If you think Tanzania you most likely think of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, but Tanzania has much more to offer. The southern parks and reserves are often forgotten but they offer incredible game viewing and a range of safari activities such as boating/walking safaris and fly camping.
This Explore the South itinerary is perfect for adventurers.
We have selected the best accommodations for you and of course we can adjust these to your preferences and budget.
Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s former capital, her largest city and main port. The distinctly African, colourful markets are well worth a visit and both German and British influences can still be seen in the architecture around the city. Conveniently positioned amidst some of the most important sea routes in the world, the city is the transport and economic hub of the country as well as a centre for arts and culture. It serves as an excellent jumping off point to explore the surrounding area including Pemba, Mbudya, Unguja islands, a variety of national parks and countless pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to visiting a number of other activities including: learning about Tanzanian culture at the National Museum and House of Culture, visiting the eclectic Oyster Bay, and taking a stroll through the city's lush Botanical Gardens.
Upon arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport you will be met by a representative of Takims (our partner and groundhandler in Dar es Salaam) who will bring you to Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel for overnight stay.
An oasis of luxury at the very heart of Dar es Salaam, the elegant and cosmopolitan Dar es Salaam Serena enjoys an exceptionally high-profile clientele and regularly plays host to both regional and international events. Encircled by tropical gardens and just minutes from the broad sweep of Indian Ocean beaches that characterize this vibrant city, the 230-room Dar es Salaam Serena offers a unique mix of pan-African style and world-class professionalism. Stylish yet relaxed, the hotel is one of the capital city’s most popular rendezvous and makes the ideal venue for both corporate and social events.
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Selous Game Reserve
The remote and little-visited Selous Game Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area and is the largest of its kind in Africa. At an unbelievable 55,000 sq km it is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North. The landscape here has remained almost as it was before tourism began and the massive park has only a few accommodation options.
The Great Rufiji River and its tributaries are the lifeblood of the reserve, creating a network of forests and woodlands around the lagoons, sandbanks and lakes with tall palm trees adding to the scenic splendour. Because of its size and remoteness, the reserve has over 2,100 species of plants, 350 species of birds, 60,000 elephant, 108,000 buffalos and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt wilderness. Boating, walking safaris and fly camping are all available in the Selous.
After an early breakfast you will be picked up by a representative of Takims who will bring you to Dar es Salaam Domestic Terminal Airport to connect with your domestic scheduled flight to Mbuyu Airstrip in Selous Game Reserve. Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed by your Asilia driver/guide who will bring you to Roho ya Selous where you will spend 3 nights. Together with the Asilia resident guide you will make a plan how often end when you would like to go on game drives. Game drives are done in open sided 4x4 safari vehicles and you will share the vehicle with other guests who are in camp. It is possible to book your private vehicle at extra costs.
Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits in the very heart of the Selous Game Reserve. Explore this vast wilderness, home to one of Africa’s largest populations of wild dog, with our expert safari guides, by boat, walking safari and game drive. The real magic of the Selous lies in the variety each day on safari brings. Whether you’re exploring on a game drive in search of leopard lurking in the shady boughs of a fig tree, or out on foot tracking wildlife that’s ventured close to camp during the night, this reserve is full of surprises. With just eight canvas tented rooms, each with air-cooling systems over your bed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep in the hotter months, Roho ya Selous strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.
Drinks (Local Brands) Included
Ruaha National Park
Following its recent expansion, Ruaha is currently East Africa’s biggest national park and the second-largest on the African continent. It is also Tanzania’s most sizeable elephant haven and home to a profusion of bird species, including kingfishers, plovers, egrets, hornbills and sunbirds. Crocodiles and hippos thrive in the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the sanctuary’s eastern border and in the dry season between July and November, animals flock to the last remaining water sources, presenting an exceptional wildlife spectacle. There are a number of accommodation options available but some close for the wet season in March and April.
After a relaxed breakfast it's time to say goodbye to the friendly staff of Roho ya Selous. You will be transferrred to Mbuyu Airstrip to catch your domestic scheduled flight to Msembe Airstrip in Ruaha National Park. Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed by your Asilia driver/guide who will bring you to Kwihala Camp where you will spend 3 nights. Together with the Asilia resident guide you will make a plan how often end when you would like to go on game drives. Game drives are done in open sided 4x4 safari vehicles and you will share the vehicle with other guests who are in camp. It is possible to book your private vehicle at extra costs.
Set in Tanzania’s iconic Ruaha National Park, this small frontier-style camp provides exceptional access to the park’s huge populations of big cats, buffalo and elephants. Relatively unexplored, Ruaha is one of the largest national parks in Africa, ensuring a true wilderness experience. Kwihala is an intimate six-bedroom camp where simple excellence is the order of the day. The adventurous will relish the remarkable concentration of wildlife roaming this diverse landscape, which ranges from baobab trees and granite kopjes to open plains with cooling rivers and woodland valleys. With the option of bush walks and night drives with our highly knowledgeable guides, safari doesn’t get better than this.
Drinks (Local Brands) Included
Your safari has come to an end. After breakfast you will be transferred to Msembe Airstrip to connect with your domestic scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam Domestic Airport. Upon arrival you will be met again by a representative of Takims who will bring you to White Sands Hotel where you can relax and unwind and reflect your adventures of the last days while overlooking the Indean Ocean.
The picturesque White Sands Hotel, Resort & Conference Centre consists of 118 standard superior rooms and 28 luxury studios; one & two bedroom self contained apartments, all situated on one kilometre of private beach on the sparkling shores of the Indian Ocean. The resort’s sixteen world class conference rooms are some of the best in East Africa, with resources and technology equaling those of European Conference Centres. The multimedia auditorium has a large screen and the finest sound equipment. It seats 60 delegates and is the perfect venue for corporate presentations. The unspoilt beaches of the Swahili coast offer an entirely new experience for the discerning holiday maker. Whether interested in snorkelling or diving, there is an abundance of ocean life to be discovered on the finest coral reefs in East Africa, and looking out across the ocean, you view three islands.
All good things come to an end. Today you can still enjoy a day room at White Sands. At the end of the afternoon you will be transferred to Julius Nyerere International Airport to connect with your international flight back home.