13 nights, 14 days private safari vehicle with trained driver-guide, plus beach and sightseeing
Selous Impala Camp, Tandala Tented Camp, Fumba Beach Lodge, Souk Hotel
Suitable for age groups 6-12, 13-18
Price $6100 per adult, $3500 per child (family sharing rooms) low season 2014
This really is a once in a lifetime experience for a family who want to make the most of everything that Tanzania has to offer. Both adults and children will never forget this trip, which includes so many fun-filled activities you won’t know where to start! Spending a good solid few days in both the stunning Selous Game Reserve and the beautiful Ruaha National Park gives the family time to do so much – private game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, fishing and so much more. Once you have had the time of your lives in the Selous and Ruaha, you will fly over to Zanzibar where you can all enjoy the idyllic white sandy beaches and the range of watersports, sightseeing and adventures available on the island. There really is something for all the family on this amazing holiday, recommended for children and teenagers aged 6 and upwards!
Itinerary Selous, Ruaha and Zanzibar
|Day 1||Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve||Selous Impala Camp|
|Day 2-4||Full Day Activities Selous||Selous Impala Camp|
|Day 5-7||Full Day Activities Ruaha||Tandala Tented Camp|
|Day 8||Ruaha to Zanzibar||Fumba Beach Lodge|
|Day 9-12||Full Day Activities Zanzibar||Fumba Beach Lodge|
|Day 13||Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam||Souk Hotel, Slipway|
|Day 14||Transfer to Dar es Salaam International Airport||N/A – End of Service|
This trip is a truly excellent family option, encompassing the highlights of Tanzania's southern safari circuit and including a range of different accommodations, all in comfort and style. This trip will suit families who really want to spend time explore the bush and making the most of everything that Tanzania has to offer. Boat safaris, walking safaris, game drives, fishing, birding,swimming, watersports, sightseeing - the massive range of activities on this trip will keep even the most energetic child busy and happy all day, while offering the parents a great opportunity to experience wildlife and nature and relax with the kids.
Your first morning you arrive at Dar es Salaam International Airport, and assuming your flight lands by midday you will be able to continue directly to Selous Game Reserve. You and your family will be met and taken directly to the domestic airport for the short internal flight that connects to Selous. The flight, usually on a Cessna Caravan 12 seater, takes approximately 45 minutes to landing on the airstrip in the Game Reserve. On arrival you will be met by a vehicle and driver-guide from Selous Impala Tented Camp. You will drive to the camp through the bush and spend the rest of the day relaxing - unless you feel like getting straight into it all, in which case you can of course take part in an evening game viewing activity.
Days Two, Three, Four
You will spend a total of 4 nights based at the comfortable and friendly Selous Impala Tented Camp. Accommodation is full board and the food is delicious and served in large and healthy portions! The comfortable lodge lies overlooking the Rufiji river, with a swimming pool, a comfy sitting area, dining area, campfire, terrace and bar.You will be kept busy during your stay, taking part in 2 activities per day : game drives in open 4WD vehicles through the remarkable haunting landscapes of the Selous, birding (there are hundreds if species resident in the area), walking safaris through the bush (season permitting) and boating on the Rufiji River. Fly-Camping may be available, depending on the season, and fishing is also an option, though this is charged at USD 15 per rod up to a maximum of three fish.
Days Five, Six, Seven
After your fun filled days at Selous Impala Camp you wake on your fifth morning and get ready to leave. After breakfast you will be taken on a game drive to the airstrip in time to catch the 09.15 flight to Ruaha National Park. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Tandala Tented Camp, arriving in time for lunch. You and the family will now spend 3 days and nights at Tandala Tented Camp, in your attractive and comfortable double tented rooms. Extra beds are available for children or to accommodate a third person. All lighting is provided by 24 hr solar and each tent stands at least eight meters away from the next ensuring absolute seclusion and privacy. The en-suite bathroom at the back of each tent is enclosed in thatch and rockwork over viewing the bush. Hot showers are provided by solar. At the front of each room is a sizable verandah with comfortable seating perfect for relaxing in private to watch out for game along the Mdweka sand river.Accommodation is full board and includes 2 activities per day - options include game drives in open 4WD vehicles, birding around the camp and in the area, swimming in the pool, early morning walking safari, (depending on season and visibility), and even traditional and authentic Masaai Boma visits. This last cultural experience also includes visiting the local village, market, primary school and dispensary. For this trip you leave from Tandala at 7.30am just after breakfast, and return between 11.30am and 12.30pm for lunch.
On your eighth you are up and off after breakfast to catch your 11:45 flight out of Ruaha to Zanzibar, via Dar-es-salaam. There will be a morning game drive en route to the airstrip, and the camp will provide you with a packed lunch to take with you. Arrival in Zanzibar is mid-afternoon and you will be met and transferred to the relaxing Fumba Beach Lodge.
Days Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve
You now have a wonderful five nights at Fumba Beach Lodge, in one of their lovely Sea View Deluxe rooms. The accommodation basis is half board only, which means you can head out and about during the day and take advantage of the activities on offer around Unguja Island. There are numerous things to do here in Zanzibar, suited to every temperament and age - from a day sight-seeing, shopping and visiting museums in Stone Town, a Spice Tour around a local spice farm, visits to Jozani Forest to see the endemic Zanzibar Colobus monkeys, a visit to the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, and of course not to forget the wide range of watersports. Water-based activities include diving, snorkelling, kite-surfing, swimming, sailing, kayakking, dolphin-watching - the list goes on, ask your safari consultant for further information or simply wait until you are there and pick up whatever the locals are into this season!
After your time in Zanzibar is up, you will be driven from Fumba to the airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam - the flight time will be arranged to suit your family, as regular flights depart almost every hour throughout the day. You will be picked up and taken to The Souk Hotel, at The Slipway waterfront leisure and shopping complex. There is a variety of restaurants to choose from in the complex and all around Dar, and some fantastic shopping opportunities in the friendly souk (market) there. Accommodation is Bed & Breakfast only to allow you to take advantage of all the eating options available. Enjoy your final day in Tanzania shopping and eating!
On your final day you will be collected from the Souk hotel and taken to the airport in time to catch your departing flight. Kwaheri and come back soon!
Game drives in your own private open-topped safari vehicle, spotting mammals, primates and birds in Selous and Ruaha
Experienced and professional driver guide to help you make the most of your unique experience.
Boat trips on the beautiful Rufiji River
Get up close to some of the remarkable wildlife from the waters edge
Wander on foot through the wild bush, looking for tracks and signs of wildlife
Learn all about the local flora and fauna from your experienced guide
Spend a few hours with the proud Maasai people
Participate in the traditional dances of the Maasai
Experience this unique way of life first hand
Enjoy a wide range of watersports, suitable for all the family
Snorkelling, diving, swimming, boat trips, kite surfing...
Or simply lying on the beach catching the rays!
Enjoy a day wandering around the maze of streets in this ancient World Heritage town
Visit the Old Fort, the House of Wonders, and other museums and historical sites
Buy souvenirs and gifts from any one of the myriad of small shops in the back alleys