Visit three of southern Tanzania’s most famous parks in this eleven-day flying safari. You’ll explore two of Africa’s largest game parks in the form of Selous Reserve and the famous Ruaha National Park. Providing a far more rugged and wild experience than you’ll find in the country’s north, these two parks combine well with Mahale – home of Tanzania’s little-known chimpanzee population.
Ruaha dining under the starsFrom Dar es Salaam International Airport, board a light aircraft to Ruaha National Park. On arrival, a guide will meet you and transfer you to the camp, set in a secluded grove of sausage trees on the banks of a sand river. Enjoy a delicious lunch under the thatched dining room, with amazing views of the bush. Go on an afternoon game drive, roving the game rich park close to the camp.
Relax around the campfire with some pre-dinner drinks, and listen to the night sounds of the African bush. Dine al fresco, under a blanket of stars.
Ruaha walking safari.Spent the next two full days exploring Ruaha, savouring the many different vistas and habitats. From rocky outcrops with klipspringers silhouetted on the ridges, to lesser and greater kudu in the dry riverbeds. Observe the lion prides feasting on a recent kill, or sleeping off last night's forlorn hunt.
Meander the open plains on foot, feel the texture of the baobab, worn smooth by elephants rubbing themselves on the gnarly bark. Look for cheetah stalking its prey. Relax in the camp with a pair of binoculars, listen to the birdsong and try to identify the caller.
Katavi sundowners.After an early breakfast, it is time to head out to the airstrip for an early flight to Katavi. Look out the plane window as you travel west over the Central African Rift. Katavi lies on two major landscapes, the rift valley floor and the bordering rift valley shoulders, with adjacent highlands, mountains and plateaus. The camp is about 20 minutes drive from the airstrip on the Chada Lake flood plains.
This stylish bush camp is small and intimate. The tents are spacious and comfortable, blending into the bush, and often share the midday shade with the elephants.
Katavi hippos in the dry months.Katavi has two exceedingly disparate seasons. During the dry season, the temperature climbs, the water levels drop and the animals congregate closely around the remaining water sources. Vast herds can be seen, with hippos by their thousands piling on top of each other in search of some moisture to keep them cool. The plains are dusty, with yellowing grass and shimmering mirages in the heat. The predators enjoy the glut of concentrated game. During the wet season, the area is converted into a green oasis. As the first drops permeate the dusty sun-baked earth, green shoots start to appear, the rivers flow and the migrant birds start to arrive. A birders paradise, with plenty of game to be found.
Spend your days on long game walks, watching unobtrusively, the large herds of buffalo, impala and elephant. Travel further afield by custom made 4x4 open safari vehicles, stopping for chilled sundowners as the final light of the day fades. Each day’s safari shows another facet of Africa’s abundance, cruelty and beauty.
Mahale Island on Lake Tanganyika. Fly to Mahale for a totally different safari experience and adventure. The camp is situated on Lake Tanganyika’s shores accessible only by a 90-minute dhow ride. The spacious, open-fronted bandas fringe the forest overlooking the beach with the mountains majestically rising above the lake. All the bandas have an upstairs chill out deck, perfect for lazy afternoons with a good book.
Chimp resting at Mahale.The Mahale forest, inhabited by chimps, other primates, birds, butterflies and a multitude of other animals is perfect for trekking. Start the day early and set out to find the chimps with your guide. Wend your way up the mountain game tracks looking for signs of the chimps nesting site and listening to their chatter. Once found, spend an hour watching their playfulness and troop interactions, before setting off to see what else calls the forest home.
Kayak out onto the lake, trailing a fishing line. Take a plunge in mountain pools, swimming under the waterfalls. Walk along the beach and watch the sunset, or take the dhow on a cruise with some ice-cold drinks on hand.
After a lazy last morning on your Wild Tanzania Adventure, catch the dhow back to the mainland for your flight to Dar es Salaam and your onward travel arrangements.
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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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