Where you’ll stayThe location of the camps on our private guided safaris is very important. You can expect to be somewhere with a real feel for the destination, perhaps on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, or with open views across the plains. In terms of style, options range from the simple and even quirky to larger, more upmarket lodges, with accommodation and service to match. When you are in camp, you will of course have access to the facilities they offer, from swimming pools and sundowner spots to cultural excursions (these are sometimes at extra cost); the only difference between you and the other guests is that you will have your own private guide.
Get a feel for the countryTravelling by road, you will experience areas of Tanzania that you would not see by plane, getting a feel for the landscape as a whole. Pass farms and small Maasai villages; drive through forests, past lakes and across the open plains around Olduvai Gorge. If you want to stop and explore a local village, and go to local shops, perhaps in Karatu, then – time permitting – you can. As you drive through these different areas, you can often pick up on more of the local culture than by flying into individual camps, too.
About your private guideAll the guides on our private guided safaris have been selected for their ability to work with individual guests, and to help each member of a party make the most of their safari. Training – usually over a period of several years – is rigorous, backed up by a high level of experience.
Along with detailed coverage of wildlife and the environment, each guide will have attended courses in topics ranging from first aid to guest relations. Annual development programmes allow the guides to expand their knowledge in specialist areas such as astronomy or photography.
As well as speaking conversational English, they will be able to identify almost all species of animals and most birds, and will have some knowledge of their behaviour; when they are not able to answer a question, they will use references to try and find out. The guides have a good understanding of local cultures, too, and will almost always speak some of the local languages.
When planning your trip with us, do tell us about any particular interests that you have (butterflies, geology, snakes, rock art: we’ve had them all), then we’ll try hard to match your interests to those of your guide. Should you be looking for an even greater depth of guiding experience for your safari, we may well be able to accommodate this, so do talk to us about the options and the possible costs involved.
Safari routes & suggested itinerariesMost of our privately guided safaris in northern Tanzania will start from Kilimanjaro Airport and all will give you the flexibility to do what you want, when you want. Aside from the option of visiting the region’s iconic wildlife destinations, such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, they’re the best way of reaching the most offbeat areas, like Lake Natron or even Lake Eyasi – which are not easy to access even by private plane.
Possible routes for these trips are limited only by your imagination and available time. To give you some ideas, we have included a few costed examples of privately guides safaris around northern Tanzania on this website:
More great ideas for safaris in Tanzania
Here are some safari ideas covering all areas of Tanzania - some are privately guided, others are fly-in.