DAY 1: DAR ES SALAAM – SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Pick up from your hotel in Dar Es Salaam and transfer to domestic terminal for your flight to
Selous Game Reserve. On arrival, you will be met for a transfer to the camp or lodge. Lunch at
the camp before a late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight.
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa, covering 54,600 square kilometer. The reserve
gets its name from the hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous. He was killed here during
World War 1. Selous is famous for elephants. Other species commonly seen are lions, wild dogs,
buffaloes, bushbuck, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras and greater kudus. It was originally set
aside as a hunting area where animals are abundant but more shy then the Northern Parks.
Excursions by 4×4 vehicle will permit you to have good photographic opportunities and the
chance to explore different sections of vast park.
DAY 2: TWO ACTIVITIES OF YOUR CHOICE IN SELOUS GAME RESERVE
After breakfast, 1 full day in the Selous Game Reserve exploring the reserve: walking safari,
boat safari and game drive by 4×4 vehicle. Dinner and overnight at the camp or lodge.
You will explore Selous by boat, encounter hippos and crocodiles in good numbers and land
based animals coming to the water’s edge. Some 350 bird species have been recorded in the
Selous Game Reserve. These are typical of Miombo woodlands, and the bird life supported by
Rufiji swamplands is of particular interest. Optional game walks with an armed ranger in this
beautiful and wild reserve is a highly recommended experience not to be missed. Selous has high
concentration of game and relatively few tourists.
DAY 3: SELOUS GAME RESERVE – RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip flight departing to Ruaha National Park. On arrival, met
and transferred to the lodge or camp. This part of Ruaha has some of the highest density of
animals with excellent game viewing opportunities. Lunch in lodge/camp followed by an
afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at lodge or camp.
Located at the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha is the ‘other park’ on the Southern circuit. Ruaha’s
relative inaccessibility means it gets far fewer tourists than the Selous and less than any
comparable park in the Northern circuit. The rewards of travelling this far are a wild landscape
with baobab studded hills and rocky escarpments, with superb wildlife; Ruaha safaris have
reliably exciting predator concentrations, huge elephant and buffalo herds and a cross over of
game from southern and Eastern Africa.Tanzania’s largest National Park, Ruaha is a wilder and
more remote park than its southern neighbour Selous Game Reserve, and ultimately has the
better wildlife, albeit without boating safaris. We love this park! Ruaha has all the predators on
show; lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog and hyena.
DAY: 4: GAME DRIVE & WALKING SAFARIS IN RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, 1 full day exploring Ruaha National Park by car and on foot. Ruaha River offers
some excellent game walks in high density game areas accompanied by armed rangers. It also
has excellent birding opportunities. Ruaha National Park is vast and many areas are visited
infrequently allowing visitors a glimpse of wilderness rarely seen by other tourists. Dinner and
overnight at the camp or lodge.
DAY 5: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK – DAR ES SALAAM
After breakfast, morning transfer to the airstrip. Departure for Dar Es Salaam for the 2 hour
flight back to Dar Es Salaam.