The Best Of Southern Circuit Safari & Beach
Join us on a journey to the Southern Circuit of Tanzania. Beginwith the sinuous, watery byways of Selous Game Reserve, which bestows not only incredible game viewing by vehicle, boat or on foot but a but also a truly memorable stay at Siwandu, with its stunning lakeshore tents, mouthwatering meals and outstanding service. Follow your safari adventure with a relaxing retreat at RasKutani, a barefoot luxury hideaway on the Swahili Coast. You will feel so spoilt that you will never want to leave!
Quintessential safari excellence
Remember that scene in Out of Africa where Robert Redford uses an enamel plated jug to wash Meryl Streep’s hair? The classic colonial style of camping in Africa may never date, but it certainly has had an enchanting uplift.
Polished wooden floors, copper sinks and open showers, vast verandahs and personal butlers are all part of the experience in the exclusive camp of Siwandu, tucked in the Selous Game Reserve.
Situated on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, there are plentiful romantic moments in this wilderness: cuddling up by the campfire or boating down the river with a sundowner in hand, admiring basking hippos. Or why not dine privately under the stars? An early morning walking safari where you might just spot a smug and satiated big cat can also get the heart beating wildly.
Mad about the dog
You may see all the wildlife in the world during your African safari, yet the African wild dogs or Lycaonpictus (which translates as painted wolf) are possibly the trickiest to track down. It is understandable that they are elusive given that they are an endangered species, threatened by domestic animals disease, habitat erosion and humans.
Globally there are just 6,679 left, of which a third live in Tanzania, and the largest population is found in Selous Game Reserve. They like this region as it boasts the vast territories they require and their favorite wooded savanna and grassland habitats.
With their signature bat ears, each dog is identifiable by its own dirty splodge markings, which act like human fingerprints. The disappearing tricks of the African wild dogs are aided by their running skill and speed – up to 55 km per hour that can be sustained for up to three hours if required. With synchronised and cooperative hunting, they can kill kudu bulls ten times their weight and they have a staggering 90% success rate for killing and are able to disembowel their prey whilst running.
To have the best chance to track these marvelous animals visit Siwandu between June and August, where they have three resident packs.
When you are comfortably sipping East Africa’s signature cocktail,the dawa, listening to singing humpback whales and watching the setting sky turn into a crazed artist’s palette of burnt sienna, saffron and peach, you realise there is more to Tanzania than the wildlife.
Stroll the white sugar sands, go kayaking on a gorgeous lagoon, or birding in the surrounding forest. Remove your shoes and you will forget about them until departure day. Home to the world’s largest fish, bales of turtles and butterflies, this is RasKutani.
RasKutani is delightfully boutique with its nine spacious beachside cottages and four stunning cliff top suites with private plunge pools, delicious cuisine and unparalleled moments of bliss and it is situated along a most beautiful stretch of coastline.
The newborn sea turtle awkwardly hobbles down to the shore, glistening in the early morning sun and avoiding the dips of human footprints and stumbling over small shells. There is absolute silence as we hold our breath, willing him to reach the deep blue without the hovering fish eagles swooping him up. As he contends with the wave and finally breaks out into the ocean, we turn to each other and silently whoop with joy. It’s turtle hatching season at RasKutani.
We’re out with our Sea Sense Turtle guide in the early morning, witnessing an event that has been happening for about 150 million years. The female turtles swim great distances and across oceans to return to their selected spot time and again. As the oldest living reptiles on earth they navigate their way by the earth’s magnetic fields, feasting on seagrass as they go.
Eggs are laid in the cooler Tanzanian months of June through to end of Augsut, and are incubated for almost two months before signs – that only an expert eye can spot – suggest it is time for the magical event.
The future of these beautiful creatures are threatened by fishermen and people keen to sell their shells or meat for soup. Yet, Tanzania’s unspoiled 900 mile long coastline is a safe haven.
Enchanting Travels only offers safe destinations and over a million visitors, including popstars and presidents safely visit Tanzania every year. From the international airport you will be collected and fly to the camp in a twelve-seat Cessna aircraft.