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July Newsletter: Migration Special

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July Newsletter: Migration Special
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July Newsletter: Migration Special

Welcome to the Africa Odyssey July newsletter. The spotlight this month is on the Great Migration and the best places from which to view the famous river crossings.
The Serengeti’s Migration herds began their push North a couple of weeks ago, leaving the Western Corridor to head through the Lobo region and on to the majestic Lamai Wedge at Kogatende. We have received a couple of reports that the front runners have started the Mara River crossings with the main herds guaranteed to be criss-crossing throughout the whole of August, September and October. This is a fantastic time of year to be in the Serengeti!

The Lamai Wedge, Wogakuria and Kogatende are the places to be: Rhino sightings are on the increase and heavy predator concentrations throughout the region guarantee exceptional game viewing. There are only two permanent lodges in the area – one of which is Nomad Tanzania’s new Lamai Serengeti – but the area is most famous for its mobile camps. To easily picture where the migration will be at any given time please see our interactive Migration Map. But for the full lowdown please call the team on 020 7471 8780 or from the US 1-866 356 4691

The best camps for the river crossings:

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Nomad Tanzania’s Lamai Serengeti
Nomad Tanzania’s Lamai Serengeti is the newcomer to the Kogatende/Wogakuria region. One of only two permanent lodges in the area, Lamai Serengeti has arguably the best location of any camp. Set up on a large rock kopje, the views here are simply mindblowing – if the area was a set for the Lion King, Lamai Serengeti would be Pride Rock! Great guiding and the normal high standards we have come to expect from Nomads mean this camp is sending shockwaves through the Serengeti. $845pppn shared safari
More info on Lamai Serengeti
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&Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas
&Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas camps are the most luxurious of all the mobile operations. The tents are smaller than the other mobile camps but the sheer quality of product is undeniable. In our experience the locations of all the &Beyond mobile camps are spot on. The quality of guiding is superb, and food and service are pretty much impeccable. The only negative is the price – $1,045pppn shared safari!
More info on Serengeti Under Canvas
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Olakira Camp, Asilia Safaris
Olakira camp is one of the Serengeti’s best value camps. With 8 rooms Olakira is one of the larger mobile camps but this fact takes little away from the quality of product; the tents are incredibly spacious and much more luxurious than people expect from an adventurous mobile operation. Olakira’s Kogatende location looks over a bend in the Mara river, a focus point for some of the Migrations biggest river crossings! The vehicles are open sided giving guests great viewing. $635pppn shared safari.
More info on Olakira Camp
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Sayari Camp, Asilia Safaris
Sayari Camp was the first permanent lodge in the Kogatende region. Located on a gently sloping hill, Sayari looks out over the Serengeti towards the Masai Mara and offers an alternative to the adventurous mobile camps. Beautiful rooms and the usual high quality of Asilia’s guiding and service mean that Sayari has established itself as one of the Serengeti’s finest lodges. $790pppn shared safari
More info on Sayari Camp
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Alex Walker’s Serian Camp
Alex Walker is one of East Africa’s most famous guides. His new mobile Serian Camp is a fantastic authentic safari camp that is one of the Serengeti’s finest mobile operations. The 6 roomed camp usually runs at only 4 rooms and is therefore the smallest Serengeti camp. Alex currently hosts and guides at Serian making the camp the only owner run property in the entire Serengeti and one of very few left in Africa. A great camp fit for adventurous first timers and the safari connoisseur. $850pppn private safari.
More info on Serian
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Africa Odyssey : Newsletter : Good Safari Guide Awards

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Africa Odyssey : Newsletter : Good Safari Guide Awards

Africa Odyssey : Newsletter : Good Safari Guide Awards

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The Good Safari Guide Awards

Marc Harris, Judge of the Good Safari Guide, director of ATTA and MD of exclusive safari operator Africa Odyssey, can give you a best price guarantee for all of these safari experiences. To take advantage of this offer, call the team at AFRICA ODYSSEY on 020 7471 8780 and QUOTE GSG 2011

The Winners:

Video: Mahale Mountains

Best Safari Property in Africa: Chiawa Camp, Zambia

Chiawa Camp is a safari great. The first photo safari operation in the Lower Zambezi, Chiawa’s first-class reputation has made travel headlines worldwide. The family who run Chiawa can take credit for the great success of the Lower Zambezi as a thriving National Park.

