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Fly-in Safari Ras Kutani + Ruaha + Selous: high specification accommodation
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Ras Kutani

Day 1: DAR / RAS KUTANI

In arrival at DAR airport you will be trasnfered to Ras Kutani [about 2 hours]. Accommodation in Suite Bungalows on a full board basis including a selection of alcoholic and non alcohilic beverages.

[On request we can arrange private charter air transfer from airport to lodge].

Day 2: RAS KUTANI

Relax at ras Kutani or enjoy any of the activities arranged by the lodge.

Selous Safari Camp

Day 3: DAR / RUAHA

Breakfast and at 06.45 hrs depart from Ras Kutani with private charter flight to DAR where you will land after 15 minutes. At 08.30hrs take off to Jongomero airstrip where you will land at 11.00hrs. Enjoy a first game drive in Ruaha along the way to the camp where you will arrive for lunch.
In the afternoon new game drive in the park.

Lunch, dinner and overnight: Jongomero

Day 4 and 5: RUAHA

After breakfast you will enjoy your first game drive.
The camp normally prefer to split your day into two game drives having you back for lunch and some relaxation.
The morning activity lasts about 4 hours and the afternoon one about 3 hours. Beyond classic 4x4 game driving the camp might also offer walking safari. These are subject to park authority permission and need to be paid directly at the camp. Not permitted to youngs below 16 years. Elephants can oftern be seen moving along the seasonal Jongomero River, just in front of the camp. Starting from December water starts to flow again and you can enojoy a quality bird watching simply from the swimming or your outdoor verandah. Eurasian migratory species can also be sighted at this time of the year. If your target is to relax in the wilderness then you can just opt to spend your afternoon at the camp.

Lunch, dinner and overnight: Jongomero

Up to November Jongomero also arrange fly-camp walking safari. If that sounds interesting to you please feel free to enquire about.

Jongomero

Day 6: RUAHA / SELOUS

Breakfast and last gamedriving in Ruaha along the way to airstrip, with pic nic lunch. At 11.45 hrs take off with light aircraft charter flight to Selous [Siwandu airstrip] where you will land at 13.05. Enjoy your first game drive in Selous along the way to the camp where you will arrive before dark.

Dinner and overnight: Selous Safari Camp

Day 7 and 8: SELOUS

Along with traditional 4x4 gameviewing safari Selous boasts a strong tradition of walking safari and river motorboat safari. The camp normally prefer to split your day into two activities having you back for lunch [i.e. morning game drive and pm riverboat safari]. The morning activity lasts about 4 hours and the afternoon one about 3 hours. The camp also offer early morning short stroll out of the camp and fishing activity.

Dinner and overnight: Selous Safari Camp

Safari in barca sul Fiume Rufiji

Day 9: SELOUS / DAR

Breakfast and last game drive with pic nic lunch. At 13.15 take off to DAR where you will arrive at 13.50. END OF SERVICES

On request we can:

• assist you with reservations in Dar Es Salaam according to the schedule of your international flights or with departures from Zanzibar;

assist you at the end of the safari with a beach holiday along the Tanzanian coast or on its tropical islands;

Selous or Ruaha or both of them can be combined to a safari in the norther parks.

If you are interested please let us know.


From 1st Nov. return within 14th Dec. $ 5180 p.p. Walking safari, Jongomero
From 15th Dec. to 7th January $ 6340 p.p.
From 7th to 31th January $ 5180 p.p.
Special discount may apply for advanced bookings [at least 7 months before travel date]; for bookings within 31 May 2012; for last minute bookings [30 - 15 days before travel date] and other combinations.
The applicable offer at the time of your request will be applied to the quotation we will be sending you.


Price includes:
All transfers
Private light aircraft charter flight RAS KUTANI/DAR
Light aircraft charter flight DAR/RUAHA [JONGOMERO]
Light aircraft charter flight RUAHA/SELOUS [SIWANDU]
Light aircraft charter flight SELOUS/DAR
Airport taxes
Ras Kutani: accommodation in Suite Bungalows. FB basis including a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Boogie boards, kayak, snorkeling, guided walks to the nearby fishermen village and into the forest.
Jongomero: accommodation in double. FB basis including a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Two game drives a day. Laundry service.
Selous Safari Camp: accommodation in double. FB basis including a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Two activities a day choosing from 4x4 game drives and river motorboat safari. Short stroll just out of the camp early in the morning. Laundry service.
Ruaha and Selous park fees
Selous conservation fees
Medical expenses insurance;
Urgent evacuation cover;

Price excludes:
Walking safari at Jongomero: usd 30 per person to be paid directly at the camp.
Fishing activity at Selous Safari Camp to be paid directly at the camp.
Exclusive use of safari vehicle at Jongomero and Selous Safari Camp: usd 200 a day per vehicle.
Entry visa
Tips


Air transfer from Ras Kutani and from one park to another;
High specification accommodation;

Relax on the beach at Ras Kutani on arrival; if lucky at this time of the year you might assist to marine turtles hatching;

4x4 shared vehicle Game drives;
Walking safari and river motorboat safari in Selous;
Ooptional walking safari in Ruaha;

Selous: since "dry" season here tends anyway to be humid with some scattered rainfalls every two or three days the arrival of light November rains does not influence so much game movements away from permanent water sources at least until the end of January and game viewing should remain on levels only slightly lower than previous months ones. You are likely to sight buffaloes, elephants, hippos and crocodiles, giraffes and zebras, warthogs, wildebeest and antelopes along with hyenas, lions, leopards and wild dogs. Cheetahs and jackals are not so common in Selous so you definitely need to be lucky to encounter them.

Rains in Ruaha follow a different pattern. They usually start by the end of November reaching their peak between January and February. Hence in November vegetation should still be bare with a high concentration of predators and herbivores along the Great Ruaha River and dry beds of seasonal streams. Among predators you can expect to spot lions, leopards, hyenas and jackals. Cheetahs in the open grassland. Game also includes elephants, zebras, buffaloes herds in the forest patches, crocodiles and hippos, many species of antelopes including the sable antelope very hard to be seen in any other national parks of Tanzania. The great variety of birds includes at this time of the year also the eurasian migratory species.
In December however the landscape start to change turning more and more green. Vegetation start to put on new leaves and seasonal rivers start to flow again. Sightings start to decrease but in a way quality compensates quantity since that's the time when mammals have their young. If lucky you might also witness a birth. Sable and roan antelopes will now remain in the highlands which is not accessible due to lack of viable roads.