Tanzania – Nyerere National Park & Ruaha Camping Safari

11 - 14 Days



12 Years

£ 3195

A Once In A Lifetime Experience

A great ‘bush camping’ adventure exploring the stunning Selous and Ruaha game reserves. Your opportunity to view a myriad of African animals on your own personal safari. This trip is tailored to suit you.

We had a wonderful time! Loved every minute of it.

– R. Muirhead

Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, offers the lucky few visitors an experience in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. The park varies from rolling grassy plains to open woodlands and rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River – the lifeblood of the park, whose tributaries form a network of lakes, lagoons and channels that offer a superb method of game viewing especially during the dry season (from June to October). Selous hosts Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants as well as being one of the few areas you can see African wild dogs. You will also get the opportunity to explore Ruaha National Park which derives its name from the Great Ruaha River that flows through the Rift Valley on the eastern part of the Park creating spectacular gorges. Finally visiting Mikumi National park, the 4th largest in Tanzania and a great spot for big game viewing as well as bird watching. Exploring on foot, by boat and by 4WD and sleeping in tents you will get a true appreciation of the best Southern Tanzania has to offer.

Price £3,195 / $3,650

Based on 4 pax. Supplement applies if 2 pax.

Excluding international flights


Upcoming Group Departures

2023: TBC


Tailormade Departures

June - November


Day by Day

Arrive at airport and be met and then drive down south to Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve). Depending on the time of your arrival you will settle in and later depart for evening boat cruise along Rufiji River. Return for your dinner and overnight at Selous Mapumziko Campsite.

Adventurous camping days! Check out from the camp then drive into the middle of the reserve to set up your camp at the bank of Lake Tagalala.  Later in the afternoon drive through the reserve for sunset game drive. Our professional and experienced cook will prepare African dishes for dinner.

We leave early morning to the park gate where we can enjoy a walking safari in the wilderness accompanied with an armed ranger and a guide.  You will learn how to walk in order to get close to the animals, as well as identify  plants, animal prints and droppings.    We return to our camp for breakfast before driving to Morogoro town for dinner and overnight at Morogoro hotel.and we can enjoy a walking safari.

An early start from your hotel, transfer to Ruaha National Park with lunch enroute. At Ruaha you will stay at Msembe Bandas. These are basic, but clean rooms located on a bend in the Ruaha River. Giraffe and elephants frequently walk between the rooms and cheetahs have been seen on the river bed. Here you will have dinner and overnight.

The next three days will be spent exploring Ruaha National Park. There is plenty for you to see in this enormous, visually stunning park. Look for wild dogs and leopard near the kopje or watch large herds of elephants and buffalo coming down to drink.

One evening you will get to go on a night game drive around Ruaha National Park. Night game drives are a perfect opportunity to see nocturnal wildlife when they are more active.

After breakfast drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, lunch as you go.  Upon arrival you will make final preparations for your trek into the mountains, including a visit to the park HQ to complete the formalities. The hike up to Sanje Waterfalls is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. Near here we will camp at the Sanje Campsite.

After breakfast we set out for a hike up to the top of Sanje Waterfalls,is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. This is the park's most popular attraction, although it is unlikely that you will meet any other hikers. Once at Sanje there will be time to explore the forest and waterfalls, and even go for a swim in one of the plunge pools. There after return to the Camp and spend the rest of the day at leisure in the Camp.

After early breakfast, leave Udzungwa for Mikumi with packed lunch. Proceed with a game drive, dinner and overnight at Mikumi National Park Campsite.

Enjoy a morning game drive before you leave Mikumi Park and head to Dar Es Salaam. Here you will be transferred to the Mediterraneo Hotel for your overnight stay. Here you will stay on a bed and breakfast basis giving you the choice between the excellent restaurant and local pub for your evening meal.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. After breakfast at the hotel you will be transfer to airport where you will get your return flight, or onto other destinations.

Don’t want this adventure to end? Why not extend your trip with a few days on the beach or one of the lovely island resorts.


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 8 reviews
 by L Evans-Mills
An Excellent Trip

Private tailormade trip - Tanzania, Zanzibar and Uganda Gorilla trekking in Uganda was amazing. You guys hit it out of the park again.
The Chameleon Inn was so charming and the view of the lake from our private cottage was breathtaking. The gorilla trekking was was such a fun adventure! Seeing a silver back 10' from us was surreal.
Advice to other travellers - take a bush plane in Uganda (like we did) to avoid long African massage rides Overall an Excellent Holliday!
The accommodations were more than we expected. Zanzibar was like out of a dream and the perfect place to acclimate after long flights. Tanzania was such beautiful county! Tarangire Park was beautiful with such different terrain and so much wild life in close proximity. Central Serengeti was the only place it felt crowded, but even then our excellent guide knew where to go. We saw a pride of lions with six cubs! It was more than we imagined by far! Thank you for all your accommodations throughout the trip, you went above and beyond! We certainly got our monies worth!

 by Brown And Freestone Family

Our guide and driver on safari was absolutely fabulous and we saw everything we desired to see. Safari was brilliant and would recommend that.

 by Tom Clode

A well organised and enjoyable trip on which we were extremely lucky!!!
Highlights included; seeing Cheetahs, leopards and a python in Ruaha. Furthermore we saw a total of 87 lions, including cubs!

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