Southern Tanzania Highlights
6 Night Fly-In Safari - Dar es Salaam - Ruaha - Selous - Dar
Day 1 - Dar es Salaam to Ruaha National Park
You will met upon arrival at the international terminal and be taken to the domestic terminal for your onwards journey. Flying time is around three hourss but there might be some stops in between, you will disembark at Jongomero airstrip. On arrival you will be met by one of the guides and driven the short distance to Jongomero.
Ruaha National Park has gained a reputation amongst safari connoisseurs for its unique ecological and geographical character, offering a cross-section of species and a climate that is unique to the country. It is the largest National Park in Africa, and the feeling of remoteness and the spirit of adventure are immense.
Whilst being the largest National Park in Tanzania, Ruaha also holds a special significance as it covers a unique transition zone where the Eastern and Southern biomes intersect offering an extraordinary diversity of animals, plants and birds. There are upwards of 560 species of birds; half of all Tanzania’s birds may be glimpsed in this park making it one of the continents premier birding destinations.
Ruaha also holds one of the greatest populations of elephant in any African park, buffalo gather in large herds as well as giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard. The rarer, less-seen creatures can also be found including sable and roan antelope, dikdik, greater and lesser kudus, Grants gazelle, honey badgers and is second to only Selous Game Reserve for the largest population of wild dog.
You will be able to explore the wealth of biodiversity Ruaha has to offer with game drives, game walks and walking safaris.
Days 2 & 3 - Ruaha National Park
You have two full days to further explore Ruaha National Park.
Jongomero (as Day 1)
Day 4 – Ruaha National Park to Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast you will leave Jongomero for your onwards flight to the Selous Game Reserve. You will be met upon arrival and will have a short safari as you make your way to camp in time for lunch.
The Reserve is the largest in Africa, spanning 55,000km² and is four times larger than the Serengeti. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Selous’ riverine wilderness and diverse habitat creates the perfect environment for a wealth of animals of all shapes and sizes as well as support an extraordinary array of different vegetation types.
Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, in excess of 400 varieties of birds, more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population, over 120,000 buffalos, and the Reserve's 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest populations on the continent, not to mention it is home to the planet’s largest population of rare wild dogs; giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt landscape.
After lunch and a chance to settle into your accommodation, there will be the opportunity to choose your first activity and begin to explore the Reserve, returning in time for sunset and dinner.
Day 7 – Selous to Dar es Salaam
You have two full days to explore Selous and a whole host of activities to choose from:
Explore on Water - By boat, either by following the course of the mighty Rufiji River or exploring Lake Nzerakera; weave amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the bank and observe game coming down to drink.
Explore on Foot - Start the day on a game walk, heading out on Selous’ most privileged of experiences. Accompanied by an experienced guide and an armed ranger, walk out into Africa’s largest wilderness, learn about the complex eco-system that it embraces, encounter the thrills and be enthralled at the wonder of being at the heart of nature.
Explore on Wheels - Explore the game in the surrounding areas, from your seat on an open-sided vehicle, a comfortable and privileged journey through the wild African bush. You can expect to see any of the major African mammals, including elephant, giraffes, lions, leopard and even the rare African Wild Dog.
Each day you will return to camp for a splendid lunch, followed by the opportunity to take a siesta or a cooling dip in the pool. Tea and cakes are served mid-afternoon, prior to your departure back into the Reserve on your afternoon’s activities.
Days 5 & 6 – Selous Game Reserve
Siwandu (as Day 4)
After bidding farewell to camp managers and staff you have your last opportunity for game viewing as you slowly make your way to the airpstrip for your flight back to Dar es Salaam.
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