This 11-Day Safari is the Best Way to Experience Tanzania
This 11-Day Safari is the Best Way to Experience Tanzania
Filled with three authentic and truly classic safari camps that are off the normal tourist circuit, you’ll find yourself in the middle of vast wilderness areas with no one around to disturb the solitude.
from $9,997 pp 11 Days/10 Nights $908/Day
THIS 11-DAY SAFARI IS THE BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE TIMELESS TANZANIA
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK | RUAHA NATIONAL PARK | SELOUS GAME RESERVE
There’s going on safari, and then there’s going on safari. This 11-day trip qualifies as the latter.
Filled with three authentic and truly classic safari camps that are off the normal tourist circuit, you’ll find yourself in the middle of vast wilderness areas with no one around to disturb the solitude other than your guide and the calls of monkeys. Immerse yourself in the Africa of old, where the hippos rule the river banks and the elephants are the ones peeking in your canvas tent out of curiosity. You’ll spend as much time in the back of a 4x4 safari vehicle as you do on foot, and when you’re not spotting the Big 5 you might be reading a classic page-turner on the porch of your safari tent, writing, or otherwise reflecting on the fact you’re surrounded by miles and miles of incredible terrain with not another soul in sight.
There’s not a doubt in our minds that this is the way Tanzania was meant to be experienced! After a week and a half on safari, we think you’ll agree.
GET SETTLED IN ARUSHA
ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE
Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania. From here, it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park.
You’ll spend the first two days getting settled into the swing of things at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. Not one of our classic tented camps, this starting point is anything but boring. Hidden in the midst of one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, this is a wonderful haven to escape the grasp of jet lag. Soak up the African sun at the swimming pool, walk through the gardens, and breathe in the scents of fresh coffee to fully wake up your senses before diving into your southern safari.
Days 2, 3, 4
HEAD OUT ON FOOT IN KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
Then, it's off to Chada Katavi. Located near the picturesque Lake Chala and Lake Katavi, this remote outpost is surrounded by nearly 1,800 square miles (that's over a million acres—can you imagine the size?) of wilderness in Katavi National Park. Here, the acacia woodlands and wetlands define the landscape that is home to a huge array of bird and animal life, including leopard, elephant, zebra, buffalo, lion, and the densest hippo and crocodile populations in the entire country. Seasonal rivers draw the wildlife to this region making it a truly special and fragile ecosystem to explore.
With just six camouflaged East African safari tents, it won’t take you long to discover just how authentic Chada Katavi is. The base camp hasn’t changed much in 20 years, and it’s this simplicity and rawness that makes it one of our favorites. By day you’ll go on walking safaris with expert guides, soaking up the utter vastness of the place, experience fly camping at its finest. By night, sit back under the frame of your tent with a sundowner in hand and watch the wildlife go by.
Days 5, 6, 7
SAFARI BENEATH THE SAUSAGE TREES
“Wildlife footage that David Attenborough would be proud of,” is one way to explain Kigelia Ruaha. Located in Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is nestled beneath the boughs of sausage trees after which it was named. The six tents are essentially canvas with the addition of thatched roofs, adding an extra sense of flair and East African charm. Just like at Chada Katavi, the accommodations at Kigelia Ruaha flow effortlessly into the surrounding wilderness. Peek outside your tent to see elephants meandering past, birdlife flying by, and the silhouettes of baobab trees in the distance.
Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s biggest game spots, and you’ll spend your three days here exploring it all in a multitude of ways. Hop in the back of a custom-built safari Jeep, get out on foot with a guide, or have your morning coffee in the bush with a side of big cats and bird viewing. Whether you decide to go-go-go or sit back and relax at Kigelia Ruaha, this is a camp to remember.
Days 8, 9, 10, 11
EMBRACE YOUR INNER EXPLORER AT SELOUS GAME RESERVE
SAND RIVERS SELOUS
Built right on the banks of the Rufiji River in the vast Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, Sand Rivers Selous is the perfect way to cap off your epic safari. Each day here is customized for exactly what you have in mind. Want to explore by boat after a week hoofing it around in the bush? No problem. Didn’t check every animal off your must-see list? Join a guide on a safari where you might end up on foot to get an up-close look. Or, simply kick back on your private verandah outside your room, or hang out in the pool surrounded by kingfishers and bee eaters spying for hippos on the river. With only eight private cottages, your time at Sand Rivers Selous will be just as private and relaxing as the previous eight days.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
Settle in to your African safari at Arusha Coffee Lodge, a wonderful retreat where the smell of coffee makes changing time zones a breeze
Explore the canvas tented Chada Katavi in Katavi National Park, where seasonal rivers draw wildlife of all shapes and sizes
Get to know the flora and fauna at Kigelia Ruaha in Ruaha National Park, another tented camp with special flare and classic style
Top it all off with a stay at Sand Rivers Selous on the banks of the Rufiji River, where hippos outnumber tourists and you can make friends with kingfishers at the pool
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