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Ruaha and Selous Safari

from $11,495.00

Highlights

  • 5 Nights in Ruaha National Park
  • 5 Nights Selous Game Reserve
  • 2 Nights in Dar Es Salaam (before and after the safari)
  • Explore landscapes dominated by ancient Baobabs in Ruaha
  • Enjoy game drives, bush walks, boat cruises and scenic internal flights
  • With just 4 guests you’ll always have a clear view of any wildlife sightings
  • Experience nature as it should be in two areas with low vehicle densities
  • Additional Freight Seat included on all on internal flights (luggage restrictions of 35kgs pp)

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Safari
  • Activity Level Challenging
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4
All about the Ruaha and Selous Safari.

Overview

This 12 Night safari explores the Southern Circuit of Tanzania’s lesser known National Parks, Ruaha and Selous. This combination of destinations will see guests enjoying game drives, bush walks, fly camping and even boat cruises along the Rufiji River.

Ruaha National Park has been dubbed the undiscovered gem of Tanzania and is often called “Tanzania’s best kept secret”. Situated far off the beaten track, away from crazy camera clicking crowds this rough tract of wilderness pulsates the real energy of an Africa long-forgotten. Visitors come to Ruaha to enjoy the dramatic landscapes and abundance of wildlife, with well-maintained roads and few visitors. The central spine of the Park is the watershed between the Mzombe and the Great Ruaha river, with its dramatic escarpment above which are large stretches of miombo woodland. Below this lie undulating plains with vegetation ranging from dry bush country to treeless grasslands, swamps and evergreen forests intersected by the many sand rivers that are such a spectacular feature of this area.

Selous is named in honour of the Englishman Frederick Courtney Selous, who lived and hunted in the region from 1871 for around forty years. He gained the reputation as the most accomplished hunter of his age and was also known for his writing, most notably he was the author of ‘A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa’. Selous was the right-hand man to Cecil John Rhodes in his campaign to annex present-day Zimbabwe to the British Empire, he also achieved brief notoriety in 1899 for speaking out against England’s war on the Boer Republics of South Africa.

The prodigiously large mammal populations found here, support the claim that the Selous is the greatest surviving African wilderness. Buffalo numbers are estimated at 120,000–150,000, and the reserve’s 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest such populations on the continent. The Selous also harbors an estimated 100,000 wildebeest, 35,000 zebra, 25,000 impala and significant herds of giraffe, greater kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and eland. It is also one of the most important sanctuaries in Africa for the endangered African wild dog, sable and puku antelope. There are also huge populations of crocodile, hippo, spotted hyena and leopard to name just a few of the big game species found here.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Day 1 Arrival

    Arriving in Dar Es Salaam you will be collected by a representative of the Best Western Hotel and transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay (B&B)

  2. Day 2 Travel/Safari

    We transfer back to the airport after breakfast boarding our Safari Airlink Flight for Ruaha. This is a beautiful flight, departing from Dar es Salaam early in the morning and passing over the vast wilderness that is the Selous, over the Udzungwa Mountain range and down into Msembe airstrip in Ruaha National Park. The plane may take off and land at a few airstrips to collect and drop passengers along the way. We will be met at the airstrip by our local guide and driver team and transfer back to Mwagusi Safari Camp. This well-established camp was started in 1987 and is an expression of the unwavering love and passion of its owner Chris Fox for the Tanzanian bush, its wildlife and its people.

  3. Day 3 Safari

    We will take each day as it comes but in general we’re great fans of taking a packed breakfast out on drive and maximizing our team in the field. We will explore the dramatic baobab clad landscapes of Ruaha, using the Mwagusi and Great Ruaha River systems as a focal point during the dry season.

  4. Day 4 Safari

    We will take each day as it comes but in general we’re great fans of taking a packed breakfast out on drive and maximizing our team in the field. We will explore the dramatic baobab clad landscapes of Ruaha, using the Mwagusi and Great Ruaha River systems as a focal point during the dry season.

