Explore southern Tanzania
Selous, Ruaha & Ras Kutani
- 9 nights
- from $7300 per person
At a Glance
Experience the unspoiled wilderness of southern Tanzania
Watch elephants walking to the lake from your private deck
Game drives are in open-sided 4-wheel drive vehicles and led by expert guides
Spend a night under the stars in the middle of the African bush
Elephants pass freely through the camp at Jongomero
Unwind by the coast and enjoy the quiet white sandy beach and warm Indian ocean
Whilst the Northern national parks of Tanzania such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro are best known, the beautiful southern reserves of the Selous and Ruaha offer an entirely different safari experience. Perfect for an anniversary or just a romantic getaway these remote and beautiful camps will offer you amazing game viewing along with peace and privacy. With only a handful of safari camps, and a wider variety of activities such as boat safaris, walking safaris and game drives, you'll rarely see another vehicle, meaning you can enjoy the wildlife to yourself. Finish your adventures with a few nights on a wild beach on the Tanzanian coast, sipping cocktails and dining under the stars for the perfect end to your adventure.
After an overnight flight from London via Nairobi to Dar es Salaam you could head straight for the Selous Game Reserve, home to East Africa’s highest density of hippo and crocodiles. Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari Camp) is set on the banks of Lake Nzelakela and is totally unfenced so groups of elephant and giraffe are regularly seen passing through the camp. Daily guided game drives and boating activities take place in the morning and evening but the Selous is really renowned for its great walking opportunities and the chance to get really close to nature. For those who want to get even closer, a night’s ’fly camping’ is a must, sleeping out under the stars in a remote corner of the park.
You then fly eastwards to the heart of Tanzania and Ruaha National Park. Quite arid compared to the Selous the focus here is on the beauty of the surrounding landscape and Ruaha, almost more than anywhere else in the country, is where you go for a true African wilderness experience. It is also home to a huge variety of species of plants and birds and is a nature-lover’s paradise. Big cats are here in good numbers, including cheetah which you won't see in the Selous. Other species include eland, lesser kudu, large buffalo herds and elephants which dig in the dry riverbeds for water in the dry season.
Finally, you fly back to Dar and then make a short hop down to Ras Kutani, on the south coast. The lodge is set on a lagoon and beach in a wonderfully tranquil spot surrounded by trees and is the perfect place to completely ’chill-out’. Service is superb, with every detail taken care of to ensure you have the ultimate relaxing stay. Private decks come complete with comfy chairs and hammocks and the more active can get the sand between their toes with walks or horse rides along the beach or borrow a kayak to paddle up the lagoon. The perfect end to the perfect trip, whether this is your first or your fifteenth safari!
Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Location & Directions
Selous, Ruaha & Ras Kutani
Only 200 km West of Dar es Salaam lies the mighty Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, home to the Selous Safari Camp. Then to Jongomero, set along the banks of the seasonal Jongomero river, in the Ruaha National Park, before heading to Ras Kutani on the coast just south of Dar es Salaam.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit. The wildebeest migration happens most of year in Tanzania's Serengeti, and is linked to the rainfall.