Wild Tanzania - 11 Day Southern Tanzania Adventure

Wild Tanzania - 11 Day Southern Tanzania Adventure

Short Overview

Visit three of southern Tanzania’s most famous parks in this eleven day flying safari.

You’ll explore two of Africa’s largest game parks in the form of Selous Reserve and the famous Ruaha National Park. Providing a far more rugged and wild experience than you’ll find in the country’s north, these two parks combine well with Mahale – home of Tanzania’s little-known chimpanzee population.

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


Details of Wild Tanzania - 11 Day Southern Tanzania Adventure


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 two 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.


After an early breakfast, you’ll board your flight for the Mahale National Park. Much larger than the more famous Gombe National Park, Mahale is famous for both its chimpanzee population and its dynamic terrain.

You’ll take a boat transfer out to the park in time for lunch and an afternoon activity such as kayaking, hiking, or bird-watching.


You’ll have two days to experience this beautiful park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, with one of them best spent heading out to see its most famous inhabitants – the chimpanzees. Our closest living relatives are a source of endless fascination for travelers from all over the world, and you’ll have the chance to take a guided trek out to meet them face to face.

On your second day, you might wish to take a guided nature walk, a serene boat safari, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of this well-kept secret.


You’ll board your flight back to civilization today, returning to Dar Es Salaam for your onward travel.


Itinerary in Brief


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

  • DAY 3 - SELOUS RESERVEGame drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - SELOUS TO RUAHA. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. 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 - FLIGHT FROM RUAHA TO MAHALE. Boat safari and optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9 - MAHALE NATIONAL PARK. Chimpanzee trekking. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10 - MAHALE NATIONAL PARK. Optional activities such as kayaking and hiking. (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 and Ruaha National Parks.

  • Visit Africa's largest game reserve, Selous.

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Mahale National Park.

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

  • Kayaking and hiking available in Mahale National Park.

  • 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.