2nd November: Arrive in Dar-es-Salaam (flight not included) and transfer to our seafront hotel, The Slipway.
3rd November: early departure around 7 AM on our safari vehicle with one window seat per guest. Our driver will take us to Mikumi National Park where we will have a picnic lunch in the park. Afternoon game drive in the park, that is home to four of the big five. Night at Mikumi Bush Camp in permanent tents.
4th November:After an early morning game drive to see as many animals as possible, we will drive for four hours through the hills and the town of Iringa to Ruaha National Park. Ruaha covers 24,000km2, making it Tanzania’s largest NP, but one of the least visited. We will stay in the national park run cottages, on the banks of the Ruaha River, which is also the location for the restaurant where we will be eating.
5th and 6th November:We will game drive around the parks varied landscapes and one morning we will also conduct game viewing on foot, accompanied by and armed ranger. It’s a great way to feel closer to the bush and the animals, to understand the roles of the some of the smaller inhabitants of the bush not often observed from a vehicle.
There is an optional night drive available on the NP vehicles for an additional fee (currently $35). In the heat of the day we will return to the cottages on the river bank, where animals often come to drink.
7th November: After one last game drive in the park, we will return to Mikumi en route to Selous. Night at Mikumi Bush Camp.
8th November: We will head south, and after five hours’ drive we will reach Selous Game Reserve, the largest nature reserve on the African continent. We will be lodged on the banks of the Rufiji River, just outside the gates. In the afternoon we will observe the animals on a boat safari, one of Selous’ specialities. Night at Selous Hippo Tented Camp. Accommodation in permanent tents with ensuite bathrooms under Borassa plams and Tanarinds on the banks of the Rufiji River. Each tent is on a raised deck with a veranda.
9th and 10th November: On one of these mornings we will go on a walking safari, the other we will observe animals from our vehicle. In the afternoons we have the choice between vehicle or boat-based game viewing. We could also go on a full day game drive with a picnic lunch. Nights at Selous Hippo Camp.
11th November: Depart after breakfast for Dar-es-Salaam in order to catch our flight to Stone Town, Zanzibar and its alleyways, mosques, scents, and spices. Night at the Dhow Palace. Dinner in town (not included).
12th November:The Zanzibar archipelago is the known as the Spice Islands for good reason, and in the morning we will visit a spice plantation before discovering Stone Town by day. In the evening we will visit the night food market at Forodhani Gardens. Night at the Dhow Palace. Lunch and dinner not included.
13th November:In the morning we will visit Prison Island for some snorkelling and to see encounter the giant tortoises. Afternoon free for museum and market visits. Night at the Dhow Palace. Lunch and dinner not included.
14th and 15th November:Transfer to Kendwa Beach for two days and two nights of beach, sun, sea and relaxation. Accommodation at Sunset Bungalows in air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included. Activities possible include scuba diving, snorkelling, Hobie-cat sailing, or a day on a fully equipped and crewed catamaran (all at extra cost).
16th November: Transfer to Stone Town for domestic or international flights.
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