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Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Swahili Coast

Day 1: Dar es Salaam -Ruaha National Park/Jongomero Camp

Welcome to Dar es Salaam! From the International terminal, you will take a transfer to the Domestic terminal.
Your flight leaves Dar 08h30 and the flying time is about 3hrs but there might be some stops in between, you will only get off at Jongomero airstrip. On arrival you will be met by one of the guides. You will then drive the short safari to Jongomero Camp in time for a traditional safari lunch, followed by siesta!

Ruaha has gained a reputation amongst safari connoisseurs for its unique ecological and geographical character, offering a cross-section of species and a climate that is unique to the country. It is the largest National Park in Africa, and the feeling of remoteness and the spirit of adventure are immense. In the late afternoon, we set out on a game drive in our open-sided vehicle, following the course of the Ruaha River in search of wildlife.

Perhaps find elephants digging for water in the dry river bed, or catch a rare sighting of the African Wild Dog. As the sun sets,we stop to admire the scenery and sip on a sundowner. We then head back to camp for hot showers.
Meet around the camp fire for a drink before dinner, to discuss the day’s events and listen to stories of Africa past…

Days 2 – 3: Ruaha National Park/Jongomero Camp

Anther day and night in Ruaha National Park with either a morning walk or game drive and afternoon game drive to take us into new territories of this remote Park.

Jongomero is situated far to the South of the park and it feels like we have all of Africa to ourselves as we roam the riverine areas and hills. Birding is quite spectacular, with the park boasting some 500 different species of birds, including the Ruaha Red-billed hornbill which is unique to the park. Ruaha is an ecological convergence for Northern and Southern species of mammal and is also one of the few areas where Greater and Lesser Kudu can be seen.

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Game drives in Ruaha are unique and cater for the safari connoisseur, and with the bush luxury of Jongomero Camp as our base, we can enjoy a most exclusive and rewarding safari experience.

We also have the opportunity to fly camp in the Ruaha, to take us back to the original 'Safari Style'. Taken on a walk or drive, we arrive at a camp set up exclusively for our use on the shores of the lake. We then take hot bucket showers, and meet by the fire for a sundowner and dinner.

Accommodation is in small dome tents, with a basin and hand towel outside each tent. The next morning we can make our way back to camp having experienced a true African camping safari in the mighty Ruaha for one night.
(This experience takes some planning and we advise you to pre-book, or you can book in camp subject to availability).

Day 3: Ruaha National Park - Selous Game Reserve/Selous Safari Camp.

Depart Jongomero Camp after breakfast for your flight to Selous Game Reserve. The schedule flight departs Jongomero at 11h45 and lands in Selous at 13h05 - there might be some stops in between – you will only get off at Siwandu airstrip. Here you will be met by our driver guide and taken back on a short safari to Selous Safari Camp in time for lunch.

Selous is Africa’s largest Game Reserve, the size of a European country and one of the last great wilderness areas on the continent. We will spend three unforgettable nights here as well to take full advantage of the opportunities for wildlife, either by boat, vehicle or on foot..

After lunch, there will be the opportunity to take the first of the chosen activities and head out to explore, returning
in time for sunset and dinner.

Days 4– 6: Selous Game Reserve/Selous Safari Camp

An early morning tea or coffee will be served in your tents before we head out, with a choice of the following
By boat following the course of the mighty Rufiji River, weaving amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the bank, as we observe the game coming down to drink.

Start the day earlier on a game walk, heading out on Selous’ most privileged of experiences. Accompanied by our experienced guide and an armed ranger, we walk out into Africa’s largest wilderness, learning about the complex eco-system that it embraces, encountering the thrills and visceral contentment of being at the heart of Nature.

Explore the game in the surrounding areas, from your seat on an open-sided vehicle, a comfortable and privileged journey through the wild African bush. We can expect to see any of the major African mammals, including elephant, giraffes, lions, leopard and even the rare African Wild Dog.

Return to camp for a splendid lunch, then a difficult decision between a siesta and a dip in the swimming pool whilst we wait for the heat of the day to subside. The late afternoon is an excellent time to head out.
We all meet for a cup of tea or cooling lemonade and scrumptious cakes under the Jackel Berry tree, and then move onto our respective safaris - slowly meandering along the Rufiji River again or perhaps tracking a leopard and her cub
through the woodland.
Again, as in Ruaha, we have the option to fly camp for one night – although it must be said that each experience is completely different!

Day 6: Selous Game Reserve - Ras Kutani/Ras Kutani Lodge.

Early morning tea or coffee in bed overlooking Lake Nzerakera is a fine start to our last day here, and before we have to move on we can take an early boat or game drive, or lie in and meet for a leisurely breakfast.

After bidding farewell to camp managers and staff, we take a slow drive to the airstrip - our last viewings of the great Maasai giraffe and if we are lucky their new born babies along the way.

Depart at 09h00 for a short game drive to the airstrip for the flight to Dar es Salaam. Flights leaves Siwandu at 09h45 and lands Dar at 10h20. On arrival in Dar es Salaam you will be met by a driver, and take a road transfer to Ras Kutani. The journey time is approximately 90 minutes, and you will arrive in Ras Kutani in time for lunch.

The tranquil Indian Ocean shores of Tanzania - Ras Kutani is a small coastal lodge of castaway luxury, set alone on a pristine beach of white sands, cooled by the Indian Ocean. This will be our base as we immerse ourselves in the spirit of relaxation and indulgence that is Ras Kutani’s specialty. With a choice of walks along the beach or through the coastal forest, the opportunity to boogie board or kayak, or to watch turtles hatch, there is always plenty to do between relaxing!

Days 6 – 10: Ras Kutani/Ras Kutani Lodge

You may wish to book for one of our massages in a small room looking out over the Indian Ocean, or perhaps try something more challenging. For those more interested in ocean sports, depending on weather there is good snorkeling from the shore and kayaking in the lagoon. Nature lovers will find their pleasure close to home.
The tropical, coastal forest behind the lodge boasts some 132 different species of trees in many of which one can watch the antics of four species of monkey, including the spectacular black-and-white colobus. Next to this forest walk one can also make a visit to the village nearby to taste Swahili life.

Day 10: Ras Kutani - Dar es Salaam

Before lunch you will take a transfer/flight back to Dar es Salaam airport, International terminal and on your arrival you will take a transfer to the international terminal ready for your flight back home – Bon Voyage!
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Day 1: Dar es Salaam -Ruaha National Park/Jongomero Camp

Days 2 – 3: Ruaha National Park/Jongomero Camp

Day 3: Ruaha National Park - Selous Game Reserve/Selous Safari Camp.

Days 4– 6: Selous Game Reserve/Selous Safari Camp.

Day 6: Selous Game Reserve - Ras Kutani/Ras Kutani Lodge.

Days 6 – 10: Ras Kutani/Ras Kutani Lodge
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