Options & Trip Extensions

Extend the magic of your Tanzanian travels with one of our exciting optional adventures. You can add any adventure(s) to your safari and each adventure can be extended to any desired length.

Selous Game Reserve

River Boat Safari in Selous Tanzania
Overview

Selous is the largest game reserve in all of Africa  – an area as large as Costa Rica. It also stands as one of Africa’s most important conservation areas. The reserve easily provides safarists with beautiful sights, quality game-viewing and a range of unique and fun activities.

Wildlife viewing takes place in the northernmost corridor of the reserve and is centered on the Rufiji River. The river allows for exploration by boat, which adds a unique variety to your wildlife viewing experience. Elephant, hippo and crocodile relish the riverine environment, while rare species like Greater Kudu can be seen on the plains. This is a fun and unique wildlife viewing opportunity.

Recommended Adventure Length: 4 Days | 3 Nights
Available to add to all safari trips.
Price varies seasonally. Please contact us for prices.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Selous Game Reserve
Take a scenic flight from Arusha or Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve. A short game drive will get you to Sand Rivers Lodge, perched on the edge of the Rufiji in the wildest part of the reserve.  Settle into your open-verandah room with a great river view.  After a siesta, take a gentle boat ride in search of hippo and crocs, pausing in the swirling currents for a sundowner.

Days 2-3  Selous Game Reserve
Spend three nights in Sand Rivers Selous Camp, roaming the Selous Game Reserve by boat, 4 x 4 vehicles or on foot. Set out for morning game drives to explore the wildlife and birds of Lake Tagala and the surrounding areas. Take a walk in the cool of the early mornings as the bush gradually wakes up all around and have a cook-out breakfast en-route. Embark on a boat safari where wildlife can be viewed from a new perspective.

Spend afternoons relaxing by the pool or head out for late game drives ending at a picturesque sundowner spot. As the sun sets, enjoy your time by the fire and contemplate a day spent roaming this unspoilt paradise.

Day 4   Arusha
Fly to Arusha to start your main safari or  Dar es Salaam for your home-bound flight.

Lodge

Sand Rivers lodge offers stylish, luxurious safari accommodations on the banks of the Rufiji River. It features an outdoor pool, an open-air dining room, and a beautifully constructed bar and lounge that sits on a sweeping curve of the great Rufiji River. Guests will be “wowed” with the stunning views across the water.

The lodge has just 8 stone and thatched cottages, all are open-fronted and raised on decks overlooking the river. If you are considering an African honeymoon, there is a new “honeymoon” cottage – The Rhino House. All cottages have an-suite bathrooms.

Activities at Sands Rivers are tailored to suit each guest, whether its game drives, walking safaris, fishing or boating.

Fly Camping

This option is highly recommended during your stay in Selous, and it’s available as a supplement. The fly camps are shared, and guests sleep under spacious mosquito net tents, equipped with comfortable safari bedrolls. The camp staff provides a full breakfast, light lunch and a three course candlelit dinner.

Fly-camping in Selou should always be arranged in advance. More information on fly camping.

Wild Chimps in Mahale Mountains

Baby Chimp Mahale Mountains Tanzania
Overview

The Mahale Mountains are the best location in Africa for viewing wild chimpanzees. The forests of Mahale are host to an estimated 700 to 1,000 chimps. This is one exceptional journey where travelers will enjoy the sounds and sites of one of the planet’s truly fascinating animals.

While they might stand as the main attraction, Mahale is not just about its chimpanzees. There’s also fishing, kayaking, waterfalls, other mammals, butterflies, deep-water swimming…and much more.

Recommended Adventure Length: 4 Days | 3 Nights
Available to add to all safari trips.

Price varies seasonally. Please contact us for prices.

Optional Activity: Boating, Fishing  and Fly Camping – advanced booking required.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Mahale Mountains
After the scenic flight to the shores of Lake Tanganyika a short boat ride will transport you to your exclusive camp , Greystoke Mahale – a luxurious hideaway tucked along the lake’s shore.

Days 2-3  Mahale Mountains
During your stay, you will hike the misty slopes of the Mahale Mountains in search of free-roaming chimpanzees. Catch intimate glimpses of grooming, feeding and playing chimps.

In addition there’ll be a chance to go for deep water swims off the dhow, fish in the lake, kayak or just head up to one of the amazing waterfall pools in a quiet corner of the forest. This is a place for healthy activity and relaxation!

Day 4 Arusha
After breakfast leave the camp for the return dhow trip to the airstrip and fly to Arusha for your out-bound departure or continue with exploring more of Tanzania

Lodge

Greystoke Mahale
Greystoke Camp, the original camp in Mahale, is one of the best and most famous in Africa and it has one of the most beautiful and dramatic locations anywhere in East Africa. It sits on a white sandy beach at the base of the 8,000 ft high Mahale Mountains overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika.

