Featured Safari:
A week in Southern Tanzania - Ruaha and Selous

Starts/ends in Dar es Salaam

3 nights Kigelia Ruaha

4 nights Sand Rivers Selous

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), this is the trip for those wanting to step off the well-trodden path.

Code: 12348/9683

July to October is dry season when wildlife is easier to see, and the climate gets progressively hotter. June and November are "shoulder" seasons when the rains may just be ending or starting and the bush may be a little greener. Between December and mid-March, it is more likely to rain (but not all day every day) and the climate can be hot and quite humid. During this time of year the bush comes to life with flowering trees, birds in breeding plumage and young life. You may have to look harder to find the animals but the landscapes, birds, clarity of the air and loveliness of the place is unparalleled.

Travel 5 Jan - 15 Mar / Nov - 21 Dec 2018 from $5,100pps

Travel July - Oct 2018 from $6,600pps

Includes stay 7 for 5 in Nomad camps

Our special offers do not apply over the Christmas period so please enquire for prices.

  • Includes scheduled flights Dar-Ruaha-Selous-Dar
  • Kigelia Ruaha 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
  • Children over 8 years welcome in both camps, however only over 12 year olds may do walking safaris or flycamping due to safety reasons.
  • This itinerary can be customised and combines well with Western Tanzania, the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

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Day 1. Dar to Ruaha

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.

Accommodation: Kigelia Ruaha


Day 2. Kigelia Ruaha

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 savor the day’s wildlife encounters.

Accommodation: Kigelia Ruaha


Day 3. Kigelia Ruaha

Terrain and wildlife in Ruaha is 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.

Accommodation: Kigelia Ruaha


Day 4. Ruaha to Selous

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 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 at 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.

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous


Day 5. Sand Rivers Selous

This morning you’ll have breakfast in camp before heading out on a full day’s game drive which will give you 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

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous


Day 6. Sand Rivers Selous

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 camp fire will be waiting to welcome you; prelude to a surprisingly excellent three course dinner.

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous


Day 7. Sand Rivers Selous

Wake up in your netting tent for a delicious camp-cooked breakfast (if you're flycamping) 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.

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous


Day 8. Selous to Dar

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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