Delve into Africa’s spectacular ecosystems and come face to face with hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, gazelles and maybe even lions. You’ll get an old-world safari experience far from the crowds and deep in the wilderness with nature’s most magnificent creatures in Selous Game Reserve before moving on to Ruaha National Park, where you’ll enjoy a luxurious stay in a secluded camp with exclusive game viewing. Every experience in the wilderness is unique.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Dar es Salaam
Activity Activity Safari, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Physical Level Mild
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Big game watching in Selous Game Reserve

Big game watching in Selous Game Reserve

Day 1–3 in Selous Game Reserve

An escort will pick you up at the airport and take you to the first destination on your wilderness journey — the spectacular Selous Game Reserve. Abundant with Africa’s most fascinating creatures, the reserve is the biggest of its kind in Africa and has remained almost completely unchanged since tourism began. Staying at the Selous Safari Camp within a palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, you will get a true old-world safari experience. The lake is fed by the Great Rufiji River and offers a life source to a diversity of wildlife, including more than 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephants, 108,000 buffalos and approximately 1,300 of the world’s remaining rare wild dogs.

Elephant viewing at Ruaha National Park

Elephant viewing at Ruaha National Park

Day 4–6 in Ruaha National Park

The next wild destination on your itinerary is East Africa’s largest national park, which offers a huge diversity of game from southern and eastern Africa. Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s biggest elephant haven, so you’re likely to see these majestic beasts roaming the hills and grasslands alongside gazelles, giraffes, buffalo and other wildlife. Look closely in the Great Ruaha River and you might see crocodiles and hippos submerged. You can also look out for a wealth of bird species, including kingfishers, egrets, hornbills, sunbirds and plovers. This is one of the greatest wildernesses of the African continent. You will stay at the luxurious Jongomero, which offers complete seclusion and exclusive game viewing.

Departure

Day 7 in Ruaha National Park

After your final night in the deep wilderness of Ruaha National Park, you will have breakfast amidst the sounds of nature before your transfer to the airport. No doubt the spectacular memories etched into your mind will bring you back to see more of Tanzania one day.

Where to stay

Classic Tented Camp

Chaka Camp

Chaka Camp is a semi-permanent mobile camp located in the Serengeti eco-system. "Chaka" means "bush" in Swahili and this is what the Chaka Camp is offering; an authentic and intimate bush experience in the middle of remarkable areas of the Serengeti's pristine wilderness. The Camp moves twice a year to ensure its guests are very well placed to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Superior Tented Camp

Lake Manze Tented Camp

The Lake Manze area is one of the richest for game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and wet seasons. There is a cool and shady thatched lodge with a dining area and a sitting area, overlooking the lake. The camp maintains simplicity – there are no extra frills here and the purposeful lack of electricity in camp makes for a charming old world safari experience. It is certainly exciting; you do feel like you are out in the wilderness. This feeling is enhanced by the camp's position on the floodplain of Lake Manze. Renowned for its excellent resident game, the camp is right next to an elephant walkway, who love the Doum Palm trees!

Superior Tented Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

Nomad are one of the longest running safari companies in Tanzania with camps and lodges in every corner of the country. We love the Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp as it is a mobile camp following the migration inside the Serengeti National Park, with private vehicles and some excellent guiding. Out of all the mobile operators Nomad earns extra respect for following the migration with every move, not just in peak tourist season.

Superior Tented Camp

Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

Namiri Plains is a must to any cheetah enthusiast. The cheetah numbers here are vast and there’s plenty of everything else too. Being owned by Asilia, Namiri Plains will most certainly deliver a world class safari experience. It’s not often that new areas open up in the Serengeti so we highly recommend a stay here.

Superior Tented Camp

Kigelia Camp

Kigelia is the least commercial product in Ruaha and offers a unique product. Owned and run by Nomad, this eco focused camp blends in extremely well with its environment, aided by very good guides and a great camp character. Although it is rather basic in design, the high quality is obvious throughout your stay. It is a top choice for a Ruaha safari.

Superior Safari Lodge

Ikuka Safari Camp

Ikuka, in Ruaha really stands out from the others in the park as it only has 6 bandas and sits perched on an incredible escarpment with the best views of Ruaha National Park. Behind all great lodges are great people; Mark who was born and brought up in the Ruaha area and is the chap behind all the guiding and walking safaris. Expect an intimate, relaxed and luxurious safari here with great views and top guiding.

Deluxe Safari Lodge

Asilia Sayari Mara Camp

Sayari is one of the best camps in the north of the Serengeti. It is a beautifully stylish and well furnished camp that combines luxury with a fantastic point for game viewing. The food is impressive and the all round service is of a very high standard. The north of the Serengeti offers a very private experience. It’s a once in a life time opportunity to see the great migration without huge numbers of other vehicles ruining your picture!

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $5,274pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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