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While Northern Tanzania lays claim to the world famous and popular wildlife reserves of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, the game parks of Southern Tanzania offer equally impressive wildlife experiences away from the safari crowds. Parks like Selous Game Reserve (the largest in Africa) and Ruaha National Park provide visitors with authentic safari experiences in largely untouched savannahs, with chances to see the Big 5, other predators and numerous game species.


Location: Tanzania

Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania has excellent game viewing away from the crowds of the more popular and famous national parks further north, offering an authentic and untouched African safari rarely found today. At almost 55,000 km² it is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Africa, four times the size of the Serengeti. Selous is home to elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, waterbuck, hippo, leopard and lion amongst other species as well as abundant birdlife.

Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's second largest park and one of its wildest, receiving far fewer visitors than other reserves. The Great Ruaha River which flows through the park creates spectacular gorges and scenery and swarms with hippos and crocodiles. Ruaha is known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as kudu, sable and roan antelope and waterbuck. Feasting on this game are leopards, lions, cheetahs and rare wild dogs.

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park in southern Tanzania offers opportunities to view hippos, elephants, buffalo and lions as well as eland, kudu and sable antelopes.

Travel to Game Parks of Southern Tanzania

Organised group tours: The following tours for Game Parks of Southern Tanzania are available:


Details and Booking

Tour Map of Southern Parks of Tanzania

Southern Parks of Tanzania

£2790

excl. flights

7 days

Whether it be in Nepal's Chitwan National Park spotting the Asian Rhino or Bengal Tiger; in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater admiring the plethora of pink flamingo; in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park viewing the two-toed sloth; in Antarctica getting up-close to penguins; or in Rwanda witnessing the impressive mountain gorillas, World Expeditions takes you to some of the world's best wildlife sanctuaries. Depending on the location, a Wildlife Safari requires a keen eye and patience! At all wildlife viewing opportunities you will have an experienced guide along with you to provide commentary and insight. Bring your binoculars!

Many of our Adventure Touring trips include day walks.  May of these day walks are optional and whilst we hope that all participants will join in, they are definitely not compulsory. Day walks are defined as 1-6 hour walks, which may include a city tour, exploration of some ruins, a jungle boardwalk or on certain trips, a more demanding day hike. Some trips include more day walks than others, and we recommend you refer to the trip notes to assess whether this is the trip for you.

Our diverse range of natural history and cultural adventures combine our expert knowledge of remote regions with our ability to devise exhilarating journeys. There is little or no camping on these trips while at night we stay at comfortable hotels, local inns or well-appointed lodges. On these journeys you may enjoy the local hospitality of the inns in the remote countryside of Japan, explore a Buddhist monastery deep in the mountains of Tibet or delve into the history of the Great Game in Kashgar, China.

Southern Parks of Tanzania

A fine introduction to the southern parks of Tanzania is our remote lodge located on the banks of the Ruaha River in the heart of the reserve. Surrounded by a diverse range of landscapes from grasslands to escarpments and mountains as well as pretty riverine areas, it is no surprise that such contrasting environments provide for some diverse wildlife. Early morning and afternoon game drives will showcase all that Ruaha has to offer as well as the opportunity to enjoy a walking safari with the lodge's naturalist guide. We link the Ruaha Park with a short flight to our next destination. Covering an area greater than Switzerland, Selous is the single largest wildlife preservation area in the world. It's home to Africa's largest populations of Wild Dog and its rivers and tributaries attract bountiful numbers of elephants, hippopotamus and crocodile. Our delightful luxury tented camp on the shores of the Rufiji River lends itself to safaris on foot, by boat and in custom built 4x4 vehicles. This is an excellent opportunity to visit two of Tanzania's most untouched parks where lodge development is embryonic and tourism numbers low; translating to a very special quality safari experience.