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Day 01: Southern Sun Hotel – Bed and Breakfast

Upon arrival in Dar es Salaam, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the Customs & immigrations Hall, Please look out for a Zoar Tours & Safari’s driver/guide holding a Zoar Tours Banner with your name on it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and you’ll be transferred to Southern Sun Hotel for overnight and relaxation. The Hotel is in the commercial centre of the city, and it borders the Botanical Gardens and diplomatic offices. The central location of the hotel makes it a perfect choice for international business travellers, NGO’s and diplomats. The hotel ambience and décor would meet the approval of the founder of Dar es Salaam, the Sultan of Zanzibar, who established the city in 1882. Following in this tradition, all guests to Southern Sun Dar es Salaam are welcomed and treated like royalty. A sound rest tonight prepares us for tomorrow's adventures.

Day 02: Selous Safari Camp – Full Board

Breakfast at Southern Sun Hotel then depart to Selous game reserve to arrive in time for lunch at Selous game camp. The Selous’ ecosystem as a whole is made up of a few conservation areas, namely Mikumi in the North and the Kilombero game controlled area in the West, covering in total over 90,000 sq km of pristine wilderness devoid of human influence.. Fed by the mighty Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa which drains most of South Western Tanzania’s water, this reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and is home to over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Selous is unique among reserves in Tanzania as it encompasses an area exclusively devoted to tourism in its Northern part, making up for about 10% of the reserve’s total size. The reserve is also crisscrossed by a multitude of dry riverbeds surrounded by dense riverine vegetation where many of Selous larger animals spend their days.

Day 03 - 05: Selous Safari Camp – Full Board

The next three days we continue to explore this miraculous area on our morning and afternoon game drives. Enter Africa's largest protected area uninhabited by man, where Tanzania's greatest population of elephants wanders in an area bigger than Switzerland! Selous contains about one third of all the wild dogs (often called painted dogs), in the world. Their need to roam vast areas and their formidable hunting skills have caused many to be shot by farmers, but here in Selous they have boundless woodlands and savannahs in which to roam. Along the Rufiji River, an array of grazing antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white Colobus monkeys in the riverine forests. During the dry season from June to October, the concentration of animals along the river is astonishing. Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalala where waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck gather at the water's edge. Magnificent sickle-horned sable and curly-horned greater kudu tend to keep to the longer grass and wooded shrubby areas. Fierce tiger fish and smooth slippery vandu catfish are caught in the rivers. The latter is equipped with primitive lungs allowing it to cross land for short distance in an attempt to find water water during the dry season. All meals and overnight at Selous Safari Camp.



Day 06: Ruaha River Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast drive to Ruaha National Park to check in at Ruaha River Lodge. Ruaha River Lodge stands on the banks of the Great Ruaha River, which is the lifeblood of this arid region. Ruaha National Park has a wealth of different habitats to explore, from grassy plains, escarpment woodlands and rocky kopjes. Hippo pools and an abundance of bird life make for many alternative game drives. Alternatively, you can take a guided walk along the river with a lift back once you reach your destination. In addition to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and most of the common antelope, predators including elusive wild dogs, some of the rarer antelopes such as Sable and Roan, as well as greater and lesser kudu occur. Birding in Ruaha National Park is unparalleled, with some 530 species recorded.

Day 07 & 08: Ruaha River Lodge – Full Board

Your schedule for these two days includes an early morning and late afternoon game drives. The park is one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571species and some of them are known to be migrants from within and outside Africa. Migrating species from Europe, Asia, Australian rim and Madagascar have been recorded in the park. Species of interest in the park include Ruaha red-billed hornbill (Tokus ruahae) which is dominant in the area. The recently annexed wetland, the Usangu basin is one of the country’s important bird area (IBA) as recognized by Birdlife International. Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any national park in East Africa. It is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Kudu (both Greater and Lesser), Sable and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The male Kudu have beautiful spiraled horns while male Sable antelope have impressive curved horns. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat eared foxes and Jackals. Apart from large animals, the park also harbors a number of reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs. The Great Ruaha and Mzombe rivers are presumably the most preferred habitat for crocodiles. All meals and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.

Day 09: Departure

The day starts with early morning walking safari with guide and armed ranger there after return back to lodge for breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam with a packed lunch (Apprx 5 hr drive). END OF SERVICE




 
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