Six days to the best in southern Tanzania safari. Begins, either in Dar es Salaam with a night (not included in this program), but can be incorporated as needed or from Zanzibar. A fly-in safari, using schedules flights, our camp partner’s do all the guiding for both of the camps you will stay at. Excellent game viewing with professional guides. You get to experience the guided walking safari and boat trips. You will be staying in luxury camps all through this program, as such expect the best experience.
- Nyerere National Park is new and less frequented by visitors.
- High concentration of wildlife.
- The largest National Park in Africa.
- Over half the elephants in Tanzania live in Nyerere National Park.
- The Rufiji River is renowned for population of hippo and is the largest in Tanzania, East Africa, flows to Indian ocean.
- The river has been designated as a photographic zone and is a popular tourist destination.
- The Ruaha National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in East Africa and is home to 10% of the world's lion population.
- Rare antelope species can be found here.
Transfer from your hotel to the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) for your morning flight to Nyerere National Park. Met on arrival by the Beho Beho driver guide who will transfer you to the Camp for check-in and lunch. Located in the cooler highlands so as to enjoy the ‘cooling breezes’ which the name derives are eight spacious bandas.
Late afternoon game drive allows you to explore a unique array of environmental biodiversity, from the riverine forests, miombo woodlands and plains to the fascinating lake regions of Tagalala and Mwanze.
Today, you will end up on an adventurous sunset boat safari along the great Rufiji River to spot hippos, crocodiles and birds as you enjoy the spectacular sun set. As you return at dusk, freshen-up, and be escorted to a clearing for a campfire dinner under the stars whilst being entertained.
NOTE: An experience of the Treehouse will certainly enhance your safari and give you an even greater fund of stories to take home. There is a supplementary cost of The Treehouse per person - fully inclusive and must be pre-booked and is not be available to be purchased at the camp.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight at Beho Beho Camp
After breakfast, drive to Lake Tagalala, about 50 minutes’ drive away from the camp. An excursion usually done in the morning, gives a very close encounter with the resident hippos and crocodiles as well as an amazing number of bird species, culminating in breakfast under a shady tree.
Alternative choice of returning to the camp for breakfast where the chef will cook up a gourmet breakfast for you. Should you choose this, after breakfast depart for a full day game drive with packed lunch boxes into Nyerere National Park, a chance to explore the game in the area.
You may see elephants, giraffes, lions, buffalos, zebras, the rare Africa wild dogs. Picnic lunch by mid-day followed by an afternoon game drive and sundowner drinks before darkness. Return to the Camp, freshen-up and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight at the Beho Beho Camp.
Early morning bush walk followed by breakfast, and a transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled departure to Ruaha National Park. Upon arrival, you are met by the driver guide of Jabali Ridge and depart on a game drive enroute to the Camp for check-in, followed by lunch and cool off by the pool.
This stylish camp in the wildlife-rich Ruaha National Park is set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment your home for the next three nights.
With just eight suites, set among giant granite boulders. the camp feels exclusive and remote. Relax on your wooden deck in a hammock and unwind with a book or relax by the infinity pool, cooling off as you look across the vast plains or head for spa treatment (at extra charge).
Embark late in the afternoon for a game drive when it’s cooler and the animals are actively wrapping up their hunting for the night. The park is known for its high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa.
A chance to see Bohor reedbucks, grant’s gazelles, klipspringers, sable, roan antelopes, Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, elands, impalas, cheetahs, lions, leopard, genets, civet, African wild dogs and many other. A sundowner enroute back to the camp, freshen-up for dinner.
* A night game drive is a special opportunity to spot shy, nocturnal animals and those that prey on them. The aid of a knowledgeable guide, keep your eyes out for leopard, genet, serval, honey badger, civet and African wildcats on the hunt; as well as bushbabies, nightjars and owls going about their business.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight at Jabali Ridge
Today you begin with a walking safari in the company of an experienced guide and local tracker between 2 -3 hours. Your senses are more engaged as you spot creatures you may never see from the vehicle: dung beetles, ants, butterflies and a chance to get up close to the kudu and elephants, or spot hyena dens amid the kopjes.
A not-to-be missed attraction in the park’s towering baobab’s standing vigil over the landscape, a great photographic opportunity. Return to the camp for breakfast, before deciding on half day shared game drive returning for lunch at the camp or a full day with picnic lunch in order to spend more time in the enormous wilderness.
*Private activities are available for a supplement. A day spent tracking the predators in a game drive leads to a sun set refreshing drink over Ruaha. Return to the camp, fresh-en up for dinner.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight at Jabali Ridge.
