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Wildebeests in front of guests, Chem Chem, Tarangire National Park

Exclusivity in Northern Tanzania’s Private Reserves



11 Days

Prices Start from

£10,300pp (ex. flights)

Escape the crowds and experience the best that Tanzania has to offer. Explore a pair of private reserves – each one packed with wildlife – on an exclusive safari through the Serengeti, before unwinding at the post-safari paradise of Chem Chem.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Leopard on the tree, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 1

Drive Offroad

Explore with the freedom to go offroad, getting close to spectacular wildlife.

Game Drives, Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 2


Stay exclusively in unfenced private reserves, free from any crowds.

Aerial View, Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 3

Stunning Lodges

Stay at three unique and luxurious lodges, each one exceptional in its own way.

Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania 4

Great Migration

Encounter the Great Migration in either the north or south, depending on the season.

Why we like it

Space and exclusivity are priceless commodities. This journey prioritises these sought-after attributes, combining three of the very few private reserves that northern Tanzania has to offer. Bordering remarkable national parks, each one of them is packed with wildlife but free from crowds. And with this comes accommodation to match – three beautifully designed lodges that are amongst the best in Africa.

Explore the itinerary

  • Day 1
    Kilimanjaro - Arusha
  • Day 2
    Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Mwiba Private Reserve
  • Days 3-4
    Mwiba Private Reserve
  • Day 5
    Mwiba Private Reserve - Singita Grumeti Reserve
  • Days 6-7
    Singita Grumeti Reserve
  • Day 8
    Singita Grumeti Reserve - Chem Chem
  • Days 9-10
    Chem Chem
  • Day 11
    Chem Chem - Arusha - Kilimanjaro

Now for the details

Pool, Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Southern Serengeti in a Private Reserve

Begin in the southern Serengeti, nestled amidst the boulders and beasts of the Mwiba Wildlife Reserve. Here, accommodation takes the form of the Mwiba Lodge – a relaxed blend of thoughtful conservation, wildlife tourism and indulgent luxury.

Without fences between this private reserve and the national park, wildlife roams freely between the two. Joined by your own personal guide and spotter, explore by vehicle and on foot, with the freedom to drive offroad and after dark.

Between January and March, leave the private reserve and drive into the southern area of the national park. Here, on the short grass plains, migrating wildebeests and zebras arrive to give birth in their hundreds of thousands – a very special sight.

Lioness in long grass, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Exclusive Viewing in the Northern Serengeti

This 141,000-hectare wilderness is exclusive to the handful of Singita camps that are positioned here. Part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, the Singita Grumeti Reserve is packed with wildlife. Cheetahs stalk the plains, lions hide in the savannah grasses, giraffes browse acacia trees and crocodiles haunt the river banks.

Singita Faru Faru blends contemporary and traditional styles, providing an indulgent base from which to explore. A water hole sits in front of the camp, meaning the wildlife come to you.

Between June and September, the Great Migration floods the reserve, with drives taking you through a sea of wildebeests. This is also when these panicked animals surge across the nearby Mara River in frantic surges, making for an incredible spectacle.

Giraffe behind swimming pool, Chem Chem, Tarangire National Park
Chem Chem, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Finish with a Slow Safari

Few places have mastered post-safari decompression like Chem Chem. This relaxed lodge embraces its natural surroundings, but steps away from the early starts and adrenalin thrills of big game safari. Here, giraffes and zebras wander in front of the deck, protected within this exclusive reserve.

Activities are still on offer, but the entire ambience is far more relaxed than your average safari lodge, with exceptional service, fantastic food and fine wines completing the experience.

Chem Chem also offers the chance to explore neighbouring Tarangire National Park, often missed by first-time visitors. It swiftly captures the imagination with its intriguing landscape of terracotta termite mounds, ungainly baobab trees and gentle hillocks, as well as its vast elephant herds.

