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June 20. 2010
Bookings for a safari or for accommodation can be made through Swala Safaris. Tariff rates are per person per day on a full board basis and include park fees and game drives.
The southern circuit of Tanzania is very different from that of the north. It is different in scenery, in wildlife species, in vegetation, and in general is almost a different country. Unless you have three weeks or more, it is not advisable to include the southern circuit with the north. They should be seen as two distinct circuits. Tariffs are per person per night inclusive of entrance fees and game drives. Safaris are based on two persons sharing. Inquire for groups of 4 or more.
The largest and nearest city to the southern parks is Dar es Salaam, the de facto capital of Tanzania. There are numerous international daily flights to and from Dar es Salaam. Although the southern Parks are not as well-known as those of the north, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, they are nevertheless extremely good. They have the great advantage of having fewer visitors; game viewing can be at its best. Ruaha is considered a favorite by many naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts.
The Parks are accessible from January to mid-March and June to December. From mid-March to end of May the heavy rains make the dirt roads very difficult going.
MIKUMI-SAADANI-USHONGO ITINERARY: Cost 2 pax $1890 per person. 4 persons $1580. Children under 12 $340.
1. Arrive Dar es Salaam. Overnight Paradise Hotel.
2. Drive to Mikumi National Park - 4 hours.Overnight Bandas.
3. Game viewing in Mikumi N. Park. Overnight Bandas.
4. Continue to Saadani National Park on coast. 5 hours. Overnight Bandas.
5. Game viewing in Saadani N. Park. Overnight Bandas.
6. Continue to Ushongo Beach. 2 hours. Ushongo Beach Cottages.
7-10. Snorkeling. Visit Pangani Old Town and/or fishing villages. Relax on beach. Overnight Ushongo Beach Cottages
11. Early nmorming boat transfer to northern Zanzibar. 90 minutes Taxi to hotel in Stone Town.
12. Spice Tour on Zanzibar Island. Overnight Zanzibar hotel
13. Transfer to airport.
Safari cost includes: accommodation and meals; park fees; Banda fees; vehicle; snorkeling at Maziwe Island; transfers to and from airport; spice tour on Zanzibar.
Cost does not include: meals in Zanzibar.
UDZUNGWA HIKE: 4 days/3nights Udzungwa Hike 2 persons $580; 4 persons $460.
FLY-IN SAFARIS SUPPLEMENT. Minimum 2 persons. Return flights from Dar es Salaam and/or Arusha.
RUAHA 4 days $1,050
KATAVI 4 days $1,200
CHIMPANZEE SAFARIS. Minimum 2 persons. Return flights from Dar es Salaam, and/or Arusha.
MAHALE N. PARK
6 days Nkungwe Camp $1,670
4 days Original Mahale Camp $2,250
GOMBE N. PARK 5 days $1,765. Includes transfer by boat from Kigoma to Gombe.
Cost includes vehicle with driver/guide, accommodation and all meals at economy lodges/hotels, game drives, boat ride in Selous, short walks.
Cost does not include drinks, bottled mineral water, meals in Dar es Salaam, tips/gratuties, and items of a personal nature.
Mikumi National Park: 295 kms from Dar es Salaam. 2,000 sq. kms. A northern extension of the Selous Game Reserve. 120 km south-west of Dar es Salaam - four hours on a tarmac road.
Camps: Fox's Safari Camp or Vuma Hills Tented Camp $220 per person per night inclusive of game drives.
Ruaha National Park. 10,300 sq kms. 430 kms from Mikumi and 720 kms from Dar es Salaam. Tanzania's second largest park and a favorite amongst wildlife enthusiasts. Excellent for seeing lions and leopards. About 100 wild dogs resident in the greater Ruaha ecosystem. Best game viewing is from May to November but it is greener and prettier from December to March. Avoid April. Temperatures can reach 40 Celsius in October and November. Tsetse flies are a bit of a problem so bring an effective insect repellant and wear dark clothing. A few people are allergic to tsetse fly bites so bring anti-histamine medicine (in tablets or ointment form).
Camps and Lodges. Tariffs in US$ per person per night
Ruaha River Lodge. $150. Highly regarded. Comfortable on rocky hillside overlooking Ruaha River.
Mwangusi Safari Camp $210. A small and exclusive camp. First class service.
Chalets/Bandas per night per Banda: Old Bandas $40; New Bandas $100. Recommended.
Camp Sites per person per night: Public - $30. Private - $60.
Selous Game Reserve. There are two gates to the Reserve. One in the east from Dar es Salaam - an eight hour 240 km drive, and one in the north from Morogoro - a 335 km drive.
Although over 45,000 sq. kms only a small part that is north of the Rufiji is open to visitors. The remaining southern section is reserved for shooting safaris. The Reserve can only be visited by 4WD vehicle.
Up-market Camps and Lodges in Selous:
Rufiji River Camp and Mbuyu Tented Camp $230 per person per night all inclusive.
Exclusive Camps and Lodges in Selous. See Upmarket Camps and Lodges and add the following supplements -
Selous Safari Camp and Beho Beho Camp Supplement $70 per person per night.
Sand River Selous Supplement $120 per person per night.
Udzungwa National Park: 1,900 sq kms. 75 kms from Mikumi. No vehicles are permitted in the Park. Walking trails must have a guide.
Udzugwa National Park has a number of endemic animal and bird species, including the Sanje Crested Mangabey. Untiol fairly recent times the Udzungwa's were not known very much by scientists. With more recent visits to primary forests along the eastern escarpment, there was a spate of new discoveries.
Trails in the Park vary from the 1 km Prince Bernhard Trail to the 3-day 38 km Mwanihana Trail. It is only the latter that gives an opportunity of seeing the endemic mangabey or the rare Abbott's duiker. Swala Safaris will arrange porters, camp equipment and food for extended hikes of a night or more. Elephant and buffalo are also present in Udzungwa.
Places to Stay: There are no lodges or camps in Udzungwa N. Park. Hikes of more than a day can be arranged. Hotels are situated near the park and are rather basic. Tariff ncludes meals.
Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel $50.
Sanje Waterfall Hotel $50.
Katavi National Park. 4,500 sq kms. It is recommended to fly to and from this park as it is quite remote. To travel by road from Dar es Salaam will take the better part of three days.
At present there is only one place for accommodation:
The Original Katavi Camp. $490 per person per night. Fly-in package available on request.
Tariff is inclusive of drinks, park fees, accommodation with all meals, and game drives. Rated as one of the finest upmarket camps in Tanzania and reminiscent of what many parts of Africa would have been like at the turn of the nineteenth century. Charter flight extra. Excellent for combining with seeing chimpanzees at Mahale National Park and its associated camp, The Original Mahale Camp.
Mahale National Park. 1,613 sq kms. On western side of Tanzania bordering Lake Tanganyika. Less well known than Gombe but more highly rated for chimpanzee sitings. One of the most beautiful parks in Africa. On the western side of Mahale is Lake Tanganyika.
Getting there. By air or by boat.
Places to Stay.
Nkungwe Camp $175. 2 nights Nkungwe+night in Kigoma $1,317 per person. Transport to and from Mahale included.
Original Mahale Camp $550. Flight extra. Fly-in package available on request.
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