Southern Tanzania is still relatively unknown on the “safari circuit” yet offers some of the very best safari country and game viewing experiences on the African continent. The Selous Reserve and Ruaha National Park are large and fairly wild – perfect if you don't want to see too many other safari vehicles out as you’re likely to see in the more popular north. Here, you can expect remote, private and game rich areas that are a photographer’s dream. In true modern-day safari tradition, you will finish with a few days along the coast - Tanzanian-style. Lapping up the sun at a beach lodge is the ideal end to this African adventure.
The largest National Park in Tanzania
The mighty Selous Game Reserve
Ruaha National Park is the largest National Park in Tanzania and this is where you will fly to from Dar es Salaam. Offering a genuine African wilderness experience, the park will be your home for three nights where you’re likely to stay on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River in the remote south-west sector of Ruaha.
Ruaha National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa, with an area covering 20,000 square kilometres. Despite its size, it’s still relatively unknown, with an amazing variety of both plant and animal life - the diversity of wildlife here is truly astounding. The park provides a largely untouched wilderness experience and is a remarkably rewarding place to safari. The rivers, rugged gorges, natural springs and rolling landscapes provide an encounter that is a diverse as it is striking.
Today you’ll head to the Selous Game Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) by light aircraft for your three night camp stay, more than likely on the banks of Lake Nzerakera. At approximately 50,000 square kilometres, Selous is almost twice the size of Belgium and is one of the largest protected areas in Africa. As a result, it remains largely undisturbed by human impact. It also boasts some of the highest concentrations of species such as elephant, black rhinoceros, giraffe, cheetah, crocodile and hippopotamus.
Now it’s time to relax beach style. Spend three nights /four days at Ras Kutani on the Tanzania Swahili coast which is balmy and inviting. Well-appointed bandas (posh beach huts) scattered throughout the coastal forest adjacent to long stretches of pristine beach and the inviting ocean will be where you’ll get some serious R&R.
Ras Kutani, 35 km south of Dar es Salaam, is set on a white sandy beach and offers a tranquil hideaway – a superb way to start or finish your holiday (or both!) Flanked by a fresh water lagoon adjoining a coastal forest, the casual yet stylish accommodation is constructed of natural, local materials and furnishings. Indulge in some of the freshest ocean fare during your stay, prepared by the talented onsite chefs.
It’s easy to add on any of the magical islands off the coast of Tanzania, such as Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia - all great beach extensions. Enquire if you have a specific one in mind.
Return to Dar es Salaam to either return home or perhaps on to the next stage of your African experience.
THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR THIS TRIP
Excellent - July, August, September, October
Good - June, December, January, February
Fair - March, November
Poor - April, May