Tents, lodge rooms and vehicles
Today I no longer have my own tents but pick and choose from an amazing selection on offer. On offer are an incredible selection of properties and camping styles and I am constantly asked to comment or personally help in the designs of such facilities. My opinion is sought because for over two decades I have owned and managed such camps and stayed in most of the lodges. A safari to the wildlife habitats of Tanzania should include a variety of lodge and camping styles. It adds so much to your experience if you vary the types of accommodations you sleep in.
I prefer to use the smaller lodges and camps and will always advise some private, your group only, camping along the way and usually towards the end for your safari and always at the very finest location for that time of year. It all looks confusing, I know, but take great care in your selections and ask the advice of an experienced guide. Just what is the difference between a seasonal camp and a permanent camp? Is a mobile camp moved every day? What are the bathrooms like? Will it be cold at night? A thousand questions will haunt you - just ask and I will do my very best to advise. The service industry of today is sophisticated and always depicts the perfect get away, but seek up to date advice.
Your luxury safari tent on my private group safaris.
Luxury camping safaris cater for your every need - this is a dining tent for 4 guests and their guide.
Our lightweight Camps are very mobile and ideal for longer walking safaris.
Simple yet comfortable these lightweight camps get you into the more remote areas.
And then there is fly camping - the camping style that takes you closest to the bush. Not for the faint hearted!
The seasonally sited and less permanent options such as Oliver's, Suyan and Sayari Camps are exquisitely appointed.
Often wildlife is close by-what ever style of camping you experience!
The smaller lodges can be quite extravagant....
as are the more robustly built permanent camps....
....of which many are built in this style.
Why not treat yourself to a beach at the end such as this Matemwe Suite on Zanzibar?
All this comfort is fine, but the wildlife is the reason you are travelling to Tanzania and your guide's skill at interpreting the wilderness experience for you is the most important element of any safari.
If we combine private group camping styles with my recommended seasonal or permanent camps the safari experience is second to none. If we then treat you to a special lodge or two in between the camps and finish at on Zanzibar at Matemwe your 12-21 day safari to Tanzania will be an unforgettable experience.
Not all that glitters is gold or not all tents are equal and this applies to the vehicles on offer as well. I do own my safari vehicles and always will.
Watching lions from Paul's Landrover
I consider my vehicles to be the best equipped in Tanzania and as I have owned Landrovers since 1983, worked on them myself and driven tens of thousands of miles off road, I rate them well ahead of the Landcruisers today in overall 4WD capability. When the going gets tough, a Landrover will get you there. Especially if driven by its experienced and 'loving` owner! My current Landrovers have the higher windows for better viewing, sit 4 guests with plenty of room and have ample space for cameras and luggage. Be wary of vehicles that pack in more than five guests!
GPSs and Radios have changed the way safaris are done, most vehicles now have them, but like cell phones they are much better kept off until needed. Getting a little lost is always fun !