The guiding here is phenomenal, the location perfect and the owner’s passion for the place infectious. Chiawa genuinely does excel, and deserves the accolade of best safari camp in Africa. It is outstanding, you will treasure this safari.
More info on Chiawa

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Best Safari Property in East Africa: Beho Beho, Tanzania

A superb safari lodge, combining style and authenticity at the heart of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve. Beho Beho is a rightful winner, viable as an accessible safari destination in its own right.

Beho Beho combines all the elements that make a safari experience memorable. The statuesque accommodation is designed with panoramic views into a valley thriving with wildlife, the food is exceptional and camp staff are the ultimate hosts. Moreover, you will enjoy some of the best guiding in Tanzania. Relax in luxury, without compromising the purity of your safari.
More info on Beho Beho

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Best Mobile Safari Operator : Nomad Tanzania Mobile Safaris

One of East Africa’s most pioneering companies, Nomad’s Tanzania Mobile Safaris follow the Great Migration herds in the Serengeti. Their guides track the movement of the largest herds, plotting camp locations to guarantee guests the very best safari location at any time of the year. An adventurous experience, but one with intrinsic style and plenty of home comforts to make it a great one.

We have consistently found Nomad’s to be one of the finest companies for mobile operations; completely fitting with their top safari credentials.
More info on Nomad Serengeti Camp.

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Best Safari Guiding Team in Africa : Rekero Camp

Located in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara, Rekero has long been held as the camp to try and emulate; it has everything you would look for from a camp. Owner run and managed, the level of guiding here is quite simply in a league of its own.

Jackson, the head guide from the BBC’s Big Cat Diary show is based here, and leads a highly-regarded team of guides. The sheer quality of the camp knowledge has raised Rekero to being one of Africa’s most famous camps, and certainly the best in the Mara.
More info on Rekero.

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Best Beach Safari Property in Africa: Vamizi, Mozambique

Absolutely private, barefoot luxury in an idyllic Indian Ocean location, Vamizi is a spectacular beach experience, now refreshingly easy to enjoy. Once considered impossibly remote, you can now fly direct from Dar es Salaam to enjoy the best of this Indian Ocean island.

The thriving marine life around Vamizi Island is due in part to the huge conservation project that has flourished here since 2005, and the lodge is a leading example of top end, sustainable ecotourism.
More info on Vamizi.

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Customer Testimonial

Your recommendations were absolutely spot on and the timings all worked out wonderfully well. In addition I felt it was excellent value for money given the highlights and experiences we have taken away. Very many thanks for your knowledge and professionalism in arranging our honeymoon, we will always cherish it.”

N & C Franklin 2010

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Newsletter March 2011

Our big news this month is that after so many years of hard work we have finally ‘soft’-launched our new website Our new site unites our specialist interests and knowledge of Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius and the Seychelles, and we believe it to be the very best of its kind!

Newsletter March 2011
As well as a wealth of information about the countries and parks, we have included video, slide-shows, our own frank reviews, paw ratings, prices, and Google maps of just about every top lodge in Africa – over 400 of them. This should provide a comprehensive information resource for anyone planning an African or Indian Ocean adventure.

Wherever possible, we have tried to highlight the best experiences and lodges in each country and area. We have also developed a top toolbar to guide those with specific interests or travel requirements; for example, honeymooners or families, fishing or diving, birdwatchers or those seeking adrenaline-inducing pursuits

The sections for Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are currently not as thorough as the other countries on the site; these are work in progress, and will be completed by the end of the 2011. We also aim to have Uganda and Rwanda covered for the gorilla extensions we often do with Tanzania or Kenya, as well as a section on Cape Town and the Kruger National Park.

There is one final stage we are planning which will take the site to a completely new level. However, we would not like to give ALL of our secrets away in one go (especially since so many of our competitors are signed-up to this newsletter) so stay tuned for the next installment.

