night canoe trail down the Zambezi known as Ruwesi Canoe Trail and an extremely wild, walking only safari camp deep in the heart of the park Chitake Springs Mobile Camp

  • Little Vundu

    Welcome to Little Vundu Camp

    • One of Africa's truly great safari camps and experiences
    • Owner managed and guided by Nick Murray, one of Zimbabwe's & Africa's top guides
    • Just 4 deliberately simple but comfortable tents 
    • Situated in a prime location on a private concession in the park itself on the Lower Zambezi river bank
    • Superb Guiding quality of all camp guides
    • Extraordinary game viewing and wildlife experiences

    A traditionally old style safari camp that is not going to win any awards for style. However, what it lacks in safari chic is more than made up for in warmth and character. Owned by professional safari guide Nick Murray, who is supported by a loyal, skilled and dedicated team, Little Vundu, and its sister camp a few Kilometers away, Vundu Camp, are one of a kind type camps. Here the focus is fully on introducing guests to the real Mana Pools where they may experience never to be forgotten close up interactions whilst tracking wild dog and lion on foot. At this smaller more intimate camp it should be said that to get the most out of little Vundu you should try and book out Nick Murray himself as the private guide for you at camp

    We wouldn't necessarily recommend either of the Vundu Camps or indeed the similarly awesome Goliath Camp for first time safari goers due to the very raw nature of the wilderness experience here. However if you have good sense of adventure and are worldly well travelled in rustic countries shall we say then perhaps it'll be right up your street. For safari purists or repeat Africa clients though, this is gold! Little Vundu is a typical example of why one shouldn't judge a book by its cover. One has to look beyond its dated décor and vehicles, which may have seen better days, and focus on Nick, his team, the game and the experience. No nonsense and down to earth Nick is passionate about Mana Pools and is hugely pro-active when it comes to supporting anti-poaching initiatives in the Zambezi Valley. As well as the sister camp Vundu Camp, Nick and his team also operate a 2 night canoe trail down the Zambezi known as Ruwesi Canoe Trail and an extremely wild, walking only safari camp deep in the heart of the park Chitake Springs Mobile Camp.

    Children:  not under 6 years. Families with children of 12 years and younger must pay for a private vehicle.  Walking will be tailored to suit families with children under 16  
  • Hwange Bushcamp

    Welcome to Hwange Bushcamp

    • Just 6 spacious safari tents with En-suite facilities
    • Owned by one of Zimbabwe's most professional and characterful safari guides, Dave Carson
    • Located in a remote and diverse ecosystem region of northern Hwange National Park
    • Very few, if any, other vehicles giving you the whole area to yourselves
    • One of the best big game walking safaris anywhere in Zimbabwe with Dave Carson or Spike Willamson
    • A completely unplugged camp from the rest of the world. No wifi. No Phone signal. Just how it should be.

    Hwange Bushcamp is a real treat for any safari-goer but certainly, for the safari purist, it really doesn't get much better. This is one of those camps that once you have been you will be forever changed on how you see a safari should be done. In an ever-increasing safari world where opulence, cuisine and aesthetic luxury is running wild and becoming the norm, Hwange Bush Camp unapologetically stays true to what makes safari so unique and so life-changing. Being in the heart of the African bush, with nothing but canvas between you and the natural world around you. Having the sounds and smells of Africa's wildlife and birdlife drifting into your tent. Sitting around the campfire in the evenings and mornings swapping stories with your hosts, camp staff and guides and being interrupted by Elephant wandering into Camp.

    Hwange Bush Camp should be included in every safari itinerary to Zimbabwe and whilst that can also be said of quite a few others, which is why we love Zimbabwe safari's in general, there is something very honest and humbling about this particular camp.

  • Somalisa Expeditions Camp

    Welcome to Somalisa Expeditions Camp

  • Bomani Tented Camp

    Welcome to Bomani

  • Davisons Camp

    Welcome to Davisons Camp

  • Camp Hwange

    Welcome to Camp Hwange

  • Jozibanani Camp

    Welcome to Jozibanani Camp

  • Little Makalolo

    Welcome to Little Makalolo

  • Somalisa Camp

    Welcome to Somalisa Camp

  • Linkwasha Camp

    Welcome to Linkwasha Camp

  • Somalisa Acacia Camp

    Welcome to Somalisa Acacia Camp

  • Victoria Falls Hotel

    Welcome to the Victoria Falls Hotel

  • Batonka Guest Lodge

    Welcome to Batonka Guest Lodge

  • Victoria Falls River Lodge

    Welcome to Victoria Falls River Lodge

  • The Elephant Camp

    Welcome to the Elephant Camp

  • Matetsi River Lodge

    Welcome to Matetsi River Lodge

  • Zambezi Sands

    Welcome to Zambezi Sands

  • Imbabala Safari Lodge

    Welcome to Imbabala

  • Gorges & Little Gorges Lodge

    Welcome to Gorges & Little Gorges Lodge

  • MV Matusadona Houseboat

    Welcome to MV Matusadona Houseboat

  • Umbozha Houseboat

    Welcome to Umbozha

  • Changa Camp

    Welcome to Changa Camp

  • Musango Safari Camp

    Welcome to Musango Safari Camp

  • Camp Amalinda

    Welcome to Camp Amalinda

  • Big Cave Camp

    Welcome to Big Cave Camp

  • Magashi Camp

    Welcome to Magashi Camp

    Opening May 2019

    Situated in the incredibly diverse northeastern corner of Akagera National Park and managed by the highly reputable Wilderness Safaris, Magashi Camp overlooks the beautiful Lake Rwanyakazinga in Rwanda . The lake is home to one of Africa's highest hippo densities, some huge crocodiles, the secretive sitatunga (or marshbuck) and the shoebill stork.  Akagera National Park, covering 100,000 hectares, has been managed by African Parks since 2010 and comprises some the most scenic savannah in East Africa: open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and grassy low mountains.  

    Due to the great work of African Parks, Akagera National Park has undergone an incredible transformation in the last eight years: poaching has been eliminated and wildlife is now thriving. African Parks reintroduced lions in 2015 after a 20-year absence and reintroduced the black rhinoceros in 2017. Magashi Camp is the only private access area in Akagera.

    Travel to Magashi Camp

    If you are travelling from the UK or mainland Europe there are various flight options: RwandAir flies directly to Kigali from London Gatwick three times a week alternatively Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, KLM via Amsterdam and Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, all from London Heathrow. Other airlines serving Kigali include Fly Dubai and Qatar Airlines.

    Magashi Camp is a 2-hour road transfer from Kigali Airport.

    Magashi Camp Information

    Six spacious and airy guest tents offer uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga while Magashi’s main area comprises a luxurious lounge, dining and bar area, wine cellar and pool as well an expansive viewing deck and convivial fire pit. The architecture and interiors pay homage to traditional Rwandan culture.

    Guests will be able to take part in a variety of expertly guided safari activities. As well as extensive wildlife, Akagera National Park boasts almost 500 species of birds including the spectacular shoebill with its implausibly massive bill and the near-endemic red-faced barbet.

    Activities at Magashi Camp

    Game Drives

    Explore the savannah in open 4x4 vehicles.  Each guest is assured an outside seat as each vehicle accommodates a maximum of 7 guests.

    Night game drives

    As Magashi is the only private access area in Akagera, night game drives are offered which are exclusive.

    Guided walks

    Year-round game walks are offers, weather permitting.

    Boating

    Boating in eight-seater swamp cruisers is offered.  This is an excellent way to view water birds and many other aquatic animals seen on and around Lake Rwanyakazinga.

    Fishing

    Fishing on Lake Rwanyakazinga is available on a catch-and-release basis all year round. Magashi Camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels however netting is not permitted.

    Birding

    Akagera National Park is renowned as one of the best birding areas in the world with more than 500 species recorded here.

    Best time to visit Magashi Camp

    Rwanda is a destination for all seasons, however, visiting Rwanda to trek the mountain gorilla is best during the drier season from June to September. This is also the optimum time for chimpanzee trekking . Temperatures hardly vary throughout the seasons due to Rwanda's position just south of the Equator. Days are warm and nights are cool, especially at altitude.

    For a different view of Rwanda and a completely diverse wildlife experience, why not combine your stay at Magashi Camp with Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park .

  • One&Only Nyungwe House

    Welcome to One&Only Nyungwe House

    The wonderfully refurbished Nyungwe House re-opened 1 October 2018

    Set on the edge of Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda , One&Only Nyungwe House is located in an untouched natural rainforest environment. Nyungwe Forest National Park is a haven for 13 species of primate including Colobus monkeys and chimpanzees and home to the working tea plantation of Gisakura. This incredibly exciting property lies within the lush green expanse of the tea plantation and is easily accessible from Rwanda’s international airport offering excellent links to and from major African and European cities.

    Due to open on 1st October 2018, One&Only Nyungwe House offers a window onto the fascinating wildlife and culture of this beautiful diverse landscape. Enjoy immersive tailored experiences with the park from gastronomic picnics to wild chimpanzee tracking, from open-air spa treatments to private dinners in the tea plantation. One&Only Nyungwe House promises a haven of creature comforts and a wealth of individual experiences. With no need to go far from One&Only Nyungwe House the lodge offers curated experiences enabling guests to discover the best within the stunning grounds.

    Travel to One&Only Nyungwe House

    To reach Nyungwe House in the Nyungwe National Park takes around 4-5 hours by vehicle from the capital Kigali, and the total distance is around 200kms. Most people will normally make a spot in the town of Butare to break up the journey and visit the National Museum of Rwanda, which is well worth a visit to learn more on the cultural history of the country and the region.

    One&Only Nyungwe House Information

    Just 23 luxury rooms and suites have been thoughtfully created within 5 small clusters of lodge style retreats. Situated in the foothills of forest-covered mountains all rooms offer a forest view. Two bedroom suites for families and one bedroom rooms are sumptuously designed incorporating vibrant artwork inspired by the natural beauty of Rwanda. Spacious with a fireplace and balcony or private deck, every room immerses guests into the sights and sounds of the forest.

    Dining at One&Only Nyungwe House is incredible. ‘Farm to table’ is the inspiration behind the menu which changes daily and incorporates cuisine from the lush fertile lands of Gisakura. Enjoy delicious seasonal dishes in the atmospheric Dining Room or the plantation view terrace. the daily afternoon tea ceremony in the Tea Lounge or a sundowner in the Tea Lounge Bar with the mountains of the Nyungwe National Park on the horizon. Take a casual bite poolside, an outdoor picnic or private dining around the floral ground or tea plantation.

    Chimpanzee trekking at One&Only Nyungwe House

    Nyungwe is home to one of East Africa's last remaining chimpanzee populations and an ideal spot to observe these playful animals in their natural habitat while chimpanzee trekking . For maximum viewing opportunity, early rising is necessary but a beautifully prepared breakfast accompanies any trek.

    Colobus monkey trekking at One&Only Nyungwe House

    The lush forest trails of Nyungwe are home to 13 recorded species of primates and one of the few places on the planet where you can see L'Hoests's monkeys. For maximum viewing opportunity, early rising is necessary but a beautifully prepared breakfast accompanies any Colobus monkey trekking.

    Activities at One&Only Nyungwe House

    With a myriad of activities to choose from at Nyungwe House, you will have a full schedule if you so wish. Families are also very well catered for at One&Only Nyungwe House. There is something to inspire every age from close up encounters with furry and feathered friends, bicycle trails, hilltop archery, open-air games and so much more.