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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Mwiba Lodge £££££

  • Tanzania
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Mwiba, a secluded, sophisticated haven set among massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, overlooking a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River an idyllic natural backdrop, Mwiba offers an unmatched experience in luxury adventure. This exclusive destination mixes both traditional and modern design elements, creating an inviting, sophisticated hideaway. The interiors artfully integrate the natural surroundings with layer upon layer of textured creams paired with suede, tans and accents of chocolate and charcoal. From the linen dressed slope-armed sofas to ornately carved wooden leg tables and cascading lighting, the eight double suites all give way to a wide-open layout where each room flows to another. The bathroom brings the outdoors inside with traditional canvas walls accented with copper fixtures, large soaking tubs with private outside showers, all with transporting views from hardwood plank decks.

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Singita Faru Faru £££££

  • Tanzania
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Singita Faru Faru is one of the finest camps in Africa. With only eight rooms it is one of the smallest camps in the country and not being restricted to park rules allows for night safaris, horse riding and walking. This camp gets booked well in advance especially during migration months but travel outside these months also offers very good game viewing. For the ultimate safari, combine three nights at Singita Faru Faru with three nights at nearby Singita Sabora.

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Chem Chem £££££

  • Tanzania

Situated on a private concession overlooking Lake Manyara, Chem Chem is a lodge where you are encouraged to relax and breathe. The cool interiors offer many spaces to escape to for the signature “Slow Safari”. Time to contemplate, walk and dream whilst every need is taken care of by attentive staff. The rooms are large and well-spaced for ultimate privacy and each overlooks the soda lakes, the flamingo and the escarpment beyond. Don’t be surprised if you wake to the sight of a journey of giraffe or perhaps you would prefer to glide on the wind in a hot air balloon? Tarangire is a short drive away for the big game, this is a great place to unwind before or after a safari.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £10,300 Per person

When to travel

Tanzania in January

Generally, most places are quite humid and wet, although the north around the Serengeti can experience a brief dry season. This makes it a much quieter time to visit and see rhinos.

Tanzania in February

It remains a good time to head to the Serengeti and the north as it experiences a brief dry season.It is also one of the driest months in Zanzibar, so a great chances to spend some time on the quiet beaches.

Tanzania in March

The start of the long rainy season, as humidity builds. Some lodges close and roads can become impassable. The landscapes are lush but it makes wildlife harder to spot.

Tanzania in April

The wettest month, with uncomfortably high levels of humidity, so we advise against travel at this time.

Tanzania in May

The rain continues with uncomfortably high levels of humidity, so we advise against travel at this time.

Tanzania in June

The start of the dry season and one of the best months to visit. Clear skies dominate despite the lush landscapes, and it is a fantastic time to see thousands of wildebeest migrate in the Serengeti.

Tanzania in July

The driest and coolest month across the country. A popular time to travel, so heading to the south and west of the country is a good option. You can see all the wildlife that you can get in the northern parks but also chimpanzees.

Tanzania in August

Peak season, as the land dries up and makes spotting wildlife much easier. Spot elephants in Tarangire, or relax on the pristine white sandy beaches of Zanzibar. Just make sure to book well ahead as this is the busiest time of year.

Tanzania in September

After the European school holidays are finished, it is quieter. The great weather remains though, with less mosquitoes around too due to the low humidity. The water visibility improves and you can enjoy diving and snorkelling too.

Tanzania in October

Temperatures rise a little, as does the chance of a shower or two. The landscape is at its driest before the start of the rainy season, creating fantastic opportunities to see elephants in the sun-baked open plains.

Tanzania in November

A quiet time of year as the short rainy season starts. The rains are usually overnight but it can rain in the day too. Plenty of game can still be spotted in the Serengeti, but if you are searching for drier weather it is a good time to head south to the Selous.

Tanzania in December

The short rainy season continues throughout much of the country, but there is still plenty of game viewing in the Serengeti and it is peak season in Zanzibar. It can get very busy over the festive season so it is worth booking in advance.

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