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Short & Sweet, Tanzania & Mafia

With diverse safari adventures in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania including game drives, walks and viewing by boat followed by a lovely remote beach location on Mafia Island for good diving, snorkelling and generally relaxing!

Selous Impala: 3 nights
Mdonya Old River: 2 nights
Pole Pole: 4 nights

Including - flights, transfers, all meals, safari Park fees and activities

From £3814
11 nights

DAY 1
Fly overnight from London via Nairobi to Dar es Salaam and on to the Selous

DAYS 2 to 4
Your adventures begin from the moment a guide from Selous Impala meets you at the airstrip and drives you through the game-rich country of the vast SELOUS GAME RESERVE to camp. With the emphasis on personal service and flexibility, a stay here can be arranged to suit guests' interests. The meandering Rufiji river, with its network of channels, connecting lakes and lagoons, makes for good game viewing by boat but game drives and walking excursions are also available.
Tents are set on raised hardwood platforms and each has a private verandah overlooking the river. The large central area of camp under a huge thatch adds to the very relaxed atmosphere and there is a pool to cool off in.

DAYS 5 and 6
A short flight and another game drive will bring you to Mdonya Old River, a small camp in the heart of the RUAHA NATIONAL PARK with the same flexible approach to the excellent game viewing. Completely tented so it can be removed leaving the wilderness untouched, both the dining and sitting areas overlook the dry river bed which is used as a corridor by game. You may be tempted to just sit in camp with a book and a pair of binoculars!
Accommodation is in traditional safari tents complete with bathroom and a shower open to the stars.

DAYS 7 to 10
The immensely rich marine life and the fact that the island is little known attracted us to MAFIA ISLAND. Pole Pole, whose name means 'slowly' in Swahili, is a wonderful place to unwind before returning home.
The accommodation is in extremely comfortable simple wooden bungalows set under the palm trees in grounds which slope down to the beach.
There is an excellent dive centre for scuba enthusiasts and fantastic snorkelling for those who prefer to stay on the surface. Depending on the tides, there are daily optional excursions to a reef or sand bar with a picnic lunch included or to Chole Island - the oldest inhabited settlement in the archipelago, with the ruins of some Arab buildings used by the Germans during the First World War.
This itinerary offers extremely good value for money and each property, being owned and run by Italians, ensures not only excellent hospitality but amazing food as well!

DAY 11
Fly back via Dar es Salaam and overnight from Nairobi to London

What About?

For an unforgettable and private safari experience, stay longer at Selous Impala for the chance to go 'fly camping' in a beautiful spot on the shores of LAKE MANZE. In a location away from the vehicle-visited areas of SELOUS, the game is easily spotted on the open ground against the back drop of the Beho Beho Hills, while the more densely vegetated area allows for the plants, insects, spoor and other finer details of the wild to be observed. You will be looked after by a small team of people including an experienced guide and park ranger and an excellent chef will ensure that you don't go hungry.

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