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Week 17
29th April 2021

Safari season 2021 


As vaccines are rolling out we are seeing a rise in demand for last minute safari season bookings. People want to break free and the intrepid leading the way in 2021 will be richly rewarded with wide open spaces and Africa's finest safari spectacles with no crowds. 

We acknowledge there are certainly still many challenges to planning a trip - from government regulations and insurance to travellers anxiety and limited access. But most of Africa is open for business, has good health measures in place and has reasonable pre-entry criteria.

Focusing on Tanzania this week, the new (female) president, Samia Suluhu has created a dedicated task force and a new pre-arrival Travellers Surveillance Formfor all travellers entering the country.  This form is to be submitted within 24 hours before arrival by each adult and child. Upon submission a Unique Health Code is issued which will be requested during primary screening on arrival. 
Legendary Expeditions Migrational Camps

[OPENING DATES] 8 camps in northern Tanzania

Updates from Legendary Expeditions and Chem Chem Safaris

  • Legendary Lodge (Arusha) was one of the first to reopen in 2020 and has had exceptionally happy guests.
    Rates from US$ 475 pppn
  • Mwiba Lodge (southern Serengeti) has some exciting developments for the season ahead including helicopter safaris. 
    Rates from US$ 1,400 pppn
  • After their annual closure for April and May, the popular Little Chem Chem reopens on 1st June. This is without a doubt one of the best camps for sightings of elephant bulls. 
    Rates from US$ 960 pppn
  • We are super excited about the launch of the stunning new Legendary Expeditions Songa Migrational Camp which opens 1st June and has two prime locations in the Serengeti. This camp was totally redone for launch in June 2020, for the past year it has been packed away and is now ready for guests seeking the ultimate migrational experience. 
    Rates from US$ 760 pppn
  • Forest Chem Chem has been closed since December 2019 (due to floods) will be reopening in June on a request basis for exclusive use and is perfect for families.
    Rates from US$ 5,760 exclusive use for up to 6 guests
  • Finally, we are delighted to announce that Chem Chem Lodge will reopen 13th June
    Rates from US$ 990 pppn
There is great excitement as the teams on the ground are preparing the camps for the start of the safari season.
Keeping some exciting developments in the pipeline for 2022 the following two camps have delayed openings.
  • Mila Tented within the same reserve as Mwiba Lodge.
  • Nyasi Migrational Camp the second Legendary Expeditions camp set to move with the migration. Legendary will only be running one camp, Songa, in 2021.
SAVE 25% on the accommodation of any combination of camps and lodges between Legendary Expeditions and Chem Chem safaris. 
VALID FOR: 10 nights in HIGH season or 7 nights in SAVINGS Season.
(HIGH: 15 June - 31 August | SAVINGS: 1-14 June & 1 September - 19 December)
BOOKING CODE: ConnectedAdventure
Chem Chem Safaris sundowners at Chem Chem Lodge

[RATES] 2021 & 2022

Rates and contracts are ready 

The Tanzania government has changed how they determine the Tourism Development Levy (TDL) from a set amount of US$ 1.50 to a rate based on 1% of the accommodation total.  With that, please find the updated 2021 rates, as well as the recently released 2022 rates. 
Please contact the us for NETT rates for both Legendary Expeditions and Chem Chem Safaris.
2021 is the year to take advantage of a safari in Africa. Not only are you likely to have some serious social distancing across spectacular wildlife areas, but each person that does visit is making an invaluable contribution to conservation and local communities.
Warmest regards

Suzanne Bayly
OWNER, Classic Portfolio

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