Tanzania: Southern Explorer (12 nights)

This 10 night sample itinerary combines Tanzania’s wild and untamed Southern Circuit with several days unwinding on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar. It’s a great option for the more adventurous travellers wanting to get ‘off-the-beaten-track’.

This fantastic itinerary begins with 4 nights in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park before travelling East to the vast Selous Game Reserve. The final 5 days of this unforgettable trip are spent on a secluded beach in Zanzibar.

We prefer to use smaller camps and lodges that have the ability to provide an intimate experience.

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Day 1 to 4: Ruaha National Park

Despite being the largest national park in Tanzania, Ruaha attracts surprisingly few visitors. Perched on the edge of the Ikuka Escarpment with breath-taking views over the savannah below, your home for the next three nights is the stunning and exclusive Ikuka Safari Lodge.

Jumping out of the light aircraft at Msembe Airstrip you’re first game drive is about to begin! Meandering through the bush on your way to camp, keep your eyes peeled for elephant, cheetah and giraffe. You’ll be welcomed into camp just after 5pm with a cocktail and quick tour around the small and intimate camp. With only 6 expansive tents, exquisite food and stunning views, Ikuka is one of our favourite camps in the Ruaha. Time for a quick freshen up before settling down for dinner.

Walking up early the next morning, you’ll head out into the bush on foot with one of the highly experienced guides tracking rhino and other big game. Stop off in a clearing for a cup of freshly made coffee and a light breakfast. No, you’re not dreaming – this is Africa!

Southern Explorer Ikuka

Day 4 to 8: Selous Game Reserve

After four incredible days exploring the Ruaha, it’s time to make your way east to the immense Selous Game Reserve. Shadowed by trees on the banks of the Rufiji River, your base for the next few days is the luxurious Sand Rivers Selous. With it’s airy thatched main lounge area and open fronted rooms, you’ll feel like a true adventurer!

Your next few days will be spend boating up the Steiglers Gorge, heading out on walking safaris and out on game drives. For something extra special, extend a walking safari with some overnight fly-camping in the wild!

You’ll be amazed how quiet the Selous is! Sometimes you won’t see anyone for an entire day.

Southern Explorer sand rivers

Day 9 to 13: Zanzibar

After 7 nights in the bush exploring the wilderness of Africa, it’s time to fly up to Zanzibar for 4 nights of blissful relaxation. You’ll be staying at the fantastic Matemwe Retreat in the quieter eastern Matemwe region of the island.

Matemwe probably the best diving and snorkelling on the island, plus some excellent kite-surfing, sailing and reef-walking. If you’re craving some civilization after your time in the bush, day trips to Stone Town can be arranged. Otherwise, kick-back and enjoy the last few days of your holiday of a lifetime relaxing in the sun with a book in hand!

Southern Explorer zanzibar

If you’re interested in finding out more about this sample itinerary, don’t hesitate to send us an email at info@lifestyleandroses.com . Alternatively, call us directly on +34 (00) 656161634.