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Discover Southern Tanzania

Our Discover Tanzania Tours are a wonderful way to venture off the usual safari track for your first-time experience of Southern Tanzania. This region of Africa boasts beautiful, remotely based reserves and national parks which are much quieter than other safari destinations in the country. This eight-day tour of Southern Tanzania will take you on a journey to two hidden gems, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve both of which offer a safari experience like no other.

Prepare to be spell-bound as you travel through the vast and diverse natural landscapes of Ruaha National Park, the largest National Park in Tanzania. With a high population of elephant and buffalo herds, as well as predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog, this incredibly remote park is a wildlife-enthusiasts dream.

The tour then takes you to Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site that spans over 54,600 square km. Known as one of the world's largest animal conservation areas, the Selous Game Reserve is home to a large number of lion prides and holds over 50% of the remaining endangered African wild dog population as well as over 400 species of bird. This location is also teeming with zebra, impala, giraffe and vervet monkeys to name a few.

Expect thought and inspiration in every detail, from the moment you land to your final departure. Join us for an adventure in one of the most scenic and serene parts of the world.

8 days
Best time to go
June to October
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Explore the best of Southern Tanzania, visiting two of the southern circuit game parks
  • Enjoy walking and boat excursions which offer a contrast in safari experiences
  • Soak up the beauty of Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania
  • Spend three nights in the world-famous Selous Game Reserve, home to some of Africa’s most endangered species
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You’ll arrive in Dar-es-Salaam and be met at the airport, where you’ll be transferred to the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel. Located at the heart of the city centre, the Dar es Salaam hotel is just moments from sandy Indian Ocean beaches, a bustling fish market, boutiques and restaurants. Spend the rest of the day at your own pace either enjoying the luxury hotel facilities or exploring the delights of Tanzania’s capital city.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel
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Following some breakfast a morning transfer awaits to take you from your hotel to the airport for a scheduled flight to Ruaha National Park. Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing.

A transfer from Jongomero Camp will take you from the airport to Ruaha National Park with an added game view en route to your safari camp.

Upon arrival at Jongomero, you’ll find this camp is gloriously isolated on the banks of a seasonal river in the remote southern sector of the Ruaha National Park. Accommodation at Jongomero Camp comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, built on raised wooden platforms, under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private instant veranda which overlooks the riverbed. The quintessence of luxury in the wilds.

Take a moment to refresh and unload over a delicious lunch before heading out for an afternoon game drive.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jongomero

Spend a full day wildlife viewing with our expert safari guides inside this vast and remote park, keeping an eye out for lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe or impala. This evening, relax at your lodge, sitting back on the deck with a cool drink listening to the night sounds and gazing at the stars.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jongomero

Shared morning and afternoon game drives in the camp’s vehicle. Enjoy the resort facilities at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jongomero
Tarangire National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, enjoy one last morning safari drive in Ruaha before heading to the airport to catch a flight to Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a member of staff from Siwandu and transferred to the camp just in time for lunch.

Sheltered in a grove of palms on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, part of the watery byways of the Rufiji River system, Siwandu is perfectly situated to experience fully the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve. You will be staying in a luxury tent made of canvas, mosquito netting and topped with a thatched roof allowing you to gaze out at animals as they saunter past.

In the afternoon enjoy a game drive and enjoy the sunset before dinner and a night of luxury in the wilderness at this premier bush camp.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Siwandu
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Rise early and head out for a full day wildlife safari drive in this incredible reserve with an experienced guide. You have the choice of two shared activities including game drives, one boat excursion or one escorted bush walk. Venturing through the bush on foot, provides an opportunity to see birds, leopard, elephant, and buffalo as well as many other wild animals.

The rivers of Selous are the lifeblood of the park, attracting an abundance of wildlife including elephant, hippo, crocodile, and a plethora of bird life. The afternoon safari boat drifts down the Rufiji river and gives you a unique view of the wildlife on shore, crocodile and hippo that inhabit the river, as well as the park's abundant bird life.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Siwandu
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After breakfast, you will have the choice of two shared activities including game drives, one boat excursion or one escorted bush walk.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Siwandu

Following a final breakfast at the lodge you’ll be taken by a driver to the airport to catch a scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam’s JKN International Airport. You tour ends upon arrival.


  • Meet and greet services
  • Transfers as shown
  • Shared use of 4x4 safari vehicle as provided by the camps/lodges
  • Other shared activities as indicated
  • Services of English speaking driver-guides
  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • Internal flights with all airport fees and taxes included
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Flying Doctors

Not included

  • International Flights
  • Airport taxes except on tickets we issue
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Driver-guide gratuities
  • Dining room tips and porterage
  • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
  • Drinks and laundry unless specified
  • Telephone bills and any items of a personal nature