A great ‘bush camping’ adventure exploring the stunning Selous and Ruaha game reserves. Your opportunity to view a myriad of African animals on your own personal safari. This trip is tailored to suit you.
We had a wonderful time! Loved every minute of it.
– R. Muirhead
Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, offers the lucky few visitors an experience in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. The park varies from rolling grassy plains to open woodlands and rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River – the lifeblood of the park, whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels that offer a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season (from June to October). Selous hosts Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants as well as being one of the few areas you can see African wild dogs. You will also get the opportunity to explore Ruaha National Park which derives its name from the Great Ruaha River that flows through the Rift Valley on the eastern part of the Park creating spectacular gorges. Finally visiting Mikumi National park, the 4th largest in Tanzania and a great spot for big game viewing as well as bird watching. Exploring on foot, by boat and by 4WD and sleeping in tents you will get a true appreciation of the best Southern Tanzania has to offer.
Tanzania Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival (D)
Arrive at airport and be met and then drive down south to Selous Game Reserve. Depending on the time of your arrival you will settle in and later depart for evening boat cruise along Rufiji river. Return for your dinner and overnight at Selous Hippo.
Day 2-3: Camping day at Lake Tagalala (B, L,D)
Adventurous camping day! Check out from the camp then drive into the middle of the reserve to set up your camp at the bank of Lake Tagalala. Later in the afternoon drive through the reserve for sunset game drive. Our professional and experienced cook will prepare African dishes for dinner.
Day 4: Journey to Morogoro (B,L,D)
An early start, break up your camp and drive to Morogoro, stopping for lunch en-route
Day 5: Discovering Ruaha National Park (B,L,D)
An early start from your hotel, transfer to Ruaha National Park with lunch en-route. At Ruaha you will stay at Msembe Bandas. These are basic, but clean rooms located on a bend in the Ruaha River. Giraffe and elephants frequently walk between the rooms and cheetahs have been seen on the river bed. Here you will have dinner and overnight.
Day 6-8: Exploring Ruaha National Park (B,L,D)
Three full days exploring Ruaha. There will be plenty for you to see in this large, visually stunning park. Look for wild dogs and leopard near the kopje or watch large herds of elephants and buffalo coming down to drink.
Day 9: Ruaha to Udzungwa (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Udzungwa Mountain National Park, lunch as you go, dinner and overnight at Hondo Forest campsite.
Day 10: Wonderful hike in Udzungwa Park (B,L,D)
Breakfast then drive to Udzungwa Montain National Park. Make final preparations for your trek into the mountains, including a visit to the park HQ to complete the formalities. The hike up to Sanje Waterfalls is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. This is the park’s most popular attraction, although it is unlikely that you will meet any other hikers.
Day 11: Udzungwa to Mikumi (B,L,D)
After early breakfast, leave Udzungwa for Mikumi with packed lunch. Proceed with game drive, dinner and overnight at Bastian campsite.
Day 12: Dar Es Salaam (B)
Morning game drive, transfer to Dar and the Mediterranneo hotel for your overnight stay. Here you will stay on a bed and breakfast basis giving you the choice between the excellent restaurant and local pub for your evening meal.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport (B)
Transfer to airport, or why not extend your stay for a few days on a beach or one of the lovely island resorts.