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Dar & Selous 2015

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4

Day 1. Arrive Dar
Arrive Dar Es Salaam airport ex? At? Meet and transfer to Southern Sun Hotel by our private transfer guide
Overnight at Southern Sun Hotel

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Day 2. Dar to Selous Game reserves
After breakfast, collect packed lunches and continue to Selous Game Reserve. Afternoon game drive in the Reserve. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp or similar.

By air, the Northern Selous is defined by the Rufii River. A mile wide in places, its courses are deeply carved in the soft sandy soil and visible for miles as you approach by light aircraft. Any tracks here are beaten not by the small number of visitors that come to stay, but by the feet of generations of hippos and elephant whose influence has shaped the landscape, at least as much as the river.

And the scenery changes quickly, in a matter of a few miles miombo woodland - home to hartebeest, zebra and herds of buffalo - gives way to wide grassy valleys, strangely reminiscent of English park land; thick stands of doum palms reveal glittering lakes burgeoning with life of all kinds.

And sand rivers, literally rivers of dry sand bleached white and littered with the sculptural forms of dead leadwood trees, are one of the most alluring aspects of this area. They are also a magnet to game, drawn to the fresh water that flows beneath the surface. This area is home to all the major mammal species - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and even the very illusive black rhino.

 

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Day 3. Selous Game reserves
After breakfast have a morning game drive followed by Lunch at the Camp.
An afternoon boat trip on the Rufiji River. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp or similar.

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Day 4. Selous to Dar es Salaam
After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam and drop off at the hotel of your choice in Dar es Salaam 

 

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Day 1

 Mikumi National Park
In the morning, you will be met by our private car/guide at the place of your stays in Dar es salaam and driven to Mikumi National Park.
Lunch at the Vuma Hill Camp followed by afternoon game drives till sunset when you head back to the lodgefor dinner and overnight
Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Camp.

About Mikumi National Park
Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles), the fourth-largest park in Tanzania, and part of a much larger ecosystem centred on the uniquely vast Selous Game Reserve.
Mikumi National Park abuts the Northern border of Africa's biggest game reserve - the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square kilometre (47,000 square mile) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean.

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centrepiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi's elephants.

How to get there
A good surfaced road connects Mikumi to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro, a roughly 4 hour drive.
Also road connections to Udzungwa, Ruaha and (dry season only) Selous.
Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Selous. Local buses run from Dar to park HQ where game drives can be arranged.

What to do
Game drives and guided walks. Visit nearby Udzungwa or travel on to Selous or Ruaha.

When to go
Accessible year round. 

 

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