Arusha to Dar es Salaam

6 days from 2,507pp

Get off the usual safari track for a whirlwind week of wildlife-viewing in the southern circuit of Tanzania. The reserves and national parks of this region are remote and much less frequented by travellers, offering exceptional exploration. Watch for its herds of elephants, towers of giraffes, and zeals of zebras on a safari experience that will feel like your group’s alone. Internal flights between parks are included to ensure you experience the most in the time available.
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6 days Arusha to Dar es Salaam

From 2,507 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 6, Avg 5.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Arusha
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Arrival Airport Transfer:
Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha30m10km

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h Evening

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities – Day 1

Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre
Arusha

Free

Take a visit to the Cultural Heritage centre for an opportunity to browse a collection of locally hand-made items, African antiques, sculptures, and contemporary art. Be sure to make your way to the Makonde Museum to view the centres array of intricately carved masks.

Arusha National Park Tour
Arusha6h-8h

200-500USD per person

Home to the second highest peak in Tanzania, Mount Meru, Arusha National Park has abundant animal and bird life. Opt to participate in a full day safari tour of the area with views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.

Canoeing Lake Momella
Arusha National Park2h-3h

60USD per person

Enjoy a safari by canoe on the peaceful waters of Lake Momella inside Arusha National Park. keep an eye out for buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos and birds. Price does not include cost of transport, canoeing fee ($23pp) or park entrance fee ($53pp).

IIkidinga Village Hike & Visit
Arusha4h-6h

110-185USD per person

Take a guided walk (about 1.5 hours) from Arusha to IIkidinga village. Visit a local home, coffee plantation, and banana plantation. This is a full day tour that includes lunch.

Accommodation

Ilboru Safari Lodge (or similar)

 

Day 2: Arusha/Ruaha NP

Catch a flight to Ruaha National Park — Tanzania’s largest national park with an abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes. Transfer to our safari lodge, located beside the river for optimal viewing of wildlife. After, enjoy a wildlife safari drive in this incredibly remote park. Wildlife viewing is always exciting with a large concentration of elephant and buffalo herds, as well as abundant predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas. Relax this evening by the bonfire.

Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control.

Plane
Arusha – Ruaha National Park3h Morning

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Tanzania’s largest, and lesser-visited national park. Considered to be one of Tanzania’s “best kept secrets”, Ruaha’s abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes truly make this place a hidden gem. Keep an eye out for lions, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and impalas (to name a few).

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Wildlife Conservation Discussions

One of the most remote parks in Tanzania, Ruaha National Park holds approximately 10% of the worlds lion population and is a haven for other carnivores including, cheetah, wild dogs, leopards and spotted hyaenas. While a prime area for scientific study, it does face serious issues regarding human-wildlife conflict, in terms of safety and protection of livestock. Our expert local guides will lead various discussions in understanding the importance of wildlife conservation and protection, how local people are being encouraged to help, current research being done in this area and how sustainable tourism can can help in conservation efforts.

 

Accommodation

Ruaha River Lodge (or similar)
Lodge

Ruaha National Park
The Great Ruaha River forms the spine of this vast and varied park. Most of our game
drives spend at least some of their time following the river, before breaking off and
exploring the bushland and kopjes beyond.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Ruaha National Park

Spend a full day wildlife viewing with our expert safari guides inside this vast and remote park, keeping an eye out for lions, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and impalas. This evening, relax at our lodge, sitting back on the deck with a cool drink listening to the night sounds and gazing at the stars.

At just over 20,000km2 (20,226km2) Ruaha is the largest National Park in East Africa, but add in the adjacent wildlife management areas, Villages and Private Reserves, the wildlife area grows to up to 50,000km2.

 

Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Tanzania’s largest, and lesser-visited national park. Considered to be one of Tanzania’s “best kept secrets”, Ruaha’s abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes truly make this place a hidden gem. Keep an eye out for lions, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and impalas (to name a few).

Optional Activities – Day 3

Ruaha Balloon Safari
Ruaha National Park

575USD per person

Soar above Tanzania’s biggest National Park for wildlife viewing amongst the baobab-studded landscape. Upon landing, enjoy a full English breakfast and raise a glass of sparking wine to an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

Ruaha River Lodge (or similar)
Lodge

Ruaha National Park
The Great Ruaha River forms the spine of this vast and varied park. Most of our game
drives spend at least some of their time following the river, before breaking off and
exploring the bushland and kopjes beyond.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Ruaha/Selous

Enjoy one last morning safari drive in Ruaha before catching a flight to Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After settling into the camp, board a boat on the river for an evening safari. The rivers of Selous are the lifeblood of the park, attracting an abundance of wildlife including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird life.

In Selous Game Reserve the order of activities can change and all activities are subject to weather and local conditions.

Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control.

Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park Morning

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in Tanzania’s largest, and lesser-visited national park. Considered to be one of Tanzania’s “best kept secrets”, Ruaha’s abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes truly make this place a hidden gem. Keep an eye out for lions, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and impalas (to name a few).

Plane
Ruaha National Park – Selous Game Reserve1h30m Morning

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Rufiji River Safari
Selous Game Reserve Afternoon

Board a boat in the afternoon and drift down the Rufiji river as the sun sets. This experience gives you a unique view of the wildlife on shore, crocodiles and hippos that inhabit the river, as well as the park’s abundant bird life.

Accommodation:

Rufiji River Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Selous Game Reserve

Rise early and head out for a full day wildlife safari drive in this incredible reserve with our expert local guide. The park is known for its numerous lion prides and holds over 50% of the remaining endangered African wild dog populations as well as over 400 species of bird. There also is an abundance of zebras, impalas, giraffes, sable, kudu, baboon, wildebeests, colobus, and vervet monkeys. After a busy day, relax this evening enjoying sunset by the river and dinner in the boma.

Wildlife Safari Drive in Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve Afternoon

Spanning a vast 54,600 square km, Selous Game Reserve is one of the world’s largest animal conservation areas – a trait that allows visitors the unique opportunity to spot east and southern African wildlife. Head out for a drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle with an expert guide and take it all in.

 

Accommodation:

Rufiji River Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Selous/Dar es Salaam

Rise early and follow an expert guide into the bush on foot, keeping your eyes peeled for birds, lounging leopards, elephants, and buffalo. After, catch our flight to Dar Es Salaam. Tour ends on arrival.

Today we fly to Dar. The tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon.

Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control.

Walking Safari in Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve

There are many ways to experience a wildlife safari, but doing it on foot is one of the most exciting ways to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Follow an expert guide into the bush in the early morning and keep your eyes peeled for birds, lounging leopards, elephants, and buffalo.

Plane
Selous Game Reserve – Dar es Salaam3h15m Afternoon

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Departure Day
Evening

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Wildlife Conservation Discussions, Ruaha National Park
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Ruaha National Parks and and Selous Game Reserve
  • Boat and walking safari in Selous
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Safari Camp/lodges (4 nts), hotel (1 nt).

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD110-145 for meals not included.

Transportation

4x4 safari vehicle, plane, boat, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides/rangers.

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