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12 Day Remote Tanzania: Safari and Beach

12 Day Remote Tanzania: Safari and Beach

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3554 - $5422
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Ruaha, Selous
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
This fantastic East African holiday offers an authentic and adventurous safari experience in the Selous Reserve and Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania, plus five nights on remote Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean.

Day 1: Transfer in Dar & fly to Selous

Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to the domestic terminal. You will then board your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. A representative will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to your camp or lodge where you’ll stay for three nights.

Overnight: Selous Reserve
Meals: (_/Lunch/Dinner)

Days 2-3: On safari in the Selous

Selous is Africa's largest game reserve covering over 50,000 square kms, yet it remains one of Tanzania’s least known reserves and the numbers of visitors to Selous are much lower than the northern parks.

The rivers and lakes of Selous host some phenomenal game, including the largest hippo and crocodile and hippo populations in Africa. Along the banks of the Rufiji River you’ll find large herds of elephants, especially in the dry season (June to November) and you can also expect to see good numbers of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, wildebeest, baboon, hyena, lion and leopard, and endangered African wild dog.         

As the Selous is a game reserve your guide can go off road in your safari vehicle and you can get much closer wildlife encounters than in National Parks where you are restricted to the roads. As well as morning and afternoon game drives you can also enjoy bush walks and boat safaris.

Overnight: Selous Reserve
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4: Fly to Ruaha National Park​

This morning you can enjoy one final game drive in the Selous before being transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Ruaha National Park. You will be met on arrival at the airstrip and are driven to camp or lodge where you’ll stay for three nights.

Overnight: Ruaha National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Days 5-6: On safari in Ruaha

Enjoy two full days on safari in Ruaha National Park.

With an incredible concentration and diversity of wildlife, Ruaha is the most significant National Park outside of the Serengeti. The main feature of the park is the Great Ruaha River which attracts an abundance of animals in the dry season. The game viewing here is incredible and you can expect to see large herds of elephants, huge prides of lion and the endangered African wild dog. The park is also home to some lesser known animals like the Kudu, Roan and Sable antelope that enjoy the dry, open woodland areas.

Overnight: Ruaha National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 7: Fly to Mafia Island

Today you can enjoy a morning safari activity and then after lunch you’ll be driven back to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Mafia Island. On arrival at Kilindoni on Mafia Island you’ll be met by a driver and taken to your chosen accommodation where you’ll spend the next five nights.

Overnight: Mafia Island
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Days 8-11: Mafia Island

Relax and enjoy Mafia Island at your leisure.

You can dive or snorkel in Mafia Island Marine Park (the largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean), or try windsurfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. Or you may wish to join a full day excursion to the sand banks, enjoy a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow or enjoy a stroll through Chole village where you can visit the old mosque, the Fruit Bat sanctuary or the boat yard or you can explore Mrora Forest, Ras Mbizi Coconut Plantation or the Lighthouse at Ras Mkumbi.

If you’re visiting Mafia Island between October and March you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with Whale Sharks, or if you’re visiting between July and October you may be lucky enough to see Humpback Whales. If you’re visiting from June to September you can join a turtle-hatching trip and witness hundreds of baby turtles scramble from the sandy beaches to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 12: Return Flights

After breakfast you’ll check out of your accommodation and then you will be driven back to Kilondoni Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam. A driver will meet you at the domestic airport to transfer you to the international airport for your flight home.

Overnight: International flight
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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