safari lodges Tanzania

masai warrior standing next to camp fire in Tanzania

Chem Chem Lodge sundowners on Lake Manyara

  • TanZania - classic outinafrica
    an extraordinary mix of the thundering Great Migration,
    noble Maasai warriors, snow-capped mountain peaks,
    soda lake flamingoes and, believe it or not, tree-climbing lions!
  • And making your way towards the Serengeti, two tempting add-ons are available:
    the 600m deep Ngorongoro Crater sheltering one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth and the bird rich Lake Manyara, stretching a scenic 50kms along the Great Rift escarpment.
    And of course, neighbouring Manyara, the beautiful Tarangire National Park
  • The Migration offers dramatic river crossings, but Africa's largest herds keep moving all year long - 
    eg: February is calving season in the south which attracts many predators...
    while the big game found on the Ngorongoro Crater floor are, in fact, 600m down and hardly going anywhere
  • Beat jun-oct peak season rates (and traffic...) by visiting
    in the more affordable low season - the game is still there!
  • We suggest a minimum of 5 nights - 2 nights Ngorongoro and 3 nights Serengeti
    but if you have 7 nights - add 2 nights at Lake Manyara
    For those with 8-9 nights - ask about our outinafrica guided driving tours for up to 6 guests.
  • In general (subject to global warming) dry season occurs in Jan, Feb and Jun-Oct
    with the rainy wet season Mar-May, Nov and Dec
  • International flights arrive into either Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro or Nairobi Kenya
    while Arusha is the gateway for charter flights into Tanzania


young wildebeest

map of Tanzania

safari map of Africa showing main tourist destinations
safari map showing main tourist destinations in Kenya and Tanzania

The THREE main regions to consider in Tanzania are:

  • 1. The Serengeti - 4 lodges
  • 2. Ngorongoro Crater - 2 lodges
  • 3. Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks - 3 lodges
  • And yes, for any other regions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • where to stay?

    First up, the thundering herds of the Serengeti

The Serengeti

1 of 3 Tanzania regions
Out in Africa The Serengeti

ahhhh, the Serengeti... distant horizon lines, big skies and endless plains accentuated by flat-topped acacia trees. Home to the largest herds on the planet and Africa’s highest concentration of predators, the Serengeti is probably THE most celebrated game reserve in the world. It's difficult to predict the exact timing and route of the Great Migration path as herd movement depend so much on weather patterns. Not to mention the unpredictable wildebeest! But with the wildebeest’s constant search for food and water, the 'general' migration route rotates through the eastern Serengeti (nov-dec) and into the wet south where almost 400 000 wildebeest calves are born around late January to mid-March. From April onwards the migration moves up through the western Serengeti, passing the Grumeti around May/June and onward to the drier plains of the north between July and August when jostling herds famously splash their way across the Mara River into Kenya's Masaai Mara... pouncing and kicking as they fight for survival. And the worst part - on their return to Tanzania (sep/oct), it's river crossing time all over again! Important to mention though, seasoned travellers claim that even if you removed the Great Migration from the picture, you still will NOT be disappointed...

  • Singita Mara River Tented Camp

    Serengeti lodge 1 of 4
  • stay

    located on the banks of the infamous Mara River offering game viewing from the camp
    6 bohemian chic tented suites with natural fabrics, art, canvas, stone & raw leather
    all tents are river facing with an inside and outside shower plus an outdoor bath
    plains game, big cats, elephants & huge populations of crocodile and hippo
    central dining/bar area with pool and viewing deck overlooking river
  • travel

    3hr charter flight from Arusha (2stops en-route) plus 45min road transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2020
    from $1650 to $2400 per person per night
    high season 1-15jan, jun-aug and 15-31dec
    rates include all meals, beverages, 2 daily game drives, airstrip transfers
    rates exclude French champagne, park fees, levy, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • andBeyond Kleins Camp

    Serengeti lodge 2 of 4
  • stay

    remote, perched on a hill, 10 thatched stone cottages with veranda and breathtaking views
    exceptional game viewing, thrilling night game drives, Maasai culture & vintage safari style
    overlooks a corridor which, twice a year, fills up with throngs of zebra and wildebeest
    stone floors, deep leather armchairs and sweeping views of a game filled valley

  • travel

    1hr charter from Arusha + transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2020
    from $840 to $1340 per person per night
    high season jun-aug and 21dec-10jan2021
    included: all meals, local bar brands, house wines, laundry, safari activities and refreshments, emergency evacuation insurance and return airstrip transfers
    excluded: champagne, premium bar brands and staff gratuities
  • andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

    Serengeti lodge 3 of 4
  • stay

    2 camps with 9 luxury safari tents each moving 5 times a year following the migration
    airy en-suite tents with separate toilet and his/hers outdoor al fresco bucket showers
    classic safari style, Indian rugs, crisp linens, sparkling crystal and polished brass
    unbeatable bush dinners in dining tent lend flair to the simplicity of camping.
    each camp also offers one family tent and one triple tent
  • travel

    charter flight to nearest airstrip + short road transfer to camp

  • rate

    rates 2020 - rom $810 to $1240 per person per night
    low season mar-15jun
    included: all meals, local bar brands, house wines, laundry, safari activities and refreshments, emergency evacuation insurance and return airstrip transfers
    excluded: champagne, premium bar brands, levies/park/conservancy fees and staff gratuities
  • Serengeti Safari Camp

