Southern Safari Circuit
The sheer vastness of southern Tanzania makes for some spectacular game viewing and superb African vistas. A Southern Circuit Safari is a trip into an unexplored and wild Africa – where you will rarely see another vehicle during long game drives. Southern Circuit Safaris are fly-in safaris, visiting Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.
Selous Game Reserve
Located in south-east Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve and covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area. It’s rivers, hills, and plains are home to roaming elephant populations, the area’s famous wild dogs, lion and black rhino. Accessible most easily by small aircraft, Selous Game Reserve offers visitors a chance to see a wild and expansive Africa far from paved roads and curio shops.
Visitors to Selous normally base themselves in one lodge for the duration of their safari. Lodges offer boating activities on the Rufigi River, as well as hiking safaris, as a popular alternative to 4x4 game drives.
Selous Game Reserve is a superb all year round destination, and perfect for a shorter safari (3-4 days), or combined with a Northern Circuit Safari or Ruaha National Park. Selous is accessible by fly-in safari from Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is Tanzania’s second-largest national park and remains a remote bastion of spectacular wilderness, undisturbed wildlife, and breathtaking scenery of rolling plains and hills dotted with ancient baobabs. Ruaha is vast concentrations of plains game and is particularly good for predators. With over 400 bird species, Ruaha is also a birder’s paradise. Elephants are found in some of the highest concentration in the country.
Because of its remote location, Ruaha National Park remains largely unexplored, and is often described as “the real Africa”. Safaris in Ruaha are usually 4-7 nights. Most visitors combine Ruaha with Selous as flights stop there, and the two parks offer a remarkably different safari experience.
Ruaha is accessible by air from Arusha, Dar and Zanzibar.
photo copyright: Selous Safari Company