Tanzania's true wild side is in its southern reaches, where legendary wildlife reserves like Ruaha National Park and the great Selous (now Nyerere National Park) stretch for thousands of square miles relatively undisturbed by human activity. Selous and Ruaha have been protected for more than a hundred years and they shelter globally important populations of wildlife: massive prides of lions (10 percent of Africa's lions reside here), plenty of crocodile, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo, elephant, black rhino, buffalo, and more than 400 bird species. And southern Tanzania is absolutely the best place in Africa to watch packs of African wild dogs on the hunt. Yet these remote reserves see a fraction of the tourists that visit the northern parks! With our long-time Tanzania safari leader Goodluck Urassa, we'll set off for exciting game drives, off-road tracking, bush walks, river safaris, and even a rainforest hike. Urassa is known for his keen spotter's eye and extensive knowledge of African wildlife, and he'll be joined by local guides at all our camps. We'll explore Nyerere National Park, Tanzania's second largest wildlife sanctuary, watered by the photogenic Rufiji River, Mikumi National Park, with its plains game and African hunting dogs, and the immaculate rainforest of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, home to a wide array of endemic birds and plants—and even two endemic species of primates! Our grand finale finds us in immense Ruaha National Park, Tanzania's best kept secret, with 7,800 square miles of wildlife-rich wilderness spanning both the eastern and southern African biomes. There are but a handful of safari camps in this vast region, and we've chosen the most comfortable and best located ones, where we'll enjoy a warm welcome. Join us for an unforgettable off-the-beaten-path safari!
Arrive: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Depart: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Day 1 (1 night)
The Salaam Serena Hotel is in the heart of the city center, moments from Indian Ocean beaches, a bustling fish market, and eclectic crafts markets. It offers comfortable and spacious rooms, excellent restaurants, and a lovely swimming pool amid manicured laws and gardens. The Kibo Bar and Terrace is...
Nyerere National Park, Tanzania
Days 2-4 (3 nights)
Roho ya Selous means “heart of the Selous” and this lovely camp is set in the very best wildlife area of the park. Each slate-floored tent has hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, an indoor and outdoor shower, tall screened walls, and its own private, shady veranda. The...
Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
Vuma Hills Tented Camp is perched above the seemingly endless wilderness southwest of Mikumi National Park. The 16 tents are comfortably furnished, with en suite bathroom facilities and shaded wooden verandas. The cozy bar area centers around an open fire and leads onto a large deck from where you can...
Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania
Days 7-8 (2 nights)
We've chosen Hondo Hondo, the only accommodation with direct access to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, for its proximity to the park. It is welcoming but basic, with canvas tented rooms. Meals, while not the fine culinary creations of our other properties, are simple, based on locally available ingredients, and served...
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Days 9-11 (3 nights)
Jabali means "rock" in Swahili, and, indeed, this elegant, 8-room retreat is perched on a rocky outcrop in a great location close to prime game-viewing areas of Ruaha National Park. It's a great base for game drives, night drives,...
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The game-tracking walks are accompanied by a professional tracker and are conducted at a pace that allows an intimate exploration of the African bush.
The longer optional mountain hike on Day 8 follows a track through montane forest, but our group will likely leave the trail for periods of time to track the mangabey monkeys. This hike can be steep, slippery, and have loose footing at times, and therefore it is only recommended for travelers in good physical conditioning and with confidence in their stability on rough trails. The shorter option follows a more established trail and can be taken at a slower pace.
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Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.