Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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The dusty savannah reveals its wildlife secrets to those who travel slowly, and with a one-week fly-in Tanzania safari, you can experience it all, enjoying four contrasting destinations and private experiences tailored for senior travelers. Combine four of Africa’s ultimate destinations on an exquisite immersion into the animal world. Leopards prowl for zebra on Serengeti grasslands, herds gather along riverbanks, and lions cross giant elephant bulls in a volcanic crater.
Ruaha National Park – The African Savannah
You will be traveling to wilderness areas and exploring places that few people ever get to witness. So yes, this is adventurous, but at heart, African safaris are very relaxed vacations. Rather than spending the night in the city of Dar es Salaam, it is better to fly to your safari immediately. After customs and immigration, a light aircraft will fly you to Ruaha National Park, where the open savannah is a bucolic place to rest and relax. When you are ready, a short game drive will reveal some astonishing scenes because wildlife begins to gather close to the water in the late afternoon.
Ruaha National Park – Immersed in a Wildlife World
Ruaha is vast and arid. Animals are continually on the move, but they must stay close to water. Therefore, while this is an enormous national park, game drives can be short by sticking to the mighty Ruaha River and seasonal watering holes. Elephants are always impressive here with their tusks that curl above the safari vehicle. Lions and hyenas are spotted regularly, although the spotted cats have many places to hide, so you cannot see them as well in the Serengeti. A sublime variety of antelope species will add to your experience as you begin to identify kudu from hartebeest and impala.
Selous Game Reserve – A Safari on the Water
Safari activities are best enjoyed early in the morning and the late afternoon when animals are most active and easiest to find. You will have plenty of time to rest during the middle of the day, whether that involves snoozing in your room or reading a book on your verandah. After this morning’s game drive, you will fly to Selous. Your camp will be positioned on a river, and this afternoon, you will cruise along the banks of the river. Boat safaris are slow and quiet, and animals do not consider the boat a threat, so you can enjoy exceptional intimacy with those species that drink from the banks.
Selous Game Reserve – A Personal Safari Adventure
Selous is one of East Africa’s largest reserves, and most of the wildlife is concentrated in the north, which is where your camp is located. Here, you should not worry about the Big Five because there are more than a hundred mammal species to discover on your one week Tanzania safari. Animals must stay close to the river, and there is so much to see around your camp. Here, you can safely walk in the wild for stunning close-ups with various ungulate species. Boat safaris can contrast game drives, and when darkness falls, you can indulge in a nighttime game drive.
Serengeti National Park – Wildebeest and Zebra
While Selous activities are concentrated in a small area of one reserve, the Serengeti experience is all about exploring space. It takes three days to drive here from Selous, but it is less than two hours by light aircraft, proving that the fly-in mode of safari is ideal for any traveler with a time restraint. You will touch down on a remote airstrip, transfer to a camp nearby, enjoy some quiet afternoon time, and then discover another ecosystem on an afternoon game drive. In the Serengeti, you will be tracking wildebeest and zebra herds. Here, millions of animals move with the rains and offer an astonishing impression of scale. If you are lucky, you may see more than 40 of them on a single drive.
Serengeti National Park – Big Cat Encounters
Africa’s largest herds support Africa’s largest big cat population. Lions often lounge on sun-scorched rocks, surveying passing herds, and draped across tree branches, leopards usually snooze through the day before plotting their hunt after dark. You may also be able to see cheetahs as they peek through the high grass and attempt to steal scraps from a fresh kill. Today’s game drives will be focused on the big cats, and hopefully, you will see them on the move. Perhaps, you will see one as it sneaks up on its prey or as it sinks its teeth into a carcass. Back at your camp, you will probably hear lions roaring through the night.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Escape to a Wildlife-Rich Crater
Like the other days during this safari, you can enjoy a morning game drive before your flight. Another advantage of a fly-in safari is that you can fly during the middle of the day, so you do not miss any precious safari time. Descending above the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, you will catch a glimpse of an East African Eden before the afternoon game drive proves to be a fitting final safari activity. Here, you can see black rhinos, which are boisterous when encountered but bashful at heart. Your final night in Tanzania will be spent on the crater rim at an opulent lodge regularly frequented by elephants and buffaloes.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Departure
After all the early safari starts during this past week, you can lie in this morning. Nothing will be planned, and you will still see a few animals just by having breakfast and looking outside. From Ngorongoro, a light aircraft will take you on a 20-minute flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will board your outbound flight.
- Surround yourself with zebra and wildebeest and track enormous herds across the Serengeti grasslands
- Escape to the tranquility of African savannah, especially in the remarkably untouched Ruaha National Park
- Experience a contrasting perspective during a laid-back river safari in Selous Game Reserve
- Discover more than 25,000 wild mammals that live inside the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, making your game drive in Ngorongoro Crater an incredibly intimate experience
- Explore with all your senses and feel the tranquility of Tanzania’s wilderness – the savannah is a place that rewards those who travel slowly
- Uncover a predatory world with some of Africa’s ultimate big cat encounters with lions, cheetahs, and leopards
- Connect with the wildlife world and discover its subtleties as you explore four very unique safari destinations
- Fly between parks and reserves, minimizing travel time while enjoying sublime views of raw African landscapes
- Settle in to boutique camps that are perfect for senior travelers because they are relaxed and comfortable places where you can continue to enjoy animal sightings without leaving your verandah
Africa is filled with excellent wildlife experiences, but some wildernesses are more impressive and more unique than others. The best are those that are difficult to access by road, and ecosystems that reflect animal worlds that have remained unchanged for millennia. You can visit them and find lions and leopards savoring seasonal feasts. You can also witness the great wildebeest migration, and the vast, open savannah, where elephant herds kick up dust, and astonishing scenes unfold at watering holes. You can descend into the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera to find 25,000 wild mammals and nature’s imperfect balance. Then, you can sit back at a luxurious camp and watch the animals continually pass.
Tanzania is home to some of the world’s ultimate wildlife destinations and experiences. The diversity is astonishing, and the animal abundance is beyond what anyone can imagine. The country’s best four destinations are spread across the country, and you can spend many days traveling between them on bumpy, uncomfortable roads. You can also fly. With this fly-in safari, you will be completely immersed in the wilderness, hopping between destinations and small camps that are perfectly suited to senior travelers. It is an excellent route for a first-time East Africa safari and will be packed with wildlife complexity and comfort, thanks to light aircraft, superb camps, and the best private guides.
The focus of your safaris will be on authenticity. You do not need long game drives to see it all. Instead, your private guides will lead short and slow drives, so you can fully explore the diversity and subtlety. This is an adventure, but to spend a week in the African wilderness is also one of the world’s most tranquil travel experiences. By disconnecting from your everyday, you can connect with nature. After landing in Dar es Salaam, you will fly directly to Ruaha for two nights on the vast and arid savannah, where animal encounters are clustered around watering holes and the Ruaha River.
Next, you will fly to the Selous Game Reserve, which will provide you with new perspectives because you will be cruising on the river and will have the opportunity for short game walks. The Serengeti will then cultivate sightings of the biggest herds and most plentiful big cats. Ngorongoro is like a microcosm of the other destinations because it is packed into a volcanic caldera, which will prove to be a fitting finale to your one-week Tanzania safari. You will fly to these four destinations to enjoy a profusion of wild animals, an exceptional diversity of species, and so many of the scenes that you may only think exist in wildlife documentaries. You will have stunning camps that provide comfort, all the necessary amenities, and a continuous immersion in nature. Best of all, you will be encouraged to explore slowly.
$8,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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