Southern Tanzania: Selous, Ruaha and Coast

A 10 day safari exploring the south of Tanzania combining fantastic wildlife encounters and beach relaxation. Discover Selous Reserve, Ruaha National Park and the pristine Tanzanian coast.

Duration 10 days
Price From $4,795
When Jun - Mar
Destination Tanzania

Safari Overview

Journey through the unexplored southern regions of Tanzania staying at two remote and beautiful camps, maximising your time immersed in the wildlife of the south. Siwandu and Jongomero provide you with an unparalleled and uninterrupted experience away from the madding crowds, spending your final few days relaxing on the pristine beaches of Ras Kutani.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Escape the crowds by heading to the unexplored south of Tanzania.
  • Enjoy bush walks, game drives and boat safaris.
  • Chance to spot the big game, as well as predators such as big cats and wild dogs.
  • Finish at the crystal waters of Ras Kutani on the Tanzanian coast with nature walks, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and much more.

Witness big cats and game without the disturbance of the crowds you may get at more popular parks and reserves.

Day by day

Day 1

Arusha - Selous Reserve

Upon your arrival into Dar es Salaam International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Hotel in Dar es Salaam. Here, you will enjoy a relaxed lunch before you journey back to Dar es Salaam International Airport where you will catch your onward flight to the Selous Game Reserve. From the Selous airstrip, you are transferred to your camp where you have a chance to settle in before heading out on your first game drive or bush walk in the game reserve in search of the big game that this place is famous for. Here, you will spend four unforgettable nights where you can take full advantage of the opportunities to view the wildlife of the Selous, either by boat, vehicle or on foot on a shared basis returning in time for sunset and dinner.

Overnight: Siwandu L, D

Days 2-3

Selous Reserve

Selous is a true wilderness reserve with big game everywhere! During the next two days you are free to explore this wilderness area on shared excursions in a variety of ways. You may wish to start your day by enjoying an early morning game walk out into Africa’s largest wilderness, learning about its complex eco-system and experiencing the thrill and contentment of being at the heart of nature. You can explore the game in the surrounding areas, from your seat in an open-sided vehicle, a comfortable and privileged journey through the wild African bush. Selous is the best place in Tanzania to see wild dog which are highly endangered. Other animals include lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, kudu, impala, hippo, crocodiles and hundreds of different bird species. You may wish to take a boat cruise following the course of the mighty Rufiji River, weaving amongst the pods of hippo and crocodile lining the bank, as you observe the game coming down to drink.

Overnight: Siwandu B, L, D

Day 4

Selous Reserve - Ruaha National Park

This morning, after breakfast, you transfer back to the Selous airstrip where you will catch your internal flight to Ruaha (09:30 – 11:00). You will be met upon arrival by a Jongomero Camp guide and taken back on a short safari to Camp in time for afternoon tea or alternatively set out immediately on a game drive. You will spend three magical nights here giving you plenty of time to experience this remote wilderness area. This evening sit back and relax and soak up these truly magical surroundings.

Overnight: Jongomero Camp B, L, D

Days 5-6

Ruaha National Park

A full day in Ruaha National Park with either a morning walk (USD$30pp supplement payable at Camp) or game drive and afternoon game drives to take you into new territories of this remote Park. Jongomero is situated far to the South of the park and it feels like you have all of Africa to yourselves as you roam the riverine areas and hills. The park possesses one of the largest species counts of large mammals of any other park. With all the regular animals such as elephant, huge herds of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard. Birding is quite spectacular, with the park boasting some 500 different species of birds, including the Ruaha Red-billed hornbill which is unique to the park. Ruaha is an ecological convergence for Northern and Southern species of mammal and is also one of the few areas where Greater and Lesser Kudu can be seen. Game drives in Ruaha are unique and cater for the safari connoisseur, and with the bush luxury of Jongomero Camp as your base, you can enjoy a most exclusive and rewarding safari experience. Alternatively, feel free to sit back and relax at Camp or by the pool and take in the true wilderness of your surroundings.

Overnight: Jongomero Camp B, L, D

Day 7

Ruaha National Park - Tanzanian Coast

This morning after breakfast, you transfer back to the Ruaha airstrip where you will catch your internal flight to Dar es Salaam International Airport. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the beautiful retreat of Ras Kutani to relax for the next five nights and reminisce over the adventures of the last few days.

Overnight: Ras Kutani B, L, D

Days 8-9

Tanzanian Coast

You have two whole days to sit back and enjoy the comfort and tranquility of Ras Kutani, set on a peninsula of white sandy beach next to a fresh water lagoon and tropical forest shoreline. Here, there are opportunities to enjoy kayaking, snorkelling, massages, nature walks through the forest, a visit to the local villages or alternatively you can just sit back and relax by the pool. This is the perfect African beach relaxation.

Overnight: Ras Kutani B, L, D

Day 10

Tanzanian Coast - Dar Es Salaam

Today you transfer by road (35kms) to Dar es Salaam in time for your international flight back home.

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Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a tailor-made safari and can be amended to meet your specific requirements including preferred number of days, preferred dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

N.B: A Maximum Baggage Allowance of 15kgs per person

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