Southern Tanzania - Selous & Ruahu

Southern Tanzania

The vast and remote Selous Game Reserve lies in the heart of Southern Tanzania and boasts stunning riverine scenery, lush woodlands and endless rolling grasslands. Buffalo, lion, wild dogs, hippo and crocodiles abound, along with the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. This beautiful, untouched reserve is a world heritage site renowned for permitting considerable freedom of activity. One of the first areas in Africa to offer extensive walking safaris, fly-camping is also possible, as are some of the best boating safaris around. Although tourism has increased in recent years, congestion remains low in comparison to Tanzania’s northern parks.

Trips to the Selous combine well with visits to the neighbouring Ruaha National Park. Undulating plateaus, rocky outcrops, statuesque baobab trees and gentle ‘Big 5’ game viewing characterise this far-flung wilderness. While Ruaha’s wildlife density is on the whole lighter than other areas, (or While Ruaha’s wildlife is on the whole more widely dispersed than other areas) patient exploration will be rewarded with thrilling sightings.

Well off the beaten track, these untrammelled parks are often cited as destinations best suited to experienced safari travellers. Accessible only by air, visits to the Selous and Ruaha reserves are not for those on a shoe string budget. However, the small number of high quality camps combined with abundant wildlife, stunning topography, and a low human footprint, make for a wow factor that’s hard to surpass.


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Itineraries

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Explore Selous and Ruaha National Parks in Southern Tanzania and relax on the Tanzania coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $8,240 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $703 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,604 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $703 per person economy class from London

Superb safari and beach holiday combining the vast Selous Game Reserve with idyllic Zanzibar Island.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $4,654 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $960 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,638 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $960 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Azura Selous

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Beautiful riverside location
- Stunning pool, spa, private plunge pools
- Game drives and guided walks
- Fishing and boating excursions

Jongomero Camp

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

-Remote, unspoiled location
-Luxurious Accommodation
-Overnight fly camping

Serena Mivumo River Lodge

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beautiful riverside setting
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Boat trips
- Fishing and birdwatching

Selous Impala Camp

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Prime Rufiji River location
- Intimate camp with swimming pool
- Excellent wildlife in vast reserve

Ruaha River Lodge

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating

- Remote National Park
- Chalets have river views
- Lodge has elevated position over the plains

Rufiji River Camp

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Great location on the banks of the Rufiji River
- Traditional 14 Tent Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Down to earth and good value

Sand Rivers

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning open-fronted rooms
- World heritage site
- Fantastic motorboat safaris

Kiba Point

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Private lodge
- Ideal for groups and families
- Fantastic Selous game reserve

Kigelia Ruaha

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Pristine wilderness
- Intimate camp
- Family friendly safaris

Siwandu

Southern Tanzania

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional safari camp
- Vast, unspoilt Reserve
- Fantastic staff
- Old favourite

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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