BBC Wildlife Tanzania Safari

BBC Wildlife Tanzania Safari: In full

Over the years, Expert Africa has regularly sponsored a high-profile travel writing competition, run in conjunction with BBC Wildlife Magazine. A holiday like this featured as first prize, and it’s often of interest to our travellers, so we’ve kept it in our programme.

It starts in Tanzania’s northern Serengeti at the stunning Sayari Mara Camp, where 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.


Days 1-3

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.From Kilimanjaro you'll take 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 4-7

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 8

After an early breakfast take the flight back via Mwanza to Arusha - where your safari ends. From there you'll find good flight connections to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Nairobi (via the nearby Kilimanjaro International Airport), and further afield.

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