10 days from £5175pp plus international flights.
The classic safari and beach combination is a perennial favourite. And with good reason. What better than searching for wild animals, enjoying magical encounters and seeing some of the finest scenery on earth, then spending several days by the coast, devoting yourself to rest and relaxation. This is exactly what this holiday offers!
Leave the hectic city behind as you fly from Dar es Salaam west to Ruaha, way off the beaten track. This park is special, the meeting point for species from all points of the compass, so you're in for a fabulous safari against the backdrop of hills, rocky escarpments and massive baobab trees. This is wild Africa, unspoilt and untamed. From here you travel east to Selous, a vast reserve home to some of the largest populations of game in Africa, over 2,000 species of plants and upwards of 400 varieties of birds. You can't fail to be impressed. In both locations you'll have the chance to explore by 4 x 4 and on foot, and in Selous you can also take boat safaris, each offering a different perspective on the African bush.
Your safari days will follow a similar pattern and this will soon feel like second nature to you. Typically you'll rise at dawn, to a hot drink and snack, then set out just after first light when the day is still cool and creatures are already active. You'll pause for mid-morning drinks and biscuits, then head back to camp in time for a hearty brunch. The next few hours, when the day is hottest, are devoted to rest and relaxation, then afternoon tea is served (this is not a holiday for the weight conscious!). Soon you'll be setting out again, on a safari which incorporates sun-downers, returning to camp after dark. Dinner is followed by drinks by the campfire, then it's bed time.
You'll be exhilarated after your safari, yet ready for a change of scene, and Ras Kutani is the ideal beach retreat, a place to bury your toes in the warm sand, bask in the warmth of the sun and savour the freshest seafood. There are water and land-based activities if you want them, but the lodge's raison d'etre is relaxation, and you'll succumb willingly!
Having had breakfast you'll be drive the short way to the airstrip for the flight to Siwandu airstrip in Selous. You'll have a game viewing drive to the camp, arriving in time for lunch. After a siesta and maybe a swim in the pool you'll be ready for action, with a choice of 4 x 4 drive, boat safari or guided walk. Whichever you choose you won't be disappointed, as Selous has great concentrations of game, including over half of the county's elephants and the largest population of wild dogs in the world. Your guide will get you back to Siwandu in time for sundowner drinks and dinner. Full board
You can take a last 4 x 4 or boat safari this morning, or plump for a lazy lie-in, followed by breakfast and the drive to the airstrip for your flight to Dar es Salaam, where you'll be met and driven south to Ras Kutani (90 minutes), arriving in time for lunch. If you choose to fly from Dar es Salaam, it's just a 10 minute hop followed by a boat ride across a lagoon. Spend the afternoon relaxing, socialising in the open air lounge or in the privacy of your own cottage, enjoying the tranquillity of the coastal location and the ocean views. Tonight you'll dine on the terrace beneath a sky full of bright stars. Full board
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and soak up some final rays of sun before travelling back to Dar es Salaam by car (or plane at extra cost), where the holiday ends. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £5175 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide prices pp sharing from £5175 for all of 2019.
Full board accommodation based on twin share; transfers as per the itinerary; domestic flights Dar es Salaam-Ruaha, Ruaha-Selous; Selous-Dar es Salaam; 2 safari activities a day in Ruaha and Selous; snorkelling and forest walks at Ras Kutani; park fees, flying doctor fees. Offer based on the 30th Anniversary Celebration package & 10 nights for the price of 7. All offers may be rescinded by the hotels at any time.
International flights and taxes, visas, travel insurance, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.
This trip starts and ends in Dar es Salaam. British Airways have direct flights from Heathrow and Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi. Flights will cost from around £700 per person depending on season and availability. We usually book these for you.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor made safari which we can arrange for you at a time to suit you, subject to availability.
The trip is not available from mid-March to May.
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