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Holiday and Safari Itinerary for Tanzania

Tanzania Safari Ideas

Northern Tanzania Safari Itineraries

This 8 day safari itinerary is a great first time trip to witness the Serengeti Migration in comfort. It is a well-paced safari with no long transit days staying in Serena or Sopa Lodges throughout.

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart from London Heathrow on an airline of your choice. Fly overnight to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania.

Day 2: Arrive Tanzania – drive to Lake Manyara

This morning your safari adventure will begin. When you arrive a driver/guide will be waiting. You will drive through the bustling town of Arusha continuing on through the Maasai Steppe past a number of picturesque African villages. Your journey will take youNorth West from the town of Makuyuni, towards the escarpment of theGreat Rift Valley.

Enter Lake Manyara-The park is often just seen as a stopping off point on the popular ‘northern circuit’ of Tanzania, yet this small and interesting park definitely warrants a visit in its own right. Return to your lodge in the evening at the end of a fantastic first safari day.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge stands high on the bluff overlooking the frosted expanse of gleaming alkaline waters of Lake Manyara and the plains below the rift escarpment. The infinity swimming pool and pool bar and restaurant have a spectacular view of the surrounding area.

Day 3: Drive to Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast at Manyara, you will enjoy a drive through some of the most stunning scenery in Tanzania. The journey will take you up into the forests of Ngorongoro Crater and on to the rim of the Crater itself, where the views will take your breath away. Olduvai Gorgeis the perfect place to stop and break your journey, stretch your legs and enjoy the surroundings.

The Gorge acquired its name from the Sansevieria bush that grows profusely in the area, named Olduvai by the Maasai. The Gorge is about 50km long and in some places around 90m deep and is found between the Crater and the Serengeti. It was first discovered by a German entomologist named Professor Kattwinkel, who instigated an expedition just before the First World War.

Later, the exploration was continued by Dr Louis Leakey and his wife, who in 1959 found humanoid remains of Zinjanthropus, later renamed Australapithicus boisei, an early form of man. You will have time to walk through the simple small museum at the gorge, where you can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as pictures of what life was like for the gorge’s earliest inhabitants.

Continue on into the Serengeti for lunch at your lodge before spending the afternoon exploring the park. The Serengeti Sopa Lodge looks out from a lofty position over the seemingly endless Serengeti plains, and is the only lodge to be located in the Nyaboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park.

Year round water and the acacia woodland in this area create an ideal environment for the wide variety of wildlife seen in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. Guests are accommodated in 79 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third, an en-suite bathroom with shaver sockets and a hair dryer and a private veranda which offers stunning views over the plains. The elevation at 1,615 metres and surrounding hills provide cooling breezes.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Today you will have the chance to enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. In the heart of the national park, just to the north of the short-grass plain is the Seronera area. It is here that Myles Turner, the first National Park Warden of the Serengeti, made his home in the 50’s. It is also home to the Frankfurt Zoological Society and a number of other NGO’s. Seronera’s resident game is phenomenal, with high densities of relaxed leopards, cheetah and lion. These cats live off the resident herbivores, as well as the migrating game.

Day 5: Ngorongoro

Spend the whole morning enjoying Serengeti National Park followed by lunch at the lodge after which you will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater area. You will pass back through Olduvai Gorge and up onto the Crater Rim. Remember this journey will all be through protected areas so keep your eyes open and there should be plenty to see en route.

The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is the only lodge on the eastern rim of the crater. It has a commanding view into the crater below and enjoys spectacular sunsets. It is also the only lodge in the area to use the eastern entry point into the crater itself, so within 20 minutes of leaving the lodge you can be game-viewing on the crater floor.

There are 100 rooms each with en-suite facilities and vast floor to ceiling windows to ensure maximum crater views. The restaurant has a towering thatched roof, there is a well-equipped bar and, of course, a beautiful swimming pool.

Day 6: Ngorongoro – Crater Tour

This morning you will experience what is often described as the highlight of a northern safari! After breakfast you will set off for the Ngorongoro Crater, descending 2,000 feet onto the crater floor.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience! You will return to your lodge in the afternoon where you will be able to relax and enjoy the changing view with the setting of the African sun.

Day 7: Tarangire

Depart Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. You will travel back through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, you will be in the midst of the National Park so keep a look out for any animals you have not seen yet. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent enjoying a game drive.

TarangireNational Park, dominated by the TarangireRiver, is a grossly under-rated park and one of the best-kept secrets in Africa. Perhaps this is because it does not fit so conveniently into a week’s safari, or because it lies just off the ‘northern circuit’. Whatever the reason, it means that Tarangire is a superb wildlife destination for the enthusiast, particularly welcoming when added on after the busy ‘northern circuit’ of Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

The river attracts enormous herds of elephants and the landscape is a rich and varied mix of Baobab Trees, Acacia bush, plains swamps and rocky outcrops or kopjes. The wildlife here is superb and the area actually experiences its own migration – although smaller in scale than the one further north. Elephants are virtually guaranteed here, and lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, jackal and occasionally wild dog hunt the vast herds of Cape buffalo as well as Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe and warthog. The area is excellent for birds of prey and provides superb habitats for hundreds of other species. The park is within half a day’s drive of Arusha and Lake Manyara so it is an easy add-on to any northern circuit safari.

Arrive at Tarangire Sopa Lodge where accommodation has been reserved for you for tonight. The lodge is located on the eastern side of the River, twenty miles inside the Tarangire National Park. Opened in 1995, the hotel can accommodate 160 guests. The rooms are carpeted with mini bar, private lounge, en-suite bathroom and a private veranda. The main areas are huge and have a balcony which goes round the entire hotel. Below the hotel is large patio area for BBQ and a rather ornate swimming pool.

Day 8: Return home or extend your trip to include Zanzibar or one of the other superb island destinations.

This itinerary is just a taste of what we can offer.
It is perfectly possible to extend this itinerary to include time at a wonderful beach location Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia.

Indicative Cost for this itinerary per person £2,700.00

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension.

This wonderful eight day safari itinerary allows you to visit three of the most famous parks of the northern safari circuit, including Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park; staying at first-rate luxury camps throughout your safari.

An ideal itinerary if you are looking to spoil yourselves and lap up a beautiful location with excellent accommodation and service.

Best time for this trip would be May to July– when the migration is in the western corridor.
After your safari, if you want to relax on the beach, a trip to Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia Archipelago can easily be included to your itinerary.

