13 Days Selous Safaris and Zanzibar Beach Escape from US$4,982.-pp

Safari in Rufiji River Camp and Siwandu  to experience  the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve. Relax on the Spice Island of Zanzibar surrounded by golden sands and the turquois Indian Ocean. Enjoy your private plunge pool.  Explore the cobblestone, narrow lanes of Stone Town brimming with history and culture.

This epic Tanzania journey is the trip of a life time, one you will never forget!

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Ramada Encore Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam B&B Standard Room 1 Night
Rufiji River Camp Selous Game Reserve FB+ Classic tent 2 Nights
Siwandu Selous Game Reserve FB+ Siwandu Tented Suites 4 Nights
Kasha Luxury Boutique Kigomani B&B Villa Ocean front 5 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$4,982.- June 2020

US$5,313.- July through October 2020

Price per person, double occupancy,

Included

Accommodations and meals as per package, domestic flights as per package, 33 pounds baggage allowance in soft bags per person; all transfers, National Park fees,

During safari: 2 daily safari activities on safari,

At Siwnadu: Beverages except champagne and premium brands, basic laundry,

Excluded

International flight to Dar Es Salaam, optional tours on Zanzibar, travel insurance, visa.

HONEYMOONERS:

Enjoy honeymoon goodies and a a full day of romantic private romantic activities at Siwandu Safari Lodge. (Wedding certificate not older than 6 month required).

Day 1:           Ramada Encore Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam  

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Dar Es Salaam where our representative will meet you for your transfer to your hotel .

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s former capital, her largest city and main port. The distinctly African, colourful markets are well worth a visit and both German and British influences can still be seen in the architecture around the city. Conveniently positioned amidst some of the most important sea routes in the world, the city is the transport and economic hub of the country as well as a centre for arts and culture. It serves as an excellent jumping off point to explore the surrounding area including Pemba, Mbudya, Unguja islands, a variety of national parks and countless pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to visiting a number of other activities including: learning about Tanzanian culture at the National Museum and House of Culture, visiting the eclectic Oyster Bay, and taking a stroll through the city’s lush Botanical Gardens.

Overnight: Ramada Encore Dar es Salaam        

Ramada Encore Dar es Salaam hotel is conveniently located on Ghana Avenue in the central business district and financial hub of Tanzania, less than 13 kilometres from Julius Nyerere International Airport. Guests may enjoy the fitness centre, lap pool, room service, and five event rooms. Guest rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi internet access, work desk, iron, ironing board, spacious bathrooms with glass walls, walk-in showers, hairdryer, coffeemaker, mini refrigerator and flat screen LED TV with satellite channels. Many of the spacious guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking city and ocean views.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Rufiji River Camp, Selous Game Reserve  

Day Itinerary

Transfer back to airport for your flight into the Selous Game Reserve. Enjoy your first safari this afternoon.

Selous Game Reserve

The remote and little-visited Selous Game Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area and is the largest of its kind in Africa. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km it is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North. The landscape here has remained almost as it was before tourism began and the massive park has only a few accommodation options.

The Great Rufiji River and its tributaries are the lifeblood of the reserve, creating a network of forests and woodlands around the lagoons, sandbanks and lakes with tall palm trees adding to the scenic splendour. Because of its size and remoteness, the reserve has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephant, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness. Boating, walking safaris and fly camping are all available in the Selous.

Overnight: Rufiji River Camp      

Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji river, in a point where the ample and tranquil river is animated by many and different species of animals.

The tented camp, situated in the heart of the reserve, is environmentally friendly and each tent is equipped with private bathroom and a veranda facing the river.

There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river offering a permanent show to visitors of the camp. The water is usually full of hundreds of hippos as well as groups of crocodiles that laze in the sun on the sandbanks in the river.

A structure in the central part of the camp hosts the restaurant, bar and library, all with a view of the river and the sunset.

Classic tent

The classic tent has 2 king sized beds and can be reconfigured to take a family of 4 in 1 king size and 2 single beds.

The tents are open on 2 sides with a spacious veranda for a private river view.

All tents are en suite with solar heated water.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 3:           Rufiji River Camp, Selous Game Reserve  

Day Itinerary

Get into the rhythm with nature and rise early for your morning game drives, rest over noon and back to searching for wildlife late afternoon. For your 2 daily activities choose from vehicle safaris, boating safaris and game walks.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 4:           Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve        

Day Itinerary

Transfer to Siwandu over noon time.

Selous Game Reserve

As previously described

Overnight: Siwandu            View iBrochure

Sheltered in a grove of palms on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, part of the watery byways of the Rufiji River system, Siwandu is perfectly situated within the prime game area to fully experience the abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve. Explore the breathtaking landscape by foot on our morning game walks, by 4WD vehicles with our expert driver guides and on the water with boat cruises on both the river and on the lake. Broadly spaced along the lakeshore, Siwandu’s superbly appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy and every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the purest African bush.  The ten spacious octagonal tents allows guests to observe animals as they saunter past while reclining on the majestic king sized bed under the overhead fan or from the open-air stargazer showers which adjoin the en-suite bathrooms.

