12 Days / 11 Nights Standard Camping Safari Southern Tanzania Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha, Udzungwa Mountains


 
12 Days / 11 Nights . Tanzania . Culture and Sightseeing
This 12 day safari will bring you to all major National Parks in Southern Tanzania. The Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site is the largest protected area on our planet, covering an area of around 50,000 sq. km. Its size is stunningly bigger than Switzerland or Denmark, uninhabited and little touched by human interference. Visitors can find themselves in a pristine wilderness, far away from the trodden tourist routes. The same is true for the Udzungwa Mountains: Swathed in a unique and fascinating rain forest with 30-metre high trees, their buttresses layered with fungi, liches, mosses and ferns, the mountains have been untouched for thousands of years.

Itinerary

Day 1
Pick up from Dar es Salaam International Airport and transfer to city centre. Overnight at PEACOCK Hotel.
Day 2
After breakfast, drive to Selous. Lunch at the campsite. Afternoon boat safari on the Rufiji River. Dinner and overnight at the Selous River Camp or Selous Wild Camp.
Day 3
Collect packed lunch and have a full day game drive in Selous Game Reserve. Picnic in the bush. Late evening drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
After breakfast, enjoy another full day of game viewing and walking safari nears Lake Tagalala (if the road is passable). Picnic lunch to be served near the Hot Springs. Late evening drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 5
After an early breakfast, drive to Mikumi National Park. Late lunch at Oasis Hotel in Morogoro. Then proceed to Mikumi National Park for an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Genesis Campsite.
Day 6
Full day of game viewing in Mikumi Park with possibility to encounter lions, buffaloes, elephants, etc… Picnic in the bush. Late evening drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 7
After breakfast, collect packed lunch and drive to Ruaha National Park. Picnic lunch served on the way. Evening game drive in Ruaha Park. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 8
After breakfast, collect packed lunches and have a full day game viewing in Ruaha Park, famous for its herds of elephants. Late evening drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 9
After breakfast, have a full day game drive in Ruaha National Park. Picnic lunch to be served in the bush. Dinner and overnight at Tungamalenga Campsite.

Day 10
After breakfast, collect packed lunch and depart to Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Stop for lunch at Kitonga Hotel. Afternoon proceed to Udzungwa Mountain View Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 11
After breakfast, collect packed lunch and start a short trekking to the Sanje waterfalls. Picnic on top of the falls. Late afternoon come back to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 12
After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam. Afternoon short tour of the city. Early dinner at a restaurant before transfer to Dar es Salaam International Airport.

Important Travel Information

Is This Trip For You?

Zara Tours has been working successfully with visitors in the region since 1986 as a tour operator.

We were established in 1987 as an official Agent of ZaraTours organising Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing and National wild parks safaris and have guided Safely, Reliably and Professionally many visitors anywhere from the plain of Serengeti to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Our years of experience and knowledge as qualified climbing guides and safari tours operation in Tanzania, Assures you an experience you can remember a life time. Safety, efficiency and reliability have earned us the reputation for being one of the best-valued and most reliable operators in the region.

With 88 registered Kilimanjaro Guides and a fleet of 4x4 Land rovers, 4x4 mini buses and 4x4 Land cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs) we are ready to take you on your safari adventure and on top of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Our English-speaking guides will share the knowledge and stories of the incredible Tanzania Game reserves or joining you on your climb on the many routes to the top of magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Money

The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha.  Yahoo Currency Converter


Travel Companions

The maximum group size for this trip is 16. If you are interested in organizing a group with Zara we offer great incentives! Please inquire if you are interested.


Guide(s)

With 88 registered Kilimanjaro Guides and a fleet of 4x4 Land rovers, 4x4 mini buses and 4x4 Land cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs) we are ready to take you on your safari adventure.  Our English-speaking guides will share the knowledge and stories of the incredible Tanzania Game reserves 

Safari Tips for guide and cook:

$15/day for driver/guide and $10/day for cook (basic camping) for the whole safari group.

 

Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items just for this purpose.

 

Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.

 

Expectations

Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.


Transportation

With the exception of airfare, all Zara trips include all transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. This does not include transfers to and from the aiport to the hotel or the equipment for all activities listed.


Recommended Gear List

Safari Packing List Notes

  • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
  • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.

Footwear

  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferrably waterproof. They will get dirty.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Comfortable, breathable socks

Clothing

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Lightweight, breathable pants
  • Short-sleeved shirts, cool and breathable
  • Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings
  • Rain racket and pants or rain poncho

Baggage

  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large duffel bag or backpack

Sleeping, for camping safaris

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Tents are supplied by Zara at no charge
  • Foam sleeping pads are provided by Zara at no charge

Other

  • Water bottles, and water purification tablets or purifier
    • Bottled water is also available for purchase on safari
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana (for dust, etc.)
  • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travellers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film/disks, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil, and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides and other travellers
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Sewing kit
  • Salt, pepper, spices for bland food
  • Business cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool

Toiletries

  • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while walking)
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Glasses, contacts, solution
  • Comb, mirror

Documents

  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book
  • Vaccination records
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, travellers cheques numbers.
    Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

First Aid

  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin
  • Throat losenges
  • Bandaids
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Gifts for Guides, Locals

  • Shoes
  • Any warm clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Nerf football, frisbees
  • Candy
  • Pens

Packing for your flight to Africa

  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books/magazines
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Walkman and music
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Critical items (in case baggage is delayed)

Meeting/Departures Location

ZaraTours
P.O. Box 1990
Moshi
Tanzania, United Republic of
See Location on a Google Map

Cancellation Information

Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result in a retention of funds by ZaraTours  Inc. as follows: Upon receipt of written cancellation by any member of the tour indicated on this reservation 30 days or longer prior to departure, 20% of the reservation of the canceling party will be retained by ZaraTours and the balance of the package price refunded. If a cancellation is received at least 14 days and up to 29 days prior to departure, 50% of the package price will be retained by ZaraTours Inc. If a cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to departure, 100% of the total package price will be retained by ZaraTours Inc. and all outstanding payment will become payable immediately. Should the canceling party be able to find a replacement for themselves no less than 14 days prior to departure and the replacement completes this booking form individually, no retention of funds will take place. However, should no replacement be found by 14 days prior to departure, a 100% cancellation penalty will apply to the canceling party. ZaraTours  Inc. and its agents reserve the right to terminate, at their discretion and with immediate effect, the participation of any person on the tour.
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Adventure Snapshot

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Skill Level: Beginner
Category: Safari
Destination: Tanzania
Theme: Culture and Sightseeing

Provider

Operator: ZaraTours Inc.

Next Departures

4/23/2014 at 8:00 AM

Pickup Location

If you would like us to pick you up, the following locations are available:

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Nairobi Airport Jomo Kenyatta International

Adventure Matrix

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Rates

1 person $4,764.00
Per person for 2 people $2,844.00
Per person for 3 people $2,604.00
Per person for 4 people $2,532.00

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