    Serengeti lodge 4 of 4
  • stay

    the camp moves seasonally 4 -5 times a year to follow the movements of the great migration
    from calving season in the south - all the way to the famous river crossings in the north
    6 large Meru-style tents with dressing room area separating the en-suite bathrooms
    one family tent made up of two full size en-suite tents with adjoining lounge area.
    central lounge/dining/bar/library tent with open safari fireplace for sundowners
  • travel

    charter flight to nearest airport + road transfer to camp

  • rate

    rates 2020 – from $725 to $945 per person per night
    low season 16mar-31may & nov-20dec
    included: all meals, drinks (except champagne & premium wines), game drives (no walking), bush picnics, laundry and scheduled road transfers to/from nearest airstrip.
    excluded: Park/Camping/Concession Fees, flights, insurance/evacuation cover and staff gratuities

Consider a 2night stop-over at the Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

2 of 3 Tanzania regions
Out in Africa Ngorongoro Crater

Sometimes called the eight wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is indisputably home to the highest density of big game in Africa including lions, leopards, hyena’s, baboons, large flocks of crowned cranes, black/white rhinos and some of Africa’s largest tusker elephants! The crater, a perfect caldera, forms a natural bowl with a diameter of approximately 18 kilometres and features an astonishing variety of landscapes – from misty forests and rocky mountain peaks to wide open plains, valleys, rivers and an alkaline lake filled with flamingoes. And sharing the abundant grazing grounds and groundwater on the crater floor with approximately 25000 wild animals, are members of the noble Maasai tribe who can be seen grazing their sheep and cattle all over. The only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony. Listed below, our 2 favourite places: from simply divine and luxurious... to affordable excellence

  • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

    Ngorongoro lodge 1 of 2
  • stay

    Perched on the edge of the Crater itself, three separate lodges sleeps either 12 or 24 guests
    probably one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa offering sumptuous safari suites baroque interiors with brocade sofas, antiques, gilt mirrors and beaded chandeliers
    handcrafted mud and thatch, fireplaces, raw silk, private butlers and distant views
    a domed central dining area offer crystal, silver & airy viewing deck (no pool)
    frequently referred to as Versailles meets Maasai – simply extraordinary
  • travel

    40min charter flight Arusha/Lake Manyara airport + a 1.5hr road transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2020 - from $1115 to $1775 per person per night
    high season  11jan-29feb; jun-sept; 21dec-10jan 2020
    included: all meals, local bar brands, game activities with refreshments, laundry and emergency evacuation insurance.
    excluded: Champagne, premium bar brands, $1.50pppn levy, airport transfers and staff gratuities
  • Entamanu Ngorongoro

    Ngorongoro lodge 2 of 2
  • stay

    located far away from any other camps thus avoiding seasonal game viewing traffic jams
    Crater game drives, guided walks, bush picnics, Masaai interaction and sundowners.
    7 canvas rooms on raised decks with views into both the Crater and the Serengeti.
    2 of which are family units – all with en-suite bathrooms and double basins
    central bar/lounge/dining area with large dining table, fireplace and views
  • travel

    40min charter flight Arusha/Lake Manyara airport + a 2.5hr road transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2020 - from $760 to $1060 per person per night
    low season  16mar-31may & nov-20dec
    included: all meals,, drinks (excl champagne & premium wines), full morning game drives into Crater (excl Crater fees), short highland walks (seasonal), Maasai boma visit, bush picnics, sundowners; scheduled road transfers to/from Manyara airstrip and laundry.
    excluded: Park/Crater/Concession Fees, additional Maasai activities, flights, staff gratuities, insurance & evacuation cover and non-scheduled Manyara airport transfers

to the south of Lake Manyara Airport

Lake Manyara and Tarangire

3 of 3 Tanzania regions
Out in Africa Lake Manyara and Tarangire
Lying side by side, Lake Manyara National Park is probably better known for its tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake, its flamingos and breath taking scenery. Dense woodlands, evergreen forests, grassy flood plains, steep mountainsides and the rest of the Park, probably two thirds of it, covered by Lake Manyara – a bird watchers haven! The best game viewing here is from August to September & December to February.
Tarangire National Park, famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees, is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and is named after the Tarangire River running through it – an animal magnet during the dry season June to October. From woodland to dry swamp, Tarangire is a game rich, slightly off-the-beaten-path reserve not to be missed.
Rainy season: apr-may - Dry season (peak game viewing): jun-oct
Green season: dec-mar for the legendary flamingo migration on Lake Manyara.
And, of course, it’s calving time
  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    Lake Manyara lodge 1 of 3
  • stay

    cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees, nine stilted treehouse suites
    generous decks, large windows, overhead fans and billowing mosquito nets
    local timbers and makuti palm fronds make for cool, leafy surroundings
    romantic free-standing bath & outdoor shower overlooking the forest
    soaring central areas with interactive kitchen & open dining decks
    overlooking a forest boma lined with quaint dugout canoe
    2 daily game drives with night drives at extra charge
  • travel

