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Great Flying Safaris in Tanzania
by Jerry Bird. Photos by Muguette Goufrani

Our Air Safari, which took place during the 10 days of Christmas 2003, began with a seafood dinner on the patio at one of my favorite places, "The Slipway" on Dar es Salaam's rapidly-changing waterfront. At this unique shopping mall, now in its third or fourth stage of development, we were introduced to the owner Nicola Colangelo, an exceptional person and gracious host. Having just completed two weeks of dawn to dusk sessions at conferences in Zanzibar and at Dar es Salaam's Golden Tulip Hotel, the idea of flying on the Coastal Air Safari circuit had a special appeal. Another good omen that same day was our reunion, after five years, with popular entertainer King Kiki, the Swahili Coast's Louis Armstrong - his musical beat goes on forever. The Slipway is a magnet for creative people of all types, as some of the top local artists create and display their works on the broad square facing the harbor.

Slipway is one of several thriving enterprises developed by Mr. Colangelo of Coastal Aviation , which among other activities, provides tours and air safaris to the Swahili Coast, National Parks and Game Reserves. By the time a week had passed, Africa Travel
Magazine's Editor Jerry Bird and myself were familiar faces around the Dar es Salaam Regional Airport and the Coastal Air office in particular. Before describing our back to back adventures, that involved flights on Coastal Airlines' Cessnas to Mafia Island, and later to two tented camps - - the new Impala Camp at Selous and Old River Camp at Ruaha, here is some basic information provided by our hosts.

Photo Sequence (top): Christmas Dinner with Mr. and Mrs.Zanacchi, owners of Imapa Camp, Selous, their management teram and holiday visitors. Above: On the deck of our attractive tented unit at Impala Camp.

Agenda: Flights start daily from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar to the Selous; then to Ruaha and finally to Zanzibar - to shake of the dust on the pristine palm fringed white beaches. Coastal Aviation Tanzania and Coastal Travel Services are "connecting the dots" of the diverse Tanzania tourism product. Now travelers can more easily combine the Southern and Northern circuits explore the Spice Islands and Swahili culture of Zanzibar or snorkel and dive in the coral-studded Marine National Park in Mafia Island, all on the same Safari.

Coastal Aviation, developed by Dar es Salaam-based Coastal Travel Ltd., pioneered scheduled flying safaris in Tanzania. Coastal Director Nicola Colangelo, said that the company has invested USD 10.5 million in new aircraft alone. "Our flying safaris are so successful because they offer the opportunity for small parties and single persons to join an adventure which otherwise would have been an prohibitive cost." As Tanzania tourism is expanding, Coastal Aviation created new safari combinations that were never possible before. In the next two years, Coastal will invest an additional USD3 million in aircraft and USD million in camps and lodges.

About Selous Impala

A truly beautiful camp located on the banks of the Rufiji River, in Selous Game Reserve.

There are just 6 beautifully furnished en-suite tents at Selous Impala built on platforms, giving superb views of the Rufiji River and its wildlife. Set amidst Borassa Palms and Tamarind Trees. The camp provides superb comfort and wonderful wildlife.

Hosted by the widely experienced Sean and Fiona Torrie they will ensure warmÊ hospitality and good food; dining under the stars.

Selous Impala has skilled and knowledgeable guides who will lead the game drives, boat trips, walking excursions and fly camping, and ensure the best possible game viewing experience.

Opening officially for the 2004 season on 4th June, the Rate will be just $350 gross per person per night sharing, inclusive of park fees, full board accommodation and two activities.

Coastal Aviation's flight plans feature some first-time scheduled combinations including: Arusha in the Northern Circuit with Ruaha and the Selous in the South; Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale; Rubondo Island and the Serengeti; the Selous and Mafia Island. At the World Travel Market in London this November, Coastal Aviation launched an "Agent Friendly" online booking system. Coastal Account Holding Travel Agents will be able to plan and book the entire safari itinerary, as well as confirm and issue travel documents. Other agents and clients will have access to the information but will not be able to book online. Flying Safari Specialist http://www.coastal.cc/

More links: Observe Wildlife from a boat http://www.selous.com/
Explore Ruaha National Park
In Zanzibar the most beautiful small hotel

Coastal Travels Ltd
Tel: +255-22-2117 959 or 2117 960
Fax: +255-22-2118 647 or 2117 985