Southern Tanzania in Style

Selous, Ruaha & Zanzibar

From £9700 per person in low season
From £12400 per person in high season

based on 12 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Full Board and activities

Based on two people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Explore the waterways of the Selous on a boat cruise in search of hippos and large Nile crocodiles.

  • Enjoy 4x4 game drives in search of Ruahas resident carnivores

  • Sleep-out under the stars on a Selous sandbank

  • Explore the dive sites around Zanzibar in search of large shoals of tropical fish and maybe even turtles

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Selous and Ruaha are closed in April and May.

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.

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Insider's View

Take advantage of the full range of activities in the Selous and Ruaha, each day offers a different experience.

Spend some time in Zanzibar either relaxing or explore the island learning more about its interesting history

The logistics of this itinerary are excellent, access via Dar es Salaam and it's just one-hour flights between the bush and beach.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday.


The Selous and Ruaha are two vast wildernesses in southern Tanzania. Beautiful, wild places providing a safari experience of incredible depth and diversity. Southern Tanzania is rarely on the tip of most traveller's tongues, but for those in the know it is a secret treasure. This is true wild Africa, somewhere that will be enjoyed by first time visitors and never fail to surprise the old hands.

  1. Fly to Dar es Salaam

  2. Days 1-4: Selous Game Reserve

    After a flight to Dar es Salaam you will head straight for the Selous on a light charter flight. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest wilderness area in Africa, a vast expanse of scrub acacia bush, mopane thickets, open savannah, palm forests, rocky outcrops, lakes and mighty rivers. During the rains, the Rufiji stretches up to a kilometre wide. Its waters are thick with hippo and crocodile, underwater you'll find huge catfish and the elusive, hard-fighting tiger fish. On the river banks, elephant, buffalo, herds of antelope and elegant giraffe move through the great shade trees. Ever present are the predators, the elusive leopard, battle scarred lion and if you're lucky you might bump into the fascinating wild dog. Spend three days exploring this expansive land on game drives, walking safaris, boat cruises and if you are feeling adventurous spend a night under the stars on a fly camping experience.

    Accommodation: Roho ya Selous (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-8: Ruaha National Park

    Depart the Selous by light aircraft for the short flight to the heart of Ruaha. Here begins a surprisingly different but equally memorable safari experience. High on a rocky kopje looking out over a landscape scattered with baobab trees sits the stunning Jabali Ridge. This is a quiet but game rich corner of the Ruaha National Park, Asilia's newly opened lodge takes you to the heart of the action whilst maintaining a truly luxurious environment. Spend the heat of the day lounging in the impressive infinity pool which looks out over the savanna, explore the region on game drives, get closer to nature on walking safaris and find the more elusive nocturnal species on fascinating night drives.  

    Accommodation: Jabali Ridge (4 nights)

  4. Days 8-13: Matemwe, East Coast Zanzibar, Tanzania

    After your safari you will catch a short light charter flight over to the culturally diverse Zanzibar. You will drive though the outskirts of historic Stone Town to the North of the Island where Matemwe, a relaxed, un-complicated beach lodge is based.  Spend five nights enjoying unspoilt white sand, a relaxed island atmosphere and a whole host of fantastic ocean activities to experience such as diving, fishing and snorkelling. If you feel no need to relax after your safari experience then explore the island on a fascinating spice tour or the winding alleys of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Accommodation: Matemwe Lodge (5 nights)

  5. Fly from Zanzibar


  • A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar

    Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.

  • Boat safari in the Selous Game Reserve

    Get up close and personal with the hippos in the Selous' mighty rivers and lakes on a boat safari, perfect in the late afternoons when the wildlife often comes to the shore to drink.

  • Diving in Zanzibar

    Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighbouring island of Pemba.

  • Flycamping in the Selous

    For those safari aficionados who are looking for a bit more adventure, there can be nothing more exciting than spending a night in the middle of the African bush. Sleep in a mosquito net dome with all the sounds of the bush around you.

  • Selous walking safari

    Follow your guide on foot as you explore the Selous, focussing on the smaller details that make up the ecosystem which you often miss on a game drive.

  • Shopping in Stone Town

    Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewellery. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.


Selous, Ruaha & Zanzibar

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