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Discover Tanzania’s wildest, most off the beaten track areas, with this Selous safari and Mafia Islands diving holiday. It’s a perfectly paced mix of wildlife spotting and island relaxation, with four nights in Selous Game Reserve in the south of the country, followed by six nights on the Mafia Archipelago, where remote sandy beaches are perfect for relaxation and the clear seas are a diver’s paradise.

Day 1

After breakfast drive from Dar Es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s largest yet visited by few. Meandering through the plains and woodlands, the Rufiji River gives rise to a labyrinth of streams, channels, and pretty lakes in a delicate water paradise. You will arrive in time for lunch and will then be able to relax, refresh and unpack before your afternoon game activity. Overnight Selous Tented Camp

Day 3-4

During your time in the Selous, you’ll be in for some close wildlife encounters. You can arrange your days to suit, taking part in game drives, bush walks, or boat safaris. The Selous is one of the few places in Tanzania where you might see the incredibly rare wild dog, otherwise known as the painted wolf.

They’ve become a cult sighting for wildlife lovers, and the guides and trackers of the camp will give you the best possible chance of seeing them. Overnight Selous Tented Camp

Day 5

 After morning breakfast, drive to Dar Es Salaam then fly to Mafia Island, enjoying views of the turquoise Indian Ocean as you fly. Mafia and its surrounding islands are covered in rich rainforest, thick grasslands and, giant baobab trees, and dotted with tiny villages. Sunbirds flit through the trees, five species of endemic butterflies can be found and bushbabies call at night

. All that said, it is in the turquoise waters that you’ll find the islands’ biggest attractions. Unspoiled barrier reefs surround the islands, rich in soft corals, sea anemones, and sponges, and attracting a dazzling array of fish. From sunrise to sunset Mafia is magical and as yet little visited. Overnight Afro Beach Bungalows or Kitu Kiblu Beach Houses

Day 6-7

Spend your days relaxing in the beautiful surroundings on Mafia Island. The lodge works closely with a local dive center where you can arrange snorkeling and diving trips to the numerous reefs in Chole Bay.

We recommend taking a trip out in a traditional dhow boat to dive and snorkel around the beautiful untouched reefs nearby, bursting with marine life. You could also visit the Swahili ruins on Chole Island where you can take a guided village walk to see the island’s famous colony of endangered fruit bats. Overnight Afro Beach Bungalows or Kitu Kiblu Beach Houses

Day 8

Today you will fly from Mafia back to Dar es Salaam where you will catch your overnight flight back Home.

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  • Scheduled internal flights: Arusha Airport/Mahale (Ikuu) airstrip /Arusha Airport/ Southern Katavi airstrip/ Arusha Airport
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