Explore the wildlife-rich and unspoilt wilderness areas of southern Tanzania’s game reserves on safari, before hopping by plane to the island of Zanzibar for days spent snorkelling on tropical reefs and enjoying sandbank picnics. Explore the waterways and plains of the Selous Game Reserve by boat, vehicle and on foot, before searching for big cats in Ruaha National Park, home to 10% of Africa’s lion population.

Day 1: Dar es Salaam

On arrival you will be met and transfer to Holiday Inn Dar Es Salaam for your overnight rest.

Day 2 - 4: Selous

On arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport you fly with Coastal Aviation to the Selous Game Reserve, only an hour away (15kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary). Your guide from Roho ya Selous camp will meet you at the airstrip and game-drive you the short distance to the camp, giving an introduction to this beautiful reserve and its wildlife on the way. Settle into Roho Ya Selous lodge for the next three nights.

 

Balancing comfort and a dose of adventure, Roho ya Selous offers seasoned travellers an authentic safari experience in a prime position in the Selous Game Reserve. The name Roho ya Selous means “the heart of Selous” and what better place to base yourself for a safari than in this vast wilderness. Mixing indoor and outdoor living, it is the perfect space for some quiet contemplation to complement your adventures out on safari. Tucked away into the trees, each of the eight tents are set far apart to maximize privacy. They are stylish and spacious, measuring an impressive 60m² inside. Thoughtful details include an evening breeze cooling system over the bed to allow you to sleep peacefully even during the hotter months, and a beautiful wall hanging separating the en-suite bathroom, complete with indoor and outdoor shower. A veranda offers a shady spot to unwind during the heat of the day and watch game as it passes through camp.

 

The real magic of the Selous lies in the variety each day on safari brings. Whether you’re exploring on a game drive in search of leopard lurking in the shady boughs of a fig tree, or out on foot tracking wildlife that’s ventured close to camp during the night, this reserve is full of surprises. With just eight canvas tented rooms, each with air-cooling systems over your bed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep in the hotter months, Roho ya Selous strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.

 

The Selous is renowned for the diversity of its safari activities, allowing you the chance to mix and match each day. Choosing between game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris each morning and afternoon, you will be accompanied by expert guides who will really showcase the beauty of this reserve and its resident flora and fauna.

 

Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game drives

Best for exploring further afield and searching for larger mammals and predators, game drives are a rewarding option for your safari. Using seven-seater open-sided vehicles with tiered seating, every guest is assured of an uninterrupted view of the wildlife. There is a roof for shade, power points for charging your devices and fridges to keep your sundowner drinks deliciously cool.

 

Walking safaris

Immerse yourself completely in the rugged environment of the Selous on a walking safari accompanied by an armed expert guide, taking in the smaller details and tracking wildlife on foot.

 

Boating safaris

No safari in the Selous is complete without a trip out on the water, passing pods of hippo in the shallows and crocodiles sunning themselves on sandbanks. Watch wildlife come to drink from the ultimate perspective, and enjoy drifting up close to bird colonies nesting in the riverbanks or on small islands.

 

Fishing

Combine your boat safari with a bit of catch and release fishing, a relaxing way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon. The rivers are home to good populations of tiger fish as well as catfish.

Day 5 - 7: Ruaha

Depart this morning from the airstrip for your flight to Msembe airstrip in the Ruaha NP. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Kwihala Camp for your three night stay. Set in Tanzania’s iconic Ruaha National Park, this small frontier-style camp provides exceptional access to the park’s huge populations of big cats, buffalo and elephants. Relatively unexplored, Ruaha is one of the largest national parks in Africa, ensuring a true wilderness experience.

 

Kwihala is an intimate six-bedroom camp where simple excellence is the order of the day. The adventurous will relish the remarkable concentration of wildlife roaming this diverse landscape, which ranges from baobab trees and granite kopjes to open plains with cooling rivers and woodland valleys. With the option of bush walks and night drives with our highly knowledgeable guides, safari doesn’t get better than this.Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game Drives

Guided game drives are offered twice a day. Our six-seater game-viewing vehicles are open-sided with a canvas roof and the canvas sides can be rolled down in case of rain (ponchos are provided). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices and all are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. In the morning, maximize your game-viewing time by taking a delicious breakfast picnic with you to enjoy under the shade of a tree. In the evening, sip a cold gin & tonic in the heart of the bush as the sun sinks below the horizon.

 

Night Drives

When the sun descends, the elusive night animals come out to play. Explore the secrets of these shy creatures on a night game drive through Ruaha National Park.

 

Walking Safaris

A walking safari is one the most intimate ways to experience the bush and can be enjoyed with one of Kwihala’s experienced armed guides and local trackers. Eye-to-eye with the wildlife, your senses are heightened and the sights, sounds and smells of the bush come alive.

Day 8 - 10: Zanzibar

After breakfast, depart camp and game-drive to the airstrip, where you will fly to Zanzibar, two and a half hours away. On arrival, you will be met and driven by private vehicle to Matemwe Lodge in the north east of the island. Spend the rest of the afternoon unwinding in your thatch- and-stone chalet right on the ocean, snoozing in the hammock or swimming in one of the two pools.One of the first boutique lodges in Zanzibar, Matemwe is perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean. Adjacent to the lodge, the corals surrounding the Mnemba Atoll offer superb diving and snorkelling. Fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails and relaxing massages are just some elements of the laid-back daily routines of Matemwe’s guests.

 

Matemwe is made up of only 12 beach chalets, all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each of the private verandas is furnished with large hammocks and sofas, perfect for whiling away the time as the occasional dhow drifts past in the distance. Spend your days at Matemwe relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a boat to the reef to snorkel or dive, kayaking along the shoreline looking for turtles, sailing in a dhow watching for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch to a remote sandbank.

Departure Day

After breakfast you will be driven back to Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, only 20 minutes away, where you can connect to your international flight home. Extra nights in Zanzibar available on request.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
01 Nov 201919 Dec 2019 USD $5560 USD $1900
20 Dec 201905 Jan 2020 USD $6590 USD $2770
06 Jan 202014 Mar 2020 USD $5560 USD $1900
01 Jun 202030 Jun 2020 USD $6010 USD $2030
01 Jul 202031 Jul 2020 USD $6870 USD $2840
01 Aug 202031 Aug 2020 USD $7060 USD $2910
01 Sep 202031 Oct 2020 USD $6870 USD $2840
01 Nov 202019 Dec 2020 USD $6010 USD $2030
20 Dec 202005 Jan 2021 USD $7060 USD $2910
06 Jan 202114 Mar 2021 USD $6010 USD $2030

Dates Reflect Seasonality, Departs Daily on Request. Discounts available for Children.

Price Includes:

Transfers, all light-aircraft flights within Tanzania, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari (except half-board in Zanzibar) and medical evacuation insurance.

Price Excludes:

International flights, visa, gratuities, additional activities and items of a personal nature.

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