SAFARI PACKAGE FOR THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT JULY – DEC 2018
Pick up at the Airport and transfer to your hotel located in the centre of Dar es salaam
The Southern Sun Dar es Salaam hotel is located in the centre of Tanzania’s commercial capital, in a beautiful neighbourhood which also houses the famed Botanical Gardens. Modern amenities, combined with old-world charm and exotic African appeal, make our hotel in Dar es Salaam a destination of choice for business and leisure travellers alike.
Conveniently situated close to diplomatic offices and other landmarks in the city, the hotel also offers guests easy access to some of Dar es Salaam’s most popular local attractions, which include the Dar es Salaam Zoo, and the Mbudya and Bongoyo Islands.
Overnight at Southern Sun BB
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Airport for a flight to Mafia Island 1045/1115hrs. Met and transfer to the lodge with the lodge vehicle. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon you may relax on the island or engage in any of the excursions
Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania. 25kms from the mainland and 130kms from Dar es Salaam, it is reachable by light aircraft in 35 minutes or 45 minutes from Zanzibar and the Selous Game Reserve.
The resident population of 46,000 are mainly fishermen or smallholder farmers that grow coconut, paw-paw, rice and cassava. The islanders are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed and laid-back.
The following day you have a full day of engaging in more than one activity. Activities offered include historical sites, snorkelling, visit to Mange or Sarimbani Sand bank, Turtle hatching, visit to Chole or Bwejuu Island..
These activities are booked directly upon arrival at the lodge as some of them are weather dependant and this will also give you a wide selection on a preferred excursion.
All meals and overnight at Mafia Island lodge
This morning will be at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the Airstrip for a flight to Selous 1245/1735hrs with picnic lunch. Upon arrival at Selous met and transfer to the camp with the camp vehicle.
Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1982, it is now one of the largest conservation areas in the world. It is home to a third of Tanzania’s elephant population and two thirds of the African Wild Dogs with packs of up to 56 dogs.
Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp
Enjoy full day activities including game drives, boat safari or walking safari depending on shared basis
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world and has some of the finest virgin bush left in Africa, where the last of the really big-tusked elephants and large-maned lions roam. It supports around one million head of game, is bigger than Switzerland and is a World Heritage site. The Selous is relatively easy to get to – by 4WD it is eight hours drive from Dar – but hard to get around, even though half a dozen airstrips have been constructed by the Game Department. From March to May floods sweep the valley, forcing the game on to the ‘islands’ of higher ground, where elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, puku, buck, eland, sable and others concentrate.
As you set off on safari this Afternoon, you will feel as though you have the reserve to yourself; as though you are experiencing the wilds of Africa much as the early explorers did centuries ago. Afterwards return to camp to relax and swap bush stories; enjoy the splendid solitude; observe Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, hippos and Crocodiles from shady verandas; and identify the great variety of birds flocking around the trees.
All meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp
Transfer to the Airstrip for a flight to Ruaha 0920/1100hrs. Meet and transfer to the camp for lunch. Afternoon enjoy game drive around the park in a shared camp vehicle.
Ruaha River Lodge is set on one of the most stunning stretches of the Great Ruaha River, you can see game throughout the day from the comfort of your veranda; there can surely be few other camps as perfectly situated. Ruaha can be visited at any time of year, however the best time for game viewing is during the dry season from June to December when wildlife converges on the dwindling water reserves notably the river in front of the Lodge.
This remote lodge creates an authentic Tanzanian experience, ideal for guests who prefer a more personal safari adventure. The Lodge is rustic, unpretentious and relaxed yet comfortable and well suited for those on a tighter budget. It offers incredible views over the vast surrounding wilderness.
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge
Today engage yourselves on full day game drives in a shared camp vehicle
Ruaha National Park derives its name from the Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern border. The river provides permanent water in the park and, during the dry season, animal concentration along its banks is extremely heavy. Ruaha National Park is about two to three hours drive from Iringa, a famous town on the Dar – Zambia highway, and covers an area of 12, 950sq km, making it the second largest National Park in Tanzania, after Serengeti. The park is mainly woodland which provides a different habitat as compared to the popular northern Tanzania plains reserves. Ruaha National Park is famous for its elephant herds and animals that are rarely seen in the northern parks, like the greater kudu and the roan antelope. Other animals that are common include the sable antelope, lesser kudu, lions, leopard, hunting dog, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, bushbuck, and the hippos and crocodiles which inhabit the Ruaha River. The park is also rich in bird life. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season, from May to December, when animals are concentrated along the river.
All meals and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge
After breakfast transfer to the Airstrip for a flight to Dar es Salaam. Meet and assist to connect your onward flight.