  5. Day 5 Safari

    We will take each day as it comes but in general we’re great fans of taking a packed breakfast out on drive and maximizing our team in the field. We will explore the dramatic baobab clad landscapes of Ruaha, using the Mwagusi and Great Ruaha River systems as a focal point during the dry season.

  6. Day 6 Safari

    We will take each day as it comes but in general we’re great fans of taking a packed breakfast out on drive and maximizing our team in the field. We will explore the dramatic baobab clad landscapes of Ruaha, using the Mwagusi and Great Ruaha River systems as a focal point during the dry season.

  7. Day 7 Travel Day/Safari

    After our morning drive and breakfast back at camp we head back to Msembe Airstrip to take a flight to the Selous. On landing at Beho Beho Airstrip, another warm welcome and short drive to camp will see you arrive in time for high tea while enjoying the spectacular views of the Selous.

  8. day 8 Safari

    We continue our usual daily safari routine with packed breakfasts and maximizing our time in the field. This time however, we will mix things up with bush walks and boat cruises over and above our usual game drive activities.

  9. Day 9 Safari

    Full Day exploring the Selous.

  10. Day 10 Safari

    Full Day exploring the Selous.

  11. Day 11 Safari

    Full Day exploring the Selous.

     

  12. Day 12 Overnight in Dar es Salaam

    After saying goodbye to new friends in camp, our guide will take you back to Kiba airstrip this morning in time for your 45 minute flight back to Dar es Salaam where we transfer back to the Best Western Hotel for an overnight stay.

     

     

  13. Day 13 Departure

    Breakfast and transfer to the Airport for your onward travel plans.

Mwagusi Safari Camp, Ruaha National Park

Mwagusi Safari Camp offers its guests a unique and comfortable tented safari experience. Almost all of the camp is built from natural materials such as grass thatch, timber, drift wood, stones and reeds, allowing the camp to be in perfect balance and harmony with its surroundings.

Each “banda” (meaning ‘temporary shelter’) consists of a large spacious tent sheltered by a cooling thatch roof and set on a polished red floor. Each banda has en-suite facilities with flushing toilet, an unlimited supply of hot water, shower, sink, shelving, a large mirror and good night-time lighting. Built using stones, driftwood and bones the bathroom is an area of interesting, unique and original design. Thick comfortable towels and locally produced clove soap are provided.

An efficient same-day laundry service that is free of charge is offered. The tented living area includes dressing table and mirror, trunk for storage, comfortable beds with high-density mattresses, safari style chairs and bedside tables for night-time reading. All the “bandas” are built into the sandy banks of the Mwagusi River providing their own private and secluded view. Each has large covered verandah, with a comfortable cushioned seating area and swinging hammock, making this the perfect place to relax and view the passing wildlife.

Accommodation is on a fully inclusive basis.

Beho Beho Camp, The Selous game Reserve

Beho Beho was the first camp to be sited in The Selous Game Reserve, not on the banks, or the flood plains of the mighty Rufiji River, but in the cooler highlands so as to enjoy the ‘cooling breezes’ from which its name derives. Always designated as a ‘private camp’ it has fiercely protected its individuality and privileged location as one of the most ‘magical’ places it is possible to visit in safari Africa.

Beho Beho is not really a camp in the true sense of the word, as it has individual bandas or stone built, palm-leaf thatched cottages, rather than the tented accommodation one might more readily associate with a camp. But also it is not really a safari lodge as it has only eight bandas, four on one side of the main house and four on the other, one tends to think of a safari lodge in terms of something quite a good bit larger. So we like to think of Beho Beho as being more of a home, a very private home situated in the middle of the African bush.

 Accommodation is on a fully inclusive basis.

 

Dates & Prices

All dates are confirmed. Prices are quoted per person.

Duration Spaces Price Book
January 18 - 30, 2020 2 $12,495.00
Guide: Andrew B
October 30 - November 11, 2020 4 $11,495.00
Guide: Andrew D

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