Romantic Campfires & Pristine Beach Safari An unforgettable 2 week honeymoon or holiday, taking in two of Africa’s most stunning parks. Ruaha National Park has gained a reputation amongst safari connoisseurs for its unique ecological and geographical character, offering a cross-section of species and a climate that is unique to the country and Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest Game Reserve, the size of a European country and one of the last great wilderness areas on the continent.
In this reserve you will have the opportunity to experience an overnight fly-camp, a simple bush camp, set up in a place of outstanding beauty. The safari ends on the beautiful Tanzanian coastal resort of Ras Kutani, at a small exclusive property. Southern Tanzania Safari – Ruaha, Selous & Ras Kutani .
Day 1: Dar es Salaam/ Ruaha National Park Depart Dar es Salaam on the morning flight to Ruaha National Park. (Coastal Air departing at 08:30am and arriving at approx 11:00am), Flying over the Udzungwa Mountains and out base for the next three nights, Jongomero. Ruaha has gained a reputation amongst safari connoisseurs for its unique ecological and geographical character, offering a cross-section of species and a climate that is unique to the country. We arrive in Tanzania’s second largest National Park in time for lunch and a siesta. In the late afternoon, we set out on a game drive in our open-sided vehicle, following the course of the Ruaha River in search of wildlife. We stop for a sundowner drink on the way back and return to camp for dinner and overnight. All meals and overnight at Jongomero.
Day 2: Ruaha National Park A full day in Ruaha National Park with a morning and afternoon game drive to take us into new territories of this remote Park. Jongomero is situated far to the South of the park and it feels like we have all of Africa to ourselves as we roam the parklands, riverine areas and hills of the area. Ruaha is a ecological convergence for Northern and Southern species of mammal and is also one of the few areas where Greater and Lesser Kudu can be seen. Game drives in Ruaha rarely disappoint and with the bush luxury of Jongomero Camp as our base, we can enjoy a most exclusive and rewarding safari experience. All meals and overnight at Jongomero.
Day 3 Our final day in Ruaha and with over 475 species of bird represented and all of the major African mammals present, we must make the most of the opportunity. A full day game drive is a recommended option, taking a picnic lunch and driving North to the Ruaha hills and the river plains in search of the excellent wildlife on display. A generous picnic lunch and the day to roam makes for an unhurried drive and we can focus our attention on the smaller game often overlooked during the short drives. All meals and overnight at Jongomero.
Day 4 Selous Game Reserve A slow start today, perhaps with a short walk from the camp before we drive to the strip for our scheduled bush flight to The Selous Safari Camp. (Coastal Air departing at 11:45am and arriving at approx 13:05pm) Selous is Africa’s largest Game Reserve, the size of a European country and one of the last great wilderness areas on the continent. We will have three nights here to take full advantage of the opportunities for wildlife, either by boat, vehicle or on foot. After arrival, there will be the opportunity to take the first of the chosen activities and head out to explore, returning in time for sunset and dinner.
Day 5 Selous Game Reserve An early breakfast, before we head out by boat, following the course of the mighty Rufiji River, weaving amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the bank, as we observe the game coming down to drink. After a splendid lunch, there is the chance for a siesta or a dip in the swimming pool whilst we wait for the heat of the day to subside. In the afternoon we have a game drive and we are heading out on Selous’ most privileged of experiences, the overnight fly-camp. The fly camp is a simple bush camp, set up in a place of outstanding beauty, to bring us closer to everything that we came to see, without compromising on comfort. The same outstanding bush cuisine is served, the drinks are cold and the bucket showers hot, but this is a different experience from that which we encounter elsewhere, one that we shall remember for ever. O/N Selous Safari Camp/ Fly Camp
Day 6 Selous Game Reserve The last morning of this special bush experience. After the morning walk you will drive back to the Main Camp where you will take the lunch. The late afternoon is an excellent time to head out and explore the surrounding areas, perhaps in an open-sided vehicle, a comfortable and privileged journey through the wild African bush. We can expect to see any of the major African mammals, including elephant, lions, leopard and even the rare African Wild Dog. We return to the camp for sunset and dinner. O/N Selous Safari Camp
Day 7/8/9 Swahili Coast Breakfast, and then off for a short game drive on our way to the airstrip for the flight to Dar es Salaam. (Coastal Air departing at 13:15pm and arriving at approx 13:50pm)Arrive in Dar es Salaam and transfer to private charter for the short hop to Ras Kutani, 15 minutes flight away. Ras Kutani is a small coastal resort of castaway luxury, set alone on a pristine beach of white sands, cooled by the Indian Ocean. This will be our base for three nights, as we immerse ourselves in the spirit of relaxation and indulgence that is Ras Kutani’s specialty. With a choice of walks along the beach or through the coastal forest, the opportunity to surf or kayak or to watch turtles hatch (in season), there is always plenty to do between relaxing. Our charter flight returns us to Dar es Salaam international airport for the international flight home