Southern Tanzania Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Selous Game Reserve
On your arrival into Dar es Salaam, you will be met and assisted with your onward flight to the Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, at over 50,000km2. Due to its vast size, you get the feeling of having this pure wilderness and its prolific wildlife to yourself. The Selous was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its dramatic landscapes and varied wildlife.
The game viewing safari in Selous is rewarding and varied with good populations of lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo and African wild dogs. One of the highlights of a safari to the Selous is the variety of activities on offer. Aside from the traditional morning and afternoon game drives, guests can enjoy boating safaris on the rivers, walking safaris and fishing.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Ruaha National Park
From the Selous, you head to an even more off the beaten track safari destination, Ruaha National Park. Ruaha is rarely visited by tourists, making it ideal for the intrepid visitor, but should not be missed. Due to its varied landscapes and habitats, Ruaha is home to a variety of wildlife, including 10% of Africa’s lion population. Due to its location straddling habitats from Southern and East Africa, the landscape of Ruaha varies between miombo woodlands typical of Zambia to open grasslands, typical of East Africa. Due to the variety of habitats the game viewing is second to none. Leopards are often found in the thicker woodlands, while the open grasslands support lion and cheetah. The Ruaha River that runs through the park is the lifeline for the animals during the dry season and is a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and African wild dogs.
Guests lucky enough to visit Ruaha have the opportunity to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as well as walking safaris and night game drives.
Days 7, 8, 9 and 10 – Fanjove Private Island
From Ruaha you will be flown back to Dar es Salaam in time to connect on your onward flight to the Songosongo Archipelago for some time to relax after the excitement of the last few days on safari. The private island has only 6 bandas on the white sandy beaches overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. This is true paradise.
Spend your days being as active of relaxed as you want. There is so much to do in and around the island, including snorkeling and diving, marine safari in search of whales, dolphins and whale sharks, sea kayaking, dhow sailing and fishing. Alternatively lay back in your hummock with a book and let the days pass you by in paradise.