Tanzania is known as a special safari destination. With much of the traditional action centred around the well-known Northern Circuit much of the Southern regions go unnoticed. This is a great benefit for those visiting both Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve!
Being two of the largest protected areas in Africa, with a very low human density, much of your time is spent on your own as you experience these wonderful wilderness areas. Couple these amazing places with Rubondo Island, a beautifully forested region on Lake Victoria, and you have the makings of a special vacation.
Spending three days in Ruaha gives you the opportunity to explore the Mwagusi River area with it’s dry river bed and incredible baobab forests on offer. There is a wild feeling about this place that is not felt in many of Africa’s great parks. A trip to the Great Ruaha River reveals a beautifully scenic region and a hot air balloon ride over the river is highly recommended! Scenic camps, in specifically chosen areas, present a bush camp and luxury option for Ruaha.
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa! There is a certain energy that can be felt when stepping off the plane that is impalpable. There is a fair amount of water in the area and boat cruises are highly recommended. Wild dogs are frequently spotted in the vicinity of camp and the hosting will leave you with lifelong friends. Enquire about the “sleep out” option which is a good way to experience the wilderness away from even the others at camp.
Your final stop will be, via Arusha, at Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria. This is a highly sort out area and offers a very different experience to the previous options. It is a wonderful way to finish your itinerary as you have the time to laze about in perfect island settings. Activities involve walking with chimpanzees, boat cruises on Lake Victoria and fishing for the infamous Nile Perch. You can even witness the arrival of elephants in the forest as they swim over from the main land.
Off the beaten track, this itinerary is for those who have previously visited Africa, ticked off the animal checklist, and are looking for something out of the away from the crowds.
1st November 2018 – 30th November 2018
1st December 2018 – 19th December 2018
6th January 2019 – 15th March 2019