Newsletter March 2011
We would like to invite you take a look around the site; all constructive criticism is gratefully received! If you are Facebook-minded please do become our fan at Facebook or use the ‘like’ and ‘tweet’ buttons throughout the site to spread the word.

Finally, please don’t forget our sister company – Latin Odyssey who are also developing their website in this new, user-friendly style. If your thoughts are turning to South or Central America, do give them a call.

In the past, our beloved video footage of every lodge and hotel has been described as ‘authentically awful’… So we have upped the ante by investing in HD video camera equipment. Over the course of the next few years we will be re-videoing all the lodges and parks, and this new video format is definitely a step in the right direction! Please see the following taken by Ted in Tanzania’s Mahale. - holiday, safaris, experiences -   right-click to download images

We believe strongly in supporting owner-run operations as much as possible, mainly because these tend to maintain superior quality and reliability. We would like to take this opportunity to showcase a few of our favourites:

Alex Walker’s Serian

We have had excellent feedback from clients staying in this gloriously unspoilt region of the northern Serengeti. Serian is providing some of the best guiding anywhere, and to further pique your interest, Alex is offering a stay for 4, pay for 3 deal for 2011.

Coppingers’ Remote Africa

John Coppingers’ Remote Africa in Zambia is probably our favorite owner-run safari company anywhere. Throughout 2011, John and his wife Carol are offering a number of deals on their camps. For those seeking adventurous safari experiences with brilliant guiding in Africa’s wildest parks, Remote Africa will fulfil your wildest dreams. During Julian’s last trip to the North Luangwa, he saw no other people, but did encounter lion and wild dog on foot… exceptional.

Safari with Jonathan Scott

Keeping the focus on Zambia, we are delighted to be able to offer a safari to South Luangwa led by the Big Cat Diary’s Jonathan Scott and the Bushcamp Company’s Phil Berry. If this interests you please contact us as soon as possible as the availability for this trip in 2011 is nearly gone!

Charles Dobie’s Selous

The Selous Safari Company are offering low season rates for the first rooms booked in their safari camps (except August). As a result, the value to be had at Jongomero and Selous Safari Camp is the best we have seen for the last few years. 2011 is definitely the year to travel to enjoy these superb camps!

Newsletter – January 2010


Happy New Year to one and all, we hope you had a happy and festive time! With weather like this…you have guessed it…we would recommend you book a holiday as soon as possible!!This year, the first for quite a while, we have decided to make our presence known at the 2010 Destinations Travel Show in London’s Earl’s Court, from the 4th of February so, if you are thinking African thoughts, then please come along and say Hi!

More info at the Destinations site

Otherwise, with the advent of the new year, and an overall drop in rates through most of Africa, we are looking forward to another busy year. There are a number of countries that seem to be emerging from their slumbers and so are worth considering for the more intrepid of you. Notably are Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi…please ask us for more details!

Migration Update

Heavy rains in the southern Serengeti are making the going quite tough, if you’re driving. However, the bulk of the Migration is all around and there are great wildebeest sightings all over Ndutu as well as good herds going through the Gol Mountains area. Ndutu is always a great place to see cats and all the other scavengers that follow the migration.

Find more information about the migration in our blog

Nothing compares to the experience of an African safari. It is an experience that can be truly shared irrespective of age. In recent years opportunities for children have dramatically improved and we are now able to organise guided walks, childcare and family accommodation at a number of our favourite camps and lodges.

For those with young children
we recommend non-malarial areas wherever possible, with some good introductory safari experiences in southern Africa, combined with the fabulous family-friendly accommodation that characterises the islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles.

African Adventures with Older Children
For pre-teens, there are many holiday adventures to remember forever. The Laikipia plateau in Kenya is especially good for this age group, where children enjoy camel riding, nature walks and walking safaris in which they learn how to track Samburu style. South Africa and Botswana are also extremely good for real, active safari adventures for children. We select camps according to their ability with each age group, as this considerably affects the benefits of the trip for all concerned. The best guides will bring the environment alive for everyone, and allow each person to make it their own.

