Day 1: Dar es Salaam
On arrive in to J. K. Nyerere international airport. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel in Dar es Salaam. Day at leisure in Dar Es Salaam. Overnight at Holiday Inn
Day 2: Dar es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and head to Selous Game Reserve, a 5 to 6 hour drive south. Pass through Dar es Salaam’s small villages where subsistence agriculture and coconut plantations are the predominant features. Arrive at Kibiti, the last village before heading onto smaller tracks and fuel up before heading on to Africa’s largest wildlife reserve.
The small track heading through the increasingly dense woodland, starts to yield signs of forest dwelling antelope, baboon and elephant mingled with locals carrying firewood on their heads or families on bicycles. Pass many remote villages where countless children sing and chant as you go past.
Afternoon arrival at the Reserve gate where you start to encounter sizeable concentrations of game and the magnificent Rufiji River. Game drive on the way to Camp, inside the reserve for a late afternoon arrival. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp (B,L,D)
Day 3 + 4: Walking Safari, Boat Safari & Game Drive in Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, explore the photographic section of the Selous Game Reserve, north of the Rufiji River. Most of the Reserve is off-limits to regular tourism due its remoteness and remains relatively undeveloped. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp (B,L,D).
A boat excursion on the mighty Rufiji River is highly recommended as it brings you into close contact with hippo, crocodile and fantastic birdlife. Animals make their way to the river to drink and boats may approach elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck and other game on the river banks to within a few meters. Crocodile glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippo appear in frightening proximity, grunting and blowing steam.
Game walks with armed rangers can last a few hours or take the whole day. For early risers, a full English breakfast on the banks of the Rufiji after encounters on foot with elephant, monkeys, giraffe and other game is an experience to remember.
The sheer size of the Selous Game Reserve means that game drives are conducted in near privacy, without only the rare encounter with other tourists the entire day. Unlike the northern parks, Selous remains relatively unknown, yet has an incredible concentration of wildlife.
Day 5: Selous Game Reserve – Mikumi National
Park after breakfast, depart to Mikumi National Park to the north west. This is a full days drive put through the western gate of the Selous Game Reserve at Matambwe. From Matambwe, the road follows the railway and heads up along the southern edge of Mikumi and along the Uluguru mountains. Passing villages and fields on the way, the route winds its way up through the mountains and passes through the catchment forest where Colobus and other monkeys are seen. Descend to Morogoro, a sizeable bustling town on the Tanzania – Zambia highway. From Morogoro, follow the highway into Mikumi, about one hour from Morogoro. The highway passes through Mikumi park. Dinner and overnight Foxes Safaris Camp (B,L,D)
Day 6: Mikumi National Park – Ruaha National Park
Morning game drive in Mikumi and onto the Mkata floodplain. Good prospects for sighting lion. Mikumi is a popular park easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. Later head on towards Iringa and Ruaha National Park Follow the highway to Iringa, passing the Ruaha River gorge and the Udzungwa Mountains across the river. The road is spectacular and wild, passing through Baobab Valley before heading into the southern highlands. The drive to Ruaha is a full days excursion and it is only in the late afternoon that we arrive in Ruaha National Park, after following the never ending road leading to Ruaha from Ruaha – a red earth road, cushioned on both sides by never ending bush. Once in Ruaha, head to Ruaha River lodge, south of the entrance gate and unpack for the evening, relaxing after the long drive. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 7 + 8: Game Drive and Walking Safaris in Ruaha National Park
Full days exploring Tanzania’s second largest park. Optional game walks along the Ruaha River are well worthwhile. Alternatively, make your way in your vehicle through the network of roads in search of game. Ruaha boasts some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Tanzania, and also offers excellent possibilities for encountering lion, leopard and cheetah. Furthermore, Sable and Roan antelope are found here as well as both species of kudu. Spend the whole day out with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Ruaha River lodge for dinner and overnight (B,L,D)
Day 9: Ruaha National Park – Zanzibar Island
Morning game drive, followed by charter flight to Zanzibar. In Zanzibar, you will be met and transferred to the South East Coast. Here the white sand is like flour and the sea, turquoise-blue. The beach is lined by coconut palms and almost devoid of other tourists. Spend the next 4 nights at Baraza Resort & Spa (B,L,D)
Day 10 + 11 + 12: Zanzibar Island
Full days on Zanzibar. If you are a diver, East Coast has one of the best dive centers on the island. Fully equipped, all you need bring is your diving certification. Non-divers may also take lessons. Other activities include lazing on the amazingly beautiful beach, doing a spice tour or a day-trip to Stone-Town, the capital of Zanzibar which is one hour away. (B,D)
Day 13: Zanzibar Island – Dar es Salaam
Morning departure for the airport, passing stone-town en-route. Time for shopping and a look around before heading for your flight to Dar es Salaam and onward flight (B)
END OF TOUR
Safari base vehicle + English speaking driver/guide
1 night on Bed and breakfast accommodation in Dar es salaam
7 nights full board accommodation in the park / reserve
4 nights on half board accommodation In Zanzibar
Domestic flights: Ruaha / Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam
Park fees & game drives
Boat & walking safari
Beverages (Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic)
Medical and luggage insurance
Tips: we recommend USD 15 per group per day
Other personal expenses
Emergency evacuation insurance