8 – Day Luxury Flying In Selous & Ruaha Tanzania 

 

 

LOCATION Selous & Ruaha Tanzania

Tour Highlights

Perfect for adventurous couples who want to splurge on luxury, romance and privacy on their Big 5 safari in Tanzania, this 8-day journey takes you to Ruaha and Selous National Parks – both are vast, undiscovered and untouched wilderness areas that are little-visited by safari-goers. Ruaha is the largest park in the country while Selous is also a huge area known for its large herds of elephants. Your lodges are intimate and cozy, offering luxury as well as excellent service to ensure you have the most personalized safari experience possible.

You will begin with an overnight stop in legendary Dar es Salaam – one of the gateway cities to the Tanzania safari circuit – which will give you time to relax and enjoy the local culture. From the city, fly to Ruaha, a Big 5 destination known for its unique landscape and beautiful, ancient baobab and sausage trees. Your second safari destination is the largest wildlife area in the world, the exquisite and vast Selous National Park.

Spending four days in each allows you to truly immerse yourself in the landscape and gives you ample time to utterly relax at every lodge. This is an ideal honeymoon or a safari option for those who enjoy getting off the beaten track and want superb wildlife experiences with few other travelers around.

 

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Day 01: Arrive Dar es Salaam International Airport – City Centre:

Upon arrival at Dar Airport, our VIP Visa Specialist will meet and welcome you to East Africa. He guides you through the entire Tanzania Visa application process and skipping long immigration queues. With Galloping Safaris, you will be escorted from arrival to departure, making your arrival to Tanzania completely worry-free. Upon exiting the airport, a Galloping Safaris representative will be holding a poster with your name who will transfer you to Arusha (45-50 minutes) for Hyatt Regency Kilimanjaro Hotel for Dinner and overnight-Deluxe room.

The city of Dar es Salaam is located on the coast of the beautiful Indian Ocean and is said to have some of the top restaurants in East Africa. The best beaches are located just outside the city, and closer by you will find the Dar es Salaam’s famed botanical gardens and a range of enticing eateries.

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Day 02: Dar Airport Terminal 1 – Ruaha National Park – Game drive:

Early breakfast, meet and greet service in Hotel and you will take a transfer to the Domestic terminal. Your flight leaves Dar 08: 30 AM and the flying time is about 3hrs but there might be some stops in between, you will only get off at Msembe airstrip.  On arrival at 11: 00 AM you will be met by one of the guides and driven the short distance to Jabali Ridge Lodge, in time for a traditional safari communal lunch.

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.  It is the largest National Park in Africa, and the feeling of remoteness and the spirit of adventure are immense.  After afternoon tea, set out on a game drive in our open-sided vehicle, following the course of the Great Ruaha River in search of wildlife.  Perhaps find elephants digging for water in the dry riverbed, or catch a rare sighting of the African Wild Dog. As the sun sets, stop to admire the scenery and sip on a sundowner, before heading back to camp for hot showers and convivial drinks before dinner, discussing the day’s events and swapping safari stories. Elegant and sophisticated accommodation in a spectacular site in the heart of Ruaha. Jabali Ridge Lodge.

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: Day 03: Bush Guided Walk – Game drives - Sundowner + Cocktails:

There are a number of options on how your day is structured. Walking safaris are a great way to start the day, getting out early and exploring the environment on equal footing as the wildlife. There are morning game drives with picnic breakfasts, or delicious breakfasts enjoyed in camp. Full day game drives with picnic lunches or a relaxed lunch in camp with an afternoon game drive. Alternatively, spend the day in camp, enjoying the pleasures of the spa and unwind by the swimming pool before venturing out on a night game drive. Despite sharing vehicles on a Game Package basis, the camp will do everything it can to ensure that your preferences are met. For increased flexibility, book a private vehicle and structure your days exactly how you wish. Hidden among the boulders of this large rocky outcrop, each stylishly decorated en-suite room has a private outdoor space on which to relax during safari down-time. Around the main lodge area, there is an infinity pool, spa and plenty of space to simply sit and admire the view. Dinner and overnight at Jabali Ridge.

