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12 days Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mafia Island

This off-the-beaten-track Tanzania holiday itinerary reveals remote wildlife safari parks and hidden beach island gems

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, snorkeling and, depending on the season, swimming with whale sharks.

What's included:

  • National Park & Conservancy fees
  • Light aircraft flights
  • Meals & drinks as mentioned in full itinerary
  • Private airport transfers
  • Accommodation as stated
  • Shared safari activities

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Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3: Selous Reserve

Day 1 - Transfer in Dar & fly to Selous
boat safari watching a giraffe at Lake Manze Tented Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

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 Stielger's Gorge in the Selous Game Reserve.

A camp representative will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to Lake Manze Camp. Your stay is for the following three nights with all meals, conservation fees and shared safari activities included.

This rustic, eco-camp is a true wilderness experience and with no electricity in the 12 tents it is all about the wildlife. It is a fantastic wildlife area in the heart of the Selous next to a lake after which the camp was named.

Depending on your time of arrival you may have a chance for an initial safari activity this afternoon or you might like to just settle into your surroundings ahead of the start of your safari adventure. 

Day 2-3 - On safari in the Selous
watching lions on a game drive at Lake Manze Tented Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

You have the following two days 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. You have the choice between a morning and an afternoon game drive, a full day vehicle safari (with a picnic lunch) or a mixture of a game drive and a boat safari. Fishing and walking are also available depending on the season but cost extra, this can be prearranged when your booking your safari or organised directly with the camp.

The reserve boasts good numbers of lion, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, eland as well as the elusive leopard and wild dog.

Days 3-6: Ruaha National Park

Day 4 - Fly to Ruaha National Park
Elephants roaming across Mdonya Old River Camp

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 at the wonderful Mdonya Old River Camp.

This is the sister camp to Lake Manze Camp, where you have just come from, and as such you can expect the same style, eco-friendly ethos and real focus on the guiding, the wilderness and the experience. 

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

Day 5-6 - On safari in Ruaha
Day 5-6 - On safari in Ruaha Listing Image

You have two full days on safari in Ruaha National Park.

This vast park at over 20,000 sqaure kilometres has an incredible concentration and diversity of wildlife, Ruaha is Tanzania's most significant National Park outside of the Serengeti. However, the park has just a handful of camps and receives about 5% of the volume of visitors that the Serengeti does to its remote location. 

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 is Tanzania's best kept wildlife viewing secret and it is one of the holy grails in East Africa for those who love wild, remote, authentic safari experiences.

Days 7-11: Mafia Island

Day 7 - Fly to Mafia Island
Day 7 - Fly to Mafia Island Listing Image

Today you can have your morning safari activity 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 into Kilindoni on Mafia and are driven to  Butiama Beach Hotel where you spend the next five nights on a half board basis. Your stay is inclusive of breakfast (including fresh fruits, fruit juice, eggs, bacon, sausages, toasts served with jam and honey, pancakes, muffins and cereals) and a three course set menu dinner, tea, coffee, mineral water and use of sea kayaks.

Butiama is a pleasant little lodge, set at the back of a long beach, personally hosted by its Italian owners, with stylish public areas and a lovely swimming pool. It is particularly well located for swimming with whale sharks (best October to February)

Day 8-11- Enjoy Mafia Island
Day 8-11- Enjoy Mafia Island Listing Image

You have four full days to relax and enjoy Butiama Beach Lodge. You can enjoy a range of activities including;

Diving: Big Blu Mafia Island Diver Centre is the sister property to Butiama and it is just a 25 mind drive away. Transfers are arranged daily for guests wanting to partake in diving excursions.

Sandbank picnics : A very popular outing is to sail out to a sandbank at low tide, set up a simple base for a picnic lunch and spend time swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on a perfect beach.

Sailing : The lodge has access to a number of local dhows and can arrange sailing trips both in the area around the lodge and further afield.

Fishing : It may be possible to arrange trips out with local fishermen, using local fishing tackle and techniques.

Cultural visits : It may be possible to go on guided walks around the local villages. We would also recommend spending some time in the capital Kilondoni, which has a pleasant central market and a lively waterfront area.

Day 12: Fly home

Day 12 - Fly home

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.

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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. 

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