and top it off with an island break on Zanzibar
Explore the wildlife-rich and un-spoilt wilderness areas of southern Tanzania’s game reserves on safari, before hopping by plane to the island of Zanzibar for days spent snorkeling on tropical reefs and enjoying sandbank picnics. Explore the waterways and plains of Nyerere National Park by boat, vehicle and on foot, before searching for big cats in Ruaha National Park, home to 10 percent of Africa’s lion population.
INCLUSIONS: All logistics starting and ending at Dar es Salaam International Airport, all light-aircraft flights within Tanzania, private road transfers from airport to hotel in Zanzibar, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari, and half-board basis (breakfast and dinner included) on Zanzibar, and medical evacuation insurance.
EXCLUSIONS: International flights to Tanzania, Tanzania entry visa, vaccinations, gratuities, additional activities, additional meals and drinks.
Your journey begins
3 x night’s in Nyerere National Park
Former Selous National Park now known as Nyerere, boasts 45,000 km2 of wilderness area with Big 5, 400 bird species and more . The Safari activities include Game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, fishing and seasonal fly-camping (additional cost) This UNESCO World Heritage site has a varied ecosystem to explore lakes, wide rivers, sandbanks, grassy plains and woodland
3 night’s at Roho Ya Selous
Eco Sanctuary in the heart of Neyrere
DAY 1: Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport, you fly with small aircraft to Nyerere National Park, approximately an hour away. Your guide from Roho ya Selous 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. Once settled into your spacious tent and after lunch, there will be time to relax by the pool before you set off on your afternoon safari activity. A boat safari is a lovely, relaxed introduction to Nyerere, watching wildlife come to the water’s edge to drink, and stopping for sundowners on a sandbank.
DAYS 2 AND 3: You have the opportunity to choose from the safari activities on offer, both morning and afternoon. Game drives are a good way of exploring further afield and seeing the larger wildlife and predators. Nyerere is home to a superb variety of wildlife including good populations of lion and leopard, and Africa’s largest population of wild dog. Walking safaris are on offer and are a great treat and offer a slower pace to learn about the flora and fauna of Nyerere. Boat safaris on the lake are exceptionally lovely in the afternoon, combined with a spot of fishing or sundowners, and are a good chance to get up close to pods of hippos and bird colonies nesting on small islands.
Your adventure continues
3 x night's in Ruaha National Park
The more arid terrain than Nyerere, boasts an offering of excellent contrast to your safari. The unique habitat includes baobab forests, dry riverbeds, rocky kopjes and miombo woodland
3 night’s at Kwihala
Wildlife in abundance
Day 4: Depart on a short morning game drive to the airstrip to fly to Ruaha National Park, an hour and a half’s flight away. Upon arrival in Ruaha, a guide from Kwihala will meet you and you will embark on a game drive back to camp, exploring this very different landscape on the way. Settle in, unwind and freshen up before heading to the dining tent for a delicious lunch served in a shady spot overlooking the sandy river. At this point there will be time to rest which is during the heat of the day before afternoon tea is served then you set off on a game drive, searching for the big cats and other wildlife that make this park such a rewarding safari destination. The evening will start with drinks around the campfire before a three-course dinner alfresco, surrounded by lanterns and often the enchanting sounds of elephants in the distance as they search for water.
DAYS 5 AND 6: Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when wildlife is most active. You will head out with expert guides on game drives to explore further afield, on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and night drives to watch nocturnal species. Breakfast is often a picnic to maximise your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES
3 x night's on Zanzibar Island
an Indian Ocean island with warm tropical seas to swim in. Snorkelling and diving on reefs – enjoy abundant marine life including turtles and dolphins. Other water sports include kayaking, kitesurfing and stand-up paddle-boarding. Also home to Stonetown, a UNESCO world Heritage site with a mix of African and Arabic culture and history
3 nights at Matemwe Lodge
Idyllic Island Escape
DAY 7: After breakfast, depart camp and game drive to the airstrip, where you will fly to Zanzibar International Airport, two and a half hours away. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven by private vehicle to Matemwe Lodge, northeast of the island. The rest of the afternoon will be spent unwinding in your thatch-and-stone chalet right on the ocean, snoozing in a hammock or swimming in one of the two pools.
DAYS 8 AND 9: The next few days will be spent at Matemwe Lodge 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, on the lookout for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch on a remote sandbank. Other watersports on offer include stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking and kitesurfing (seasonal).
DAY 10: After breakfast, you will be driven back to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam International Airport, a 20-minutes drive, where you can connect to your international flight home.
The END OF THE ROAD….for now