Discover this incredible event in the stunning Tanzanian countryside

A solar eclipse enjoyed from the Tanzanian countryside – after days spent exploring the African savanna seeking the Big Five and various other beasts and birds – is sure to be a highlight for any explorer. Get up close to the animals of Africa in Sadaani National Park and Selous Game Reserve, and discover the beauty of Dar es Salaam and the old Swahili port of Mikindani as you prepare for the main event of the eclipse – a spectacle lasting around four hours! Enjoy informative talks and plenty of free time to explore on this illuminating adventure in Tanzania.

Start
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Finish
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Countries
Tanzania
Themes
Astronomy, Wildlife
Code
EXTZ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 15 Max 26
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

The tour starts in Dar es Salaam. The Best Western Hotel is close to the airport and given Dar’s notorious traffic it is ideally located for the day ahead. Here you have the chance to relax after your flight.
As the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania that borders the sea, the opportunities for viewing animals in Saadani National Park are numerous and varied. See elephants frolicking on the ocean’s shore, lions lounging in trees, regal giraffes nibbling on treetops and buffaloes drinking their fill at crowded watering holes as you take morning and afternoon game drives.

Get closer to the wild than ever before on an African adventure in the vast expanse of Selous National Park and enjoy the chance to come breathtakingly close to some of the most famous animals in all of Africa. Explore the diverse landscape in the largest reserve on the continent; search for lions, elephants, rhino, buffalo and leopards.

During your stay in Saadani and Selous, there will be the opportunity to do night-time observations. There is lots of open sky and very little light pollution. At both lodges, Simply Saadani and Sable Mountain Lodge in Selous, equipment can be set-up in the accommodation grounds. Please note, while we've checked that it's safe to do this, equipment will be left at your own risk.
In Saadani, group one will leave early on a game drive in the park, returning for breakfast at the lodge. They will also take an afternoon game drive, returning at last light for dinner. Saadani has some very large elephant herds and unique coastal lions which den around the salt flats, behind the mangroves. Giraffes and buffalo are plentiful, and the rare Roosevelt sable antelope may be seen in the north of the park. There is a reasonable chance that turtles may be hatching at this time of year and so plans may change to allow the group to see this.

In Selous, group two will leave after breakfast for a wonderful full-day safari which includes taking a game drive across a large area of the reserve, crossing the miombo woodland near the Beho Hills, through acacia dominated areas into open stretches of grassland dotted with doum palms and around the lakes. It is planned that a packed lunch will be taken on the boat safari which comes as part of this trip. Lake Tagalala is full of crocodiles, hippos and wonderful birds, and the game drive route is likely to offer lion sightings, and a strong possibility of wild dogs.

Dr Mason will remain at Sable Mountain Lodge to accompany both of the groups here. A local leader will be with the groups at Saadani.
After breakfast, group one will take a short game drive to Saadani airstrip for a flight to Selous GR. They will briefly meet group two at the Selous airstrip, before taking a short game drive to Sable Mountain Lodge.

Group two will fly to Saadani and game drive to Simply Saadani. In the afternoon, both groups will have the chance to explore their new surroundings as they did on day one.
In Selous, group one will leave after breakfast for a safari which includes taking a game drive across a large area of the reserve, crossing the miombo woodland near the Beho Hills, through acacia dominated areas into open stretches of grassland dotted with doum palms and around the lakes. It's planned that a packed lunch will be taken on the boat safari which comes as part of this trip. Lake Tagalala is full of crocodiles, hippos and wonderful birds, and the game drive route is likely to offer lion sightings, and a strong possibility of wild dogs.

In Saadani, group two will leave on a game drive in the park, returning for breakfast at the lodge. They will also take an afternoon game drive, returning at last light for dinner. Saadani has some very large elephant herds and unique coastal lions which den around the salt flats, behind the mangroves. Giraffes and buffalo are plentiful, and the rare Roosevelt sable antelope may be seen in the North of the park. There is a reasonable chance that turtles may be hatching at this time of year and so plans may change to allow the group to see this.
Group one will leave Sable Mountain Lodge early and game drive across Selous before stopping for breakfast somewhere on or near the Rufiji River outside the eastern gate. They will then continue on to the main southern highway and meet group two to continue on their way together to Mikandani.

Group two will have an early breakfast and then game drive to Saadani airstrip, where they will catch a flight to Dar es Salaam. Here they will pick up our bus and head south to meet group one on the highway.

Mikindani is a crumbling colonial settlement near the Mozambique border and the mouth of the Ruvuma River. It was from here that Livingstone set out on his final voyage which saw him lose his life in modern day Zambia. Restoration of some of the buildings has begun, and the Old Boma, at the top of the hill, has been turned into a small hotel where we will all eat dinner and receive a lecture about the coming eclipse from Dr Mason. The hotel is small, and the area is still well off any established tourist trail, so we will have to spread out across the available accommodation facilities in the wider area. The hotels for the next two nights (the Old Boma, 10 Degrees South and the Mantaray) will be functional rather than luxurious and room standards will be variable.
The day of the eclipse will start with a very early breakfast before we all leave for the eclipse site, arriving by 09:30. The eclipse will last nearly four hours with final contact at 2pm. A packed lunch will be provided at the site. Once the eclipse is over we will return to Mikindani. We will have dinner together at the Old Boma Hotel and discuss the day’s events.
After breakfast, the group will drive back north along the Indian Ocean Coast. The drive will take most of the day, with stops en route, and arrival back in Dar es Salaam for the evening. The overnight stay is at the Best Western Plus Colosseum Hotel.
The tour ends in Dar es Salaam. Those on the Zanzibar extension will take the short flight over to Zanzibar today.

Please note, those on the Tanzania tour only will have 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners and 6 lunches.
Explore Zanzibar, East Africa’s famed Spice Island. The next few days have been left free for you to explore this wonderful island. Your accommodation will be at the Zanzibari Hotel.
Explore Zanzibar, East Africa’s famed Spice Island. The next few days have been left free for you to explore this wonderful island. Your accommodation will be at the Zanzibari Hotel.
Explore Zanzibar, East Africa’s famed Spice Island. The next few days have been left free for you to explore this wonderful island. Your accommodation will be at the Zanzibari Hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Inclusions

Meals
12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport
Charter flights, Safari Vehicles and Private Coaches
Accommodation
Comfortable hotels and safari lodges. Accommodation for the nights of the eclipse will be basic and functional

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
Eclipses are rare events that occur along a narrow track at a precisely calculated time. People who follow eclipses want to be at the location with the best chance of clear skies so we operate a range of tours that converge on the selected eclipse site for the days around the eclipse.

Trip notes

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Tanzanian Annular Eclipse , August 2016