Day 1 – Depart UK fly overnight

Depart from London Heathrow on your chosen flight. Your flight will be overnight.

Day 2 – Tarangire National Park – Tarangire Treetops Lodge

This morning your safari adventure will begin. When you arrive your guide will be waiting to greet you. After a chance to chat you will be on your way and headed for the first National park of your visit. You will drive through the Masai Steppe past a number of picturesque African villages. You will see maize, coffee and banana plantations as you travel through this landscape. Your journey will take you through the town ofMakuyuni, after here you turn south from the main Arusha -Dodomaroad and into the park. From here to the lodge, you will be in the midst of the National Park so keep a look out for any animals you have not seen yet. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent enjoying a game drive.

Tarangire Treetops Lodge is a luxury lodge situated on the eastern border of TarangireNational Park, just outside in the concession area. The rooms are unique ‘tree house’ style built on stilts around the baobab and marula trees. There are even some trapdoors in some of the rooms so be careful what you drink or you may have some trouble negotiating the steps!

The rooms are large and airy with white linen, writing desks, comfortable beds and private balconies with superb views across the baobab bush. All are en suite with large shower areas and big towels! The reception area and dining room are set around the swimming pool and there is a lounge and small library where guest gather for pre and post dinner drinks.

Game drives are superb in this area, especially during the dry months of June to October. Tarangire is a great place for elephants and there is a rather cantankerous bull that visits this area who loves his photograph taken!

Day 3 – Tarangire National Park – Tarangire Treetops Lodge

Spend the whole day exploring you surroundings at your discretion.Tarangire National Park, dominated by the TarangireRiver, is a grossly under-rated park and one of the best-kept secrets in Africa. The river attracts enormous herds of elephants and the landscape is a rich and varied mix of Baobab Trees, Acacia bush, plains swamps and rocky outcrops or kopjes.

The wildlife here is superb and the area actually experiences its own migration – although smaller in scale than the one further north. Elephants are virtually guaranteed here, and lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, jackal and occasionally wild dog hunt the vast herds of Cape buffalo as well as Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe and warthog. The area is excellent for birds of prey and provides superb habitats for hundreds of other species.

Day 4 – Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

On arrival, following customs and immigration procedures, one of our smiling guides will be at the airport to meet you. He will load your luggage into the safari van and you will set off on your safari adventure!

You will now drive towards Lake Manyara National Park. Hemingway Manyara is a sanctuary to hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra, the elusive Cape buffalo Lake Manyara itself is a magnet for bird life and a kaleidoscope of different species can be found around its shores.

Continue onto Manyara Tree Lodge where accommodation has been reserved for you for two nights.

Day 5 – Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is situated in the heart of a mahogany forest, about45 kilometres from the main gate and is the only Lodge situated within the park itself. Although tucked away in the forest, it is within easy reach of the soda lake, being situated just a kilometre from the shoreline.

The 8 large tented rooms, each with 2 queen size beds, are built on a wooden platform and have large netted windows and a veranda. The bathroom is off set from the main room and each has an outside shower. The furnishings of the rooms are light and airy, lending each room a classically elegant feeling. All rooms have mosquito nets and ceiling fans.

The main guest areas are also built around the existing trees with the upstairs lounge area containing pieces of art and photographic prints. There is also an interactive kitchen where you can follow the progress of your chosen dish. You can even choose where to take your meal, in the outside dining area which is lit by hurricane lamps at night, on the dining deck or even on your own private veranda. The Lodge has been designed to exert a minimal impact on the surrounding environment which adds to the feeling of being ‘at one’ with nature.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is ideally situated to explore the delights of this fascinating area. Game drives to view the famous ‘Big Five’ are of course available but why not take an interpretive bush walk, try a birding safari or plan a lakeshore picnic and sundowner?

Day 6 – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – The Manor

Spend the morning enjoying the game in Lake Manyara National Parkafter which you will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. You will pass back through Olduvai Gorge and up onto the Crater Rim. Remember this journey will all be through protected area so keep your eyes open and there should be plenty to see on route.

Situated just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, this high quality lodge is a great place to stay whilst exploring the world famous Crater. It is a sister property to Migration Camp and Tarangire Treetops.

Built in the style of a Dutch farmhouse, the main area houses the lounge, dining and reception areas whilst the 20 rooms are set throughout the gardens in small cottages.

The Manor is a mix of traditional architectural and colonial style. Each of the bedrooms overlook the scenery of the escarpment and have a private courtyard and a deck to enjoy. Each cottage contains 2 rooms, each of which are decorated with dark wood furniture and a fire place for the colder nights of the year. The ensuite facilities have claw foot baths, rain showers and twin sinks.

The lounge area also has dark wood furniture, leather sofas and warm rugs. Guests have a choice of two places to dine; you can eat in either the dining area or the terrace. Guests can also make use of the library, billiard room or the cinema during their stay. Horse and cycle riding into the coffee plantation can also be arranged for you.

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater – The Manor

This morning after breakfast you will set off for the Ngorongoro Crater, a drive of about 30 minutes, before descending2,000 feet into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience! You will return to your lodge in the afternoon where you will be able to relax and enjoy the changing view with the setting of the African sun

Day 8 – Serengeti National Park – Soroi Lodge

Following breakfast at your lodge, you will enjoy a drive through some of the most stunning scenery in Tanzania. The journey will take you up into the forests of Ngorongoro Crater and on to the rim of the Crater itself, where the views will take your breath away. Olduvai Gorgeis the perfect place to stop and break your journey, stretch your legs and enjoy the surroundings.

You will have time to walk through the simple small museum at the gorge, where you can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as pictures of what life was like for the gorge’s earliest inhabitants.

Continue on into the Serengeti for lunch at your lodge before spending the afternoon exploring the park. Set on a hill overlooking the Musabi Plains in the western corridor, Soroi Lodge is built amongst rocks and is unique in its design. It offers its guests fascinating views out over the Serengeti Plains.

The tented chalets are built on wooden stilts amongst the surrounding hills; this design allows amazing views over the Musabi Plains from every angle of the room. There are 25 luxury tented chalets, 5 of which are suites. The tents each have contemporary African design to their interiors and the en suite bathrooms have a stand alone bath tub and an outside shower,300 feet above the Serengeti Plains. There is also a private balcony of which to relax, watch the migration which passes by twice a year or simply enjoy a sundowner.

