TANZANIA SOUTHERN SAFARIS

Flying Safaris Tanzania (12 Nights /13 Days) – WTST 51
Guaranteed Departures Minimum order: 2 People

DAYS: 1/2 - DAR ES SALAAM / SAADANI GAME RESERVE 
After breakfast you will be met by your guide and depart from Dar es Salaam to the Saadani Game Reserve, the only coastal wildlife sanctuary in East Africa. This game reserve, which lies just in front of the Island of Zanzibar, offers the rare opportunity of observing the interaction between Africa’s big game and birdlife with the Indian Ocean. It is not unusual to see elephants and antelopes on the beach, mongooses digging for crabs or fish eagles in action - not to mention the marine life like bottle-nosed dolphins or the whales that cross the Zanzibar channel in October and November. Madete beach at the northern end of the reserve is also an interesting place where green turtles find their nesting ground. 
Out of the big five, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo are present, as well as the Roosevelt sable antelope a singular coastal species. The southern limit of Saadani is marked by the Wami river which can be navigated in search of hippos, crocodiles or the agile black and white colobus monkeys jumping from branch to branch.

Your accommodations will be at Saadani Safari Lodge. This beach lodge consists of ten beautifully appointed canvas bandas with wonderful beach front locations. Each banda is fully en-suite, offers 24 hour solar lighting and hot water showers. At the center of the lodge is a rustic but stylish restaurant and bar complex and behind the bandas, only 100 yards from the beach, is a tree-house and waterhole which attracts regular warthogs, waterbuck, bushbuck, buffaloes and giraffe as well as a wonderful array of birdlife. 
Overnight - Saadani Safari Lodge (all meals & activities) 
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY S: 3/4 - MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK 
Depart early in the morning by road to Mikumi National Park, arriving in time for lunch at Mikumi Safari Camp. This park covers an area of 1,250 square miles (3,230 kms2,) and is part of a huge ecosystem comprising the Selous Game Reserve. Situated in the Mkata flood plain, between the Uluguru and Rubeho Mountains, Mikumi is the Kiswahili name for the Borassus Palm which once was very common in the area. Stanley crossed this flood plain in 1872 on his return after finding Livingstone in Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika. 
Mikumi has many different ecosystems dominated by grasslands in the flood plain of the Mkata river which later give way to “miombo” woodland, dry forest dominated by “Brachystegia” trees. Every ecosystem has varying species like the Greater Kudu and Sable Antelope with the miombo. Other abundant species include elephant, buffalo, eland and Liechtenstein’s Hartebeest together with predators like lion, leopard, spotted hyena and the highly endangered African wild dog - easier to spot at Mikumi than in other National Parks and Game Reserves of Tanzania. 
Accommodation is at Vuma Hills Tented Camp, set in a peaceful location in the hills with a view of the Mkata plains and surrounding mountains. It has 16 spacious, comfortable tents, each with a hot shower and flush toilet in their en-suite bathrooms, with large verandas overlooking the open grasslands. The open air bar is perfect for a sunset drink and there is a small swimming pool here. Overnight - Vuma Hill Tented Camp (all meals & activities) 
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAYS: 5/6 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK 
Today you drive across Mbuyuni or Baobab Valley to reach the town of Iringa in the Southern highlands. Later in the day you will descend into the valley of the Great Ruaha River and into Ruaha National Park, where you will spend the next two days on foot and in your 4x4, exploring the different ecosystems of the Park. Ruaha National Park is the wild and untouched Africa as described by the early explorers. 
Ruaha is crossed by the dry sand rivers and the Great Ruaha River fringed tall tamarinds, acacia and wild fig trees. Huge baobab trees are found almost everywhere in the park giving an interesting feature to this vast wilderness. The park shelters large herds of elephants , sable and roan antelope, together with both species of kudu. Lion, leopard , cheetah and spotted hyena are also found and there are several packs of the rare wild dogs in the reserve. Along with the mammals there are more 370 species of birds that inhabit Ruaha. Sought after sightings of the Pell’s fishing, Dickinson’s kestrel, violet crested Turaco, pale-billed hornbill and the racquet-tailed roller can be worth a visit to the park for bird enthusiasts.

Your two nights here will be spent at the wonderful Ruaha River Lodge - where you can comfortably flop down, put your feet up and watch the hippos splashing in the river in front of you. The lodge stands on the banks of the Ruaha River, with small rapids running over boulders, often with hippos and large crocodiles waiting nearby in calmer pools. 
The spacious lodge bungalows are made of stone and thatch and each one has a veranda, simple furniture and en-suite bathrooms containing a flush toilet, washbasin, a shower with copious hot water and the odd frog or two. Enjoy drinks around the campfire each evening and wholesome, plentiful dinners in the elevated dinning room. Overnight - Ruaha River Lodge ( all meals & activities)
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAYS: 7/8 - UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK 
After breakfast, you’ll return to Iringa taking the same road that brought you to Ruaha, to reach Mikumi village early in the afternoon. From Iringa you’ll head towards Kilombero and Ifakara to reach the village of Mangula at the foot of the Udzungwa Mountains.

