11 Day Nyerere, Ruaha National Park & Fanjove Private Island Safari Special


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Day 1:  Arrival Dar es Salaam - Air Charter Transfer to Siwandu, Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve)

Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam you will be met by one of our representatives who will assist you to your onward charter flight (45 minutes) to Siwandu in the Nyerere National Park.

Siwandu Camp is a 10 minute game drive from the airstrip and is located in a grove of palms on the shore of Lake Nzerakera. This lakeshore location offers consistency of game viewing as the animals gravitate around the lake and is the only place in East Africa where you can experience water-based game activities.

After your orientation briefing you will have time to settle into your tented suite overlooking the lake. In the afternoon embarking on your first game activity followed by camp fire drinks, a delicious, freshly prepared, three course dinner under the stars and a peaceful sleep with the noises of the bush just beyond the canvas.

Accommodation:Siwandu Camp (incl. all meals incl 1 Pontoon lunch, drinks & activities: game drives, 1 boat safari and 1 guided walk) 


Day 2 & 3: Explore Nyerere National Park

At Siwandu game drives tend to take place after breakfast as by then, the animals have gravitated towards the lake to drink ensuring a far denser concentration of game around the camp.

Siwandu Camp offers a lovely wide range of game activities for guests to experience. Discover the landscape in 4WD open sided game vehicles, led by an expert driver guide. Alternatively take a leisurely boat cruise on our lake and the Rufiji River tributaries; venture close and watch animals from a different perspective.... or perhaps feel the thrill of a dawn game walk and have the opportunity to track animals and engage with the smaller habitats and ecosystems.

Accommodation: Siwandu Camp (incl. all meals incl 1 Pontoon lunch, drinks & activities: game drives, 1 boat safari and 1 guided walk) 


Day 4: Air charter transfer Siwandu Camp to Jongomero, Ruaha National Park

After breakfast a light aircraft flight from Siwandu will transfer you to the Jongomero airstrip. Greeted by your guide, you will be driven 5 minutes to Jongomero where a traditional safari lunch awaits. 

Under a dappled riverine canopy, this secluded sanctuary is positioned on the banks of a dry riverbed which is a natural pathway for animals in search of water and is the most splendid spot to experience the region’s extraordinary diversity of animals, birds and plants. In the afternoon you will embark on your first game drive. Explore Ruaha’s undulating landscape which is home to giant baobabs and the Park’s rich variety of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard.

Accommodation: Jongomero (incl. all meals, drinks and activities) 


Days 5 to 6: Jongomero, Ruaha National Park

Each evening over drinks, you'll have the chance to discuss your plans for the next day with the camp managers. Whether you chose to explore by vehicle or on foot, the expert guides will ensure you enjoy the wealth of biodiversity Ruaha has to offer. Game drives around Jongomero are unique and cater for the safari connoisseur. The remote location situated more than 70km from the next nearest camp means Jongomero doesn't share its game viewing with any other guests or vehicles. Alternatively the camp offers a dawn game walk during the dry season. With the African sun warming your back, you’ll navigate the parched riverbeds while your guide tells you fascinating, often bizarre stories, about the local flora, fauna, insects, birds and animals. 

Accommodation: Jongomero (incl. all meals, drinks and activities) 


Day 7: Air Charter transfer Jongomero Camp to Fanjove Private Island (via Dar es Salaam)

This morning bid farewell to the bush and transfer first to Dar es Salaam. A short 45 minute light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam will take you via Mafia Island to Songo Songo Island, where you will be greeted by a Tuk Tuk to take you on a short 5 minute transfer to the jetty. From there you will sail for about 40 minutes, passing by other small islands until you reach across to Fanjove Island.

Upon arrival kick off your shoes (you won't be needing them again) and enjoy a refreshing coconut water and selection of fresh fruits. You will be welcomed by a member of the team and shown to your traditional eco-banda.

Enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught seafood. Choose to relax with a book or take a walk around the island. Take out a paddle board or kayak and circumnavigate the island.

As the sun begins to set, climb the steps of the 19th century lighthouse located on the island and take in the 360 degree views of the ocean with sundowner in hand.

A candlelit dinner will be served in our open-air restaurant on the beach that evening. On a clear night the star constellations are beautiful, don't forget to look up before you climb into bed.

Each evening the Activities Manager will discuss your options for the following day.

Accommodation: Fanjove Private Island (incl. all meals, drinks & activities: snorkelling from the beach & by boat, kayaking, SUP, island walk, 1 sandbank picnic by boat, 1 sunset dhow sail trip & 1 marine boat safari)


Day 8 to 10: Fanjove Private Island

It is completely up to you how you wish to spend your day. You may want to spend all day in the water and explore the island, or snooze on a sun lounger with a book. At your leisure wander down the beach for breakfast. Explore the island trail or at low tide walk around the outside perimeter of the island, exploring rock pools and coves filled with colorful crabs.

You can snorkel straight off the main beach or head out to explore the 11 kilometer coral reef stretching around the island. The Activity Manager is padi trained and can facilitate beginner or refresher dives for any ability (at your own cost).

Sail out on a marine safari in search of spinner and bottlenose dolphins, or even humpback whales (seasonal). 

Accommodation: Fanjove Private Island (incl. all meals, drinks & activities: snorkelling from the beach & by boat, kayaking, SUP, island walk, 1 sandbank picnic by boat, 1 sunset dhow sail trip & 1 marine boat safari)


Day 11: Transfer from Fanjove Private Island back to Dar es Salaam

After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to this island paradise. You will take a boat, road and light aircraft charter transfer back to Dar es Salaam for your onward journey.

End of Safari.


Rates, Terms & Conditions:

01 Jun 2024 - 15 Mar 2025:    US$ 8670 per person sharing

Please contact us directly should you be interested in the applicable single supplement. 


* Package is booked with Gondwana Tours & Safaris
* Valid for travel as per above dates
* Standard T&C's apply
* Includes: Inter-camp flights / transfers, departure taxes, park fees & conservation levies, accommodation, meals, drinks (premium wines & liquors, Champagne are excluded) , activities as per itinerary and laundry
* Excludes: International/regional flights, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, and gratuities 
* Prices are a guide only & subject to change due to 3rd party costs, government and aviation fees

Country: Tanzania

From: US$ 8670 per person sharing (01 Jun 2024 - 15 Mar 2025) - single supplement applicable, please contact us directly for more details.

Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights

Valid for Travel: 01 Jun 2024 - 15 Mar 2025

Featured Benefits: Perfect combination of Tanzania's most spectacular National Parks and the ultimate beach relaxation - 3 nights Siwandu (Nyerere National Park), 3 nights Jongomero (Ruaha National Park), 4 nights Fanjove Private Island (Songo Songo Archipelago). Experience a number of exciting game activities and end your unforgettable safari with barefoot luxury on Fanjove Private Island.

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