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 $8,388 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $728 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,722 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 $728 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 $4,731 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $993 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,699 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 $993 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

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

based on 484 reviews

(4.92/5)

  • Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.

    Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.

    They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.

    The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.

    On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.

    I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.

    The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.

    Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!

    MissingMartha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018

  • The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
    Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
    When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
    Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.

    MissingInga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018

  • The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.

    We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.

    My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.

    We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.

    We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
    We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.

    Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.

    MissingHelen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018

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