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5 Days Flying into the Wild Nyerere and Ruaha's Untouched Safari Adventure

From $3,661 per person sharing

5 Days Flying into the Wild Nyerere and Ruaha's Untouched Safari Adventure

From $3,661 per person sharing

Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 5-day flying safari that takes you through the heart of Tanzania’s southern wilderness, exploring the remote and less frequented Nyerere National Park and Ruaha National Park. Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to the vast and wildlife-rich Nyerere National Park, where you’ll be staying at the strategically located Selous Impala Camp. Here, experience the thrill of a boat safari along the Great Rufiji River and enjoy afternoon game drives, immersing yourself in the park’s diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife.

The journey continues with a flight to the rugged and beautiful Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s second-largest national park. Your stay at Ikuka Safari Camp offers a perfect blend of comfort and wilderness experience. Spend your days exploring the park’s vast landscapes on game drives, encountering an array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and various antelope species, all set against the backdrop of Ruaha’s breathtaking scenery.

The tour concludes with a return flight to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar on the fifth day. After a final breakfast at Ikuka Safari Camp and a last game drive through the stunning Ruaha landscapes, you depart with cherished memories of two of Tanzania’s most spectacular and untouched wildlife reserves. This tour is ideal for those seeking an exclusive and intimate safari experience in Tanzania’s lesser-known yet incredibly majestic southern parks.

type

Semi-luxury tour

This tour uses a semi-luxury camps.

activity

Activities

Game drives, boat and walking safari

shared tour

Shared tour

This tour will be shared with other guests in the camp; exclusive private tours can be organised at extra cost.

customize

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour

start

Start/End point

This tour starts and ends in Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar

car

Game drives

Open-sided 4×4 vehicle

cal

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day

solo

Suitable for solo travellers

Solo travellers can book this private tour

Itinerary Overview:

Day
Destinations
Accommodation
Night
Category
Day 1-2
Selous (Nyerere National Park)
Selous Impala Camp
2
Gold
Day 3-4
Ruaha National Park
Ikuka Safari Camp
2
Gold
Day 5
Ruaha – Flight – Zanzibar/Dar
No Accommodation

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Departure from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Selous (Nyerere NP)

Begin your African safari adventure this morning with a scenic light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park, renowned for its vast wilderness and abundant wildlife. Your accommodation at Selous Impala Camp is strategically located in the reserve’s prime game-viewing area, offering a front-row seat to nature’s spectacle.

Upon landing, a professional driver-guide will meet you, providing a brief yet insightful orientation of the Nyerere National Park. Enjoy a picturesque drive to Selous Impala Camp, marvelling at the diverse landscapes and wildlife. After settling in at the camp, indulge in a freshly prepared lunch in a serene, shaded setting.

Post-lunch, unwind before embarking on an afternoon boat safari. This excursion offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe wildlife at the water’s edge, explore thriving bird colonies, and encounter hippos and crocodiles up close. Conclude your day with catch-and-release fishing and a breathtaking sundowner, comfortably settled at the camp amidst the African wilderness.

Day 1 Departure from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Selo (Small)

Day 2: Safari Exploration in Selous Game Reserve

Awake to the tranquillity of the bush and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at Selous Impala Camp in Nyerere National Park. The park presents a plethora of safari activities, each offering a unique perspective of this diverse ecosystem. Embark on game drives to delve deeper into the reserve, seeking out its famed wild dog population, the largest in Africa, and other magnificent wildlife.

Choose between full-day game drives with picnic lunches or a leisurely lunch at the camp, followed by an afternoon game drive. The evening offers a chance to relax in the camp’s swimming pool, followed by a delightful dinner and an overnight stay at the camp, enveloped by the natural beauty of Selous.

Day 2 Safari Exploration in Selous Game Reserve (Small)

Day 3: Journey from Selous (Nyerere NP) to Ruaha National Park

After enjoying breakfast, embark on a journey with your guide to the airstrip for your flight to Msembe Airstrip, the gateway to the diverse landscapes of Ruaha National Park. On arrival, be greeted by a knowledgeable driver-guide who will offer an insightful introduction to the park. En route to Ikuka Safari Camp, experience a captivating game drive unveiling the rich biodiversity of Ruaha.

In the afternoon, delve into the park’s wilderness on a game drive in an open safari vehicle, perfect for close encounters with its varied wildlife and scenic beauty. As the day winds down, retreat to the comforting ambience of the camp. Here, enjoy a serene evening followed by a gourmet dinner and a restful overnight stay, surrounded by the natural splendour of Ruaha.

Day 3 Journey from Selous (Nyerere NP) to Ruaha Nation (Small)

Day 4: Safari Experience in Ruaha National Park

Start your day with a nourishing breakfast at the camp, nestled in the diverse terrain of Ruaha National Park. This vast park, celebrated as a sanctuary for elephants and a variety of other wildlife, offers an authentic safari experience.

Choose between two safari options: a full-day game drive, traversing varied landscapes, spotting elephants, lions, and perhaps the elusive leopard. A picnic lunch in the park allows you to enjoy uninterrupted natural beauty. Alternatively, opt for a leisurely lunch at Ikuka Safari Camp, taking in the panoramic views before an afternoon game drive. This option is perfect for experiencing the vibrant African sunset and the emerging nocturnal wildlife.