The dining and lounge areas are also set 300 feet above the Serengeti Plains so you can look out across the panoramic views whilst enjoying your meals. The main lounge faces the Musabi Plains and there are plenty of quiet places to sit and read a book. The infinity pool with waterfall is a great place to cool off after a day’s game drive. There are also Spa treatments available at the Lodge. The lodge benefits from 24 hour electricity, wireless internet in reception, and a daily laundry service. There is also a small curio shop.

Day 9 – Serengeti National Park – Soroi Lodge

Today you will have the chance to enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. In the heart of the national park, just to the north of the short-grass plain is the Seronera area, is where Myles Turner, the first National Park Warden of the Serengeti, made his home in the 50’s. It is also home to the Frankfurt Zoological Society and a number of other NGO’s.

Seronera’s resident game is phenomenal, with high densities of relaxed leopards, cheetah and lion. These live off the resident herbivores, as well as the migrating game.

Day 10 – Depart for Zanzibar or an island destination of your choice

Indicative price for this itinerary per person subject to availability
Safari Cost from: £3,500.00 per person
International flight Cost from: £700.00 per person

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension.

This 18 day trip is a great combination of exhilarating safari adventure and relaxing beach holiday visiting Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Zanzibar and Saadani.

Day 1: Depart London Heathrow

Depart from London Heathrow on an airline of your choice. Fly overnight to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania.

Day 2: Arrive in Tanzania

On your arrival a smiling driver/guides will be there to meet you. He will take you to River Trees Lodge in Arusha, located forty minutes from Kilimanjaro airport. Here you will have time to relax after your long journey.

River Trees is located in the foothills of Mount Meru, and has views of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a peaceful country estate which combines African country elegance, delicious farm cuisine and friendly and helpful service.

Fresh country meals are served in the restaurant, the gardens, the pub, near the river or in the beautifully restored farmhouse.

There are eighteen Garden Rooms located under a blanket of trees, with views out over the large gardens. Each room is unique in its decor, filled with quality antique furniture and intricate floor coverings. Amenities include self contained bathrooms with shower or bathtub, mosquito netting, hot water, bottled water, complimentary wifi in public areas, a laptop available for guest use, laundry services, and private dining upon request.

Day 3: Safari drive to Lake Manyara and onwards to Gibbs Farm

Today your driver/guide will arrive at River Trees Lodge to collect you and your safari adventure will begin!

He will drive you through the bustling town of Arusha, if you would like to exchange some money or pick up some bits and pieces or favourite snacks, you can easily stop at one of the many shops in town.

Continue with your journey out of town towards the Maasai steppe, where the rift escarpment will come into view. Continue onwards to the entrance gate of Lake Manyara National Park.

Enter Lake Manyara for a game drive. Lake Manyara is a birders paradise, offering over 400 species including red-billed quelia, pelicans and cormorants.

This small and interesting park definitely warrants a visit in its own right. It is a magical refuge for wildlife sandwiched between the great rift escarpment and the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Manyara is also a very important corridor for animals in the long dry season.

Enjoy your game drive in Manyara before continuing through the fertile highlands to the Ngorongoro Highlands and Gibbs Farm.

Here you will be welcomed by Tracy, Joseph and the rest of the Gibbs Team for your two-night stay.

Gibbs Farm offers stunning cottage accommodation in a historic setting. Gibbs is a working coffee farm, one of the oldest in the region. The farmhouse has seen a big change since the property was built in 1929, but it has been tastefully done and retains a lot of the old farmhouse character.

It is like stepping back in time, the gardens and atmosphere at Gibbs is one of the most relaxed and welcoming you could hope for.

Each cottage has a themed name, which reflects a different aspect of Gibbs Farm. These themes are shown in the paintings and other art on the walls of each cottage.

The cottages are large and spacious with large queen size beds, huge bathrooms complete with indoor and outdoor heated showers. There is also a large bath in which you can soak away the rigours of the day overlooking your private garden area.

The coffee farm and the 10-acre organic fruit and vegetable farm produce 90% of the products used in the kitchens at Gibbs Farm. Meals are artistically created by Lisa the head chef. Lisa takes great pride in Gibbs home-grown food.

A cosy living room and reading area with a fireplace to keep you warm on colder days is a great place to relax and unwind.

On warmer days, the veranda leads down to the terraced gardens offering views of the valley. There is always someone on hand to take you for a tour around the farm and walks and hikes can be arranged further afield.

Breathe in the sense of well being and nature at Gibbs.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Tour

This morning you will experience what is often described as the highlight of a northern safari! Drive through the lush forests of this protected area until you reach a clearing and an uninterrupted view over the Crater’s unmatched splendour. It is like looking at the ‘Lost World’ only into a crater instead of a plateau. Stopping for photos is a must. You will then descend 2,000 feet into the crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It is an awesome wildlife experience!

The crater is now the only place left in Tanzania where you can catch a glimpse of the black rhino. It is a unique haven for mammals. Sightings of leopard, lions and hyena are all possible not to mention large bull elephants that can be found wandering around the forested areas close to the walls of the crater.

Following your game drive in the crater, you will make your way back up the road to the crater rim and back to Gibbs Farm for a second evening.

Day 5: Drive to Serengeti Ubuntu Tented Camp

This morning, you will check out of Gibbs Farm and drive back up to the conservation gates and continue along the Western edge of the crater, stopping for one last photo. Continue down onto the Serengeti plains.

Tanzania’s first and undoubtedly most famous National Park, the Serengeti is home to a wealth of plains animals and predators.

These immense grasslands are interspersed with acacia forest, scrub and river courses and hold resident herds of animals.

You will have a picnic lunch with you so I suggest you take your time. A stop at the Oldupai Visitors Centre for a leg stretch and visit to the museum can also be arranged. The site curator gives visitors a brief history of the area which is where the skull of ‘Zinjanthropus’- early man – was unearthed. It is quite fascinating to see this if you are interested.

You will arrive at Ubuntu tented camp in time for sundowners. Ubuntu is a mobile tented camp and the ethos of the camp is to follow the wildebeest migration and intercept its movements. The camp offers you an authentic experience with some added luxury and comfort; we think it is a great balance.

The communal areas have an open feel and look out over the plains where you can enjoy a drink whilst relaxing in the lounge and bar. The dining room is also made from canvas and allows a typical bush experience.

There are 6 canvas tents, each with a spacious bedroom area and ensuite facilities. The bathrooms have a flush toilet and a canvas shower bag that the staff fill up with hot water when you need.