Despite being such a remarkable place, there are rarely more than twenty visitors in the park. This inevitably makes one feel rather special and privileged to be here.

The camp has 6 bandas positioned on the edge of the forest line and almost entirely built out of reclaimed dhow wood. Each banda is equipped with dressing rooms, bathrooms (accessible by a short boardwalk that include flush toilets and strong showers), and an upstairs chill-out deck. The main dining tent is the only structure on the beach and it’s the focal point of the camp where you can enjoy sundowners in the bar or on the rocks at the end of the beach.
Evening meals are normally served on the beach itself under the stars.

Guests at the camp are able to partake in swimming, snorkeling, fishing, canoeing and sailing, all of which adds enormously to the overall experience.

When To Visit

June – October – dry season in Mahale (best time to see the chimps)
November – March – short rains in Mahale ( best value to see the chimps)

Wild Katavi

Safari in Katavi
Overview

Katavi’s remoteness makes it the least visited of Tanzania’s major savanna reserves. This makes the park the ideal safari destination for those seeking a true bush experience and raw wilderness. The park supports thousand-strong buffalo herds and further offers fantastic sightings for: elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, crocodile, hartebeest, topi, impala and reedbuck. The park regulations are a little less restrictive here. The walking safari and off-road driving permitted in Katavi enables safarists to make the most out of important sightings.

Katavi is mostly known as a dry-season reserve.  The best time to visit Katavi is between July and October  when the animals converge on the floodplains.

We highly recommend to combine Katavi with the other superb highlight of Tanzania West – Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari.

Recommended Adventure Length: 4 Days | 3 Nights
Available to add to all safari trips.  Price varies seasonally. Please contact us for prices.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Katavi National Park
Fly to Katavi,  a remote, undeveloped wilderness area in western Tanzania. Katavi is renowned for its game, huge herds  of buffalo and elephants that can be seen on the plains in front of your camp.

Day 2-3  Katavi
On each of two activity-filled days in the bush, embark on morning and afternoon game drives across Chada Plains in search of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hunting dogs. Katavi has similar wildlife to Ruaha, with an enviable selection of antelope including topi, roan and sable often found in large herds.
We suggest exploring the plains further out with a picnic lunch and overnight at a fly camp. Fly camping is not included in the price and  should always be arranged in advance. Please contact us for prices.

Day 4  Arusha
After breakfast fly to Arusha for your out-bound departure or continue with exploring more of Tanzania.

Optional Activities:  Night game drives, fly camping – advanced booking required.

Lodge

Chada Camp

Chada is a small and intimate camp, resting beneath shady trees, with just six safari bush tents – simple, but yet stylish.
Each of the tents is spacious and comfortable with en- suite showers. Wide-open verandas offer panoramic views of the plains and animal life that constantly comes and goes.

In a clearing you’ll find the dining tent and a library where guests are welcome to sit and relax with a pair of binoculars in hand. An evening drink around the campfire is the essence of safari, helping to round off a day of excitement out in the wild.

Chada is a wild camp, aiming to suit those who want a traditional safari experience, with good food, comfortable beds, and great guiding. You’re immersed in Katavi bush, not insulated from it – and in one of the most remote and wild reserves in East Africa.

Fly Camping

This option is highly recommended during your stay in Katavi, and it’s available as a supplement. The fly camps are shared, and guests sleep under spacious mosquito net tents, equipped with comfortable safari bedrolls. The camp staff provides a full breakfast, light lunch and a three course candlelit dinner.

Fly-camping  is should always be arranged in advance. More information on fly camping.

Remote Ruaha

Wild Dogs in Ruaha Tanzania
Overview

Ruaha lies in an untouched and remote area of Southern Tanzania that is visited by relatively few tourists. This sense of isolation, and the area’s sheer expanse, make Ruaha one of Africa’s greatest and wildest destinations for safari enthusiasts.

Probe uncharted territory and learn wildlife tracking tips from expert guides. Tracking in Ruaha is an art form, as opposed to a practical pursuit, since wildlife is not as densely concentrated as in other regions of Tanzania.

Ruaha also offers superb walking safari and fly camping possibilities. These are true safari experiences that will surpass anyone’s adventure expectations.

Recommended Adventure Length: 4 Days | 3 Nights
Available to add to all safari trips.
Price varies seasonally. Please contact us for prices.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Ruaha National Park
Board your flight to Ruaha and arrive at Kigelia Camp. Settle into your airy tent and enjoy the bush seclusion of this simply stylish camp. Spend the afternoon in an open game drive car getting acquainted with this new place.

Days 2-3  Ruaha National Park
During the next two days head out in open game drive vehicles to explore the sand rivers and baobab forests of this part of Ruaha. It is known for a high concentration of elephant, buffalo and other herbivores, the rarest of which include sable and roan. It’s also a good place to see lion, leopard and cheetah.

