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5-Day Safari to Selous and Ruaha National Parks

Visit the two largest and most popular parks in Southern Tanzania on this special fly-in 5-day safari starting in Arusha (after a safari in the northern circuit) and ending in Dar es Salaam. Start at the Ruaha National Park in the hazy blue hills of the central/southern highlands. Here you will spy colorful migrating birds, impressive herds of elephants and hippo, plus lion prides hunting along the Great Ruaha and the Mzombe Rivers that border the park. Then fly to the expansive 21,000 square mile (55,000 square kilometers) Selous Game Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to rare wild dogs and thousands of migrating elephants. This trip offers unique open vehicle game drives, small boat safaris, and wonderful walking safaris in the heart of the African wilderness. You can also do this trip in reverse order, starting in Dar and ending in Arusha. Flights can be combined with flights to/from the Serengeti and to/from Zanzibar.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1800 - $1950
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 5 days
Best months: January - February, June - December
Countries visited Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited Not specified
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Cultural
DAY 1: Fly Arusha to Ruaha, afternoon game drive. DAY 2: Ruaha, morning and afternoon safari activities. DAY 3: Fly Ruaha to Selous, afternoon game drive. DAY 4: Selous, morning and afternoon safari activities. DAY 5: Fly Selous to Dar

Day 1 : Fly Arusha to Ruaha, afternoon game drive

Visiting: Arusha to Ruaha

Fly Arusha to Ruaha, arriving in time for an afternoon game drive.

Upon arrival, settle into your own private "Banda" or rock chalet at the Ruaha River Lodge. There will be time to experience your first game drive today. Game drives are done in unique open vehicles that allow for 360 viewing of the area's impressive wildlife.

During your stay, be sure to visit the elevated bar and watch spectacular sunset over the the river below. Fall asleep with the fresh night air gently blowing through the screened windows and perhaps even wake to an elephant outside your door the next morning.

  • Meals: D
  • Standard Lodging: Ruaha River Lodge   

Day 2: Ruaha, morning and afternoon game safari activities.

Visiting: Ruaha

Enjoy more of Ruaha with morning and afternoon safari activities.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Ruaha River Lodge

Day 3 : Fly Ruaha to Selous, afternoon game drive

Visiting: Ruaha to Selous

Today, fly Ruaha to Selous, arriving in time for an afternoon game drive.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Rufiji River Camp

Day 4 : Selous, morning and afternoon safari activities

Visiting: Selous

Experience more of Selous, enjoying morning and afternoon safari activities (boat safaris, guided walks, and game drives).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Rufiji River Camp

Day 5 : Fly Selous to Dar

Visiting: Selous to Dar

Depart Selous to Dar es Salaam by air. All air strip transfers are included in the fees. You can extend your trip to Zanzibar as well.

  • Meals: B

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Standard Lodging: Ruaha River Lodge
  • Standard Lodging: Rufiji River Camp.
Ruaha National Park Tanzania.
Ruaha National Park Tanzania. by Open Africa Safaris
Ruaha river Tanzania
Ruaha river Tanzania by Open Africa Safaris
Rufiji river camp Tanzania.
Rufiji river camp Tanzania. by Open Africa Safaris
Ruaha river camp, Tanzania
Ruaha river camp, Tanzania by Open Africa Safaris

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