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Selous & Ruaha Explorer - 6 nights

Many tourists travel to the northern wildlife areas of Tanzania, but with this luxury safari holiday you can explore the untouched Selous Conservation area and the Ruaha National Park while staying at exclusive private safari lodges. Experience the Africa of the big game hunters such as Frederick Selous whom the region is named after. This is the Africa on a large scale, home to the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in East Africa.

Fly in to a luxury tented camp in the heart of the Selous and delight in exceptional wildlife encounters while on game drives with experienced local guides. Then fly in to a private lodge in the Ruaha National Park which is home to both Greater and Lesser Kudu which occur nowhere else in East Africa. You may be lucky enough to see some of the rare and endangered painted hunting dogs as this is one of the last strongholds for these rare and beautiful creatures.

Explore the Ruaha region while on guided game drives as well as experience Africa on foot while on guided walks with the rangers who will reveal secrets about survival in the bush. Dine in style out under the stars around a crackling campfire surrounded by the tranquility of the bush.

Day 1:    Dar es Salaam to Selous Conservation Area (1L, 1D)
 
 

After your arrival in the Capital City of Dar es Salaam, you will catch a small plane and fly into the remote Selous Conservation area, one of the largest reserves in the world and is named after big game hunter turned conservationist Sir Frederick Selous. Due to its remote location the Selous is one of the most pristine remaining reserves in Africa.

Day 2:    Selous Conservation Area (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Set out on an early morning game drive in the company of an experienced local guide who will help you track the animals. The area has a diverse array of habitats which are home to one of the largest elephant and African buffalo populations in the world. You may also get to see the rare and endangered African painted hunting dogs as the region is home to one of the last populations of them.

During the warmth of midday, you can relax in camp and have a siesta before heading out on a guided game drive once more. You may come across a pride of lions resting in the shade before an evening hunt. Travel along the river and see many hippopotami as the Rufiji River is home to one of the largest populations of these creatures in Africa.

Day 3:    Ruaha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today, you will fly from the Selous to the Ruaha National Park, again one of the largest conservation areas on the continent. The small planes are a wonderful way to see the landscape from above and you may see herds of buffalo and elephants grazing below. After landing you will be transferred to the lodge in an open safari vehicle. You will head out on an afternoon game drive led by an experienced local guide who will help you search for wildlife.

You will stop off in a scenic spot to sip on a refreshing sundowner as the sun sinks below the horizon before continuing on a night game drive to see the nocturnally active creatures such as leopards.

Day 4:    Ruaha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

You will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of all the wildlife that calls the park home. The park is known as the only park in East Africa where both greater and lesser kudu and the sleek black sable antelope occur. The experienced guide will reveal secrets about life in the bush as well as the history of the region while on your game drive. Return to the lodge and savour a leisurely lunch before enjoying a siesta.

You can also opt to explore the region on foot by going on a guided walk with a local ranger who grew up in the region. Once more in the afternoon, you can set out on a game drive. Return to game and tuck into a sumptuous dinner served out under the African stars.

Day 5:    Dar es Salaam (1B)
 
 

This is the final day of your luxury safari holiday to the Selous and Ruaha regions of Tanzania.You will catch a small plane and fly back to Dar es Salaam. Speak to consultants about adding on an extension to the beautiful spice islands of Zanzibar.  More details are provided under the information tab.

Tour includes:
All accommodation as mentioned in the program
All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
All land transportation and airport transfers in 4x4 vehicle with local driver
Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
Flight from Dar es salam to Selous
Flight from Selous to Ruaha  back to Dar es salam
English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses
All services as mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees
24 hour emergency contact number

Tour does not include:
Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you)
International Flights and taxes
International Airport departure taxes per person
Travel insurance
Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
Other expenses not mentioned in the program

Selous and Ruaha Route Map

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.

Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision.

We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.

Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.

Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.

About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

"Thank you for a fantastic trip. I had heard horror stories about the crowds on Tanzania safaris and chose this tour to get away from that. What a great experiance of untouched Africa."