A Last Blast
For teenagers, the bush camps in Zambia have walking safaris, with the combined joys of bush suppers and a fabulous sense of wilderness adventure. These are not recommended for younger children, as the walking can be too strenuous and in many cases younger children are not accommodated. But for parents and children alike we still consider that nothing beats the ease of combining the diverse safari activities in the Selous, Tanzania, with time exploring Zanzibar. There remains a glorious attraction about this combination that works for everyone from 8 years and up.


The Best of the Offers

Asilia Lodges, Tanzania Including all of their lodges in the northern parks of Tanzania, and the fantastic Matemwe Bungalows on Zanzibar, you will receive a 15% discount should you stay for a minimum of 7 nights across any of their camps in 2010!
More details …

Fundu Lagoon, Tanzania This famous East African beach and diving lodge, located on Pemba Island, Tanzania, is now offering drop down prices for their hillside rooms…stay for 7 and get 2 of them for free..
More details…

Remote Africa, Zambia Certainly amongst the best operators in Africa, Remote offers exceptional walking and guiding in the South Luangwa Valley. They are now offering fantastic saving for stays of around a week and have a specialist guide for practically any discipline.
More details…

Kwando Safaris, Botswana With their recent expansion into the pans and the Moremi, Kwando Safaris is currently offering a 6 for 5 deal if you use two of their properties…with lodges all over the north and the some of the best guides in Botswana, this is definitely worth a look.
More details…

Newsletter – December 2009


Drought has played havoc in Tanzania this month. Rain has come in some areas, but the majority of the country is still dry, longing for sustained showers.

We were in the Northern Serengeti two weeks ago, to see dust storms the size of rain clouds literally covering huge areas of the park. The migration was spread throughout the entire northern area, scouring the plains for what little nourishment there is left. Never before have we seen Lake Manyara with so little water. It really has been a desperate time for the country, the people and wildlife. The good news however is that the country is thick with cloud; the rains are coming…

This month’s spotlight : Phosphorous!

Phosphorous may seem a bizarre spotlight, but it is the single most important thing in a wildebeests’ life. The Serengeti’s short grass plains hold the best phosphorous-rich grasses in East Africa – were it not for lack of rain and grass, the herds would stay here for their entire lives; there would be no need to migrate!

8,000 wildebeest are born every day during the calving season (Jan to March), and it is this rich grass that gives them a head start.

Migration Update

The lack of rain has also played havoc with the Migration. Nutritious grasses have been exceptionally hard to find, subsequently the herds are spread all over the Northern Serengeti, causing mayhem with the researchers studying their movements.

There are also huge herds in the Western Corridor as we write this, unheard of at this time of year. Others are heading down the Eastern border of the park, into Loliondo. It just proves to us that as much as we can try and predict the Migration, we really should not forget the fact that they are simply unpredictable gnu’s!

Find more information about the migration in our blog


The Best of the Offers

Nomads Tanzania (Sand Rivers, Greystoke, Chada, Serengeti Safari Camp) are offering 4 nights for the price of 3 throughout 2010.
More details …
Selous Safari Company are now offering low season rates across the board, making these great camps excellent value once more. (Bookings need to be made before the end of February).
More details about Selous Safari Camp…
Beho Beho is offering 4 nights for the price for 3.
More details about Beho Beho…
Kinasi Lodge and its newly opened Lua Cheia lodge on Mafia have a fabulous opening offer… £600 per person for a 5 night stay between the lodges. Stunning value.
More details about Kinasi Lodge…

Football Crazy!

The World Cup is fast approaching, and clients are already booking the best safaris in the area. The focus is on Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique as the most logistically easy combination with South Africa. Botswana’s best camps are in high demand as you might well expect; we are doing a number of short 3 to 4 night ‘safari-hit’ packages. It is also worth noting that due to the slight change in Wilderness Safaris’ high season dates, there is value to be had.

Combining the World Cup with East Africa is possible, but it does involve some lengthy flights – clients travelling the distance are booking longer holidays to make best use of the travel time involved. Phone us to discuss the places we recommend – we have lots of great ideas.