    Natures bootcamp

    Work up a sweat in the great outdoors.  The natural environment is the only equipment you will need for this jungle style bootcamp where your motivating instructor will take you on an energising workout through the leafy trails around the tea plantation. 

    Conservation exploration

    Conservation is part of daily life at One&Only Nyungwe House. You are invited to come and explore the initiatives that exist within Nyunwge National Park and around the lodge. 

    Beautiful birds of Nyungwe

    You will be taken by our specialist guide to the periphery of the National Park to spot the abundant array of extraordinary birdlife.

    Nyungwe by helicopter

    Take in the breathtaking panorama of Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu and other landmarks from the air on an unforgettable 60-minute helicopter trip.  With this door to door service taking off and landing at One&Only Nyungwe House's private helipad, learn about the geography of the regions and discover more about the vast jungle below.

    The resort also offers signature experiences including a walking and sundowners tour, a nocturnal spotlighting and stargazing tour and a tour of the Gisakura tea factory.

    Within the national park, the real jungle experience begins. Explore flora covered clearings, carpets of fern and dramatic peak edges and discover the real Nyungwe National Park. One&Only Nyungwe House offers several exclusive experiences within the park:

    Bird watching

    Nyungwe National Park has been described as "the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda".  This is is true bird lovers paradise where you will see and hear some of over 300 species of bird from the Rwenzori Turaco to the Grey-Chested Kakamega.

    Canopy walk

    The famous Canopy Walkway at One&Only Nyungwe House is not to be missed. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breathtaking construction hangs 60 metres above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna, both below and above. 

    Hiking trails

    Nyungwe has an extensive network of hiking trails that range from the advanced to the entry-level so whether you are experienced, or just starting out, there is a trek for you.  

    The people who call Nyungwe home are extremely hospitable and happy to share their secrets with guests. There are many cultural experiences to enjoy at Nyungwe.

    The chef’s garden

    One of the senior chefs from the lodge will personally guide you through our kitchen’s dedicated garden revealing the secrets of seasonal cultivation and flavour and enabling you to discover where the inspiration for every world class dish begins.

    The secrets of African tea

    Sample some beautiful black tea grown in the local area of Gisakura and learn all about the process of growing and processing African tea leaves with a fascinating visual presentation.

    Community participation – Umuganda

    ‘Umuganda’ has roots back to Rwanda’s independence, and is now a nationwide programme where citizens devote the last Saturday morning of every month to working in the local community. From developing infrastructure to environmental protection, you can elect to take part in this positive initiative, giving back to the communities of Nyungwe and getting to know the local people in a uniquely hands-on way.

    Best time to visit One&Only Nyungwe House

    The best time to visit Nyungwe House is:

    • The dry season of June-October is best to visit.
    • With Chimpanzee trekking in mind, it's best to avoid the rainy season of April and May.
  • Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

    Welcome to Five Volcanoes Boutique Lodge

  • Mashatu Lodge

    Welcome to Mashatu Lodge

    Located in the remote far eastern corner of Botswana in Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Lodge is an oasis amongst the undulating and seemingly endless plains of the wild. Being located on the fringes of the desert, water is a precious resource. As the camp is close to water and in thick vegetation, it is an oasis for birds and animals ensuring the most incredible sightings in an otherwise endless wilderness. 

    Accommodation at Mashatu Lodge

    Luxury suites lie along the perimeter of the camp ensuring complete privacy and a connection to the bush and its inhabitants while offering a relaxed safari experience. These 14 spacious air-conditioned suites are well appointed with a double bed, single day bed and an additional single bed.  A large swimming pool is a welcome relief after a warm day in the bush.  Mashatu Lodge is ideal for keen photographers, solo travellers, honeymooners, groups and families. 

    Travel to Mashatu Lodge

    • Daily flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane followed by a 2-hour road transfer to Pont Drift Border Post
    • A 6-hour drive from Johannesburg to the Pont Drift border post
    • A 7-hour drive from Gaborone in Botswana through the western boundary of the reserve
    • Direct flight from Johannesburg to Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu on Thursdays and Sundays

    Best time to visit Mashatu Lodge

    The dry season in Botswana is between May and October when you can expect warm sunny days and chilly night. Water levels in the Okavango Delta are also at their highest at this time creating perfect waterways. November to April is slightly wetter but a great time to visit to see the beautiful green foliage. Animals also give birth to their young at this time.

    Activities at Mashatu Lodge

    There are several game viewing activities available at Mashatu Tented Camp. Accompanied by an experienced game ranger and tracker, vehicle game drives are taken early in the morning and in the evening when guests can stop at sunset for a sundowner in the African bush.
    Engage with wildlife in other ways by taking a walking safari or taking to the bush on a mountain bike or on horseback. 

    An exclusive hide is a dream for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike bringing visitors even closer to the remarkable wilderness at Mashatu Game Reserve.

  • Mashatu Tented Camp

    Welcome to Mashatu Tented Camp

    Located in the remote far eastern corner of Botswana in Mashatu Game Reserve, Mashatu Tented Camp is an oasis amongst the undulating and seemingly endless plains of the wild. Being located on the fringes of the desert, water is a precious resource. As the camp is close to water and in thick vegetation, it is an oasis for birds and animals ensuring the most incredible sightings in an otherwise endless wilderness. 

    Just 30 minutes by road from the main camp, Mashatu Lodge, Mashatu Tented Camp offers an immersive intimate bush experience for honeymooners, photographers and solo travellers. This lodge is unsuitable for children under the age of 12.

    Accommodation at Mashatu Tented Camp

    Meandering pathways lead you to eight completely private tents, carefully nestled under the branches of enormous trees. Each tent is spacious and comfortable with private outdoor ensuite bathrooms. This unique camp invites socialisation. Camaraderie abounds at shared meal times either in the open air thatched gazebo or the bomb overlooking the floodlit waterhole where animals come in abundance. The camp’s plunge pool is a welcome relief where guests can cool off and escape the relentless heat typical of the summer months.

    Travel to Mashatu Tented Camp

    • Daily flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane followed by a 2-hour road transfer to Pont Drift Border Post
    • A 6-hour drive from Johannesburg to the Pont Drift border post
    • A 7-hour drive from Gaborone in Botswana through the western boundary of the reserve
    • Direct flight from Johannesburg to Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu on Thursdays and Sundays

    Best time to visit Mashatu Tented Camp

    The dry season in Botswana is between May and October when you can expect warm sunny days and chilly night. Water levels in the Okavango Delta are also at their highest at this time creating perfect waterways. November to April is slightly wetter but a great time to visit to see the beautiful green foliage. Animals also give birth to their young at this time.

    Activities at Mashatu Tented Camp

    There are several game viewing activities available at Mashatu Tented Camp.  Accompanied by an experienced game ranger and tracker, vehicle game drives are taken early in the morning and in the evening when guests can stop at sunset for a sundowner in the African bush.  

    Engage with wildlife in other ways by taking a walking safari or taking to the bush on a mountain bike or on horseback. 

    An exclusive hide is a dream for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.  Overlooking the waterhole, the shaded hide is a highlight of any stay here and an ideal photographers location. Sit here and watch the animals going about their day in their natural environment, completely oblivious to the fact they are being watched.

  • General operating conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro

    General operating conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro

    At this stage, you need to drop any preconceptions you may have about authorities, regulations, standards, a duty of care and all such first world conventions. Regulation is still in its infancy and life is cheap in Africa. Just because an operator on Kilimanjaro has to be approved by the Park Authorities before they can get on the mountain, don't make the mistake of assuming that they are decent operators. 

    From around 400 licensed operators on Kilimanjaro, there are less than 20 that operate with the levels of professionalism that most customers might consider sufficient. Generally, these companies offer medium and high specification climbs. 

The biggest complaint from trekkers is the apparent lack of control demonstrated by the park authority. The most common issue is the lack of facility provision and maintenance on the mountain. But the thing that really upsets trekkers the most is the appalling conditions which some porters have to endure whilst on the mountain, with low-quality operators loading them with far too much weight and not providing sufficient clothing or food. 

    The fact that the park authorities seem to be failing to prevent this abuse is something which really upsets both ourselves and our customers.

Unfortunately, this lack of control and the ruthless cut-throat competition that it encourages makes it very difficult for even the most responsible operators to conduct treks to the standards that one experiences in other major trekking destinations around the world. 

    You will hear it time and again, that old chestnut of an excuse "this is Africa, what did you expect". 

You will not find Tailormade Africa or our partners The African Walking Company using such excuses.

 There are so many different ways that the local operators use to cut the price of the trek that it is practically impossible for a customer to detect before booking. 

  • Fitness training & preparation before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

    Fitness training & preparation before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

    There is no time too soon to start training. The fitter you are the greater your chances of summit success and the more you should enjoy your experience on the mountain.

 The best exercise for Kilimanjaro is to do lots of walking, preferably at an elevated pace. 

During work days, try to walk as much as you can ... take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of driving or catching a taxi. Try to get at least an hour of walking into every day. 

    In addition to this, try to get some morning and evening sessions of aerobic activity in, such as cycling, running or spinning. An hour of any of these activities three or four times a week should be a great help. 

Weekends and days off you should try to head for the hills. Try to walk for 6 to 8 hours, perhaps even on consecutive days. Even try camping out on the nights in between, but be careful not to put yourself off the whole idea. Also, practice walking as slowly as humanly possible! One of the hardest things to deal with mentally is how painfully slow you may end up walking at the behest of the guides. This can become frustrating if you are unaware of it and the temptation to break ranks and stride out on your own will be great, and foolish.

    Increase the pace, especially on uphill sections to increase your aerobic capacity. Use the boots that you will bring with you to Kilimanjaro so that they are well worn in.

 Lose any surplus weight, it will be much more difficult to carry around at altitude.

  Get as fit as you reasonably can in the time-scale available, make it a priority and make the effort. That way if you don't make it to the top at least you know you have given it a good shot.



  • Group climbs versus private climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Group climbs versus private climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro

    All of the treks that we offer on Kilimanjaro are either on private climbs or group climbs.

    There are many pros and cons to climbing Kilimanjaro, either way, to be honest. For us, at Tailormade Africa we believe that the group climbs just about edge it simply from a camaraderie point of view with other climbers. This is obviously not an issue if your private climb is made up of 6 or more friends/family all climbing together,  then you would absolutely do a private climb for just yourselves. However, for 2-4 people we believe you gain far more from being part of a “family” of like-minded people all trying to achieve something truly great and helping each other through the negative times on the mountain.


    Group climbs on Kilimanjaro:

    A group climb is made up to 15 paying clients that can come from a variety of tour operators like ourselves and given how selective our climb operating team is, African Walking Company, with which companies may sell their trips to you can be assured you are highly likely to get on with everyone in the group. When we speak to you about your climb we all do some pretty comprehensive profiling before sending people to climb Kilimanjaro. Going up the mountain with those 15 people you will have around 45 staff, made up of a chief guide, some assistant guides, summit porters and general porters, totalling around 60-65 “family members on your trip. You’ll notice we keep using the term family and that is simply because that is how you will feel after the first few days of your climb.

