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Our 7 Day Tanzania Fly-in Safari through Selous & Ruaha is an affordable Tanzania Flying safari that offers top notch value for money. “Value for Money” doesn’t mean budget or cheap, it means getting the most for your money in terms of experiences, wildlife, and accommodations.

This 7-day journey takes you to Tanzania’s largest and most untouched reserves as you stay in Tanzania’s best value for money safari camps in the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Both Parks are vast, undiscovered and untouched wilderness areas that are little-visited by safari-goers.

You will begin with a flight to Selous National Park – the largest protected game reserve in Tanzania and on the African continent covering an area of 54,600 square kilometers.  Each morning and afternoon you can choose from the safari activities on offer.

Game drives are a good way of exploring farther afield and seeing the larger wildlife and predators. The Selous is home to a superb variety of wildlife including good populations of lion and leopard, and Africa’s largest population of wild dog. Walking safaris are a real treat and offer a slower pace to learn about the flora and fauna of the Selous.

Boat safaris on the lake are particularly lovely in the afternoon, combined with a spot of fishing or sundowners, and are a good chance to get up close to pods of hippo and bird colonies nesting on small islands.

Your home for 3 nights in Selous is the Lake Manze Camp – a genuinely fantastic yet simple safari camp with only 12 comfortable tents with lovely views over the river. They all have en-suite bathrooms with refreshing, private, outdoor showers.

From Selous fly to Ruaha, a Big 5 destination known for its unique landscape and beautiful, ancient baobab and sausage trees. Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is most active.

You will head out with expert guides on game drives to explore farther afield, on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and night drives to watch nocturnal species. Breakfast is often a picnic to maximize your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

Your accommodations for 3 nights is at Mdonya Old River Camp and without doubt the best value camp in Ruaha National Park. Located in a remote region of southern Ruaha you can rely on quality game viewing and you don’t necessarily need to spend that extra cash if luxury is not your priority.

The rooms at Mdonya are basic Meru-style tents and all 11 of them are well spread out creating good privacy. Each has an extended bathroom with a shower under the stars. There is no electricity in the rooms but the lanterns and candles make for an even better African atmosphere. 

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Dar es salaam or Zanzibar – Fly to Selous Game Reserve. Overnight at Lake Manze Camp
Day 2: Selous Game Reserve. Overnight at Lake Manze Camp
Day 3: Selous Game Reserve. Overnight at Lake Manze Camp
Day 4: Selous – Fly to Ruaha National Park. Overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp
Day 5: Ruaha National Park. Overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp
Day 6: Ruaha National Park. Overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp
Day 7: Ruaha – Fly to Dar es salaam or Zanzibar

Mdonya Old River Camp

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Dar es Saalam – Fly to Selous Game Reserve

After breakfast at your hotel transfer Dar es Salaam International Airport/ Zanzibar Airport for your flight to the Selous Game Reserve, only an hour away (15 kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary).

Your guide from Lake Manze Camp will meet you at the airstrip and game-drive you to the camp, giving an introduction to this beautiful reserve and its wildlife on the way.

Settle into your tent and after lunch there’s time to relax by before you set off on your afternoon safari activity. A boat safari is a lovely relaxed introduction to the Selous, watching wildlife come to the water’s edge to drink, and stopping for sundowners on a sandbank.

Accommodation Options: Lake Manze Camp
Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2 & 3: Selous Game Reserve

Each morning and afternoon you can choose from the safari activities on offer. Game drives are a good way of exploring farther afield and seeing the larger wildlife and predators. The Selous is home to a superb variety of wildlife including good populations of lion and leopard, and Africa’s largest population of wild dog.

Walking safaris are a real treat and offer a slower pace to learn about the flora and fauna of the Selous. Boat safaris on the lake are particularly lovely in the afternoon, combined with a spot of fishing or sundowners, and are a good chance to get up close to pods of hippo and bird colonies nesting on small islands.

Accommodation Options: Lake Manze Camp
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Selous – Fly to Ruaha National Park

Depart on a short morning game drive to the airstrip to fly to Ruaha National Park, an hour and a half’s flight away. On arrival in Ruaha, a guide from Mdonya Old River Camp will meet you and game drive you back to camp, exploring this very different landscape on the way.

Settle in, unwind and freshen up before heading to the dining tent for a delicious lunch served in a shady spot overlooking the sandy river. Rest during the heat of the day before afternoon tea is served and you set off on an afternoon drive, searching for the big cats and other wildlife that make this park such a rewarding safari destination.

In the evening, enjoy drinks around the campfire before a three-course dinner alfresco, surrounded by lanterns and often the sounds of elephants in the distance as they search for water.

Accommodation Options: Mdonya Old River Camp
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5 & 6: Ruaha National Park

Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is most active. You will head out with expert guides on game drives to explore farther afield, on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and night drives to watch nocturnal species.

Breakfast is often a picnic to maximize your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

Accommodation Options: Mdonya Old River Camp
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 7: Ruaha – Fly to Dar es Saalam (2 Hours)

You’ll have a final breakfast at Mdonya Old River Camp before a drive to the airstrip for your late-morning flight to Dar es Salaam. The flight will likely stop a couple of times on the way to drop off/ pick up passengers, and the total journey will be approximately 2 hours.

You will land at the domestic terminal and the airline will help you transfer the short distance to the international terminal, where you can check in for your international flight home.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

7 Day Tanzania Fly-in Safari Selous & Ruaha Prices

7 Day Tanzania Fly-in Safari Selous & Ruaha Prices Include;

All logistics starting at Dar es Salaam International Airport and ending at Dar es Salaam International Airport + All light-aircraft flights to Selous & Ruaha + All park fees and taxes including Ngorongoro Crater descent fee + Shared safari activities + All meals and house drinks on safari & Medical evacuation insurance

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Notes

* Our 7 Day Air package is available year-round, subject to availability of accommodation and internal flights


7 Day Tanzania Fly-in Safari Selous & Ruaha Prices Exclude;

* Tanzania entry visa
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Meals and drinks not indicated
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International flights to Tanzania

* Inoculations, gratuities, additional activities

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