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The Explorer Safari

10 days from £3450pp 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 4x4 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 sundowners, 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!
Itinerary
Explorer Safari

DAY 1: ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO JONGOMERO

Your flight from Dar es Salaam lands at Jongomero airstrip, possibly with some stops en-route, where you're met by a guide from the camp and driven to Jongomero Camp, a journey of about 10 minutes. You should arrive in time for lunch, a good opportunity to meet fellow guests, after which there's time to relax. Following afternoon tea, a real safari institution, you'll set out on a game drive, following the course of the Ruaha River. Your guide will help you spot wildlife, and this is an exciting introduction to life on safari. Sundowners will be served at a specially selected location before you return to camp for a shower and dinner. It's been a full day and a good night's sleep is assured tonight. Full board
Explorer Safari

DAY 2: RUAHA

You'll be woken early with a piping hot cup of tea or coffee in your tent. After a light breakfast, you'll set off on a game drive. Ruaha is a vast park with a true wilderness feel and has a rich variety of animal and bird life. In the early morning light you'll feel a real sense of discovery as you venture out into the bush, and as no two drives are the same you can never be quite sure what you'll encounter, which adds an air of anticipation. You'll be back in camp for lunch and a rest, before heading back out in the late afternoon to see more of Ruaha's wildlife. Full board
Explorer Safari

DAY 3: RUAHA

This morning you can explore on foot, conditions permitting, as your guide explains the significance of smaller animals, birds and plants, all of which play an important role in the environment, as well as the chance to see big game. Nature walks are endlessly fascinating and you'll learn more about the African bush than you believed possible, thanks to the infectious enthusiasm of your guide. By the middle of the day you'll be back in camp, browsing through reference books in the lounge or enjoying a relaxing swim. In the late afternoon you'll take another game drive to experience Ruaha's natural riches. Full board 
Explorer Safari

DAY 4: FLY TO SIWANDU

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 4s4 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 
Explorer Safari

DAY 5: SELOUS

A full day to explore Selous. You might want to venture out early on foot for an in-depth look at nature. You'll walk at a slow pace, taking care to observe all you see, and pausing to listen to the wise words of your guide. This afternoon you can take to the water for a different perspective. You'll travel along the waterways of the Rufiji River delta as you watch for hippos in the water, crocodiles on the bank and a variety of birds. A canopy shelters you from the heat of the sun, and this is a relaxing way to explore, you'll even have time for sundowners on board before you return to camp! Full board
Explorer Safari

DAY 6: SELOUS

By now you're well and truly settled in to the safari routine, waking early, enjoying a morning activity, resting in the middle of the day, and heading out again in the late afternoon. On this you last day on safari you might want to take a game drive, with chances to spot elephant, giraffe, lion and leopard, plus with luck, wild dog. After lunch and a cooling swim or restful sleep, it's time for tea and cake followed by a drive as the heat of the sun subsides and animals begin to wake from their midday slumbers. After dinner you can gather round the campfire for a nightcap and a chance to toast your safari. Full board
Explorer Safari

DAY 7: FLY TO RAS KUTANI

You can take a last 4x4 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
Explorer Safari

DAY 8: ON THE COAST

Indulge yourself with a lie-in today - life on the coast is lived at a more measured pace than on safari! Breakfast will be ready when you awake, eaten to the sound of waves gently lapping the shore. Later you can go for a stroll along the beach or take a walk in the forest with the aid of a map you'll find in reception, looking out for butterflies and monkeys. When it gets too hot for walking, take advantage of one of the hammocks and rest until lunchtime. Later you can go snorkelling, amidst shoals of tropical fish, pausing to explore the wreck of the ship Chyko just offshore. Full board   
Explorer Safari

DAY 9: ON THE COAST

If you're feeling more energetic today you can go kayaking in the lagoon, an opportunity to explore your surroundings while enjoying some beneficial exercise. Make sure you're back in time for lunch where you can take your pick of the buffet dishes which feature delicious fresh fish in abundance. You can spend a lazy afternoon by the pool, working on your tan and cooling off with a swim, or maybe walk to the nearby fishing village to observe local life. Round off the afternoon with a visit to the spa and a soothing massage. Tonight you'll sit down to a sumptuous 3-course dinner, complimented by your choice of wine. Full board    
Explorer Safari

DAY 10: TRANSFER TO DAR ES SALAAM, DEPART

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and soak up some final rays of sun before travelling back to Dar es Salaam by car or plane, where the holiday ends. Breakfast
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3450 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - June, Nov-14 Dec (and 8 Jan-15 March 2017): £3450 pp sharing. July-Oct, 15 Dec-7 Jan (2017): £4125 pp sharing.

Includes: 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.

Excludes: International flights and taxes; visas; travel insurance; drinks; tips; items of a personal nature.

Getting there: 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. 

places you will see

places you will see

Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park
Tanzania’s largest park has only 7 lodges so expect real exclusivity on your safari. Scenic Ruaha is notable for excellent predator sightings – lions, leopards, cheetahs - and vast numbers of elephants.
Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve
The second largest game reserve in Tanzania yet much quieter than the northern parks, with tremendous game viewing. Large numbers of giraffes, wild dogs, big herds of buffalo, elephants and predators.
Dar es Salaam & surrounds
Dar es Salaam & surrounds
Most people only use Dar es Salaam as an overnight where needed, but the easily accessible coastline south of the city is worth considering for a few nights by the beach.

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