BUSH SAFARI AND ISLAND EXPERIENCE
STAY FOR 7 NIGHTS | PAY FOR 5 NIGHTS
The perfect week-long combination of an adventurous safari offering a wide range of game activities plus time to relax and rejuvenate on the white sandy shores of Fanjove Island.
Siwandu is perfectly situated within the prime game area to fully experience the abundant wildlife of Nyerere National Park (former Selous Game Reserve)
Siwandu is perfectly situated within the prime game viewing area to fully experience the abundant wildlife of Nyerere National Park (former Selous Game Reserve). It is the only place in East Africa where you can experience both land and water-based game activities – including fishing and boat cruises.
Jongomero is tucked away in a remote corner of the Ruaha National Park. Get a chance to experience Africa’s best kept secret.
A secluded marine protected island with white sandy beaches with exciting water-based activities to experience. These include snorkeling, diving, bird watching, dhow sailing, walks, fishing, and swimming with dolphins.
THIS ITINERARY IS PERFECT FOR:
Travelers with limited time wanting to experience a combination of the best of the Southern Circuit, off the beaten track bush and beach experiences in Tanzania.
Family and friends who travel together and want a private secluded breakaway. Enquire about booking the whole camp for your group.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway or on honeymoon wanting a secluded breakaway offering a highly personalized and off the beaten track bush and beach experience.
Three nights at Siwandu (Nyerere National Park) or three nights at Jongomero (Ruaha National Park)
Four nights at Fanjove (Songo Songo Archipelago)
This package includes all meals, drinks (excludes premium brands), laundry, flights, fees, and transfers*.
*All third party costs for government and aviation fees are subject to change.
Add a night of fly camping at Jongomero. This is available on the 2nd night of staying at Jongomero and is only available between mid-July and November each year.
Broadly spaced along the shore of Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu's spacious and stylish safari tents ensure maximum privacy. Guests can enjoy every opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush, observing animals as they saunter past.
Boasting UNESCO World Heritage Site status Nyerere National Park (former Selous Game Reserve) is home to diverse wildlife, with more than half of Tanzania's elephant population, over 40,000 hippos, the largest population of lion on the continent and well known for the wild dog sightings.
A 45 minute light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam and an easy transfer from the airstrip, Siwandu 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 unique game viewing experiences by pontoon boat.
As you arrive at Siwandu, our team will welcome you with a short orientation briefing. You will have time to settle into your tent alongside the lake.
A delicious lunch will be served with stunning views over the lake. Before leaving on your first game activity, you will enjoy delicious freshly-baked treats during afternoon tea time.
Siwandu offers a brilliant range of game activities for guests. Due to its location next to Lake Nzerakera we offer both game driving experiences in our open sided 4WDs, plus water-based safaris on our pontoon boat.
A leisurely boat cruise on Lake Nzerakera will give you the opportunity to venture close and see the animals from a different perspective. You will learn more about the fascinating life of water birds and experience our wonderful population of hippo and crocodile.
During your stay with us you will experience a combination of both land and water-based activities.
After an afternoon of exploring Nyerere National Park you will return to camp to enjoy pre dinner drinks around the camp fire, followed by a delectable three-course dinner served under a canopy of stars. The next morning you will start the day off with a tray of morning tea or coffee delivered to your tent by your personal butler. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore the Park with your experienced guide for your morning activity.
Back at camp you can enjoy the pool area. It is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a mid-afternoon snooze before your next afternoon activity departs.
DAY 1 - 3, JONGOMERO, RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Under the magnificent shade trees, on the banks of the Jongomero sand river lies the beautiful Jongomero camp. This hidden gem is tucked away in a remote corner of the Ruaha National Park. Here you will get a chance to experience Africa’s best kept secret.
After a 1h30 light aircraft flight from Siwandu or 2h30 flight from Dar es Salaam you will arrive at the Jongomero airstrip, used exclusively for our guests. Greeted by your guide, you will be driven 5 minutes to Jongomero where a traditional safari lunch awaits.
Jongomero is positioned on the banks of a dry riverbed, this is a seasonal river and occasionally start flowing during the heavy rains. A natural pathway for animals in search of water, the camp is the most splendid spot to experience the region’s extraordinary diversity of animals, birds and plants. Before setting off on your first activity, spend some time relaxing at the swimming pool. Set in an elevated position overlooking the riverbed this is the perfect spot to enjoy some game viewing as animals often stroll past.
During your game viewing experience explore Ruaha’s incredible and diverse landscape. The Ruaha is home to the iconic giant baobab trees. The Park boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard. With more than 570 species of birds recorded here, it is indeed one of Africa’s premier birding destinations.
Each evening over pre dinner drinks, you'll have the chance to discuss your plans for the next day with our team. Whether you choose to explore by vehicle or on foot, our expert guides will ensure you enjoy the wealth of biodiversity the Ruaha has to offer.
Alternatively, we offer a dawn game walk during the dry season. Your expert guide will share with you the fascinating facts about the local flora, fauna, insects, birds and animals.
For a truly authentic African adventure, Jongomero also offers a fly camping walking safari experience in the Ruaha. Arriving at the exclusive wilderness camp either by road or by foot, you will be able to refresh with a hot bucket shower before settling in around the camp fire for a sundowner and a delicious bush dinner. You will sleep in a comfortable dome canvas tent for the night. The next morning you will return to the luxury of main camp ready to share your bush tales.
DAY 4 - 7: FANJOVE ISLAND, TANZANIAN COAST
Fanjove Island is the smallest of six islands in the Songo Songo Archipelago, just off the coast of Tanzania. This iconic sand and coral island with its many palm trees, white sandy beaches and shimmering water is only one kilometer long and about 400 meters wide.
A short 45 minute light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam will take you to Songo Songo Island via Mafia Island, where you will be greeted by a Tuk Tuk to take you on a short 5 minute transfer to the jetty. From there you will sail over to Fanjove Island.
Upon arrival kick off your shoes (you won't be needing them again) and enjoy a refreshing coconut water and selection of fresh fruits. You will be welcomed by a member of our team and shown to your traditional eco-banda.
Enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught seafood and arrange with our Activities Manager how you would like to spend the rest of the day. Choose to relax with a book or take a walk around the island. Take out a paddle board or kayak and circumnavigate the island; with no one in sight this is the perfect way to settle into the island pace.
As the sun begins to set, climb the steps of the 19th century lighthouse located on the island and take in the 360 degree views of the ocean with sundowner in hand.
A candlelit dinner will be served in our open-air restaurant on the beach that evening. On a clear night the star constellations are beautiful, don't forget to look up before you climb into bed.
Each evening our Activities Manager will discuss your options for the following day. You may want to spend all day in the water and explore the island, or snooze on a sun lounger with a book - it is completely up to you.
You can be woken at your chosen time with a tray of tea or coffee, presented through a secret hatch in your banda. At your leisure wander down the beach for breakfast. Explore the island trail or at low tide walk around the outside perimeter of the island, exploring rock pools and coves filled with colorful crabs.
You can snorkel straight off the main beach or head out to explore the 11 kilometer coral reef stretching around the island. Our Activity Manager is padi trained and can facilitate beginner or refresher dives for any ability.
Sail out on a marine safari in search of spinner and bottlenose dolphins, or even humpback whales (seasonal). Be sure to take some time to relax and refresh, lay on sun loungers or take leisurely walks around the island.