Kilombero to Mikumi
This unusual and off-the-beaten-track safari has been designed to give you several different African experiences. There is an emphasis on responsible cultural tourism in the seldom-visited Kilombero Valley. This is authentic Tanzania laid bare, and will make for a truly memorable adventure. Due to the remoteness of the locations visited, traveller's must be flexible. Road conditions influenced by traffic and weather are the main variables that will effect this safari. One for the adventure seekers!
- 1 day and 1 night Sanje Waterfalls Camp-site, Udzungwa Mountains National Park
- 1.5 days and 2 nights camping at a remote Fishing Village
- 2 days and 2 night visiting a mission and Orphanage in a rural village.
- 2 days and 2 nights at Kikoboga Wildlife Camp, Mikumi National Park
Please contact us if you are interested in this itinerary. Note that some of the driving times are fairly long. The safari can be extended by a couple of days to break up journeys.
Day 1 - Depart Dar early (ideally before 6am) to make the most of this day. Transfer from Dar to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, with lunch in Mikumi Town en-route. Settle into Hondo Hondo, Udzungwa Forest Camp. Optional activities include hiking to Prince Bernards Falls, mountain biking or village tour. Overnight in authentic mud huts or en suite forest tents.
Day 2 - Wake up to watch the sunrise over the Kilombero Valley, a beautiful sight from the elevated forest edge at Hondo Hondo. After and early breakfast depart for a walking safari to Sanje Waterfalls (looking for endemic primates enroute), where you can swim in plunge-pools and camp at the top of a 180m waterfall. The hike up is short (1-2hrs) but steep. Explore the forests and waterfalls, and visit site of the endemic African Violets. After a picnic lunch hike back down to the vehicle and then transfer to the Kilombero Valley. Optional visit to see some Women Weavers at work, then you will continue to a remote fishing village where you will spend 2 nights camping. Elephants often walk right through the village, especially at night. You have the option of enjoying superb canoe safaris on the Kilombero River.
Day 3 - In the mornings the fishermen bring in their catch, and the banks of the river in front of the village come alive with activity as the fish are sorted. You can observe and even choose your own fish for lunch! There will be a village tour, and in the afternoon a relaxing dug-out canoe safari (ideal for birdwatchers) on the great Kilombero River. No trip to Kilombero is complete without a visit to the local village bar!
Day 4 - After breakfast you will transfer to a rural village, where you will stay (usually camping) at a local mission and have the opportunity to visit a local school and orphanage. This is an ideal opening into completely genuine rural village where you can experience truly authentic Tanzania. Wild Things is also working with a UK charity to build a brand new and much needed clinic. It might also be possible to venture down onto the floodplains below Itete, a Ramsar site (Wetlands of International Importance) where Puku (endangered antelope) and a great variety of birds can be seen.
Day 5 - In the morning there will be a chance for some cultural visits before the transfer to Mikumi National Park. After four nights of camping the comfortable and atmospheric bungalows of Kikoboga Wildlife Camp will be much appreciated! Animals can often be seen at the camp waterhole and the bar is a great place to relax, watching the animals at the adjacent waterhole as the sun goes down.
Day 6 - Sunrise and sunset safari drives. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to relax, taking in stunning views across the floodplain and cooling off by the pool. In the evening a camp-fire is lit near the bar.
Day 7 - A short morning game drive and a leisurely breakfast before transferring back to Dar. Optional connections to Zanzibar by ferry or light aircraft.
Please contact us if you are interested in this itinerary.