It would be great if you could help me here.
I have 22 days in African soil and I'd love to visit Zanzibar for around 5 days for relaxing, and go for a 4 days - 3 night safari in Selous NP which I have heard is amazing. The thing is that I'd like to do some backpacking as well but don't know where. I am looking for a route.
So I thought about starting my trip in Lilongwe,Malawi, get to Mbeya, and from there make my way to Zanzibar, stopping at Mikumi NP, get a car and visit the park for a day....then try to get to RiverCamp in Selous for a 4 days tour...then (back) to Dar and Zanzibar.
Do you think it is worth doing such a trip? I mean, do you think I have enough time? Is it doable?
I am specially interested in the reliability of the transport options. Are there daily departures along the route Mbeya-Dar? Train or bus or car hire?
What else would you do along that route...or would you rather do something else instead?
Is it worth to go all the way to Selous NP or should I do an organized safari in another NP (Ruaha or Mikumi NPs)
My girlfriend and I have a budget of ~700 US$ p.p. for the safari. For the rest of the trip we hope to make it comparable to south east asia.