If you're looking to explore the seldom-visited corners of Southern Tanzania and stay at 5* luxury, and in addition minimise the number of flights, then staying on mainland Tanzania for the safari and the beach is the answer. From the unspoilt natural wilderness of the camps at Selous and Ruaha to the charming cottages and suites which overlook the Indian Ocean at Ras Kutani, these 3 camps naturally create a wonderful complementary 10 night itinerary to ensure you have a memorable African journey.
Begin with a 3 night quintessential safari experience, with days viewing the abundant game in the Selous Game Reserve by boat, vehicle and on foot, and evenings spent around the camp fire. Selous is 4 times larger than the Serengeti. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Selous’ riverine wilderness and diverse habitat creates the perfect environment for a wealth of animals. More than half of Tanzania’s elephant population and over 120,000 buffalos are here, and the 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest populations on the continent; not to mention the fact that it is home to the planet’s largest population of rare wild dogs. This resplendence gives guests a rare opportunity to glimpse all of these animals in truly unspoilt landscape.
Your safari journey continues by revelling in the privacy of a remote corner of Ruaha National Park and discovering true unadulterated wilderness at Jongomero for another 3 nights. For guests seeking an authentic African adventure, a visit to Ruaha National Park is essential and no other Park in Tanzania epitomises the definition of 'Wild Africa' quite like Ruaha. There are upwards of 570 species of birds here - indeed, half of all Tanzania’s birds may be glimpsed, making it one of the continent's premier birding destinations. Ruaha also holds one of the greatest populations of elephant in any African Park. Buffalo gather in large herds, as well as giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard. The rarer, lesser-seen creatures can also be found, including sable and roan antelope, dikdik, greater and lesser kudus, Grants gazelle and honey badgers. It is second only to Selous Game Reserve for the largest population of wild dog.
Finaly, end your trip a mere 25 km south of the bustling metropolis of Dar es Salaam, where you will stay at Ras Kutani for 4 nights, which rests between the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean and the quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon, creating an idyllic barefoot hideaway. In the heart of the retreat lies the welcoming bar and open-air lounge, generously scattered with cushions creating the perfect ambience for evening cocktails. The expansive restaurant terrace offers a ceiling of African stars.
Arrive into Dar es Salaam Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. You will be met here by our representative and assisted with the check in for your flight across to Selous.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere Intl (DAR) to Selous Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met at the airstrip by your camp vehicle and transferred to your camp. Siwandu is perfectly situated to fully experience the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of Selous Game Reserve. Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, in excess of 400 varieties of birds, more than half of Tanzania's elephant population, over 120,000 buffalos, and the Reserve's 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest populations on the continent, not to mention it is home to the planet's largest population of rare wild dogs - giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these animals in a true unspoilt landscape.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to Ruaha.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Selous Airstrip to Ruaha Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met at the airstrip by your camp vehicle and transferred to your camp. Situated on the banks of a seasonal river in the remote southern sector of the Ruaha National Park, Jongomero is gloriously isolated. Far from the madding crowds, this secluded idyll offers a chance to discover true unadulterated wilderness.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip and board your flight back to Dar es Salaam.
Coastal Aviation (Light Aircraft): Fly from Ruaha Airstrip to Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere Intl (DAR) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met from your flight and assisted to meet up with your transfer driver.
You will then be driven by road to Ras Kutani (approximately 25 km/90 minutes depending on traffic).
Ras Kutani offers pure relaxation. Constructed from local, sustainable, natural materials the accommodation blends seamlessly into Ras Kutani's exquisite environment, offering al fresco luxury living with a Swahili twist.