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Tanzania Fly-In Selous, Ruaha & Mahale Chimps

Highlights

  • Luxury, tailored fly-in safari
  • Remote locations & fantastic sightings
  • Combine South & West Tanzania
  • Chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains
  • Boat trips on the Rufiji in the Selous
  • Walking safaris & fly-camping options
  • Epic birdwatching & photography
  • Snorkel & kayak in Lake Tanganyika
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Overview

Spend 11-days exploring the best of southern Tanzania, spotting a wide range of wildlife and travelling across beautiful and diverse landscapes.

Start your journey in Dar es Salaam before you travel to the Selous Game Reserve and on to the secluded Ruaha National Park. Spend one night on a working coffee plantation in Arusha after which you’ll experience the magnificent location of your next camp - Greystoke Mahale Camp.

Stay in comfort at each of these spectacular locations, enjoying personal service and expert guides.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 11 Days

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This is one of those ultimate off-the-beaten-track adventures that will take you into a remote wilderness, where you might just have to pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming! This one's on my personal bucket list, for sure.
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Arrive in Dar es Salaam | 1 Night

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Arrive at the Dar es Salaam International Airport where you'll be met and transferred to the Oyster Bay Hotel in the port town of Dar es Salaam. The hotel faces the ocean and has a private, homely atmosphere, perfect for your first night in Tanzania. Settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, in anticipation of your adventure.

Days 2-4: Discover the Selous | 3 Nights

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Selous, Tanzania

Enjoy an early breakfast at Oyster Bay before transferring back to the Dar es Salaam International Airport where you will board a short flight to the Selous Game Reserve. On arrival, a camp driver will be waiting to take you to the Sand Rivers Selous Camp, an intimate safari lodge in this vast and beautiful wilderness. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading off on your first exciting game drive.The following two days will also be dedicated to discovering the resident animals and far-stretching landscapes of the Selous Game Reserve. Located in the southern Serengeti, the reserve attracts wildlife from both eastern and southern Africa, creating a wonderful opportunity to view a wide and interesting variety of wildlife. Be especially on the lookout for large pods of hippo and herds of elephants around the reserve's intricate waterways.Return to the camp in the afternoon to marvel at the spectacular sunsets while sipping on a refreshing drink.

Days 5-6: Explore the Ruaha National Park | 2 Nights

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Ruaha, Tanzania

Enjoy one last breakfast in the Selous before heading off to the Kiba Airstrip in time for your flight to Ruaha National Park. A transfer will take you to your accommodation for the following two nights - Jongomero Camp. Here you will enjoy a lovely lunch before going on an afternoon game. When you return to the camp, dinner will await you and you can enjoy a relaxed evening on the banks of the Jongomero River.The following day you will enjoy more game drives to spot the resident wildlife. As you drive through the park, be especially on the lookout for predators as they reside on the dry, open hillsides. You can also look forward to seeing large herds of antelope and buffalo roaming the plains. Furthermore, this park is particularly renowned for its prolific birdlife.

Day 7: Stay on a working coffee plantation | 1 Night

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Arusha, Tanzania

After breakfast you will transfer to the Jongomero Airstrip and board your flight to Arusha. From here, a transfer will take you to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. This small, sophisticated hotel is built on a working coffee plantation.Sit back and enjoy the stunning views of Mount Meru from your private balcony or relax beside the pool before sitting down to a delicious dinner under the trees.

Days 8-10: Go chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains | 3 Nights

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After breakfast at Arusha Coffee Lodge, you will transfer back to the Arusha Airstrip for a scheduled flight to Mahale Mountains National Park. From the airport you will be taken to Greystoke Mahale Camp, situated on a white sandy beach at the foot of the mountains and overlooking Lake Tanganyika - the longest freshwater lake in Tanzania.Its location makes it ideal for both chimp trekking and a relaxing beach holiday. Go on a chimp trekking excursion and see these impressive animals eat, sleep and play in their natural environment as you follow them around on foot. Return to the camp to enjoy water sports like snorkelling, fishing or kayaking.

Day 11: Reach the end of the journey

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After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airstrip for your short flight to Arusha. Once here, you’ll fly to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward travel plans.

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Inclusions

  • Airport / arstrip transfers
  • All other transfers as per itinerary
  • Government taxes and levies
  • Medical evacuation cover
  • Park entrance fees
  • Schedule flight Dar/Selous & Selous/Ruaha & Ruaha/Arusha & Arusha/Mahale & Mahale/Arusha
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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DatesPrice
2018-01-08 — 2018-03-15 $8,270
2018-06-01 — 2018-06-30 $10,345
2018-07-01 — 2018-10-31 $12,250
2018-11-01 — 2018-12-14 $8,225
2018-12-15 — 2018-12-19 $8,935
2018-12-20 — 2018-12-31 $12,250
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Tanzania Fly-In Selous, Ruaha & Mahale Chimps
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Donna Bridges

We had a wonderful time on our African vacation you arranged for us. The places were great and everthing was planned out so well. I cannot begin to tell how great everything was. The accomodations were wonderful with fun and neat people and entertainment at each place. We loved our guides and the safaris were awesome. Loved Victoria Falls and the Royal Livingston. They even had a piano player in the evenings. The monkeys were naughty and fun to watch there. Saw several zebras giraffes, rose garden and the falls were breath taking! Kichwa Tembo was fantastic . We loved the Masai dances and saw their village there. We had a great time with the staff. I even taught them a couple of dances we do in the U.S. At Migration Camp they were very kind and helpful. Plantation Lodge was beautiful . I love flowers and the place had beautiful landscaping and flowers. It was very nice. We saw many animals and everyone enjoyed the trip immensely!
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DB

Donna Bridges

We had a wonderful time on our African vacation you arranged for us. The places were great and everthing was planned out so well. I cannot begin to tell how great everything was. The accomodations were wonderful with fun and neat people and entertainment at each place. We loved our guides and the safaris were awesome. Loved Victoria Falls and the Royal Livingston. They even had a piano player in the evenings. The monkeys were naughty and fun to watch there. Saw several zebras giraffes, rose garden and the falls were breath taking! Kichwa Tembo was fantastic . We loved the Masai dances and saw their village there. We had a great time with the staff. I even taught them a couple of dances we do in the U.S. At Migration Camp they were very kind and helpful. Plantation Lodge was beautiful . I love flowers and the place had beautiful landscaping and flowers. It was very nice. We saw many animals and everyone enjoyed the trip immensely!
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