This short itinerary showcases Tanzania at its wildest, and offers wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to visit two of the country's more remote and rugged national parks.
Selous Game Reserve, the largest of its kind in Africa, is also the second largest conservation area on the continent, and plays host to a huge number of predators, such as lion, leopard and cheetah. Here, you will enjoy daily safaris by jeep, on foot and by boat in its many canals and lakes.
After three days in Selous, continue to the equally remarkable Ruaha National Park, home to wild dog, kudu and huge herds of elephants, and a paradise for birdwatchers, with more than 570 species.
We work with a variety of safari camps and lodges in Tanzania, all of which are hand picked and have superb guides.
Day1: Depart the UK
Days2-4: Arrive Dar-es-Salaam & fly to Selous; safari activities
After arriving in Dar es Salaam, connect to a short flight to Selous. After a 45 minute flight you will arrive at Siwandu airstrip where a vehicle will transfer you to your camp. After lunch the afternoon is spent engaged in one of the scheduled safari activities on offer.
Over the next couple of days you can enjoy daily scheduled wildlife activities in Selous Game Reserve. Options include jeep safaris accompanied by highly experienced rangers, walking safaris with an armed guard and boat safaris with a multitude of destinations ranging from the main course of the river to the many lateral canals and various lakes. You may also visit hot springs and there are possibilities for longer boat trips down the entire length of the Rufiji River down to the Delta.
In the morning you will transfer back to Siwandu airstrip to connect with a flight to Ruaha (approximately two hours). On arrival at Msembe airstrip, you will be met by a driver-guide and taken on a vehicle safari en route to your camp. After lunch you can spend the afternoon at leisure or on a guided walk or drive.
Your time at Ruaha National Park is spent with morning and afternoon vehicle safaris, taking you into new territories of this remote park. A full day drive is recommended, taking a picnic lunch and driving north to the Ruaha hills and the river plains in search of the excellent wildlife on display.
Accommodation: Jongomero Camp or Ruaha River Lodge, 3-nights
Day8: Transfer to Msembe airstrip & depart
Transfer to Msembe airstrip to connect with a flight to Dar Es Salaam, and your onward flight back to the UK.
Day9: Arrive UK
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 daysfrom £5,595 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 7 daysfrom £4,795 pp
Single supplement: From £865
When to go: Jan-Dec
Selous Game Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. Its vast tracts of wilderness contain perhaps the greatest concentration of big game on earth, sustained by the waters of the Rufiji River whose tributaries form a network of lakes and lagoons to help create a home for a bewildering array of birds.
Where: Southern Tanzania
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, eland, African elephant, greater kudu, wild dog
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania at its wildest, and its remote location means it has remained unchanged for centuries. Bordered by the rapids of Great Ruaha and Mzombe Rivers, a vast expanse of wilderness, dotted with fig trees and baobabs, stretches to the hazy blue southern highlands.