Ruaha National Park | Nyerere National Park


8 Days | 7 Nights


Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Overview

Tanzania’s Southern regions have always been a well-kept secret amongst those looking for a more exclusive or ‘off the beaten path’ safari experience.

The national parks in the south of the country not only have far fewer visitors than their counterparts in the north, but they also are home to some of the largest populations of wildlife in Tanzania and arguably, some of the most stunning and dramatic scenery found anywhere in Africa. Nyerere and Ruaha National parks offer a combination of stunning scenery, rugged landscapes, and animal variety that is unmatched.

This 8-day Pure South journey connects two of Southern Tanzania’s key areas into one seamless trip, these being Ruaha National Park and Nyerere National Park (formerly known as the Selous). For the intrepid adventurer seeking a diversity of safari activities and habitats to explore, this combination of destinations offers a range of safari options from walking and boating excursions in Nyerere to unrivalled photographic opportunities in Ruaha.


Day 1: Arrival in Dar Es Salaam – Transfer to Hotel

You will be picked up from Julius Nyerere International Airport and transferred to your accommodation in Dar Es Salaam.

Accommodation: Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

Day 2: Fly from Dar Es Salaam to Ruaha National Park

This is a beautiful flight, departing from Dar es Salaam early in the morning and passing over the vast wilderness that is Nyerere, over the Udzungwa Mountain range and down into Msembe airstrip in Ruaha National Park. The plane may take off and land at a few airstrips to collect and drop passengers along the way. Upon arrival in Ruaha, you will be met at the airstrip by our guide and driven to your accommodation for hot lunch followed by afternoon game drives. The epic and ancient baobabs contrast with the almighty Ruaha river and waterways create spectacular photographic opportunities. Later, return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Jabali Ridge

Day 3: Full Day in Ruaha National Park

Enjoy game viewing in Ruaha National Park on a full day of safari starting with a sunrise game drive. Have breakfast in the bush then drive back for lunch at the camp. Game viewing will concentrate on the great Ruaha Riverbank, Mwagusi Sand River and Mdonya River, ending with a sunset wilderness game drive.

Accommodation: Jabali Ridge

Day 4: Full Day in Ruaha National Park

At sunrise, accompanied by two armed park rangers, enjoy a wonderful walking safari lasting about 2 to 3 hours along the Great Ruaha River. There is a high possibility of viewing hippos, crocodiles, lions, and lots of other animals that come to drink water in the river. Later, return to the camp for breakfast. Enjoy the afternoon time leisure followed with game drives until 6:00 PM. After dinner, Explore Ruaha National Park after dark from the iconic Jabali Ridge on a night game drive certain to captivate the senses under the cover of a starry night.

Accommodation: Jabali Ridge

Day 5: Fly from Ruaha National Park to Nyerere National Park

After breakfast in camp, say goodbye to Jabali Ridge and head back to Msembe Airstrip to take a flight to Nyerere. On landing at Kiba Airstrip, another warm welcome and short drive to Roho Ya Selous Tented Camp for lunch while enjoying the spectacular river view. Nyerere National Park covers approximately 45,000 Sq. Kilometres. Landscapes range from grassy plains and riverine woodland, to lakes and waterways lined with sand banks. The park is Africa’s largest stronghold of wild dogs as well as home to good numbers of lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, elephant and more than 400 species of bird.

Accommodation: Roho ya Selous Tented Camp

Day 6: Full Day in Nyerere National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to the vast Nyerere National Park to explore the diverse wildlife and undisturbed nature for a full day. The Big Five – elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, and giraffes are quite common here. You will have your picnic lunch break from a safe vantage point for an enhanced chance to spot the images of your dreams ranging from beautiful scenery to fascinating views of wildlife in a natural habitat. Enjoy an exclusive and wild safari experience in a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is larger than Switzerland but home to millions of untamed wildlife.

Accommodation: Roho ya Selous Tented Camp

Day 7: Full Day in Nyerere National Park

Enjoy a picnic breakfast in the bush after a morning walking safari followed by another day of game drives. Being your last day in Nyerere National Park, make the most of the opportunity to enjoy a boat safari in Nyerere. Enjoy sunset drinks as you float past crocodiles on the sandbanks and pods of hippos in the shallows.

Accommodation: Roho ya Selous Tented Camp

Day 8: Fly from Nyerere National Park back to Dar Es Salaam/Departure

After saying goodbye to new friends in camp, your guide will drive you back to Kiba airstrip this morning in time for your 45 minute flight back to Dar es Salaam. The safari ends here, but an extension to Zanzibar Beach can be arranged if needed.


Safari Includes

  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Transport in a 4WD with an open roof
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Full board accommodation on sharing basis
  • 1 liter of water per person per day
  • Excursion as per the itinerary
  • Full day game drive 8hrs game drive.

Safari Excludes

  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of personal nature
  • Telephone bills
  • International Flights ( From / To Home )
  • Medical insurance
  • Tips


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