Journey through Tanzania’s culture, wilderness, and secluded tropical oases in this unforgettable two-week adventure. This trip offers the ideal mix of relaxation and exploration, taking you on a journey from glistening waters and white-sand beaches to the rich Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. After an invigorating adventure, you will visit the secluded islands of the Songosongo Archipelago to complete a truly treasured experience.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Ras Kutani, Songosongo Archipelago
Activity Activity Safari, Luxury, Beach, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Relax at a secluded tropical resort

Relax at a secluded tropical resort

Day 1–4 in Ras Kutani

When you arrive at Dar es Salaam, you will be met at arrivals and will be driven down the east coast of Tanzania to your first destination. Here, an escort will row you across a lagoon to the secluded resort of Ras Kutani. On this crescent of coastland, you can spend your days relaxing on white-sand beaches, snorkelling in clear waters, exploring the mangroves by kayak and walking amidst lush tropical surrounds. You may even see turtles, as this part of the coast is a favourite nesting ground for them. You will be staying in a safari-style suite with views of the ocean and unspoilt beaches.

Big game watching in Selous Game Reserve

Big game watching in Selous Game Reserve

Day 5–7 in Selous Game Reserve

From Ras Kutani resort you will be taken to the Selous Game Reserve to stay a couple of nights in a tented camp in the wilderness. At the biggest game reserve of its kind in Africa, you will get a true old-world safari experience amidst forests, lagoons, sandbanks and lakes which are fed by the Great Rufiji River and its tributaries. At your lodgings in Lake Manze tented camp, you will be visited by a rich diversity of game and wildlife. The reserve has more than 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephants, 108,000 buffalos and approximately 1,300 of the world’s remaining rare wild dogs.

Safari in Ruaha National Park

Safari in Ruaha National Park

Day 8–10 in Ruaha National Park

Your next stop will be East Africa’s largest national park, which offers a mix of game from southern and eastern Africa, and is Tanzania’s biggest elephant haven. Amongst the wildlife, you might see crocodiles and hippos thriving in the Great Ruaha River, as well as herds of buffalo roaming the hills and escarpments. You can also look out for an exciting variety of bird species, including kingfishers, egrets, hornbills, sunbirds and plovers. Your home for the two nights will be a spacious Meru-style walk in tent at Mdonya Old River Camp, where you can experience comfort amidst your wild surroundings.

Stay at an eco-lodge on a private island

Stay at an eco-lodge on a private island

Day 11–14 in Songosongo Archipelago

You will spend the final days of your journey enjoying the scenic shoreline of eastern Tanzania, where you can go snorkelling or diving amidst the coral reefs or simply languish in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. You will stay in an eco-chic lodge on the sandy shores of the remote Fanjove Private Island, the smallest of six islands in the Songosongo Archipelago. Surrounded by glistening waters and birdsong, you can admire the island’s prolific wildlife, as well as visit the 19th-century lighthouse and architectural remains of an ancient fishing village. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, green turtles and humpback whales.

Departure

Day 15 in Dar es Salaam

After your final night on the tropical Fanjove Island, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. You’ll have to say goodbye to newfound friends and staff, but with memories etched into your mind, Tanzania will undoubtedly be a place you’d love to return to again and again.

Where to stay

Classic Tented Camp

Chaka Camp

Chaka Camp is a semi-permanent mobile camp located in the Serengeti eco-system. "Chaka" means "bush" in Swahili and this is what the Chaka Camp is offering; an authentic and intimate bush experience in the middle of remarkable areas of the Serengeti's pristine wilderness. The Camp moves twice a year to ensure its guests are very well placed to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Superior Tented Camp

Lake Manze Tented Camp

The Lake Manze area is one of the richest for game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and wet seasons. There is a cool and shady thatched lodge with a dining area and a sitting area, overlooking the lake. The camp maintains simplicity – there are no extra frills here and the purposeful lack of electricity in camp makes for a charming old world safari experience. It is certainly exciting; you do feel like you are out in the wilderness. This feeling is enhanced by the camp's position on the floodplain of Lake Manze. Renowned for its excellent resident game, the camp is right next to an elephant walkway, who love the Doum Palm trees!

Superior Tented Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

Nomad are one of the longest running safari companies in Tanzania with camps and lodges in every corner of the country. We love the Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp as it is a mobile camp following the migration inside the Serengeti National Park, with private vehicles and some excellent guiding. Out of all the mobile operators Nomad earns extra respect for following the migration with every move, not just in peak tourist season.

Superior Tented Camp

Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

Namiri Plains is a must to any cheetah enthusiast. The cheetah numbers here are vast and there’s plenty of everything else too. Being owned by Asilia, Namiri Plains will most certainly deliver a world class safari experience. It’s not often that new areas open up in the Serengeti so we highly recommend a stay here.

Superior Tented Camp

Kigelia Camp

Kigelia is the least commercial product in Ruaha and offers a unique product. Owned and run by Nomad, this eco focused camp blends in extremely well with its environment, aided by very good guides and a great camp character. Although it is rather basic in design, the high quality is obvious throughout your stay. It is a top choice for a Ruaha safari.

Superior Safari Lodge

Ikuka Safari Camp

Ikuka, in Ruaha really stands out from the others in the park as it only has 6 bandas and sits perched on an incredible escarpment with the best views of Ruaha National Park. Behind all great lodges are great people; Mark who was born and brought up in the Ruaha area and is the chap behind all the guiding and walking safaris. Expect an intimate, relaxed and luxurious safari here with great views and top guiding.

Deluxe Safari Lodge

Asilia Sayari Mara Camp

Sayari is one of the best camps in the north of the Serengeti. It is a beautifully stylish and well furnished camp that combines luxury with a fantastic point for game viewing. The food is impressive and the all round service is of a very high standard. The north of the Serengeti offers a very private experience. It’s a once in a life time opportunity to see the great migration without huge numbers of other vehicles ruining your picture!

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $7,131pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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