Southern Tanzania Safari

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 6 Days | Arusha to Dar Es Salaam
  • Group Size: Max 6

Trip Details


Get off the usual safari track for a whirlwind week of wildlife-viewing in the southern circuit of Tanzania. The reserves and national parks of this region are remote and much less frequented by travelers, offering exceptional exploration. Watch for its herds of elephants, towers of giraffes, and zeals of zebras on a safari experience that will feel like your group’s alone. Internal flights between parks are included to ensure you experience the most in the time available.

Trip Highlights

    • Set out on safari in two distinct game reserves to seek out Tanzania’s incredible wildlife, including lions, zebras, giraffes, and African wild dogs.
    • Discuss the importance of wildlife conservation with rangers in Ruaha National Park.
    • Embark on a river safari through Selous Game Reserve to spot wading hippos, elephants, and more.

Itinerary - 6 Days

Day 1 — Arusha

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Arusha/Ruaha National Park

This morning catch a flight to Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’s largest national park, which harbors an abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes. Transfer to our safari lodge and embark on a safari drive to spot local wildlife. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 — Ruaha National Park

Spend a full day viewing wildlife with our expert safari guide inside this vast and remote park, keeping an eye out for lions, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, and impalas. This evening, relax at the lodge, sitting on the deck with a cool drink, listening to the night sounds, and gazing at the stars. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 — Ruaha National Park/Selous

Enjoy one last morning safari drive in Ruaha before catching our flight to Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After settling into our camp, board a boat on the river for an evening safari. The rivers of Selous are the lifeblood of the park, attracting elephants, hippos, and crocodiles, among others. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 — Selous Game Reserve

Rise early and head out for a full day wildlife safari drive in this incredible reserve, accompanied by our local guide. The park is known for its numerous lion prides, over 50 percent of the remaining endangered African wild dog population, and over 400 bird species. There also is an abundance of zebra, impala, giraffe, sable, kudu, baboon, wildebeest, colobus, and vervet monkeys. After a busy day, relax this evening, enjoying sunset by the river and dinner in the boma. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 — Selous/Dar es Salaam

Enjoy a morning safari walk before catching a flight to Dar Es Salaam. After arriving in Dar Es Salaam, depart at any time. (1B, 1L)

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.


  • Jun 21 - 26, 2018
  • Jul 05 - 10, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 19 - 24, 2018
  • Jul 26 - 31, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 02 - 07, 2018
  • Aug 23 - 28, 2018
  • Sep 07 - 12, 2018
  • Sep 13 - 18, 2018
  • Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2018
  • Oct 18 - 23, 2018
  • Nov 08 - 13, 2018
  • Dec 27, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
  • Jan 24 - 29, 2019
  • Feb 22 - 27, 2019
  • Mar 08 - 13, 2019
  • Jun 27 - Jul 02, 2019
  • Jul 11 - 16, 2019
  • Jul 18 - 23, 2019
  • Jul 25 - 30, 2019
  • Aug 01 - 06, 2019
  • Aug 15 - 20, 2019
  • Aug 22 - 27, 2019
  • Sep 05 - 10, 2019
  • Sep 12 - 17, 2019
  • Sep 26 - Oct 01, 2019
  • Oct 17 - 22, 2019
  • Nov 07 - 12, 2019
  • Dec 19 - 24, 2019

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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What To Expect

Please note that on domestic flights to and from our safari accommodations, each passenger's checked and carry-on luggage may not weigh more than a combined total of 33 lbs (15 kgs) and must be packed in small soft-sided bags. This regulation is strictly enforced by the airlines.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $779

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Safari Camp/lodges (4 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included
5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $110–145 for meals not included.

4x4 safari vehicle, plane, boat, walking

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.