This amazing 8-day safari in Southern Tanzania will take you to the largest Game reserve in the whole of Tanzania – the Nyerere National Park (former Selous Game Reserve) as well as to Ruaha National Park; the largest national park in Tanzania and East Africa at large.

The safari tour begins in the busy commercial city of Dar- es – Salaam, and ends back at the capital. It is an 8-day fly-in / fly-out southern Tanzania safari package, so we will be including a flight from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve, another one from Selous to Ruaha National Park, and one last flight from Ruaha back to Dar es Salaam. On your return, we can book you a flight to Zanzibar instead, in case you wish to combine this tour with a beach vacation in the Spice Islands of Zanzibar.

Due to the large surface area of the parks, the airstrips that you will fly into in the parks will depend on the lodge or tented camp that you are staying in at Selous or Ruaha.

Both parks; Selous (now Nyerere National Park) and Ruaha are some of the wildest parks that you can find in Africa due to their size, and the fact that they are visited by very few tourists. Selous is closer to Dar es Salaam and the park now has more visitors than before but still, the numbers cannot be compared with the number of tourists that visit Northern Tanzania every year. Ruaha National Park on the other hand is still untouched with some of the lowest numbers of visitors per year, despite the park being the largest park in Tanzania.

Apart from traditional safari game drives in 4×4 safari jeeps, you will get a chance to do walking safaris in both Nyerere National Park (Selous) and Ruaha. Boat safaris and night safaris are also activities that can be done here in these two parks, which makes Southern Tanzania the best destination for those looking for an active safari package.

8-day Southern Tanzania safari at a glance

The 8-day safari trip in Southern Tanzania will be scheduled as per the below brief itinerary that we can expand when we send the detailed itinerary by email. You can go through the detailed itinerary by clicking on the next tab.

Day 1: Take a morning flight from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve.

Days 2&3: Spend the two days exploring Selous Game Reserve, with game drives, walking safaris, and boat safaris in the Rufiji River.

Day 4: Take a morning flight from Selous (Nyerere National Park) to Ruaha National Park. Afternoon safari game drives.

Days 5 – 7: Explore Ruaha National Park for 3 more days. Safari game drives, and walking safaris.

Day 8: Transfer to the airstrip for a flight back to Dar es Salaam.

End of our 8 days Southern Tanzania Safari.

Accommodation during your 8-day Southern Tanzania safari.

This is a standard luxury lodging safari so you will be accommodated in some nice standard luxury camps that are located within the national parks or at the park boundaries in areas that are buffer zones for the wildlife and therefore frequented by animals.

The same safari tour can done while staying in more luxurious places in case you want an upgrade to more high-end accommodations. Our Southern Tanzania Safari experts can give you free advice and customization of your tour. Just let us know if you wish for an upgrade.

If this standard luxury tour cost is higher than what you would wish to spend we can also customize the same tour using cheaper midrange lodging, to lower the safari price.

Additional information

Duration8 Days
DestinationSouthern Tanzania
LocationSelous Game Reserve (Nyerere National Parks), Ruaha National Park
DepartureDaily (Private tours only)
Day 1

Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve

This day you will make your way to Dar es Salaam International Airport (transfers can be arranged), where you will catch a flight from Dar es Salaam and head south to the Selous Game Reserve. On arrival at the Mtemere Airstrip ( or other depending on where you are staying), you will be received and welcomed by one of our guides who will transfer you in a nice 4×4 safari jeep to your accommodation for a hot lunch and some rest at your lodge or camp.

In the afternoon you will have a boat ride on River Rufuji as a way of relaxing and having an introduction to this great wildlife habitat. You will encounter some hippos, crocodiles, and various birds during this ride.

You will later return to your accommodation, relax by the campfire, have dinner, and spend the night there. Overnight will be at the Selous Mivumo River Lodge. All meals included.


Explore Selous Game Reserve

During the next two days, (Day 2 and Day 3) you will explore the vast Selous Game Reserve in a four-wheel drive safari vehicle (either with a pop-up roof or open on the sides).

Selous also known as the Nyerere National Park covers an area of 30893 square kilometers, which is almost twice the size of the renowned Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. This is what has been gazetted as the Nyerere National Park and is now under the management of Tanzania National Park (TANAPA), which is now separated from the few hunting blocks that remain around Selous.

In 1982, the Selous was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its vast size and almost pristine wilderness. It’s believed that the Selous is among the largest untouched wilderness on the African continent, and it’s comprised of large plains, forests, rivers, and lakes all of which serve as wildlife habitats.