Ruaha’s diverse ecosystems, from riverine forests to open plains, provide excellent wildlife viewing and birdwatching opportunities, ensuring a memorable and unique safari experience each day.

Day 4 Safari Experience in Ruaha National Park (Small)

Day 5: Return from Ruaha National Park to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar

Following a final breakfast at Ikuka Safari Camp, prepare for your departure from the breathtaking Ruaha National Park. Gather your belongings and embark on the journey to Msembe Airstrip, reflecting on your unforgettable experiences.

Before boarding your flight to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, enjoy one last game drive through Ruaha. This final excursion offers you a chance to soak in the majestic landscapes and perhaps catch a last glimpse of the park’s diverse wildlife, from majestic elephants to graceful giraffes and vibrant birdlife.

As you travel to the airstrip, savour the panoramic views of Ruaha’s unique terrain, a blend of savannah, wetlands, and ancient baobab trees. This moment is an opportunity to reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences and sights witnessed in two of Tanzania’s most spectacular wildlife reserves, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 5 Return from Ruaha National Park to Dar es Salaam (Small)

Inclusions:

  • Return flight from Dar es Salaam/ Zanzibar
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF – Flying Doctors)
  • All specified accommodation
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary.
  • Safari vehicle
  • All meals – (As specified in the day-by-day section), teas and coffees.
  • Taxes
  • Water in the car
  • Park fees
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • At Ikuka Safari Camp, all soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits and beers (excluding champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brands, spirits and cigars)
  • Basic (limited) laundry services

Exclusions:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa for entry (bought upon arrival, 50-100 USD pp.)
  • Tips – (Tipping guideline US$15+ pp per day)
  • Personal items – (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees

Prices

Travel Dates
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
4 Pax
5 Pax
6 Pax
6 Jan – 15 March 2024
$ 4,481
$ 3,961
$ 3,934
$ 3,761
$ 3,765
$ 3,661
1 June – 30 June 2024
$ 4,481
$ 3,961
$ 3,934
$ 3,761
$ 3,765
$ 3,661
1 July – 31 Oct 2024
$ 5,081
$ 4,437
$ 4,452
$ 4,237
$ 4,266
$ 4,137
1 Nov – 14 Dec 2024
$ 4,481
$ 3,961
$ 3,934
$ 3,761
$ 3,765
$ 3,661
15 Dec – 5 Jan 2025
$ 5,081
$ 4,437
$ 4,452
$ 4,237
$ 4,266
$ 4,137

Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 5-day flying safari that takes you through the heart of Tanzania's southern wilderness, exploring the remote and less frequented Nyerere National Park and Ruaha National Park. Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to the vast and wildlife-rich Nyerere National Park, where you'll be staying at the strategically located Selous Impala Camp. Here, experience the thrill of a boat safari along the Great Rufiji River and enjoy afternoon game drives, immersing yourself in the park’s diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife.

The journey continues with a flight to the rugged and beautiful Ruaha National Park, Tanzania's second-largest national park. Your stay at Ikuka Safari Camp offers a perfect blend of comfort and wilderness experience. Spend your days exploring the park's vast landscapes on game drives, encountering an array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and various antelope species, all set against the backdrop of Ruaha’s breathtaking scenery.

The tour concludes with a return flight to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar on the fifth day. After a final breakfast at Ikuka Safari Camp and a last game drive through the stunning Ruaha landscapes, you depart with cherished memories of two of Tanzania's most spectacular and untouched wildlife reserves. This tour is ideal for those seeking an exclusive and intimate safari experience in Tanzania's lesser-known yet incredibly majestic southern parks.

type

Semi-luxury tour

This tour uses a semi-luxury camps.

activity

Activities

Game drives, boat and walking safari

shared tour

Shared tour

This tour will be shared with other guests in the camp; exclusive private tours can be organised at extra cost.

customize

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour

start

Start/End point

This tour starts and ends in Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar

car

Game drives

Open-sided 4×4 vehicle

cal

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day

solo

Suitable for solo travellers

Solo travellers can book this private tour

Itinerary Overview:

Day
Destinations
Accommodation
Night
Category
Day 1-2
Selous (Nyerere National Park)
Selous Impala Camp
2
Gold
Day 3-4
Ruaha National Park
Ikuka Safari Camp
2
Gold
Day 5
Ruaha – Flight – Zanzibar/Dar
No Accommodation
-
-

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Departure from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Selous (Nyerere NP)

Begin your African safari adventure this morning with a scenic light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Nyerere National Park, renowned for its vast wilderness and abundant wildlife. Your accommodation at Selous Impala Camp is strategically located in the reserve's prime game-viewing area, offering a front-row seat to nature's spectacle.

Upon landing, a professional driver-guide will meet you, providing a brief yet insightful orientation of the Nyerere National Park. Enjoy a picturesque drive to Selous Impala Camp, marvelling at the diverse landscapes and wildlife. After settling in at the camp, indulge in a freshly prepared lunch in a serene, shaded setting.