Days 6 & 7: Serengeti and Ubuntu Tented Camp

You will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with your guide.

In this immense remote wilderness, almost double the size of the Masai Mara, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific game viewing with practically no crowds.

Equal in size to Northern Ireland, the Park contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature’s greatest wonders.

Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high, with prides of lion up to 30 strong, but nothing compared to when the migration starts arriving from December onwards. The area then turns into a wildlife paradise par excellence.

Several large herds remain behind and weather changes could easily bring the vast herds flooding back into the area from the Mara. Migration and predator action lasts up to the end of March, assuring this area’s reputation as one of the finest wildlife areas in Africa.

Day 8: Fly to Zanzibar – Matemwe Lodge

Today you will depart the Serengeti; your guide will drive you to the Seronera Airstrip where you will board the 12 seater Cessna to Zanzibar.
On arrival at Zanzibar Airport, a driver will be there to meet you. He will transfer you to Matemwe Beach Lodge.

Matemwe Beach Lodge is located on the north east coast of Zanzibar, close to Matemwe village.

The property has twelve thatched cottages and four deluxe bungalows. Each room is large and has plenty of space with an ensuite bathroom, with bath.

A private shaded veranda and hammock can be found outside each room. All the rooms face the Indian Ocean.

There are two pools at Matemwe Bungalows. One is an infinity pool on the edge of the coral outcrop, with stunning view towards Mnemba. From this top pool the water cascades (well nearly) into the pool below.

Days 9 – 14: Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar

You will spend a further six nights at Matemwe, making a total of seven.

Food is excellent at Matemwe with plenty of fresh salads, fruit and seafood. The staff are attentive and helpful.

Well tended tropical shrubs and plants line the pathways to the bar, swimming pools and dining area. There is a great big outdoor chess set which paves the way to a stretch of beach used by Matemwe guests. This part of the beach is gorgeous; it is used by the local villagers for fishing and seaweed collection, which adds to the local interest.

A number of activities can be arranged at Matemwe. There is snorkelling and diving at the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll, kite surfing, kayaking, guided reef walks, sailing and fishing. You can also go on an ‘escape to infinity’ sandbank excursion, a trip to the historic Stone Town, a spice tour, a Jozani Forest tour, a guided walk around Matemwe village or a sundowner dhow trip. Wellbeing and spa treatments are also available.

Day 15: Fly to Saadani – Saadani Safari Lodge

Today you will depart Matemwe, we will arrange a road transfer back to Zanzibar Airport and you will board the morning flight to Saadani.

On arrival at the small airstrip at Saadani a driver/guide will be there to meet you. Saadani Safari Lodge is located fifteen minutes from the airstrip.

Saadani Safari Lodge is the only property in this area. It is set on the shores of the Indian Ocean and is an idyllic retreat from which to explore this unique destination. A stay here enables you to combine the relaxation of a beach holiday with the wildlife viewing of a traditional safari lodge.

The accommodation is light and airy and each room opens onto the beach looking towards the ocean. The rooms have wooden frames and a grass roof. The veranda on the front of each room is enclosed by mosquito netting, making it ideal for relaxing during the day. The rooms are furnished with locally produced furniture in the Zanzibari style and each has ensuite facilities.

Days 16 & 17: Saadani Safari Lodge

You will spend a further two nights Saadani Safari Lodge.

The restaurant at Saadani specialises in fresh seafood and also offers a vegetarian menu whilst the bar is well stocked with wines and spirits. The Mkadi Coffee Lounge and library are pleasant places to while away some spare time. Both are only a short walk from the viewing deck at the lodge’s waterhole where you can view the local wildlife.

There are 2 swimming pools, one being a rock pool hidden in the gardens and the other an infinity pool on the beach. The beach is remote and so free from crowds.

For the more energetic, there are various activities to keep you amused at Saadani. You can choose from game drives and bush walking, boat trips on the Wami River with the chance of seeing pods of hippo, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby sand islands where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. You can also simply spend some time in the hide just beyond the lodge where you can sit and listen to the noises of the African bush as well as the sounds of the ocean – a bizarre but wonderful combination.

The lodge also has several community projects running in the local villages and walks can be arranged to see these.

Day 18: Fly to Dar es Salaam in time to connect with your international flight fly back to UK

Today you will be transferred to Saadani airstrip for your flight to fly to Dar es Salaam.

You will remain at the airport, and check in for your flight back to the UK.

Costs for this itinerary
£5,460.00 per person sharing a double/twin room

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance.

Southern Tanzania Safari Itineraries

This safari focuses on the best of the southern circuit, visiting Ruaha and Selous. The itinerary includes walking safaris, 4WD game drives in Ruaha and boat trips on the Rufiji River in Selous.

Day 1: Depart from London

Depart from London Heathrow on your chosen flight. Your flight can be overnight or if you prefer fly with KLM during the day – the choice is yours.

Day 2: Arrive Tanzania – Southern Sun Hotel Dar es Salaam

Arrive at Dar es Salaam International Airport. Following customs and immigration procedures proceed to the arrivals hall where a driver will be waiting for you. He will be holding a sign with your names clearly marked. The drive to the Southern Sun Hotel will take approximately ¾ hour. Check in and spend the day relaxing by the pool or if you feel more active, take a trip to near by Mbudiya Island.

Days 3 – 5: Ruaha National Park – Ruaha River Lodge

Your safari adventure begins. Following breakfast, you will check out of the Southern Sun. A representative from Fox’s of Africa will meet you at the hotel and drive you to Dar es Salaam Airport, this time to the domestic terminal, to await your charter flight to Ruaha.

This is a Cessna 206 five seater light aircraft or a caravan, which has twelve seats. Flying time is approximately 2 ½ hours. Please be mindful that there are no toilet facilities on board.

Arrive at Msembe Airstrip where you will be met by a driver and guide from Ruaha River Lodge. Drive to the lodge, arriving in time for lunch.

The accommodation at Ruaha River Lodge is located in a unique position in a bend of the river. You can watch the game from the comfort and safety of your veranda. Spend the next three nights in Ruaha, where you will have opportunities to explore the park with morning and afternoon game drives in specially adapted open game viewing vehicles accompanied by expert guides and driver.

Ruaha National Park isTanzania’s second largest park, and one of its wildest. Only the area around the Great Ruaha Riverhas been developed for tourism, and because of its remote location even this sees relatively few visitors, thus preserving a massive chunk of raw African wilderness in a totally unspoilt state. Activities centre on the river, which during the dry season is very low, with the remaining rock pools swarming with huge crocodiles and grunting hippos fighting for space.