During the game drives, you will explore all these habitats as you search for Africa’s Big Five animals and the other different wild animals that live here among which are: lions, zebras, elands, impalas, buffalos, bushbucks, elephants, oryxs, crocodiles, waterbucks, hippos, sable antelopes, klipspringers, pukus, duikers, giraffes, greater kudus, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, as well as the occasional leopards and spotted hyenas, not forgetting the largest thriving population of the endangered wild dogs. Rhinos, on the other hand, can only be seen within the southern part of the game reserve. Your driver/guide will be able to stop whenever you want to take photographs so don’t leave your camera behind.

Those of you enthusiastic about bird watching, well the Selous will not disappoint you at all. There are very many bird species found here some living within the forest, the river banks as well as in the swampy areas.

In the evenings at the end of your day’s adventure across the Selous, you will head back to the lodge and have a revitalizing dip in the swimming pool and sundowners near River Rufiji. Overnight at Selous Mivumo River Lodge. All meals included.

Day 4

Transfer to Ruaha National Park, Afternoon Game Drive

Today will be the final morning within the Selous on your 8-day safari in Southern Tanzania. After your breakfast, you will be taken to the nearest airstrip where you will catch a direct flight to Ruaha National Park.

On landing in Ruaha, you will be met by the camp/lodge guide who will drive you to your accommodation. He will brief you on how you are going to spend your days in Ruaha and give you the highlight of your forthcoming adventure in the Ruaha National Park. You will check into your accommodation and have lunch and some rest before heading out for an afternoon safari game drive until later in the evening when you will check back in for dinner and overnight.

The Ruaha National Park is a less popular and hidden safari destination within Southern Tanzania with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. You will get a more secluded safari experience compared to that in the more tourist-crowded parks in northern Tanzania. Some of the animals you will see include herds of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, various antelopes, and maybe some lions.

Overnight at Ruaha River Lodge. All meals included.


Explore Ruaha National Park

Over the next three days, you will spend time exploring this well-kept natural wildlife habitat as you search for different wild animals and birds and learn more about the flora. There are full-day game drives with a picnic lunch in between or half-day game drives with a few hour’s break to return to your accommodation to freshen up and have a nice hot lunch before setting out for the afternoon game drives if you wish.

There are also a number of optional activities such as night game drives and the exciting and very rewarding hot air balloon safaris which will cost you an extra bucks (not included in this safari cost).

Special about Ruaha National Park is that it has one of the largest buffalo and elephant populations in East Africa and an outstandingly big number of predators within its boundaries. It’s alleged that the second largest population of lions in the world is found in Ruaha. A large number of Cheetahs, leopards, and the endangered African Wild dogs are also found within this park. So believe me not there is a lot to see within Ruaha a reason why we have dedicated all these days to game viewing and photography.

Birders, well get ready to be impressed as Ruaha has a record of more than 570 different bird species so you can never fail to identify quite a number of them during your adventure drives. Because the park is seated within the transitional zone where the southern and eastern ecosystems overlap, it supports a remarkably diverse blend of habitats that support very big numbers of bird, animal, and plant species.

Because the park is less visited, chances are that you complete your stay here without encountering any other tourists a thing that will give you a totally private safari experience. Overnight at Ruaha River Lodge. All meals included.

Day 8

Game drive, Return to Dar es Salaam

This is the final day of our 8-day safari. You will wake up very early in the morning have a nice breakfast, and then head out for one last game drive in Ruaha National Park on your way as you are transferred to the airstrip where you will catch a flight heading directly to Dar es Salaam. This will end our 8-day Safari to Selous and Ruaha National Park. Breakfast and lunch are included.

End of the 8-day Southern Tanzania flying safari.

8 Days Southern Tanzania safari – Prices

below prices are for the 8 days Southern Tanzania safari including

2 Persons travelling together (1 Double / Twin Room USD 5153 Per Person Sharing
4 Persons travelling together (2 Double / Twin Room USD 4972 Per Person Sharing
6 Persons travelling together (6 Double / Twin Room USD 4884 Per Person Sharing

Tour Price Includes:

8 Days private safari from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi for 2 – 6 Persons

7 Nights’ FB Overnight at a lodge or camp as per itinerary

An extra lunch meal on Day 1 (Lunch at a restaurant enroute to Mikumi)

Full time English speaking Professional Driver/Guide

Park entrance Fees Mikumi & Ruaha National Parks

Game drives in the parks in private 4×4 safari vehicle (Unlimited Mileage)

Bottled Mineral Water within the Safari Vehicle

Government Taxes, VAT plus TDL

Not Included in the Tour Price

Visa fees for Tanzania and travel insurance

Transfers at Dar es Salaam if needed

Accommodation on arrival at Dar es Salaam if needed (can be arranged by us)

Any Items and expenses of personal nature

Tips for the safari guide and lodge staff (tip separately)

Extra cold and hot beverages

Domestic return flight from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam if needed.

Laundry services at the lodges / camps

African wild dogs hunting Selous

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