    3.5hr complimentary road transfer from Lake Manyara Airport

  • rate

    rates 2020
    from $840 to $1340 per person sharing per night
    high season 16jun-sept & 21dec-10jan2020
    included: all meals, soft drinks, house wines, local bar brands, tea/coffee, laundry, emergency evacuation insurance, safari activities, refreshments on drives and , transfers from/to Lake Manyara Airport.
    excluded: champagne, cognac, fine wines, premium bar brands, tourism Levy, park/conservancy fees and staff gratuities
  • Chem Chem Lodge

    Manyara/Tarangire lodge 2 of 3
  • stay

    watch herds of game wander between watering holes and savannah grasslands
    8 ultra-luxurious tented suites (100 m­²) with wood, canvas, cotton and lava rock
    private patio and sala with day beds & bathrooms with bath and outdoor shower 
    central area with dining room, lounge, bar, library, fireplace and outside fire pit
    also gym, spa, viewing deck, secluded pool and views of active watering hole
    lodge located east of Lake Manyara so expect spell-binding sunset views…
    echoes of a vintage safari… just look & listen as it unfolds in front of you
    also a private bush camp with 2 tents and family suite with 2 bedrooms
  • travel

    3-4hrs game drive from Kuro Tarangire airstrip - 2hrs transfer from Lake Manyara airport
    we suggest flying into Kuro for a most memorable game drive transfer to lodge
  • rate

    rates 2020
    $990 per person per night or $1250 per person per night
    high season jun-oct & 20dec-28feb
    included: transfer from Kuro (excl park fees), all meals, house wines, beers, spirits, water & soft drinks (excl premium wine & French champagne), morning & afternoon game drives, guided walking safaris, anti-poaching experience, sundowners, sunrise hill climb, game drive to Tarangire National Park (excl park fees), visit with a local Maasai family, hand washed laundry & wifi.
    excluded: Conservation & Community Fees, Tourism levies, optional Chem Chem Association contribution of US$50 per booking, evacuation Insurance at $30 pp, premium wines and French champagne, park fees for Tarangire-, Lake Manyara- and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks.
  • Kuro Tarangire Lodge

    Manyara/Tarangire lodge 3 of 3
  • stay

    tucked into riverside bush with elephants often passing right through camp
    in central Tarangire, away from busy north and within easy reach of river
    6 walk-in safari tents on wooden decking & all cosily covered in thatch
    like understated little nests woven of wood, sisal, thatch and canvas
    all tents with in/outdoor showers, flush loos & veranda with views.
    open-sided thatched lounge/dining area for starlit fireside drinks
    guided day- and *night time game drives and walking safaris
    location known for rather large herds of buffalo & elephant
    *night game drives to be pre-booked at extra charge 
    closed 16 March - 31 May
  • travel

    by air into Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park + 15min transfer to lodge

  • rate

    rates 2020
    $760 per person per night in low season or $975 per person per night in high season
    low season 5jan-15mar/june/nov-20dec
    included: all meals, drinks (excl champagne & premium wines), game drives, airstrip transfers and laundry
    excluded: flights, park/concession fees, night drives to be pre booked at $59pp and subject to availability) staff gratuities, travel insurance & evacuation cover.

itinerary ideas

Below some ideas of what can be done but YOU decide.
Travel when YOU want to
choose YOUR favourite lodge
and combine destinations as YOU wish.
Take a look:

8 nights - Manyara, the Crater and Serengeti

1 night Arusha
2 nights Manyara or Tarangire
2 nights Ngorongoro Crater
3 nights Serengeti
  • day 1
    arrive Arusha and overnight
    day 2
    fly Arusha to Lake Manyara Airport
    transfer to lodge for 2night safari
    (Lake Manyara or Tarangire Parks)
    day 4
    transfer via Lake Manyara airport to
    Ngorongoro Crater and stay 2nights
    day 6
    transfer to Lake Manyara Airport
    fly Lake Manyara to the Serengeti
    transfer to lodge for 3night safari
    day 9
    transfer lodge to air strip
    fly Serengeti to Arusha Airport
    and connect outbound flights from Arusha 

6 nights - Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti

1 night Arusha
2 nights Ngorongoro Crater
3 nights Serengeti
  • day 1
    arrive Arusha and overnight
    day 2
    fly Arusha to Lake Manyara Airport
    transfer to Ngorongoro for 2nights
    day 4
    transfer to Lake Manyara Airport
    fly Lake Manyara to the Serengeti
    transfer to lodge for 3night safari
    day 7
    transfer lodge to air strip
    fly Serengeti to Arusha Airport
    and connect outbound flights from Arusha 

lioness and two cubs strolling past nearby ostriches nervously looking on

Little Chem Chem Lodge, Lake Burungi

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