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Arriving in Dar Es Salaam you transfer straight to your first night’s accommodation (approximately 1.5 hours). Your destination is Bagamoyo, a historical coastal town lying on the side of the Pacific ocean. You will get to visit the orphanage we support in Bagamoyo or just relax on the beach.
Travellers Lodge (AAA) - 1 night
This morning you will explore Bagamoyo historical town, where slaves were once brought from the interior to be shipped to Zanzibar. You cross the Wami River by canoe, before switching to game drive cars for the journey into Saadani National Park and your beach safari camp. The camp is on the edge of the park, to the north of Bagamoyo. Despite its proximity to Zanzibar (15 minutes flying time) and Dar es Salaam, Saadani has remained almost totally undeveloped for tourism.
Bordering the park, your fixed tents are beautifully situated on the beach, with a bar and restaurant. Nearby there's the small local village of Mkwaja as well as the historical ruins of an early mosque.
Saadani Fixed bandas (AAAA) - Beautiful thatched huts on stilts with en suite facilities - 4 nights (BD)
The day begins with a briefing about the elephant and green turtle projects that you visit today. Kids will also have time for a quick Swahili lesson! During the day, each family will be responsible for collecting data on one of the project elephants, which can be collected in a questionnaire. Keep your eyes peeled, as there is also an animal footprint competition. Today you will also learn about the Green Turtle project in Madete Marine Park, another great conservation project. If you are visiting during the peak season period of July to September, there is a 50% chance of witnessing turtles hatching. If you do see this miracle, you may be required to help the turtles reach the sea., if the experts feel there is a real threat to their path. As this is a sensitive issue, it is closely monitored. If you do miss an actual hatching, you can still visit the breeding beach to see the nest and sign of turtle activity. (BLD)
This morning you head out by open-topped Land Rover (the all-purpose workhorse of these parts), to seek out a wider variety of game. Wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, reedbuck, warthog and zebra occur in great numbers alongside some of the largest herds of giraffe found in Africa. You might also see the elusive oryx, sable and kudu. This afternoon is your most relaxing safari outing is a boat safari on the Wami River, where the type of animals you can see differs greatly. You motor slowly up-river past a wonderful array of kingfishers, bee-eaters and other river birds, with hippopotamus and crocodile basking in the warm, shallow waters. Many primates are also visible - especially black and white colobus monkey. You can then anchor or simply drift down-river in silence for a while before returning by vehicle through the reserve to camp. (BLD)
NB: The day by day activities described for the Saadani National Park may vary due to weather conditions and also the location of wildlife in the park.
Today you have different activities available, you may choose to stay at the lodge and have a wander on the beach, or go on a walking safari which might reveal a stunning array of bird life. Some of the birds here include coucal, lovebird, rollers and sunbird, as well as offering close encounters with big game.
This afternoon there may be an opportunity to visit the nearby local school – Mkwaja Primary School. The teacher is used to your visits and an impromptu football match often takes place. It’s a great place to interact with the local villagers and to see their way of life. This would be the chance for families to get involved in role play theatre with lectures on the elephant project, about elephant/human conflicts to help rising awareness. (BLD)
Today we drive to Mikumi National Park (approx. 360 km / 6 hours). Established in 1964, the park lies in a horseshoe of Mountains, which rise to 2,750m. A number of routes can be taken within the park. You visit the floodplains of the Mkata River where hippo, elephant, buffalo and other animals are often found. Mikumi takes its name from the local Kiswahili language for a type of palm tree found in the area. You can also keep a lookout for the distinctive sausage trees. There is much to keep both young and old alert today – from wallowing hippos to colourful birds.
Kikoboga Bandas (CC) (Stone-built thatched lodges with en suite facilities) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BD)
You’ll spend a full day in and around the park. It is home to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra and many types of antelope. You’ll drive to some different parts of the park, maybe seeing herds of elephant as you pass. (BD)
Today you transfer back to Dar Es Salaam to depart for Zanzibar by light aircraft. You will disembark and transfer to your hotel on arrival (15 minutes). As a result of its trade in slaves and spices, Zanzibar was for many years the most important town on the East African coast. The Sultans of Oman, who introduced the clove tree to its fertile soil at the start of the last century, moved their court here from Muscat in the Gulf and ruled until independence in the early 1960s. As a major trading centre, the 'Spice Island' is also reputed to be the birthplace of Swahili, the simple lingua franca that developed to allow trade between people of different languages. In the heart of the original merchant city the baleful cry of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer resonates though the narrow stone streets.
Dhow Palace Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Today explore the atmospheric, faded splendour of Stone Town. As you wander through the narrow, whitewashed streets, watch out for the bustling old fish market, the vibrant colours of the stalls in the fruit market, and the evocative mix of veiled women and men in white pillar-box hats. (B)
The trip ends for Land Only clients, after breakfast at the hotel in Stone Town, Zanzibar. (B)
Please note that transfer to the airport and flight home or to Dar Es Salaam will need to be arranged separately, unless pre-booked with us.
Key: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner
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