Ruaha National Park, Tanzania




9 days

Tour Type

  • Quality3
  • Location3
  • Amenities4
  • Services4
  • Price4


Explore Southern under canvas in Ruaha national Park, Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park, experience variety of wildlife and unbelievable thick wild jungle in Selous, the area has quite and has difference touch. The experience of game viewing in Rufiji River by boat offers a great chance to see wildlife of both in water and bush.

DURATION: 9 Days /8 Nights

PLACES TO VISIT: Ruaha, Mikumi, Nyerere National Park


  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Accommodation (BB) before and after safari
  • Accommodation and meals (FB) in lodges as per itinerary
  • Game drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle with open roof ideal for game viewing
  • Services of  English professional safari guide
  • All park entry fees
  • 1.5L mineral water per person per day
  • Local Flights costs
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tipping and gratuities
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, Vaccination, etc.)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Activities at the park such as Boat safari, walking safari, village safari, bike ride (depends with season and availability of park rangers)
  • Beverages (Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic)

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Upon your arrival in Dar es Salaam, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring the city.

Overnight at Mediterraneo Hotel on B&B. http://www.mediterraneotanzania.com/

Pick up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam and drive with packed lunch to Ruaha, one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. The drive to Ruaha is a long stretch, about 8 to 9 hours, but is truly fascinating and gives you a real feel of the African country side. Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest National Park with one of the most unspoilt wilderness in Africa, so as you drive to your accommodation within the park you encounter a number of animals including elephants, lions and various antelopes.

Dinner and overnight at Tandala Tented Camp on Full Board. www.tandalacamp.com

Full days exploring Tanzania’s second largest park. Optional game walks along the Ruaha River are well worthwhile. Alternatively, make your way in your vehicle through the network of roads in search of game. Ruaha boasts some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Tanzania, and also offers excellent possibilities for encountering lion, leopard and cheetah. Furthermore, Sable and Roan antelope are found here as well as both species of kudu. Spend the whole day out with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Tandala Tented Camp on Full Board. www.tandalacamp.com

Special about Ruaha National Park is that it has one of the largest buffalo and elephant populations in East Africa, and an outstandingly big number of predators within its boundaries. It’s alleged that the second largest population of lions in the world is found in Ruaha. A large number of Cheetahs, the leopards and the endangered African Wild-dogs are also found within this park. So believe me not there is a lot to see within Ruaha a reason why we have dedicated all these days to Game viewing and photography.

After breakfast drive to Mikumi with packed lunch. Early afternoon arrival at Mikumi National Park. After lunch and freshening up, set off for a glimpse of Mikumi with a late afternoon safari drive in Mikumi National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Camp Atupele on Full Board. www.campatupele.com

Wake up early and delve into an early morning safari drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to lodge for breakfast and depart with packed lunch for the Selous Game Reserve (Nyerere National Park). The journey will take you approximately 7 hrs through the most amazing and truly wild and untouched areas of Tanzania. Arrive at Selous Game Reserve for relaxation after a long drive.

Dinner and overnight at Lemara Eco Camp on Full Board. www.lengukastravel.com/lemara-eco-camp-nyerere-tanzania/

Enjoy two full days safari drives within Selous Game Reserve and indulge yourself into a very adventurous activity – walking safari! You will join a professional guide and an armed ranger for a walking safari into the wilderness and experience the wilderness on foot. This is a very enlightening trip where you will learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the reserve and its inhabitants. Experience a boat safari on the mighty Rufiji River. You will glide through groups of hippos, crocodiles, villages and see amazing bird life along the way. Return to lodge/tented camp and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Nyerere Tented Camp on Full Board. http://chase-nature.com/nyerere-tented-camp/

A boat excursion on the mighty Rufiji River is highly recommended as it brings you into close contact with hippo, crocodile and fantastic birdlife. Animals make their way to the river to drink and boats may approach elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck and other game on the river banks to within a few meters. Crocodile glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippo appear in frightening proximity, grunting and blowing steam.

Game walks with armed rangers can last a few hours or take the whole day. For early risers, a full English breakfast on the banks of the Rufiji after encounters on foot with elephant, monkeys, giraffe and other game is an experience to remember.

The sheer size of the Nyerere National Park means that game drives are conducted in near privacy, without only the rare encounter with other tourists the entire day. Unlike the northern parks, Selous remains relatively unknown, yet has an incredible concentration of wildlife.

After breakfast drive back to Dar es salaam with packed lunch. Early afternoon arrival in Dar es salaam and transfer to the airport or drop off in town for shopping before your flight.

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