Enjoy game drives todays with an option of carrying picnic lunch, into the largest national park in Tanzania covering about 22,000 km². Search for those animals you were not able to see or take good photographs of.
The Jabali Ridge has specially modified open photographic vehicles for both keen amateurs and professional photographers alike. Equipped with all the gear to ensure award winning shots at eye level with wildlife from beanbags, camera rests to 360° swivel seats are available at an additional fee and need pre-booking.
Afternoon spent at leisure by the pool, enjoy spa treatment or sit on the deck, and get comfy on one of the large cushioned benches, relax with a coffee or cold drink, admiring the golden plains and hundred-year-old baobabs.
Dinner at the Camp.
After morning breakfast en-route game drive to the airstrip for your scheduled departure to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
- Dar Es Salaam: Four Points by Sheraton Dar Es Salaam, Hotel Slipway, Coral Beach Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Serena, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam- The Kilimanjaro, Sea Cliff, Johari Rotana.
- Ruaha National Park: Ruaha River Lodge. Ikuka Safari Camp, Jongomero Camp, Kigelia Ruaha, Kwihala Camp.
- Nyerere National Park: Sand River Selous, Siwandu Camp, Rufiji River Camp, Kiba Point.
- Game viewing drives
- Rufiji River.
- Bird watching.
- Boat Safaris.
- Nature Walks.
- Unique Wildlife.
- Fly camping at Jongomero private Bush Manor
Trip Inclusions / Exclusions
- Services of meet and greet by our representatives in Tanzania from the Hotel in Dar Es Salaam Airport as per itinerary.
- Transfers on arrival and departure in Tanzania as per above itinerary.
- Beho Beho driver guards are highly trained and experienced wildlife guides, Game Drives - specially adapted 4WD open sided vehicles which offer shaded raised seating for better game viewing. Game drives are taken early in the morning or late afternoon and are conducted by our driver/guides.
- Game Walks - only permitted accompanied by our armed guides.
- Lake Tagalala- all guests will do this activity during their stay, about 45 minutes’ drive (longer whilst game viewing) across the reserve, the shaded boat trip on the lake takes approximately one and a half hours. Very good, close-up sightings of hippos, crocodiles and water birds. Breakfast is taken on the lake shore.
- Transportation & shared basis of our custom safari built 4 x 4 vehicle throughout your safari except when requested for private use for 4x4 vehicle.
- Services of an experienced, English-speaking Driver / Guide from our partners in the Reserves, Conservancies and Parks.
- The vehicles at Jabali Ridge are open-sided, six-seaters with removable canvas roofs and sides that offer unobstructed views. Vehicles are also equipped with power points and coolers to keep your batteries full and drinks chilled.
- Game drives during the day as per itinerary and as organized by the lodges/camps.
- Ticket on a scheduled flight from Dar Es Salaam to Nyerere National Park return. Expect if guest has opted for beach extension to Zanzibar.
- Park entrance fees for National parks as per itinerary.
- 2 nights on Full board basis at Beho Beho Camp, Ruaha National Park.
- 3 nights on full board basis at Jabali Ridge, Nyerere National Park
- Amref Flying Doctors cover whilst on this safari aimed at providing quality and affordable Air and Ground Ambulance evacuation services.
- International flight ticket, Travel documents, Visa
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance from your insurer back at home.
- Specific excursions and services not indicated on the ‘included’ incurs additional charge when booked.
- All personal expenses, telephone calls, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks not indicated by lodge/camp as included, laundry charge may be extra in some or our partners properties.
- Tips and gratuities for staff and driver/guide at our partner properties.
- Any additional items not included on this itinerary.
- Subject to your departure flight time, a day room at an airport hotel is available at an extra charge, some activities come at extra charge, kindly confirm at the point of booking this safari.
You will require comfortable clothes that you can walk in, closed shoes and socks, a hat, sun screen, camera and a pair of binoculars. An insect repellent will also help to keep the bugs away. White is not a suitable colour to wear on walks, we recommend beige, brown and grey.
The ideal terrain for a walking safari is arguably the grasslands and savannahs of Africa. Not only will animals and birds be more visible, but you’ll be able to truly appreciate the natural environment of your destination. However, during the wet season, the dry plains transform into a lush garden of grass and wildflowers, depending on where in Africa you’ll be exploring. In areas where the vegetation is much thicker, walking safaris are usually not a viable safari activity.
Depending on the season in your chosen destination, we would recommend a dry season safari, simply because it is much easier to spot wildlife and birds when the vegetation has receded after the rains.