The remarkable beauty of Ruaha is not only in the landscape and its diversity of flora and fauna, or the impressive big game, but in the feeling of having the wilderness all to yourself. With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience. Finish of with lazy days in Zanzibar. Zanzibar is as Sir Richard Branson describes it, a “cocoa-fringed shore of purest white, and the sea blue as a slab of lapis lazuli”. When you sit with your toes in the sand while you put your head back and look up into the African night sky, it is as if the time has stood still for thousands of years. But Zanzibar has much more to offer than just sun-kissed beaches.
Day 1.Fly into Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania where you will be picked up and taken to your overnight at Southern Sun Dar including breakfast.
Day 2.Wake up early in order to catch your morning flight out to Ruaha. You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the airport to board your flight to Ruaha. On arrival at Msembe Airstrip you will be met by a guide from Jabari Ridge. A welcome table will be set up for you with a brief introduction into the surrounding area before heading on a game drive en-route to one of Asilia’s newest properties, Jabali Ridge. Once at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and acclimatise after the flight. In the afternoon, you have the option of either relaxing in camp and soaking up your immediate surroundings, or heading out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. As evening approaches, it’s time to prepare for drinks and dinner or, if pre- booked, the opportunity to search for the nocturnal residents on a night game drive.
Day 3 - 5.Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. Walking safaris are a great way to start the day, getting out early and exploring the environment on equal footing as the wildlife. There are morning game drives with picnic breakfasts, or delicious breakfasts to be enjoyed in camp. Full day game drives with picnic lunches, or a relaxed lunch in camp with an afternoon game drive. Or spend the day in camp, enjoying the pleasures of the spa and unwinding in swimming pool before venturing out on a night game drive. Despite sharing vehicles on a Game Package basis, the camp will do everything it can to ensure that your ideal structure is met. For increased flexibility, book a private vehicle and structure your days exactly how you wish.
Day 6.After breakfast, pack your bags and say your farewells as you depart for Msembe Airstrip for your Coastal Aviation flight to Dar Es Salaam Airport. Wave goodbye to Ruaha and enjoy the delicious packed lunch from Jabali Ridge as you make your way to Dar es Salaam to connect with your onward travel to Zanzibar.
Day 7 - 13.Matemwe Zanzibar - Watching life go by from your veranda makes it feel like it could be 1818 rather than 2018. Fishermen in dhows — traditional wooden sailboats — head out with the morning's high tide, returning with the day's catch at high tide in the afternoon.
All the Matemwe guests have access to the hotel's open-air restaurant and bar as well as its two swimming pools. The food at Matemwe is often featuring fresh local fish, and a delicious breakfast buffet with local honey and fruit. In the evening, you can hang at the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail, being entertained by the baby bush monkeys that descend from the trees at night in search of snacks.
Matemwe water activitiesMatemwe Lodge arranges ocean trips with snorkeling equipment, which enables you to enjoy the local reef and discover Mnemba Atoll in a relaxed and informative manner. They also organise diving trips in co-operation with a professional diving centre. For the ones who don’t like boats, snorkeling can be done straight from Matemwe’s beach or during reef walks. Kayaks are also available to explore the crystal clear sea.
Soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, and you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species to be found in these waters. You might find dolphins in the water or – for the lucky ones – even spot a whale passing by the reef (best chance for whales in the period August – October).
Matemwe Land activitiesVisits to the neighboring village can be arranged for those who want to explore the local Zanzibar culture and village life and for those who wish to learn about the community projects that Matemwe is involved in: Matemwe Lodge has created strong, mutually beneficial relationships with its neighbors and has undertaken various community projects, including the building of a local library.
From Matemwe Lodge day-trips can be arranged to the historic centre of Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island. They can also organize a Spice Tour for you, a highly interesting way to get introduced to the great variety of the spices that the island is famous for.
Your safari accommodationJabali Ridge’s 8 suites are hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property. An infinity pool, spa and plenty of places to laze ensure that time off is as memorable as time out in the bush. Expert guides lead walking safaris, game drives and night drives.
Your Zanzibar AccommodationBuilt using local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each of the 12 chalets at Matemwe Lodge has a private veranda with hammock and sofa, where you can relax and take in the spectacular views of the sparkling Indian Ocean. Six triple-bed chalets are available, and there are two that have a private plunge pool. The large bathrooms have a deep bathtub and walk-in shower, and beds are all enclosed by mosquito nets.
Season: All year
Airport: Dar Es Salaam (DAR) and Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ).
The price includes: Game drives, full board accommodation, all drinks during safari (except drinks mentioned under excluded), private transfers, domestic flights, private
room attendant service, laundry, snorkeling with boat (one trip per person), guided reef walks and
guided cultural village walks.
The price does not include: Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cocktails & mocktails, shooters in Matemwe, diving and all other activities & excursions not mentioned in the "included" section, Mnemba Atoll conservation fees, massages and treatments international flights – we can help you book this. Travel insurances.
Jabali Ridge: These camps and lodges are run by an organization that is one of the pioneers in the industry. Here we are lucky enough to welcome guests to some of the most special places on earth. Places of stunning nature abounding wildlife and full of cultural significance. These areas are of exceptional value for all of us living on this planet, now and in the future. With our presence and through your visit you can make a lasting positive impact on nature and local businesses alike. By generating revenue, we increase opportunities for people to prosper and support efforts that preserve and ultimately expand untouched habitats. Our goal is to make a real difference with everything we work with.
We are proud to take a groundbreaking approach: setting up camps and lodges in areas where tourism has a small footprint and making long-term commitments for these sites to flourish. In the end, sustainable tourism can be transformed into new areas, transforming them into viable and lasting conservation-based economies, with everlasting revenues for both its people and wildlife protection.
Whether we already have a presence or explore opportunities to enter new countries, the key to making an impact is to know where the biggest challenges lie. It starts by judging the control and management set-up, identifying cavities, and establishing what the best approach is to address the problems encountered.
We take a common strategy, working with local communities, government agencies, NGOs and other companies to achieve the best possible long-term results for the areas we committed ourselves to. These partnerships allow us to identify where we can make the biggest contribution and impact.
At Matemwe they are working hard to put their aspirations into action and make a meaningful impact on conservation and community development in the Matemwe area.
Some of the actions at Matemwe include:
Environmentally friendly waste management and recycling both at the Lodge and the surrounding community
Energy saving practices
Local procurement of materials and food.
They also assist in financing classrooms for the school and sponsor promising students for further education
Like all Asilia camps and lodges, they offset the carbon emissions from our fossil fuel consumption through a local community forestation program in Tanzania and investments in renewable energy sources.
Good to know about Tanzania:
Travel ethics: Tanzania is often suffering from shortage of water due to draughts so pleaes use it sparingly. Masais are proud people, always ask before photographing. Bring small notes in local currency to trade local crafts in the villages. Shake hands with those you meet - a courtesy code here.
Visa: Swedish travelers need a visa to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar. This can be arranged at the airport upon arrival at a charge of USD 50, or in advance via Tanzania's Embassy in Sweden, Stockholm.
Time zone: GMT + 3
Vaccinations: Please consult your General Practitioner on what vaccinations you might need.
Packing: Sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sun cream and a small flashlight.
Local currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Weather: Weather Tanzania
Mobile network and email: Email and internet access are available but connection may be weak in the wild.
Water: Water is provided at the camp/lodge.
Security: Tanzania and Zanzibar are considered a safe place for tourists.
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