Wildlife Holiday News

Tanzania Tailormade

East Africa’s annual ‘Great Migration’ is one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet. During the migration, two million Blue Wildebeest move across the Serengeti National Park, closely followed by countless predators attracted by the abundance of potential prey.

In order to watch the migration, and experience it at as close quarters as possible, a number of ‘mobile camps’ follow the migration each year, situating themselves in the best possible positions for viewing as the animals move through the Serengeti. Staying at a mobile camp offers an excellent way to ensure you’re in the heart of the action.

One such mobile camp is the new ‘Bush Rover’ in Tanzania. The new Bush Rover camp consists of imaginatively designed accommodation ‘suites’ situated in carefully planned, prime wildlife-viewing spots. Each Bush Rover ‘suite’ is a standalone unit comprising a spacious canvas tent mounted on a raised platform that sits on top of a modified Land Rover. Each converted Land Rover offers a 4-poster bed plus wardrobe, a lounge and seating area from which you can enjoy the finest food and wines, a private balcony, and a wood-panelled bathroom … complete with the surround-sound of the African Bush, this will probably be the most inspirational wash you’ll ever take!

Depending on the time of year you choose to travel, the Bush Rover camp offers a chance to get very close to the parts of the Mara River where the migrating animals are crossing. As well as the vast herds of Blue Wildebeest and attendant predators, you can hope to see a wealth of mammals including Plains Zebra, Masai Giraffe, Serval, Golden and Black-backed Jackals, mongoose, baboons and Spotted Hyena to name just a few. Tanzania is one of Africa’s best birdwatching destinations, with over 800 resident birds including 22 endemics.

The Bush Rover suites are dotted across several of the major parks and game reserves in Tanzania, of which the Serengeti is one. A safari can be combined with a stay on the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline either on the fascinating spice island of Zanzibar with its pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters, or on Pemba – a quieter island with invariably deserted beaches and excellent snorkelling and diving.

If you’re thinking of heading to Africa this summer, please call Georgie Head on 01962 733051 to discuss the possibilities for a tailormade tour in Tanzania and beyond.