FOR YEAR 2014 & 2015
LODGE SAFARI FOR INTERNATIONAL GROUPS
WITH FIXED DEPARTURE DATES FROM DAR ES SALAAM
BY 4WD CAR IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA 10 DAYS
VISIT: SELOUS GAME RESERVE, MIKUMI & RUAHA NATIONAL PARKS
Day 1 Arrival at International airport of Dar es Salaam, representative of Exodus Travel will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to The Slipway Hotel, for overnight on Bed and Breakfast basis.
Hotel Slipway is ideally located just 7km from the Dar es Salaam city centre on the posh Msasani peninsula, right on the Indian Ocean overlooking Msasani Bay. It offers best value for money accommodation in this upmarket neighbourhood.
The hotel is integrated into the Slipway complex, which provides a wide range of amenities including various dining options and everything a traveler needs. Within its vicinity are a selection of popular shopping, dining and nightlife destinations.
Day 2 Morning departure (08h30) for a six - seven hour drive to Selous Game Reserve. Packed lunch on-route. Our tented camp will be close to the Rufiji River just before the entrance of the Reserve. Late afternoon, boat safari on Rufiji River. Dinner and overnight at Jimbiza Lodge, FB
Jimbiza Lodge Located Outside Selous Game Reserve, on the eastern side gate, 4 kms from Mtemere gate, it has quality accommodation at affordable prices. Peaceful riverine forest location with romantic river views. Bordering the Selous - Africa's largest Game Reserve. Surrounded by wildlife.
Day 3 – 4 Daily, we enter Selous Game Reserve, for a full day of game-drives with picnics. Dinner and overnight at Jimbiza Lodge, FB
Selous Game Reserve
With an area of around 45.000 sq km, or 5% of Tanzania's land surface, The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in the world. It's size is stunning: bigger than Switzerland or Denmark, uninhabited and little touched by human interference. Visitors therefore find themselves in a pristine wilderness far away from the trodden tourist routes. It's wildlife ( including some last remaining black rhino ) is spectacular, and some mammal populations ( buffaloes, elephants, hippos, wild dogs, crocodiles) are the largest in Africa.
Day 5 Today, we check out of the lodge after breakfast and drive to Mikumi. An "expedition" through Uluguru Mountains to Morogoro, and onwards to Mikumi National Park, which is, depending on the river, a journey of about 8 – 9 hours. A beautiful drive through rivers, villages, small bridges and the tropical forest of Uluguru Mountains. Packed lunch on-route. Overnight in Tan Swiss Lodge , FB.
Day 6 After breakfast a five - six hour drive up to Ruaha National Park. Packed lunch on-route, overnight in Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, outside the national park, FB
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge is built on a hill with a wonderfull panoramic view. There are many types of different birds, wild flowers, butterflies and trees that can be seen nearby.The luxury self contained cottages are very comfortable and private, each with its own balcony with a beautiful view. Our water is heated by solar power.
The reception, dining room and bar are all under one roof, with a gallery to enjoy the spectacular African sunrise and sunset. Giraffes, elephants and baboons and kudus can sometimes be glimpsed not far way.
There is an own Curio Shop. You can find some pictures downwards.
Their experienced chefs provide both continental and Tanzanian cuisine, using fresh products from the local area. The bar is well stocked and serves fresh juice and bake own bread.
The Ruaha banda's are situated in the Ruaha National Park and are government run by the National Park Authority. The newly built bandas (cottages) are comfortable and offer ensuite facilities. These huts are basic but nevertheless more convenient than a tent. There is a restaurant where clients will have their meals.
Day 7 – 8 Daily, we enter Ruaha National Park, for a full day of game drives with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, FB. One afternoon walking safari on day 8.
Ruaha N.P. is Tanzania's 2nd biggest park. Wildlife is concentrated along the cascading Great Ruaha River that is the park's lifeblood. Home to hippo and crocodiles snacking on schools of fish, it is a flooded torrent after the rains, dwindling to precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand in the dry season. Waterbuck, impala and the world's most southerly Grant's gazelle risk their lives for a sip of its waters…..a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, jackal, hyena and packs of wild dog - rare elsewhere. Unique combinations of animals co-exist here - both the greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope - Ruaha being the only protected area in the world where the flora and fauna of eastern and southern Africa overlap.
Day 9 After breakfast, drive of 6 hrs back to Mikumi National Park. Packed lunch on-route and a late afternoon game-drive. This park will be our last bush adventure, overnight in Mikumi Wildlife Camp, FB.
Mikumi Wildlife Camp, which is also known as Kikoboga, is at the centre of Mikumi National Park situated just 300 metres from the main east-west Tanzania highway. The camp has commanding views across the Mkata Flood Plains and is within easy reach of some of the more interesting areas of the park including the hippo pools.
Further on to the plains is a small sun deck around a swimming pool and an observation tower. The camp concentrates primarily on game drives however by special arrangement visitors can take a walking safari to the source of the Kikoboga River.
Mikumi N.P. is Tanzania's third largest National Park, covering 3230 square kilometre. Mikumi is one of the most popular of Tanzania's National Parks. One of the principal features of Mikumi is the Mkata River flood plain ( an area of lush vegetation which particularly attracts elephants and buffaloes ), along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides ( in the east the Uluguru Mountains, in the west the Rubeho Mountains ). Open grasslands dominate in the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the lower hills.
Day 10 A morning game-drive. Then back ( in 5 hours ) to Dar es Salaam. Packed lunch on-route. Transfer to Dar es Salaam Airport for international flight.
End of programme.
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