Enjoy the lunches and siestas back at the camp or opt for a picnic lunch under a picturesque tree to simply revel in the peace of the African afternoon. Wander out for a relaxed bush walk, pausing to look at the small miracles of the bush. Dinners are served under the stars in a sandy river bed.

Day 4  Arusha
After breakfast fly to Arusha for your out-bound departure or continue with exploring more of Tanzania.

Optional Activities: Night game drives and fly camping

Lodge

Kigelia Camp

Kigelia is a simply beautiful camp in the best wildlife area of the park.  Elephants are frequent visitors along with many bird species.  Walks between the giant baobabs and along the sand rivers in the area are always rewarding, especially if they end with a picnic!  One of the things we like most about Ruaha is that we seldom see another car or person.

The camp consists of only six tents and it’s certainly not camping like you know it – they are airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting…no manicured lawns here!  The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and a hot safari-style bucket shower (the showers are en-suite but outdoors) and a flush toilet. One of the tents is a family tent with two adjoining en-suite bedrooms.

The camp kitchen whips up some tasty feasts – simple but satisfying meals served in the intimate dining tent or under the stars.  Like all bush camps, there’s a camp-fire where the essential sundowner can be enjoyed as the hot day gives way to a cool night.

Zanzibar

Beaches in Zanzibar
Overview

If you’re looking to combine an African safari with an amazing beach holiday, let Zanzibar make your dreams come true. Zanzibar offers pristine beaches, fantastic day trips and some of the bluest waters in the world.

The island offers a vast collection of superb activities that truly meet any traveler’s demands. Snorkel with whale-sharks. Submerge yourself within Zanzibar’s history and culture via a day tour of Stone Town and a visit to local food markets. Take in a breath-taking sunset aboard an ancient Arabic sailing vessel; or, simply relax on some of the world’s best beaches. No matter your level of adventure – from mild to wild, or relaxing to exhilarating – Zanzibar will lovingly surpass all your expectations.

Recommended Adventure Length: 4 Days | 3 Nights
Available to add to all safari trips.
Price varies seasonally. Please contact us for prices.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Zanzibar
Depart on your scheduled flight to Zanzibar Airport and transfer to your lodge on the beach.

Days 2-3 Zanzibar
The following two  days are yours to spend as you please. Choose from a list of the lodge activities such as snorkeling, diving around Mnemba atoll or pass the time under the shade of your beach umbrella.

Day 4 Dar es Salaam or Arusha
After breakfast, drive to Stone Town to explore the UNESCO world heritage site before leaving the island to Dar es Salaam, where you connect with your home-bound departure or Arusha where you start your main safari.

Optional Activity:  Snorkeling, traditional and deep sea fishing, diving, guided reef walks, guided sailing, parasailing, kite-surfing and jet-skiing – paid directly to the lodge.

Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

Vibrant yet relaxed, Matemwe was one of the first lodges in Zanzibar and it has perfected the tropical island experience.
Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon, Matemwe’s peaceful location and famed relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal place to unwind.

Built from local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, the 12 spacious bungalows with private verandas and hammocks  offer expansive views of the Indian Ocean. All rooms are self-contained and include colored Persian baths in huge bathrooms.

The open-air restaurant overlooks the ocean and has a tranquil area to lounge in as well. Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets.

Matemwe also offers a wide range of activities such as snorkeling and diving around the Mnemba atoll, sailing in traditional nglawa outriggers, traditional and deep-sea fishing, guided reef walks in front of the bungallows and a large variety of Spa treatments. A perfect place for honeymooners.

Balloon Safari

Hot Air Balloon Flight In the Serengeti
Overview

Drifting over the Serengeti plains in the golden morning, taking in the enchanting scenes of wildlife frolicking below and then celebrating with a post-flight champagne breakfast in the bush is a surreal experience.

Your balloon safari launches at sunrise. Depending on wind conditions, you’ll float over the Serengeti for approximately one hour with traveling altitudes reaching up to 1000 feet. A Serengeti hot air balloon flight can be included in safari itineraries that include at least two nights in the Central, the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, and seasonally in South Serengeti.

While you may see wildlife, the most incredible part of this experience is the unforgettable bird’s eye view as you gently skim over the tops of acacia trees and observe the pristine landscape from above. 

Price $550 per person – Advanced reservation required.

1-Day Kilimanjaro Hike

Mandara Hut Marangu Route On Mt. Kilimanjaro
Overview

Short on time but want to experience the wonders of Kilimanjaro? Not to worry. The hike is sure to provide you with a taste of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro without actually getting to the summit.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arusha – Kilimanjaro National Park – Arusha

From Arusha, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro National Park where you will start a beautiful and adventurous hike through lush jungle up to Mandara Hut, which is the first camp on the Marangu Route.
The hike takes two to three hours up and covers eight miles with a 2,620 foot rise in elevation. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the Mandara hut and then rejoice in the jungle once again during your trip down.

After the hike transfer to Arusha.