    The group dynamic comes into its own on the days that you are struggling. It is that whole peer pressure thing, not wanting to let the team down can really help you stay on course and not give up quite so easily if you only have your partner or friend trying to encourage you. Likewise, if you see someone struggling as a group then many voices encouraging you is harder to ignore than 1 single voice.

    It cannot be overstated as to how important this is. We have one piece of advice for you that you should always remember. If your chief and assistant guides say that you can carry on, even if you feel terrible then the fact of the matter is that you can make. It becomes a battle in your mind at that point and nothing else.

    Group climbs also mean a high chance of some banter and fun during meal times with the guides and porters too and there is no way of overstating the importance of smiling and having fun all the way up the mountain. You definitely don’t want to be left alone with just your mind for too long.

    Private climbs on Kilimanjaro

    This really is a no brainer if you are climbing with friends and/or family and your numbers are 6 or over. That’s a fact. It is no cheaper at that point to do a group climb and you have enough numbers to gain from all the pro’s that we have just mentioned on group climbs.

    You will be able to trek on days that fall outside of the group departure dates and therefore have areas of the mountain all to yourselves and not as part of a giant community on the nights in the campsite spots. Those are the two main reason to do a private climb and for sure they are valid reasons. For some people, solitude n the mountain as a couple or 2 or 3 mates challenging each other the private climb would work well. So do speak to us in depth so that we can all ascertain what is best for you.



  • Kilimanjaro Kit List

    Here is a recommended Kit list and general information for climbing Kilimanjaro.

    All communal equipment such as tents and cooking gear is provided by the mountain operator. All personal equipment is usually provided by the trekkers, as detailed below.

    BAGGAGE:
    
Duffle bag or soft kit bag: x1: in which porters carry your main equipment 


    Small backpack: x1: 30/40 litre, for you to carry


    Rain cover for small backpack: x1: optional


    Plastic bags: x10: to keep your gear dry

    CLOTHING:

    Sun hat : x1: with a wide brim for shade against the sun 


    Woolly hat: x1: for warmth, preferably Balaclava type


    Scarf or bandana: x1 


    Sunglasses or goggles: x1 pair: against snow-blindness



    Poncho: x1 : 

    Hooded waterproof jacket: x1: good quality, waterproof and breathable 


    Four seasons duvet jacket : x1: thick insulated jacket 

    Warm upper body layers: x3: to fit over each other


    Upper body under layers: x3: preferably synthetic


    Sports bra: x3: not usually necessary for men 



    Waterproof outer gloves: x1 pair: good quality, waterproof and breathable 


    Thin under gloves: x1 pair 


    Gel-activated hand warmers : x2: for the summit attempt



    Waterproof trousers/pants: x1: good quality, waterproof and breathable 

    
Fleece trousers/pants: x1 


    Lightweight trousers/pants: x2: to fit over each other

    
Short trousers/pants: x2 
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    Thermal under trousers/pants: x2: to fit over each other


    Underwear: x3 



    Hiking boots: x1 pair

 = A special note about hiking boots. Your boots need to be well broken-in and of proven quality. This is the one item of your kit which we would have serious difficulty in replacing should you lose them. Please wear them on the plane and do not let them out of your site before you set out for the mountain. 



    Gaiters: x1 pair : 

    Spare laces: x1 pair 


    Trainers or trekking sandals: x1 pair: for use around camp 


    Thick socks: x3 pairs: woollen or synthetic 
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    Thin socks: x6 pairs: woollen or synthetic 

    Hiking accessories:

Walking poles: x1 pair 

    SLEEPING GEAR: 

    Sleeping bag: x1: must be four seasons, fleece liner is optional 

    Inflatable sleeping mat: x1: repair kit essential 


    Foam sleeping mat: thin: x2


    Foam sleeping mat: thick, 75mm/3" 

    WATER EQUIPMENT: 

    Water bottle: metallic SIGG type 1 litre: x2


    Water bottle: bladder Platypus type: x1

. Note that the metal drinks bottles can also be used as hot water bottles. If you bring a tube drinking apparatus then the tube will most likely need to be insulated to protect against freezing. 



    Water purification pump: x1 

    
Water purification tablets: not required


    Cordial or other water flavourings: 

    Snacks and energy bars: optional

    

If you do bring water purification tablets, then we recommend iodine rather than chlorine. If you bring water flavouring then we recommend Redoxon type vitamin C tablets.

    LIGHTING & ELECTRONICS



    Head torch: x1: powerful but lightweight


    Spare torch batteries: x4 sets


    Spare torch bulb: x2 



    Personal oxygen kit: optional

    Pencil and paper


    Camera: with lots of spare memory and batteries. 

If you do bring camera equipment then make sure you bring plenty of memory cards and batteries.



    Reading material


    Games and cards 


    TOILETRIES:

    
Towel: x1: can be the lightweight quick-dry type 
Toiletries 


    Earplugs 


    Soft toilet paper: x2 rolls 


    Wet wipes


    Spare contact lenses
/glasses 


    Sunblock : for skin and lips: factor 15+ 


    Lip balm: preferably with sun protection

    PAPERWORK:

    Tailormade Africa travel itinerary

    
Insurance documentation: with a 24hr emergency number


    Map: usually available at the trailhead

    PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT

    All climbs are equipped with a full medical kit. Trekkers are also encouraged to bring their own small medical kits containing the items on the list below and any other medication specific to your own health requirements:



    Wound dressings
, Antiseptic wipes, Sticking plasters: Band-Aid or similar, 
Blister kits
, 

    Joint supports for knees, ankles etc.


    Talcum Powder 


    Ladies sanitary towels



    Malaria tablets: all treks begin and end in malarial areas


    Insect repellent: DEET based: not needed on the mountain



    Antacids 
Cold cure sachets: Lemsip or similar


    Antihistamines 


    Diarrhoeal medicine: Imodium or similar

 

    Oral rehydration salts


    Painkillers: paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin.

 Carry any essential medicines onto the plane to prevent problems in the event of lost luggage. 
Aspirin and paracetamol are recommended as they thin the blood and help prevent blood clots.
 Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration. 
 Ladies please note that altitude may affect the menstrual cycle, so bring appropriate materials. 
All contact lens wearers should take care to remove the lenses at night as the eye needs to absorb oxygen from the atmosphere. The rarefied conditions of altitude reduce oxygen levels and in extreme cases corneal oedema can develop.

    PERSONAL BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
    
Once on the mountain, you will carry your own backpack with the few lightweight items that you may need, such as clothing layers, cameras and snacks. You should usually try to keep this below 5kg or 12lbs per person.

 The remainder of your personal gear will be carried between camp locations by porters. You should make this available in a strong but lightweight bag, so that it can be combined with others inside a larger porter bag. 

The weight of this portered gear is limited by your personal baggage allowance. This allowance is given per person, but in reality we average it across the group, so you may be able to coordinate with other members of your group to take advantage of any unused allowance.

 

    You are free to leave any gear that you do not need on the mountain at our base and it will be delivered to you when you descend from the mountain.

 If the weight of your gear exceeds this amount then you have three choices: If you know in advance of making your initial booking that your baggage requirements will be substantially over the allowance, then you can let us know and we can pre-book an additional porter or porters at around USD 30 per porter per night.
 If you arrive at the pre-trek briefing before the trek and your gear is found to be over the limit, then you can either choose to leave some items behind or you can pay for us to provide an extra porter at around USD$30 per porter per night.



    RENTAL EQUIPMENT

    The African Walking Company maintains a modest store of equipment for rental. We cannot guarantee the availability of any items, so we recommend that guests pre-book at the earliest possible convenience, usually at the same time as booking a trip. Payment is made locally.



    Four seasons duvet jacket
: Rental price : US$60

. These thick insulated jackets are Mountain Equipment Annapurna down jackets, which are available for hire in 3 sizes, chest measurements as follows:

    Medium 40 to 42 inch or 102-107 cm
    Large 42 to 44 inch or 107-112 cm
    Extra large 44 to 46 inch or 112-117cm.



    Walking poles
: Rental price : US$10

. Walking poles are collapsible so when you are not needing them, they can be carried on your daysack. Poles are very useful when trekking Kilimanjaro particularly on the descent. Universal size.



    Four seasons sleeping: 
Rental price : US$45

. Sleeping bags come in one size suitable for all people up to 1.88m or 6'2" tall. The sleeping bags are synthetic four season bags and are supplied with a cotton liner. They are manufactured by Mountain Equipment or Vango.



    Foam Sleeping Mattress: Rental price : US$30

. These sleeping mattresses are made of 50mm think high-density foam covered with water resistant material, so provide a greater level of comfort than thinner inflatable types. Some people bring an inflatable mattress as well to lie on top of the foam. The relatively high price is due to the porterage requirement rather than the cost of the item itself. The weight of these foams mats are not counted in your 15kg personal allowance. 



    An additional store including a wider range of equipment is also kept in order to cover for emergency situations, such as luggage being lost by airlines. Although we are usually able to get hold of enough decent gear, especially when the customers have two nights in a hotel before the climb, we cannot guarantee being able to do so.

    PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

    Most trekkers want to at least get a snap of them at the summit. Many take the opportunity to keep a photographic or video diary of the trek.

It is important to realise the limitations of your photographic equipment. Almost every camera these days has some level of digital functionality, even where the end photograph is still recorded on film. Digital equipment is notoriously sensitive to low temperatures. Check the equipment specification.



    Kilimanjaro gets colder the higher you go, so the main issue challenge for cameras is the summit itself. The temperatures on top are usually around zero early in the morning, in which case most equipment should be fine. 

But at certain times of the year, notably, May/Jul temperatures can drop much lower, in which case your best bet is to keep your camera stowed away inside your clothing and only bringing it out for the occasional photo opportunity. 

    

In all cases, it is worth keeping your spare batteries close to you in order to keep them warm.

You should also note that at lower temperatures, battery life falls away rapidly, so you need to bring plenty of spares. There are many photo stories of Kilimanjaro that don't make it all the way to the top for this reason.

We also recommend that you bring all photographic film, video cassettes, memory cards and batteries from home as supplies in Tanzania are not reliable.

A polariser or neutral density filter is recommended.

    PERSONAL INSURANCE

    It is absolutely essential that all trekkers climbing Kilimanjaro have full travel insurance. 

The climb operator, African Waking Company, will not take trekkers to the mountain if they do not have adequate insurance cover and no refunds will be paid. It is critical that your policy specifically and explicitly covers high altitude trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro. If it does not then please get an additional letter from the insurance company making this point absolutely clear. Also, make sure that the cover includes all medical and repatriation costs.



    For our personal cover here at Tailormade Africa, we use a UK based insurance broker which specialises in adventure travel. Their standard travel policies include both high altitude trekking and scuba diving. For single trip insurance, you can expect to pay around US$100 to US$200 per person. Although the insurers are local to us here in the UK, they will cover travellers originating from anywhere around the world and we are happy to put you in touch with them.

  • How to book a Kilimanjaro climb

    How to book a Kilimanjaro climb

    As will be the case with any decent trek operators, we only offer pre-booked trips. So you will need to book your trek in advance before leaving for Tanzania. It tends to be only the lesser and more fly-by-night operators which offer treks locally since the proper planning of a trek is a lot more complicated than just making a few last minute arrangements. 

    

Our usual lead time between booking and trekking is 12 to 26 weeks, largely because most trekkers want to leave themselves a good length of time to get some training under their belts. For peak season treks, especially in Dec, Jan. Feb, Jul, Aug and Sep treks often sell out much further in advance.

