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Classic Safaris

Our classic safaris offer a fantastic opportunity to explore Tanzania's vast and wild ecosystems. They're based out of our camps inside the National Parks, and right in the middle of our favorite game rich habitats.

Game drives are conducted in our custom Land Cruiser vehicles, providing unrestricted viewing and comfort. Each day is an adventure with wildlife encounters around every corner. Classic Safaris are priced for sharing the game drive vehicles with other guests.
Safaris in Ruaha National Park base out of the Grand Ruaha Luxury Camp, and our two Serengeti National Park camps operate in-step with the Great Migration, with the Grand Kopje Camp in the Central/East, and the Grand Mara Camp in the Northern Lamai area.

All Classic Safaris start and end on Saturday making it easy to schedule. Note additional dates the safari is offered. Extensions to Zanzibar or other places always available.

Please select the camp locations below to see the details of different Classic Safaris offered from the respective camps, or combinations thereof.

Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge: The days start early, with fresh tea or coffee and your choice of a full breakfast or something simple. Either way, you'll be off before dawn to catch the sunrise as it illuminates the beautiful Ruaha landscape.

Typically, you'll return to camp for a late breakfast (if you haven't taken it along) or for a relaxing lunch in the lodge. Midday can be used to relax, take a short guided walk around camp or a short game drive to see animals that are best seen when they go for midday water. Evening game drives typically start around 2:30 - 3:00pm (depending on the intended distance traveling) and usually last until sundown.

Night drives and walking safaris are available in Ruaha on a pre-arranged basis as they require the presence of park rangers. The night drives provide an opportunity to see the nocturnal wildlife that are rarely seen otherwise. Walking safaris with armed rangers and a Tanzanian guide also offer an intimate close-up of the details that make up the Ruaha ecosystem. Our Walking Safaris offer easy walking and are generally four hours or less.

Evenings around the Grand Ruaha camp are a pleasure in the glow of warm lighting inside and out. Relax and socialize in the lounge area - or on the outdoor patio under the stars and giant baobab. Creative and delicious meals are served inside our dining room and on the outdoor patio - or even outside our grand suites under the stars; which offers a private, romantic and unforgettable dining experience.

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    Classic: Ruaha Explorer

    8 days (+2 travel days)
    14th21st Jun 2020
    18th25th Jul 2020
    1st8th Aug 2020
    19th26th Sep 2020
    3rd10th Oct 2020
    Grand Ruaha Luxury Camp
    Ruaha National Park
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  • Classic: Mara to Ruaha Journey

    8 days (+2 travel days)
    11th18th Jul 2020
    8th15th Aug 2020
    12th19th Sep 2020
    10th17th Oct 2020
    Grand Mara Camp, Serengeti
    Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge, Ruaha
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Our Grand Kopjes Camp in the eastern Serengeti sits in the perfect location to see the Great Migration during the green season from November through May. This is a time of plenty for all the big cats given the abundance of prey, and offers the best timing to see the cats on the amazing kopjes (rock outcroppings) that are scattered throughout the area.

This camp location allows quick access to a wide range of the most game rich habitat in the Serengeti; to the South is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the woodlands of the Ndutu region. To the West is the Central Seronera Valley, with its stunning beauty and high density of leopards. To the North is the short grass plains dotted with magnificent rock outcroppings called Kopjes. The surrounding areas comprise one of the worlds highest densities of both lions and cheetah - and also serves as the Great Migration's preferred calving area.

The Grand Kopjes Camp is a well-appointed tented camp with 8 guest tents. It offers full time hot and cold running water, modern en-suite bathrooms with all the amenities, ample electricity for in-tent charging of cameras and computers, and comfortable lounging and dinning tents - all with spectacular views facing the Gol Kopjes.

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    Classic Safari: Green Season, Great Migration

    8 days (+2 travel days)
    11th18th Jan 2020
    8th15th Feb 2020
    21st28th Mar 2020
    16th23rd May 2020
    Serengeti East
    Grand Kopjes Camp
    More info 
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    Classic Safari: Serengeti Journey

    8 days (+2 travel days)
    4th11th Jan 2020
    1st8th Feb 2020
    29th Feb7th Mar 2020
    2nd9th May 2020
    6th13th Jun 2020
    Ngorongoro Crater
    Grand Kopjes Camp, Serengeti
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The Grand Mara Camp in the Northern Serengeti is in a spectacular location called Lamai, and is between the Mara River and Kenya (Maasai Mara). The secluded area offers beautiful landscapes and a high diversity of wildlife - including fantastic viewing of the Great Migration crossing the Mara river. While most of the Tanzania safari camps are on the south side of the Mara river, we are north of the river and enjoy relative seclusion from the crowds.

In addition to the fantastic viewing of the Great Migration river crossings and the huge crocodiles that prey on them, this area holds high populations of the big cats; lion, cheetah, leopard, as well as elephant, giraffe, and a myriad of birds, plains game and other wildlife.

The Grand Mara Camp offers 8 well appointed luxury tents with modern bathrooms and 24/7 hot water and electricity. A spacious lounge, bar and dinning tent equipped to accommodate group seating and/or intimate tables for couples. Our safaris in the Northern Serengeti are at the perfect time to be combined with Ruaha via a direct flight, for the ultimate combination of two very distinct ecosystems.

Walking safaris near camp are available and highly recommended.

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    Classic: Land of Lamai & Mara River

    8 days (+2 travel days)
    4th11th Jul 2020
    1st8th Aug 2020
    5th12th Sep 2020
    3rd10th Oct 2020
    17th24th Oct 2020
    7th14th Nov 2020
    Grand Mara Camp
    Serengeti North
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  • Classic: Mara to Ruaha Journey

    8 days (+2 travel days)
    11th18th Jul 2020
    8th15th Aug 2020
    12th19th Sep 2020
    10th17th Oct 2020
    Grand Mara Camp, Serengeti
    Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge, Ruaha
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