Remote, rugged, untamed, filled with a multitude of wild animals and exquisite scents, this aptly describes this Tanzania bush and beach safari. 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.
Boating SafariAt Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, board your plane for the Selous Game Reserve. As you land, your guide will be there ready to transfer you, by road to the camp, which overlooks the Great Ruaha River. This luxurious camp is in an isolated part of the Selous and ensures sensational game viewing opportunities.
Accommodation is in one of the palatial villas, sprawled along the banks of the Great Ruaha River. These luxurious air conditioned partially tented villas offer a comfortable cool oasis. Each villa has a private deck with plunge pool and outdoor rock feature shower, offering panoramic views that ensure you won’t miss any animal sightings, even when you’re in camp. In the afternoon start your adventure with a boat safari, a great way to unwind, relax and view the fantastic birdlife and wildlife, ending with a romantic sundowner on the river's edge before heading back to camp for a gourmet a la carte three-course dinner.
Wild DogsSet out at sunrise with a bush breakfast on a game drive and search for the three resident lion prides and territorial leopards found close to the camp. Travel further afield, there are no time or distance constraints, in pursuit of the wild dogs.The landscape is varied with diverse habitats suiting a wide variety of game. There are Miombo woodland, ravines, open plains (known as Little Serengeti), lakes and rivers. The vehicles are able to go off road, so that following the wild dogs or elusive leopard is possible, even when they veer off track and dive into the bush.
Go on late afternoon drives and find a great lookout spot for sundowners and snacks next to one of the myriad of impressive lakes. Walking safaris and boating trips are also available and make for a novel way to explore the area and see game.
Bush dinners served under the stars makes dining a special event. You can even dine in your villa if you prefer a more private affair.
Pemba beach sceneAfter a final morning game drive, walk or boating safari it’s time to head out to the airstrip to board your flight to Pemba Island, Tanzania. As you land, around mid-afternoon, a resort representative will be there to meet you and escort you to the boat for your ultimate destination on Pemba Island.
Remote, accessible only by boat, this charming barefoot paradise is home for the next seven nights.
Your bungalow suite has an extensive private deck with a plunge pool, perfect for relaxing and reading in solitude. Sit with your feet in the sun-kissed sand looking out to the azure blue Indian Ocean, with the gentle sea breeze on your face and enjoy the delectable fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables, all sourced locally, in a fusion of Swahili and international cuisine.
The scuba diving, snorkelling and deep sea fishing on Pemba is world renowned for its excellence. With the in-house dive centre planning dives or learning how to scuba couldn’t be easier. Game fishing in the Pemba Channel is any angler's dream, striped marlin, yellowfin tuna and broadbill swordfish are all waiting for your lure, and the chef is more than happy to cook your catch for you.
Lazing on a pristine beach, spa treatments, sunset dhow cruises, kayaking and dolphin safaris are all activities available on this island retreat.
Kick off your stress and worries with your shoes, and go barefoot in paradise.
Unfortunately, the real world awaits, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the bush and beach as you board your flight to Dar es Salaam for your onward travel plans.
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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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