10 Days Bush to Beach Adventure Safaris

Day 1 – Arrival

You will be picked up at the airport of your driver/guide. Together you will plan tomorrow, so that you are ready for tomorrow’s adventures. Tonight you will sleep in a hotel close to the airport en route for tomorrow’s destination.

Day 2 – Drive to Mikumi National Park

You will have an early morning departure from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi, a 4 – 5 hours drive on comfortable tarmac roads. On the way you will enjoy a nice lunch where you can choose between continental or local food. You may use this lunch to get to know more about the food culture of Tanzania. On your way to Mikumi you pass “baboon valley” a place where you often see baboons close by or at the road while passing. If traffic treated you well, you will be in the park in good time to enjoy a nice afternoon game drive. While the sun sets, you can enjoy a cold drink with the perfect view of the waterhole where the buffaloes enjoy their mud baths and the elephants come to drink.

Day 3 – Mikumi National Park

Today you will be waking up very early in the morning to go “hunting” for the predators before they go to sleep, working up an appetite for your solid breakfast. When you wake up, make sure to look out the big window to see what kind of animals are sleeping right outside your bungalow.

A full day’s game drive in the park which always share its abundant wildlife with its visitors. The savannah inside the park allow your eyes to spot wildlife from a great distance, giving you wonderful pictures either for your camera, or forever embedded in your memory. Many of Mikumi’s animals are used to visitors on two legs or four tyres, so here you’ll have the opportunity to meet species like elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, and antelopes and if lucky, predators like lion and leopard.

During early afternoon we’ll often find the animals hiding and resting, so we’ll have the opportunity of a swim in the pool at the lodge before an afternoon game drive. Even tonight you can enjoy the unforgettable view of the light set waterhole where the animals quietly come for drinking water.

Day 4 – Uluguru Mountains to Selous Game Reserve 

After breakfast at the lodge, we start a long, but scenic road trip to Selous, one of the world’s largest protected wildlife areas. After passing Morogoro, Tanzanias main agricultural town, we head into, and over the Uluguru mountains.

This is a unique drive through mountain rainforests and remote villages, before reaching Selous western entry gate. You will be arriving late afternoon where you can choose between a short walking safari and a refreshing swim in the lodge’s pool. You will enjoy a delicious dinner before going to sleep at Sable Mountain Lodge. 

Day 5 – Selous Game Reserve

With its more than 50 km2 this area are larger than Belgium. A UNESCO world heritage site, Selous give you extraordinary possibilities for wildlife experiences. Since Selous is a game reserve (not a national park), we have the options of following the herds of animals outside the roads, into their natural habitats.

Your full day of game viewing always includes “hunting” for the predators. Maybe today is a lucky day, and allow us to spend time with one of the prides of lions residing in Selous. Tonight you will be accommodated at a lodge by the Rufiji River, just outside the reserve on the eastern border.

Day 6 – Boat ride on Rufiji River

In the morning we spend a few hours in a bout at the river, watching hippos, crocodiles and various species of birds before heading back to Dar es Salaam. On the way you will enjoy your delicious lunchbox, and arrival at The Lighthouse Beach Resort in the late afternoon. A mouth watering dinner will be served in the lighthouse restaurant in the evening. All meals are included in this hotel.

Day 7 – Beach paradise

Early morning the sun will come lurking through your bedroom window some time after six o’clock, showing you the beautiful view of the ocean from your bed. After a quiet breakfast, while you watch the ducklings following their mothers habits swimming in the bird-pool, you go down to the 2,5 km long white sandy beach.

In the shadow of the roof made from the local palms you will find some relaxing chairs and sun beds. Enjoy a long walk on the beach to the lagoon, snorkelling over the corrals, sunbathing or exploring the ruins of the old lighthouse from the German colonists. If you are a real beach lover then lunch on the beach would suit you perfectly. The cook will prepare the food of your choice.

Day 8 – Beach paradise

Today we offer you a tour to explore new areas more south, bring a lunch box, or lunch basket with some good food and refreshing drinks, or just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this wonderful paradise.

Day 9 – Guided tour in Dar es Salaam

Leaving the relaxing beach life to the hectic city life your guided tour take you through town from the fish market, passing the state house and other gems of the city before reaching the textile market and the famous wood carvers market.

Tonight you will stay at Jangwani Seabreeze Hotel which is situated in a small suburb north of the city centre called Mbezi Beach. As the name of the suburb can tell you this is a beach area, and the hotel offers you a nice beach, two swimming pools and lots of activities suitable for all ages. This is a bed and breakfast hotel, but the restaurant is open day and night and has a very reasonable price range.

Day 10 – Departure day

Just relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities until the time reaches for going to the airport. During the transfer to the airport there is possibility to make some last minute shopping in the supermarket, or stopping at any restaurant for a nice dinner.