9-day Classic Southern Tanzania (Superior)

Journey through the unexplored southern regions of Tanzania staying at two remote and beautiful camps, maximising your time immersed in the wildlife of the south.  Kigelia and Sand Rivers provide you with an unparalleled and uninterrupted experience away from the madding crowds of the Northern Tanzania safari circuit.

This itinerary is available in 3 levels of accommodation:
1Southern SunHotel SlipwaySouthern Sun
2Ruaha River LodgeMdonya Old River CampKigelia Camp
3Ruaha River LodgeMdonya Old River CampKigelia Camp
4Ruaha River LodgeMdonya Old River CampKigelia Camp
5Rufiji River Camp Lake Manze Tented CampSand Rivers Selous
6Rufiji River Camp Lake Manze Tented CampSand Rivers Selous
7Rufiji River Camp Lake Manze Tented CampSand Rivers Selous
8Rufiji River Camp Lake Manze Tented CampSand Rivers Selous


  • Dar es Salaam
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Nyerere National Park
  • Tanzania

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1 : Dar es Salaam

On arrival into Dar es Salaam Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 : Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your light aircraft flight to Ruaha National Park—one of Tanzania's largest parks.  This is a beautiful flight, departing from Dar es Salaam early in the morning and passing over the vast wilderness that is the Selous, over the Udzungwa Mountain range and down into Msembe airstrip in Ruaha National Park. The plane may take off and land at a few airstrips to collect and drop passengers along the way. You will be met at the airstrip by our guides and taken back to camp.


Day 3 – 4 : Ruaha National Park

In one of Africa's biggest game spots, we explore. We have custom-built open game drive vehicles which are perfect for traversing the varied habitats of Ruaha. You can also get out on foot. Being on your own two pegs gives you a totally different experience. We're great fans of "going out" for breakfast and enjoying a sundowner in the bush. These things are rare treats on a safari and something that you wouldn't do back home, which frankly is the only reason you need for doing them. Whether you're out and about in an open game drive car, treading the game trails with your guide or wondering around the camp in search of birds, this is safari as its meant to be.


Day 5 : Nyerere National Park

After breakfast in camp, say goodbye to Kigelia, and head back to Msembe Airstrip to take a flight to the Selous. On landing at Kiba Airstrip, another warm welcome and short drive to camp will see you at Sand Rivers Selous for lunch while enjoying the spectacular river view.


Day 6 – 8 : Nyerere National Park

Days at Sand Rivers are about exploring. Our open-sided 4x4 vehicles are a great way of seeing things. For covering a bit of distance when that's what's needed. But, we like to retain spontaneity wherever we can. Often the best way to see things, to avoid scattering animals from the lakeshore, or spooking a herd of elephant as they feed, is to hop down and quietly work our way into a good position on foot. And the same goes for our boats. Being on the river is a fantastic contrast to time spent in a vehicle. All in all, days at Sand Rivers aren't about box ticking, or endless driving in search of the next animal. It's a sense of gradual absorption in this corner of the natural world that we'd love you to feel.


Day 9 : Departure

After saying goodbye to new friends in camp, our guide will take you back to Kiba airstrip this morning in time for your 45 minute flight back to Dar es Salaam.


Inter-camp flights where mentioned
All meals as specified
House drinks as specified
Shared activities including 4×4 game drives and walking


Non-house drinks
Private guide/vehicle
Night drives
Items of a personal nature
Airport Departure Tax unless stated