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17 Day - Safari Western Tanzania and Southern Parks

17 Day - Safari Western Tanzania and Southern Parks

Day 1

Arrival at International airport of Dar es Salaam, representative of Remote Safari Co will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to Slipway  Hotel, on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 2

Early morning flight to Kigoma and boat transfer to Gombe Stream NP, Overnight at the Tanapa Resthouse FB

At present flights go via Mwanza, upon arrival transfer by boat to Gombe Stream NP in 2.5 hours. Settle in and take a swim and have dinner on the beach.

The Gombe Resthouse is a simple but clean overnight at the Park’s entrance when arriving by boat.

Day 3

Activities in  Gombe Stream NP, Overnight at the Tanapa Resthouse FB

Day 4

Overnight in Kigoma at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel,  HB

Today early trekking for the chimps and return to the resthouse and transfer by boat to Kigoma.

Gibbs is a simple ensuite accommodation in Kigoma.

Day 5 – 7

Long road transfer on day 5 to reach katavi NP. Dinner and  overnight Katavi River Side Camp outside the park, or Katavi Wildlife Camp inside the park, FB

Day 6 & 7 Full day  game drives in Remote’s vehicle  wth picnics. Dinner and overnight at the Katavi River Side Camp, FB

Day 8

Long transfer to Mbeya. Light lunch on the way. Dinner  and overnight at Utengule coffee Lodge HB

This lovely lodge is set on a working coffee plantation in the hills about 20km west of Mbeya with beautiful sunset views over the surrounding hills. There’s a range of accommodation for all budgets, including spacious standard rooms and two-storey king-size suites with an upper balcony. There’s also a family room set off on its own, plus large, self-catering cottages in separate grounds well away from the main hotel

Day 9

Old Farm House in Iringa, half board terms.

This morning you will  drive up to Kisolanza Farm in Iringa town.

Kizolanza Farm some 50 km outside Iringa is a relatively cool place to spend the night. Overnight in Chalets with open fires. Restaurant offers good meals.

Day 10

After breakfast, continue to Ruaha National park, and check in at Ruaha river Lodge inside the park or Ruaha Hilltop Lodge outside the park on full board terms.

The Ruaha River Lodge constructed on and around a rocky kopje overlooking the Great Ruaha River provides comfortable accommodation and good food while blending into it’s surroundings to enable visitors to feel themselves a part of the wild.

Guests are housed in individual bandas built from local stone and thatch. En-suite bathrooms and electric lighting in the evening are also provided.

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge is built on a hill with a wonderfull panoramic view outside the park. There are many types of different birds, wild flowers, butterflies and trees that can be seen nearby.

The self contained cottages are very comfortable and private, each with its own balcony with a beautiful view. The water is heated by solar power.

The reception, dining room and bar are all under one roof, with a gallery to enjoy the spectacular African sunrise and sunset. Giraffes, elephants and baboons and kudus can sometimes be glimpsed not far way.

We also have an own Curio Shop. You can find some pictures downwards.
Our experienced chefs provide both continental and Tanzanian cuisine, using fresh products from the local area. The bar is well stocked and also serve fresh juice and bake own bread.

Day 11 – 12

Ruaha National Park, Daily, full day  game-drives by Makomo car with picnics. Dinner and overnight in the Ruaha River Lodge / Ruaha Hilltop Lodge,  FB

Ruaha N.P. is Tanzania’s 2nd biggest park. Wildlife is concentrated along the cascading Great Ruaha River that is the park’s lifeblood. Home to hippo and crocodiles snacking on schools of fish, it is a flooded torrent after the rains, dwindling to precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand in the dry season.  Waterbuck, impala and the world’s most southerly Grant’s gazelle risk their lives for a sip of its waters…..a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, jackal, hyena and packs of wild dog – rare elsewhere. Unique combinations of animals co-exist here – both the greater and lesser kudu, sable and roan antelope – Ruaha being the only protected area in the world where the flora and fauna of eastern and southern Africa overlap.

