Category Archives: Safari

Client Feedback: Tanzania Family Safari VLOG, by Amy and Sofia Daniels

Amy and Sofia Daniels travelled to Tanzania with us in July on a family safari, covering the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara.

Whilst there, Amy and Sofia “vlogged” their entire trip, uploading a 4-part series of their travels to youtube. The in-depth videos, which we’re delighted to share on our blog, highlight wonderfully the appeal of northern Tanzania at this time of year, and the experience of a family safari.

You can find the individual videos embedded below, and also on Amy’s youtube channel.


Travel there, Rivertrees Country Lodge, and half day drive in Lake Manyara National Park


Tour of tents in the Serengeti, half day and full day drives in the Serengeti, special footage of elephants at the end of the day when we were super up close


Leaving the Serengeti, mini tour of our room and view at Marera Valley Lodge, full day drive in Ngorongoro Crater


Tour of accommodation at Roika Tented Lodges in Tarangire, afternoon game drive in Tarangire, really up close with elephants again, final day at Arusha Country Lodge, tour of Shanga social enterprise

Thank you to Amy and Sofia for sharing with us their footage!

North Tanzania during the Green Season (Photo highlights)

In May of this year I travelled to north Tanzania for 2 weeks, exploring the classic northern circuit safari route as well as Lake Natron and the Maasai territories around Ol Doinyo Lengai. Though ostensibly Tanzania’s low season, I found May to be a wonderful time to travel in the country. Tarangire proved especially beautiful, its usually dry and dusty northern plains turned lush and green after the rains, while the central Seronera region of the Serengeti offered stunning game viewing without the heavy vehicle traffic usually associated with this region of the park. Only in the Ngorongoro Highlands and around Karatu did we feel the impact of the rains.

Below is a selection of photos taken during my stay which I hope highlight the appeal of travelling to Tanzania during this often-overlooked season:

Captivating Kafue

Sarah, our central and southern Africa specialist, recently returned from a two week stay in Zambia, which she spent seeking out the best new lodges and game-viewing spots in Kafue National Park. Read on for her thoughts on this often-overlooked region of Africa.

Despite being the oldest and largest safari park in Zambia, Kafue remains unfamiliar territory to many safari-goers, often-overlooked in favour of the Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. This is a shame, for Kafue is a vast and beautiful park that is home to a wonderful diversity of wildlife, as I discovered on visiting the region for the first time last month. Continue reading Captivating Kafue

What’s new in Africa? New adventures: Kilimanjaro North Face, Mt Kenya bike safari, Ethiopia photo tour, and more!

This year we’ll be launching several new safari and adventure programmes in Africa, including an original biking route around Mount Kenya; an entirely new climbing route to the summit of Kilimanjaro; a special peak baggers’ itinerary to climb Africa’s three highest mountains; and a photographers’ tour to Ethiopia, led by expert photographer Simon Stafford. We also have lots of exciting new developments outside of Africa to share with you.
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Botswana Fully Serviced Mobile Safari

Our Southern Africa specialist Sarah recently returned from a mobile camping safari to Botswana. Here’s what she saw:

With the annual rains due to arrive any time in December, the proposition of camping in the wet was not my idea of fun, but luck was on my side, the rains stayed away and I got to experience mobile camping with SGS safaris. Continue reading Botswana Fully Serviced Mobile Safari

Our guide to Botswana’s safari parks and game reserves: private vs public

Botswana’s safari parks and game reserves:

private vs public

Botswana is unique among African safari destinations in that much of its wilderness has been divided into private concessions. While such concessions are common elsewhere in Africa, only in Botswana do they constitute such a large proportion of the country’s protected land (almost 50%). Unlike in Kenya or Tanzania, for instance, where the major public parks are huge and the private reserves comparatively small, in Botswana you can confine yourself almost entirely to private concessions and still experience the best wilderness areas that the country has to offer. This has its advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to have a good idea of the differences between Botswana’s private and public reserves when planning your safari, particularly if you intend to visit the Okavango Delta.

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Client Feedback: Wonderful Tanzania photo journals

In the past month we’ve been lucky enough to receive two wonderful photo journals from clients who recently travelled with us to Tanzania. We thought we would share them with you.

Wild camping in the Serengeti
Josephine travelled to North Tanzania with her family and friends on one of our very special light mobile safaris. She was kind enough to share with us this wonderful account of her trip, full of her stunning photographs (that’s her cheetah at the top of the page!)

Solo adventure in remote Ruaha and the Selous
Janet explored the opposite end of Tanzania, visiting the southern parks of Selous and Ruaha while her husband climbed Kilimanjaro. Her account really highlights what makes Tanzania’s comparatively little-visited southern parks so special!

Many thanks to Janet and Josephine for their wonderful accounts and photos!