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exclusive safaris in southern tanzania

In the south and west of thje mainland are the superb fly-in reserves of Ruaha, Selous, Katavi and Mahale (the latter being perhaps the best location for primate interaction in Africa).


Ruaha is one of the finest game reserves in Africa... one whose reputation is founded upon its enormous size, lack of human encroachment, broad range of landscapes and habitats, rich and diverse range of wildlife, the quality of its camps and superb quality of guiding. A very special place indeed!

Apart from a few isolated springs, the main water source is the Ruaha river itself, which acts as a major lure for game from an enormous dry hinterland, when gameviewing highlights include elephant, lion, leopard and hunting dog. (The dry season is from June - November.)

During the converse green season (December - March) Ruaha is an absolutely beautiful and verdant place, where game viewing may be more difficult, but where the overall experience should be no less intense.

Ruaha is best visited for five or more nights in a combination of two or even three camps.


At a massive 44,800 square kilometres ... bigger than Switzerland ... Selous is one of the largest and most important game reserves in Africa.

Being located on the humid coastal plateau and with the Great Rufiji river winding its way through the heart of the landscape, Selous has an unusually tropical and languid atmosphere. Selous is not nearly as crowded as the Serengeti, and is particularly famous for elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, black rhinos, African hunting dogs, hippos and crocodiles. The Selous swamps, rivers and wetlands also allow tourists to enjoy their safari by boat, which is a big draw. Walking safaris are also popular here, as are night drives.

The numbers of game in the Selous are astounding. The reserve is thought to contain up to 70,000 elephant (around 8% of the total population in Africa)... 120,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippo, 4,000 lion ... the list goes on.

In recent years the reserve was badly mis-managed and there was a great deal of poaching, but a new regime now seems to be getting things back under control.

Selous North only represents about 20% of the land area, but this is the only part of the reserve open to the general public - and it contains almost all of the safari camps. Selous South, the remainder of the reserve, is a vast and virtually uncharted wilderness, largely comprised of hunting blocks and therefore off limits until recently...


sample itineraries for safaris in southern tanzania

ruaha & selous - southern tanzania safari

7 nights / 8 days
Ruaha and Selous Game Reserve

4 nights Kigelia Camp (fully Inclusive)
3 nights Sand Rivers Selous (fully inclusive)

Low Season from approx. US$5540 pp
high season from approx. US$6620 pp


exclusive safaris in tanzania - Ruaha National Park



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