Day 1: Arrive Dar es Salaam

Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam, you will be met and transferred to the Protea Courtyard.

Protea Courtyard Dar es Salaam

Day 2, 3, & 4: Ruaha National Park

This morning you will be transferred back to the airport for the light aircraft flight to Ruaha, where you arrive in camp for a late lunch. Second only to Katavi in its aura of untrammeled wilderness, but far more accessible, Ruaha protects a vast tract of the rugged, semi-arid bush country that characterizes central Tanzania. Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock.

A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where, during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable: not only from the prides of 20-plus lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets. This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several packs of the highly endangered African wild dog. With over 530 species of bird, a huge population of buffalo, elephant and lion, plus a unique combination of both lesser and greater kudu, roan antelope and African wild dog, Ruaha offers as definitive a cross-section of wildlife as any park on the continent. Explore on game drives and walks with the excellent camp guides.

Jongomero Camp

Three nights at Jongomero Camp. All meals and local drinks included.

Ruaha Activities

Day 5, 6, 7 & 8: Selous Game Reserve

Return to the airstrip for the flight to Selous Game Reserve, the largest Game Reserve in Africa and a World Heritage Site. Much of the reserve is little explored and the Rufiji River bisects the reserve and supports huge hippo and crocodile populations. One of the most appreciated characteristics of the Selous is the “low traffic” of vehicle on its roads. Also off-road driving is allowed within certain guidelines, which is not allowed in the Northern parks.

At Sand Rivers the open-sided 4x4 vehicles are a great way of seeing things. For covering a bit of distance when that's what's needed. And of course there are times when they give you the best views, access and photographic opportunities. Often the best way to see things, to avoid scattering animals from the lake shore, or spooking a herd of elephant as they feed their way through a stretch of lush grassland, is to hop down and quietly work our way into a good position on foot. And the same goes for boats. Just being on the river - never mind the game - is a fantastic contrast to time spent in a vehicle. Drifting silently downstream, gently spiraling in the current, watching the river banks unfold is hard to beat.

But here again we like to take time to stop. Creep carefully through paths in the thick riverine bush and you'll emerge - unseen - in magical secluded flood plains. More often than not there are treats in store; vast flocks of great white pelicans fishing in dwindling pools, wallowing families of elephant socializing, prides of lion sleeping off a meal. And sometimes the best way to see game is to let it come to you. Breakfast on a sand bank in Stigler's Gorge watching elusive monkey-hunting crowned eagles, and listening to shrill cries of Hyraxes as you dangle a hook in the water.

Sand River Selous

Four nights at Sand River Selous. All meals and local drinks included.

Selous Activities

Day 9, 10 & 11: Saadani National Park

Leaving the southern parks behind you, fly to Dar es Salaam and then on to the remote and pristine Saadani National Park. Wildebeast, antelope, duiker, reedbuck, zebra and giraffe amble the savannah plains whilst herds of buffalo and elephant laze in the shade of the surrounding trees. Lions, leopards, mongoose and other predators also relax in cool spots awaiting the sun to set before embarking on their nocturnal hunting. On the open sea dolphins, crocodiles and hippos are all regular residents.

Game drives start straight from the lodge's 'front door' in comfortable 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa and so the game safaris are completely unique. Explore the wonders of the famous Wami River, a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts where large pods of hippos and basks of crocodile occupy the river. Located just 16km by road from the Lodge the Wami River is an overwhelming example of natural beauty. Date palms fringe the water edge whilst king fishers and weaver birds dart amongst their dappled shade. Fish eagles and storks fly high above the brackish water seeking tiger and cat fish displaced by the enormous steps of the resident hippopotamus. Nile crocodiles line the banks absorbing the powerful rays of the African sun whilst cautiously regarding the slow progress of the boat.

Visit a deserted sand island in the Indian Ocean where the cool ocean is the perfect place to visit the underwater world. Guests can choose to leave early morning and equipped with snorkeling masks and flippers, take a swim straight off the sand banks and admire the coral and fish which have found their home in the waters off the beach. After snorkeling or sunbathing you can enjoy a scrumptious continental brunch accompanied by freshly squeezed fruit juices or sparkling wine and orange juice. Relax under our shaded tent before returning in time for lunch at the Lodge. The lodge can also arrange a lunch trip to the sand island where the friendly staff will serve a fresh seafood lunch before returning back to the lodge.

Ras Katani

Three nights at Ras Katani. All meals included.

Saadani Activities

Day 12: Depart

Enjoy one last morning in the African wilderness before you return to the airstrip to meet the short flight back to Dar es Salaam to meet your departing flights for home. Breakfast included.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January 6 - March 15, June, November 1- December 14 $8,280.00 $2,470.00
July - October, December 15-31 $10,180.00 $3,220.00
Camps close in rainy season March 16-May 31. Pricing based on two travelers sharing. International flights not included. Please call for a quote from our air partners!
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