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Southern Tanzania

A transitional zone between the habitats of East and Southern Africa, this region offers a distinctly raw, untrammelled wilderness. Southern Tanzania houses the continent's largest protected area – the Selous Game Reserve – and its largest national park – Ruaha.

While the northern parks may offer dense wildlife populations, the variety of game and multi-dimensional activity mix (including walking and water pursuits) in the southern region provide a unique African experience often sought by the repeat safari-goer.

Southern Tanzania
Best Months June - November
Shoulder Season December - mid March
Epic Suggests 7 Days
  • Selous Game Reserve

    The Selous Game Reserve (pronounced "Seloo") is the largest protected area in Africa at around 55,000 square kilometres. Vast, remote, and wild, this is a dramatic and exciting contrast to other parks in Tanzania in almost every way.  The Selous is home to such a Noah's ark of wildlife that it's been declared a World Heritage Site.

    africa-st-selous-game-reserveThe habitats in the Reserve vary from rolling grassy woodlands and plains, to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River, the lifeblood of the park with tributaries that form a vast network of lakes, lagoons and channels. These water sources attract an array of predators such as lion and leopard, and contain plenty of crocodile and hippo. Black and white colobus monkeys live in the riverine forests and splendidly horned sable and kudu antelope graze in the shadowy shrub lands.
  • Ruaha National Park

    Ruaha National Park has a drama and atmosphere quite unlike any other Tanzanian park. Covering 22,000sq km, its hilly distances are punctuated with distended elephant-battered girths of massive baobabs and the combination of ochre-red earth, pale russet grasses and parched paths of wide sand rivers fulfil images of ancient African landscapes.

    africa-st-ruaha-national-parkThe joy of Ruaha is that there are hardly any people there at all, but plenty of wildlife lays claim to its hilly savannah and bush. Ruaha has one of the greatest populations of elephant of any African park, and the dry open hillsides encourage antelope and buffalo to gather in large herds. This terrain is particularly good for seeing predators, especially lion, leopard, and packs of African hunting dog.
  • Sample Itinerary

    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding guests on safari. The footage you see was taken on activities with the guests. This therefore is something similar to what you might see should you visit Tanzania.

    Tanzania houses some of Africa's most iconic safari areas; the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. A safari to Tanzania is akin to an "Out of Africa" experience; incredible vista's, rich culture and masses of game. With Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya on its doorstep it makes for easy add-ons and include other iconic experiences such as the gorilla's of Rwanda and Uganda or the Maasai Mara.

  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Dar es Salaam / Ruaha National Park

    This morning you depart from Dar es Salaam (or elsewhere depending if you are already on safari) for the two hour light aircraft flight to Ruaha. On arrival at Msembe airstrip you will be met by your guide and transferred to your camp, a 45 minute game-drive away.

    Located in the park's main game hub, your 12-bedded semi-permanent luxury tented camp is set in a grove of sausage trees high on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River - safari authenticity at its best.

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    Days 2-3: Ruaha National Park

    What makes Ruaha special is its rawness. In the drier months one doesn't need to venture from camp at all to be amongst the game. You have two full days to soak up the varied landscape and game within the park.

    The camp's activity offering revolves around drives and walks. The mix is very flexible and will be designed to fit with you. Ruaha is renowned for its elephant and lion, amongst other species, and is often touted as housing one of the four remaining viable lion populations in Africa (along with northern Botswana, the Serengeti/Mara eco-system and the Kruger).
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    Day 4: Ruaha National Park / Selous National Park

    This morning you game-drive to Msembe Airstrip to marry-up with your scheduled flight to the Selous. A flight of roughly an hour, the flight path traces the Great Ruaha River to its confluence with the Rufiji.

    On arrival at Kiba Airstrip you are met by your guide and transferred to your camp, a 15 minute game-drive.

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    Days 5-6: Selous National Park

    Your camp is spectacularly situated on an elevated ridgeline looking west over a vast reach of the Rufiji River. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully sited camps in Africa, consisting of eight open styled bandas, each beautifully appointed.

    The Selous is one of Epic's favourite parts of Africa; seductively wild, the sheer size of its wilderness is mind-blowing. The diversity of experiences on offer and the contrast of habitats to Ruaha is profound. In addition to walks and drives, your camp provides an opportunity for a wonderful water experience on the river and "wild camping" that is not to be missed.

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    Day 7: Selous National Park / Dar es Salaam

    Today you are transferred to the airstrip to connect with your flight to Dar es Salaam and continue your journey.
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 650 per person per day.

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    Extension: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    As one of the icons of Africa, the Serengeti offers a safari experience that is truly “Out of Africa”.  It contrasts wonderfully with the country's southern parks.

    Logistically it is relatively easy to combine with a safari in the south, using the safari gateway town of Arusha as a hub.
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    Extension: Rwanda

    Gorillas are a must-see in any wildlife enthusiast's lifetime. With Rwanda on Tanzania’s doorstep it definitely warrants consideration if time allows; logistically it is relatively easy to access.

    Rwanda is an incredible destination and is an Epic favourite.
  • 1/9 | Video Highlights
  • 2/9 | Day 1: Dar es Salaam / Ruaha National Park
  • 3/9 | Days 2-3: Ruaha National Park
  • 4/9 | Day 4: Ruaha National Park / Selous National Park
  • 5/9 | Days 5-6: Selous National Park
  • 6/9 | Day 7: Selous National Park / Dar es Salaam
  • 7/9 | Indicative Cost
  • 8/9 | Extension: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • 9/9 | Extension: Rwanda
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