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Away from the masses, this is a brilliant ‘bush camping’ adventure (not luxury fly camping) exploring the Southern Tanzania game reserves, Selous, Ruaha & Mikumi. 

This itinerary provides you with the opportunity to observe a myriad of African animals on your own personal safari, taking you away from the masses of tour buses. 

Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, Selous Game Reserve, provides its few lucky visitors with an experience in the vast unspoiled bush. The Reserve varies from woodland areas to grassy plains to rocky outcrops that are divided by the Rufiji River – whose tributaries form networks of lagoons, lakes, and channels that allow a great place for game viewing, particularly in the dry season. Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants lives in Selous and is one of the few places that you can spot the African wild dogs. You will also be given the opportunity to explore Ruaha National Park, the name of which derives from the Great Ruaha River that flows through the Eastern part of the park, Rift Valley. Finally, we visit Mikumi National Park, Tanzania’s 4th largest and ideal spot for both game viewing and bird watching.  

Exploring on foot, by boat, and by 4WD and sleeping in tents you will get a true appreciation of the best Southern Tanzania has to offer.   

Tanzania: Selous & Ruaha Camping Safari

Away from the masses, this is a brilliant ‘bush camping’ adventure (not luxury fly camping) exploring the Southern Tanzania game reserves, Selous, Ruaha & Mikumi. 

This itinerary provides you with the opportunity to observe a myriad of African animals on your own personal safari, taking you away from the masses of tour buses. 

Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, Selous Game Reserve, provides its few lucky visitors with an experience in the vast unspoiled bush. The Reserve varies from woodland areas to grassy plains to rocky outcrops that are divided by the Rufiji River – whose tributaries form networks of lagoons, lakes, and channels that allow a great place for game viewing, particularly in the dry season. Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants lives in Selous and is one of the few places that you can spot the African wild dogs. You will also be given the opportunity to explore Ruaha National Park, the name of which derives from the Great Ruaha River that flows through the Eastern part of the park, Rift Valley. Finally, we visit Mikumi National Park, Tanzania’s 4th largest and ideal spot for both game viewing and bird watching.  

Exploring on foot, by boat, and by 4WD and sleeping in tents you will get a true appreciation of the best Southern Tanzania has to offer.   

Duration

13 days

Price

£3,195

Difficulty

Medium

Day by Day

Highlights:

  • Visit the stunning Selous & Ruaha Game Parks as you see a range of African animals on your personal safari
  • Enjoy an evening boat cruise to view wildlife from the Rufiji River from day one!
  • Get the ultimate experience by camping in the African ‘bush’
  • Trek into Udzungwa Park where you will be able to explore the beautiful forest and waterfalls and even go for a swim in a plunge pool

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and start your adventure  

Arrive at the airport where you will be met then driven down south towards Selous Game Reserve. Depending on what time you arrive you will settle in until the evening when you will depart for a boat cruise along the Rufiji River. Return for dinner and your overnight stay at Selous Hippo Campsite.

Day 2 & 3: Enjoy a couple of relaxing camping days at Lake Tagalala

Adventurous camping days! Leave the camp then drive towards the center of the reserve where you will set up your camp at the Lake Tagalala bank. Later on, we drive through the reserve for a game drive at sunset. Our professional cook will prepare traditional African dishes for dinner.

Day 4: Journey to Morogoro

This morning we have an early start, leaving the campsite after breakfast. Today we make our way to Morogoro which is nestled in the Uluguru Mountains. It is a stunningly beautiful area of Tanzania. Lunch is provided en-route.  

Be sure not to miss the gorgeous Morogoro morning rise, as the sun appears above the mist and surrounds the town in beautiful tones of orange and gold that give even the bus station a certain sense of charm. 

Day 5: Discover the stunning Ruaha National Park: “Tanzania’s best-kept secret”  

Early morning today. Transfer from your hotel to Ruaha National Park with lunch en-route. You will stay at Msembe Bandas, basic but clean rooms that are located on one of the Ruaha River bends. It is common to see giraffes and elephants walk between the rooms and cheetahs laying on the river bed. You will have dinner here and overnight. 

Day 6 – 8: Explore Ruaha National Park: the largest National Park in Tanzania

 We will spend the next three days exploring Ruaha National Park. There is plenty to see and do in this beautiful park. Watch large herds of buffalo and elephants come down to drink and try to spot wild dogs and leopards near the kopje.  

On one of the evenings, you will get the chance to go on a nighttime game drive around Ruaha National Park. These night game drives are perfect to see the nocturnal wildlife when they are most active. 

Day 9: Head to Udzungwa Mountain Park and start the hike to Sanje Falls

Once breakfast is done, we will drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, lunch as we go. Following our arrival, we make last-minute preparations and checks before the trek into the mountains, this includes a visit to the park HQ to complete all formalities. The hike up to Sanje Waterfalls will roughly take us just under two hours and can be quite steep in places. The Sanje Campsite is near here.

Day 10: Discover forests, waterfalls, and plunge pool in Udzungwa Park  

Today, take some time to explore the forests and waterfalls of Udzungwa Park, and perhaps even take a dip in one of the gorgeous plunge pools. Spend the rest of your day at the camp where you’ll have the chance to change after your dip and sit back and relax before the adventure continues. 

Day 11: Udzungwa to Mikumi

Early breakfast this morning. Leave Udzungwa for Mikumi with packed lunch. Continue the journey with a game drive, followed by dinner and overnight stay at Bastian Campsite. 

Mikumi National Park: 

Mikumi National Park is the perfect place to try and spot wildlife which you may have previously missed. The park is framed by the Uluguru Mountains to the North East, the Udzungwa Mountains to the South East, and Sabah Game Reserve to the South. You will find that the park mainly consists of miombo woodland and sightings f game like buffalo, giraffe, impala, crocodile, wildebeest, and little herds of migratory zebra in the Mkata floodplain.  

Day 12: Dar Es Salaam

Go on a morning game drive before leaving Mikumi Park and head to Dar Es Salaam. This is where you will be transferred to the Mediterraneo Hotel for your overnight stay. You will stay on a bed and breakfast basis and will have a choice between the superb restaurant and local pub for an evening meal. 

Day 13: Departure

Regrettably, all good things must come to an end at some point. After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a transfer to the airport where your return flight will be waiting. Don’t want this adventure to end? Feel free to extend your trip with a few days on the beach or one of the stunning island resorts.  

 

 

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