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Itinerary: Selous Safari and Mafia Island Beach Holiday

Selous Safari and Mafia Island Beach Holiday

Visit Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest fauna reserves of the world and Mafia Island, the site of Tanzania's first Marine Park, and nice white sand beaches. Private safari departing any day for 2+ persons

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Selous Safari and Mafia Island Beach Holiday

Arrive Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
On your arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport; on request our driver will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to the booked hotel in Dar es Salaam City.

Day 2: Dar es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve
After break fast, drive from Dar es Salaam to Selous, arrive at Ndovu Lodge and have lunch, after lunch, have afternoon Boat Safari. Dinner and overnight at Ndovu Lodge or Mbega Tented Lodge (depends on availability). FB

Day 3: Selous Game Reserve (wildlife viewing)
After breakfast, drive inside the park Continued with Game drive. At 1:00pm drive to the Lodge for hot lunch. After lunch, you will have late afternoon game drive, and then return to the Lodge (Ndovu Lodge or Mbega Tented Lodge) for dinner and overnight. FB

Day 4: Selous Game Reserve (walking safari)
After breakfast, drive to Mtemere game post inside Selous, start hiking with assistance of Selous game rangers. At 12:00noon, return to campsite for lunch. After lunch have 2 hours walking safari to hot spring, swim and then drive back to Ndovu lodge. You can do cultural tour at Mloka Village (Optional with extra cost). Dinner and overnight at Ndovu Lodge or Mbega Tented Lodge. FB

Day 5: Selous – Mafia Island
Pick-Up from your lodge after lunch and transfer to the airstrip and connect with afternoon flight to Mafia Island. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative, who will transfer you to Mafia Island Lodge. Check in at the lodge and have afternoon beach leisure. Resting, dinner and overnight at Mafia Island Lodge. HB

Day 6 & 7: Two Days of Leisure at Mafia Island
Both days are at leisure. However for extra cost, you may want to plan a day excursion to Chole Island, which is packed with ancient ruins, including some from the German colonial administration. While on Chole, you may take a walking tour to see boat-building, sail making, the hand-manufacturing of copra (coconut fiber) ropes, and see a ancient coral rock swimming pool. A picnic lunch will be offered. Other optional activities include snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. Relaxing, dinner and overnight at Mafia Island Lodge. HB

Day 8: Mafia Island - Dar es Salaam
After breakfast pick up from Mafial Island Lodge and transfe to Airstrip to connect with 09:20hrs flight to Dar es Salaam. Arrive Dar es Salaam Airport at 09:55hrs. Here you will connect with your homebound flight or continue to other destinations

Price Includes;
- Park entrance fees
- Domestic Flights; Selous - Mafia Island - Dar es Salaam
- Transport from Dar es Salaam to Selous on a 4wd vehicle
- Game viewing, Boat Safari and Walking safari in Selous
- Three meals a day in Selous and Two meals a day in Mafia Island
- Ranger fees and Service of English Speaking driver guide
- All airport transfers in Mafia Island and in Selous
- Activities as stipulated in the itinerary above

Above Price Excludes:
- International Flights fare (we can assist on request)
- Your accommodation in Dar es Salaam on your arrival day (Book with us)
- Airport transfers in Dar es Salaam
- Any excursion in Mafia Island (we can arrange on request)
- Hot & cold drinks and extras at the lodges
- Laundry service
- And all not mentioned on the plan

Selous Information:
The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. It was named after Englishman Frederick Selous, who died in 1917 while fighting against the Germans in World War I. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.

The area became a hunting reserve in 1905. Nowadays it has a touristic importance and most of it is rarely visited by humans.

It has a total area of 54,600 km². Selous is famous for its elephant, hippopotamus and rhino (although now few remain). The park has a broad range of game: buffalo - the largest population in Africa; Nyasaland gnu; brindled gnu; hartebeest; Greater Kudu; sable antelope; eland; reedbuck; bushbuck; waterbuck; warthog; zebras; giraffe; and wildebeest. Also: lion, leopard, the spotted hyenas and cheetah are rare. This reserve contains about one third of all the wild dogs (often called painted dogs), in the world.

There are over 350 species of bird and reptiles such as crocodiles and various snakes and lizards. A pair of fish eagles guards the gentle bay, their distinctive black, white and chestnut feather pattern gleaming boldly in the morning sun. Suddenly, the birds toss back their heads in a piercing, evocative duet.

Other activities include bird watching, photography; walking safaris; and fishing Tiger Fish and Vandu (in the rivers of the Kilombero Game Controlled Area to the west of the reserve).

Mafia Island Information:
Mafia is a large island lying off the southern coast of Tanzania, near to the Rufiji Delta. It is 30 miles from north to south, and up to ten miles in width. It 30 minutes by plane from Dar es Salaam.

Mafia Island is the site of Tanzania's first Marine Park which was gazetted in 1995. The Park covers the southern half of the island and part of the north-east. Mafia Island is one of the most important marine habitats in the world. It has mangroves, sea-grass beds, coral reefs, inter-tidal reef flats, lagoons and coastal forest.

Within the bay, the shallow reefs are perfect for snorkelling or learning to dive. Whilst outside the bay, its entrance is guarded by a long coral wall, attracting more experienced divers. Here are more than 50 genera of coral, including giant table corals, huge stands of blue-tipped staghorn corals, and over 400 species of fish.

This is one of Tanzania's best areas for diving and you'll always see something exciting, from rainbow-coloured clownfish to octopus, rays and the odd gigantic grouper or large potato cod. Sharks and dolphins are found in the deeper waters, and at night turtles crawl onto remote beaches to nest.

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