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

When to go - Seasons and Prices

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The Seasons

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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. 

This itinerary is only possible between June and November as Chada Katavi is closed from mid November - early June. 

Watch our Flycamping video. You can flycamp in Selous and in Katavi. 

January

Chada Katavi is closed from mid November - early June - but Sand Rivers Selous and Kigelia Ruaha are open so be sure to check out our Week in Southern Tanzania itinerary. 

February

Chada Katavi is closed from mid November - early June - but Sand Rivers Selous and Kigelia Ruaha are open so be sure to check out our Week in Southern Tanzania itinerary. 

March

Chada Katavi is closed from mid November - early June - but Sand Rivers Selous and Kigelia Ruaha are open so be sure to check out our Week in Southern Tanzania itinerary. 

April

All camps are closed in April and May. 

May

All camps are closed in April and May. 

June

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As the bush starts to thin after the rains, we see the big herds beginning to form as the buffalo move south and the elephants come down from the highlands. In pursuit of the buffalo come the lion…this is the richest time of year for wildlife viewing. 

July

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The dry season intensifies and wildlife congregates along rivers. Herds of hundreds of buffalo and elephant are not uncommon, nor are leopard, lion and cheetah in Ruaha. Walking is easier and the dry river beds often make useful pathways through the bush. Flycamping is a must at this time of year and fishing in the Rufiji River in the Selous is fantastic. 

August

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Fabulous game viewing. The trees have now mostly shed their leaves. This is when the roan and sable venture down from the highlands in Ruaha so these next two months present the best opportunity to see these rare antelope. Crocodiles dig caves in Katavi and hippos gather in their hundreds in the dwindling pools and rivers. 

September

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While the Ruaha River flows year round, it’s at its lowest in Sept/Oct and the hippo pods may be more concentrated now. This is still a great month for elephant, plus herds of buffalo and growing prides of lion. Walking and flycamping in the Selous are at their best, and the game viewing in Katavi reaches epic proportions with wildlife congregating around what little water remains. 

October

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While the Ruaha River flows year round, it’s at its lowest in Sept/Oct and the hippo pods may be more concentrated now. This is still a great month for elephant, plus herds of buffalo and growing prides of lion. Walking and flycamping in the Selous are at their best, and the game viewing in Katavi reaches epic proportions with wildlife congregating around what little water remains. 

November

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The first rains start and begin to ease the pressure on the water and food. The first half of the month still offers great opportunities for big game viewing in Katavi and Selous and Ruaha come to life with young animals, migrant birds and rising rivers.

Chada Katavi closes mid November. 

December

Chada Katavi is closed from mid November - early June - but Sand Rivers Selous and Kigelia Ruaha are open so be sure to check out our Week in Southern Tanzania itinerary. 

Camp Itinerary

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4 Nights Chada Katavi

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3 Nights Kigelia Ruaha

Day by day

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Fly from Arusha to Katavi National Park

Fly from Arusha to Katavi National Park

Early morning flight from Arusha via the Serengeti (dependent on schedule) and Tabora, for refuelling, arriving in Katavi around mid-day. The safari starts at the airstrip, our guides will take you back to camp in time lunch and a siesta, before a first afternoon of discovery in Katavi. 

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Days 1 - 5

Chada Katavi

Katavi has hardly changed since we arrived in this place twenty years ago. In Katavi we like to explore. We walk out across the plains appreciating the total lack of crowds and vehicles. It's not only having our feet on the ground at the same level as the big game, but the feeling that we are the only people doing so. We take bedrolls and sling them under a borassus palm in our fly-camp. We venture to Paradise Plains by 4WD and appreciate seeing nothing but wild Africa for miles. We don't want to sound too dramatic, but we can't imagine your life not being changed in even the smallest of ways after something like this. Read more about Chada Katavi. 

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Fly from Katavi National Park to Ruaha National Park

Fly from Katavi National Park to Ruaha National Park

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.

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Days 5 - 8

Kigelia Ruaha

In one of Africa's biggest game spots, we explore. We have custom-built open game drive vehicles which are perfect for traversing the varied habitats of Ruaha. You can also get out on foot. Being on your own two pegs gives you a totally different experience. We're great fans of "going out" for breakfast and enjoying a sundowner in the bush. These things are rare treats on a safari and something that you wouldn't do back home, which frankly is the only reason you need for doing them. Whether you're out and about in an open game drive car, treading the game trails with your guide or wondering around the camp in search of birds, this is safari as its meant to be. Read more about Kigelia Ruaha. 

Elephants in Ruaha National Park.
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Fly from Ruaha National Park to the Selous Game Reserve

Fly from Ruaha National Park to the Selous Game Reserve

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.

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Days 8 - 11

Sand Rivers Selous

Days at Sand Rivers are about exploring. Our open-sided 4x4 vehicles are a great way of seeing things. For covering a bit of distance when that's what's needed. But, we like to retain spontaneity wherever we can. Often the best way to see things, to avoid scattering animals from the lakeshore, or spooking a herd of elephant as they feed, is to hop down and quietly work our way into a good position on foot. And the same goes for our boats. Being on the river is a fantastic contrast to time spent in a vehicle. All in all, days at Sand Rivers aren't about box ticking, or endless driving in search of the next animal. It's a sense of gradual absorption in this corner of the natural world that we'd love you to feel. Read more about Sand Rivers. 

Watching life pass by from Sand Rivers Selous. It is a holiday after all.
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Fly from the Selous Game Reserve to Dar es Salaam

Fly from the Selous Game Reserve to Dar es Salaam

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

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