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Tanzania: Off The Beaten Track

  • Duration9 Nights
  • StyleSafari
  • When to GoJune - October
  • Price GuideFrom $14,215 Per Person
The southern parks and western parks in Tanzania offer a completely different experience to the north. As destinations off the beaten track, they certainly offer a quieter and more secluded experience, without compromising on the game viewing. This itinerary includes a safari in the Nyerere National Park, which offers a broader range of safari activities like game drives, bush walks, fishing, and boat safaris. Here you can enjoy watching elephant from the water, listening to hippos from your safari tent, and tracing wild dog in the safari jeeps. You will then fly across to Ruaha National Park where you will have three nights. This park is famed for its buffalo herds, leopards, and lesser kudu, among other species. Finish the safari experience with time in western Tanzania, where you will enjoy a secluded and wild experience on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in the Mahale Mountains. To end this adventurous itinerary, you will fly across to Fanjove Island, to spend 3 nights on an idyllic private island. Spend the last few days eating under the stars, walking barefoot on the white sand banks, and exploring the azure waters and tropical fish. The combination of all three destinations will offer the most special, secluded, and unforgettable Tanzania trip.

At A Glance

  • Days 1 - 3
    • Selous Game Reserve

      • Fly from Dar es Salaam to the Selous in a light aircraft plane
      • Enjoy three nights in a luxury safari camp, with two game activities per day
      • Game drives, boat safaris, walking safaris and tiger fishing opportunities
  • Days 4 - 6
    • Ruaha National Park

      • Fly from the Selous to Ruaha in a light aircraft plane
      • Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in this vast, arid park
      • Great elephant and buffalo herds, as well as lion numbers
  • Day 7 - 9
    • Mahale Mountains

      • Fly from Ruaha to Mahale Mountains in a light aircraft plane
      • Spend three nights on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
      • Hike through the mountains to see the chimpanzees
  • Days 10 - 12
    • Fanjove Private Island

      • Fly from Ruaha to Songo Songo Island
      • Take a boat transfer across to Fanjove Private Island to stay for 3 nights
      • Enjoy your very own private island, with snorkeling and diving opportunities
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    Gemma D Souza

    Africa Specialist

    With family roots in Kenya, it became a continent I have naturally gravitated towards. I’ve traveled extensively around East and Southern, working with luxury camps, guides, and rangers for over eight years. I am enthralled by Africa and would happily talk about this diverse continent’s wildlife, cultures and experiences all day, every day.

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    What's Included

    • 3 nights luxury safari accommodation in the Selous Game Reserve
    • 3 nights luxury safari accommodation in Ruaha National Park
    • All park fees and game activities included on a shared basis
    • All internal flights outlined in the itinerary
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included on safari
    • 3 nights in the Mahale Mountains in Western Tanzania to see the chimpanzees
    • 3 nights in Fanjove Private Island on a full board basis
    • Expert planning and support and 24/7 support from our dedicated staff

    What's not Included

    • International flights
    • Any drinks not included in the safari package
    • Tipping and gratuities
    • Visas if required
    • We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance

    Day by Day Itinerary

    • Days 1-3

      Nyerere National Park

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      You will fly from Dar es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve (approximately a 30-minute flight). As you arrive at the bush airstrip, you will be met by your safari guide, and will start your safari en route to the camp! The Nyerere National Park has fantastic wildlife sightings – particularly with elephant, lion, and wild dog. The Selous is home to more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population and over 120,000 buffalo. On a game drive, you will definitely come across large herds, and on the river, you will likely see elephants swimming or drinking from the river banks. Roho ya Selous includes all of your safari activities including game drives, bush walks, and boat safaris. An average day on safari includes a morning game activity, some time to relax in camp during the day, and then another safari activity in the afternoon.

      Accommodation Options:

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        Roho ya Selous Camp

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        Siwandu Camp

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    • Days 4 - 6

      Ruaha National Park

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      This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip to fly to Ruaha National Park. This is a park famous for its red soil, large baobab trees, and huge lion populations. On arrival, you will be met by your safari guide and will spend the next three nights in the luxury lodge, Jabali Ridge. This camp is located in one of the best game-viewing regions in the park, and many other camps come to this area for sightings. The best time to visit Ruaha is the July to October period when the park is at its driest. A typical day on safari in Ruaha begins with an early morning game drive. You will be on safari from around 6 am – 11 am, during which you will have a bush breakfast and coffee overlooking a beautiful view. You will head back to the camp around 11 am where you will enjoy a few hours to rest at Jabali Ridge. You will then head back out on safari around 3 pm to 7 pm, where your safari guide will find a beautiful view to enjoy sundowners.

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        Jabali Ridge Camp

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    • Days 7 - 9

      Mahale Mountains

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      After time in Nyerere and Ruaha National Parks on safari, you will then fly across to Western Tanzania, where you will stay for three nights. This is a much more remote location in Tanzania, and a bit of a hidden gem off the beaten track! You will be met on arrival in Mahale, and transferred to Mahale Greystoke to stay for three nights. Spend these days hiking through the mountains to see the chimpanzees, going out onto Lake Tanganyika to watch the sunsets, and enjoy walking safaris with your professional guide. Switch off in one of the most secluded spots in the country.

    • Days 10 - 12

      Fanjove Private Island

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      After nine nights on safari, you will finish your trip on a breathtaking private island named Fanjove. Because of its seclusion, you will fly from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam, and then from Dar es Salaam to Songo Songo. From here you will take a one-hour boat across to Fanjove – a place you will call home for the next three nights. There are six bandas which all offer undisturbed views of the ocean. Enjoy time relaxing on the white-sand beaches, snorkeling the archipelago, or kayaking around the beautiful island. You can also do excursions like dolphin boat trips and dhow sunset trips. The best thing about Fanjove Island is that, whilst you feel completely secluded and remote, you also feel very welcome and looked after. The staff live on the island too (in the staff quarters) and are always around to make sure you have everything you need to make your time there memorable. It’s a very special place with stunning views and a completely magical location.

      Accommodation Options:

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        Fanjove Island

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        Zuri Zanzibar

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    • DAY 10


      On the final day you will fly back to Dar es Salaam to connect onto your international flights home.

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