11 Days of The Hidden Safari Treasures of Africa

Duration

11 Days

Price From

$3,838

Cities & Parks

Selous Game Reserve (Nyerere NP), Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa National Park

Time of Year

Available whole year

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TOUR OVERVIEW

The Hidden Safari Treasures of Africa

One of the best hidden and Less visited than the national parks in the north and the south parks provide a sense of African adventure unmatched anywhere else on the continent.

The program includes one of the country’s untouched and authentic remote wilderness areas, namely Nyerere National Park – formally known as Selous Game Reserve, the largest park in Tanzania. It has the most extensive diversity of safari activities ranging from Authentic Boat Safari along the Great Rufiji River, walking and compliment classic game driving in thriving wildlife areas which is the home to the rare African hunting dogs.

Mikumi National Park – the park has open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the fashionable centrepiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Ruaha National Park – is the second-largest park, and It is one of the few of Tanzania’s famous wilderness areas, whereby the experience of game viewing is spiced up by the exciting landscape and its Great Ruaha River as well as high concentration of elephants, big cats and the rare African hunting dogs.

Udzungwa National Park –The forest makes Udzungwa unique in East Africa. There is no other place with unbroken series of wood stretching from an altitude of 250 meters up to more than 2000 meters and hiking the Udzungwa Mountains, seeing species endemic to Udzungwa, waterfalls and swimming in the fresh water hole at the base of the falls.

TOUR SUMMARY

  • This tour starts and ends in Dar es Salaam
  • You'll visit Selous Game Reserve (Nyerere NP), Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa National Park
  • Activities: Game Drives, Boat Safari, Hiking and Walking Safari
  • Game drives: Pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • Accommodation level: Classic Camps & Lodges

TOUR FEATURES

Classic tour

This classic tour uses a classic tented camp and lodge.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Suitable for solo travellers

Solo travellers can book this private tour.

Private Tour

This tour will be organised exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour.

Minimum age of 5 years

The minimum age for this tour is 5 years.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve 

Pick up from Airport or Hotel in Dar es Salaam, and begin to drive down south of Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve; the drive shall take 5 hours.

Relax and immerse in your new surroundings at Rufiji River Camp before enjoying a delicious, fresh lunch in a beautiful shady spot your camp offers. There is time to relax for a couple of hours after lunch before departing on an afternoon boat safari.

The boat safari is superb in the afternoon, watching wildlife come to the water’s edge to drink and getting close to bird colonies, hippos, crocodiles and the spectacular sundown.

Day 2 & 3: Selous Game Reserve

After early breakfast, depart for a full day game drive with picnic lunch in the Selous Game Reserve, exploring the game in the surrounding areas. Animals, including elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalos, zebras and even the rare African wild dogs, are common. Before the end of the day, you will return to Rufiji River Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park

After early morning breakfast, you will leave Selous with a picnic lunch to enjoy on your way to Mikumi National Park; the drive shall take up to 8 hours. You will spend the time relaxing in the swimming pool, having dinner and staying overnight at Vuma Hills Camp.

Day 5: Mikumi National Park

Deliciously morning breakfast, to be enjoyed in camp departure for a full day of game drives around Mikumi National Park with picnic lunch. The open horizons and plentiful wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centrepiece of Mikumi, usually draw frequent comparisons to the famous Serengeti Plains.

Before the end of the day, you will return to the camp and spend the time relaxing in the swimming pool, evening dinner and overnight at Vuma Hills Camp.

Day 6: Mikumi National Park to Ruaha National Park

Morning breakfast then departs to Ruaha National Park from Mikumi, the road ascent along the Great Ruaha River up on the high plateau where Iringa is situated. Stop in Iringa for lunch, then proceed to Ruaha, arrive late afternoon, dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.

Day 7 & 8: Ruaha National Park

Deliciously morning breakfast, followed by a full day of game drives with picnic lunches. Ruaha is the second-largest park and the second-largest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. The wide variety of animals that inhabit the park includes greater and lesser kudus, cheetahs, lions, roan and sable antelopes.

The park is one of the few of Tanzania’s famous wilderness areas, whereby the experience of game viewing is spiced up by the exciting landscape and its Great Ruaha River. The river becomes mostly the primary water source for wildlife during the dry season.  As a result, Ruaha is an ideal place for spotting wilderness and scenic beauty. Before the end of the day, you will return to Ruaha River Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Ruaha National Park to Udzungwa National Park

After breakfast, depart to Udzungwa National park via Iringa town, where you will stop for lunch before proceeding to Udzungwa National Park. You will spend the evening time, dinner and overnight at Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp.

Day 10: Udzungwa National Park to Dar es Salaam

After morning breakfast, you will hike the Udzungwa Mountains, see species endemic to Udzungwa, waterfalls and swim in the fresh water hole at the base of the falls. Later in the afternoon, you will walk back to Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Udzungwa National Park to Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, pack your bags and say your farewells as you depart to Dar es Salaam to drop off at your hotel or airport.

