Sample Tanzania Marine Safari
Mafia- Songo Songo- Kilwa Kisiwani Safari
This itinerary is a concept, highlighting what is possible before we customize every detail to you and your group.
The routing is governed by the monsoon winds. If the Northeaster (known locally as Kaskazi) is blowing i.e. from December to March, it is best to head from Mafia, south to the archipelago with the wind behind you. If the Southeast monsoon (locally referred to as Kusi) is blowing from April/May to September/October it is best to start in Kilwa and head north. The calmer months between the monsoon referred to as Matalai are November to mid-December; and March/April and routing can be accommodated to your needs.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL MAFIA ISLAND
You will be transferred to the boat after a meet and great at the Butiama Beach lodge. Once on board, get immersed in the Mafia seas – swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and relaxing. Sundowners and supper on board.
DAY 2 AND 3 – ENJOY MAFIA
There is so much to explore, enjoy, appreciate the Mafia archipelago - swim with whale sharks, watch humpback whales, snorkel with sea turtles and explore some of the most beautiful coral reefs, scuba dive inside the Chole Bay and outside in the channels and caves, and fish off-shore (tag and release). A visit to Chole island is also recommended to appreciate the history of the island, and view the nesting sites, and watch the Comorian flying fox. Meet one of the resident marine scientists of Mafia island.
DAY 4 – MAFIA – FANJOVE ISLAND
After a lovely snorkel and possible dive, kayak or stand up paddle board, head southwest to Fanjove. En route throw out some fishing lines, in the hope of catching your supper. Anchor off this beautiful private atoll and enjoy the coral reefs full of colorful reef fish and the occasional turtle and resident pods of dolphins. Evening walk on the beach amongst the wonderful birdlife. Sundowners and supper on board.
DAY 5 – FANJOVE ISLAND
Experience the beauty, peacefulness, and remoteness of this beautiful coral island either relaxing on board, fishing in the outer reefs, snorkeling, diving or walking on the beach, or scuba diving in the shallows or outer reefs. It's also a good spot for night diving. For the marine mammal lovers, plans will be made to find the dolphins, and humpback whales are known to inhabit these seas.
Dinner under the stars on the beach, whilst learning about the large coconut crab and other marine and bird life.
DAY 6 – KILWA KISIWANI
After an early morning sea adventure, head south towards Kilwa Kisiwani and en route, dive, snorkel, fish and relax. Be sure to visit the majestic ruins, designated as a world heritage site in 2004. It is an archeological city-state which was occupied from the 8th century CE and became one of the most powerful settlements along the East African Coast, whose origins are Swahili. The city reached its highest point in wealth and commerce between the 13 – 15th centuries CE. Some of the key highlights are the Great Mosque, the Palace of Husuni Kubwa and Husuni Ndogo. This will take you back in time when this city was central to the Swahili culture.
Spend the last evening on the boat, supper under the stars.
DAY 7 – RETURN HOME OR KEEP EXPLORING
After an early activity, head to the airstrip on the mainland, Kilwa Masoko, to catch a small plane home or onto another safari such as Lake Tanganyika. Take back wonderful memories, and go home relaxed, refreshed and more informed about the marine life and history and culture of the southern archipelago.
GETTING TO AND FROM MAFIA AND KILWA MASOKO AIRPORTS
There are a number of international airlines flying in and of Dar es Salaam, and small planes that fly to and from Mafia and Kilwa Masoko. These can be arranged for you.
YOUR SEA SAFARI WILL INCLUDE
• Living on board safe, comfortable and luxurious catamarans, varying from 40ft – 85ft in length, each with their specific room arrangements. The boat selection will depend on your needs and budget.
• Delicious seafood-based meals, some made from your fresh catch.
• Guiding by marine conservationist, Julie Church.
• An excellent crew that listen to, and read the sea, and provide the best advice regarding what to do, and when.
• Alcohol and soft drinks on the boat.
• Snorkeling, fishing gear, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and, in some
cases scuba diving.
• Conservation and park fees.
• Airport transfer
EXCLUDED FROM THE SEA SAFARI:
• International and local flights, visas and taxes (airport, government and touristic)
• The hiring of dive gear – this, however, can be arranged in advance.
• Scuba dive courses i.e. advanced, rescue, nitrox.
• Champagne, luxury spirits and selected wines.
• International insurance.
• Any items of a personal nature.
• Extras at other locations.
Starting at $7600 per person
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