The Udzungwa Mountains National Park was created to protect the only place in East Africa where the land remains unbroken – the forest begins in the lowland (at 250 m altitude) and continues untouched to over 6,500 feet above sea level to Montana forest. This forest is similar to the rain forests of Central Africa, is rich in endemic species that are not found anywhere else in the world. The Udzungwa offer spectacular mountain scenery with rainforests, rocky areas, rivers and waterfalls. Rising up from the plains are the green Udzungwa Mountains.

Due to the taboos of traditional beliefs, the mountains have been untouched for millennia - ensuring that the endemic species which has have evolved here still thrive. These include the Sanje crested mangabey and the fabulous Iringa red colobus which are often seen, and also the two endemic galagos, which are harder to spot. You’ll also find black and white colobus, vervet monkeys and yellow baboons, and a whole host of birds and other smaller animals.

The second day of your stay here, you will spend the whole day trekking the Park with a National Parks guide, setting off early in the morning.. The trails vary in length from a few hours to several days and can be steep in parts - but are always taken at your own pace. Overnight - Twiga Resort (all meals & activities) 
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAYS: 9/10/11 - SELOUS GAME RESERVE 
After an early breakfast you will depart for the village of Kisaki, crossing an incredible landscape and in the early afternoon you will reach the border of the Selous Game Reserve. 
The Selous is the largest protected wilderness on the continent. The north part of the Reserve offers a perfect blend of all the variety of ecosystems found in this vast area: swamps and wetlands, open grasslands, extensive acacia and miombo woodlands, riverine forests and the Rufiji River basin with his multiple channels and nearby lakes fringed by “Borassus” palms.

The reserve and the surrounding areas host a population of more than 60.000 elephants and many other mammals like buffaloes, hippos and antelopes. Crocodiles and countless species of birds live along the Rufiji River and predators like lion and leopard live within the Selous. One of the main attractions her is the African wild dog, which usually can only survive far from human settlements and domesticated dogs, which tend to transmit disease to their wild cousins. 
Over the next three days you will explore this vast wilderness on game drives, by boat and on walking safaris, while staying at the wonderful e Sable Mountain Lodge. Spread over two hillsides in the Beho Beho Mountains and surrounded by forest, Sable Mountain is a beautiful and intimate lodge, deep in the bush. There are just eight stone cottages that have ceiling paintings made by some of Tanzania's finest artists. The cottages also have 24 hour solar powered lighting, spacious bathrooms and tremendous views of the Uluguru Mountains. Along with a bar and dining room, there is a tree-house offering a remarkable vantage point to view the lighted waterhole which gets busy in the dry season. There is also a swimming pool to cool off in. Mornings start with coffee or tea delivered with a wake up call and in the evening usually ends with drinks and tall tales around the camp fire. Overnight - Sable Mountain Lodge (all meals & activities)
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY: 12 - SELOUS / DAR ES SALAAM / END OF SAFARI 
Today after an early breakfast you depart by road back to Dar es Salaam – reaching Dar late in the afternoon. You also have the option of flying to Dar es Salaam or taking the railway from Lusaka to Dar es Salaam that travels through the Selous several days a week.
Meal Plan: {B, L}   

The Costs include:
* Park entrance fees in the game reserves and National Parks
* Full board Accommodation while on safari
* Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
* Experienced English Speaking driver-guide
* All road transportation and Game drives using custom made Safari minivans with pop-up roof for enhanced photography
* All meals as specified in the itinerary

The Costs exclude:-
• Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary
* All items of a personal nature such as tobacco; laundry; phone calls, etc
* Tips and drinks/beverages.
* Any Other Items not mentioned above
* Medical/Travel Insurance


Luxury Tanzania ( 07 Nights / 08 Days - Camping Safari) – WTST 52
Guaranteed Departures Minimum order: 2 People 

DAY 01:
Dar es Salaam - Selous
Transfer by - a private overland 4 x 4 vehicle from Dar-es-Salaam to Selous - with freshly prepared lunches served en route. The Safari transfer will give you the opportunity to enjoy the passing countryside and start game viewing from the train. Lunch time, arrival in Selous with transfer to Sable Mountain Lodge, where you will check into one of their Stone Cottages (full board). Afternoon - choice of walking safari or game drive.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 02: Selous
All day safari or two half-day excursions in Selous. Overnight stay in Sable Mountain Lodge (full board).
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 03: Selous - Mikumi
In morning, opportunity for an early morning predator hunt or walking safari. Early lunch time, transfer to train station for the second leg of your journey - Mikumi. Late afternoon, arrival in Mikumi and transfer to either Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Foxes Safari Camp (full board) in time for a shower and your evening meal.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 04: Mikumi
All day safari or two half-day excursions in Mikumi. Overnight stay in either Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Foxes Safari Camp (full board).

