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

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $8,237 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $721 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,600 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 $721 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 $4,647 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $983 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,634 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 $983 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 492 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

  • All the accommodation was great especially having the family rooms, I think our favourite place was the maramboi tented camp - everything about it was spot on, the location and service was excellent!
    The only negative feedback I could give was the amount of time spent in the jeep, I hadn’t quite realised how much travel there was! But it’s a minor point, Haji our guide was excellent and constantly pointed out things of interest along the way.

    MissingSam Surtees reviewing Tanzania Extended Northern Circuit on 24 September 2018

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