 

    The best way to get started is usually to have a chat with us either on the phone or by email and that should enable you to quickly figure out if this is something you would like to pursue. We are always happy to chat and answer your questions.

 Please do bear in mind that both Directors of Tailormade Africa have climbed Kilimanjaro themselves and have sent hundreds if not thousands of people up Kilimanjaro over a 13 year period of being tour operators. You are in great hands!

  • Planning your Kilimanjaro climb

    Planning your Kilimanjaro climb

    The majority of people trekking Mount Kilimanjaro fall into 2 categories. Those that just want to climb Kilimanjaro and then fly home and those who use it as part of a larger reason to get to Africa and do other things that have perhaps been bucket list travel fantasies. Either way there are some basic things to think of and wrap your head around.

    Arriving early in Africa for your trek will significantly increase your chances of summiting. This apparently small issue is one which is overlooked by most trekkers as it may not be so obvious as to why it is so important.

    

Recovery from home and work life and international flights: Most people live a hectic lifestyle back home and are forced to work right up to the moment that they get on the plane to fly to Africa. This is not conducive to a successful mountain attempt. Add to this the hassle and sleeplessness of the flights, along with delays, panics about weather delays in their home country and the stress of lost luggage and it is quite easy for most people to collapse on arrival and need days to get the adrenaline out of their system, catch up on sleep and get themselves ready for a physical undertaking which will probably be as tough as anything they have ever taken on before.


    On top of all this, when arriving in Africa, you need time to physically adjust to the new environment. Our bodies are good at concealing this from our conscious minds in order that we can just get on, but you should still be aware that you are asking the demands of your physical system. Not least amongst these are the modifications that your dietary system has to make on arrival in a new location, with there being different balances of bacteria in the water and food which your system needs to cater for. 

    

Low-level altitude and exercise: Recovery and acclimatisation from all of the above should be done at the relatively low altitudes of Arusha, Moshi or Marangu. Here you should stay in the most comfortable surroundings that you can afford, minimising the risks and maximising the effects. Some of the lodges in Arusha are like modern spa hotels, relaxing and beautiful. Here you can spend days alternating between relaxation and exercise. There is excellent hiking around the villages in the foothills of Meru and Kilimanjaro, which are both scenic and fascinating. This is where you will see rural Africa, meet the people and learn a bit about the place. It is all good for the body and soul before the main event of the trek.

    PLANNING EXTRA ACTIVITIES EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER YOUR KILIMANJARO CLIMB

    Tanzania Safari: The famous safari areas of the Tanzania North region lie only a few hours to the west of Mount Kilimanjaro, including Serengeti safari, Ngorongoro safari, Tarangire safari and Lake Manyara safari.

 Although a safari in this region is usually best done over 5-10 nights, many trekkers tend to be a little short on time and budget and instead look for more of a taster experience.

 If you want to add a short safari to go with your trek, we can tailor-make this for you, with a duration of anything from 1 night upwards. At one night you can get a taste of either Tarangire or the Ngorongoro Crater. At two nights you can just about combine the Ngorongoro Crater with the Serengeti. At three and four nights we are starting to talk about a proper safari where there is more chance to get off the beaten track.

 Despite the fact that these safaris are very short, we would still try to maintain an unusually high level of quality and authenticity by using camps that have excellent locations and great guiding. The cornerstones of a Tailormade Africa safari.

    Although we can include any accommodation you choose, we can tailor these safaris to suit.

 Some visitors also combine with options further a field including Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserveto the south of the country. Katavi National Park further west and the Mahale Mountains for the most authentic chimpanzee safari experience in Africa. The Maasai Mara is just over the border in Kenya and easy to get too.

    Zanzibar and other Tanzania coastal Islands

    The tropical beaches of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Islands are a short hopper flight away from Mount Kilimanjaro, so are often added at the end of a trip, especially by those wanting to take advantage of the excellent diving and snorkelling.

 There is a wide range of accommodation with decent lodges starting from around USD 140 per person per night, plus the connecting flights at around USD 300 per person.

    Gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda 

    Perhaps the ultimate trip combination also includes a visit to Rwanda or Uganda to trek into the tropical forests in search of mountain gorillas. This kind of extension usually takes around 3/4/5 nights, but is very expensive, largely due to the cost of getting there and the price of the gorilla permits.

You can reckon on it adding around USD 3000 per person.

    Victoria Falls

    We are commonly asked to combine Mount Kilimanjaro with Victoria Falls. 

This is possible, albeit with a night in Nairobi across the way in neighbouring Kenya.

  • Who can climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    Who can climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    The park authorities are relatively relaxed about who or how many people can trek the mountain, so restrictions on age and health are more likely to be imposed either by yourselves or by our recommendations ...

    

Lower age limit:

    Although the official lower age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority for trekking to Uhuru Peak is 10 years old, we usually recommend a minimum age of 13 years. We request that you let us know at the time of making an enquiry if any member of your group will be under 16 at the time of the ascent, as we may need to make special arrangements, notably including extra summit guides.

We have lots of experience of treks with younger people and regularly operate group treks for schools, so please do feel free to get in touch for a chat. If we have concerns we will make them clear and may even recommend that you do not trek.

    Upper age limit

    There is no upper age limit and people in their seventies and eighties regularly make the summit. 

Seventy years old is the threshold which we have set to get the alarm bells ringing and advise extra health checks, but trekkers of any age are welcome. 

In reality, we have found that older climbers often have a lot of advantages over the younger generations ... they are generally better equipped to deal with adversity, more single-minded, are more intent on achieving their goal and can pace themselves accordingly. These factors often outweigh the physical advantages of youth.

    Fitness levels

    Trekking up Kilimanjaro is a seriously tough undertaking. When people speak of the degree of difficulty, they are mainly referring to the six to eight-hour summit approach, which is undeniably tough, mainly due to the extreme altitude. 

The days that precede this ascent are generally not too physically demanding for anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness, although a combination of adverse factors such as bad weather, altitude sickness and general tiredness arising from being out on the mountain can make even these easier days rather more of a challenge.

Trekkers come in all shapes and sizes, from marathon runners to the exercise adverse.

 Although this is far from being a hard and fast rule, generally speaking, the fitter you are, the greater your chances of summit success. Often it is the more determined people who get to the top, so mental fitness and focus is also a major component. The extent to which you will be affected by altitude sickness is not directly linked to absolute fitness.

    Medical checks

    A trek on Mount Kilimanjaro is likely to cause considerable strain on your bodily systems, so it can be a good idea for all trekkers to seek medical advice before considering such an undertaking. However we only strongly recommend medical checks for people in high and medium risk categories ...



    The following people are considered to be at high risk on Mount Kilimanjaro...

... men over 60
... women over 65
... anyone with previous heart or respiratory problems. 

If you fall into this category then we urge you to take a full medical before even considering whether to trek and then a further medical a couple of weeks before the trek. You must advise us when making a reservation in order than we might tailor our service on the mountain accordingly.




    The following people are considered to be at medium risk on Mount Kilimanjaro...

... men over 40
... women over 50

. If you fall into this category then you are advised to have a full medical a couple of weeks before the trek.


T his information is given as a general recommendation only and does not constitute medical advice. It is up to you to determine whether you are in a fit condition appropriate for undertaking a trek of this nature. If in doubt consult a fully qualified medical practitioner.

  • Where does the name Kilimanjaro originate

    Where does the name Kilimanjaro come from

    There are many unsatisfactory explanations of how the mountain came to be known by this name. "Mountain of Greatness", "Mountain of Whiteness", "Mountain of Caravans", "Small Mountain of Caravans" are all names derived from the Swahili, Chagga and Machame dialects. 



    One of the chief guides of our climb team operator, African Walking, says that the word "kilemakyaro" of the Chagga language, meaning "impossible journey", is its origin and perhaps it is, but there is nothing concrete on any of the opinions out there. We like it so we’ll stick with that.

  • The early History of Mount Kilimanjaro

    The Early history of Mount Kilimanjaro

    In the second century AD, Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer and cartographer, wrote of mysterious lands to the south of modern-day Somalia that contained "man-eating barbarians" and a "great snow mountain". This knowledge he must have gained from the Phoenicians, who had circumnavigated Africa by this date, or from ancient Egyptian writings telling of the great expeditions of the pharaoh Hatshepsut, whose ships had traded the Swahili Coast. Either way, Ptolemy's account stands as the first documented reports of Africa's highest mountain; Kilimanjaro. 



    The next thousand years brings no mention of this great mountain. As the coast of East Africa rose in prominence as a trading route after the establishment of Arab rule in the sixth century, the main hub of activity centred around the island of Zanzibar and the immediate mainland known at the time as Zinj. Here the Arabs were able to access an almost unlimited supply of ivory, gold, rhinoceros horn and an even more lucrative and mobile commodity, slaves. The great slave caravans that ventured far into the interior may well have passed close by to the mountain to collect water from the permanent streams, yet no written record survives. 

In fact, it was to be Chinese traders of the twelfth century who were next to record observations of a great mountain west of Zanzibar. But Kilimanjaro was largely to remain a mountain of myth and superstition throughout the centuries ... one of the great secrets of the interior of 'the dark continent'. 



    It was actually the desire to find the source of the Nile that drove British explorers and geographers to first head inland towards the mysterious mountain around 1840 onwards. To them Kilimanjaro was simply a tall tale told by the Arab traders of Zanzibar, nobody really believed that there could be a snow-capped mountain on the equator. This scepticism seemed well founded when British geographer William Cooley reported back to London that there was indeed "a large ridge called Kirimanjara" and that it was in fact "strewn with red pebbles". Sounds like he might have been in the wrong place!

    

In 1844, at the instigation of the London based Church Missionary Society, Johann Ludwig Krapf, a Doctor of Divinity and his wife Rosine arrived in Zanzibar. Krapf had a dream to link the west and east coasts of Africa by a chain of Christian missionaries, but it wasn't long before he discovered these high ambitions conceived in the parlours of Europe were not going to be so easy to realize in the field. In March of that year, they moved to Mombasa, where Krapf was to suffer a major test of his faith when his wife died of malaria within days of giving birth. The child died also. Krapf was plunged into depression and suffered alone for two years until the arrival of Swiss missionary, Johann Rebmann, whose fresh enthusiasm was finally able to re-kindled Krapf's ambition desire to link the two coasts. 

On 16th October 1847, Rebmann, with the help of eight tribesmen and Bwana Kheri, a caravan leader, set off for the mountain of Kasigau, where they hoped to establish the first of mission posts. 

    The journey went well and they returned to Mombasa on the 27th of the same month. Along the way, they had heard the stories of the great mountain "Kilimansharo", whose head was above the clouds and "topped with silver", around whose feet lived the mountain's people, the fearsome Jagga (now Chagga). Krapf immediately sought permission from the governor of Mombasa for an expedition to Jagga. His official reason was to find areas suitable for mission stations, but the legendary mountain was becoming of increasing interest to the two missionaries. Disregarding warnings about the 'spirits of the mountain', on the 27th April 1848, Rebmann and Bwana Kheri set off for Jagga and within just two weeks was standing on the great steppe of East Africa within sight of Kilimanjaro ... the first European to set eyes on the mountain. 