DAY 05: Mikumi - Ruaha
Early morning, start the drive from Mikumi to Ruaha National Park - an amazing experience in its own right. Early afternoon arrival at Ruaha River Lodge (full board) in time to grab some lunch. Afternoon excursion into Ruaha.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 06: Ruaha
All day safari or two half-day excursions in Ruaha National Park. Overnight stay in Ruaha River Lodge (full board).
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 07: Ruaha - Mikumi
In morning, opportunity for a half-day excursion in Ruaha. After lunch, start the drive back from Ruaha to Mikumi (arrival early evening). Overnight stay at either Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Foxes Safari Camp (full board).
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 08: Mikumi - Dar es Salaam
Transfer back from Mikumi National Park to Dar es salaam. Lunch will be served en route with some game viewing on the way. Late afternoon, arrival in Dar's TAZARA station.
Meal Plan: {B}    

INCLUDED IN PRICE: 
• Pick-up/drop-off from project site 
• domestic, in-park transportation in a modified 4-wheel drive vehicle including a releasable roof hatch for documenting the experience 
• services of a professional safari guide 
• all meals on Safari 
• all wildlife reserve entry fees and camping fees 
• all accommodations as per itinerary 

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips (for safari guide and/or camp staff) 
• Other items of personal consumption (i.e. alcohol, bottled water, etc.)



Basic Tanzania ( 10 Nights / 11 Days - Camping Safari) – WTST 53
Guaranteed Departures Minimum order: 2 People

DAY 01: Dar es Salaam - Selous
After breakfast, participants will be picked-up from their respective project and voyage from Dar es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve (approximate: 6 hour drive) with a packed lunch en route. The day concludes with dinner an overnight stay in a camp.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}   

DAY 02: Selous
This entire day will be spent exploring the vast Selous Game Reserve via a boat-guided tour.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 03: Selous
The tour of the Selous Game Reserve continues with a full day’s game drive and walking safaris with opportunities to see a wide-spectrum of animals, such as: zebra, lion, leopard, crocodiles, wildebeest, hippopotamus, as well as over 300 species of various birds.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 04: Selous
The tour of Selous Game Reserve continues with a ranger-guided walking safari as well as an evening safari before returning to the camp for the evening.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 05: Selous - Mikumi
After breakfast, participants will journey from Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park – the 3rd largest park in Tanzania; stretching over an area of 3000 square kilometers. Here, safari-goers can visit the Mkata River’s floodplains which re often frequented by elephants, lions and even giraffes. With the Uluguru Mountains cornering the park these soggy grasslands serve as the home to a variety of wildlife. The day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay in either a lodge, campsite or hotel.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 06: Mikumi - Udzungwa
After breakfast, participants will take an early morning trip to Udzungwa National Park – Tanzania’s newest national park – for a full day of hiking among the beautiful flora and fauna in this forested region. The day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay in either a lodge or hotel.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 06: Udzungwa - Ruaha
After breakfast, the group will travel approximately five (5) hours from Udzungwa National Park to Ruaha National Park – the second largest park in Tanzania; stretching over 12,000 square kilometers. The day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay in a lodge.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 07: Ruaha
This entire day is spent participating in various safaris exploring the Ruaha National Park. Boasting the second largest elephant population in Tanzania, the Ruaha River – contained within this particular park – often serves as an oasis for a multitude of animals during the area’s dry season (June to November).
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 08: Ruaha
This entire day will be spent continuing the exploration of Ruaha National Park.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 09: Ruaha
This entire day will be spent continuing the exploration of Ruaha National Park.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 10:Ruaha - Mikumi
After breakfast, the group will journey from Ruaha to Mikumi National Park where they will participate in an afternoon safari. The day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay at either a hotel, campsite or lodge.
Meal Plan: {B, L, D}    

DAY 11: Mikumi - Dar es Salaama
After breakfast, the group will take part in a midday safari before journeying back to Dar es Salaam before their final departure from Tanzania.
Meal Plan: {B}    

END OF SAFARI
All of the above accommodations in Selous ,Ruaha, Mikumi National Park are all covered except have already except Udzungwa National Park as follows below:
Dates: To be determined by country coordinator (Mostly likely at the end or middle of the volunteer program) 

INCLUDED IN PRICE: 
• Pick-up/drop-off from project site 
• domestic, in-park transportation in a modified 4-wheel drive vehicle including a releasable roof hatch for documenting the experience 
• services of a professional safari guide 
• all meals on Safari 
• all wildlife reserve entry fees and camping fees 
• all accommodations as per itinerary 

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips (for safari guide and/or camp staff) 
• Other items of personal consumption (i.e. alcohol, bottled water, etc.)

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