Bush & Beach Safari
The perfect week-long combination of an adventurous safari offering a wide range of game activities plus time to relax and rejuvenate on the white sand shores of the Indian Ocean.
Siwandu is perfectly situated within the prime game area to fully experience the abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve Only place in East Africa where you can experience water game activities – fishing, boat cruises
Create your own itinerary – whether you do a game walk, drive or boat cruise on the river or lake Perfect secluded beach retreat on the Swahili coast.
Relaxation is the keynote to Ras Kutani with a selection of activities including spa, snorkelling a shipwreck, boogie boarding, kayaking, walks and watching turtles hatching.
Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve
Just 45 minutes flight from Dar & you will find yourselves in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa. Selous Game Reserve boasts UNESCO World Heritage Site status for very good reason; home to the most exceptional and diverse wildlife, Selous has more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population, over 40,000 hippos and the largest population of lion on the continent.
Siwandu camp is a 10 minute game drive from the airstrip and is located in a grove of palms on the shore of Lake Nzerakera. As well as ensuring a stunning backdrop for the camp, this lakeshore location offers a consistency of game viewing as the animals gravitate around the lake and is the only place in East Africa where you can experience water-based game activities.
After your orientation briefing you will have time to settle into your tented suite overlooking the lake before a mouthwatering two course lunch on the Pontoon boat. Tucking into your lunch whilst drifting past crocodiles & hippos adds a very different dimension to the culinary experience! Meet your fellow safari friends over afternoon tea and freshly baked cake before embarking on your first game activity followed by camp fire drinks, a delicious, freshly prepared, three course dinner under the stars and a peaceful sleep with the noises of the bush just beyond the canvas.
Selous is Africa’s largest Game Reserve, the size of Switzerland and one of the last great wilderness areas on the continent. You will spend three unforgettable nights here as well as taking full advantage of viewing the abundant wildlife, either by boat, vehicle or on foot.
After lunch and a rest, there will be the opportunity to choose your first activity and begin to explore the Reserve, returning in time for sunset and dinner.
Days 2 - 3: Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve
With early morning tea or coffee and freshly baked biscuits delivered to your tent by your personal butler, you can prepare for the day of adventure and exploring the reserve after breakfast. At Siwandu game drives tend to take place after breakfast as by then, the animals have gravitated towards the lake to drink ensuring a far denser concentration of game around the camp.
Siwandu offers a lovely wide range of game activities for our guests to experience. Discover the landscape in 4WD open sided game vehicles, led by an expert driver guide to explain wild encounters and extraordinary stories and information. Alternatively take a leisurely boat cruise on our lake and the Rufiji River tributaries; venture close and watch animals from a different perspective and delve into the fascinating life of water birds and our wonderful populations of hippo and crocodile. Or perhaps you wish to feel the thrill of a dawn game walk and have the opportunity to track animals and engage with the smaller habitats and ecosystems. For guests younger than 16, who cannot take part in our main walk, we offer a fun, fact-filled children’s walk around our camp footprint.
By boat, either by following the course of the mighty Rufiji River or exploring Lake Nzerakera; weave amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the bank and observe game coming down to drink.
Start the day earlier on a game walk, heading out on Selous’ most privileged of experiences. Accompanied by our experienced guide and an armed ranger, walk out into Africa’s largest wilderness, learn about the complex eco-system that it embraces, encounter the thrills and be enthralled at the wonder of being at the heart of nature.
Explore the game in the surrounding areas, from your seat on an open-sided vehicle, a comfortable and privileged journey through the wild African bush. You can expect to see any of the major African mammals, including elephant, giraffes, lions, leopard and even the rare African Wild Dog.
Return to camp for a splendid lunch, then a difficult decision between a siesta or a dip in the swimming pool whilst waiting for the heat of the day to subside. Mid afternoon meet for a cup of tea or cooling lemonade and scrumptious cakes in our cool reception, and then move onto your second safari of the day - slowly meandering along the Rufiji River or perhaps tracking a leopard and her cub through the woodland.
Return back to camp for a convivial drink around the camp fire with fellow safari friends and then delight in a three course dinner under the African sky ablaze with stars.
Day 4: Siwandu, Selous Game Reserve - Ras Kutani, Swahili Coast
From the magic of the bush to the cast away paradise of the Indian Ocean. This morning you wave goodbye to the plains game and wild dog of Selous and fly either directly to Ras Kutani (with Safari Air Link) or via Dar es Salaam followed by a fascinating 1.5 hour road journey through market towns before arriving in the haven of Ras Kutani, 25 km south of Dar es Salaam.
Ras Kutani is a cast away paradise on the Indian Ocean providing white sand beaches as far as the eye can see. Checking into one of the nine beachside cottages or one of the beautiful, large, light, airy hillside suites, ideal for honeymoon couples or small families, guarantees pure relaxation. A vast array of activities, varying from tranquil spa treatments and village walks to snorkelling amongst shipwrecks and kayaking on the lagoon, ensure a truly memorable trip. Invited to your beachside cottage or hillside suite, cast your khaki and shoes aside and relax into beach pace of life with BBQ lunches, sunset cocktails and delicious private dinners while feeling the sand between your toes.
Depart at 09h00 for a short game drive to the airstrip for the flight to Dar es Salaam. Flights leaves Siwandu at 09h45 and lands Dar at 10h20. On arrival in Dar es Salaam you will be met by a driver, and taken a road transfer to Ras Kutani. The journey time is approximately 90 minutes, and you will arrive in Ras Kutani in time for lunch. If you choose to fly, the flight from Dar to Ras Kutani airstrip is 10 mins, on arrival you will be driven to the shores of a fresh water lagoon and rowed across the water to our camp. Or alternatively safari during the day and embark on the 16h00 Safari Airlink flight direct to Ras Kutani for arrival at 16h50 and perfect time to settle in, shower and settle into the bar as our staff muddle you a zesty fresh cocktail.
The tranquil Indian Ocean shores of Tanzania - Ras Kutani is a small coastal retreat of castaway luxury, set alone on a pristine beach of white sands, cooled by the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourselves in the spirit of relaxation and indulgence that is Ras Kutani’s specialty. With a choice of walks along the beach, through the coastal forest or visit the local village of Kichangani; the opportunity to boogie board or kayak, or to watch turtles hatch or catch a glimpse of a passing humpback whale, there is always plenty to do between relaxing!
Days 5 - 7: Ras Kutani, Swahili Coast
Wake up to the glowing sunrise and the chatter of monkeys in the trees, which cocoon your room. Ras Kutani is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean and lies next to a fresh water lagoon with a backdrop of a virgin coastal forest so you can fully immerse in the pure natural world. Ras Kutani’s keynote is relaxation, escape from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in this peaceful sanctuary but for those wanting to drag themselves away from their sun lounger, we do offer beachside activities. Head to our spa for a rejuvenating massage, or try boogie boarding, kayaking on the lagoon, venture for a forest or beach walk, snorkel around our shore-side shipwreck or a visit our local village. We are also lucky enough to host turtles, who lay their nests on our white sand beach so guests may have the opportunity to watch hatchings during the months of June to August.
Day 8: Ras Kutani, Swahili Coast - Dar es Salaam
With your luggage packed, depart Ras Kutani by car or consider an transfer upgrade to a convenient and discounted 10 minute charter flight to Dar es Salaam where you can pick up your international flight home.