Where We Operate
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania’s oldest, second largest and most popular national park, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Serengeti is known for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the best game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Mwanga Moto, shown on the map above, is our mobile luxury tented camp in the Serengeti.
Katavi National Park
The fourth largest national park, Katavi is a wild and remote national park in southwest Tanzania, home to more hippos and crocs than anywhere else in Africa. Katavi reputedly has a higher concentration of mammals than any other reserve in Tanzania, and represents Africa the way it must have been a century ago. Despite its wealth of wildlife, Katavi sees fewer than 2,000 visitors a year, which means a personal and authentic game viewing experience without hordes of other vehicles. Palahala Camp, built on a platform over the Kapapa River, is our beautiful tented camp in the heart of Katavi.
Comprising Tanzania’s western boundary, Lake Tanganyika is one of the largest lakes in Africa, second only to Lake Victoria. It is the second oldest lake in the world, after Lake Baikal in Siberia. And at nearly five thousand feet, it is also the second deepest. This incredible lake contains a full seventeen percent of the earth’s fresh water, nearly as much as all the U.S. Great Lakes combined, and is clean enough to drink. Its population of Nile perch, kuwe and other fish provides sustenance and vocation to thousands of local fishermen, and its population of cichlids make it a destination for aquarists and ichthyologists alike, who come to admire and study the hundreds of species found nowhere else on the planet. Lupita Island on Lake Tanganyika is our exclusive and remote private island resort.
The Ngorongoro Crater, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in northern Tanzania near the Serengeti. The crater is an enormous unbroken caldera, the result of a volcano which collapsed upon itself millions of years ago. The flat crater floor is now home to 30,000 animals, including wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelles, and leopards, as well as the densest known population of lions.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a scenic park located an hour and a half west of Arusha. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. Jungle-like forest, grassy floodplain and acacia woodland legendary for its tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.
Mahale Mountains National Park
Remote and mysterious, Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees. Over 600 square miles in area, the park is situated on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. It is one of the very few parks in Africa that must be experienced by foot. There are no roads or other infrastructure within the park boundaries, and the only way in and out of the park is via boat. Chimpanzee trekking excursions here are for a minimum of three nights, and we book into either Nkungwe Tented Camp or the exclusive Greystoke Mahale.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara. The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and tree climbing lions. Other common animals include zebra, wildebeest, gerenuk, waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
Ruaha National Park
At over 13,000 square miles, Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. Located in south central Tanzania,The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. Ruaha is famous for its large population of elephants. Presently about ten thousand are roaming the park. The park is also a true birdwatchers’ paradise: 436 species have been identified of an estimated total of 475. Other special animals in Ruaha are the African wild dog and sable antelope.