    In his log, he refers to "a remarkable white on the mountains of Jagga", which he could just make out through the haze. He asked his guide to explain what it was he was looking at and "he did not know but supposed it to be coldness". At that moment Rebmann realised that the legend really was true. There really were snowfields on the African equator. In April 1849, Rebmann's observations were published in the Church Missionary Intelligencier and although not properly substantiated until twelve years later, this remains the first confirmed report of Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Kilimanjaro climb history

    Kilimanjaro Climb history

    

In 1887, Professor Hans Meyer, a German geographer, made his first attempt upon Kibo, the main summit of Kilimanjaro. Accompanied by Baron Von Eberstein, Meyer was eventually defeated by a combination of thick snow, thirty-metre ice walls and his partner's altitude sickness. 

The following day, from the safety of The Saddle, Meyer estimated that the ice walls descended to just below the Crater Rim at an altitude of about 5,500m. The ice was continuous over the entire peak and it was evident that the summit could not be reached without some considerable ice climbing. 

After an aborted expedition in 1888, Meyer returned the following year accompanied by the renowned Alpinist, Ludwig Purtscheller and a well organised support group determined to scale the peak. The climbers came prepared with state of the art equipment and established a base camp on the moorland from where porters ferried fresh supplies of food from Marangu. Daunted by the precipitous ice cliffs of the northern Crater Rim and the extensive ice flows to the south, the two climbers agreed that the best chance of success lay by tackling the less severe incline of the southeastern slope of the mountain. 

    From their advance camp at 4300m, the two climbers set off at 01.00hrs and reached the lower slopes of the glacier at about 10.00hrs. Although the glacier was not as steep or high as the walls encountered on Meyer's previous attempt, the incline never fell below 35 degrees and ice steps had to be cut. Progress was slow but after two hours the men reached the upper limits of the glacier where the incline decreased. A further two hours of painful trekking through waist high snow and over deep weathered ice grooves found the climbers at the rim of the crater with the summit in sight. However time and strength were running out and the summit was still another 150m above them, so they returned to advance camp. 

    Three days later they tried again. This time the route was clearly marked and the previously cut ice steps had held their shape. The rim was reached in six hours and at exactly 10:30hrs Meyer became the first recorded person to set foot on the highest point in Africa. 

Although Meyer and Purtscheller laid the trail for further ascents of Kilimanjaro, there was not an instant queue of would-be climbers. It wasn't until 1912, over twenty years later, when a path from Marangu was established and the first huts at Mandera and Horombo were built by Dr. E Forster of the newly formed German Kilimanjaro Mountain Club, that activity began in earnest. 

    The outbreak of war in 1918 however delayed further expeditions and the building of the Kibo Hut. 

The year 1929 saw the next stage in the opening up of the mountain with the formation of The Mountain Club of East Africa (now The Kilimanjaro Mountain Club). Founded by C. Gillman, N.Rice, P Ungerer and Dr. Reusch. Kibo Hut was finally completed in 1932, hotels began to organise safaris onto the mountain and the public began to reach Gillman's Point, with a few of the hardier going on to the summit. 



  • The Geology of Mount Kilimanjaro

    The Geology of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro was born of the catastrophic movements in the earth's crust that created the Great Rift Valley that runs from the Red Sea through Tanzania to Southern Africa. The rift valley is an example of a constructive margin, where new crust is exposed as two continental plates pull away from each other. 

Around 25 million years ago East Africa was a huge flat plain that buckled and ruptured after the African and Eurasian continental plates rebounded off each other causing huge rifting and weak spots in the thinning crust that led to the formation of many volcanoes in the region. Where the original valley was deepest, the volcanic activity was greatest, eventually forming the huge volcanoes of Ngorongoro on the rift itself and a string of volcanoes to the east including Kenya, Meru and Kilimanjaro. 

    

The rift valley is still active today and Kilimanjaro is the result of comparatively recent volcanic activity. Starting around 750,000 years ago, the mountain originally consisted of three large vents, Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi, which came together as they grew in altitude. 

Eventually, the Shira cone collapsed and became extinct, followed by Mawenzi. The Kibo cone, however, remained active and about 360,000 years ago endured a massive eruption that released a flow of black lava to completely cover the old Shira caldera to the west and created the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to the west. 

Kibo eventually levelled out at its present altitude and became dormant. Since then it has been periodically been covered with ice sheets and glaciers. 

Around 100,000 years ago a huge landslide on the southwest face created the Barranco Wall, a major feature of some climb routes and Kibo's last eruption formed the caldera, containing the Inner Crater and Ash Pit.

    The summit of Kilimanjaro was previously completely covered by an ice cap more than 100m deep with glaciers ranging well down the mountain to below 4000m. 

At present only a small fraction of that glacial cover remains, the most visible and impressive sections being those around the spectacular northern and south-eastern ice fields. 



    These next few paragraphs are an Extract from The Ice Cap Retreat by Jonathan Amos in San Francisco. 

The beautiful icefields on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa could completely melt away in the next 20 years if the earth continues to warm at the rate many scientists now claim. The calculation comes from Professor Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University, who has made an aerial survey of the famous Tanzanian peak. He said comparisons with the previous mapping showed 33% of Mt Kilimanjaro's ice had disappeared in the last two decades, 82% had gone since 1912. Studies on other tropical peaks revealed a similar picture, he told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

    He warned this melting could have serious repercussions for drinking water supply, crop irrigation, hydroelectric production and tourism. He said, "retreating glaciers is just one of many symptoms of the dramatic changes in climate that we are likely to experience within our lifetime."

However, evidence of a retreat of this ice sheet was first observed by Hans Meyer, the first Westerner to make the summit, who reported in 1898 that the ice limit had withdrawn by over 100m since his first ascent 8 years earlier. This rapid change is therefore perhaps not entirely due to recent global warming, but rather a result of a longer-term cycle of climatic events. 

Studies by Sheffield University during the 1950s reported that Kilimanjaro has had a long history of glacial advance and retreat coinciding with a sequence of eight glaciations. The present ice cap is probably the result of the worldwide drop in temperature experienced between 1400AD and 1700AD and suggests that there have been several long periods when Kilimanjaro was devoid of ice. The current retreat is the result of a general increase in the temperature of the earth over many hundreds of years.

  • Lemosho Route

    Welcome to the Lemosho Route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    The Lemosho route is the most beautiful, remote and scenic route Mount Kilimanjaro has to offer. It was mapped out to be an improvement of the very good Shira route and manages that by starting at a lower point than the Shira start which assists with acclimatization. It does mean extra Kilometres to walk for the first few days, but the positives outweigh those negatives easily. It is also a very quiet route with limited climb traffic which one only appreciates when you are there and see the stream of climbers on various other routes. The Lemosho route as mentioned earlier is a non-technical 7-night trek which is arguably the best option on the mountain, having excellent altitude acclimatisation, an extraordinary summit success rate of 95% and excellent traffic avoidance, especially for departures Mon/Tue. The price range is USD 2800-4850 depending on the specification level and the number of trekkers.
 The only negative of this climb is that compared to the other routes on the mountain it is quite a bit more expensive.

    There are 2 ways of doing this route. Either as a group climb or a private climb. At Tailormade Africa we believe this to be the best route to climb Kilimanjaro for the best chance of summit success. Please read the sections on group Climbs versus private climbs by clicking the hyperlinked here.

    Below is a full brief on how the days pan out on the Lemosho Route

    Day 1 : Hiking Statistics
    Lemosho Gate Altitude: 2150 m
    Lemosho Forest Camp: 2650 m
    Hiking Ascent: 800 m
    Hiking Descent: 0 m
    Walking time: 2 to 3 hours

    After completing the paperwork at Londorossi gate you will have lunch here before starting the walk. The forest has open glades and clearings which are very beautiful and make a good spot for a picnic. After that, it is an easy two or three-hour walk on a small path through the lush forest.
    This can be a beautiful walk in good weather, with plenty of interesting flora and fauna. Most notable are black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo and some excellent bird-life. The path underfoot is generally quite good, but there are a lot of tree roots, so sturdy ankle-supporting boots are required from the start.
    This forest climate zone receives over 96% of the precipitation on the mountain, so don't be too surprised if it rains incessantly. Under these conditions, the path can get extremely muddy and the tree roots become treacherous. We estimate that the degree of difficulty should be multiplied by a factor of three or four in these conditions. This is where you will need your gaiters and walking poles. The campsite is in the forest itself, where your camp will be already in position and a nice cup of tea waiting for you.

    Day 2: Hiking Statistics
    Lemosho Forest Camp Altitude: 2650 m
    Shira One Camp Altitude: 3550 m
    Hiking Ascent: 1050 m
    Hiking Descent: 150 m
    Walking time: 6 to 7 hours

    This is the first day of serious walking and a really good workout to kick start your altitude acclimatisation. Early morning is normally clear at camp and you should get a good view of Mount Meru, which at 4566m is still considerably higher. Watch it shrink over the next few days. Quickly leaving the forest behind, the trail leads up to the moorland zone of giant heather. Climbing steadily, the views really start to open out as you approach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness out here, especially if afternoon mists come rolling in to reduce visibility.
    Lunch is usually taken on the trail. The overnight camp is in the middle of the plateau at Shira One Campsite.

    Day 3 : Hiking Statistics
    Shira One Camp Altitude: 3550 m
    Shira Two Camp Altitude: 3850 m
    Hiking Ascent: 1050 m
    Hiking Descent: 750 m
    Walking time: 7 to 8 hours

    Another big day today that includes an acclimatisation hike too during which you can explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the
    plateau. There are few paths and the exact route will depend on the weather and the climb leaders assessment of the group.
    We normally try to include a walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a real sense of wilderness out here, especially as the afternoon mists roll in.
    By early afternoon you should be coming into the second campsite at Shira 2 (3720m), from where there are views of Kibo and the Western Breach above and the sharp ridges of the Shira Hills to the west.

    Day 4 Hiking Statistics
    Shira Hut Camp Altitude: 3850 m
    Barranco Valley Camp Altitude: 3900 m
    Hiking Ascent: 350 m
    Hiking Descent: 300 m
    Walking time: 4 to 5 hours

    A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views. The route continues east towards the main Kibo massif and leaves the moorland plateau behind. The passage over lava ridges and rocky semi-desert beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach is starting to get pretty dramatic, as are the views of Lava Tower and the Breach Wall above.
    It is a full 600m descent on the trail down into the Great Barranco Valley and the campsite at 3900m. If you are suffering from altitude, then this will be a relief. It is not impossible for the effects of acute mountain sickness to occur even at this altitude, in which case your climb-leader will call for an immediate evacuation down the mountain. Under these circumstances, do not let any other thought
    of the summit cross your mind, but just get down as fast as reasonably and safely possible. We have only very rarely had a group descend from Barranco for this reason, but plenty of climbers experience headaches, slight dizziness, loss of appetite and irregular digestion.
    After several hours walking you will have only gained just a handful of meters on the previous camp. This is the first and most pronounced of the ups and downs that makes these western routes so much tougher than the eastern routes. High up here in the valleys around Barranco is the best location for the famous giant lobelia. The campsites themselves, both by the old hut and further up the slope,
    are sheltered by towering cliffs and the snow-capped massif of Kibo towers above. There are also extensive views of the plains of the Maasai Steppe far below.

