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Transfer from Dar to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, with lunch in Mikumi Town en – route. Hike to Sanje Waterfalls where you can swim in plunge- pools and camp at he top of a 180m waterfall. The hike is short (2hrs) but quite steep in places. Explore the forests and waterfalls, and visit site of the African Violets. Night waling safari to look for endemic chameleons, with overnight camping next to the falls.
Wake up to watch the sunrise over the Kilombero Valley, an amazing sight from the natural viewing platform above the waterfalls. After breakfast descend back to the vehicle then transfer in to the valley. After lunch in a Swahili restaurant in Ifakara Town you will then continue on to a remote fishing village where you will spend 2 nights camping. Elephants often walk right through the village, especially at night!
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 will have the chance to observe and even choose your own fish for lunch! There will be a village tour, and in the afternoon a dug – out canoe safari on the great Kilombero River. No trip to Kilombero is complete without a visit to a local village bar!
The transfer to Itete Mission is a scenic one through rolling country side dotted with small villages and ‘Shamba’ (farms). After settling in and lunch you will go on a walking tour of the village, accompanied by the local priest and maybe a traditional healer.
After breakfast transfer to a Maasai Boma, out on the floodplain. A small community lives here and you will have the opportunity to meet them. After a picnic lunch there will be a short game drive further in to the floodplain where you will be camping in a remote glade of trees. A camp fire will be maintained all nigh – to keep the wildlife at bay!
In the morning there will be the opportunity to go on another game drive, 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 cam often be seen at the camp’s waterhole and the bar offers good views of sunset.
Sunrise and sunset game drives. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to relax taking in stunning views across the food plain, and there is also a small pool. In the evening a campfire is lit near the bar.
A short morning game drive and a leisurely breakfast before transferring back to Dar. Optional connections to Zanzibar by ferry of light aircraft.