Southern Safari Explorer

10 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:



A typical 4* holiday costs from

£8,225 per person


(Based on two people travelling. Low season can be a lot cheaper, and peak season or 5* hotels can be substantially more expensive.)


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Day 1
Fly Overnight to Dar es Salaam, we serve most regional airports and work with most airlines.
Day 2
You will be met on arrival at the airport and taken to your city hotel by private vehicle and driver where you can rest after your international flights. This is by no means a must and you can continue straight to your safari but, in our experience a day of rest works wonders and you get on safari ready to hit the ground running.
Day 3
You will be picked up this morning and taken to the airport for your light aircraft flight to Nyere. This takes just 45 minutes and you get a great view of the tall borassus palms and the mighty rufiji river as you come into land. You will be met at the airstrip and then game drive to your lodge for lunch. You can settle in and relax and then head out on an afternoon safari activity.
Day 4
Day at leisure to enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities. We really love mixing the activities up and would suggest a morning walking safari, where the focus is on some of the smaller wildlife, plant and tree life, and then an afternoon boat safari where you will see some of the larger animals and incredible birdlife of the reserve.
Day 5
You have the whole day to choose from safari activities, perhaps enjoy morning and afternoon game drives today where you can go in search of lion, leopard and wild dog. You are sure to see much of the plains wildlife while on safari including elephant, buffalo and giraffe as well as impala, warthog and much more.
Day 6
Day at leisure to explore Nyere National Park by boat, foot or vehicle.
Day 7
Today you fly to Ruaha. After a game drive to the nearest airstrip, a light aircraft flight will take you to Ruaha which will take around one and half hours. You will be met on arrival and then taken to your accommodation for a late lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.
Day 8
Full day to enjoy morning and afternoon safari activites with your expert safari guide. Ruaha is famous for very impressive baobab trees and more open plains as well as large pride of lions.
Day 9
Your final full day on safari in Ruaha to enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities. Cheetah, jackal, hyena, leopard and African wild dog are often seen with regular sightings of both lesser and greater kudu as well as sable and roan antelope and elephant are found in significant numbers as well as giraffe, zebra and impala.
Day 10
This morning you will game drive to the nearby airstrip for your flight back to Dar es Salaam, connecting with your international flights back to the UK

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.


Combining the Ruaha and Nyere National Parks, this itinerary provides some of the best wildlife and most authentic safari experiences in Africa. Often overlooked for the better known northern circuit, Tanzania’s southern circuit feels remote and wild, and is extremely rewarding.

Nyere National Park is Africa’s largest National Park and previously known as the Selous Game Reserve. This vast forested reserve has immense biodiversity and one of the highlights is the mighty Rufiji River which feeds palm-fringed lakes and streams which is the focus for boat trips. Together with some outstanding opportunities for walking safaris, plus game drives, Nyere provides the most varied wildlife activities of anywhere in Tanzania.

In contract to the lakes and river system of Nyere, Ruaha is far more arid with impressive baobab trees and the rugged 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 and roan.  Both parks have a strong wildlife population meaning that predators are thriving, with regular sightings of lion and leopard and, if lucky, the endangered African wild dog. Bird life between the parks is also seriously impressive, with hundreds of species easily spotted.

This southern circuit is easily accessible by light aircraft transfer from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar is also very easy to add on before or after should you want to include some beach time either side of your safari adventure.

1 night Dar es Salam – 4 nights Nyere – 3 nights Ruaha 

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