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14 days Selous Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mafia Island

This phenomenal Tanzanian holiday starts on safari deep in the heart of the magnificent Selous Game Reserve. The safari combination with Ruaha National Park is a sensational one, with a great variety of topography and wildlife, and you will have a second incredible game viewing and an authentic bush experience in this remote park. After your safari you can explore and relax on Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean. Mafia provides great opportunities for scuba diving, snorkelling and, depending on the season, swimming with whale sharks. 

Day 1:

International outbound flight

Day 2:

Transfer in Dar & fly to Selous

Day 3:

On safari in the Selous

Day 4:

On safari in the Selous

Day 5:

Fly to Ruaha National Park

Day 6:

On safari in Ruaha

Day 7:

On safari in Ruaha

Day 8:

Fly to Mafia Island

Day 9:

Mafia Island

Day 10:

Mafia Island

Day 11:

Mafia Island

Day 12:

Mafia Island

Day 13:

International return flight

Day 14:

Arrive home

What's included?

  • Professional local staff with fair salaries
  • National Park & Conservancy fees
  • Meals & drinks as mentioned in full itinerary
  • Private airport transfers
  • Light aircraft flights
  • Your choice of accommodation styles

What's excluded?

  • International flights
  • Meals not specified in full itinerary
  • Visas & travel insurance

Why Wayfairer?

We have built fantastic relationships with preferred partners across Africa who share our passion for fair travel. In this way we're able to deliver the highest quality of travel experiences for our guests whilst ensuring that our holidays are responsible and sustainable. 

In wildlife conservation areas we work with selected safari camps and lodges who are committed to conserving their local communities and environments. In both our Boutique and Luxury accommodation styles you will find that your safari camp is dedicated to responsibility and sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

If you'd like to read more about our responsible and sustainable approach to luxury travel you can do so in this dedicated section of our website. 

Holiday Itinerary - 14 Nights

Day 1:

Today you will begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Dar es Salaam Airport.

Overnight: International flight
Meals: (_/_/_)
Day 2:

You are met on arrival into Dar es Salaam and are driven to the domestic terminal. You will then board your scheduled light aircraft flight and fly directly to the Selous Reserve.

A camp representative will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to camp. Your stay is for the following three nights with all meals, conservation fees and shared safari activities included. Depending on your accommodation, drinks and additional activities may be included in your stay as well.

Overnight: Selous Reserve
Meals: (_/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 3:

Today you will have your first full day on safari in the Selous. Activities are usually arranged the previous night so you can decide what you would like to do on a daily basis. 

This is a great way of arranging your safari and gives you a great deal of flexibility, whether you want to do a bush walk, game drive or boat safari. The reserve boasts good numbers of lion, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, eland as well as the elusive leopard and wild dog.

Overnight: Selous Reserve
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 4:

Your final full day on safari in the Selous. 

You have two safari activities available to you on each full day and these depart in the morning and afternoon. We like to recommend getting out and about on foot in the Selous so you can truly appreciate the wilderness.

Overnight: Selous Reserve
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 5:

You can have your morning safari activity this morning, or a have a lie in, and you will then be driven to the airstrip for your direct scheduled light aircraft flight to Ruaha National Park.

You are met on arrival at the airstrip and are driven to camp. Your stay is for the next three nights on a full board basis with two shared game drives a day and park fees included. Depending on your accommodation drinks and laundry may or may not be included as standard. 

The topography of Ruaha is stunning and very different to the Selous, which gives fantastic variety to your African safari experience.

Overnight: Ruaha National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 6:

Today you have a full day on safari in Ruaha National Park. With an incredible concentration and diversity of wildlife, Ruaha is Tanzania's most significant National Park outside of the Serengeti. The park receives about 5% of the volume of tourism that the Serengeti does to its remote location. 

Overnight: Ruaha National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 7:

Your final full day on safari in Ruaha.

Ruaha is home to huge lion prides which are infamous for taking on the largest mammals including elephants, giraffes, hippos and buffalo for their prey. Ruaha really is one of the holy grails in East Africa for those who love wild, remote, authentic safari experiences.

Overnight: Ruaha National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 8:

Today you can have your morning safari activity and lunch and then you are driven back to the airstrip in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Mafia Island.

You are met on arrival in and are driven to your lodge where you spend the next five nights.

Overnight: Mafia Island
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 9:

Relax and enjoy Mafia Island at your leisure.

Overnight: Mafia Island
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)
Day 10:

Relax and enjoy Mafia Island at your leisure.

Overnight: Mafia Island
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)
Day 11:

Relax and enjoy Mafia Island at your leisure.

Overnight: Mafia Island
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)
Day 12:

Relax and enjoy Mafia Island at your leisure.

Overnight: Mafia Island
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)
Day 13:

Today you check-out of your lodge and are driven to the airstrip. You fly on your scheduled light aircraft flight to Dar es Salaam where you are met on arrival. You are driven to the international airport in time to check-in for your return international flight.

Overnight: International return flight
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)
Day 14:

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Overnight: -
Meals: -

You can call us now on:

0203 143 4293

(Call us weekdays until 6pm)

Or enquire online and we'll contact you to start planning your tailor-made holiday.

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Price pp 2 3-4 5-6 7+
Boutique £3,395 £3,325 £3,295 £3,250

Our Boutique style selects accommodation based on style and charm. Guest rooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities and there are a good standard of amenities and public areas. Most properties offer a restaurant on-site and some will have a swimming pool.

Luxury £4,495 £4,450 £4,395 £4,350

Our Luxury style offers a superior standard of service and facilities. Accommodation choices are among the leading properties in the area. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious, with an excellent standard of amenities.

  • Travel even further west to explore Katavi N.P.
  • See the chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains N.P.
  • Combine Mafia Island with Pemba Island

At Wayfairer we specialise in creating tailor-made holidays designed around your requirements.

The holiday ideas on this website are designed to give you an indication of what’s achievable. Whether you’d like to change accommodations, extend or reduce your holiday duration or even start with an entirely blank canvas we’ll be delighted to help.

Call us on 0203 143 4293 or send us an online enquiry to start your journey.

 

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0203 143 4293

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