Ruaha is a very special park. It is particularly noted for large numbers of greater kudu – probably more than anywhere else in Tanzanias well as lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope. You can visit Ruaha all year round, even in the rainy season the park is particularly stunning with huge numbers of migrating birds from both hemispheres. The southwest area of Tanzania where Ruaha is located has the lowest rainfall in Tanzania. June to November is driest with the focus of wildlife viewing around the river courses and permanent waterholes. Ruaha’s rugged bush is the real Africa; teeming with game and empty of tourists.
*Alternative accommodation in Ruaha to consider – Mdonya Old River Camp

Days 6 – 8: Selous Game Reserve – Rufiji River Camp

After breakfast depart from Ruaha and fly back to Selous Game Reserve. Arrive at Mtemere airstrip where a vehicle and guide from Rufiji River Camp will meet you and drive you to this delightful tented camp.
There are twenty tents with traditional makuti (grass) roof at Rufiji River Camp, all facing the river with spacious verandas and en suite facilities. The main guest areas has a restaurant, bar and library. There is also a small covered swimming pool. Morning and afternoon game drives can be enjoyed as well as river and walking safaris too.

Rufiji River Camp is well run and very relaxed you just need to notify the management team what you would like to do each day. If you were feeling particularly adventurous fly camping for one night can be arranged. Such an experience will definitely allow you to feel the magic of the African night.

The Selous is the largest wildlife sanctuary on the African continent covering a staggering 54,600 square kilometres of southern Tanzania. It consists of vast tracts of archetypal East African wilderness containing perhaps the greatest concentration of big game left on earth. Only in its northern extremity in the area of forest set around the mighty Rufiji River, has the Selous suffered the incursion of man, and it is still home to a bewildering array of birds and mammals.

This is the Africa experienced by many of its early explorers – raw and untouched. Your game-drives may take you to the lakes where, in the dry season, the herbivores gather to drink and the carnivores lie in wait. Walks accompanied by an armed guide offer the opportunity to see cape buffalo, elephant and perhaps a lion, and a boat safari provides you with the thrill of getting close to hippos and nile crocodiles. Although poaching affected the elephant population in the eighties, careful management and conservation schemes have brought their numbers back to a healthy level. There are also large numbers of wild dog, lion, leopard and many other species.
*Alternative accommodation in Selous to consider – Lake Manze Tented Camp

Days 9 – 13: Zanzibar

Check out of Rufiji River Camp and fly directly to the tropical island of Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met and transferred to a hotel of your choice for five nights (or more if you prefer) of R&R on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Day 14: Fly back to the UK

Transfer to Dar es Salaam International Airport to connect with your flight home after a stunning safari in Tanzania, a memory to savour.

Indicative price for this itinerary per person subject to availability

Costs for this itinerary
£2,580.00 per person sharing a double/twin room

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension.

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
Mdonya Old River Camp – A traditional, simple style of camp, Mdonya Old River Camp is situated in the heart of Ruaha National Park, in an acacia woodland. There are just 11 walk-in style tents, each of which are large, spacious and have ensuite facilities with a flushing toilet. Whilst there is no electricity in the tents, there are plenty of candles and a torch is available for use. Each tent has a veranda with deck chairs in which is relax and listen to the sounds of the wildlife.

The lounge area has a natural feel and is furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs. Outside it is the open campfire where guests can enjoy a drink after dinner. The dining area is set in a ‘mess’ tent style, with long tables which can be moved outside so that guests can dine under the stars.

The camp has a cleverly constructed hide set at each end of the camp where you can sit and watch the world go by. As the camp is set in a corridor route there is a high possibility of animals passing by at all times of the day.

The food at Mdonya has been heavily influenced by the various cultures in Tanzania. Breakfast consists of pancakes, fruit and cooked food whilst lunch is normally salads and pasta. Dinner is a casual affair, good and tasty simple food.

Lake ManzeTented Camp – Lake Manze Tented Camp is located on the banks of LakeManze itself, one of the richest game areas in the Selous. It can be reached by a one hour journey from the Siwandu airstrip, a pleasant journey during which you can see assorted birds and wildlife that make this area their home.

The 12 tents are all well spread out in the shade of the Doum palms, each with a good view of the lake. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot shower and is furnished with twin or double beds. They are spacious, with a comfortable veranda to watch the animals passing by.

As the camp is situated on the banks of the lake, guests get a chance to observe families of hippos, sunbathing crocodiles, plentiful elephants, feeding herons and much more.

Game safaris are carried out in 4×4 vehicles which take a maximum of four guests and the drives are not limited to a specific schedule but tailor made to clients’ wishes.

Boat safaris are carried out in the calm waters of the lake, which connects with the Rufiji when the river is high in the rainy seasons. An early morning walk with an armed ranger is also available and a rewarding experience to bring one closer to Selous’ beauty.

14 Day Southern Safari to include Ruaha, Selous and Zanzibar
This itinerary focuses on more luxurious tented camps also in Ruaha and Selous – this trip combines good value and excellent guiding

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK on board British Airways. Fly to Dar es Salaam overnight.

Day 2: Arrive Tanzania, Safari begins in Selous

Arrive at 0700 into Dar-es-Salaam airport where you will transfer to the Domestic terminal for your 1030 flight to Selous and the start of your magical safari.

On arrival at the airstrip in Selous you will be met by one of the camp vehicles. Your wildlife experience will start straight away on journey to camp. Once settled into your accommodation you will be able to clean up and relax after your long flight, if you are up to it you will be able to go on your first game excursion in the afternoon.

Selous Impala is a camp with a location so fantastic that there is little incentive to go elsewhere for safari action. Built on the banks of the Rufiji River this stylish yet relaxed tented camp offers the discerning traveller the finest setting for a memorable holiday.

The spacious tents set on wooden platforms are open at one side to focus on the ever-changing view across the mighty river. There are just 8 tents, making this one of the most quiet bush camps. Each tent has a veranda looking over the river and all are spaced well apart giving seclusion and privacy.

The dining room is raised for optimum views of Africa’s greatest show. Superb food and a well stocked bar all complement the experience. Bush breakfasts and fine picnics are popularly combined with boating and walking safaris, followed by a cool swim in the clear blue pool.

