BBC Wildlife Tanzania Safari

BBC Wildlife Tanzania Safari: In full

A holiday like this is the first prize in the BBC Wildlife / Expert Africa 2013 travel writing competition. Starting in Tanzania’s northern Serengeti at the stunning Sayari Mara Camp, you’ll explore the kopje- strewn landscape for three days. Predators such as lions and leopards are numerous here, and there’s a chance of spotting a rare black rhino. Game drives will be in open-sided 4WD vehicles, and short walks on the plains will also be available. You’ll then fly to Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria and spend four nights at Rubondo Island Camp, the only accommodation on this lush and largely unknown haven. Rubondo Island’s lakeshore, forests, wet marshes and remoteness make for a very different, yet equally compelling, experience to the more familiar plains wildlife of the Serengeti. As well as game drives, other activities on offer on Rubondo include hiking in search of wild chimpanzees, boat safaris and fishing for Nile perch.


Day 1

Board your Kenya Airways from London Heathrow to Kilimanjaro via Nariobi.

Days 2-4

3 nights at Sayari Camp (full board & activities) | Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Located near the Mara River in the northern Serengeti is the luxurious Sayari Camp.On arrival, you’ll clear customs and immigration before taking a small internal flight to the northern Serengeti – one of Tanzania’s most infamous safari areas. If you’re here between July and October you may have a chance to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration - one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Outside these months the northern Serengeti offers good game viewing, including great predator sightings, and a beautiful kopje strewn landscape – which will be relatively quite and crowd free. Spend 3 nights at the beautiful Sayari Mara Camp.

Days 5-8

4 nights at Rubondo Island Camp (full board & activities) | Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania

You reach Rubondo by small plane...After a morning’s activity and filling lunch, take the short transfer to Kogatende Airstrip and board your flight to Rubondo Island via Mwanza. Rubondo Island is the largest island national park in the whole of Africa and is found in the middle of Lake Victoria. Over 80% of the island is covered in thick dense tropical forest – and it’s a haven for wildlife. Spend 4 nights at Rubondo Island Camp.

Your time here will be spent relaxing in one of the eight tents in this well set-up camp; or taking part in one of the numerous activities on offer. Be in nature walks, looking for the wild chimpanzees (which they hope will be soon habituated), boating on Lake Victoria, fishing for Nile Perch or exploring the swamps by vehicle and boat, there’s certainly enough to keep you occupied!

Day 9

After an early breakfast take the flight back via Mwanza to Arusha. You’ll be met by a driver who will take you to Kia Lodge to have a bit of lunch and freshen up, before you board your overnight flight with Kenya Airways back to London.

Day 10

Arrive early in the morning in London Heathrow and begin the arduous task of sorting through the mountain of photos you are sure to have taken on this brilliant Tanzanian adventure!

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