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Selous, Ruaha & Mafia Island

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Tour Overview

This 10-Day Selous, Ruaha & Mafia Island Safari Experience the beautiful scenery and wildlife of southern Tanzania; take a different perspective on a boat safari in the Selous Game Reserve and connect with the untouched wilderness of Ruaha National Park. Finish off with beaches, seafood, and relaxation for a sumptuous break and an eco-friendly approach on Mafia Island. Fly between destinations and enjoy the very best service, guidance, cuisine, and locations on offer.

Day 1: Flight from Dar Es Salaam to Selous

A short flight from Dar es Salaam brings you to one of the largest protected areas left on earth, the Selous Game Reserve. You will be picked up at the airstrip and taken to Lake Manze Camp, with game viewing on the way. Settle in and enjoy lunch at camp before heading out in the afternoon for a game drive, boat trip, or bush walk (extra cost).

Day 2-3: Lake Manze Camp

Relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife passing through at Lake Manze camp. Choose from a range of activities including game drives, boat trips or bush walks (at ,extra cost). Take breakfast and/or lunch out on a drive with you and learn about the history of the Selous.

Day 4: Flight from Selous to Ruaha

After breakfast at Lake Manze head to the airstrip for the short hop to the spectacular wilderness of Ruaha National Park. You will be picked up at the airstrip and enjoy refreshments on the game drive back to Kwihala Camp, a true bush camp in a game-rich area of the park. After lunch, head out into the park with Kwihala’s excellent guides. Listen to the sounds of the bush under canvas at dinner.

Day 5-6: Kwihala Camp

Take a packed lunch and head out for a full day game drive, or opt for an early morning or afternoon game drive, taking advantage of Kwihala’s prime location, or just spend time relaxing and enjoying your surroundings at Kwihala Camp. Bush walks are available with Kwihala’s top notch guides but must be pre-booked (extra cost).

Day 7: Flight from Ruaha to Mafia via Dar Es Salaam

After breakfast at Kwihala you will fly to Mafia Island via a short stop in Dar. You will be met at the airstrip and driven across the island before a short boat trip across the channel to Chole Island itself. This is the relaxing part of the trip and there is a lot for your senses to take in, but there are also lots of options for the more active traveler!

Day 8-9: Chole Mjini

Where to start, you are staying at the top of a baobab tree overlooking the Indian Ocean, so there’s that. Take advantage of the owners’ local knowledge and experience on private diving trips. A daily snorkeling/sunset boat cruise is included, and extra activities include visiting the ancient ruins, swimming with whale sharks, finding hatching turtles, and more (all at extra cost). Curl the sand between your toes and let Mafia Island do the work.

Day 10: Back to Dar es Salaam

This is the bit you will be dreading, heading back to Dar es Salaam and home. You can spend the last morning relaxing before making the journey back across Mafia. We can organize all the necessary car services, day rooms or hotels in Dar.

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What’s included:

  • Meet and Greet service at Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
  • Scheduled internal flights: Arusha Airport/Mahale (Ikuu) airstrip /Arusha Airport/ Southern Katavi airstrip/ Arusha Airport
  • All scheduled road transfers: Kilimanjaro International Airport /Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge/Arusha Airport/ Chada Katavi/ Mahale airstrip/Greystoke Mahale/Mahale airstrip Arusha Airport/ Kilimanjaro International Airport Domestic departure tax (Arusha Airport)
  • Tourism Development Levy
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance
  • Park Fees

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