Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Experience the highlights of southern Tanzania on this 7 day safari. Spend time in Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania and the world famous Selous Game Reserve. Ruaha is a remote area of spectacular wilderness, undisturbed wildlife, breathtaking scenery and an abundance of birdlife. Named after Frederick Courteney Selous, a British explorer and hunter in East Africa, Selous is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve. Due to their remote locations, and only accessible by small aircraft, Selous and Ruaha remain untouched gems of Tanzania.
Day 1 - Selous Game Reserve
Fly by light aircraft from Dar es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve. Transfer from the airstrip to your accommodation and after lunch enjoy an afternoon game activity. (LD)
Rufiji River Camp enjoys an enviable location high up on the banks of the Great Rufiji River. Spectacular sunsets are chorused by hippos grunting and a plethora of bird song. Built by local craftsmen, the camp combines Makuti palm roofs with Selous sourced paving stones and farmed hard woods to create a beautiful and comfortable accommodation from which to enjoy the Selous Game Reserve. The shaded swimming pool is a great way to cool off between safari activities. The tents are all pitched underneath thatched roofs with massive verandas giving views up and down the river. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, with solar heated water for showering. With the focus on the river views and wildlife, the restaurant and bar are built to reflect this. Al fresco dining lit by star light, private dinners along the river bank or that end of the evening coffee sipped from the depth of a sofa in the upper level coffee lounge – it can be difficult to choose!
Day 2 to Day 3 - Selous Game Reserve
Spend two full days exploring the Selous Game Reserve with scheduled activities provided by your camp. A third of Tanzania’s elephant are found in Selous, and two thirds of the wild dog population. The Reserve is also home to large numbers of buffalo, lion as well as a great many antelope species. Spend the days exploring the Reserve with professional guides on game drives, walking safaris and relaxing boating safaris along the waterways of Rufiji River. (BLD)
Day 4 - Ruaha National Park
After an early morning activity and then breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Ruaha National Park. On arrival transfer to your accommodation. (BLD)
Set on one of the most stunning stretches of the Great Ruaha River, you can see game throughout the day from the comfort of your veranda; there can surely be few other camps as perfectly situated. Built out of local stone and thatch, Ruaha River Lodge is positioned around natural kopjes and capitalises on its exceptional position on a bend in the river.
Ruaha River lodge is the only ‘lodge’ in the Ruaha, consisting of 24 stone chalets stretching along the river bank. Each chalet has stunning views from a large veranda out the front, while the huge interiors feature a sitting area, writing desk and either twin or double beds. At the rear of each chalet is a large bathroom decorated with found timber, a shower and double basins.
Day 5 to Day 6 - Ruaha National Park
The next two days are spent exploring the National Park. Ruaha has a large lion population as well as wild dog, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The Park also has over 530 recorded bird species. Experience the wealth of biodiversity that Ruaha has to offer on game drives in open safari vehicles and walking safaris with the experienced guides. (BLD)
Day 7 - End of your Southern Tanzania Highlights Safari
After a morning game drive transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight back to Dar es Salaam and your onward arrangements. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 16 Dec 18 - 04 Jan 19 $4,660 $5,640
- 05 Jan 19 - 31 Mar 19 $4,275 $4,900
- 01 Jun 19 - 25 Jun 19 $4,275 $4,900
- 26 Jun 19 - 31 Oct 19 $4,660 $5,640
- 01 Nov 19 - 15 Dec 19 $4,275 $4,900
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.