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Journey Into Africa

Over 30 years of arranging wildlife safaris to East and Southern Africa.  We specialise in small groups using very comfortable personal camps giving a truly authentic safari experience.  Our expertise puts our guests in the right place at the right time of the year and always with excellent guides. Flexible itineraries and escorted safaris available, with very personal and in-depth advice from start to finish.  We seek out the unusual and diverse with regular African safaris of our own.  Wildlife, culture, scenery and great accommodations – a safari should be so much more that the Big 5!


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Serengeti Highway Back on Front Burner

The East African Court of Justice ruled against a paved highway across the Serengeti. Now the Government of Tanzania has appealed that decision.

It is evident that the current Tanzanian government wants the freedom to do whatever it wishes in the Serengeti, including the building of a paved commercial highway across the critical northern wilderness zone. 

By contesting the recent court decision, the government has chosen to ignore the international scientific community, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, donor governments, and the considered judgement of the East African Court of Justice, which represents the interests of neighboring states. 

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Safari Legacy

In 1967, Chiman Patel embraced Africa as he pioneered access to great safari legends such as Tarangire National Park and the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park.  Safari Legacy, then Tanzania Photographic Safaris, was born.

For the last four decades Safari Legacy and the Patel family have been creating extraordinary safaris in Africa and welcoming guests to their home from all over the world.

A leader in the safari industry and a trusted partner in conservation within Africa, the Safari Legacy team enjoy developing extraordinary safari experiences. We aim to provide a better understanding and appreciation for nature so that our earth’s great natural wonders are preserved for the benefit of future generations.

The most important aspect of the Safari Legacy family is our safari guides. On tour you will experience not only knowledgeable and personable guides, but a unique and hands-on experience,  attention to every detail, a special itinerary designed perfectly for you that will maximize wildlife viewing and  deluxe tented camps and lodges.

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P.O. Box 284, Arusha, Tanzania

Office:     +255 27 250 3090 / +255 27 250 8790

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SafariBookings Members Invited to Join Friends of Serengeti

Friends of Serengeti is extending a special invitation to tour operators who are affiliated with SafariBookings.

SafariBookings is an online resource for travelers who are planning a safari. They can compare our a huge collection of safaris offered by more than a thousand tour operators. There are also independent reviews that provide information on destinations and accommodations, best times to travel, and other advice. A panel of nineteen experts have written hundreds of online reviews about countries and parks. Most are reputed guidebook authors and travel writers who work for leading publishers and/or specialized Africa magazines. All have been professionally involved in the safari industry for years and have visited many parks and reserves. SafariBooks has offices in Europe.

Friends of Serengeti is a collection of safari companies whose goal is to help save the Serengeti ecosystem by pooling resources for project funding. Members invite travelers to donate toward projects when they travel.

Both SafariBookings and Friends of Serengeti share the goal of sustainable tourism. Protected areas are allowed to survive because revenues from tourism fuel development and pay their own way.

SafariBooksings Members can find an application on this site.

Court Bars Paved Serengeti Highway

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) ruled against the construction of a paved commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park. The ruling was limited, in that only a northern, asphalt (bitumen) road was banned from the park. It stopped a project that conservation organizations and scientists warned would devastate an iconic World Heritage Site and its annual wildebeest migration. But it fell short of banning an upgraded gravel road through the park and left a door open for further threats.

EACJThe court agreed with the African Network for Animal Welfare’s argument that the highway would have irreversible negative impacts. It affirmed that construction of the highway would be a violation of the East African Community Treaty.  In doing so, it cited Tanzania’s own Environmental Impact Study and relied heavily on statements issued by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

The final decision read:

“A permanent injunction is hereby issued restraining the Respondent from operationalising its initial proposal or proposed action of constructing or maintaining a road of bitumen standard across the Serengeti National Park subject to its right to undertake such other programmes or initiate policies in the future which would not have a negative impact on the environment and ecosystem in the Serengeti National Park.”

After the verdict, ANAW’s Executive Director, Jophat Ngonyo, said:

“This was not a win for ANAW, not for our lawyer, Saitabao Ole Kanchory, not for Serengeti Watch, not for our expert witness John Kuloba, but for the millions of animals in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. It is a win for nature and God’s creation. Nature has won today.”

Questions remain

Although the decision bars the paved highway originally proposed by the Tanzanian government, many important issues are left unanswered:

 Upgraded road still planned:  

Although the case sought to prevent any upgrading, the court did not specifically bar this. The government of Tanzania says it will

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Northern dirt track is to be upgraded to an all-weather gravel road.

instead upgrade the existing dirt track to an all-weather gravel road. The track is in a zone designated as a Wilderness Area reserved for park vehicles and walking safaris.

The government of Tanzania says that this is currently gravel, but Serengeti Watch has documented every mile of it, with photos on Google Earth, showing that it is a seasonal dirt track.

Roads for public use not addressed:

Although the EACJ said that roads in the Serengeti should be “reserved for tourists and park personnel and not the general public, “ it’s injunction did not specify this. Tanzania still has the ability to open roads for the public, including commercial use.

Roads outside of the park not addressed:

The entire Serengeti ecosystem includes areas within the Serengeti National Park and areas outside. Wildlife migration takes place in both areas. There are plans for paved roads in migration areas outside the park that will impact the migration. The court case did not address this.  See:

An uncertain future:

An important step would be the building of an alternative southern route around the Serengeti. The government of Tanzania has at least approved a feasibility study of this now. But many observers warn that the gravel road will inevitably become a highway carrying more commercial traffic.  There will be increasing pressure to connect the paved roads on either side of the park with a commercial link through the park.  In the end, it is the volume of traffic and its ultimate effect on the migration, not the road surface per se, that makes the impact. Richard Leakey, for one, believes that the highway is “inevitable.”