A perfect itinerary for honeymooners or small families that want to experience the best of southern Tanzania…

Kwihala Camp combines raw beauty with simple excellence. Situated in the new safari frontier of Ruaha in Tanzania, this is unconstrained Africa where you will find one of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife set in a beautifully diverse landscape that ranges from baobab forests, granite kopjes and open plains to cooling rivers and woodland valleys. Largely unexplored, Ruaha is as remote as you can get in East Africa. Few have heard of it and none will forget about it.

Sand Rivers Selous consists out of 8 open-fronted African themed designed rooms to ensure that guests have maximum cover and panoramic views of the river. It is an adventurous barefoot luxury lodge in the quieter area of the Selous Game Reserve. Sand Rivers Selous is recognised as being one of  the top properties in the area and is great for safari enthusiasts seeking adventure in the wilderness, with lots of walking safaris, excellent fly camping and boating up to Steiglers Gorge.

Where You'll Be Staying

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Kwihala Camp

from $533 /night

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Matemwe Lodge

from $349 /night

Day 1

On arrival at DAR International Airport you will have a quick chance to refresh before catching your connecting Coastal Aviation fl ight to Ruaha Airstrip. On arrival at Ruaha, a welcome table will await you with various hot & cold beverage items and snacks. A representative from Kwihala Camp will brief you on the surrounding area and camp en-route to camp. On arrival at camp you will get the opportunity to settle in, unwind and freshen up before heading to the dining tent for a delicious three-course meal prepared by the local chef. You will then head to the camp area for a refreshing whisky while tales of old times are being said.

Day 2 & 3

Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. One option is to break camp early and head out with a picnic breakfast on a morning game drive, returning to camp in time for lunch. Alternatively, you can eat breakfast in camp and head out with a picnic lunch on an afternoon game drive, returning in the mid-afternoon. Despite sharing vehicles on a Game Package basis, the camp will do everything it can to ensure that your ideal structure is met.

Day 4

After breakfast you will depart Kwihala Camp and head to Ruaha Airstrip for your Coastal Aviation fl ight to Selous Airstrip. On arrival at Selous you will be fetched by a representative from Sand Rivers Selous for your transfer to Sand Rivers Selous, situated in Selous Game Reserve. A brief introduction to the camp will be given to you en-route to your next destination. On arrival in camp you will get the opportunity to put your belongings away and unwind before heading to the dining area for supper. If you are feeling adventurous you are more than welcome to partake in some of the activities offered at Sand Rivers Selous; game drives, boat rides, etc. If relaxation is what you are looking you are able to read a book in the gardens or sit under the palm trees with a refreshing drink.

Day 5 & 6

Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. One option is to go on a morning or afternoon game drive depending on how your day is structures. Another option is to go on a boat ride on the river after a delicious breakfast at the lodge. Alternatively, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast on the property or a relaxing lunch under the palm trees. The lodge will do everything to ensure that your ideal structure and plan is met.

Day 7

After breakfast, depart camp and make your way to Selous Airstrip. Here you will bid your guide farewell as you board your Coastal Aviation fl ight to Zanzibar. On arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be met by a representative from our Zanzibar ground handling company, Island Express, and transferred by road to Matemwe Lodge in the north east of the island. One of only a handful of boutique lodges in Zanzibar, Matemwe is perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean. Adjacent to the lodge, the corals surrounding the Mnemba Atoll offer superb diving and snorkelling. Fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails and relaxing massages are just some elements of the laid-back daily routines of Matemwe’s guests. Matemwe is made up of only twelve beach chalets all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each of the private verandas is furnished with large hammocks and sofas, perfect for whiling away the time as the occasional dhow drifts past in the distance

Day 8 & 9 

There are a variety of activities available either at Matemwe Lodge, or that can be arranged through reception. Activities outside of the resort can usually be booked at 24 hours’ notice, so it is best to arrange these on arrival at the lodge. Your days are therefore open to be structured as you choose, with either as much relaxing by the pool, or as many activities as you wish.

  • Park fees
  • Private naturalist driver-guide as specified  in the itinerary
  • Transfers and flights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Scheduled game drives and walking mentioned in the itinerary
  • Emergency evacuation insurance for guests under 70 years of age
  • Soft drinks, tea, coffee, bottled water, local beer & house wine

  • Any other extra/ optional activities
  • Beverages other than those mentioned in the “inclusive of section” excluded are champagnes, cellar wines and spirits.
  • Tips and gratuities for guides; drivers and lodge/camp staff;
  • Airport taxes and security fees (unless mentioned specifically, taxes/fees must be paid direct at airport);
  • International or domestic departure and arrival flights, laundry, phone calls

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