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The Best of Kenya & Tanzania 2014

Trip Extensions

Post-trip: Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve

Located in Southern Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve is four times larger than Serengeti National Park. Its sheer size, paired with the remarkable lack of human impact, has created the ideal place for a diverse safari experience. Home to one of Africa's largest elephant populations—and more than 450 species of birds—Selous is paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

It's Included:
Airfare from Seronera to Arusha
All park fees
Bottled water while on game-viewing drives
Accommodations for 1 night in Arusha and 3 nights in Arusha National Park
13 meals—4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners
8 small group activities, including 6 game-viewing opportunities
Services of expert driver-guides and camp staff
Porterage for 1 bag per traveler
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    After breakfast, we head to a small airstrip in the Serengeti for a brief flight to Arusha (please refer to Day 17 of The Best of Kenya & Tanzania). Then, we board our flight to Selous Game Reserve via Zanzibar Island, and Dar Es Salam. On arrival, we’ll transfer to our permanent tented camp. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

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    This morning we enjoy an early breakfast at our camp before heading out for a bush walk. As the largest protected game reserve in Africa, you can be assured we’ll have the chance to view abundant wildlife. We’ll set out in this sanctuary in search of the large elephants for which the park is famous, but we’ll also discover the many other local species which abound, from eland and nyala to bustards, vervet monkeys, and spotted hyena.

    The balance of the morning is at leisure to relax and enjoy the camp amenities. After lunch, we’ll enjoy a game-viewing drive through the reserve’s diverse terrain that ranges from plains filled with Acacia trees to riverine forests and swamps.

    Tonight, we’ll dine on freshly prepared cuisine at our camp.

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    We rise early for a morning game-viewing drive. Myriad species are drawn to the reserve, however, black rhinoceros and wild dogs are two animals in particular that can be seen in large numbers—offering visitors rare opportunities to view them in their natural habitat. Later, our small group will enjoy a picnic lunch within the park. We'll return to the camp for an afternoon at leisure.

    Dinner is at our camp tonight.

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    This morning, our small group visits the nearby Mloka village whose inhabitants’ livelihood is dependent on the Rufiji River. One of the most enriching aspects of travel is getting to know the local people, and we’ll have the opportunity to do so during a visit to a primary school. Here, we’ll meet with some of the schoolchildren and learn about their curriculum.

    We return to our camp for lunch, where we’ll have time to relax and contemplate our morning’s adventure. Later this afternoon, we all head out again for another game-viewing drive. In addition to Africa’s legendary big game, we’re likely to observe myriad antelope including Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, wildebeest, and warthog—all easy prey for the large cats such as lions and cheetahs that roam the open plains.

    Dinner is at the camp tonight.

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    • Meals included:

    This morning, we’ll rise early and enjoy a boat ride on the Rufiji River—the largest river in East Africa. As we cruise the serene waters, we’ll enjoy the excellent vantage point our boat provides for game-viewing. An attractive home for land and aquatic animals alike, we’ll likely observe pods of submerged hippos keeping cool and protecting their sensitive skin from the strong African sun. After returning for lunch at our camp, we’ll enjoy time at leisure.

    Later this afternoon, we fly to Dar es Salaam Airport and depart on our overnight flight home, via Amsterdam, arriving the next day.