Nassera 8

Dar, Ruaha, Selous 2015

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

Day 1. Arrive Dar
Arrive Dar Es Salaam airport ex? At? Meet and transfer to Southern Sun Hotel by our private transfer guide
Overnight at Southern Sun Hotel


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Day 2. Dar to Ruaha National Park
After breakfast, transfer to Dar Es Salaam airport with HVS private car/guide to connect a schedule flight to Ruaha. Upon arrival, meet and shared transfer to the lodge by Rufiji car/guide. Hot lunch  and afternoon game drive, overnight Rufiji River Camp Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in East Africa, covering an area of about 20,200 square kilometres in what's called "the southern circuit”. It's in the middle of Tanzania and part of an extensive ecosystem which includes the Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve and other protected areas.

The great Ruaha River runs through the park, flowing along its south-eastern margin; it's here where the game viewing is at its best with the river being the main source of water at certain times of the year. The landscape is vast and wild with hills dotted with baobabs, rocky escarpments and open savannah; it also has less camps and lodges than most other parks, despite its size.

Ruaha is famous for its large population of elephant, with about 10,000 roaming in the park, and this is believed to be the highest concentration of elephant in East Africa . You can also see both the Greater and Lesser Kudu here, Sable and Roan antelope, as well as other plains game like giraffe, zebras and eland. Other animals in the park include lion, leopard, cheetah, bat-eared foxes and jackals and you might see the endangered wild dog. Crocodiles inhabit the Ruaha and Mzombe rivers, as well as a number of other reptiles.

It is a paradise for birders, with more than 571 species, some of them known to be migrants from within as well as outside of Africa. Migrating species from Europe, Asia, the Australian rim and Madagascar have been recorded in the park.


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Day 3. Ruaha National Park
An entire day of game viewing drives in this beautiful park. All meals and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or similar.


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Day 4. Ruaha to Selous Game reserves
After breakfast, transfer to Ruaha Msembe airstrip by Ruaha River Lodge car/guide.
Meet and transfer to the camp by Rufiji River Camp car/guide. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp or similar.


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Day 5 Selous Game Reserves

Morning & afternoon gamedrives with hot lunch at the camp, dinner and overnight Rufiji River Camp. By air, the Northern Selous is defined by the Rufii River. A mile wide in places, its courses are deeply carved in the soft sandy soil and visible for miles as you approach by light aircraft. Any tracks here are beaten not by the small number of visitors that come to stay, but by the feet of generations of hippos and elephant whose influence has shaped the landscape, at least as much as the river.

And the scenery changes quickly, in a matter of a few miles miombo woodland - home to hartebeest, zebra and herds of buffalo - gives way to wide grassy valleys, strangely reminiscent of English park land; thick stands of doum palms reveal glittering lakes burgeoning with life of all kinds.

And sand rivers, literally rivers of dry sand bleached white and littered with the sculptural forms of dead leadwood trees, are one of the most alluring aspects of this area. They are also a magnet to game, drawn to the fresh water that flows beneath the surface. This area is home to all the major mammal species - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and even the very illusive black rhino.


Day 6. Selous to Dar es Salaam
After breakfast, enjoy your last game drive en route to Selous Mtemere airstrip. Connect your schedule flight from Selous Mtemere to Dar es Salaam. Met by our transfer car/guide and drop off at the hotel of your choice in Dar es Salaam. 


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