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Southern & Western Safari Itinerary: Wild African Trails

Wild African Trails in Southern Tanzania

Highlights include:

  • Three nights in the famed Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest reserves in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Three nights in Ruaha National Pak, home of East Africa’s largest concentration of elephant and a unique combination of flora and fauna as the park rest on a transition zone between eastern and southern Africa.

Southern Tanzania, while easily accessed by thrilling light aircraft flights, remains wild, remote and untouched. For the true adventurer, this remote area offers Africa’s big game without crowds. The Selous is world renowned for its wild character and large populations of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and African wild dog. Due to the minimal number of visitors and contrasting landscape between forest and river, the Selous is also a popular photographic sanctuary. Right behind the Serengeti as Tanzania’s second largest park, Ruaha National Park boasts about 10,000 elephants in the area, the greatest concentration of elephant in any East African park. This six night program is ideally combined with a Kili trek or Northern Tanzania safari.

Day 1 – 3: Selous Game Reserve Enjoy a small aircraft flight from Arusha or Dar es Salaam to the Selous, arriving in the afternoon. Experience your first Selous game drive this afternoon, into the early evening, and dinner and overnight in camp.

Spend the next two days on full game drives, including picnic lunches and sundowners with dinners in camp. The Selous Game Reserve comprises over 21,000 square miles. The Rufiji River dominates the landscape, including associated beautiful lagoons, sandbanks and lakes, and acts as an important source of water for the wildlife in the park. You’ll see elephant, hippo and other big game congregated around the river.

Also, unlike other national parks in Africa, walking in the Selous is permitted. Experience the thrill of walking through the African bush alongside an armed guide.

Overnight The Retreat or like

Days 4-6: Ruaha National Park After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for a short bush flight to Ruaha. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, and after settling in enjoy an early evening game drive in the Ruaha National Park. Ruaha represents a transition zone where eastern and southern species of flora and fauna overlap and in all some 1,650 plant species and over 450 bird species have been recorded within the park itself.

Enjoy two full days exploring the Ruaha region. In addition to the park’s impressive elephant population and healthy lion population, the park has an unusually high diversity of antelope is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa.

Ruaha is the only east African park with both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and sable and roan antelopes and, like the Selous, attractst both East and Southern African wildlife and birds.

If time allows, visit the Stone age ruins at Isimila, near Iringa, 120 km (75 miles) away, one of Africa's most important historical sites . The site is an ancient dried lake bed which houses impressive stone pillars.

Overnight Kigelia Camp or similar.

Day 7: Transfer to the airstrip and fly back to Dar or Arusha. Safari Njema.

From $7,210 USD per person double occupancy min 2 persons