Amazing 5 Days Ruaha Safari

Tour Overview

Visit the two largest and most popular parks in Southern Tanzania on this special fly-in 5-day safari starting in Arusha (after a safari in the northern circuit) and ending in Dar es Salaam.

Start at the Ruaha National Park in the hazy blue hills of the central/southern highlands. Here you will spy colorful migrating birds, impressive herds of elephants and hippo, plus lion prides hunting along the Great Ruaha and the Mzombe Rivers that border the park.

Then fly to the expansive 21,000 square mile (55,000 square kilometers) Selous Game Reserve which is UNESCO World Heritage Site home to rare wild dogs and thousands of migrating elephants.

This trip offers unique open vehicle game drives, small boat safaris, and wonderful walking safaris in the heart of the African wilderness.

You can also do this trip in reverse order, starting in Dar and ending in Arusha. Flights can be combined with flights to/from the Serengeti and to/from Zanzibar.

Places to Visit

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Arusha to Ruaha, afternoon game drive

Fly Arusha to Ruaha, arriving in time for an afternoon game drive.

Upon arrival, settle into your own private "Banda" or rock chalet at the Ruaha River Lodge. There will be time to experience your first game drive today. Game drives are done in unique open vehicles that allow for 360 viewing of the area's impressive wildlife.

During your stay, be sure to visit the elevated bar and watch spectacular sunset over the river below. Fall asleep with the fresh night air gently blowing through the screened windows and perhaps even wake to an elephant outside your door the next morning.

Main Destination: Ruaha National Park
Meal: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Ruaha, morning and afternoon safari activities

Enjoy more of Ruaha with morning and afternoon safari activities.

Main Destination: Ruaha National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Fly Ruaha to Selous, afternoon game drive

Today, fly Ruaha to Selous, arriving in time for an afternoon game drive.

Main Destination: Ruaha National Park - Selous Game Reserve
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Selous, morning and afternoon safari activities

Experience more of Selous, enjoying morning and afternoon safari activities (boat safaris, guided walks, and game drives).

Main Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Fly Selous to Dar

Depart Selous to Dar es Salaam by air. All air strip transfers are included in the fees. You can extend your trip to Zanzibar as well.

Main Destination: Dar es Salaam
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary Map


  • Park Fees (for Non-Residents)
  • Domestic Flights
  • Concession/ Camping Fees
  • Daily game drives while on safari
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation (unless labelled as optional).
  • A professional driver/guide
  • 4×4 Land Cruiser
  • All Taxes/ VAT
  • Meals while on Safari (From lunch on day 1 till lunch on last day)
  • Drinking water while on safari (2 Litres per person per day)


  • International flights (From/ To Home)
  • Round Trip Airport Transfer (Unless Paid)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless Paid)
  • Tips
  • Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.)
  • Government Imposed increase of Taxes and/ or Park Fees
  • Meals while in Arusha
  • Masai Village Visit – 20 USD per person
  • Serengeti Balloon Safari – 600 USD per person (Unless Paid)

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