Good, simple camping safaris with a great guide and private vehicle are an outstanding way to explore Africa's wild places off the beaten track.
This style of camping is clear proof that the simplest solutions can be often the best. Spacious, but lightweight safari tents allow for comfort, mobility and minimal impact (no noisy generators or other guests), proper mattresses with sheets and duvets ensure a good night’s sleep. And great food means you’ll go home after your safari fatter than when you arrived (sorry, but there’s no point in lying). In short, don't confuse this style of safari with the sort of camping that involves hard work, tears and arguments about who does the washing up.
None of the hard work
Light camping safaris like this are orchestrated by a highly experienced and dedicated crew who look after your every need - they'll arrive before you set up the camp, prepare superb food out of nowhere as well as packing everything up to be ready to move and meet you at the next stop. The size of the crew depends on how many you are, but either way you won't need to get involved with any of the chores. Expect great food, hot safari showers and more.
Safaris beyond the obvious
As well as accessing the headline acts like the seeing the wildebeest cross the Mara River (which can be done using a shared seasonal light tented camp that moves every couple of months to be in the right area, rather than moving with you) we use truly mobile light camps to get into some of the wilder areas of northern Tanzania that many people simply overlook. Some of these areas are highly seasonal which (thankfully) makes them unsuitable for permanent lodges.
As an example, if you're after something highly unusual you might like the idea of spending a night in a tree nest and watching elephant drink in the moonlight beneath you. Alternatively in the months between December and May one of the most beautiful parts of the Serengeti to visit are the green valleys and whale-backed ridges around the Gol Mountains where the migration spills out from the Southern Serengeti. These are just a couple of areas that you'll only be able to access with a mobile camp.
We can also design camping itineraries to take in wilderness areas where you can walk. Ensuring you can get out of the vehilce is one of the objectives of using a camp like this. Combining with the odd small safari lodge makes for an outstanding expedition through the best of Northern Tanzania.
Comfort not luxury
This type of camp is ideal if you're the sort of person who subscribes to the comfort not luxury approach, although we would argue that the luxury in this case is in the experience. Very simply what you get here is the chance to be away from large crowds of other people at a price that would normally only allow for a lodge based safari with its attendant traffic and queues for the buffet - or a public camp site surrounded by hordes of others. As you can probably tell, we think this is a pretty good way to do things - drop us a line if you'd like to discuss some ideas for a trip