Day 3-5: Selous Game Reserve- Selous Impala Camp

Spend the next three nights exploring everything the Selous has to offer. As a Game Reserve Selous offers more versatility and you will be able to choose from game drives, walking safaris and boat trips.

Selous game reserve is named after Frederick Courtney Selous, the famous 19th century hunter and explorer whose books were bestsellers in Victorian England.

The Selous is the largest wildlife sanctuary on the African continent covering a staggering 54,600 square kilometres of southern Tanzania. It consists of vast tracts of archetypal east African wilderness containing perhaps the greatest concentration of big game left on earth. Only in its northern extremity in the area of forest set around the mighty Rufiji River, has the Selous suffered the incursion of man, and it is still home to a bewildering array of birds and mammals.

This is the Africa experienced by many of its early explorers – raw and untouched. Your game-drives may take you to the lakes where, in the dry season, the herbivores gather to drink and the carnivores lie in wait. Walks accompanied by an armed guide offer the opportunity to see Cape buffalo, elephant and perhaps a lion. A boat safari provides you with the thrill of getting close to hippos and Nile crocodiles.

Although poaching affected the elephant population in the eighties, careful management and conservation schemes have brought their numbers back to a healthy level. There are also large numbers of wild dog (one of the rarest carnivores in the world), lion, leopard and many other species.

Day 6: Depart Selous – Fly to Ruaha National Park

Following breakfast, check out of your wind your way back through the reserve to the airstrip where you will board the 1130 flight to Ruaha. This flight will take you across some of the most beautiful parts of southern Tanzania including the rugged Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

As before you will be met at the airstrip by one of your new camp vehicles and you will enjoy your first game drive through the park on the way to Kwihala. Settle into your new tent and your new surroundings before your afternoon game drive.

The camp is currently located in the north of the Ruaha National Park about 45 minutes drive from Msembe air strip near to the Mwagusi River. It has been sited on a hillside site away from the main park roads in deepest bush. It enjoys wonderful views and superb sunrises and sunsets.

The camp consists of six individual and privately located tents. The spacious tents (40 sq meters) are fully furnished with comfortable beds, integral bathrooms and flushing toilets. Each tent has a covered veranda area, is mosquito proofed and protected from the elements by a heavy duty ‘fly’ sheet.

The separate dining and relaxing areas create a homely feel, although canvas walls and open sides fill one with the romanticism of the classic ‘Out of Africa’ safari.

The camp has solar power, which provides electric lighting to the mess and to the individual tents during the hours of darkness, but they also use a lot of safari oil lamps. There is also a square pin plug socket (UK 3 pin type) in each tent supplying 240v power to charge batteries etc.

Day 7-9: Ruaha National Park – Kwihala Camp

Spend the next three nights exploring this rugged, rocky and wild part of Africa. Ruaha has everything to offer from slow simmering views over the vast sand rivers to the rocky kopjes of the hills.

Ruaha National Park has recently been extended to make it Tanzania’s largest park, and one of its wildest. Only the area around the Great Ruaha River has been developed for tourism, and because of its remote location even this sees relatively few visitors, thus preserving a massive chunk of raw African wilderness in a totally unspoilt state. Activities centre on the river, which during the dry season is very low, with the remaining rock pools swarming with huge crocodiles and grunting Hippos fighting for space.

The park protects a wide variety of habitats because it is an important transition zone where eastern and southern species of flora and fauna overlap and in all some 1,650 plant species and over 450 bird species have been recorded within the park itself. The birdlife is amazing here and includes: Ibises, herons, stilts, kingfishers and owls which are regularly sighted.

Ruaha is a very special park. It is particularly noted for large numbers of greater kudu – probably more than anywhere else in Tanzania as well as lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope. You can visit Ruaha all year round, even in the rainy season the park is particularly stunning with huge numbers of migrating birds from both hemispheres. The southwest area of Tanzania where Ruaha is located has the lowest rainfall in Tanzania. June to November is driest with the focus of wildlife viewing around the river courses and permanent waterholes.

Dinner and Overnight at Kwihala Tented Camp.

Day 10: Depart Ruaha – Fly to Zanzibar

Today you will say goodbye to the African bush. You will be transferred back to the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar at 1345. On arrival at the airport in Zanzibar you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will be able to spend the rest of your time relaxing and soaking up the sunshine.

Pongwe is situated on a comparatively secluded beach on the east coast. There are sixteen, white washed beach cottages. It is located on a beautiful beach sandwiched between two coral outcrops making it more private. This beach is scattered with hammocks and loungers for your comfort.

All rooms have en suite facilities, with hot and cold running water. The beds are comfortable and in the beautiful wooden traditional Zanzibari style, with large mosquito nets draped over each bed. The housekeeping staff add sweet touches each day with flowers and towels in different shapes. Pongwe provides straw beach bags to borrow and kangas and kikoi’s to wear during your stay.

Pongwe’s seating, bar and dining area is slightly set back from the beach and is housed under an enormous makuti (palm thatched) roof, there are board games and books dotted about to while away the time. Pongwe has a chilled relaxed atmosphere and one which I would highly recommend.

Days 11-13: Explore Zanzibar – Pongwe Beach Lodge

The island of Zanzibar evokes intrigue, with a long history and a rich cultural heritage, and for some, pure indulgence. Zanzibar is steeped in history and rich in cultural heritage. It is characterised by a labyrinth of narrow streets, busy bazaars, grand merchant houses and intricately carved doors. The name itself conjures up romance, heat and tranquillity. Few countries can equal Zanzibar’s long fine white sandy beaches, blood red sunsets with warm aquamarine waters providing the setting for superb diving and snorkelling.

Day 14: Depart Tanzania

Today is a very early start. You will transfer to the Airport for your flight at 0615. You will arrive in Dar at 0635 in plenty of time for your onward travel arrangements on British Airways.

Costs for this itinerary
£3,850.00 per person sharing a double/twin room

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension.

Western Tanzania Safari Itineraries

This safari brings together the essence of game and primate viewing at its very best, visiting Mikumi, Ruaha and Mahale – Tanzania’s prime chimpanzee viewing destination.

Day 1: Depart UK with KLM to Tanzania

Depart from London Heathrow on board your KLM or If flying KLM, you will arrive in Dar es Salaam later that day; you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Fly to Mikumi National Park – Vuma Hills Tented Camp

If you arrived yesterday on the KLM flight, this morning you will be met and transferred to the domestic terminal for your flight with Safari Air-Link to Mikumi National Park.

