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10 Days - Southern Tanzania Swahili Coast

10 Days - Southern Tanzania Swahili Coast

This area does not attract mass tourism thus making it very appealing for those who would like to experience very individualised services.

High-lights of this trip:

Visit Mikumi National park

Discover the unknown Southern Tanzania: Selous Game Reserve

Historical sites near Kilwa ( Tanzania )

Departure: from Dar es Salaam ( Tanzania )

 

Day 1

Arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport of Dar es Salaam, representative of Makomo Safaris will meet you at the airport and  transfer you to either Slipway Hotel Bed and Breakfast basis.

Hotel Slipway is ideally located just 7km from the Dar es Salaam city centre on the posh Msasani peninsula, right on the Indian Ocean overlooking Msasani Bay. It offers best value for money accommodation in this upmarket neighbourhood.

The hotel is integrated into the Slipway complex, which provides a wide range of amenities including various dining options and everything a traveler needs. Within its vicinity are a selection of popular shopping, dining and nightlife destinations.

Day 2

At 08h00, drive to Mikumi National park. It takes about 5 hours. On arrival in Mikumi, check in at Mikumi Wildlife Camp and proceed to the restaurant  for lunch.  Late afternoon game drive in the park dinner and overnight at Mikumi Wildlife Camp inside the park or Tan Swiss lodge outside the park, FB

Mikumi Wildlife Camp, which is also known as Kikoboga, is at the centre of Mikumi National Park situated just 300 metres from the main east-west Tanzania highway. The camp has commanding views across the Mkata Flood Plains and is within easy reach of some of the more interesting areas of the park including the hippo pools.

The lodge has 6  very-comfortable, cottages  spread on a grassy field that is often frequented by impala, zebra and other antelope. The communal areas are special at the camp with the bar and restaurant set under a huge fig tree overlooking two waterholes; that often are busy with game.

Further on to the plains is a small sun deck around a swimming pool and an observation tower. The camp concentrates primarily on game drives however by special arrangement visitors can take a walking safari to the source of the Kikoboga River.

Day 3

Morning and afternoon game drives in Mikumi national Park. All meals and overnight at Mikumi Wildlife Camp or Tan Swiss lodge outside the park, FB

Day 4

Leisurely breakfast, then drive to Morogoro and check in at Mbuyuni Farm Retreat or New acropol Hotel  for overnight on FB terms.

Mbuyuni has 3 cottages, two with two rooms and a bathroom, the other one with a spacious bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen. Both cottages have very spacious verandas.

There is a swimming pool for guests and clients are welcome to explore the farm (350 ha) and do some bird watching. There is a lot of space for walks.

Day 5

Early departure from  MbuyuniFarm Retreat for a six – seven hours drive to Selous Game Reserve. Packed lunch on-route.  Game drive en-route  Selous Wilderness Camp / or Selous River Camp, outside  the eastern gate of the reserve, for dinner and overnight, FB

Named after the legendary British explorer, Selous Game Reserve ( three times the size of Serengeti N.P. and twice the size of Belgium ), was founded as a Reserve in 1905 by the colonial administration and later expanded to include the traditional elephant migration routes.

The Reserve provides shelter for most of Tanzania’s largest elephant population, large herds of buffalo, crocodile, hippo, a variety of 440 species of birds and over 2000 variety of plants. Lions and leopards are also present together with one of the greatest predators of Africa, the African wild dog. The park probably holds the largest concentration of this endangered animal, which hunts, in large packs and with the reputation of being among the most formidable predators.

Covering 50,000 km sq, Selous is the true African wilderness that has had missionaries, explorer and hunters from bygone days but has still managed to keep its doors closed to many. Hot volcanic springs, lagoons, the great RufijiRiver and the diverse landscape makes Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage site.

Selous Wilderness Camp is situated in the North-Eastern part of Selous Game Reserve with view over the mighty RufijiRiver. The camp accommodates guests in comfortable tents, equipped with private bathrooms and veranda facing the river.

Day 6 – 7

Selous Game Reserve, two full day game-drives by Makomo car with picnics. Overnight in Selous Wilderness Camp/ or Selous River Camp, FB

Tanzania‘s often forgotten south-eastern corner is a beautiful region of open savannah and spectacular beaches. The continent’s largest game reserve, the Selous, is there, as is the Makonde plateau ( which is the home of Tanzania’s famous wood-carvers ). On the coast at KilwaKisiwaniIsland are the ruins of one of East Africa’s most important cities.

Despite it’s many attractions and rich history, the south-east receives few visitors.

But for those with an adventurous spirit and a willingness to be open to and respectful of local customs, this unspoiled region can be one of Tanzania’s most rewarding.

Day 8 – 9

To Kilwa Masoko, Kimbilio Lodge, HB

In around 7 hours we will drive from Selous Wilderness Camp to Kilwa Masoko, packed lunch on-route on day 5. Kilwa Masoko is of interest primarily as a base for visiting the ruins of the 15th century Arab settlement at nearby Kilwa Kisiwani. Otherwise, there are a few pretty beaches on the outskirts of town.

Kimbilio Lodges is located on the Kilwa beach in Masoko Bay, just on the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful and still unspoiled corners of the world.
The beach is candid white, and water is crystal clear. Kilwa is a paradise for diving, yet its location is also ideal for excursions in the inland: infinite variety of animal life can be admired by the comfortable car trips we organize

Day 10

Drive back to Dar Es Salaam and drop off at JuliusNyerereInternationalAirport for international flight, or harbour for boat to Zanzibar.

End of Remote’s service.

 

Rates 2016, per person sharing, in US$ (Valid from 5 Jan – 15 Dec 2016)

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