    Day 5: Hiking Statistics
    Barranco Valley Camp Altitude: 3900 m
    Karanga Valley Camp Altitude: 4000 m
    Hiking Ascent: 100 m
    Hiking Descent : 0 m
    Walking time: 4 to 5 hours

    The path heads out across the valley, over several streams and up to the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall, or 'the breakfast wall' as it is called by many of the climb teams. This is a steep and exposed climb of around 300m. The wall is near vertical, but the path cuts across it on a diagonal. Technically it is no more than a scramble, with some of the porters able to go up without needing to use their hands, but it is very exposed and most people will find the need to cling to the rock every now and then to steady themselves from the thought of the drop. It is quite a struggle, but there is a real sense of achievement as you get to the top and the summit comes back into view that little bit closer.
    From here it is only a short distance to our camp in the steep-sided valley at Karanga. The terrain changes to scree with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows and there are superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. There is plenty of time to rest, or for short optional acclimatisation walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp.

    Day 6 : Hiking Statistics
    Karanga Valley Camp Altitude: 4000 m
    Barafu Hut Bivouac Altitude: 4600 m
    Hiking Ascent: 1135 m
    Hiking Descent: 535 m
    Walking time: 4 to 5 hours

    A short but steep climb out of Karanga Valley, leads to a relatively easy path on compacted scree with wide views, gaining altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu Hut (4600m) in time for lunch. There is a possibility of a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley (4800m).
    The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. You should pack your day-sacks for the morning and change your clothes in advance so that you are wearing the correct underlayers for the summit day. You should try to keep eating throughout the afternoon, even though your appetite will probably be diminished by now due to the altitude. Bedtime is around 18.00hrs and hopefully getting to sleep soon after. It is particularly important to familiarise yourself with the terrain at this campsite before nightfall as it is possible to step off the edge whilst going to the toilet at night.

    Day 7 Hiking Statistics ( Summit day)
    Barafu Hut Altitude : 4600 m
    Summit 1 Altitude : Stella Point: 5735 m
    Summit 2 Altitude : Uhuru Peak: 5896 m
    Millennium Camp: 3800 m
    Hiking Ascent: 1296 m
    Hiking Descent : 2796 m
    Walking time : 10 to 16 hours

    Your climb-leader will by now have assessed your levels of fitness and will have decided how early you need to set out. You will thank yourself if that extra fitness training earns you another half an hour of sleep tonight. On his decision, you will be woken with tea sometime between 11.00hrs and 01.00hrs and set out shortly afterwards. Your porters are not coming with you, so it is just a case of getting yourself out of your sleeping bags, boots on and off you go.
    The ascent is by torchlight and the plan is to get to Stella Point on the crater rim in time to watch the sun rise over the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. This is a nightmare. Five to six hours of trudging up generally well-graded zigzag switchbacks, this way and that, backwards and forwards in the dark, uphill all the way. On some stretches the ground is stable, whilst in others, the loose volcanic
    scree scrunches and slides underfoot. All the way your climb-leader is keeping you going - not too fast, not too slow, taking regular rest stops to drink and catch your breath. But the air is now incredibly thin and nausea can easily set in. If at any point your climb-leader says that it is time to stop, then that is final. His decision is not to be disputed. If he counts you out, then you are out.
    We have had a couple of instances with climbers whose commitment to getting to the top is so strong that under these extreme conditions they have lost it completely, refusing to turn back. In both cases, the climb-leader had to physically force them into submission. Both climbers were grateful when they descended and the thicker air brought them back to their senses.
    Anyway, after about 5 or 6 hours you should reach Stella Point at 5735m. Actually, after all the endless false ridges it can come as quite a surprise to some people. If you reach this point, then the park authorities will grant you a certificate, but unless you really are dead-beat, you should rest for a short time before pushing on to the summit.
    This two-hour round trip is the highlight of the climb, around the crater rim, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy much of the summit area and finally on to Uhuru Peak at 5896m. It is this summit experience that climbers talk most enthusiastically about when they get off the mountain. That might seem like an obvious thing to say, but there is something strangely surreal about the summit in the early light of the day. The light plays tricks on the ice and the thin air plays tricks on your mind. Many people talk of peculiarly uplifting experience. Some people even forget to get their camera
    out and have to rely on Photoshop to graft their faces onto other people's pictures when they get home. Another rather surreal thing is that there is a good chance your mobile phone will work on the summit if it doesn't freeze to death. Chances are you won't be up there for long, as with the wind-chill it could be forty below zero, strangely enough in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
    As if that were not enough for one day already, it is still only about 07.00hrs and now you are faced with the descent.
    Coming down may not be as tough as going up, but it does present its own set of difficulties. The main problems are usually knee and toe-related. Knee problems can be alleviated by proper use of two walking poles. Toe problems should be alleviated by tightening your boots up before the descent in order to prevent your feet from crushing your toes inside your boots. You can easily lose a toe-nail if your boots are too loose or too small.
    The descent between Stella Point and Barafu is the steepest and most challenging, with some long scree slopes. If you have the confidence and energy to scree-run, then this can be quite fun. If not, then it is a long and tiring slide. Either way, you will really need your walking poles on this section.
    Your camp will still be at the base of this descent and if you have made good time you will have the chance of a lie-down, some tea and maybe something to eat if you can manage it. It is here that you will find yourself waiting or being waited for, as members of the same climb often separate off into groups of different paces. Of course, some of your group may not even have attempted the summit, in which case they might even still be asleep.
    The descent from Barafu Camp to Millennium Camp is a long and generally gradual descent that is generally undertaken in a kind of post-summit daze, the arrival in camp comes as an enormous relief

    Day 8 : Hiking Statistics
    Millennium Camp Altitude: 3720 m
    Mweka Gate Altitude: 1650 m
    Hiking Ascent: 0
    Hiking Descent: 2070 m
    Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

    At the start of the day, a ritual ceremony takes place where the support team thanks the climbers for coming to see their mountain. The climbers then respond with thanks and tips are allocated to the staff via the head guide. Recommended tip per climber varies according to group size. Please see the tipping guideline section of the website.
    By now you have probably lost all interest in your surroundings and are thinking only of a shower, a massage, a good meal, a drink and above all a comfortable bed. The descent returns back through the forest to the park gate at Mweka at 1650m. Sometimes alternative descent routes are used at the instruction of the park authorities, but they are all pretty similar. At the end of the trail is usually the place where you will part from the climb-team. Over the days you will have created a real bond with them on the mountain, so this can be quite a sad moment.
    A driver from The African Walking Company will be waiting for you at the trail foot, ready to head down the mountain to the main road and back to Arusha, where you will be dropped directly to your lodge.

  • How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    The duration of a trek can range from five to twelve or more nights. Almost all of our treks involve either 5, 6, 7 or 8 nights on the mountain. we consider 4 night treks to be too dangerous, whilst longer treks tend to be rather specialist.

    It is not easy to provide distances for each trek since so much of the route is optional.

some days on the whatever route you choose will start with a 2-4 hours morning walk, which covers most if not all of the camp to camp distance. There will be long days of up to 6-8hrs too. 

On the shorter hiking days, you are likely, in the afternoon to be invited to go on additional acclimatisation treks, designed to take you up much higher, before returning to camp to sleep low. It is this cycling of high and low which helps your body to adjust to the altitude. These treks are typically 2-5 hours.

The summit day itself typically involves 12-18 hours of walking.

 So for a seven-night trek you can expect a total of around 56 hours of walking. However the average speed tends to be extremely slow, so the total distance could easily be as little as 150 kilometres or 100 miles.

    Fastest Ascent: Most people spend between 5 and 8 days climbing the mountain. However in 1993 a Brazilian, Mozart Cat established the speed record by going up and down in 17 hours 30 minutes. 

The current return ascent record was established on 27th March 2000 by a member of Team Kilimanjaro, Rogath Ephrem Mtuy, in a time of 14 hours 50 minutes. He began the attempt from the Marangu Park gate at 0400hrs in the morning. He reached the true summit at 1530hrs and began the descent immediately, returning to the Marangu Park Gate at 1850hrs.

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Cost

    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Cost

    In terms of total costs for a great Kilimanjaro trek, including flights from home and all extras, you probably need to plan for around USD 4000-6000 per person. A fair bit more if you want to add safari and/or tropical beaches.

Our mountain operation is designed to maximise summit success and enjoyment, whilst to minimising risks. 

    We do not cut corners, nor do we layer our treks with unnecessary additional expenses. We provide great levels of service at affordable prices.



    The Kilimanjaro trek itself typically costs between USD 2100 and USD 3400 per person, including all park fees, hotel nights and transfers between the airports, hotels and the mountain.

    

After park fees, this works out around USD 200 to USD 400 per person per night, which really isn't a lot considering the scale and complexity of the logistics involved.

 Shorter routes are cheaper, the prices are more or less pro-rata per day.

 The larger your group size, the lower the cost per person. Treks are noticeably more expensive for 1 to 3 trekkers, less for 4 and 5 trekkers and levelling off from around 6 trekkers.

 In terms of additional costs, you also need to allow up to an extra USD 150 for tips and maybe another USD 100 for various optional equipment rental.

    You also need to consider your long-haul flights to Africa, which are likely to cost around USD$1400/2200 per person from North America, or USD600/1200 per person from Europe and Asia. The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International.

 You may also want to add in a safari, beach holiday and other elements to your trek as a reward for summiting Kilimanjaro, which we can certainly help with.

  • Different types of Altitude Sickness

    Here are the different types of Altitude sickness on Mount Kilimanjaro

    There are three different types of altitude sickness. The first is the most common and can often be managed without recourse to evacuation from the mountain. The other two are much more serious and tend to lead to immediate removal from the mountain. 

    Altoxia

: During a trek on Kilimanjaro it is likely that more than 75% of trekkers will experience at least some form of mild altitude sickness caused by a failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude.

This type of altitude sickness is known as Altoxia, a term which is used almost exclusively on Kilimanjaro since this is the only commonly trekked mountain where these extreme altitudes are encountered so quickly.

 Altoxia is most commonly experienced on the summit approach, but can also occur earlier in a trek, especially during day hikes to higher altitudes, in which case it should recede as the trek overnights at a lower altitude. 

Altoxia can have many different symptoms, the most common being headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting and mild swelling of the face, ankles and fingers. These symptoms can be rather unpleasant, add a new dimension to the adversity faced by trekkers and can really take the shine off the experience. However, in this mild form, Altoxia does not generally have serious consequences and normally disappears within 48 hours. 

The symptoms of Altoxia are commonly relieved or even eliminated by use of an ALTOX Personal Oxygen System or by taking Diamox, more on these methods below. 

If the symptoms of Altoxia become persistent or severe, then there is a danger of acute mountain sickness developing. This is a much more severe form than Altoxia and must be treated by immediate removal to lower altitudes. There are two distinct forms of this sickness 




    HAPE : High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema : Translated for the layman = Water in the lungs!  High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema is characterized by breathlessness at rest, very high pulse, crackling sound in the chest and coughing of pink fluid (sputum). This condition is rapidly fatal unless the casualty experiences immediate descent. There are no drugs to cure and no possibility of re-ascent following an episode. 




    HACE : High Altitude Cerebral Oedema : Translated for the layman =  Swelling of the brain.

