Overview

This unique classic one of a life time safari takes you to Selous - Renamed Nyerere National park, Ruaha National Park & Mafia Island. The Selous  is the largest protected game reserve on the African continent covering an area of 54,600 square kilometers comprised of a vast wilderness with forests, grassy plains, mountains and open woodlands. Ruaha  is the largest protected area in Tanzania and East Africa. The park is about 130 kilometres west of Iringa and offers excellent wildlife viewing. It is particularly good for spotting predators, including very large prides of lion and the endangered wild dog. Elephants and a big variety of antelope species are another big draw to the park. While Mafia Island lies approximately 25 kilometers off the Tanzanian coast 130 km from Dar Es salaam. You will enjoy private sandy beach and marine park 

During the months of September and August we experience the Humpback Whale migration in the south of Mafia as they head for warm waters with their calfs. These magical creatures can grow up to 14 metres long and weigh a whopping 40 tonnes!

7 Nights 8 Days 25 Jul, 26 Jul, 27 Jul, and more Tanzania
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • * Flights - Dar - Selous - Ruaha - mafia - Dar Es Salaam.
  • * Airstrip transfer
  • * 2 Nights in Ruaha Lodge
  • * 2 Nights Rufiji River Camp.
  • * 3 Nights Mafia
  • * Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • * 1 Snorkelling  Half tour to Darusi Reef & Miele Island with picnic lunch.
  • * laundry Services.
  • * 2 half day or 1 full day shared game drives 
  • * Taxes & Levies.
  • * 1 Boat ride on Rufiji
  • * 1 Guided walking Safari,
  • * Services of a experienced Driver/guide.
  • * Park fees ,Concession fees , Vehicle fees/guide fee, Land Rent included.
  • * Amref flying Doctors evacuation insurance.
  • * TDL in Selous & Ruaha only.
  • * Water during Game Drives.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • * International flights.
  • Entry and stay in the Marine Park area: Adults 23.60 $ per person per day,
  • * Visas
  • * Travel Insurance.
  • * Souvenirs
  • * Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls,  etc.
  • * Accommodation in Dar Es Salaam.( We can assist you with the booking).
Highlights
  • - Visit the Largest protected Game Reserve in Africa - Selous/Nyerere National Park.
  • - Visit the Largest protected area in Tanzania & East Africa - Ruaha National Park.
  • - Best Parks for Big Five Spotting.
  • - Enjoy Spectacular sunsets
  • - 1 Boat Safari on Rufiji
  • - 1 Guided walking Safari at Rufiji.
  • - Mafia Island beach Relaxation.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: FLY TO SELOUS.

You will be picked up from your hotel hours before your Scheduled flight to Selous and be  transferred to Dar Es Salaam Domestic Terminal. Upon arrival you will be met by Camp Driver/Guide who will transfer you to Rufiji  River Camp. Where you will check in, refresh and settle in. After lunch and relaxation embark to a Afternoon Game drive.

The Selous Game Reserve is the largest protected game reserve on the African continent covering an area of 54,600 square kilometers comprised of a vast wilderness with forests, grassy plains, mountains and open woodlands. This reserve was named after Frederick Selous Courtney who was a great Hunter and explorer. Selous Safari Holidays are highly recommended as in size this reserve is twice the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and three times Kruger National Park in South Africa. This reserve was established in 1922, and in 1982 it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site thanks to its rich diversity of wildlife and uninterrupted nature.

After an amazing Game Drive drive back to Camp. Dinner & Over Night at the Rufiji River Camp.

 

 DAY : 2  - ENJOY & EXPLORE SELOUS/NYERERE NATIONAL PARK.

You will have a full day in Selous. With options of Game Drives, Boat Rides & Walking Safari  you will be completely flexible & free to choose your itinerary. Your guide or camp manager will discuss with you the best timings for you, including the game drives, boat rides, walking safari even your wake up time. You will have an option of full days in the park or Morning/Evening Game Drive. Meals & Nights at the Rufiji River Camp.

 

Rufiji River is the largest in Tanzania, Boating safaris in flat bottomed boats are perhaps the most relaxing way to experience its game view.  Sharing the river with pods of hippo and floats of crocodiles giving you the opportunity to view birds nesting in the banks, monitor lizards and many water birds are just some of the highlights.

 

DAY 3: SET OFF TO RUAHA NATIONAL PARK.

After breakfast & a few hours before your Scheduled flight to Ruaha National Park you will be transferred to the airstrip.  Upon arrival in Ruaha you will be met by Camp Driver/Guide who will transfer you to Ruaha River Lodge. Where you will check in, refresh and settle in. After lunch and relaxation embark to a Afternoon Game drive. Dinner & Overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.

Ruaha is now Tanzania's largest national park and offers excellent wildlife viewing. It is particularly good for spotting predators, including very large prides of lion and the endangered wild dog. Elephants and a big variety of antelope species are another big draw to the park. It also has outstanding wilderness appeal.

 

DAY: 4 - ENJOY & EXPLORE RUAHA NATIONAL PARK.

You will have a full day in Ruaha. With options of Game Drives, you will be completely flexible & free to choose your itinerary. Your guide or camp manager will discuss with you the best timings for you. including the game drives, boat rides  You will have an option of full days in the park or Morning/Evening Game Drives. Meals & Nights at the Ruaha River Lodge.

Remote Ruaha is an unspoiled wilderness famed for its large number of elephant. In fact, aside from rhino, all major safari animals are present in good numbers. Large prides of lion, sometimes counting more than 20 individuals, roam the park and even buffalo, an unusual prey, isn't safe here. One of the park's key attractions are the wild dogs. There are only a handful of places where these charismatic pack animals are easily observed, and this is one of the best. Ruaha is also home to the largest population of greater kudu in East Africa. Other rare antelope species that can be seen here include lesser kuduroan and sable antelope.

Day 5: Fly to Mafia.

After a last morning game drive, Breakfast and check out. Proceed to the airstrip for your flight back to Mafia Island. Upon arrival you will met by Kinasi team and drive to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of day at beach etc. Over Night Kinasi Boutique Hoetl.

Day: 6 & 7 Enjoy Mafia Island  

You have 2 full days to explore and experience Mafia. In your itinerary you have 1 half day Snorkeling tour with lunch at Miewe Island & Darufi reef. If pax permit you can go on a sunset cruise on the indian ocea.

There are also a variety of excursions to be enjoyed at Mafia ie Swimming with Whale Sharks, Turtle visits, Diving etc.

Day 8: Departure

Today per your flight schedule you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Dar Es Salaam. If accommodation is needed in Dar we will arrange for you at an extra cost.

Pickup point
Directions.
Selous, Tanzania View on Map
Amenities & Facilities

Selous/Nyerere National Park

  •   Rufiji River Camp.

Ruaha National Park.

  • Ruaha River Lodge

Mafia Island.

  • Kinasi Lodge.