If you have arrived this morning on board the British Airways flight, you will be met and transferred to the domestic terminal for your flight with Safari Air-Link to Mikumi National Park.

On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to Vuma Hills Tented Camp where accommodation has been reserved for you for the next three nights.

Vuma Hills Tented Camp is set in the hills overlooking the Mkata flood plain of Mikumi National Park, nestling between the Ulguru and Rubeho Mountains. Being just 15 minutes from the park, it’s easy to get close to the wildlife or if you prefer, to go trekking, to see fantastic waterfalls and views of the Rift Valley at Udzungwa which is approximately 1 hour from Vuma.

The camp has an’ Out of Africa’ feel to it with traditional fixtures and fittings. The location is excellent, on the hill allowing a cool breeze to blow through the camp. The word ‘Vuma’ translated from Kiswahili means ‘a good rumour that is spread by the blowing wind’. This is an ideal opportunity to experience this feeling for yourself!

Days 3 & 4: Mikumi National Park – Vuma Hills Tented Camp

Spend the next two days exploring Mikumi.

Mikumi National Park is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty and high biodiversity. Mikumi is the closest National Park to Dar es Salaam, nestled between the Uluguru and the Rubeho mountains.

As part of the Selous ecosystem, it benefits from a high game density and supports a wide range of large mammals including: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, giraffe, sable antelope, zebra and buffalo.

Like Ruaha or Selous it is still possible to spend a day in the park without seeing another tourist vehicle. Besides recreation, Mikumi National Park offers a unique conservation, education and research opportunity. More Tanzanians visit Mikumi, than any other National Park in Tanzania, not only through organised visits, but also through education and research programmes.

Resident mammals include African wild dog, elephant, and giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, Cape buffalo, blue wildebeest, eland and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. At the southern end of the flood plain, in the Kikoboga area, live families of yellow baboon. Hippos wallow in the waters of the hippo pools and are frequently joined by flocks of open-billed storks and other water birds searching for molluscs.

Day 5: Fly to Ruaha National Park – Mdonya Old River Camp

Today you will check out of Vuma Hills and transfer back to the airstrip for your flight with Safari Air Link to Ruaha National Park.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to Mdonya Old River Camp where accommodation has been reserved for you for the next two nights.

There are cleverly constructed hides at both ends of the camp where you can sit and watch the game pass by. Most of this area is a corridor route so animals pass through at all times of the day!

The dining and lounge tents are located under shady Acacias and Sycamore Figs overlooking the dry riverbed. The camps positioning on the banks of the Mdonya River offers guests a good all round wildlife experience.

Day 6: Ruaha National Park – Mdonya Old River Camp

Spend today exploring Ruaha National Park.

Day 7: Fly to Mahale – Mahale National Park – Kungwe Beach Lodge

This morning you will have an early start as you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight at 0700 hours to Mahale. On arrival at 1000 hours you will be met and transferred by boat (the journey takes about an hour) to Kungwe Beach Lodge where accommodation has been reserved for you for the next four nights.

Kungwe Beach Lodge overlooks the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika on a stretch of golden sand beach. The lodge consists of light, spacious tents which are furnished in a traditional safari style with views of the Congo Mountains in the distance. Each tent is built on a raised wooden platform with an ensuite bathroom which has a flush toilet and shower. The beds are enclosed under mosquito netting for a bite free sleep! The tents each have a roofed porch area with a table and chairs where you can relax and watch the world go by.

The lounge and dining area is constructed of hard wood with a thatched roof. There is a jetty stretching out onto the Lake and sun loungers with umbrellas are available on the beach. Please bear in mind there is no swimming pool currently.

Days 8 -10: Mahale National Park – Kungwe Beach Lodge

Set deep in the heart of Western Tanzania, inaccessible by road, is the Mahale Mountains National Park, just 100km south of where Stanley uttered that immortal greeting “Doctor Livingstone, I presume“. The Mahale Mountains, rising almost 2 km above the shore, are home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees.

There is a population of roughly 800 chimpanzees, with about 60 individuals forming what is known as “M group” who were habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. You will need to be used to hiking fairly long distances on steep terrain and be in good health in order to track the chimps. No one with any respiratory or infectious diseases will be allowed to take part in the trekking. You will also need to bring a pair of sturdy but lightweight walking boots or shoes with you.

The chimp viewing is limited to 6 guests for one hour at a time and you will be required to wear a mask and keep at least 10 metres away from the chimps.

While the chimpanzees are the star attraction here, the slopes of the mountains also support a diverse forest fauna, including readily observed troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys and a kaleidoscopic array of colourful forest birds.

As well as Chimp trekking, also included during your stay are forest and waterfall walks, swimming and snorkelling in the lake, kayaking and one boat cruise or fishing expedition – Lake Tanganyika offers some of the best fresh water fishing in Tanzania. You can, of course, take extra boat or fishing excursions during your stay, which you can arrange to purchase locally at the hotel.

Day 11: Fly to Ruaha National Park – Mdonya Old River Camp

This morning you will make a return journey to the airstrip at Mahale for your flight to Ruaha at 1015 hours, arriving at Ruaha at 1315 hours. You will be transferred to Mdonya Old River Camp where accommodation has been reserved for you for the next three nights.

Days 12 & 13: Ruaha National Park – Mdonya Old River Camp

Spend the next two days exploring Ruaha National Park even more.

Day 14: Fly to Zanzibar – Beyt al Chai

Today you will check out of your camp and transfer to the airstrip for your flight with Safari Air Link to Zanzibar, departing at 1345 hours and arriving at Zanzibar Airport at 1740 hours.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Beyt al Chai, where accommodation in the Prince category of rooms has been reserved for you for the next three nights.

Each of the 6 rooms is furnished in silks and antique furniture and is very slightly different to any another. Every room is air-conditioned and has a ceiling fan, although it is possible to open the windows and enjoy the sights and sounds of the town nearby. There are 3 room categories, Princess, Prince and Sultan, of varying size. Each has en-suite facilities.

As well as sightseeing in Stonetown itself, it is also possible to arrange many excursions and activities on and around Zanzibar.

Day 17: Fly to Dar es Salaam and onwards to the UK

Have a restful day today before being transferred to Zanzibar Airport to begin your journey home. This flight time will be advised in due course as it depends on which international flight you are booked on. Your flight will, however, be overnight.

Indicative Cost per person £3,900.00

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension.

This is a superb safari for those seeking a true wilderness experience – great option for wildlife photographers looking for the wild and remote.

