Southern Tanzania Adventure & Coast

For relaxed and personal hospitality and attention to things that really matter. This is a great combination of small lodges for a safari honeymoon or bush and beach getaway. It represents great value, consider the remoteness of the destination, with intimate camps offering an authentic atmosphere. All are in gorgeous and carefully chosen locations.

Summary of the safari:

The safari starts and ends in Dar es Salaam. You first fly – with a small scheduled light aircraft to the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania. Your safari camp in Selous is consciously “old school” with none of the frills and ostentation of some of the more recent and more luxurious new lodges.  It still has all the excitement of being in an amazing game viewing area where animals are happy to roam through the camp.

Next you fly westwards to Ruaha National Park. Ruaha is known for both its elephants as well as its population of wild dog. Not unsurprisingly Ruaha River Lodge is beautifully located on the Ruaha River. Where it has 24 en-suite stone chalets with private decks overlooking the river.

Then you fly yet further inland to the remote Western sector to Katavi National Park.  It provides the few intrepid travellers who make it there with a thrilling taste of the ‘old’ Africa. Indeed this is a park for the African connoisseur! Katavi is a true wilderness, and offers excellent game-viewing, especially in the dry months from June to November. Then it’s not unusual for huge pods of hippo and thousand-strong herds of elephant or buffalo to converge on the area. Katavi Wildlife Camp is set amongst the trees fringing the Katisunga plains, and has 6 large Meru-style tents overlooking the plains.

Finally you return to Dar. Then you head north by vehicle and then boat to stay 3 nights at Lazy Lagoon Lodge on its own private island in the Indian Ocean.

Southern & Western Adventure at a Glance:

  • Flight from Dar es Salaam for 3 nights Rufiji River Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Full Board & Activities (FBG)
  • 3 nights Ruaha River Lodge, Ruaha National Park, FBG
  • 3 nights Katavi Wildlife Camp, Katavi National Park, FBG
  • End with 3 nights Lazy Lagoon Lodge, off Tanzania coast, Dinner, bed & breakfast (DBB)


Note: We have presented this safari is suitable for solo travellers for two reasons. Firstly the nature of these small intimate camps makes it easy for single visitors to mix with other guests. Secondly the single supplement is less than 25% more.

The camps are closed during of the long rains of April and May

See Day by Day
Day 1, 2 and 3
3 nights Rufiji River Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Full Board & Activities

Depart from Dar es Salaam for a scenic light aircraft scheduled flight into the Selous Game Reserve to begin the Selous Adventure and Zanzibar.

On arrival at the Siwandu Airstrip, you are met by a safari vehicle and you meander for about an hour through the bush to camp. You are already on a game drive before you have ‘checked in’!

Over the following three days you will be able to take game drives, walking and boat safaris. The game drives in a 4×4 vehicle will visit areas of swamp, tangala woodland and the open plains.

The chance to get out on foot on a bush walk is a particular strong point of the Selous Game Reserve. Walks normally take place in the cool of the early morning and you are always accompanied by a walking guide and an armed ranger. The walks are not strenuous as the idea is to have time to take in smaller aspects of the natural world which you would miss when in a vehicle. Because of this you are walking at a gentle pace and looking for animal tracks and middens, as well as plants and insects.

Rufiji River Camp is located in the north-eastern section of the Selous Game Reserve on a high bank, overlooking the mighty Rufiji River and plain beyond. The Camp combines Makuti Palm Roofs with Selous stone and farmed hardwoods to create a really attractive lodge.

Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp
Located in: Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania & Zanzibar

Days 4 to 6
3 nights Ruaja River Lodge, Ruaha National Park, Full Board & Activities

To explore Ruaha is to return to a place more wild than you have ever known. Situated far from other camps in Ruaha, you will see little if any human activity and be able to absorb the wild in exclusivity. Game drives can be taken in vehicles or on foot under the guidance of our specialist walking guides who will bring you closer the wild than you’ve ever been before, an often thrilling experience in an area renowned for its concentration of predators and big game. It has a surprisingly varied landscape that ranges from baobab forests, granite kopjes and open plains to cooling rivers and woodland valleys. Largely unexplored, Ruaha is as remote as you can get in East Africa.

Ruaha River Lodge set a stunning setting on the banks of the Great Ruaha River, which is seasonal. It has two separate dining and communal areas, one up on top of a rocky kopje, with stunning views and freshening breezes, and the other down by the river.

The 24 simple, en suite stone chalets all have double and single beds with space for a fourth. Each has a private wooden deck looking over the river, flush loo and decent shower.

Days 7 to 9
3 nights Katavi Wildlife Camp, Katavi National Park, Full Board & Activities

Shortly after breakfast, you will be transferred back to the local Ruaha airstrip where you board your light aircraft charter flight to Katavi. On arrival, you will be transferred to Katavi Wildlife Camp to stay three nights.

Katavi Wildlife Camp is located where the Katuma river drains the Katisunga plain and flows on towards Chada. Because of this you can watch the daily movements of game between grazing on the plains and the last remaining pools of water in the Katuma during the dry and witness the dramas that may unfold before you. Katavi Wildlife Camp has six large Meru-style tents overlooking the plains. The tents are built on a raised wooden platform with a traditionally thatched roof to give shade from the midday sun. Every tent is en-suite and has a large veranda complete with hammock and chairs.

Katavi National Park is to the south-east of Lake Tanganyika. Isolated, unspoilt and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness. It provides the few intrepid travellers who make it there with a thrilling taste of the ‘old’ Africa. Katavi is the third largest national park in Tanzania.

The bulk of Katavi National Park is dense and featureless brachystegia woodland and game is hard to spot. But the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada are much more rewarding. It is during the dry season that Katavi National Park truly comes into its own. The muddy trickle of the Katuma River is now the only source of drinking water for miles around so it’s not unusual for huge pods of hippo and thousand-strong herds of elephant or buffalo to converge on the area. The plentiful giraffe, zebra, and antelope delight the hyena and lion prides of the floodplains.

Accommodation: Katavi Wildlife Camp
Located in: Mahale & Katavi - Tanzania & Zanzibar

Days 10 to 12
3 nights Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Finally you return to Dar and then head north by vehicle and then boat to stay 3 nights at Lazy Lagoon Lodge on its own private island in the Indian Ocean.

Imagine a private island in the Indian Ocean, the waves lapping the white sandy beach just metres from your bed. The day stretches ahead with promises of sun, snorkeling and mangrove exploration, just interrupted by freshly prepared meals.


Day 13
Return to Dar es Salaam

Transfer back to to Dar es Salaam, ready for your onward travel arrangements.

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Round trip scheduled light aircraft safari flights from Dar es Salaam; airstrip and road transfers; 4WD game drives and boat cruises at Lake Manze; Bush walks at Lake Manze (for 16 years and over), Park fees. Full Board on safari; Half Board (breakfast & dinner) at the Zanzibar coast.
Bar Account and laundry; gratuities (discretionary).
Best time to go:
All year round April and May during the long rains
Minimum number:
Health requirements:
Malarial all year. Yellow Fever Certificate required.
Nov to March prices excludes the Festive Season (supplement payable)
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