The African Wild Dog & Zanzibar

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12 Days - 11 Nights
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SELOUS, RUAHA & ZANZIBAR – KUDU, AFRICAN WILD DOG SAFARI & SAPPHIRE BLUE WATERS

Explore the untouched wilderness of Ruaha and Selous on safari, as you get up close and personal with the endangered African wild dog and observe the rare and handsome greater kudu in their natural habitat, all against the stunning backdrop of the iconic baobab and acacia trees. This itinerary presents an incredible juxtaposition between the semi-arid vegetation of Ruaha National Park, the lush landscape of Selous and the clear, turquoise waters of Zanzibar. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled into paradise! As well as a few hundred species of birds and plants, you can expect to encounter a staggering volume of resident buffalo, elephants, lions, crocs and hippos. Enjoy many once-in-a-lifetime activities, including cruise boating on the Rufiji River Delta, a walking safari, and swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar. To get a sense of our personalized tailor-made African safari experiences from all over Tanzania, please watch our short video.

ARRIVE LOCATION  

  • Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR)

DEPARTURE LOCATION

  • Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)

INCLUDED

  • Professional private English-speaking safari guide;
  • Exclusive use of safari Landcruiser 4×4 (open-sided or enclosed with pop-up roof for game viewing);
  • Accommodation as detailed;
  • All domestic flights;
  • All national park entrance fees for sightseeing, concession and camping fees;
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals during safari;
  • All local brand drinks (house wine, beer & spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee, juices)
  • Donations and payments to local community projects
  • All government taxes and fees
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Gratuities for airport transfer drivers, safari guide, hotel and camp staff
  •  Expenditure on personal bar bills for premium brand drinks (those not included), souvenirs, etc.
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary

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This itinerary is intended as inspiration, giving you an idea of how to capture the soul of Tanzania’s wilds and touch the real heart of Africa. It makes a great starting point for planning your unique adventure through this stunning landscape, but we will work with you to customize, tweak and tailor your trip so that you can start looking forward to the safari of your dreams.

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DAY 1: THE OYSTER BAY HOTEL (ONE NIGHT)

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR) you will be warmly welcomed by a Wito Africa private vehicle and driver, who will transfer you to your luxury boutique accommodation at the Oyster Bay Hotel for a pre-safari briefing and overnight stay. Dinner will be served upon arrival and your butler will then show you to your room for the night.

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DAY 2, 3 & 4: JABALI RIDGE (THREE NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will transfer you to the Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR) for your scheduled flight to Ruaha National Park. You will be greeted at Msembe airstrip in Serengeti by a private safari guide and vehicle and taken on a gentle game drive on your way to your luxury lodge. Take part in day and night game drives, followed by amazing sundowners, while you feast your eyes on a sweeping view of the remote, wild and mighty Ruaha National Park, right from your suite or infinity pool. The park boasts large concentrations of all of the African Big Cats and an unmatched population of elephants and buffalo. You can also experience the rawness of this wilderness on foot, for an even more vivid encounter with Africa’s wildlife – large and small – that will forever be etched on your memory.

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DAY 5, 6 & 7: BEHO BEHO CAMP (THREE NIGHTS)

After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the Msembe airstrip for your scheduled flight to Beho Beho airstrip. You will be met by a private safari guide and vehicle and taken on a short game drive on your way to your beautiful luxury camp, for check-in and freshening up. After a pre-safari briefing and lunch, you will head out on an afternoon game drive for your introduction to the wild, raw and untouched areas of the Selous Game Reserve. For the next three nights, you will enjoy exclusive and unparalleled game drives, as well as walking and boating safaris, in the most thrilling game reserve in Africa. The Selous Game Reserve has an abundance of game, especially during the dry season when the large numbers of wildlife are lured into the river for a drink, while the predators are always on standby.

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DAY 8, 9, 10 & 11: MATEMWE RETREAT  (FOUR NIGHTS)

Enjoy your final morning in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve by following up on a certain lion pride that you may have discovered, or simply discovering a new area for a game drive. Make a timely transfer back to Beho Beho airstrip, where your private guide will bid you adieu as you board your scheduled flight to Zanzibar Island. You will be met upon arrival at Zanzibar International Airport by your private Island Express driver who will transfer you to your luxury, exclusive villa in Matemwe for relaxation and an overnight stay.

Located on an amazing stretch of private island, just north east of Zanzibar Island and right opposite Mnemba Island, Matemwe is a superb luxury haven and an ideal place to unwind after your exciting wildlife safari. For the next four nights, you will indulge yourself in relaxation, exploration and rejuvenation. At Matemwe, you can find peace and solitude or partake in any number of optional activities, including: reef-walking, kayaking, kite-surfing, wellness spa, snorkeling, scuba diving, guided tours (day trips to Stone Town, visiting a spice farm and exploring the Jozani Forest) and cultural explorations. While you are enjoying a wide range of well-designed water activities or cultural programs, don’t forget to take your time in selecting the best vantage point from which to enjoy the most magical sunset on the East African coast.

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DAY 12: ZANZIBAR & BEYOND

Spend the morning and a leisurely afternoon at your beautiful beach retreat. Your private Island Express driver will greet you and transfer you to the Zanzibar International Airport for your self-booked international flight. Upon arrival at the airport, gather your luggage and proceed to your departure lounge to board your flight for your journey home.


PRICING

Your total cost will vary depending on seasonality, size of group and specific travel arrangements, but this is a good guideline for an all-inclusive safari (everything except international flights):

  • $499 USD per person per day for 3-star accommodation
  • $699 USD pp per day for 4-star
  • $999+ USD pp per day for 5-star

It’s worth noting that, depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.

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It’s your adventure of a lifetime, so make it your own by picking and choosing from the huge selection of safari activities, trips and tours on offer. There’s something for every age, group, budget and timescale so whatever you dream of, you’ll find it here…

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