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  • Enjoy an off-the-beaten track safari experience in the Selous Game Reserve
  • Spot an abundance of wildlife in the remote and wild Ruaha National Park
  • Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Mafia Island
This fantastic 12 day itinerary offers an off-the-beaten track safari experience in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. You’ll stay at luxury lodges or camps in excellent locations and you’ll enjoy incredible game-viewing in remote areas with expert local guides.

You'll then fly to Mafia Island located approximately 48km off the Tanzanian coast. This tropical island in the Indian Ocean remains almost untouched by tourism, and whilst it may not be a suitable destination for travellers who like to stay in conventional luxury resorts, it is ideal for those who are looking for a remote, unique and adventurous travel experience.
Safari Lodge
Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to the domestic terminal. You will then board your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. A representative will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to your camp or lodge where you’ll stay for three nights.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Safari Lodge
Today, you'll enjoy a full day in the Selous Game Reserve. Covering an area of more than 50,000km², which equates to 5% of Tanzania’s land, Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve. It is twice the size of the Serengeti, yet it is one of Tanzania’s least known safari destinations and the numbers of visitors to Selous are significantly lower than the northern parks.

The Rufiji River runs through vast areas of Selous and sprawls out to endless lakes and deltas which fill and empty with the seasonal rains. At these water sources you might see crocodiles and hippo, and along the banks of the Rufiji River you’re likely to see large herds of elephants, especially in the dry season from June to November. The reserve is also home to buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, wildebeest, baboon, hyena, lion, leopard and endangered African wild dog.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beach Lodge
Today, you'll have another full day to enjoy activities within Selous Game Reserve.

As Selous is a game reserve your guide can go off road in your safari vehicle which means that you’re likely to experience much closer wildlife encounters than in Tanzania’s national parks where you’re guide is restricted to the roads. In addition to your morning and afternoon game drives in 4WD safari vehicles you can also enjoy bush walks and boat safaris in this incredible off-the-beaten track reserve.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Safari Lodge or Camp
This morning you’ll have time to enjoy one final game drive in the Selous Game Reserve before returning to your lodge or camp for lunch. This afternoon you will be transferred back to the airstrip for a scheduled light aircraft flight to the remote and wild Ruaha National Park. You will be met on arrival at the Msembe airstrip in Ruaha and driven to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next three nights.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Safari Lodge or Camp
Enjoy a full day on safari in on safari in Ruaha National Park.

Covering an area of approximately 13,000km², Ruaha is the largest national park in Tanzania. Named after the Great Ruaha River which forms the spine of this vast park, Ruaha has a phenomenal concentration and diversity of wildlife making it the country’s most significant national park outside of the Serengeti.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Safari Lodge or Camp
Enjoy another full day on safari in Ruaha National Park.

The Ruaha River attracts an abundance of wildlife, particularly in the dry season from June to October when there is a lack of water elsewhere in the park. On your game drives you can expect to see large herds of elephants, huge prides of lion, and packs of endangered African wild dog, plus leopard, cheetah, jackal, giraffe, zebra, eland, impala and bat-eared foxes. The park is also home to some lesser known animals such as the Kudu, Roan and Sable antelope that enjoy the dry, open woodland areas, and it is a birders paradise with more than 570 species found here.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beach Lodge
Today, you can enjoy a morning safari activity and then after lunch you’ll be driven back to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Mafia Island. On arrival at Kilindoni on Mafia Island you’ll be met by a driver and taken to your chosen accommodation where you’ll spend the next five nights.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beach Lodge
Today, you can relax and enjoy Mafia Island at your leisure. On this small island you’ll find a slow pace of life, friendly locals and beautiful beaches. There’s a wide range of activities and excursions to enjoy on Mafia Island - including diving and snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing trips with local fishermen, sunset cruises on traditional dhows, cycling, walking, bird watching, cultural tours, visits to local villages, and excursions to Mafia Island Marine Park, Mrora Forest and the lighthouse at Ras Mkumbi.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beach Lodge
Today, you'll have another full day to relax on Mafia Island. If you wish you can dive or snorkel in Mafia Island Marine Park (the largest marine protected area in the Indian Ocean). The warm, safe waters of Mafia Island's inland bays and lagoons are fantastic for scuba diving and snorkelling. Bottlenose and spinner dolphins are often seen on the surface of the water, while guitarfish and reef sharks lurk in caves beneath. Hammerhead shark and giant eagle ray sightings are possible and whale shark encounters are likely from October to March.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beach Lodge
Today, you can either relax or if you wish to be active you can try windsurfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. Or you may wish to join a full day excursion to the sand banks, enjoy a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow or enjoy a stroll through Chole village where you can visit the old mosque, the Fruit Bat sanctuary or the boat yard or you can explore Mrora Forest, Ras Mbizi Coconut Plantation or the Lighthouse at Ras Mkumbi.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beach Lodge
Enjoy your final full day on Mafia Island.

Depending on the season that you visit you may be able to see turtles nesting, swim with whale sharks and spot humpback whales. (Humpback whales pass by Mafia Island on their migration route between July and October and during these months it may be possible to see them on an organised whale watching trip or during other boat-based activities. If you’re visiting from June to September you can join a turtle-hatching trip and witness hundreds of baby turtles scramble from the sandy beaches to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean).
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast you’ll check out of your accommodation and then you will be driven back to Kilondoni Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam. A driver will meet you at the domestic airport to transfer you to the international airport for your flight home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport transfers
  • Scheduled light aircraft flights as per the itinerary
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • National Park & Game Reserve fees
  • Shared safari activities
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance & visas
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
  • Optional activities
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 12 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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