Southern Tanzania Honeymoon

10 NIGHTS

Offering an unrivalled snapshot of Tanzania’s Southern Circuit, this 10-night trip combines three of Selous Safari Company camps: an incomparable wildlife experience at two contrasting safari destinations with your final port of call being our very own Private Island.

Romantic Dinners at Jongomero

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Combination of two of Tanzania’s most spectacular parks

  • Ultimate romantic wilderness experience at the Jongomero fly camp

  • Perfect honeymoon combination of adventure, romance, amazing game experiences and relaxation

  • Perfect private beach retreat with plenty of marine adventure

  • Relaxation is the keynote to Fanjove with a selection of activities including spa, snorkelling, diving, bird watching, dhow sailing, walks, fishing, and swimming with dolphins

PACKAGE DETAILS

Details: 3 nights Siwandu Camp (Selous), 2 nights Jongomero Camp, 1 night fly camping in Ruaha & 4 nights Fanjove Private Island

Including: All food, drinks (except at FPI), laundry, flights, fees, transfers*

Price: All Season $12119.80 saving $2170.00

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Jongomero, Ruaha National Park

After transferring to the domestic terminal, you’ll connect with your 8.30am flight to Ruaha National Park which will traverse the breadth of Tanzania. With a flying time of just under three hours, on arrival at the airstrip, which is used exclusively for our guests, you’ll be greeted by your guide and driven the short distance to Jongomero where a traditional communal safari lunch awaits.

Under a dappled riverine canopy, this secluded sanctuary is positioned on the banks of the dry riverbed, 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. Having set the tone for your trip by spending time relaxing by our swimming pool, you’ll enjoy a delicious afternoon tea before setting off on your first game drive. Epitomising ‘wild Africa’ in its most rugged, glorious form, you’ll 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.

Days 2-3: Jongomero

Each evening over drinks, you'll have the chance to discuss your plans for the next day with our managers. Whether you chose to explore by vehicle or on foot, our 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; our remote location situated more than 70km from the next nearest camp means we don’t share our game viewing with any other guests or vehicles. Alternatively we offer 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.

For a truly authentic African adventure, Jongomero also offers a one night complementary Fly-camping safari in the mighty Ruaha (as part of a 10 night honeymoon itinerary). Arriving at the exclusive wilderness camp either by road or by foot, you’ll settle in with hot bucket showers before meeting around the camp fire for a sundowner. After a tasty bush dinner, sleep beckons under the dome of a star gazer tent. You’ll return to the luxury of main camp the next morning ready to share your bush tales.

Day 4: Jongomero - Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve

You’ll depart Ruaha after breakfast for your flight to Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage Site status for very good reason; Selous Game Reserve is home to the most exceptional and diverse wildlife, with more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population, over 40,000 hippos and the largest population of lion on the continent.

An easy transfer from the airstrip, Siwandu camp is located in a grove of palms on the shore of Lake Nzerakera. As well as ensuring a stunning backdrop for the camp, this lakeshore location offers jaw- dropping game viewing with a great numbers of animals gravitating around the lake. It’s also the only place in East Africa where you can experience water-based game activities. With the orientation briefing out of the way, you’ll have time to settle into your tented suite over looking the lake. A two-course lunch on the Pontoon boat will be your first taste of Siwandu’s delicious food which will be accompanied by the chance to spot the hippos and crocodile drifting past you.

Afternoon tea will give you the opportunity to meet and share freshly baked cake with your fellow safari before embarking on your first game activity. Returning to camp having experienced the local bush life, you will enjoy drinks around the campfire and a tasty three-course dinner under a canopy of stars.

Day 5-6: Siwandu

After a peaceful night’s sleep with the noises of the bush just beyond your canvas, you’ll start your day with early morning tea or coffee and freshly baked biscuits delivered to your tent by your personal butler. At Siwandu, game drives tend to follow a hearty breakfast giving the animals time to gravitate towards the lake. This ensures a far denser concentration of game around the camp.

Siwandu offers a brilliant range of game activities for its guests. Climb on board one of our open sided 4WDs to explore the landscape and enjoy tales of wild encounters that your expert guide will share with you. If a leisurely boat cruise is more your thing, you can take to the water and wend your way along the the Rufiji River tributaries; venture close and see the animals from a different perspective while you learn more about the fascinating life of water birds and our wonderful populations of hippo and crocodile. Or, set your clock to experience the thrill of a dawn game walk and have the opportunity to track animals and engage with the smaller habitats and ecosystems. Don’t be daunted by the early start, there’s plenty of time to make up for it later by the pool, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a mid-afternoon snooze. For guests younger than 16, who cannot take part in our main walk, we offer a fun, fact-filled children’s walk around our camp footprint.

Days 7: Siwandu - Fanjove Private Island

The journey to Fanjove is all part of the private island adventure! A 40-minute flight from Dar to the neighbouring island of Songo Songo is followed by a 5 minute ride on a Tuk Tuk before embarking on a traditional dhow boat for the final 40 minute leg.

You will disembark straight into the crystal-clear warm waters and onto the beach in front of the historical lighthouse built in 1863.  A refreshing cooled flannel and freshly prepared coconut drink is offered with delightful smiles and warmth.

You will then be shown to your spacious room (or Banda) that is designed to resemble the traditional East African Dhow Sail.  The Bandas are woven in the traditional all-natural materials and have large swing doors that are opened up to face the beach. If you decide to keep them open at night you can wake up feeling refreshed to the sun coming over the seas horizon for a natural morning wake up. 

A great way to familiarise yourself with Fanjove is to enjoy a sunset trip on a dhow sailing boat that will provide you with beautiful views of the island as the sun goes down.  That night you can enjoy your delicious dinner of light fresh fish on the beach in front of the lighthouse.

Day 8-9: Fanjove Private Island

After waking up to morning sun from your banda you can go on a pre-breakfast snorkel trip.  The snorkelling can be done right
off the main beach meaning that natural and exotic marine life that inhabit the shores of Fanjove is only ever a few steps away. For those who are a little more energetic, there is the opportunity to go kayaking to gain a different perspective of the island.

A highlight for any trip to Fanjove is to venture out on a dolphin/whale excursion. Taking 2-3 hours, spend an extraordinary and blissful morning in the majestic company of humpback whales and multiple bods of spinner dolphins, leaping gleefully about the boat’s prow.  If you are adventurous then you can submerge into the water with a mask & snorkel and swim in the ocean with the dolphin all around you within touching distance and hearing them communicate under the waves. 

Back on dry land, you can explore the island is to take an island walk either on your own or led by a team member.  Meet
the village elder who will divulge the history and culture of the island and will even show you his traditional home. At the end of a jam-packed day, enjoy a cold beverage at the top of the lighthouse to enjoy incredible panoramic views that will be forever imprinted in your memory. Be sure to look out for the myriad species of bird that feature in the island, as you may even be surprised as to what you might find.

Day 10: Fanjove Private Island - Dar es Salaam

No stay at Fanjove would be complete without a diving experience. There is a 11 km long coral reef that embraces the entire eastern profile of the island: at this point the big waves run out in strength, ensuring quiet baths and water activities….perfect for both snorkelers and divers. You can learn about how the team at Fanjove work very closely with the local population to undertake a very active marine conservation programme.

Even as all these options are available for you to enjoy on Fanjove you should always leave time to relax on the beach, in a place so remote it is the ideal space to re-charge your mind and take some time out for yourself.

With your bags packed and your trip coming to a close you will set sail back to Songo Songo to begin making your journey back home.

*All third party costs for government and aviation fees are subject to change

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