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 Detailed Itinerary

5 Days Safari Southern Circuit

This trip include only Saadani National park where you can spend on the gorgeous and private beaches, go for game drive or do magnificently boat trip.

Saadan national park is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa located at the shore of the Indian Ocean beach front, it has all the attributes that makes Tanzania’s tropical coastline to be so popular worldwide. Also is the place where sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or lion coming to drink near the shore. Also Saadan is where the beaches meet the bush.

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Day 1:  Dar es Salaam.

Meet and greet by our professional guide at Dar es Salaam International Airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight before start safari to Saadan National park the second day.

 Accommodation:  Southern Sun or Similar    

Day 2: Dar es Salaam – Saadan National park.

Early in the morning we drive to Saadan National park with picnic lunch box. We do late afternoon game drive at Saadan National park possible to see elephants, lion, warthog and varieties of birds. Dinner and overnight at Lodge

Accommodation:  Tent with View Saadani Lodge or Similar    


Day 3: Saadan national park

During this day you can relax at the lodge which is along the beaches, you can also go to swim in the Indian Ocean or decide to do some optional activities. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge

Accommodation:  Tent with View Saadani Lodge or Similar    

 

Day 4: Saadan National Park

Early morning game drive at Saadan National park which is 4 hours, then coming back at the shore of Indian Ocean for swimming or do some other optional activities. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge

Accommodation:  Tent with View Saadani Lodge or Similar    


Day 5: Saadan National park – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast we drive back to Dar es Salaam where on the way you will enjoy the marvellous life of local people and their business. You can also have an opportunity to talk with them and share culture.

End of Tour!

Included:

  • Park fees
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation with meals
  • Knowledgeable guide with open roof land cruiser 4x4.
  • Fuel.

Excluded:

  • International flight
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Travelling insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips to your guide and other personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

 

 Pre – departure information

Departure

The Tanzania Wildlife Safaris departs from the Southern Sun Hotel in Dar es Salaam. When arriving in Dar es Salaam on day one, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Should you arrive prior to day one, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day.

 In the evening of first day of your safari, there will be a pre-departure meeting presented by your guide at your accommodation. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

 Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical.  Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

 Transport

Steppe Dogs Adventures uses fully equipped customized 8-seater 4x4 safari vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggages, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, are carried on the vehicle roof rack to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Traveling Times & Distances

All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered.   Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer.   Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure you’re travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation

We make use of designated campsites, either within a National Park or on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in the detailed itinerary). Steppe Dogs Adventures tries to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to secluded spots, often supported by the local community. We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m and accommodate two clients per tent. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags can be hired at an additional fee of US$ 30 per sleeping bag for the entire tour.

Spending money

Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars and Tanzanian Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.

Meals

All meals will be prepared by your guide, either around a campfire in the evening or at a picnic site for lunch. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

First Aid Kid

Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration and it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory – please contact your Travel Clinic before departure.

Luggage:

Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Steppe Dogs Adventures stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g. a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

Insurance:

It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Steppe Dogs Adventures has comprehensive public liability insurance.

Packing:

Shorts                                                   Track suit                                       Walking shoes

Light trousers/jeans                                Swimming costume                         Sandals

T-shirts                                                 Sun hat                                          Windbreaker

Warm clothes (May – August)                  Long-sleeved shirts                         Camera

Torch                                                    Mosquito protection                     

UV protection                                         Spare batteries

 

Visas:

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Tanzania prior to departure.

Detailed Information on Areas Visited

Tanzania

A land of plains, lakes and mountains, with a narrow, low-lying coastal belt, Tanzania is East Africa's largest country and also one of its most diverse.  Tanzania is home for more than 100 different ethnic groups, mostly of Bantu origin, each with its own language and customs.

Tanzania has one of the largest and wildest animal populations in the world.  Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, and flamingo - you name them. Blessed with some of the world's largest game reserves, the country also has one of the highest concentrations of elephant, buffalo, hippo, wild dog and chimpanzee.

Its spectacular topography includes The Great Rift Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro and famous parks such as the Serengeti and the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater.

Offshore are idyllic islands with beautiful palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas that surround pristine coral reefs.  The archaeological treasures of Tanzania include hominid fossils, which are more than 300 million years old.  Tanzanian music and dance dominates much of East Africa.  Strong in rhythm and renowned for hard-hitting lyrics, the country's Swahili-based sounds are kept very much alive by a thriving dance-band scene.  Nyama choma (barbecued meat) has taken over in a big way, especially in restaurants with attached bars.  But on the coast, on Zanzibar and Pemba islands, there's a decent range of traditional Swahili dishes based on seafood.

Recorded history begins around 1800, when the Masai warrior tribes were migrating from Kenya to Tanzania.  It wasn't until the middle of the 18th century that Arab traders and slaves dared venture into Masai territory in the country's wild interior.  European explorers began arriving in earnest in the mid-19th century, the most famous being Stanley and Livingstone.  The famous phrase ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’, stems from the duo's meeting at Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika. Tanganyika won independence in 1961 with Julius Nyerere as the country's first president. Nyerere, whose secret ingredient was radical socialism, gained widespread respect and is seen as one of the most influential leaders Africa has ever had.  Zanzibar was stuck for another two years, after which the mainland forged a union comprising Zanzibar and the nearby island of Pemba. Thus Tanzania was born.

There is a wide range of optional activities to make your experience in Tanzania absolutely unforgettable.  Some great views can be experienced while floating in a hot-air balloon over the Serengeti.  While swimming with dolphins is all the rage on the island of Zanzibar.  Snorkelling and scuba diving is equally popular due to the world-class coral reefs off nearby Pemba and Mafia

 

Saadani National Park:

Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park covers 1100km square. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About 30 species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish (over40), green turtle, Humpback whale and dolphins also occur in the ocean nearby.       

Gazetted in 2005, it encompasses a preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River as well as the Zaraninge Forest. Many villages exist around the boundaries of the park. Before being included in the national park, the zaraninge forest was managed by the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) whose goal was to preserve the extremely high botanical diversity of one of the last coastal rain forests remaining   in Tanzania.

 

 

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