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Seasons

Price per person sharing

1 pax

2 pax 3 pax 4 pax

5 pax

6 pax
June 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022

$ 6,318

$ 4,848 $ 4,468 $ 4,203 $ 4,004 $ 3,838

July 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

$ 6,770 $ 5,140 $ 4,760 $ 4,495

$ 4,296

$ 4,130
November 1,2022 to December 23, 2022

$ 6,318

$ 4,848 $ 4,468 $ 4,203 $ 4,004 $ 3,838

December 24, 2022 to January 4, 2023

$ 6,770 $ 5,140 $ 4,760 $ 4,495

$ 4,296

$ 4,130
January 5,2023 to May 31, 2023

$ 6,318

$ 4,848 $ 4,468 $ 4,203 $ 4,004 $ 3,838

June 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

$ 6,418 $ 4,948 $ 4,568 $ 4,303

$ 4,104

$ 3,938
July 1, 2023 to October 31, 2023

$ 6,870

$ 5,140 $ 4,760 $ 4,495 $ 4,296 $ 4,130

November 1, 2023 to December 23, 2023

$ 6,418 $ 4,948 $ 4,568 $ 4,303

$ 4,104

$ 3,938
December 24, 2022 to January 4, 2024 $ 6,870 $ 5,140 $ 4,760 $ 4,495 $ 4,296 $ 4,130

Package Includes:

  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF - Flying Doctors)
  • All transportation - (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All specified accommodation
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Safari vehicle
  • All meals - (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Taxes
  • Water in car
  • Park fees
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Thermos with hot tea or coffee

Package Excludes:

  • Beverages
  • Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa for entry (bought upon arrival, 50-100 USD pp.)
  • Departure tax from Zanzibar Airport (if any)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips - (Tipping guideline US$10+ pp per day)
  • Personal items - (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees
  • Rufiji River Camp

    Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River. Built by local craftsmen, the camp combines Makuti palm roofs with Selous sourced paving stones and farmed hardwoods to create a beautiful and comfortable accommodation to enjoy the Selous Game Reserve. The shaded swimming pool is a great way to cool off between safari activities.

    The camp has eleven tents, all pitched underneath thatched roofs with massive verandas giving views up and down the river. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with solar-heated water for showering. The camp has three suites, each with two large tents on a shared platform with a private plunge pool. Each tent has a stylish bathroom.

    With the focus on the river views and wildlife, the restaurant and bar are built to reflect this. It can be challenging to choose Alfresco dining lit by starlight, private dinners along the river bank or that end of the evening coffee sipped from the depth of a sofa in the upper-level coffee lounge!

  • Vuma Hills Tented Camp

    Vuma Hills Tented Camp is perched above the trees stretching over the seemingly endless wilderness southwest of Mikumi National Park; Vuma is a fantastic retreat from the heat of a day’s game drive.

    The sixteen tents are comfortably furnished, so sleeping under canvas at Vuma is far from the discomfort usually associated with camps. Complete with a shaded wooden veranda at the front and en suite bathroom facilities at the back, there is not much more to be asked for.

    The cosy bar area centres around a roaring log fire, opening onto a large decking area from where you can take in the setting sun over the Mkata plains below. Under the same thatch, the dining area enjoys widespread views through the lush trees and overlooking the swimming pool.

  • Ruaha River Lodge

    Set on one of the most stunning stretches of the Great Ruaha River, you can see game throughout the day from the comfort of your veranda; there can surely be few other camps as perfectly situated. Ruaha is split across two locations, with one dining banda along the river and the other perched high on a nearby kopje, offering an entirely different perspective.

    The lodge consists of 24 stone chalets stretching along the river bank; each chalet has stunning views from a large veranda out the front. The vast interiors feature a sitting area, writing desk, and either twin or double beds. At the rear of each chalet is a large bathroom decorated with found timber, a shower and double basins.

    The first dining area is a long banda by the side of the river. Breakfast is the perfect time to watch the game meander down for a drink, while evenings can be spent around the fire pit, looking down the river, or curled up in one of the sofas with a drink and a book.

    The second area is imperiously-positioned atop the largest kopje in the area, situated on a bend, and enjoys commanding views down two river sections. This is undoubtedly the best sundowner spot in Ruaha.

  • Udzungwa Forest Camp

    Also known as Hondo Hondo, it is located in the Kilombero Valley at Mang’ula Village on the way to Ifakara. It is set on a large piece of land and is an eco-lodge bordering the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It is well situated as a base to explore the often overlooked Udzungwa Mountains and is suited to those who want something a little different from the standard safari experience. We employ local people from nearby villages and use suppliers and goods from nearby to support our community and neighbourhood.

    Six en-suite tents offer double bed arrangements. Extra beds are available for children or to accommodate a third adult. Each tent has solar-powered lighting, a socket for charging phones and camera batteries and a solar fan. The open-air bathrooms have flush toilets and a solar-heated shower at the back of the tent.

    The five thatched huts offer a variety of double, twin, triple and even quad bed arrangements. Each hut has mosquito nets, solar lighting, a wall socket, a table and a chair. A toilet and two showers are situated outside the quad, and more toilets and showers are down a path in the camper’s area.

  • Stanley's Kopje

    Stanley’s Kopje enjoys the advantage of being the only elevated land in an otherwise flat open plain. A nearby waterhole encourages game within sight of the Camp, and the whole Mwanamboga area is generally perceived to be the better game viewing area in the park. The Camp is named after the explorer Morten Stanley, who led an expedition through Mikumi National Park and right past the location of the Camp.

    The 12 spacious and airy Meru-style tents generously spaced around the kopje are each themed around the history of an Explorer or Slave Trader. The tents are pitched on high wooden platforms with traditionally built thatched roofs that provide shade from the sun while you sit on your veranda and enjoy the game around the camp.

    The main banda sits at the crest of the hill commanding fabulous 360-degree panoramic views. Built-in typical Swahili style with a steeply pitched roof, the dining banda surrounds a central bar, with sitting and dining areas facing north, south, east and west!

    A little below this building is a shared sitting area next to the swimming pool, from where you can cool off in the heat of the day whilst continuing with game viewing from the pool’s edge – no missed opportunities.