Southern Tour of Tanzania

This 11 day shared tour of the untouched wilderness of the south offers an authentic experience from the early days of safari travel. Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve and home to some of the best walking and boat safaris, and the vast and remote Ruaha National Park is considered by some to be Tanzania’s best kept, game viewing secret.

12 days/11 nights | Prices from £4,990 per person

Including international return flights with Emirates and Precision Air, internal flights, private transfers, the services of English-speaking representatives and guides, and accommodation on half and full board basis.

 

Route

 

  • Selous Game Reserve for 3 nights
  • Ruaha National Park for 3 nights
  • Zanzibar Island for 4 nights

Highlight of the trip

The solitude, remoteness and unspoilt wilderness of Tanzania’s largest national park, the Ruaha National Park. Off the beaten track with few visitors this is where you can experience dramatic landscapes, a huge variety of plant and birdlife and an abundance of wildlife without the crowds;  it has the world’s largest wild dog population, one of the largest lion populations in Africa and the largest elephant population in Tanzania.

 

Day 1 – Flying from the UK to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Dar es Salaam.

Day 2 – Arrival into Dar es Salaam.

Early morning arrival after an overnight flight to Dar es Salaam airport. Proceed to catch the connecting flight to Selous airstrip where you will be met by our English-speaking representative/driver-guide and transferred to Selous Game Reserve and your camp in time for lunch. In the afternoon join a shared game drive in the camp’s vehicles. Stay at Selous Riverside Camp for 3 nights on a full board basis.

Day 3 & 4 – Selous Game Reserve

Enjoy two full days of shared safari activities including game drives and guided bush walks learning about the reserve’s ecosystem and spotting the smaller creatures that may be missed on game drives, such as reptiles, birds and insects. On boating safaris on the Rufiji River you may encounter a crocodile basking in the sun on the riverbank and spot hippo, giraffe, elephant and leopard drawn to the river, or lions and packs of wild dog on the hunt for the buffalo and antelopes grazing on the rich grasslands. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Selous Game Reserve in the southwest of Tanzania is the largest protected wilderness reserve in Africa and offers an authentic wildlife experience, away from the crowds and akin to safaris of a bygone era. Visitors to the game park are restricted to the area north of the mighty Rufiji River where the landscape is one of open grassland and acacia woodland and as the density of animals here is lower than in other national parks in Tanzania the park is less busy.

Day 5 – Selous Game Reserve to Ruaha National Park

Transfer to the airstrip for the flight to Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s largest national park. You will be met on arrival by our English-speaking representative/driver-guide and driven to your camp for lunch before a shared game drive. Stay at Mwagusi Camp for 3 nights on a full board basis.

Day 6 & 7 – Ruaha National Park

Two full days of shared safari activities include bush walks and game drives. The remote and untamed wilderness of Ruaha is its main draw. It is a vast and variable landscape bordered by  the Mzombe River to the west, and with the Great Ruaha River in the east, as its heart. It boasts a diverse flora and fauna and in addition to leopard, herds of impala and zebra, striped hyena, ostrich and buffalo it has a healthy elephant, lion and wild dog population and also boasts many uncommon species not seen in other parks. The dry season is the prime time for game viewing, June-November, and the wet season, December-March, is especially good for the arrival of migrating birds.

Day 8 – Ruaha to Zanzibar Island

After breakfast at your camp transfer to the Ruaha airstrip for your flight to exotic Zanzibar Island and its soft-sand beaches for the next four nights. Stay at Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa for 4 nights on a half board basis.

Day 9 – 11– Zanzibar Island

Spend restful days enjoying the powder-white beach and make the most of your hotel’s facilities. If you want to venture out for some exploring, the capital’s old quarter, Stone Town, makes for a fascinating stroll, its maze of streets dotted with fine palaces, mosques and houses from the colonial era. Zanzibar was once known as the Spice Island and farmers still grow fragrant vanilla, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, and a guided spice tour is a real must; a delightful way to explore the hidden corners of this fascinating place.

Day 11 – Return to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

 

  • Porterage and tips paid locally
  • Game drives in shared 4×4 safari vehicles without air-conditioning
  • Supplement payable for vehicle on a private basis during game drives
  • We recommend travelling light with no more than one piece of hold luggage and a day bag
  • Flight Dar Es Salaam – Selous – Ruaha – Zanzibar has a maximum 15kg per person baggage allowance
  • Single travellers – please call us for prices if you wish to book a single room or twin for sole use

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