Siwandu Tented Suites

Broadly spaced along the lakeshore, Siwandu’s superbly appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy and every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of Selous.  From either of the wooden decked verandas sit with a cup of tea at sunrise watching the bush come to life, or relax with a gin and tonic as the bush blushes under sunset.

The ten spacious octagonal tents of canvas and secure mosquito netting and topped in thatch, not only allows for constant air-flow, but also enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past.   Observe them while reclining on the majestic king sized bed under the overhead fan or from the open-air stargazer, solar-heated showers which adjoin the en suite bathrooms.

For that intimate, uninterrupted, bush experience, Siwandu is perfect for forgetting all the troubles of the modern world and immersing oneself in unspoilt nature with just the right amount of bush luxury.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:           Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve        

Activities

Game Drives
Game Walks
Boat Cruises

Game Drives

Accompanied by our expert driver guides, travel in our comfortable 4WD open sided vehicles around the Reserve.  Our game drives are a shared experience with fellow guests, but Siwandu does offer a private vehicle with a driver guide which is available to book in advance for a daily surcharge.

Game Walks

Walking is a wonderful way to get close to nature and to learn about some of the smaller species and ecosystems in the reserve as well as the flora and fauna.  The walk is slow paced, stopping under shade to hear interesting things from your knowledgeable guide.  Game Walks are offered to guests aged 16 and over but we do offer Children’s Walks within our camp grounds just before afternoon tea.

Boat Cruises

Explore the sinuous waterways of the Rufiji River delta, the largest in East Africa.  When the rains have fallen, cruises venture into the river but for the rest of the year Siwandu guests boat on Lake Nzerakera both in sturdy metal boats with covered canopies as well as our glorious pontoon boat, that allows guests the ultimate luxury of dining or sipping a sundowner on the move, while watching animals come down to drink and enjoying the wonderful variety of bird life.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:           Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve        

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:           Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve        

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:           Kasha Luxury Boutique Hotel, Kigomani

Day Itinerary

After your last morning safari take a flight to Zanzibar where our representative will be expecting you for the transfer to your hotel.

Kigomani

Kigomani is idyllically set along Zanzibar’s northeastern coast. It is known for its endless stretch of powdery white-sand beach meeting crystal-clear turquoise waters. Visitors can enjoy a comfortable stay at one of the many resorts dotting the coast, engage in an array of thrilling adventure activities, and enjoy a visit to the local fish market.  Soak up the tranquil atmosphere and enjoy a relaxing beach holiday at this picturesque seaside destination. Other popular activities include: snorkelling the offshore coral reef, diving, boating, wildlife watching and island hopping the near Mnemba Island. Don’t miss the spectacular sunsets over the calm ocean waters.

Overnight: Kasha Luxury Boutique Hotel         

Located in the North East of Zanzibar with the amazing view of the Mnemba Atoll in the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, Kasha Boutique Hotel has 11 Swahili Arabic styles villas, luxury to hitherto rustic experience, each with a private baraza outside lounge, splash pool and a panoramic turquoise-sea view, with only sounds of the cool wind and waves lapping gently against the coral barrier reef to sooth away the creases of day-to-day life.

During low tide, the white sandy beach is accessible by stairs and during high tide the ocean is accessible from a wood plank by diving or jumping. In view of this, the hotel is exclusively located 4m on the rocks overlooking the sea, guaranteeing ultimate privacy and views not to be forgotten.

Every room is luxuriously decorated on a backdrop of elegant baraza, Niru finishing and Islamic tiles depicting the typical Swahili style house found in Stone Town. The calm colours, tasteful furnishing and elegant ambiance grant a serene experience ideal for holidaymakers in search for an experience and mental relaxation. Every villa has a splash pool and a baraza outside lounge for romantic moments with amazing sea view.

Your private pool!

Villa Ocean front

Private Bathroom. With Shower. Bathtub ,

King Bed

Private Bathroom

setting area, Sofa and Chairs 

Flat Screen TV

Terrace, with private swimming pool

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 9:           Kasha Luxury Boutique Hotel, Kigomani

Day Itinerary

Relax on the beach, snorkel, dive or go sailing on a dhow….

Scuba diving is one of the most recommended activities in Matemwe with Mnemba atoll at arm’s reach, definitely without dispute ones of the best diving and snorkeling spots in Africa, or even in the world.

Visit the village school or spend the day with the local ladies picking and growing seaweed, or for those with a bone of adventure, spend the day fishing for octopus (an experience one cannot forget). A walk to the village  is strongly recommended.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 10:        Kasha Luxury Boutique Hotel, Kigomani

Day Itinerary

Stone Town City Tour

Stone Town is an atmospheric and mystical town and is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. It was constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Get to know the town, see historical sites and architecture, visit a local market,  the old slave market memorial and church, and the old sultan’s palace.

Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side.

Optional

Tour of Stone Town

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 11:        Kasha Luxury Boutique Hotel, Kigomani

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 12:        Kasha Luxury Boutique Hotel, Kigomani

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 13:        End of Itinerary  

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dar Es Salaam and back home.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

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