Day 13

Drive of 6 hrs back to Mikumi National Park. Packed lunch on-route and a late afternoon game-drive by Makomo car on day 13, and morning and afternoon game drives on day 14. Dinner and overnight in Foxes Mikumi Safari Camp inside the park / or Tan Swiss Lodge outside the park, FBFoxes Mikumi Safari Camp – Exclusive camping ‘African’ style, combines creature comforts with the real bush experience; ideal for those wishing to be in the “thick of it” immersed aamongst the wildlife.
The camp has 8  custom designed tents raised on wooden platforms are sited around the rock kopje overlooking the floodplain

Foxes Safari Camp is a seasonal camp and is closed from March until June. The best time for game viewing is in the dry months between June and February as access to some areas of the park may be limited during March to June, due to the rain

Mikumi N.P. is Tanzania’s third largest National Park, covering 3230 square kilometre. Mikumi is one of the most popular of Tanzania’s National Parks. One of the principal features of Mikumi is the Mkata River flood plain ( an area of lush vegetation which particularly attracts elephants and buffaloes ), along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides ( in the east the Uluguru Mountains, in the  west the Rubeho Mountains ). Open grasslands dominate in the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the lower hills.

Day 14

An “expedition” through Uluguru Mountains to Selous Game Reserve ,   which is, depending on the river, a journey of about 8 – 9  hours. A beautiful drive through rivers, villages, small bridges and the  tropical forest of Uluguru Mountains. Packed lunch on-route. Once in Selous, game drives en-route the eastern gate of the reserve. Dinner and overnight in Selous Wilderness Camp / or Selous River Camp both outside the reserve, FB + game activities.

Day 15 – 16

On both days, we enter Selous Game Reserve, for a full day of  game-drives by Makomo car. There will be one afternoon boat safari in one of these days.  Packed lunch on the day. Dinner and overnight in either Selous Wilderness Camp / or Selous River Camp, 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 Rufiji River and the diverse landscape makes Selous Game Reserve is a World Heritage site.

Day 17

After breakfast, either transfer to Mtemere airstrip for a flight to Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar, or a road transfer to Dar Es Salaam with picnics.

End of Remote’s services

 

Rates 2016 valid 4 Jan – 19 Dec 2016

Lodge Safari in Western & Southern Tanzania  17 days

Using Slipway/Gombe Bandas/Kigoma Hilltop Hotel/Katavi Wildlife Camp/Utengule/Old Farm/Ruaha River Lodge/Stanley’s Kopje/Selous Wilderness Camp:

Rates on request

Using Slipway/Gombe Bandas/Kigoma  Hilltop Hotel/Katavi River Side Camp/Utengule/Old Farm/Ruaha Hilltop  Lodge/Tan Swiss Lodge / /Selous  River Camp:

Rates on request

 

Extra night in Gombe USD: includes fb stay, park fees & chimp visit. $280 per person

Extra night in Mwanza in case of no direct flights from Dar Es Salaam to Kigoma, USD:85 PPS SRS: USD: 25 includes bb stay & return airport transfers.

 

Included (in prices given): service of an English speaking driver/guide, 4WD vehicle, all meals as indicated above, mineral water available throughout the trip, accommodation as above on either sharing basis or single-room basis, clients will be picked from the airport of Dar es Salaam on day 1 and dropped on day 17 at the airport of Mtemere (Selous) or  Dar es Salaam, Flight from Dar Es Salaam to Kigoma, transfers in Kigoma, Boat transfer from Kigoma to Gombe NP and back to Kigoma, trekking for the chimps, national park fees Gombe USD 100 per 24 hrs, Game drives by Remote car in Katavi N.P., all transfers,  park fees in Katavi please note: parkfees can change without prior notice , Game drives in Ruaha and Mikumi NPs, entry fees for Ruaha and Mikumi, concession fees in Ruaha, Mikumi &  Selous and entry fees to Selous.

Excluded (in prices given): meals if not indicated above, all drinks (except mineral water), personal - and travel - insurance, visa fees, international flights to Dar es Salaam / from Dar es Salaam on day 1 and 17, airport departure tax,   all "optional" activities as mentioned above, any other activity / excursion not mentioned above and personal expenditures.

FB = Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

HB = Half board (breakfast and dinner)

BB = Bed and breakfast basis only

For any further information about this itinerary please contact: info@remotesafaricompany.com

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