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Day 04: Bush Guided Walk – Game drives - Sundowner + Cocktails:

There are a number of options on how your day is structured. Walking safaris are a great way to start the day, getting out early and exploring the environment on equal footing as the wildlife. There are morning game drives with picnic breakfasts, or delicious breakfasts enjoyed in camp. Full day game drives with picnic lunches or a relaxed lunch in camp with an afternoon game drive. Alternatively, spend the day in camp, enjoying the pleasures of the spa and unwind by the swimming pool before venturing out on a night game drive. Despite sharing vehicles on a Game Package basis, the camp will do everything it can to ensure that your preferences are met. For increased flexibility, book a private vehicle and structure your days exactly how you wish. Hidden among the boulders of this large rocky outcrop, each stylishly decorated en-suite room has a private outdoor space on which to relax during safari down-time. Around the main lodge area, there is an infinity pool, spa and plenty of space to simply sit and admire the view. Dinner and overnight at Jabali Ridge.

 

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Day 06: Bush Guided Walk – Game drives - Sundowner + Cocktails:

Walking safaris offer guests the rare chance to get up-close and personal with the ‘little five’, as well as learn about the relationship between flora and fauna, and the medicinal values of the plants that thrive in the Selous. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, walking safaris follow the tracks, sights, smells and sounds of animals big and small into the wilds of Africa, accompanied by your guide and an armed Park Ranger.  Lunch at the Camp.

Afternoon game drives are in custom made Land Rover 4 x 4 vehicles that have open sides and raised seating, ideal for comfortable game viewing and photography. The cars hold from 2-6 people, so the whole experience is a very personal one. Game drives are best taken from sunrise, accompanied by a bush breakfast, then again late afternoon, loaded with sundowner snacks and drinks. We are not constrained by time or distance, our guides are the best trained in the Selous, and will take great pride in showing you all that this vast reserve has to offer. A Luxurious Tented Villas a haven of rest and relaxation where you can feel at one with the environment. A fusion of indoor and outdoor space where time becomes your own. Interiors are cool, spacious, comfortable, and designed to reflect the moods and textures of Africa. Dinner and overnight at Azura Selous.

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Day 07: Game drive Selous Game Reserve – Night Game drive – Sundowner + Cocktails:

Game drives are in custom made Land Rover 4 x 4 vehicles that have open sides and raised seating, ideal for comfortable game viewing and photography. The cars hold from 2-6 people, so the whole experience is a very personal one. Game drives are best taken from sunrise, accompanied by a bush breakfast, then again late afternoon, loaded with sundowner snacks and drinks. We are not constrained by time or distance, our guides are the best trained in the Selous, and will take great pride in showing you all that this vast reserve has to offer.

The Selous Game Reserve is one of only a few locations in Tanzania where night drives are permitted, and Azura is the only camp in the reserve to offer this unique experience. As the light fades and predators shake off the heat of the day and become more active, enjoy the exhilaration of driving through the bush in search of them. Witness leopard, lion, and hyena on the prowl for their prey. It is also an excellent opportunity for spotting smaller cats such as civets and genets. A Park Ranger accompanies these drives and additional Park fees may apply. A Luxurious Tented Villas a haven of rest and relaxation where you can feel at one with the environment. A fusion of indoor and outdoor space where time becomes your own. Interiors are cool, spacious, comfortable, and designed to reflect the moods and textures of Africa. Dinner and overnight at Azura Selous.

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Day 08: Selous Game Reserve –Fly to Dar International Airport – Departure:

Sunrise Game drives Selous Game Reserve. Return for late breakfast. Leave the Camp with picnic lunches and transfer back to Selous upper Sumbazi Airstrip in time for check-in for Flight to Dar. COASTAL AIR Flight departs Selous upper Sumbazi Airstrip at 12: 50 pm and arrives Dar International Airport at 15: 50 PM.  Here you will be able to connect with your International flight back home.

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