After a hearty breakfast at the Lodge, you will board a flight into the Katavi National Park in Southern Tanzania. Unexplored and utterly remote, the floodplains of Katavi are home to heavy concentrations of game. Katavi has a wild, almost primeval feel, which hits you intensely from the moment you first see the game scattered over the Katisunga flood plain, as you approach by air. Herds of buffalo – two or three thousand strong – graze on the plains; pods of several hundred hippo cram the seasonal rivers; herds of elephant feed on the plains and drink from the springs.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart by 4 wheel-drive to Selous Game Reserve. Arrive late afternoon at Selous Impala Camp which is located on the river just inside the reserve on the eastern approach. The tented camp is situated in north eastern part of the Selous Game Reserve on a high bank over-looking the mighty Rufiji River and plain beyond. Picnic lunch on the way. Afternoon boat safari, along the mighty Rufiji River; those who experience this safari can verify the fact that this mighty river boasts Africa's highest concentration of hippopotamus. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp
Day 2: Breakfast at Rufiji River Camp. Full day game drive of Selous Game Reserve. Selous, Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary with an area of 54,600 sq. km is bigger that Denmark and four times the size of Serengeti. It has the world's largest number of big game - elephant, buffalo, rhino; sable antelope. Selous also contains wildebeest, eland, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard and lion. There are about 350 species of birdlife. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp
Day 3: After breakfast, boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River. Bird-life can be seen along the banks of the river. Lunch at the Camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 4: After breakfast game drive. Lunch at the camp. Another boat safari. Dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 5: After breakfast, drive to Mikumi (picnic lunch on the way). Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill or Mikumi Wildlife Camp
Day 6: Breakfast at Vuma Hill or Mikumi Wildlife Camp. Depart for Ruaha. Stop in Iringa for lunch. Short game drive of Ruaha National Park. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge. The lodge is constructed on and around a rocky kopje overlooking the Great Ruaha River. The camp provides comfortable accommodation and good food while blending into its surroundings to enable visitors to feel themselves a part of the wild. Both the dining "Banda" and the bar, in elevated position above the river combine comfort and coolness together with the most spectacular views.
Day 7: Breakfast at the lodge. Full day game drive in Ruaha National Park. Ruaha, with an area of 10,300 sq.km. is the second largest park, and second largest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. The Great Ruaha River flows along its entire eastern border, creating spectacular gorges and scenery, features a large number of hippos and crocodiles. The wide variety of animals include greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope. Birdlife is rich, with over 370 species recorded. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge
Day 8: After breakfast, short game drive in Ruaha National Park. Depart for Iringa. Lunch at Iringa. Depart for Mikumi. Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill or Mikumi Wildlife Camp.
Day 9: Breakfast at the camp then a game drive in Mikumi National Park, which is rich in wildlife and contains buffalo, elephant, lion, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala and hippo. Lunch at Vuma Hill or Mikumi Wildlife Camp. Depart for Dar es Salaam. Arrival at Dar es Salaam, in the evening.
Supplemental Tour Information:
Best time for this program is July, August, September and October
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Services of a professional Tanzanian safari guide and 4WD vehicle
- Half board accommodation at Holiday Inn
- Full board on safari days (some picnic lunches)
- Park and fees
- Game drives and excursions
- Mineral water, beer and soft drinks in the vehicle
- All drinks except champagne in private tented camps
- Flying Doctor’s membership
- International flights and departure taxes
- Trip cancellation and medical insurance
- Meals not indicated
- Shopping in Arusha
- Items of a personal nature
- Drinks and laundry at lodges
- Laundry services.
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