Post-lunch, unwind before embarking on an afternoon boat safari. This excursion offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe wildlife at the water's edge, explore thriving bird colonies, and encounter hippos and crocodiles up close. Conclude your day with catch-and-release fishing and a breathtaking sundowner, comfortably settled at the camp amidst the African wilderness.

Day 1 Departure from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar to Selo (Small)

Day 2: Safari Exploration in Selous Game Reserve

Awake to the tranquillity of the bush and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at Selous Impala Camp in Nyerere National Park. The park presents a plethora of safari activities, each offering a unique perspective of this diverse ecosystem. Embark on game drives to delve deeper into the reserve, seeking out its famed wild dog population, the largest in Africa, and other magnificent wildlife.

Choose between full-day game drives with picnic lunches or a leisurely lunch at the camp, followed by an afternoon game drive. The evening offers a chance to relax in the camp's swimming pool, followed by a delightful dinner and an overnight stay at the camp, enveloped by the natural beauty of Selous.

Day 2 Safari Exploration in Selous Game Reserve (Small)

Day 3: Journey from Selous (Nyerere NP) to Ruaha National Park

After enjoying breakfast, embark on a journey with your guide to the airstrip for your flight to Msembe Airstrip, the gateway to the diverse landscapes of Ruaha National Park. On arrival, be greeted by a knowledgeable driver-guide who will offer an insightful introduction to the park. En route to Ikuka Safari Camp, experience a captivating game drive unveiling the rich biodiversity of Ruaha.

In the afternoon, delve into the park's wilderness on a game drive in an open safari vehicle, perfect for close encounters with its varied wildlife and scenic beauty. As the day winds down, retreat to the comforting ambience of the camp. Here, enjoy a serene evening followed by a gourmet dinner and a restful overnight stay, surrounded by the natural splendour of Ruaha.

Day 3 Journey from Selous (Nyerere NP) to Ruaha Nation (Small)

Day 4: Safari Experience in Ruaha National Park

Start your day with a nourishing breakfast at the camp, nestled in the diverse terrain of Ruaha National Park. This vast park, celebrated as a sanctuary for elephants and a variety of other wildlife, offers an authentic safari experience.

Choose between two safari options: a full-day game drive, traversing varied landscapes, spotting elephants, lions, and perhaps the elusive leopard. A picnic lunch in the park allows you to enjoy uninterrupted natural beauty. Alternatively, opt for a leisurely lunch at Ikuka Safari Camp, taking in the panoramic views before an afternoon game drive. This option is perfect for experiencing the vibrant African sunset and the emerging nocturnal wildlife.

Ruaha's diverse ecosystems, from riverine forests to open plains, provide excellent wildlife viewing and birdwatching opportunities, ensuring a memorable and unique safari experience each day.

Day 4 Safari Experience in Ruaha National Park (Small)

Day 5: Return from Ruaha National Park to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar

Following a final breakfast at Ikuka Safari Camp, prepare for your departure from the breathtaking Ruaha National Park. Gather your belongings and embark on the journey to Msembe Airstrip, reflecting on your unforgettable experiences.

Before boarding your flight to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, enjoy one last game drive through Ruaha. This final excursion offers you a chance to soak in the majestic landscapes and perhaps catch a last glimpse of the park's diverse wildlife, from majestic elephants to graceful giraffes and vibrant birdlife.

As you travel to the airstrip, savour the panoramic views of Ruaha's unique terrain, a blend of savannah, wetlands, and ancient baobab trees. This moment is an opportunity to reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences and sights witnessed in two of Tanzania's most spectacular wildlife reserves, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 5 Return from Ruaha National Park to Dar es Salaam (Small)

Inclusions:

  • Return flight from Dar es Salaam/ Zanzibar
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF - Flying Doctors)
  • All specified accommodation
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary.
  • Safari vehicle
  • All meals - (As specified in the day-by-day section), teas and coffees.
  • Taxes
  • Water in the car
  • Park fees
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • At Ikuka Safari Camp, all soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits and beers (excluding champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brands, spirits and cigars)
  • Basic (limited) laundry services

Exclusions:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa for entry (bought upon arrival, 50-100 USD pp.)
  • Tips - (Tipping guideline US$15+ pp per day)
  • Personal items - (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees

Prices

Travel Dates
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
4 Pax
5 Pax
6 Pax
6 Jan – 15 March 2024
$ 4,481
$ 3,961
$ 3,934
$ 3,761
$ 3,765
$ 3,661
1 June – 30 June 2024
$ 4,481
$ 3,961
$ 3,934
$ 3,761
$ 3,765
$ 3,661
1 July – 31 Oct 2024
$ 5,081
$ 4,437
$ 4,452
$ 4,237
$ 4,266
$ 4,137
1 Nov – 14 Dec 2024
$ 4,481
$ 3,961
$ 3,934
$ 3,761
$ 3,765
$ 3,661
15 Dec – 5 Jan 2025
$ 5,081
$ 4,437
$ 4,452
$ 4,237
$ 4,266
$ 4,137