• Search for the endangered Wild Dog & Black Rhino
  • Experience the exotic-ness & remoteness of your camps
  • Visit the remote & rarely-visited Katavi Park
  • Enjoy activities on the water, as well as the land
  • Witness Chimpanzees up close & personal for a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Areas Visited:

  • Selous Game Reserve
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Katavi Park
  • Mahale Mountains National Park

Day 1: Arrive to Dar es Salaam

Once you arrive, an Aardvark Safaris team member will meet you to take you to your 5-star hotel, The Serena Lodge.  Here you can a late snack and enjoy a full night’s rest before starting your safari the next day.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam Serena Lodge

Day 2: Dar es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve

After a fulfilling breakfast, you and your guides will take a short flight to Selous Game Reserve.  You’ll enjoy your first game drive on your way to your new lodge, just in time for lunch.  Your camp for the next 3 nights is exclusive & elegant, providing you with an exceptional experience.
Overnight: Serena Selous Camp

Day 3- 4: Selous Game Reserve

With significant populations of African Elephants, Black Rhinos & Wild Dogs, your game drives will provide you with rare sightings, most people never get a chance to see.  Selous also has some of the largest populations of Buffalo, Hippo & Nile Crocodile, not to mention over 350 recorded types of bird species, so your days will leave you satisfied & with a copious amount of species sightings.

In addition to game drives, there are options for boat excursions along the Rufigi River.  Here you can take a visit to the hot springs or enjoy activities such as fishing, bush walks, sunset cruises & more.
Overnight: Serena Selous Camp

Day 5: Selous Game Reserve – Ruaha National Park

After one last breakfast in Selous, you’ll take a short flight to Ruaha National Park.  You’ll arrive to your lodge, Ruaha River Lodge, in time for a relaxing lunch.  Your lodge is located right on the riverbank, allowing you to see wildlife coming in for a drink.
Overnight: Ruaha River Lodge

Day 6-7: Ruaha National Park

The lodge’s exotic location is in an area surrounded by an abundant number of wildlife including, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo & much more!  The birding in Ruaha is simply spectacular as well; over 530 species of bird has been recorded here!  Ruaha’s terrain changes from woodlands to savanna, so you’ll enjoy a busy couple of days exploring the park & all of its magnificent beauty it has to offer.
Overnight: Ruaha River Lodge

Day 8: Ruaha – Katavi

You’ll have an early start to the day as you board your morning flight from Ruaha to the remote & rarely visited park, Katavi.  The Katuma River is an inviting water source to an abundant amount of wildlife, so predator-prey interactions may be seen here, along with huge flocks of water birds.
Overnight: Katuma Bush Lodge

Day 9-10: Katavi

Katavi is one of the largest & most productive ecosystems in East Africa.  Its landscape is diverse offering sections of marshes, lakes, rivers, hot springs, waterfalls, woodlands, rugged hills & more!  Your game drives here will be full of wildlife everywhere you look.  Seeing other tourists & vehicles will be a rare sighting, so you may just have Katavi all to yourself when you visit!
Overnight: Katuma Bush Lodge

Day 11: Katavi – Mahale Mountains National Park

After breakfast, you will take a short flight, followed by a 90-minute dhow boat cruise, to the Mahale Mountains National Park.  This roadless park offers lush forests, sandy white beaches & rare wildlife that may not be seen in some of the more arid game parks.  Here in this remote & stunningly beautiful park, you will find humanity’s closest living relative, the Chimpanzee.
Overnight: Kungwe Beach Lodge

Day 12-14: Mahale Mountains National Park

You will have 3 full days to explore the beauty of this park & to seek out some of the 900 residential Chimpanzees.  Permits for chimpanzee trekking are carefully controlled, only allowing a small number of ecotourists to witness the chimpanzees at close proximity, at one time.  The chimpanzee encounters can be life-changing events.
Overnight: Kungwe Beach Lodge

Day 15: Mahale – Dar es Salaam

After a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you will board your flight to return to Dar es Salaam, where you will catch your international flight this evening.  An Aardvark Safaris team member will transfer you to the Dar es Salaam airport & help you with any last minute needs you might have.

Post-Safari Extension: Volunteer Service
Want to give back to the local community of Arusha? We can arrange a volunteer opportunity for you that will not only be rewarding for the local Tanzanians, but an experience you will never forget. From visiting the orphanage Aardvark Safari’s founder, Augustine, and his wife, started and currently run, to visiting local hospitals, schools or villages, we will set up a volunteer experience that perfectly suits your interests and passion.
Suggested Days: 3-5
260 USD per person

Post-Safari Extension: Zanzibar
What better way to conclude and reflect on your safari adventure, by relaxing on the pristine beaches or pools of Zanzibar? Zanzibar not only offers a leisurely beach getaway, but has many exciting activities to choose from, the whole family will love! You may choose to try out the diving and snorkeling, or guided reef & village walks, or perhaps kayaking. You definitely won’t want to miss visiting Stone Town and its world famous spice tours, and its narrow streets, shops and markets. Experience the sights, sounds and spices of the capital by ending your family’s memorable journey, in Zanzibar.
Suggested Days: 3-5
1980 USD per person