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Combining the Southern Ruaha and the Selous, this itinerary provides some of the best wildlife and most authentic safari experiences in Africa. The Selous is a vast forested reserve with the mighty Rufiji River meandering through, feeding lakes and streams as it moves. Ruaha, on the other hand, is far more arid and open, with savannah plains, miombo woodland, impressive baobab trees and the Ruaha escarpment to the north. These differences offer a unique and varied combination of wildlife that fuses east with south: elephants, buffalo and hippos as well as lesser and greater kudu, sable, roan antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe and impala to name a few. Bird life between the parks is also seriously impressive, with hundreds of species easily spotted.
Both plains have a strong wildlife population meaning that predators are thriving, with regular sightings of large prides of lions, leopards, cheetahs and the endangered African wild dog. The Selous is easily reached by a short light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam, with Ruaha a further one hour and forty minutes away and Zanzibar a comfortable two and half hours from Ruaha. Finishing on the palm-fringed and beautiful beaches of Zanzibar will allow you to relax after your safari adventure and gives the opportunity for a variety of sea-based and historical and cultural land-based activities.
This is a superb itinerary with a great mix of safari activities including walking and boat safaris in the Selous, a fantastic diversity of wildlife and topped off with a stay in Zanzibar to allow you to switch off after a week of adventure.
1 night Dar es Salam – 3 nights Selous – 3 nights Ruaha – 5 nights Zanzibar