Southern Tanzania is still relatively unknown on the 'safari circuit' yet offers some of the very best safari country & some of the very best game viewing experiences in Africa. The Selous Reserve and Ruaha National Park are large and quite wild, great if you don't want to see too many other safari vehicles. Remote, private, photogenic & game rich areas. In true modern-day safari tradition you will finish with a few days on the beach, unspoilt Tanzanian-style. Ras Kutani is a beach lodge some 40km south of Dar es Salaam, bordering a fresh water lagoon, adjacent to a coastal forest and a pristine beach.
Fly from Dar Es Salaam to Ruaha National Park, the largest National Park in Tanzania. For those looking for a genuine African wilderness experience, Ruaha National Park will satisfy your urges. 3 nights at Jongomero, which is set under the shade of acacia trees on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River in the remote south-west sector of Ruaha National Park.
Ruaha National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa, with an area of 20,000 square kilometres, but is still relatively unknown, with an astonishing variety of both plant and animal life - the diversity of wildlife is staggering. Ruaha National Park provides a largely untouched wilderness experience. It is an incredibly rewarding place to safari. The rivers, natural springs, rugged gorges and undulating landscape provide an encounter that is a diverse as it is stunning.
Jongomero Camp is set under shady acacia trees on the banks of the seasonal Jongomero River in the remote south - western sector of Ruaha National Park.
Another light aircraft flight, to the mighty Selous Game Reserve and Siwandu Camp for a 3 night stay. At approximately 50,000 sq km Selous is almost twice the size of Belgium!. Siwandu (formerly Selous Safari Camp), situated on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, is in one of the most attractive areas of the huge Selous Game Reserve.
Covering 50,000 square kilometres, the Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa and as such it remains largely undisturbed by human impact. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the highest concentrations of important species including elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile.
Siwandu is situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, a massive lake adjoining the Great Rufiji River, in one of the most photogenic areas of the Selous Game Reserve.
3 Nights / 4 Days at Ras Kutani on the Tanzania Swahili coast. Well-appointed bandas (posh beach huts) are scattered in the coastal forest adjacent to long stretches of pristine beach and the inviting ocean.
Ras Kutani, 35 km south of Dar Es Salaam, is set on a white sandy beach and offers a tranquil hideaway, ideal for the start or finish of your holiday (or both!). The lodge is flanked by a fresh water lagoon adjoining a coastal forest. Accommodation is constructed of natural, local materials and furnishings, in a casual but stylish design. The chefs pride themselves on preparing fresh fare from the ocean.
Ras Kutani is set on a crescent of white sandy beach, within a virgin coastal forest, washed by the gentle surf of the temperate Indian Ocean, 25km south of Dar es Salaam.
Return to Dar Es Salaam to either return home, or maybe onward to the next stage of your African experience?
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|Dar Es Salaam > Ruaha National Park||± 2hrs|
|Ruaha National Park > Selous Game Reserve||± 2hrs|
|Selous Game Reserve > Ras Kutani||± 3hrs|
|Ras Kutani > Dar Es Salaam||± 2hrs|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
The southern part of Tanzania is more 'wild & woolly' than the classic northern circuit, but it is still a great option. Typically, it is quieter than the more popular north, so you will see less lodges, less vehicles, less fences, less people - basically less evidence of human encroachment all round. However, the wildlife and safari experience is still a really good one.
It is also very easy to add on any of the magical islands off the coast of Tanzania, such as Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia - all great beach extensions. So if you want to follow a path less travelled, then this one could be for you.
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