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Tanzania’s Secret South

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    8 days
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Max People : 8

    Get off the beaten track in Tanzania’s Secret South on guided walks, day and night game drives, boating and fishing in Ruaha and Selous parks. Tanzania’s vast southern areas are remote, wild and beautiful. Unlike the popular north, relatively few people venture this far. And yet these superb parks boast some of the richest wildlife in East Africa. Venture off the beaten track for a real wildlife adventure, from our peaceful camp in Ruaha to our beautiful lodge in Selous on the banks of the Rufiji River.

    From a tented camp in the richest wildlife area of Ruaha to a relaxing lodge on the Selous’ Rufiji River where you can explore on foot, by boat and in vehicles (and even spend a night under the stars), our Ruaha & Selous safari is for those wanting to step off the well-trodden path.

    Escorted from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, by professional local guides
    Daily departures (minimum 2 people)
    Camps are closed during the rainy season mid-March-early June

    Early bookings are ESSENTIAL as these luxury small camps fill up to 12 months in advance!

    Arrival & Departure

    Arrival: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania     

    Departure: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    • Our Ruaha camp is in the best game area in the national park
    • The itinerary combines a simple but comfortable tented camp in Ruaha with a stylish permanent lodge in the Selous
    • Activities in Ruaha include walking and game drives
    • Activities in Selous include walking, game drives, boat trips, fly camping

    Price Includes

    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Luxury tented camps and chalets, all rooms with private facilities.
    • All meals and drinks (excludes premium brands) on safari.
    • Scheduled flights Dar-Ruaha-Selous-Dar
    • Laundry in safari camps
    • Park and concession fees and permits
    • Game drives in customised 4x4 safari vehicles
    • Sundowners, guided bush walks and night game drives.
    • Escorted from Dar es Salaam by qualified and knowledgeable safari guides.

    Price Excludes

    • International airfares
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (mandatory)
    • Any Personal Expenses
    • Tips & gratuities

    Day 1Ruaha National Park

    Morning flight from Dar es Salam to Msembe Airstrip in Ruaha Nationa Park. Here you will be met and driven to camp, arriving in time for a delicious lunch in camp.

    After lunch, refresh and unpack before heading out on an afternoon game drive – a taster of what will be an action-packed three days in this stunning park. Return to camp for hot showers, drinks around the campfire, and three-course dinner.

    Day 2Ruaha National Park

    Explore the rich offerings of Ruaha – morning and afternoon game drives will be an adventure; while the comforts of camp provide the perfect backdrop to recount and savour the day’s wildlife encounters.

    Day 3Ruaha National Park

    Terrain and wildlife in Ruaha are varied and dramatic. Open plains are filled with baobab and iconic purple-tinged hills provide the backdrop to this beautiful scenery. Riverine bush and dry river beds can prove the hideout for kudu and elephant while huge herds of buffalo and scores of giraffe are never far away. Big cats are also a-plenty – Ruaha is never short on excitement; and when the big game gets too much, the prolific birdlife here will delight even the most disinterested of twitchers.

    Day 4Selous Game Reserve

    After breakfast in camp say goodbye to Kigelia, and head back to Msembe Airstrip to take a flight to the Selous. On landing at Kiba Airstrip, another warm welcome and a short drive to camp will see you at Sand Rivers Selous for lunch while enjoying the spectacular river view.
    If you can tear yourself away from the river, head to your beautiful riverfront room to relax through the heat of the day, gathering back in the mess for tea and cake as the sun starts to cool. Then it’s time to board a small boat for a relaxed meander up the river – a wonderful contrast to the previous days’ game drives.  As the sun sets, drift back to camp in time for sundowners before dinner.

    Day 5Selous Game Reserve

    This morning you’ll have breakfast in camp before heading out on a full day’s game drive which will give you a chance to really explore the varied game viewing this area of the Selous has to offer. You might start by following the Rufiji River or heading out onto more open plains… spotting some fresh tracks will lead to a foray on foot to explore further. At lunchtime you’ll arrive at the hot springs – a refreshing dip in these natural plunge pools will work up an appetite for a delicious picnic lunch. Then game drive back to camp for hot showers and pre-dinner drinks around the bar. Your day ends with another dinner of great food and great conversation, and falling to sleep to sounds of the bush – the perfect lullaby.

    Day 7Selous Game Reserve

    Wake up in your netting tent for a delicious camp-cooked breakfast (if you’re fly camping) or in your open-fronted room if at the lodge.  Set out for a morning game drive to explore the wildlife and birds of Lake Tagalala and the surrounding areas.  Lunch back at camp and a game drive to a sundowner spot in the afternoon.  We enjoy the fact that we’ll generally be the only vehicle roaming around.

    Day 6Selous Game Reserve

    Make the most of all that’s on offer here today.  Back on the water for an early morning boat trip where you’ll find a sandbar in the scenic Stiegler’s Gorge to have a picnic breakfast and stick a rod in the water.  After lunch back at camp and little relax, you’ll meet for tea and then set out on foot, ultimately arriving a stunning lakeside site spend the night fly-camping (optional at additional cost). Iced sundowners and a roaring campfire will be waiting to welcome you; a prelude to a surprisingly excellent three-course dinner.

    Day 8Departure

    A leisurely start this morning with a cup of tea as the sun comes up, followed by breakfast with a view of the mile-wide Rufiji River.  A short game drive will find you at the airstrip where you’ll board your flight to Dar es Salaam.  And that’s the end of the safari – in Dar es Salaam you can either connect to onward international flights or take some beach time on the island of Zanzibar.

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    Karen de Willimoff & John McIndoe

    Couple Traveller

    We were constantly amazed by the variety in landscape and wildlife in Selous and Ruaha. Well done Karen, and thank you very much.