Classic Tanzania safari
14 night Train-Fly ‘Tropical
Islands and Wilderness Safari Adventure’
*Mikumi National Park with Udzungwa
Mountain National Park staying three nights at
Foxes Safari Camp or Vuma Hills Tented Camp *Ruaha
National Park staying four nights at Ruaha River
Lodge *Spice Islands of Zanizbar staying seven
nights at Breezes Beach
Arrive Dar-es-Salaam by British
Airways air to be met and transferred to TAZARA
station for the 09:00am departure of the SAFARI
EXPRESS train to Mikumi National Park, where you
will stay at either Foxes Safari Camp or Vuma
Hills Tented Camp.
The Safari Express private train
is old style train travel through the Selous Game
Reserve, leisurely winding its way through the
spectacular Tanzanian countryside. An experience
in itself, lunch and bar on board, there is nothing
else like it in Tanzania. For the comfort of passengers
straight from an overnight flight there is a shower
on boards as well as usual bathroom facilities.
You will arrive at Kidatu station at approximately
17:30 to transfer by road to Foxes Safari Camp
in Mikumi National Park.
The central feature of Mikumi
National Park is the fertile Mkata flood plain
whose lush pastures attract wildlife from the
surrounding mountains. Foxes Safari Camp is located
on a rocky hill on this plain offering 360 degree
panoramic viewing of game across the plain and
Mwanambogo waterhole with the highest concentration
of game in the park.
You will have the day to explore
and discover Mikumi National Park with morning
and afternoon game drives in specially adapted
open game viewing vehicles accompanied by expert
guides and driver. Your stay at Foxes Safari Camp
includes full board accommodation, park fees,
game drives in specially adapted open game viewing
vehicles accompanied by an expert guide and driver,
transfers, tea/coffee and laundry.
You will be transferred to Udzungwa
Mountain National Park so that you can trek underneath
the rainforest canopy with its endemic primates
and endemic birds to come out at Sanje water falls
with breathtaking views over the Rift Valley below.
The guided walk is quite steep and takes 3-4 hours
without allowing for stopping time and your picnic
at Sanje falls. You would return to Foxes Safari
Camp for sundowners.
The Udzungwa rainforest is a
remnant of the ancient Eastern arc rainforest
that stretched along the eastern rift. It has
similarities with forests in Madagascar and West
Africa. However, Madagascar split from the mainland
165 million years ago and the Udzungwa forests
have remained isolated from those in West Africa
for the last 5 million years. So that there exists
a high degree of endemism with 25% of the plant
species unique only to Udzungwa, 4 species of
endemic primate, and several recently discovered
endemic bird species
In the morning you depart from
Mikumi National Park to fly to Ruaha National
The central feature of Ruaha
National Park is the Great Ruaha River that is
the lifeline of the park. During the long 6 month
dry season wildlife is drawn to this river from
the surrounding hills. Ruaha River Lodge is located
in a unique position in a bend of the Great Ruaha
River where you can observe natural animal behaviour
as wildlife is attracted to the river. From the
comfort and safety of your natural stone and thatch
bandas you can watch the drama unfold as game
comes down to drink and the predators lie in wait.
Ruaha National Park is special
because it is topographically varied (from grassland
plains, to the Great Ruaha River, rocky kopjes,
mountains and the escarpment plateaux) with a
correspondingly varied number of habitats and
consequently wildlife species. Altitude varies
from 1000m to 1850m.
More importantly Ruaha National
Park lies in the convergence zone between northern
and southern hemisphere where you find plant,
animal and bird species from both hemispheres.
So for instance there are 1650 plant species found
in Ruaha while only 600 plant species are found
in the Serengeti and Selous. You therefore can
find species less common in the northern parks
such as Sable and Roan antelope and also both
species of Kudu: Greater and Lesser Kudu. All
the predators are present including larger populations
of hunting dog, lion, leopard and cheetah.
Your 4 night stay at Ruaha River
Lodge will be hosted by Peter and Sarah Fox who
have lived in Ruaha National Park for most of
the last two decades and will give you unparalleled
knowledge of this special park. Your stay at Ruaha
River Lodge is inclusive of F/B accommodation,
park fees, morning and afternoon game drives (and/or
walking safaris) in specially adapted open game
viewing vehicles accompanied by expert guides
and driver with radio backup, airstrip transfers,
tea/coffee and laundry.
You will be transferred to the
airstrip for the flight to Zanzibar Island. From
the airport you will be met and transferred to
the east coast of the island for your 7 night
stay at Breezes Beach. The east coast beaches
are famed for their white sands and clear sea.
Scuba Diving by highly qualified Dive instructors
at a Scuba Schools International affliated diving
school offering SSI/PADI courses and a variety
of dives (see below) and other water sports are
on offer and historical excursions can be arranged
from the hotel to explore the narrow streets of
Stone Town so as to absorb the Arabic culture
and history. It is highly recommended also to
visit the Jozani Forest Reserve to see the endemic
Red Colubus Monkey.
You will be transferred back
to Zanzibar airport for an early departure by
plane back to Dar to meet the British Airways
flight back to Europe.
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