Tanzania Camping Safari: Selous and Ruaha

Selous, Tanzania, Eastern Africa, Africa

From $3,459 for 11 nights
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"A tailor-made safari adventure in Tanzania, camping in the wild and exploring the game reserves of Selous and Ruaha."

This 12-day adventure through game reserves in Tanzania is the dream tour for any animal lover who is looking for a bit of adventure along the way. Through a combination of game drives, boat cruises and walking safaris, you’ll spend your time in the wild and get the chance to see a huge variety of different animals, from peaceful elephants to mighty lions. The first half of the trip is spent exploring the biggest game reserve in Africa, Selous Game Reserve, where you'll camp out in the evenings. Then it’s time to pack up camp and move on to the stunning Ruaha National Park, where you will sleep in rooms along the banks of the Ruaha River – keep your eyes peeled for animal visitors!

The adventure doesn’t stop when the day draws to a close... Camping in the wild adds to the thrill of the trip and gives you the chance to really feel part of the surrounding nature and wildlife. Picture the sunrise as you camp along the banks of Lake Tagalaga, where you’ll also have the opportunity to taste Tanzanian cuisine, cooked out in the open! As the trip is private and tailor-made, you can adjust the plan to fit with exactly what suits you, and if you fancy relaxing after such an exciting trip, you can even opt to add a few beach days on at the end of the tour!

Pioneer Expeditions takes a two-fold approach to sustainability, focusing both on the environment and the local communities that may feel the impacts of tourism. The campsites used are eco-friendly, and have the lowest impact possible on the surrounding area. When sleeping in lodges in the parks, all energy is created using alternative energy sources (like solar and hydro), and water usage is minimised as much as possible. The game parks are funded primarily from tourism, so visiting them (in small groups) contributes to the protection of the animals and preservation of the game reserves.

In addition to the environment, Pioneer Expeditions also seeks to support the local community. Locals from towns in the area work at the campsites and as tour guides; this supports the local economy whilst also ensuring that visitors get the best and most knowledgeable tour guides possible, and a real chance to experience Tanzanian culture. Whenever possible, food and other supplies are sourced from nearby shops and small businesses, as a way of financially supporting them and cutting down on any form of carbon footprint.

Day 1
day 1

Settling In: You’ll be met on your arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the evening, where you can spend an evening fine dining in the restaurant or simply relaxing at the local pub.

Day 2
day 2

Early Bird: Rise and shine bright and early for breakfast before meeting your driver and guide to start the journey to the Selous Game Reserve, which is the largest protected area uninhabited by man in Africa. When you reach camp, there’ll be time to settle and grab a bite to eat. Later on, head off on an evening boat cruise along the Rufiji river, before spending your first night in camp!

Day 3
day 3

Adventure Awaits: It’s time to explore the reserve. Drive to the middle of the park and set up camp at the banks of the Lake Tagalala. You’ll have the chance to witness sunset across the African plains with an afternoon game drive. In the eveing, a professional cook will prepare delicious Afrikan dishes for your second evening in camp.

Day 4-5
day 4-5

Go Wild: The next two days will be jam-packed with up-close animal viewings in their natural habitat as you spend time exploring the biggest game reserve in Africa. There’ll also be a chance to visit the grave of Frederick Selous, a professional hunter and soldier who was killed by a sniper in 1917.

Day 6
day 6

Walk on the Wild Side: It’s time to explore with an early morning walking safari through the park – don’t worry, there’ll be guides and rangers to help you along the way! Track paw prints and admire the stunning plants and greenery up close. Then spend the rest of the day on a game drive, seeing the animals who are a little too dangerous to visit on foot!

Day 7
day 7

On the go: After an early start, pack up your camp and drive to Mikumi National Park, the 4th largest park in Tanzania and the perfect stop for viewing game and bird watching.

Day 8
day 8

Reaching Ruaha: Now’s time to discover a new location, as you transfer to Ruaha National Park. Instead of camping, you’ll sleep in rooms that sit along the Ruaha river. This is the perfect opportunity for an animal encounter, as giraffes and elephants often wander by the rooms and cheetahs have also been spotted along the riverside.

Day 9-10
day 9-10

Animals Galore: There are 2 whole days to explore Ruaha National Park, which is not only stunning but also home to leopards, herd of elephants, buffalo and wild dogs, all of which you’ll (hopefully) get the chance the see!

Day 11-12
day 11-12

Packing Up: After leaving Ruaha, you’ll return back to Mikumi for further exploration and a final night camping. After a morning game drive on the final day, you’ll be driven to Dar, where the trip is sadly over.

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  • Private safari converted vehicle with driver/guide
  • All park and entry fees
  • Three meals a day plus drinking water while on safari
  • Bed and breakfast in Dar
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All camping equipment with safari cook for preparation of meals where applicable
  • All transfers as per itinerary


  • International and local flights
  • Meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Bar tabs and bills
  • Any services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to chat to the operator directly!

Area & Location

Selous, Tanzania
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