Stuart and Stephanie Templeman (United Kingdom)

Selous & Ruaha Explorer - 6 nights

Many tourists travel to the northern wildlife areas of Tanzania, but with this luxury safari holiday you can explore the untouched Selous Conservation area and the Ruaha National Park while staying at exclusive private safari lodges. Experience the Africa of the big game hunters such as Frederick Selous whom the region is named after. This is the Africa on a large scale, home to the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in East Africa.

Fly in to a luxury tented camp in the heart of the Selous and delight in exceptional wildlife encounters while on game drives with experienced local guides. Then fly in to a private lodge in the Ruaha National Park which is home to both Greater and Lesser Kudu which occur nowhere else in East Africa. You may be lucky enough to see some of the rare and endangered painted hunting dogs as this is one of the last strongholds for these rare and beautiful creatures.

Explore the Ruaha region while on guided game drives as well as experience Africa on foot while on guided walks with the rangers who will reveal secrets about survival in the bush. Dine in style out under the stars around a crackling campfire surrounded by the tranquility of the bush.

Day 1:    Dar es Salaam to Selous Conservation Area (1L, 1D)
 
 

After your arrival in the Capital City of Dar es Salaam, you will catch a small plane and fly into the remote Selous Conservation area, one of the largest reserves in the world and is named after big game hunter turned conservationist Sir Frederick Selous. Due to its remote location the Selous is one of the most pristine remaining reserves in Africa.

Day 2:    Selous Conservation Area (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Set out on an early morning game drive in the company of an experienced local guide who will help you track the animals. The area has a diverse array of habitats which are home to one of the largest elephant and African buffalo populations in the world. You may also get to see the rare and endangered African painted hunting dogs as the region is home to one of the last populations of them.

During the warmth of midday, you can relax in camp and have a siesta before heading out on a guided game drive once more. You may come across a pride of lions resting in the shade before an evening hunt. Travel along the river and see many hippopotami as the Rufiji River is home to one of the largest populations of these creatures in Africa.

Day 3:    Ruaha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today, you will fly from the Selous to the Ruaha National Park, again one of the largest conservation areas on the continent. The small planes are a wonderful way to see the landscape from above and you may see herds of buffalo and elephants grazing below. After landing you will be transferred to the lodge in an open safari vehicle. You will head out on an afternoon game drive led by an experienced local guide who will help you search for wildlife.

You will stop off in a scenic spot to sip on a refreshing sundowner as the sun sinks below the horizon before continuing on a night game drive to see the nocturnally active creatures such as leopards.

Day 4:    Ruaha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

You will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of all the wildlife that calls the park home. The park is known as the only park in East Africa where both greater and lesser kudu and the sleek black sable antelope occur. The experienced guide will reveal secrets about life in the bush as well as the history of the region while on your game drive. Return to the lodge and savour a leisurely lunch before enjoying a siesta.

You can also opt to explore the region on foot by going on a guided walk with a local ranger who grew up in the region. Once more in the afternoon, you can set out on a game drive. Return to game and tuck into a sumptuous dinner served out under the African stars.

Day 5:    Dar es Salaam (1B)
 
 

This is the final day of your luxury safari holiday to the Selous and Ruaha regions of Tanzania.You will catch a small plane and fly back to Dar es Salaam. Speak to consultants about adding on an extension to the beautiful spice islands of Zanzibar.  More details are provided under the information tab.

Tour includes:
All accommodation as mentioned in the program
All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
All land transportation and airport transfers in 4x4 vehicle with local driver
Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
Flight from Dar es salam to Selous
Flight from Selous to Ruaha  back to Dar es salam
English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses
All services as mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees
24 hour emergency contact number

Tour does not include:
Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you)
International Flights and taxes
International Airport departure taxes per person
Travel insurance
Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
Other expenses not mentioned in the program

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.

Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision.

We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.

Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.

Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.

About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

"Thank you for a fantastic trip. I had heard horror stories about the crowds on Tanzania safaris and chose this tour to get away from that. What a great experiance of untouched Africa."

Stuart and Stephanie Templeman (United Kingdom)

Champagne breakfast at Ruaha Lodge on a luxury safari holiday

Highlights

• Explore the untouched Selous Conservation Area
• Fly in to remote luxury lodges away from the tourist areas
• Discover Tanzania on foot while on guided walks
• Savor delicious meals out under the stars

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