Overview of Usangu Expedition Camp

Set in the Usangu Wetlands floodplains, this immersive seasonal camp – open from June to November each year – falls within Tanzania’s largest protected area, The Ruaha National Park. The park is known as a lion conservation unit, hosting a great number of Africa’s lions, and many other majestic beasts. Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s best-kept secret and the exceptional backdrop for The Usangu Expedition Camp.

Usangu, named after its Sangu inhabitants, is unrestricted rehabilitative land, and allows for freedom to explore in true bush wilderness, escorted by expert guides and professional rangers. Encounter a host of wildlife with predators such as the lion, cheetah, leopard and endangered wild dog. Join the citizen science safari with the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) who research the Usangu Wetlands to understand the ecosystem and how to protect the wildlife dependent on it.

You will also have a unique opportunity to engage with ongoing projects such as camera trap placings, wildlife tracking, and learning from experts in their field at the Douglas Bell Eco Research Station.  After an exciting day contributing to data collection, experiencing close-up wildlife encounters, and collaborating with inspiring environmentalists, you can cool off in the hot springs before a wholesome evening meal at the campsite.

 

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Asilia empowers crucial wilderness areas in East Africa, benefitting people and nature alike. By making bold, and often pioneering, investments into areas that are ecologically and economically vulnerable, Asilia aims to turn these areas into viable conservation economies, benefitting both the local communities as well as the environment. With the help of guests, who contribute a levy of US$ 5 for each night that they stay at an Asilia property, Asilia is able to make a significant positive impact towards their goal of empowering these areas, including the communities and wildlife that call them home.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/06/2024 - 31/12/2024 Game Package R14,090

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Partake in citizen science safaris
  • Swim in hot spring natural pools
  • Customize your own trail camping in the Ruaha National Park
  • Explore the swamp and lake on boating safaris
  • Enjoy bush picnics and open-air dining around the fire
  • Identify predators on nocturnal night drives
  • Become a global research contributor to the Douglas Bell Eco Research Station
  • Cast an animal track as a memento of your stay
Boat-based safaris

Boat-based safaris

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Researcher interaction

Researcher interaction

Sleep-out experience available

Sleep-out experience available

Star gazing

Star gazing

Rooms at Usangu Expedition Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Asilia's Usangu Camp, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, July 2022. Photo by Greg Funnell.
  • Asilia's Usangu Camp, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, July 2022. Photo by Greg Funnell.
  • Asilia's Usangu Camp, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, July 2022. Photo by Greg Funnell.

    Tent

    Rooms inspire a focus on their natural surroundings, separated from the wilderness by only netting. Wake up on the floodplains to elephants in the distance, wattled cranes at the water source and an array of activities to embark on after a hearty breakfast. Open-topped cube tents are spacious, comfortable and on raised wooden decking that stretch out to verandas. The rooms cater for all needs with twin or double beds and en-suite bucket shower-ready bathrooms complimented with breath-taking views.

    General Facilities

    You are encouraged to design your own activities program in consultation with your expert team of guides. The comfort of the tented camp on the sandy banks of the Great Ruaha River provide a surreal setting to rest and recharge after a day of exceptional game-viewing.

    Bucket showers

    Bucket showers

    En-suite bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

    Private guide

    Private guide

    Private vehicle

    Private vehicle

    Private veranda

    Private veranda

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Your day at the Usangu Expedition Camp begins with freshly brewed coffee before embarking on an early morning game drive. Meals are cooked over an open flame whilst guests can interact with their chef and witness the preparing of fresh and organic ingredients. This is a uniquely interactive dining experience. Meals can be enjoyed by candlelight under the stars around the campfire. A snack bar of refreshments awaits you on hot days after expeditions campsite and you can enjoy a sundowner on your deck or at the edge of the water, gazing at a horizon of possibilities.

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