Author Archive for Marc Harris

Marc Harris is the Founder and Managing Director of Tanzania Odyssey and Africa Odyssey. Marc founded the companies in 1999 after a 2 year stint exploring and guiding all over Africa and still enjoys regular visits to this amazing continent. We are safari experts, long-established specialists in all aspects of African safari itinerary planning and ground management across sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, whether you are dreaming of the ultimate walking safari through the heart of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park or a champagne breakfast in the Masai Mara, whether you wish to encounter wild gorillas or enjoy the ultimate Indian Ocean island beach break, we will design the perfect itinerary for you.

5 must-visit permanent lodges in The Serengeti

5 must-visit permanent lodges in The Serengeti

The north of Tanzania is home to some of the best wildlife viewing places in the world. From the famous Ngorongoro Crater to the elephant paradise of Tarangire, the possibilities are endless. There is however one National Park that rightly steals the headlines: The Serengeti. Home to the Great Wildebeest Migration, an abundance of big […]

Stages of the Great Wildebeest Migration

Stages of the Great Wildebeest Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration is without doubt one of the planet’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras migrate around the Serengeti National Park in search of pastures green. By following the rains, the herds must battle raging rivers and avoid lurking predators in order to […]

The best camps by the Ngorongoro Crater

The best camps by the Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. It is a an eco-system quite unlike any other with its huge densities of big five, plus so much more. Although Tanzania open for tourism now,  this usually busy destination is beautifully quiet. A couple of nights in the area with one full […]

The best mobile camps in the Serengeti

The best mobile camps in the Serengeti

The Serengeti epitomises the image of safari. With rolling plains dotted with acacia trees and the kopjes where sleeping lions laze in the morning sun, add the year-round wildebeest migration and you have a recipe for arguably the best place in the world to experience the wild of Africa. When choosing where to stay in […]

Tanzania's safari secrets

Tanzania’s safari secrets

Tanzania is renowned for its abundance of wildlife and exceptional game viewing opportunities. With so many different camp and lodge options, there are also a plethora of many wonderful safari activities. With hot-air ballooning, walking and vehicular safaris being the norm for visitors, it is easy to fall in line with everyone else and miss […]

The 5 best family lodges in Tanzania

The 5 best family lodges in Tanzania

As we know, holiday plans around the world are on hold at the moment due to Covid-19. What better way to get through these troubling times, than to look forward to when this is all over and we can take that family holiday we have been dreaming of. I cannot think of many better countries […]

5 highlights from a trip to Tanzania

5 highlights from a trip to Tanzania

A Tanzanian safari epitomises the ‘safari dream’. With rolling grassy plains, lazy lions on kopjies, migrating herbivores and luxury tented accommodation, it is just as one would imagine a scene from Africa. There are however, so many different options when it comes to choosing where to stay on safari so below you will find some […]

The best reasons to visit Ruaha

The best reasons to visit Ruaha

Although it is the biggest National Park in East Africa, Ruaha in the South of Tanzania is unheard of by most. The Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in the North of the country are the headline stealers due to their popularity and the presence of the Great Migration and their Big 5 density, but down […]

The top 5 best value luxury Tanzania lodges

The top 5 best value luxury Tanzania lodges

On most of the classic “fly-in” safaris, the lodges you stay at will all have a certain level of luxury which cannot be replicated on any other kind of holiday. The personalised safari experience really is unparalleled throughout the world of hospitality. The attention to detail, personalised service, friendly atmosphere and amazing food in the […]

The best beach hotels in Tanzania

The best beach hotels in Tanzania

The characterful Zanzibar Island is Tanzania’s most loved and well-known beach spot. However, there are an awful lot of incredibly mediocre hotels on the island, so picking the right one really is make or break. Luckily, there are still a few excellent boutique hotels on the island. In the wider archipelago are the private islands […]

The best views in Tanzania

The best views in Tanzania

A room with a view is always an attractive option. A room with a view over the wild Serengeti plains is an experience. I believe in the power of a great view, and that a dumbfounded jaw drop or sharp intake of breath epitomises the spirit of safari. Peering out onto miles of uninterrupted wilderness, […]

5 forgotten safari activities in Tanzania

5 forgotten safari activities in Tanzania

Safaris are one of the most popular holidays to go on. With the world becoming ever more connected, visiting these wild and untamed places is certainly still gaining popularity, especially with the rise of social media. Selfies from tourist hot-spots are the latest trend and there is a common misconception about safaris that I aim […]

Exploring western Tanzania

Exploring western Tanzania

Many of you may have never heard of Katavi and Mahale and this is understandable. Whilst the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti attract most of the media and tourist attention, the wildlife havens in the West of Tanzania are often left forgotten. Although the South of Tanzania has Selous and Ruaha which are both wild, […]

Escaping the crowds on a Tanzanian safari

Escaping the crowds on a Tanzanian safari

Safaris are meant to be full of blissful moments of serenity. Listening to the various calls of lapwings and rollers on the open plains, smelling the fresh water of the cascading rivers that meander through the landscape and the feeling of being at one with nature is the reason people travel half-way across the world […]

Everything you need to know about the Serengeti Great Wildebeest Migration

Everything you need to know about the Serengeti Great Wildebeest Migration

The Great Migration is an ongoing event in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park where a huge herd of 2 million big grazers (wildebeest, zebra and various antelope) make their way around the park following the rainfall in a roughly circular route in search for fresh pastures. It is often heralded as the most spectacular natural event […]

Last minute luxury safaris

Last minute luxury safaris

When booking a safari, it’s often recommended to book at least six months in advance. This is normally ample time for there to be availability at your first choice lodge, but with many safari lodges having a limited capacity and peak season falling in the holiday period, demand often exceeds supply. We do however understand […]