The Selous Game Reserve, the oldest and largest game reserve in Africa. Combine your safari adventure with Pemba Island; with its deserted powdery white seemingly endless beaches stretching along with a band of blue ocean, a lingering aroma of spice in the air, and you have the perfect bush and beach safari pairing. This Bush and Island Safari is especially for someone looking for a luxurious secluded yet exciting safari experience. The Selous is part of the southern safari circuit, with vast expanses of reserved land full of game, offering near-exclusive game viewing opportunities. It is remote, wild, untamed with high concentrations of elephant and wild dog; it also supports large buffalo herds and many lions pride.
Rufiji River sunsetYour driver/guide will collect you from your hotel in Dar es Salaam and drive you to the Selous Game Reserve, in Southern Tanzania. En route, your driver will find an ideal spot to enjoy a picnic lunch before proceeding to the camp. You’ll arrive at the camp in the late afternoon, in time to watch an impressive sunset over the Rufiji River whilst sipping a cold beverage. Relish the remoteness of the area, the tranquility and fantastic bird life in and around the camp
Selous game walk.Wake up early and set off on a morning guided bush walk. Follow the spoor and track the various guests that visited the camp during the night. Return to camp for a sumptuous cooked breakfast and some time to relax in the camp. Delight in the antics of the vervet monkeys as they play in the trees fringing the riverbanks. In the afternoon, board a boat, sit back and relax as you gently glide up river watching the numerous bird species, hippos and crocodiles. Maybe you’ll see a breeding herd of elephants, with their babies of varying ages, come down to the water to slacken their thirst.
Wild dog in the SelousAfter breakfast, take a packed lunch out in the car with you, so that you can spend the whole day exploring the various terrains and habitats of the Selous Game Reserve. This vast reserve has many lakes, open plains, wooded areas and massive baobab trees. Meander along the Rufiji River and watch the elephants as they cross the shallows to feed on the lush trees of a small island. Follow the wild dogs as they chase down their prey, watch as the drama of the hunt unfolds.
The Selous is a rewarding game viewing area without the inconvenience of crowds of other tourists.
Lioness at the waterhole.Set off early in the morning for a long but rewarding drive through the Selous and into the bordering Mikumi National Park, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Appreciate the changing landscape as you move from park to park, game viewing along the way. Find a sensational viewpoint for a picnic lunch before continuing onto the camp. Arriving in the late afternoon in time for sundowners overlooking an active waterhole.
Forest monkeyToday you’ll get a chance to stretch your legs as you take a hike in Udzungwa National Park. Look for endemic bird species, such as the forest partridge, as you climb through the closed canopy forest. See if you can find all six species of primate that live in this forest, including the Sanje Crested Mangabey and Iringa red colobus monkeys, found nowhere else in the world. Feast on a picnic lunch as the monkeys and birds entertain you. After lunch, go for a refreshing swim at the waterfalls, before heading back to camp for a delicious dinner and some well earned rest.
Ruaha elephantsThe drive to Ruaha is mainly via tarred highway, but the road dissects Mikumi National Park allowing for some game viewing. Stop at Iringa Town for a welcome break. Admire the passing scenery as you wend your way to Ruaha National Park. Once inside the park enjoy some game driving as you reach the camp in time for dinner.
Kudu rams fighting.The Ruaha National Park is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and bird species, including lesser and greater kudu, roan and sable antelope, eland and large herds of elephant. There is a healthy population of lion prides, cheetah and leopard in the park. The bird life is prolific with over 530 recorded species and more during the green season. Spend the next couple of days following the movements of the wild game on full day game drives. Dining either back at the camp for a hot lunch or taking lunch packs out with you. Relax in front of your riverside banda and take in the beauty, savagery and pure enjoyment of nature in the wild.
Spend evenings around a campfire as you engage in social interactions with the other guests. Alfresco dining is an experience that deepens your appreciation for the bush as you dine amongst the raw sounds, smells and sights of an unfiltered wilderness.
Horse riding in the Rift Valley.After a cooked breakfast, depart Ruaha and drive through some impressive farmlands to the Mufindi Highlands, arriving in time for a farm fresh lunch.
Enjoy your remote location in the tranquillity of the Southern Highlands as you participate in outdoor activities such as fly fishing for trout, horse riding, bird watching, mountain biking, walking safaris, canoeing and golf. Spend your afternoon on the bar balcony sipping on a sundowner as you watch the sun descend into the horizon. When the evening comes, move inside to the heat of a cosy log fire.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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