HIGHLIGHTS, BOAT SAFARIS, EXOTIC ZANZIBAR, CHIMPANZEES, RED COLOBUS, MONKEYS, WALKING SAFARIS
Day 1: Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted by our representative and transferred to the Sea Cliff Hotel, bed and breakfast
Day 2: Breakfast with the tour manager and a briefing on the itinerary. Thereafter transfer to Selous to Game Reserve. Packed lunch will be provided en-route. Afternoon Game drive and overnight in lodge or camp, full board
Day 3: Start the day with a morning Safari and continue with game drives. Overnight at Selous Safari Camp, full board.
Day 4: Boat safari in the morning and the after noon we will continue with game drives. Overnight at lodge or camp, full board.
Selous Game Reserve covering 50,000sq km, this is the largest game reserve in Africa. The reserve supports an enormous number of elephants, buffalos and wildebeests. Other rare species include the African Hunting dog. The park provides home for some of the last remaining black rhinos.
Day 5: Depart in the morning after breakfast to Mikumi National Park.
The route between Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National is very scenic and one of the best places to see African wild dogs hunt especially in the morning. Upon arrival to Mikumi National Park, transfer to Vuma Hills Tented Camp.
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK is flanked between the Uluguru and Udzungwa Mountains. Mikumi National Park is home to buffalos, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras and leopards. The park is also famous for its wild dogs and 6m long pythons. Sunrise safari can be quite spectacular in Mikumi.
Day 6: The RUAHA NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania’s 2nd biggest park and host to a number of animals which rare or absent in the North. The rare animals include the African Wild dog, roan and sable antelope and the greater kudu. The Great Ruaha River, which provides life to the park, flows through the eastern side of the park and is home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds. Overnight at the Ruaha River Camp, full board.
Day 7&8: You will have two game activities per day. The walking safaris will be guided by an armed ranger and will be approximately four hours. Overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.
Day 9: A morning game drive in Ruaha can be very rewarding. This is the best time to watch Silver backed jackals hunt. Ruaha Nat. Park is also renowned for its large herds of buffalo. Return to lodge for breakfast and thereafter depart for Mbeya. Overnight in Hotel, bed and breakfast.
Day 10: Katavi National Park is a full days’ drive from Mbeya on a good dirt road. Overnight at Foxes Camp, full board.
Day 11: Game drives with packed lunch provided, overnight at Camp or Lodge
Day 12: Walking safaris in the morning accompanied by an armed ranger. Overnight at Katavi National Park is the most unspoiled and least visited park in Tanzania. The buffalo herds here are regarded to be the biggest in the country. Other animals include zebra, antelope, leopard, crocodile, elephant, lion and hippo. The park is noted for its Miombo woodland, vast floodplains an palm fringed Lake Chala and Katuma River. Bird life is particularly rich around Lake Chala
Day 13: After breakfast transfer by flight to Kigoma and depending on weather conditions, immediate transfer to Gombe Stream National Park Reserve. Afternoon game drive and overnight in Gombe Tented Luxury Camp, full board.
Day 14& 15: Tracking the chimpanzees and overnight at Gombe Tented Luxury Camp, full board.
The tracking usually starts early in the morning and this can vary from half an hour to four hours depending on where the chimpanzees will be located. As you track the chimpanzees in the thick forest, you will pass through beautiful sceneries and hear thrilling sounds of birds, insects, monkeys and other inhabitants of the forest.
Day 16: Depart after breakfast for Kigoma and on to your flight for Zanzibar. Take the option in the evening and join the Zanzibaris in the open-air seafood barbeque extravaganza along the Harbour. Overnight at Emerson or Serena Hotel, bed and breakfast.
Day 17: Start the day with a tour of Stone Town, This will include former slave market, Sultans Palace, House of Wonders, Old Dispensary, Old English Club, fish, meat and vegetable markets. On route to the East coast. We will take an excursion to Jonzani Forest. Drop off at Breezes Beach Club for 4 nights HB)
The transfer to the east coast.
The richness of its cultural heritage and the lure of the exotic spices make Zanzibar one of the most sorts after holiday destination. The main attraction of Zanzibar is STONE TOWN with its winding alleys; white washed old building, bustling bazaars, mosques, exotic architecture and influences of different cultures. Stone Town derives its name from the fact that it was the first stone town in Zanzibar and probably in East Africa.
Jozani Forest is the largest and only mature forest left in Zanzibar. The forest is well known for it endemic Red Columbus monkeys. Other animals include Bush babies, Hyraxes and Ader’s duikers, a variety of butterflies and birds.
Day 21: Transfer from Breezes to ZNZ apartments (booked through Breezes Hotel) and flight ZNZ-DAR (flight booked through African Safaris). Transfer into Dar for dayroom at Sea Cliff and dinner, followed by transfer back to DAR apt for KLM flight to AMS
Day 22: Arrival in Amsterdam in the early morning.
Conditions and rates remain the same as indicated in earlier e-mail.
KATAVI SAFARI – HIGH SEASON
KATAVI SAFARI- LOW SEASON: 01 Nov – 15 Dec and 06 Jan – 15 March
Package inclusive of: accommodation on sharing basis, (Seacliff, Selous Safari Camp, FOXES PROPERTIES IN MIKUMI, RUAHA AND KATAVI), Gombe Tented Camp, flights from Katavi- Kigoma- Zanzibar- Dar, all park fees, guide, vehicle, driver/guide, boat to Gombe Stream and back, stone town tour where applicable, local evacuation cover, 1 x 1 litre bottle of water while on game drives, dinner on the last day.