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Fly-in Safari Ruaha + Selous: mid-high specification facilities [Mwagusi + Selous Impala]

Mwagusi ...

Day 1: DAR / RUAHA

At 07.30 check-in and at 08.30 take off with light aircraft charter flight to Ruaha where you will be landing at 11.00. Enjoy a first game drive en-route from the airstrip to your camp. Lunch at camp and then depart for a new game drive.

Lunch, dinner and overnight: Mwagusi

Day 2 and 3: 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 but you can ask to spend the whole day out with picnic in the bush. Early morning bird walks are normally available for guests wishing to partecipate but Mwagusi can also arrange daily walking safari up to 3 hours [subject to park authority permission. It is advisable to prebook them but they have to be paid at the camp].

[Lunch] dinner and overnight: Mwagusi

Mwagusi, lionesses


After breakfast you will depart, with lunch box, for your last game drive in Ruaha en-route to the airstrip. At 11.45 you will take off to Selous getting there at 13.05. Enjoy your first game drive along the way to the camp where you will arrive before dark.

Dinner and overnight: Selous Impala

Day 5 and 6: 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 but you can ask to spend the whole day out with pic nic in the bush. Walking safari are usually done early in the morning just out of the camp and are always subject to park authority permission.
Fishing can also be arranged for you by Impala Selous

[Lunch] dinner and overnight: Selous Impala

Rufiji River


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 20th Dec. $ 3920 p.p.
From 21th Dec. return within 9th January $ 4540 p.p.
From 10th to 31st January $ 3920 p.p.

Price includes:
All transfers
Light aircraft charter flight DAR/RUAHA [MSEMBE]
Light aircraft charter flight RUAHA/SELOUS [MTEMERE]
Light aircraft charter flight SELOUS/DAR
Airport tax
Mwagusi Safari Lodge: accomodation in double, full board basis excluded beverages. Two game drives per day with lunch at camp or full day game drive with pic nic lunch. Early morning bird walks. Laundry service.
Impala Selous: accommodation in double, full board basis excluded beverages. Two activities per day choosing between 4x4 game drive and motorboat safari or full day game driving with pic nic lunch. Walking safari if permitted by park authorities. Laundry service.
Ruaha and Selous park fees
Selous conservation fees
Medical expenses insurance;
Urgent evacuation cover;

Price excludes:
3 hours walking safari at Mwagusi: usd 40 per person [subject to park authority permission. Prebooking is advisable but will be paid directly at the camp]
Exclusive use of safari vehicle at Mwagusi: usd 275 per day per vehicle
Exclusive use of safari vehicle at Impala Selous: usd 100 per vehicle per day
Fishing at Impala selous: usd 15 per rod [max 8 fishes. To be paid at the camp]
Entry visa

Extras on request:
Overnight in Dar Es Salaam at:
• Hyatt Regency in double seaview room on a B&B basis: usd 275 per person including transfers to and from airport.
• Slipway in double room on a B&B basis: usd 105 per person including transfers to and from airport.

Air transfers from one park to another;
Mid-high specification facilities;
Shared vehicles on game drives;
Highly professional guides at Mwagusi;
Motorboat and walking safari in Selous;
Early morning bird walks out of Mwagusi and optional
walking Safari up to 3 hours if permitted by the park authority;

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.