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Perfect for adventurous couples who want to splurge on luxury, romance and privacy on their Big 5 safari in Tanzania, this 9-day journey takes you to Ruaha and Selous National Parks – both are vast, undiscovered and untouched wilderness areas that are little-visited by safari-goers. Ruaha is the largest park in the country while Selous is also a huge area known for its large herds of elephants. Your lodges are intimate and cosy, offering luxury as well as excellent service to ensure you have the most personalised safari experience possible.

You will begin with an overnight stop in legendary Dar es Salaam – one of the gateway cities to the Tanzania safari circuit – which will give you time to relax and enjoy the local culture. From the city, fly to Ruaha, a Big 5 destination known for its unique landscape and beautiful, ancient baobab and sausage trees. Your second safari destination is the largest wildlife area in the world, the exquisite and vast Selous National Park.

Spending four days in each allows you to truly immerse yourself in the landscape and gives you ample time to utterly relax at every lodge. This is an ideal honeymoon or a safari option for those who enjoy getting off the beaten track and want superb wildlife experiences with few other travellers around.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Remote conservation areas
  • Tanzania’s off-the-beaten track hotspots
  • Optional fly-camping in Selous
  • Big 5 game viewing & wild dogs
  • Boating & birding
  • Convenient fly-in transfers

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Welcome to Tanzania

You will fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Here you will spend a night relaxing after your international flight at the Southern Sun Hotel. The city of Dar es Salaam is located on the coast of the beautiful Indian Ocean and is said to have some of the top restaurants in East Africa. The best beaches are located just outside the city, and closer by you will find the Dar es Salaam’s famed botanical gardens and a range of enticing eateries. 

Days 2-5

Safari at Ruaha National Park

In the morning, you will be transferred back to the international airport for your flight by light aircraft to Msembe Airstrip, which is located just outside Ruaha National Park. After a road transfer, you will arrive at your lodge - Kigelia Camp - in time for lunch. After settling into your suite, it is time for the first afternoon game drive of your Tanzanian safari. Little-known Ruaha is home to the Big 5, and its unique location in the middle of Southern and East Africa means that you will experience a diverse blend of the two ecosystems, including iconic baobab trees and, around the lodge, sausage trees (Kigelia Africana)that periodically burst into brilliant scarlet flowers. 

Ruaha is a little-visited region so you are able to totally disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in Africa’s vast and untouched wilderness. Kigelia is a comfortable and cosy tented camp where the primary focus is on providing incredible safari experiences. It is a small and intimate camp that has just six tented suites for guests, so you will receive extremely warm and personal service. 

Days 5-9

See the beautiful Selous

Selous National Park is the world’s largest wildlife reserve and is Tanzania’s best-kept Big 5 secret. Departing from Ruaha, you will take a scheduled flight to Kiba Airstrip. On landing, a transfer waits to take you to Sand River Selous where you will spend the following four nights. The Selous offers a wide range of habitats to explore from grassland savannah to floodplains, and miombo woodland and is home to a multitude of plains game, large elephant herds, lion prides and African wild dogs.

At Sand River Selous, you have the unique opportunity of leaving your vehicle - perhaps to approach a placid elephant herd undetected or to simply discover what is around the next river bend on foot. In addition to game drives and guided nature walks, you can experience boat trips and picnics on one of the many scenic sand banks and excellent birding.

The lodge itself is built high above the Rufiji River, and open-sided suites and relaxation areas mean that you are never separated from the incredible Selous wilderness. Fly-camping is an optional extra and offers the opportunity to spend a night or more camping – just you, your guide, dinner cooked over the campfire, and a bed under the stars.

On your final day in Tanzania, you will be transferred to Kiba Airstrip for a scheduled flight to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. 

Inclusions

  • 1 Night at Southern Sun Dar Es Salaam on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Shared light aircraft flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • 2 Nights at Kigelia Ruaha on game package basis
  • 4 Nights at Sand Rivers Selous on game package basis

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $6950
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017 $5650

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

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