 High Altitude Cerebral Oedema is a combination of two or more of the following: Very severe headache, severe loss of balance, mental confusion and repeated vomiting. This condition is rapidly fatal unless the casualty experiences immediate descent. There are no drugs to cure and no possibility of re-ascent following an episode. 



    Trekkers should not be too scared by all this talk, but it is essential to understand that if you push on or stay at the same altitude with AMS, HAPE or HACE then you will probably die. People do. The only correct resolution is immediate descent. 

Our guides are all very experienced in dealing with the problems of altitude. It may be necessary for you to descend to a lower altitude until you recover or even to abandon the trek in the interests of safety. The decision of the guide in such situations is final.

  • How to Avoid Altitude sickness on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Avoiding Altitude Sickness on Kilimanjaro 

    There are seven main factors that affect the incidence and severity of Kilimanjaro altitude sickness ... 



    1. Rate of ascent   

    2. Altitude attained 


    3. Length of exposure 


    4. Level of exertion 


    5. Hydration and diet 


    6. Inherent physiological susceptibility 


    7. Use of oxygen systems or drugs



    The following three techniques are commonly used to assist acclimatisation 

    High water intake : A fluid intake of 4 to 5 litres per day is recommended. Fluid intake improves circulation and most other bodily functions, but does not increase fluid leakage from the body. Thirst should not be an indicator of proper fluid intake, if your urine is clear then you are drinking enough. 



    Walk slow : Pace is a critical factor on all routes. Unless there is a very steep uphill section your breathing rate should be the same as if you were walking down a street. If you cannot hold a conversation you are walking too fast. Breathing through the nose for the first 2 days of the trek will limit the pace. Walk "softly" allowing your knees to gently cushion each pace. "Pole pole" ... slowly slowly ... is the phrase that will echo around your head as it is repeated to you by the Kilimanjaro guides.

 

    Walk high sleep low : If you have enough energy and are not feeling the effects of altitude, then you might take an afternoon stroll further up the mountain before descending to sleep. All our routes already include these recommended acclimatisation walks whenever possible.


    Diamox

: Diamox is a drug which can be taken to assist the body by improving the efficiency with which oxygen can be absorbed from the thin air. There is no disputing the efficacy of the drug. There is however a big debate as to whether and how Diamox should be used.

There are three ways to use Diamox when trekking Kilimanjaro ...

The first way is to use it as a preventive throughout the trip starting from the day before the climb. The conventional argument against doing this is that it conceals the symptoms of body under-performance, thus increasing the chances of a failure if one does occur being catastrophic.



    The second way is to "listen to your body" until day 3 (6 day climbs) or day 4 (7 day climbs) and then, if you are not demonstrating any severe symptoms, to take Diamox as directed above to boost your performance at higher camps. The argument against is the same as previous.

The third way is to only use Diamox as a treatment for altitude illness. This is reasonable, but severe symptoms can only be treated by removal from altitude.

 We carry enough Diamox in our medical boxes for the second and third options. This should not be taken as an indication of our advocating this course of action. The choice is yours and we suggest that you consult your doctor and do some background reading on the subject if you remain unsure.

 We estimate that most climbers will take Diamox in some form during the climb. 



    Diamox has a proven medical dosage of 750mg. That is not to say that a lesser dosage will not work, but that for the manufacturers need this dosage to prove its efficacy 100%. In our experience 500mg seems to work. More importantly, you don't need to pee ALL the time with this dosage, only most of the time. Quite a lot of clients are still recommended only 125mg or 250mg by their doctors. 

If, as the medical literature states, Diamox does not disguise serious symptoms of altitude sickness, then the consideration of whether or not to take it is more to do with the trekker's individual attitude towards taking drugs as preventatives. Ultimately it is your choice and we will work around your decision. There is little doubt that taking Diamox will significantly increase your chances of summiting.

    Last more general comment. Doctors in general practice back home may have very little idea about Diamox, therefore the advice that climbers get varies enormously. If you really want to get the full information, then ask your doctor to refer you to a specialist.

    Simulated altitude training There are also certain centres around the world which are able to provide training facilities which simulate the effects of altitude. It is very rare for trekkers to use such a facility, but if you happen to have one close by, why not?

  • Emergency Oxygen System on Kilimanjaro climbs

    The use of Emergency Oxygen Systems on Mount Kilimanjaro

    What are Emergency Oxygen Systems?



    Emergency Oxygen Systems are simply cylinders of compressed oxygen which can be used by trekkers who are starting to show symptoms of altitude sickness and need to be removed from the mountain. They are not used to keep trekkers on the mountain, but only in the event of evactuation.

 Emergency Oxygen Systems should not be confused with ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems. 

    An ALTOX Personal Oxygen System is designed to provide oxygen at low dosage in order to assist a trekker to continue their Kilimanjaro climb. An Emergency Oxygen System provides full flow oxygen to a trekker suffering from acute symptoms as part of their evacuation from the mountain. ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems can easily be converted for use as Emergency Oxygen Systems by bypassing the pulse dose meter, but Emergency Oxygen Systems CANNOT be converted into ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems.

 

    Are Emergency Oxygen Systems needed on a Kilimanjaro trek?
  For many years we did not carry Emergency Oxygen Systems as part of our standard kit on the mountain, although we have always been able to provide them as an optional paid extra. 

The main pressure to carry these systems comes from the fact that some of the large charity outfits have started to take them as standard, largely due to the fact that they have a much more mixed clientele, some of whom are not particularly well suited to the rigours of the mountain. Some of our competitors have followed suit and now offer emergency oxygen systems as standard.

 But we continue to advocate that Emergency Oxygen Systems are not essential. Since our climb partners, African Walking Company, started Kilimanjaro operations in 1999 they have never encountered a situation where it was needed. In all cases the best and most expedient solution to altitude sickness is early detection and removal to lower altitude.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro and its Climate Zones

    The climate zones of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro has five major climate zones and the activity within each of these is controlled by the five factors of altitude, rainfall, temperature, flora and fauna. Each zone occupies a range of approximately 1000m of altitude and is subject to a corresponding decreases in rainfall, temperature, range and diversity of life forms as we move up the mountain. 


    LOWER SLOPES

    Altitude : 800m to 1800m 


    Rainfall : 500mm to 1800mm 

    The southern lower slopes of Kilimanjaro contain ample evidence of human activity. The original scrub and lowland forest have been replaced by grazing land, cultivation and densely populated settlements fed by water permeating from the forest zone. The slopes were originally earmarked by the British and Germans as potential settlement areas due to the 'European' weather. These lush and fertile lands are in stark contrast to the northern slopes where low rainfall coupled with the porosity of the lava soils prohibits cultivation. There are none of the larger mammals in this zone but some of the smaller tree-dwelling mammals are numerous such as bushbabies, tree hyrax and genet.

    FOREST

    Altitude : 1800 to 2800m 


    Rainfall : 2000mm to the south and west and under 1000mm to north and east 

    

The forest belt completely encircles Kilimanjaro and provides the best conditions for plant life. It serves as the water provider for all the lower slopes with up to 96% of all the water on the mountain originating from this zone and then percolating down through the porous lava rock to emerge as springs. The forest supports a variety of wildlife including several large mammals such as elephant and buffalo and in certain areas, it is compulsory to have an armed guide. Occasionally eland inhabits the upper fringes of the forest. Colobus and blue monkeys are common, along with bushbuck, duikers, leopard and bush-pig. The forest is often cloaked with a band of cloud, particularly between 2500m and 3000m. 

    This cloud promotes high humidity and dampness year round. Whilst clear nights can get pretty cold, during the day temperatures rarely leave the range 15C to 20C.



    HEATH & MOORLAND

    Altitude : 2800m to 4000m 


    Rainfall: 1300mm at the edge of forest and 530mm the upper limit 
.

    This semi-alpine zone is characterized by a heathland type of vegetation and abundant wildflowers. However it is two distinctive plants that are of particular note 

Lobelia deckenii: This lobelia is endemic to the area and is exceptionally striking. Growing up to 3m high, it has a hollow stem, a tall flower-like spike and spiralling bracts that conceal blue flowers. In order to protect the sensitive leaf buds from the sub-zero night time temperatures, the lobelia closes its leaves around the central core, while the covered rosettes secrete a slimy solution that helps to insulate and preserve the more sensitive tissues. 

Senecio kilimanjarin: This giant groundsel is again endemic and is one of the most spectacular plants of all. It can reach 5m in height with a crown of large leaves and a metre long spike of yellow flowers. Close relation Senecio cottonii can grow at even higher altitudes than the Senecio kilimanjarin and uses its old dead leaves as insulation around its trunk. 



    This zone does not support abundant wildlife due to its altitude but there have been sightings of hunting dog, buffalo, elephant and most commonly eland. The Shira plateau is even occasionally visited by lions. Smaller mammals are more common and support a few predators such as civets, servals and leopards.


    HIGHLAND DESERT

    Altitude : 4000m to 5000m 


    Rainfall : 250mm 



    The temperature of the Kilimanjaro semi-desert zone ranges from sub-zero at night to 30C during the day. Water is scarce and there is little soil to retain any moisture. There are only 55 recorded plant species that survive at this altitude. Lichens and tussock grasses are present in reasonable numbers, as are some mosses. But as the soil is subject to movement overnight as the ground water freezes, most root plants find life extremely hard. There are no resident larger animals in the desert, although eland, leopard, serval and hunting dog all pass through on occasion. Only a few birds can survive in this rarefied air and once again none are resident. Ravens and some large birds of prey will hunt during the day but head downhill with the sunset.


    THE SUMMIT OF KILIMANJARO

    

Altitude : 5000m - 5985m

    Rainfall : under 100mm 



    An arctic zone characterized by freezing cold nights and a burning daytime sun. Oxygen levels are half that of sea level. There is minimal liquid surface water because of a combination of low rainfall and porous rock, and the bleak terrain supports minimal life forms. 

A few lichens grow, but only at a rate of about 1mm per year, so even the most unimpressive-looking spread is probably of venerable age. The highest recorded flowering plant was a Helichrysum newii at 5670m within the Kibo Crater but these are few and far between, as are sightings of mammals at this altitude. 

    There are however two particular sightings that have made it into folklore ... 

The Frozen Leopard : Originally discovered and recorded by the local missionary Dr Richard Reusch in 1926 and later having the misfortune to feature in Ernest Hemingway's unbearably self-indulgent book The Snows of Kilimanjaro. No one knows quite what the leopard was doing up here. Reusch recorded that he managed to cut off one of its ears to take home as a souvenir. Some years later someone unknown made off with the whole thing, never to be seen again. 


Wild Dog : In 1962 Wilfred Thesiger, George Webb and Effata Jonathon encountered a pack of five hunting dog at Hans Meyer Point, around 5,000m. As the men continued to the summit the dogs followed at a parallel distance of about 300m all the way to Uhuru Peak, where they watched the men dig out and sign the log book. Fearing an attack, the men began to descend but the dogs disappeared over the crest and were not seen again.

  • African Walking Company staff & equipment

    African Walking Company staff & equipment

    Their guides are amongst the finest on the mountain. The level of training that these guys go through is impressive, their experience levels amazing, their social and team management skills remarkable. They have lots of guides and teams who have been to the summit of Kilimanjaro 200-300 times. Even the least experienced head guide will most likely have summited dozens of times as an assistant guide. So you are in great hands.

    Trekkers are accompanied by a mountain team made up of a number of expert local staff. 