Day 1

Depart London Heathrow on board British Airways at 1920 and fly directly to Dar-es-Salaam overnight.

Day 2

Arrive at 0700 following customs and immigrations procedures, a representative will meet you and transfer you by road to the domestic terminal – fly Ruaha, enjoy the tranquillity of the wildlife coming down to drink in the river right in front of you lodge – Overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.

Day 3

After a leisurely morning in Ruaha, catch a flight to Katavi – Overnight at Katavi Wildlife Camp.

Days 4 – 13

Spend the rest of your time thoroughly exploring everything that this remote and truly wild park has to offer.

Katavi has the largest herds of buffalo found in Africa, reminiscent of the Great Serengeti Migration. Katavi National Park consists of a series of secret floodplains that open up in front of you as you arrive through their woodland fringes. It will almost feel like you have the whole place to yourself as Katavi has very few visitors a year.

Katavi Wildlife Camp has 8 guest tents with King Sized beds, including 5 doubles, and 3 twins set on platforms under woven palm thatch. Our tents, luxurious in size and furnishings with ensuite bathrooms (flush toilets and hot showers), are cunningly set back in amongst the trees that line the floodplain, providing both shade and camouflage in the prime game viewing area of the park, where the wildlife are unaware of your presence.

Day 13

After a fantastic safari you will check out of Katavi Wildlife Camp and you will then be transferred to the airstrip for your return flight back to Dar es Salaam – Overnight at Southern Sun where you can relax next to the Botanical Gardens before your departure.

Day 14

Transfer back to the airport for your return flight at 0835. Arrive into LHR at 1545. Have a safe trip home.

Indicative cost for this itinerary £3,400.00 per person

What is included?
Full board accommodation, services of an English-speaking guide and private safari vehicle all national park and concession fees.

What is not included?
International flights, drinks, visa, extra meals, extra excursions, travel insurance, beach extension.


Malawi Holiday Ideas

Malawi offers its visitors a wide range of holiday ideas to consider, from the more conventional safari holidays to climbing and walking itineraries.

Planning a holiday to Malawi? We understand that it can be hard to know where to start when you are thinking about a safari, walking or climbing holiday, so why not let us do the hard work for you? Our holidays are tailor made to suit the requirements of our clients – just tell us what you want and we’ll tell you if it’s possible!

Malawi experiences two distinct seasons:

June to August: The cool, dry season

November to April: Rainy season

May, September and October are the transitional months between the seasons.

Still not sure what to do – here’s a selection of possible itineraries:

Day 1:

Fly from London to Lilongwe overnight.

Days 2 – 4: Arrive inMalawi.

Transfer to Zomba Forest Lodge for a 3 night stay. Enjoy your time here bird watching and walking.

Days 5 & 6: Journey toMountMulanjefor a 2 nights stay.

Spend time in the mountains or sightseeing nearby.

Day 7 – 9: Travel toLiwondeNational Parkfor a 3 night stay.

Boat safaris are popular here and you can game view, hopefully seeing elephant, antelope, impala and hippo during your time here.

Days 10 & 11: Travel toLake Malawifor a 2 night stay.

There is plenty to choose to do – you can either choose to relax, spend some time on the lake swimming, snorkelling or kayaking, or visit a local market to meet some local people.

Day 12: Return to the airport for your flight home.

Day 1:

Fly from London to Lilongwe overnight.

Days 2 – 4: Arrive into Malawi.

Transfer to Mvuu Lodge for a 3 night stay. Enjoy game drives in LiwondeNational Parkand see elephant, Sable Antelope, impala, hippo, buffalo and crocodiles, who live in theShireRiver.

Days 5 – 7: Travel to Lake Malawi for a 3 night stay.

There is plenty to choose to do – you can either choose to relax, spend some time on the lake swimming, snorkelling or kayaking, or visit a local market to meet some local people.

Day 8: Return to the airport for your flight home.

Zambia Holiday Ideas

Zambia offers its visitors a wide range of safari itineraries which can be done either by conventional game drives, by boat or on foot.

Planning a safari – we understand that it can be hard to know where to start when you are thinking about a safari holiday, so why not let us do the hard work for you? Our safaris are tailor made to suit the requirements of our clients – just tell us what you want and we’ll tell you if it’s possible!

Zambia has very distinct seasons.
The dry season runs from April to October and most of the lodges open only during this time, with the exception of the Lower Zambezi, which has some lodges open for canoeing safaris at other times. Kafue National Park, with its milder climate, offers some year round camps as well, although transportation is generally by light aircraft at this time of year.

Day 1

Fly from London to Mfuwe via Lusaka overnight.

Days 2 – 5: Arrive in Zambia.

Transfer to Kafunta River Lodge for a 4 night stay. Enjoy a choice between day or night game drives, with the option of walking safaris, birding and cultural trips.

Days 6 – 8

Travel to Island Bush Camp for a 3 night stay. Enjoy some fantastic walking safaris in this remote, game rich area.

Day 9

Return to the airport for your flight home.

Day 1

Fly from London to Mfuwe via Lusaka overnight.

Days 2 & 3: Arrive in Zambia.

Transfer to Kapani Lodge for a 2 night stay. Enjoy walking safaris whilst staying here.

Days 4 & 5

Travel to Luwi Bush Camp for a 2 night stay. Enjoy your time exploring this remote park, tracking game on foot.

Days 6 & 7

Travel on foot to Mchenga Camp for a 2 night stay.

Days 8 -10

Travel to Lower Zambezi for a 3 night stay at Tongabezi Island Camp. Just 12 miles upstream from the famous Victoria Falls, there is plenty to do at Tongabezi, including walking, canoeing, boating and fishing.

Day 11

Return to the airport for your flight home.

Day 1

Fly from London to Mfuwe via Lusaka overnight.

Days 2 & 3: Arrive in Zambia.

Transfer to Kafunta River Lodge for a 2 night stay. Enjoy a choice between day or night game drives, with the option of walking safaris, birding and cultural trips.

Days 4 & 5: Travel to Island Bush Camp for a 2 night stay.

Enjoy some fantastic walking safaris in this remote, game rich area.

Days 6 – 8: Fly to North Luangwa National Park.

Transfer to Mwaleshi Camp for a 3 night stay. The focus here is on walking safaris.

Days 9 & 10

Return to South Luangwa for a further 2 nights stay at Kafunta River Lodge.

Day 11

Return to the airport for your flight home.