10th October - 21st October 2019

Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park

Experience Tanzania’s best and big-game destinations, Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Explore this vast wild parks with an opportunity to take great photos under the guidance of a Professional Wildlife Photographer together with together with an expert tour guide.

Kima Safaris have partnered with Wildlife Photographer Patrick Hozza, to lead this adventurous photographic tour.

The adventure opens in the Selous where you enjoy three nights at Selous Kinda Lodge, set next to a lake in the reserve. Game drives and explore the Rufiji River Delta with a boat.

You then drive off to Ruaha National Park for 5 nights with a stop at Iringa town. We will be spending a few nights at Cottages and then move to Ruaha River Lodge which is situated on the banks of the Great Ruaha River – the lifeline of the Ruaha National Park – this remote lodge creates an authentic Tanzanian experience.

Ideal for those who prefer a more personal safari adventure, Ruaha River Lodge is rustic, yet comfortable and offers incredible views over the vast surrounding wilderness.

Beginning and ending in Dar es Salaam, this safari was designed for Wildlife Photography enthusiast and selection of accommodation to minimize the cost while maintaining high standards to ensure that each traveler enjoys.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Dar-es-Salaalm

The tour begins in Tanzania’s coastal city of Dar es Salaam. International arrival and airport pickup. Upon your arrival (international flight not included), you will be met at the airport by one of our Kima Safaris representatives and assisted in exchanging money, finding an ATM or buying a local mobile sim card etc.

You’ll then be driven to your hotel, The Meditareneon Hotel, where you will have time to have peaceful relaxation day with views of the Indian Ocean and lush garden surroundings at the hotel.

In the evening you will have a brief with the Tour guide and Wildlife Photographer on the safari ahead.

Dinner Served at Hotel.

Day 2: Dar es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve

After early breakfast, Leave Dar es Salaam in the morning for the Selous Game Reserve with lunch along the way; and check-in at your hotel Selous Kinga Lodge.

After unpacking and a refreshing drink proceed with game drive/or boat ride along Rufiji River for few hours before sunset.
Dinner and overnight in the Selous Kinga Lodge.

Day 3: Selous Game Reserve – full day

Today we enjoy a full-day safari and sightseeing in Selous along the Rufiji River and its several river arms and lakes.

Picnic lunch will be served in the wild under a shadow tree in the mid of the Selous Game Reserve. This is to allow for maximum time in the bush to spot and photograph the wonderful wildlife.

We will return before dark for sundowner cocktails and dinner.

Day 4: Selous Game Reserve – full day

Today will be another full day at the Selous Game Reserve. Although we might decide to do an early morning game drive, return to the Lodge for lunch and a few photograph review.

After lunch, late afternoon we will proceed with game drive exploring the rich fauna and wildlife, colourful birds and along the shores of the Rufiji River; hippos and crocodiles are cooling themselves down in the water.

Day 5: Drive from Selous Game Reserve to Iringa Town

After breakfast start our trip towards the Tanzanian Countryside.

We will drive through the Selous Game Reserve (game drives enroute) to the Northern Gate (Matambwe) where you will exit the Game Reserve.

Follow the curvy Uluguru Mountains to the trading town Morogoro which lies on the junction to Dodoma (capital city of Tanzania) and Dar-es-Salaam.

We proceed through Mikumi National Park on our way to our destination Iringa Sunset Hotel in time for dinner.

Day 6: Iringa to Ruaha National Park

After breakfast we will leave for Ruaha National Park where we will have game drives enroute to our cottage accommodation which is located along the Great Ruaha River within the Ruaha National Park.

Afternoon game drives will be conducted and return back to the cottage for Dinner.

Day 7 and 8: Ruaha National Park – Cottage Accommodation

We will spend the time going on game drives, full day, exploring the river and identifying the many different bird species. Experience a delicious bush picnic lunch while observing the magnificent hippos frolicking in the Ruaha river.

Dinner and overnight at Cottage Accomodation.

Day 9 and 10: Ruaha National Park – Ruaha River Lodge

After breakfast, we will park our bags and check-in at Ruaha River Lodge, to experience a different accommodation style while in Ruaha National Park.

This remote lodge creates an authentic Tanzanian experience. Ideal for those who prefer a more personal safari adventure, Ruaha River Lodge is rustic, yet comfortable and offers incredible views over the vast surrounding wilderness.

Little-known Ruaha is home to the Big 5, and its unique location in the middle of Southern and East Africa means that you will experience a diverse blend of the two ecosystems, including iconic baobab trees and, around the lodge, sausage trees (Kigelia Africana) that periodically burst into brilliant scarlet flowers.

Full day game drives with bush picnic lunches will be the ideal for this two days, maximizing the time in the bush taking photographs and conduct small photography reviews back at the lodge.

Dinner and overnight stay at Ruaha River Lodge

Day 11: Say goodbye to Ruaha

After a delicious breakfast, we will start our drive towards the gates and to exit the national park for a road trip back to Dar-es-salaam.

Upon arrival you will be checked in at The Meditareneon Hotel with a small brief in the evening from the tour guide and the wildlife photographer.

Dinner and overnight stay at The Meditareneon Hotel

Day 12: Dar es Salaam – Bon Voyage

A good cup of coffee, and scrumptious breakfast you will be met with Kima Safaris representative for the transfer to the Airport where we will bid farewell to you to mark the end of this adventurous photographic safari led by Patrick Hozza or we at Kima Safaris can arrange an additional tour to complete your East African experience with a stay on Tanzania’s Spice Island: Zanzibar and its outlying islands which are home to some of the finest beaches in East Africa.

Tour Dates: 10th to 21st October 2019

Price: USD 2900

(USD 1990 for Tanzanian Residence)

Package Includes:

  • Park entrance fees.
  • Full board accommodation on safari at Selous, Iringa and Ruaha (sharing)
    Single supplement USD 650
  • Meals and soft drinks.
  • Transport based on a 4WD Safari vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Game drives as per the Itinerary

Package excludes:

  • Extras at the lodges i.e. liquor, drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Entry Visa
  • Tips to porters and drivers

Organized by KIMA SAFARIS and Lead by Patrick Hozza (Wildlife Photographer)

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