The Complete Southern Tanzania - 12 Day Flying Safari

The Complete Southern Tanzania - 12 Day Flying Safari

Short Overview

The southern parks of Tanzania offer something very different to the more famous northern parks. While they may not have the majesty of the Serengeti or the notoriety of Ngorongoro, parks such as Selous and Ruaha offer a distinctly more wild, untamed experience.

Our twelve day flying safari covers three of southern Tanzania’s most exciting parks, with time in Ruaha, Selous, and Katavi.

Why us ?
Unlimited game drives with expert guides
Private 4x4 custom safari vehicles
AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip


Details of The Complete Southern Tanzania - 12 Day Flying Safari


You’ll begin your safari adventure with a flight from Dar Es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s largest reserves. At twice the size of the Serengeti and three times the size of Kruger, Selous is a rambling wilderness the likes of which you’ve never seen.

You’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch before heading out into the park for an afternoon game drive. Sometimes called Africa’s greatest surviving wilderness, Selous is home to more than 120,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippos, 35,000 zebras, and 4,000 lions.


You’ll have three full days to explore the wilderness of Selous. Not only can you experience a wide variety of wildlife encounters with animals such as crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, African wild dogs, kudu, and elephants doing a game drive, but you also have the option to take activities such as guided game walks and boat safaris through the park.


You’ll have the opportunity to take one last game drive through the rambling wilderness before making the trip to Ruaha.

A forested park with rolling hills and a hot, dry climate that means animals tend to stick close to the water sources. This makes for fantastic game viewing opportunities, and the park’s isolation means it is considerably less crowded.


Ruaha’s position as a middle ground between traditional savannah and woodlands means that it provides unique game-viewing conditions.

During your two day-long explorations of the park, you’ll see everything from traditional game such as buffalo, zebra, lions, and elephants to less common sights such as the Kudu, African Wild Dog, and sable antelope.


You’ll board your second flight of the trip for the trek to Katavi National Park, affording you a fantastic view of the vast African wilderness as it unfolds beneath you.

You’ll arrive at the isolated park in the afternoon in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive, with the park offering particularly dramatic numbers of hippos and buffalo.


You’ll have two days to explore this isolated, fascinating park. While its huge buffalo herds and great clumps of wallowing hippos are an obvious draw, you’ll also find animals such as lions, leopards, and elephants.

Of particular interest in the park are its more unique antelope species such as roan and sable antelopes.


You’ll bring your trip to a close with a flight back to Dar Es Salaam.


Itinerary in Brief


  • DAY 2 - SELOUS GAME RESERVE. Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - SELOUS GAME RESERVE. Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - SELOUS GAME RESERVE. Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - SELOUS - RUAHA. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9 - FLIGHT FROM RUAHA TO KATAVI. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10 - KATAVI NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11 - KATAVI NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12 - FLIGHT TO DAR ES SALAAM. Transfer to airport. (B).

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Fly-in safari to maximize time in parks.

  • Game drives in Selous, Katavi, and Ruaha National Parks.

  • Visit Africa's largest reserve, the Selous Reserve.

  • Optional activities such as boat safaris, guided nature walks etc.

  • The distinct climate and wildlife of Ruaha National Park.

  • See endangered or uncommon animals such as African Wild Dogs, Sable antelope, and Kudu.

  • Avoid the tourist crowds with three wild, beautiful parks.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

Tailor Made, Private Tours

Tailor Made, Private Tours

We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
Expert Advice

Expert Advice 24/7

With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
Full Financial Protection

Full Financial Protection

With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
Your One Stop African Operator

Your One Stop African Operator

We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.