Day 1: Transfer by vehicle from Dar es Salaam to the Wami River near Kiwangwa arriving in the afternoon. Here you will be met and transferred across the river by canoe. On the other side you will be transferred by 4×4 to Kisampa Bush Retreat (adjacent to Saadani National Park). Settle in and enjoy sundowners watching the spectacular sunset. Maybe you will have elephants coming to the water hole down in the valley. Enjoy a dinner under the stars, then go for an evening night drive and experience the African bush at night. Overnight at Kisampa.
Day 2: Awake to bird-song and enjoy breakfast. Morning (optional activities – bush walk, birding, bike riding or fishing). Lunch at camp. Afternoon canoe safari on the Wami River, featuring hippo, crocodiles and numerous fantastic birds – see the sunset from the Wami River. At camp enjoy dinner and relax by a fire under the stars and overnight at Kisampa.
Day 3: After an early breakfast you will be driven through the organic pineapple farm and the village of Matipwili into Saadani National Park. Saadani has a diverse population of mammals and birds. Elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and the rare Roosevelt sable can be seen here. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the beach. You will arrive back at Kisampa late afternoon. Dinner under the stars and overnight at Kisampa.
Day 4: After breakfast, transfer back to the Wami River where you will cross and rejoin your vehicle and transfer to East Usambara Mountains, with a packed lunch to Emau Hill. Which is situated on the border of the Amani Nature Reserve in the heart of the eastern Usambaras. Often overlooked, it’s a peaceful, lush patch of montane forest humming with the sounds of rushing water, chirping insects and singing birds. It is also exceptionally rich in unique plant and bird species. Drive through the Amani Nature Reserve and arrive at Emau Hill in the afternoon. Enjoy the feeling of being up in the clouds as Emau Hill in situated in a semi rain forest. Dinner followed by a guided night walk for endemic Chameleons and Tree Frogs. Overnight in Emau Hill.
Day 5: After Breakfast, head out on your own with lunch boxes to explore the forest and the Tea Plantation with a visit to the Tea Factory to learn about tea production. The trail goes through the forest and is a great opportunity to see several forest bird species, the Amani sunbirds, banded green sunbirds and green-headed orioles, butterflies, the black and white colobus and blue monkeys. Visit the Women’s Craft Workshop in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Emau Hill.
Day 6: GUIDED WATERFALLS HIKE – after Breakfast with lunch boxes Hike to the old German milling machine and walk up to the falls along the river. Splash around. Return to camp late afternoon for Dinner and overnight. or GUIDED MBOMOLE HILL WALK – after Breakfast with lunch boxes Hike to Mbomole Hill with natural forests and tree plantations, birding and spectacular scenery. Return to camp late afternoon for Dinner and overnight at Emau Hill.
Day 7: After breakfast, departure to Mkomazi National Park. Arrive in time for a full day of game viewing. After a hot lunch we’ll go back to the camp in the evening to clean up and share stories around the campfire. Mkomazi Campsite.
Mkomazi is Tanzania’s youngest National Park having been gazetted in 2006. It has been a Game Reserve since 1951. It is one of the few areas where you can see rhino in Tanzania. It is also an IUCN special bird area and camping at one of the National Park Camp sites gives you a great opportunity for birdwatching.
Mkomazi is vital refuge for two critically endangered species: black rhino and wild dog, both of which were reintroduced in the 1990s. Nomadic wild dogs may be seen anywhere in the park, but the black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary to ensure their safety. Camp sites have basic facilities and provide an opportunity to hear the sounds of the night.
Mkomazi is home to several dry country species that are rare elsewhere in Tanzania including the fringe-eared oryx, the lesser kudu and the gerenuk.
Day 8-9: After breakfast drive we’ll go for a full day of game viewing taking a packed lunch. Most of the animals that you’ll see are endangered species, particularly the black rhino and wild dog along with several bird species. After an exciting day wildlife viewing we’ll drive back to the camp in the evening. Mkomazi Campsite.
Day 10: We’ll enjoy an early morning game then go back to the campsite for breakfast. They’ll be a chance to look out for more game as we start the drive back to Dar Es Salaam. We’ll take you back to your hotel or to the airport to catch your flight home.
ADD ON – You can extend this program with Mambo View Point Mtae, Pangani Beaches or Zanzibar or Safari to the Northern Circuits – Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Lake Manyara.
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