The Explorer Safari

Superb safaris in stunning wildlife locations followed by time to relax on the coast, staying in stylish camps.

The Explorer Safari

10 days from £4,595 pp plus international flights.

Ruaha and Selous are two of Tanzania’s best safari destinations and this holiday spends three days in each. Watch big game and predators locked in their eternal, compelling battle, then you’ll be whisked off to an idyllic Swahili coast paradise for relaxing days and dinner on the beach.

Safari and beach for the connoisseur. This holiday takes in two of Tanzania’s best safari destinations, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve. They offer the twin benefits of varied wildlife and no crowds. You fly in, enjoying magnificent views, and stay in intimate sister camps, luxurious yet pleasantly low key. Each day you have morning and afternoon safaris by vehicle and on foot, and also by boat in Selous, filled with delightful and sometimes moving sights and encounters, all led by expert guides. There’s ample time to relax in camp, to talk to fellow guests, cool off with a swim and enjoy the delicious food.

Your busy safari days are balanced by time to unwind on the Swahili coast. Ras Kutani is has the same laidback charm, enhanced here by the sea breeze and views of the Indian Ocean. Relaxation comes easy: walk barefoot along the beach, doze in a hammock on your veranda, enjoy a massage in the spa and sample the freshest fish and seafood as you dine by the beach beneath the star-filled African sky.

This is a high quality safari and beach holiday which we’re able to offer at a good price due to using three camps from the same company, which brings some good cost benefits to you. You know how some things just work ? This trip is like that. Good accommodation and service, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, and a beautiful place to chill out.

Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing in remote Ruaha National Park
  • Game drives and boat safaris in Selous Game Reserve
  • End with an Indian Ocean escape
  • High quality lodges throughout

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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DAR AND FLY TO JONGOMERO CAMP IN RUAHA

Your flight from Dar es Salaam to Ruaha takes about 3 hours, possibly with a stop or two en-route. At the airstrip you are met and driven Jongomero Camp, arriving in time for lunch. Later you set off on your first game drive in the national park, whetting your appetite for the next few days. You are back in camp to shower and change for dinner. Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: ON SAFARI IN RUAHA

Rising early is the custom on safari to depart in the relatively cool morning temperatures when animals are more active. Ruaha has a great diversity of game and is known for its predators which include lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, so safaris here are always exciting. Typically you spend the hottest part of the day resting in camp, then set off into the park once more in the late afternoon. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: ON SAFARI IN RUAHA

You may have the chance to go for a dawn walk with the guide, a chance to get close to nature and take time to notice the finer details and smaller creatures often overlooked from a vehicle. On your return enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool and in the afternoon you have another game drive, returning to camp for sundowner drinks and dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: FLY TO SELOUS

After breakfast you fly from Jongomero to Selous, arriving at Siwandu Camp in the early afternoon to a warm welcome and delicious lunch. Replete and rested you can choose between a game drive, boat trip or guided walk for your first exploration of Selous. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: ON SAFARI IN SELOUS

This morning you head out on safari to experience the reserve’s wide open spaces. Seek out elephant, giraffe and as Selous has the highest numbers of wild dog of any park in Africa, you may spot some of these elusive creatures. After lunch you can take a boat ride on lake Nzerakera, watching crocodiles and hippos, and later enjoying a sundowner drink.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner       

DAY 6: ON SAFARI IN SELOUS

Why not begin the day with a walk led by a guide and accompanied by an armed ranger? Immerse yourself in nature as you learn about the intricacies of the ecosystem, it’s eye-opening and fascinating. This afternoon take a final game drive in the reserve for a chance to see the varied wildlife, heading back to camp as light begins to fade. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7: FLY TO DAR AND TRANSFER TO RAS KUTANI

There should be time for an early boat ride or game drive before you drive to the airstrip for the flight to Dar es Salaam, and from here you’re driven south for 90 minutes to Ras Kutani. This lovely lodge looks out over the Indian Ocean and is the ideal place to unwind after your busy days on safari. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8: ON THE COAST

Wake to the sound of the ocean breeze outside your cottage and stroll out onto your veranda to take in the sea views. You may want to do little more today than enjoy the tranquillity, laze on a sunlounger, swim in the pool, go for a walk along the deserted beach and treat yourself to the freshest seafood. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 9: ON THE COAST

There’s plenty to do should you wish: go kayaking in the freshwater lagoon, don snorkelling gear to explore a local shipwreck, go for a walk in the forest behind Ras Kutani where birds, butterflies and no fewer than 4 species of monkey can be seen, visit the local village or enjoy a massage at the spa. Round the day off with dinner on the beach. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10: TRANSFER TO DAR ES SALAAM AND DEPART

Enjoy your final morning by the ocean before travelling back to Dar es Salaam to connect to your onward or homeward flight. Breakfast

2018 guide price from (pp sharing, based on 2 travellers, excl international flights):
15 Dec 2017- 7 Jan 2018; July-October:  £5,470
8 Jan-15 Mar, June, November-14 December:  £4,595

NOTE:  These prices include 1 free night at Jongomero Camp and a long-stay discount for staying at camps belonging to the same company. 

Includes: 3 nights at Jongomero Camp, 3 nights at Siwandu and 3 nights accommodation at Ras Kutani all on a twin share basis, full board from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on the last day, all transfers as per the itinerary in a private vehicle, flights from Dar to Ruaha, Ruaha to Selous and Selous to Dar, twice daily safari activities in Ruaha and Selous, kayaking, snorkelling and forest walks at Ras Kutani, flying doctors cover.

Excludes: International flights and taxes, domestic departure tax, visas, travel insurance, drinks, personal expenditure, tips.

Tanzania Specialists

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