West Tanzania:
Ten days of remote big game in Katavi, Ruaha & Selous

Starts Arusha / ends in Dar es Salaam

4 nights Chada Katavi

3 nights Kigelia Ruaha

4 nights Sand Rivers Selous

Tanzania's vast western and 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 the tented camps of Chada Katavi and Kigelia Ruaha to the beautiful lodge of Sand Rivers Selous on the banks of the Rufiji.

June - November

Travel June 2018 from $8,800pps

Travel July - Oct 2018 from $10,600pps

Includes stay 7 for 5 in Nomad camps as well 4 for 3 at Sand Rivers Selous.  

  • Katavi: huge concentrations of buffalo, hippo and crocodile as well as elephant, lion, leopard and a wide variety of plains game. Small authentic tented camp located in excellent game country, with the opportunity to also walk and spend a night fly camping (at an extra cost).
  • Ruaha: well known for large herds of elephant and buffalo, frequent big cat sighting plus wild dog.  Excellent birdlife.  Great game drives and walks through baobab forests and sand rivers.  A remote and quiet park.
  • Selous: expect to see elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, crocs, zebra and an amazing diversity of bird life. Beautiful open-fronted lodge on the riverbank offering game viewing by vehicle, on foot and by boat plus flycamping (at an additional cost).
  • This itinerary would need to start on a Thursday, with our scheduled departures from Arusha to Katavi, giving you 4 nights in Chada Katavi followed by 3 nights in each of Kigelia Ruaha and Sand Rivers Selous.
  • We can easily arrange a trip to Zanzibar or the islands after your stay in the Selous. Zanzibar is less than an hour flight away!
  • Or, if you'd prefer, we can help you organise a Serengeti migration safari before you fly to Katavi.
  • We welcome children of 12 and over but regrettably cannot allow children under 16 to join our walks or fly camping in Katavi. 

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Day 1. Arusha - Katavi

Early morning flight from Arusha via the Serengeti (dependent on schedule) and Tabora, for refuelling, and arrive in Katavi around mid-day.  

Enjoy lunch and a siesta, then we'd suggest heading out for a late afternoon game drive to explore the area; stop for a sundowner on the way back returning to camp in time for dinner.


Day 2. Katavi Fly Camp

Early mornings in Katavi are hard to beat; get up early and head out of camp on a game drive across the plains to look for the big herds of buffalo or elephant that are often found there. Enjoy a bush breakfast before returning to the camp for lunch and a siesta.

Fly camping at Katavi is a must-do,  so how about spending a night camping under the stars further out in the wilds. Walk out to the camp, already set up and waiting with ice cold drinks around the fire.


Day 3. Chada Katavi

After a fully cooked breakfast and a short walk, head back to camp the slow way, stopping to look at game on the way.  Lunch and a well earned snooze before tea and a short early evening drive.


Day 4. Chada Katavi

Sometimes on safari it pays to lie-in.  Enjoy a cup of tea on the verandah of your tent and watch the birds, or a tentative bushbuck, or even a herd of elephant as they move through the camp on their daily business.  Spend the morning relaxing around the camp before a delicious lunch and then head out for a last walk or game drive before returning to camp for dinner under the stars.


Day 5. Katavi - Ruaha

This morning after an early breakfast, board your scheduled flight southeast to the great Ruaha National Park. Ruaha is rich in big game and herds of over 100 elephant are seen regularly, in addition to the big cats and some more unusual antelope such as sable and roan.

After lunch in camp, head out on an exploratory drive in an open game viewing vehicle, pausing for a sundowner near an iconic Ruaha baobab tree.


Day 6. Kigelia Ruaha

Kigelia a simply beautiful camp in the best wildlife area of the park.  Elephant are frequent visitors along with many bird species.  Walks between the giant baobabs and along the sand rivers in the area are always rewarding, especially if they end in a picnic!  One of the things we like most about Ruaha is that we seldom see another car or person.  We have this fantastic wild place almost all to ourselves.

Venture out after tea in search of predators on the prowl.  You might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the striking African wild dog.

Kigelia Camp - Mama Leopard looking into the view

Day 7. Kigelia Ruaha

Rise with the sun to a cup of tea on your verandah before boarding the vehicle for a full day out and about.  Pause for a picnic lunch under a picturesque tree somewhere and simply revel in the peace of the African afternoon.

Return for a dinner under the stars in the sand river bed where you might hear the call of a leopard...


Day 8. Sand Rivers Selous

Early drive to the airstrip to catch the flight over to the Selous in time for lunch.  Settle in then take a short sundowner boat trip up river before a candelit dinner in the main dining room, or around the pool.

Day 9. Sand Rivers Selous

Head out in the cool of the early morning and take a walk along the sand river beds; have a cook-out breakfast en route.

After lunch, and a siesta or a swim, mosey out for a game drive in one of our open cars, perhaps pausing to get out of the car and sneak through the bush to see how close you can get to a herd of impala.  Sundowners at a local vantage point before heading back to camp, a hot shower and delicious meal by the river.


Day 10. Sand Rivers Selous

Jump into the boat for a whizz up the river to Stiegler's Gorge.  As the river narrows, find a sandbank on which to lay out a picnic breakfast and relax with a rod in the water.  This enchanting spot is so different from the rest of Selous - peaceful yet exciting.  As the day warms up, hop back in the boat for a gentle drift back down the river to the camp.  Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool and perhaps head out for a late drive to a picturesque sundowner spot.


Day 11. Depart Selous - Dar

Lazy start with breakfast around the pool and maybe a swim, before your departure to the airstrip and onward flight.


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