Even with just 2 trekkers, there is a huge amount of equipment that needs to be carried by porters. You also need to have a head guide, assistant guide and cook, adding up to around 13 staff in total. 

If you have 15 trekkers in your group, you will be accompanied by around 45 staff.

 Kilimanjaro has long been an area where mountain staff have been exposed to severe abuse by employers. The African Walking Company are pioneers in staff welfare on the mountain and were the first company to offer only permanent employment, no casual labour.


    They supply all of the camping gear and food needed on the mountain and only use equipment and supplies of the highest quality.

 There is also a reasonably long list of personal equipment that you will be required to bring with you which, if you do not already own, may cost a considerable amount of money. Please see the section called Kilimanjaro Kit List. Some items can be rented from us, including mountain jackets, sleeping bags and sleeping mats.

    Equipment maintenance

    Every piece of equipment that is taken on a trek needs to be of sufficient quality. Over the years The African Walking Company have tried and tested many different designs and brands and fine-tuned towards those items which have proved to deliver reliably on the mountain.

Maintenance is also a key issue, and have been extremely disciplined on a regimen of cleaning, repair and storage. Their equipment stores in Arusha are run with military precision, so that when they are kitting out each trek we all know for certain that all the right gear is allocated and in a serviceable condition.

 The consequences of packing or equipment failure once out on the mountain can be extremely serious. 

    Sleeping tents

    Over the years the African Walking Company have experimented with many different types of tent. It is hard to find tents which are strong enough to survive repeated treks up the mountain. So much so that for the five seasons up to 2008 they actually used tents that they designed themselves and had built specially in Arusha.

 Since 2008 they have been using Vango Hurricane 300 mountain tents. Although they are designed to sleep three, we only allow a maximum of two clients in each tent. Space inside is therefore reasonable and easily accommodating two large men. These tents have a door at either end making access easy and as both doors have a porch area that is inside the flysheet there is ample room for storing your luggage.

 On the subject of reliability,  the mountain teams maintain the tents and all other equipment extremely carefully. After each trip they get washed and checked and any repair work is done immediately. At the end of each season, there is a total equipment check, where all gear is evaluated, not only for minor repairs but for the general condition and whatever action is needed, we do over the low season.

    Communal tents

    A trek on Kilimanjaro inherently includes spending a lot of time around camp, up to ten waking hours a day, so it really is preferable to have a communal tent, in order to provide an area for relaxation and meals.

 Many trekkers think of a mess tent as a luxury before they hit the hill, but one of the most common comments that we get from them after the trek is how much it was appreciated.

 We know that a communal tent has a significant effect on summit success rates, only the hardiest trekkers can get by without one.

    The African Walking Company a ridged style mess tents with doors at each end, plus tables and simple chairs, seating four trekkers per table.


    Toilet tents

    Most of the official camping locations on the mountain have rudimentary toilet huts. These are famously unappealing and poorly maintained. 

We naturally prefer to take a private toilet facility on all of our treks.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro guide teams and staff welfare

    Mount Kilimanjaro guide teams and staff welfare

    Our climb operator and Partner, The African Walking Company, place staff welfare at the core of their business which is one of the many reasons we are proud to work with them. Their mountain teams and staff are critically important to them and they pay a great deal of attention to finding the right staff and retaining them. All of their staff work exclusively for them, and they run training courses to help them develop and regularly promote from within. Some of their current head guides started as porters and have been trained and worked their way up to the highest positions.

    Their head guides each hold licences from the Kilimanjaro National Park authority to lead treks and have their own teams of assistant guides and camp staff in order to ensure a good level of service on the mountain. It is these head guides who carry the ultimate authority during a trek and any decision he makes is final.


All their guides know Kilimanjaro very well, climbing it around 20 times each year. The guides speak English, are welcoming, warm and helpful towards their clients. Their level of formal education varies widely, but all have the capability to manage the complex logistics of porters, provisions and routines. 

    Porters

    The people who really make the trips happen behind the scenes are the porters. But despite their importance to a trek, the manner in which many mountain operators deal with their porters is nothing short of scandalous. The abuse of porters is a major issue on Kilimanjaro and one which every trekker should familiarise themselves with before booking. Whilst it may be true that Africa is a much tougher environment than most visitors are used to and people are more accustomed to greater levels of deprivation and adversity, that does not make it right for trekkers to support this abuse by trekking with offending companies.

    Whether or not the porters eat well is another major issue as staff food also represents a considerable weight element. A large trek can have over 40 staff and cutting rations can lead to major cost savings, something that we clearly would never condone.

Another key issue here is how much the porters are loaded. We know of several major mountain operators which regularly load their porters to 40kg, whereas we set 25kg as the upper limit. You have to see some of these porters on the mountain, they are loaded like pack mules. Try lifting 40kg off the floor, then imagine trying to walk all the way up and down the mountain with it on your heads. It is no wonder that the working life of a porter is often not more than a few years.



    Please go to the section of our website that talks about the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistant Project by clicking on the heading below.

  • Catering and service on a Mount Kilimanjaro climb

    Catering and service on a Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

    It would be a huge understatement to say how professional the service and standard of care from The African Walking Company is and likewise, for the quality of the food they take up the mountain.

    Diet on the mountain is carefully controlled and monitored. A high liquid and carbohydrate content is essential, with fresh ingredients wherever possible. Meals are carefully prepared by our teams to be tasty, have a high energy content and be easy to digest at altitude. 


    As we mentioned camp service levels are great, notably with the provision of hot water for washing twice per day, morning and afternoon. The kitchen gear is extensive and the food is wonderful as it is plentiful. With cooked breakfast, a much more extensive afternoon 'high tea', fresh produce in the menus, desserts at dinner and treats such as trail snacks and hot chocolate. 

    Special diets such as gluten-free, vegetarian and lactose intolerant are possible.





    Here is how we typically cater on the mountain:


    Bed Tea

: Hot beverage of your choice, served in your tent 

    

Breakfast: Porridge, 
Eggs, sausage, bacon and tomato


    Seasonal fresh fruit: Mango, banana, water melon, 
Toast with margarine, jam, peanut butter and honey, 
Tea, coffee, drinking chocolate and soup



    Trail snacks

: Biscuits
, Bananas
, Chocolate,  



    Packed lunch

: Sandwiches with cheese, jam 
Fresh fruit, boiled egg, cake, 
Soup



    Camp lunch

: Chicken or vegetable soup, 
Bread, pancakes 
Cheese, tinned fish, jam, peanut butter. A Salad of tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, onion 
Tea, coffee, drinking chocolate, soup



    Afternoon tea

: Peanuts, popcorn, cake, biscuits, 
Tea, coffee, drinking chocolate, soup

    

Dinner

: Chicken or vegetable soup
, Chicken, beef or fish, roasted or prepared in a sauce. 
Fresh vegetables from carrots, beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes, 
Potatoes, pasta, rice. 
Fruit salad, pancakes, biscuits, 
Tea, coffee, drinking chocolate.

    WATER PURIFICATION

    Boiled water is offered each evening for filling water bottles and is readily available at other mealtimes too. 

Chemically purifying is not something we believe to be strictly necessary. The water up on the mountain is not full of amoeba as it is in the Himalaya and boiling is sufficient. However, Some clients prefer to chemically purify the boiled water to be doubly sure, in which case they need to use chlorine rather than iodine but should be aware that this too can cause stomach upsets. Good quality water filters are expensive, but are excellent when used properly and are preferable to chemical purification if the trekker considers that a secondary level of protection is necessary.

  • Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP)

    Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP)

    Tailormade Africa is a proud and active partner with KPAP, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, who strive to protect porters working conditions including wages, food provision, accommodation and weight carried. Climbing Kilimanjaro with any tour operator or climb team that are not regulated by KPAP should not be allowed (but does) and we have specifically chosen our climb team partners, The African Walking Company for their unwavering approach to the welfare of their porters.

    The African Walking Company & KPAP

    The African Walking Company has been a leading pioneer in staff welfare and is a full member of the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistant Project which provides guidelines that must be fulfilled before membership is granted. These include paying a good salary immediately after the trip and ensuring that porters have adequate clothing and food whilst on the mountain.

    KPAP Porters Project Logo

    Wages for porters

    The main issue here is the subject of how much the porters are paid. On a budget trek, a porter will probably get US$5 or US$10 from the operator and be working mainly for tips, which will typically be between US$25 to US$40 per porter. The porters are forced to beg and hassle for their tips. They simply cannot afford to go off the mountain and back to their families with no money.

    This leads to some pretty distasteful scenes towards the end of some treks. Obviously, the possibility of theft is also much higher under these circumstances as the trekkers are carrying more cash and especially since these porters are generally only casual staff picked up at the gate at the start of the trek.

    Being paid above the minimum wage

    We think that despite the poor local conditions for most manual labourers in Tanzania this is not the correct way to treat human beings and not the kind of environment that most people would wish to trek the mountain. We, therefore support The African Walking Company in paying their porters above the minimum amount recommended by the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and have a structured, sensible guideline for tipping. Most importantly this creates a much more dignified and less stressful livelihood for the porters.

    Mistreatment of porters is a real 'thing'

    The mistreatment of porters can be a troubling challenge in the climbing industry. We are an approved Partner company with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – KPAP – and the International Mountain Explorers Connection – IMEC – Partner for Responsible Travel Program.

    We voluntarily participate with KPAP’s monitoring activities and allow KPAP to evaluate the treatment of our porters on all of our climbs. By climbing with us you can be assured that your porters are well taken care of.

    KPAP also helps to improve the working conditions of porters by:

    • Lending donated clothing at no charge to the mountain crew for use while climbing
    • Educating the public on porter working conditions and climbing responsibly
    • Providing industry guidelines for proper porter treatment
    • Offering educational classes to porters
    Choose your travel partner and mountain operator carefully

    Please consider that in making your choice of mountain operator, in a way, you are significantly responsible for the welfare of the staff on your trek. By trekking with The African Walking Company and Tailormade Africa you can travel safely in the knowledge that you are positively supporting local people rather than being embroiled in this kind of abuse.

    Please consider supporting KPAP by making a financial contribution to enable them to continue with their Partner for Responsible Travel Program and free services for porters. To make a donation, please visit https://kiliporters.org/donate-now/

  • General Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Conditions

    General Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Conditions

    Most of the Kilimanjaro trails used on our mountain treks are well-defined and of good quality. Paths in moorland and alpine desert can become difficult to follow in foggy conditions and it is essential that all trekkers are in permanent contact with their guides. Some of the forest sections are often slippery, necessitating the use of walking poles and gaiters. The moorland paths can also be very wet and sometimes boggy.

    Do I need technical climbing skills?

    There are no sections on normal routes which require technical climbing skills.

    There are a couple of sections which require a reasonable head for heights and a limited amount of scrambling, notably the Barranco Wall on the Shira and Lemosho routes, plus some small sections of the summit ascent as you reach the crater rim. The summit days are almost exclusively on loose scree but no technical skills are required. Coming down from the summit is made easier by scree-running, but this skill is not essential.

    Any technical equipment required?

    Walking poles will again be needed for this section. For parts of the year the summit approaches on the mountain may be covered with snow and sometimes ice, but no special equipment is needed to walk on it. Dangerous ice conditions are only normally encountered on the more technical routes such as those which ascend via the Western Breach, but we do not operate on those routes.

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