Southern Tanzania and the Sea

Day 1 - Day 4
  • Meet our local representative on arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport
  • Coastal Air flight Dar es Salaam – Ruaha 8:30am – 11:00am
  • Game drive transfer from Ruaha Airstrip to Jongomero
  • Ruaha has gained a reputation amongst safari connoisseurs for its unique ecological and geographical character, offering a cross-section of species and a climate that is unique to the country. Ruaha is an ecological convergence for Northern and Southern species of mammal and is also one of the few areas where Greater and Lesser Kudu can be seen. Game drives in Ruaha rarely disappoint and with the bush luxury of Jongomero Camp as your base, you can enjoy a most exclusive and rewarding safari experience. Jongomero is set on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River in the remote southwestern corner of Ruaha National Park - Tanzania’s second largest national park. Offering an exclusive safari experience and unmatched privacy, it is the only safari camp situated in this pristine area characterised by rocky outcrops, mountain ranges and the Great Ruaha River. Large elephant herds, wild dog, sable, both greater and lesser kudu, a plentiful predator population and more than 510 species of birds make Ruaha National Park a naturalist’s paradise. Accommodation at Jongomero comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda overlooking the Jongomero River. Each tented suite features a dhow wood Emperor bed and an en suite bathroom with twin hand basins, spacious shower and w.c. The dining and living areas are both original and very comfortable offering a great vantage to take in the sights and sounds of the African bush that surrounds the Camp, as does the natural rock pool for those hot days. Delicious Pan-African cuisine is enjoyed in the spacious guest areas or on the riverbank. Guests may explore the pristine wilderness on interpretive game-drives or bush walks led by professional rangers. The team of qualified guides will design your daily wildlife viewing program to both suit you, the changing seasons, and the movements of wildlife ensuring you the best possible experience whilst in Ruaha, by whatever means is most appropriate. The camp will oblige with walking safaris accompanied by a qualified guide. These are overnight expeditions on foot with a lightweight mobile camp and must be pre-booked.

    You stay at Jongomero Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4 - Day 7
  • Coastal Air flight Ruaha – Selous 11:45am – 1:05pm
  • The Selous Game Reserve stretches across southeast Tanzania. The largest game reserve in Africa, it covers an area of 50,000 square kilometers of true wilderness. The ecosystems of the reserve are so diverse that the Selous was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. Selous Safari Camp has the prime position at the centre of the unique riverine and lake complex, with the highest concentration of African wildlife and myriad birdlife. The lodge was built with flair and imagination, entirely from local materials, with spectacular views over the magnificent Rufiji River. Each of the nine safari tents is on its own raised timber platform, affording guests an unmatched experience of the African bush. The spacious tents are luxuriously appointed, with en suite bathrooms with double brass basins and open air hot-water showers. The tent has two verandas- one to the front off the bedroom, second off the rear of tent. The camp has its own swimming pool, enabling guests to cool off in the heat of the day. One mess area is elevated onto tall platforms and the other is set amongst a grove of trees, both with large comfortable sofas, and wildlife reference library. Their chefs prepare the finest cuisine from a kitchen well-supplied with local organic products. Meals are complemented by a good selection of wines and there is a well-stocked bar. While guests find that game viewing and communing with nature can readily be achieved without moving from the camp itself, the camp offers full opportunities to get out into the bush to explore more of the Selous Game Reserve, its intriguing topography, its fascinating flora and its teeming wildlife. Open four-wheeled drive vehicles, specially adapted for close-up game viewing, make for exhilarating early morning and evening forays into the surrounding bush. On the Rufiji River and its many tributaries, channels and lagoons, the camp offers game viewing by boat, an opportunity for guests to obtain close-up photographs and views of the many hippo wallowing in the water and the large crocodiles lurking on the banks. The wealth of the Selous reserve's vivid bird life is best seen from the boat.

    You stay at Selous Safari Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7 - Day 10
  • Coastal Air Scheduled flight Selous – Dar Es Salaam 9:45am – 10:20am
  • Road transfer from Dar Es Salaam Domestic Airport to Ras Kutani
  • Ras Kutani is set on a crescent of white sandy beach, washed by the gentle surf of the temperate Indian Ocean. The resort is situated only 35 kilometres south of the port of Dar es Salaam but offers the perfect hideaway, far from the madding crowd. The setting ensures that feeling of being on one's own tropical island. The hotel is flanked by a fresh water lagoon abutting onto a coastal forest, which spills to the edge of the unspoiled and undeveloped beach. Accommodation is in twelve spacious, charming cottages constructed of natural, local materials that harmonize perfectly with the wonderful surroundings. Ethnic furnishings impart a sense of the Tanzanian coast's rich cultural heritage. Each cottage has its own en suite bathroom and large veranda with views of the azure ocean. Our chefs pride themselves on preparing the fresh “fruit of the ocean” fare from the readily available local fish and crustaceans. While relaxation is the keynote at Ras Kutani, they also offer a full range of sports for the more active guests. The gentle trade winds which cool the resort also provide ideal conditions for sailing. The temperate seas and proximity of coral reefs ensure a wealth of marine life and interest for snorkelling. Apart from the immense variety of colourful fish, dolphins, whales and turtles are frequent visitors to these shores. Turtles still come to nest along the shore of Ras Kutani in season, with opportunities for interested guests to become involved in the projects that continue to look out for their welfare. Fishing is a speciality at Ras Kutani. Some might prefer to toss a gentle lure into the lagoon while others might choose the excitement of deep-sea fishing hunting the "big game" fish in some of Africa's best waters. Nature lovers will find their pleasure closer to home. The tropical, coastal forest behind the hotel boasts some 132 different species of trees in many of which one can watch the antics of four species of monkey, including the spectacular black-and-white colobus. The deserted beach is also ideal for long walks or riding.

    You stay at Ras Kutani Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10
  • Coastal Air Charter flight Ras Kutani – Dar es Salaam 10:00am – 10:15am
  • Transfer from Dar Es Salaam Airport Domestic Terminal to International Terminal
  • After a spectacular sunrise and a quick breakfast, your charter flight takes you to Dar es Salaam International Airport where you continue with your onward travel arrangements.