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Aqua-Firma Unveils New Small Group Safaris

Aqua-Firma Unveils New Small Group Safaris
12 October 2015 James Brooke

Guests on new safaris will have the opportunity to witness the best of Tanzania’s wildlife during Great Migration Mara River Crossings

Aqua-Firma, the wildlife and marine life travel company, has added to its extensive portfolio of Tanzanian travel, a new small group safari aiming to catch the Great Migration as it makes the death-defying crossing of the Mara River. As hunger for greener pastures drives more than a million wildebeest and zebras across the river, hundreds of huge Nile crocodiles lay in wait, ready for their annual surge in food supply.

Whilst Aqua-Firma already offers private safaris to see this event, and weekly small group safaris in the southern Serengeti, these new small group safaris provide a more affordable way for singles and couples to experience this phenomenon in the far north of the park.

Starting in Arusha, these new small group safaris will set out overland first to the Lake Manyara National Park; then to the year-round wildlife hotspot of the Ngorongoro Crater; the ‘seat of mankind’ Olduvai Gorge; and then right across Africa’s famous plains of the Serengeti. Along the way, clients can hope to see prides of lions; pools and creeks full of hippos; black rhino; hyenas and jackals; herds of elephants; fast and sleek cheetahs and tree climbing leopards.

Guests will enjoy a combination of fixed and mobile tented safari camps, travelling onboard a specially adapted 4WD safari vehicle with no more than seven people, all with window seats, driven by a local expert tracker and guide. Whilst the overland journey out is an great adventure, Aqua-Firma makes the journey home much faster with a prop-plane flight all the way back to Arusha.

Private clients can opt to fly in as well as out of the Serengeti and other national parks, with journeys tailored to match every need perfectly, whether they want a rustic wilderness experience or a luxury Out of Africa journey with private guides and vehicles, private camps and a butler service. In addition to the Great Migration, safaris throughout Tanzania can

Tanzania is one of the world’s best locations for spotting both terrestrial and marine life. Aqua-Firma is a prime sponsor for The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF)’s whale shark research on Mafia Island off the southern coast of Tanzania. Each November, this partnership enables clients to combine their land-based Tanzania safaris, with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to interact with the world’s largest fish.

Combining beautiful coastline with expansive beaches and protected reefs, Aqua-Firma’s Whale Shark Research & Photography trip is perfect for guests who want to explore the fascinating marine diversity of Tanzania, whilst learning from two of the world’s leading whale shark researchers: Dr Simon Pierce and Dr Chris Rohner. Whilst whale shark interactions are the core of this experience, Aqua-Firma can also incorporate some of East Africa’s best scuba diving, snorkelling, dhow sailing and sand bank hopping.

Aqua-Firma’s Tanzanian Wildlife & Marie Life Safari Portfolio includes:

Mara River Crossing and North Tanzania Safaris

  • Small group safari running 4–11 September 2016, available for £2,690pp
  • Private safaris in August & September, which is peak season for Mara River crossings. Prices: from £2,730pp for a group of four. Add £420 pp for a couple
  • 2017 dates now available: 3-10 September 2017 from £2,850pp (US $3,990)

Great Migration and North Tanzania Safaris

  • Private and small group safaris run year round
  • Price from £1,490 for a seven-day trip small group, or private group of 4

Whale Shark Research & Conservation – Mafia Island

  • Runs from 7–15 November 2016, available from £1,890 per person

“Our new safaris to the Mara River offer the chance to see one of the most spectacular natural occurrences in Nature, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Serengeti,” says Aqua-Firma director Ralph Pannell. “We’re excited to offer guests flexibility with the option of travelling in a small groups, or a privately-led safari; and pride ourselves on constantly tailoring our trips to help guests experience the best of Tanzania’s great wildlife and marine life available at different times of the year”.

To speak to one of Aqua-Firma’s expert team who can help you tailor your trip of a lifetime, please call 01428 620012 or visit


About Aqua-Firma
Aqua-Firma offers opportunities for safe and responsible encounters with wildlife and marine life in wilderness locations around the planet. Its unique adventures bridge land and sea from the Equator to the Poles; and where possible brings clients into close proximity to wildlife and marine life whose conservation and research the company helps to fund. Aqua-Firma’s polar voyages contribute to carbon offset programmes which have so far helped to establish and protect rainforest and coastal reserves in Peru, Madagascar, Ecuador and Costa Rica. It tropical journeys often bring clients into uniquely close contact with whales, whale sharks, giant manta rays, turtles and other wildlife, in the company of researchers the company helps to fund.

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