Rift Safari
Travelling along the Rift Valley: Tanzania southern parks safari itineraries
Home | Back

Fly-in Safari Ruaha + Selous: mid-range accommodation [Ruaha River Lodge + Rufiji River Camp]
ITINERARY
AT A GLANCE
1
PRICES 2
WHAT
TO EXPECT
3
CONTACT US FOR DETAILED ITINERARY
AND QUOTATION

Ruaha River Lodge

Day 1: DAR / RUAHA

At 07.30 check-in and at 08.30 take off with light aircraft charter flight to Ruaha where you will be landing at 11.00. Enjoy a first game drive en-route from the airstrip to your camp. Lunch at camp and then depart for a new game drive.

Lunch, dinner and overnight: Ruaha River Lodge

Day 2 and 3: RUAHA

After breakfast you will enjoy your first game drive.
The camp normally prefer to split your day into two game drives having you back for lunch but you can ask to spend the whole day out with picnic in the bush.

[Lunch] dinner and overnight: Ruaha River Lodge

Rufiji River camp

Day 4: RUAHA / SELOUS

After breakfast you will depart, with lunch box, for your last game drive in Ruaha en-route to the airstrip. At 11.45 you will take off to Selous getting there at 13.05. Enjoy your first game drive along the way to the camp where you will arrive before dark.

Dinner and overnight: Rufiji River Camp

Day 5 and 6: SELOUS

Along with traditional 4x4 gameviewing safari Selous boasts a strong tradition of walking safari and river motorboat safari. The camp normally prefer to split your day into two activities having you back for lunch but you can ask to spend the whole day out with pic nic in the bush. Walking safari are usually done early in the morning just out of the camp and are always subject to park authority permission.

[Lunch] dinner and overnight: Rufiji River Camp

Sunset on Rufiji River

Day 7: SELOUS / DAR

Breakfast and last game drive with pic nic lunch. At 13.15 take off to DAR where you will arrive at 13.50. END OF SERVICES

On request we can:

• assist you with reservations in Dar Es Salaam according to the schedule of your international flights or with departures from Zanzibar;

assist you at the end of the safari with a beach holiday along the Tanzanian coast or on its tropical islands;

Selous or Ruaha or both of them can be combined to a safari in the norther parks.

If you are interested please let us know.


From June to October $ 3160 p.p. Motorboat Safari on Rufiji River


Price includes:
All transfers
Light aircraft charter flight DAR/RUAHA [MSEMBE] - COASTAL
Light aircraft charter flight RUAHA/SELOUS [MTEMERE] - COASTAL
Light aircraft charter flight SELOUS/DAR - COASTAL
Airport tax
Ruaha River Lodge: accommodation in double [cottage], full board basis excluded beverages. Two game drives per day with lunch at lodge or full day game drive with pic nic lunch in the bush.
Rufiji River Camp: accommodation in double [tent], full board basis excluded beverages. Two activities per day choosing between 1 game drive and 1 riverboat safari or full day game drive with pic nic lunch in the bush.
Walking safari if permitted by park authority.
Ruaha and Selous park fees
Selous conservation fees
Medical expenses insurance;
Urgent evacuation cover;

Price excludes:
Vehicle's exclusive use [not possible at both camps]
Entry visa;
Tips;

Extras on request:
Overnight in Dar Es Salaam at Slipway in double room on a B&B basis: usd 105 per person including transfers to and from airport.



Air transfers from one park to another;

Rustic, mid specification accommodation;
Shared vehicles on game drives;
Riverboat safari and early morning walking safari in Selous;

Ruaha: this is dry season, seasonal waterholes have dried out triggering game towards the Great Ruaha River; elephants have started to dig the dry bed of seasonal streams in search of water; gameviewing is much more reliable than in green season and sightings are facilitated since vegetation has lost much of its foliage.
You might expect to find here lions, leopards, hyenas and jackals; cheetahs in the open grassland; buffaloes in the forest patches, zebras and giraffes, crocodiles and hippos, many species of antelopes including the rare sable antelope.

Great variety of birds excluding the eurasian migratory species.


Selous does not really have a full dry season as Ruaha or Tarangire or Katavi and light scattered rains remain possible every two or three days anyway starting from June and especially into July throughout October high grass gives way to short one, the level of foliage is definitely lower and concentration of game nearby rivers and lakes improve considerably compared to the conventional green season.
Animals regularly sighted include buffalos, elephants, hippos and crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, wildebeest and antelopes, hyenas, lions, leopards and wild dogs
If lucky you might spot jackals and cheetahs as well but Selous is not famous for that.
This is surely the best time of the year for walking safari.