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Fly-In Safari from Bush to Beach – 8-days private safari

Sundowner at the Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve

This 8-day safari takes you from the African wilderness to the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Ideal if you are coming for a first time on safari or when you like to explore the unspoiled south of Tanzania. From Dar es Salaam fly to Selous for three nights, with exciting game drives, a boat safari and bush walk in the Game Reserve. Then continue by flight to Zanzibar for some well deserved rest in this tropical paradise.

Day 1   Dar es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve

Welcome to Tanzania! In the morning you fly from Julius Nyerere International Airport directly to Selous Game Reserve (flight time about 45 minutes). Depending on the arrival of your international flight it is possible to take an earlier or later flight, or to book an overnight stay in Dar es Salaam (not included).

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred Rufiji River Camp, your  home for the next three nights. Rufiji River Camp is a beautiful tented camp located high up on the banks of the Rufiji River. After settling in and lunch with great river views, you make a first game drive in the afternoon.

Day 2-3   Selous Game Reserve

Two full days to explore the immense game reserve! You will do game drives in an open 4WD safari vehicle. Together with an experienced guide, you drive into the wilderness in search of the wide variety of animals. Apart from elephants, giraffes, hippos and many other species of mammals, the area has an abundance of water birds, including fish eagles and kingfishers.

In addition, a boat trip at the Rufiji River should not be missed out during your safari. Selous is one of the few game reserves in Africa where you can see game from the water. And how about a safari on foot? Walking safaris are a great way to get closer to nature and obtain attention for the little things that you would not be able to witness from the car or boat. Since Selous Game Reserve is so little visited, it is not uncommon to spend hours without seeing any other visitors. This gives you the feeling that you have the reserve for yourself!

Boat safari on the Rufiji River in Selous Game Reserve

Day 4   Selous Game Reserve – Zanzibar

After three nights out in the bush we say goodbye to Selous today. In the morning you will fly per Cessna to the exotic Zanzibar.

Upon arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be driven to Paje at the south east coast of the island. A warm welcome awaits you at Kisiwa on the Beach. You will stay here in a private villa amidst swaying palm trees.

Day 5-7   Zanzibar

Welcome to the little paradise of lush tropical gardens, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and barefoot luxury! For the next three days you are not expected to do anything more than unwind and enjoy the splendors of the scenic coast. Take a walk on the beach, discover sleepy fishing villages, relax at your own private balcony or have a cocktail by the pool.

You can also choose to explore Zanzibar Island. Rent a bike or take a walk in Jozani Forest. Get lost in the magic of Stone Town or go for a safari under water with a snorkeling trip. Check out our Top 10 Activities at Zanzibar!

Sunbeds and champagne on the beach at Kisiwa in Zanzibar

Day 8   Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam – Departure

Completely refreshed and relaxed, you will head to Zanzibar Airport today for your domestic flight to Dar es Salaam. There you will connect to your international flight that will take you back home.

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This Fly-In Safari can also be combined with Mafia or Pemba Island, two world-class diving destinations.
Please contact us for a free and personalized safari proposal!