The Southern safari circuit is less developed and less visited than the north, but both Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve offer exceptional opportunities to experience a memorable and authentic safari.
The Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest game reserve and a true gem that is less frequented than the other, more well-known spots. One of the last untouched wilderness treasures on earth, it offers the visitor a unique opportunity to see Africa the way the early explorers found it – pristine, alive with game, free of tourist crowds and utterly awe-inspiring.
With its grassy plains, open woodland, mountains and forests, the Selous hosts phenomenal volumes of game. It is home to extensive, large mammal populations, including elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, wildebeest and zebra. The life-blood of this area is the meandering network of lakes and tributaries that make up the mighty Rufiji River. Within the Game Reserve, varied and exciting activities including boating, walking and fly-camping add depth to ones safari.
Ruaha National Park is the largest National Park in Tanzania. Remote and unspoiled, dotted with only a few camps, it boasts some of the most varied and dramatic scenery in Africa, from rolling hills, to large open plains, to groves of skeletal baobabs along its southern border and the Great Ruaha River, from which the park gets its name. Straddling the convergence zone between the northern and southern hemisphere species, this area plays host to a thriving array of wildlife, and at least 530 recorded bird species. Both Greater and Lesser Kudu can be found here as well as Roan, Sable, Eland and a strong population of lion. Cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog are further examples of the exciting range of predators here and elephant and buffalo gather in huge herds.