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Nyerere or Ruaha Quick Gateway

Nyerere National Park  OR Ruaha National Park
- $ 2,000/Person (Minimum 2 Guests)
- 3 Nights
Recommended for:
Honeymoon, Family, Couple, Solo

Exploring the southern circuit of Tanzania offers a unique and less crowded safari experience compared to the more popular northern circuit. Here's a suggested itinerary for a memorable safari experience in the southern part of the country:

You will explore two of the most iconic national parks in the region: Selous and Ruaha. It's a perfect blend of adventure, wildlife encounters, and relaxation amidst the breathtaking landscapes of southern Tanzania.


  • Game Drives: Both Nyerere and Ruaha National Parks offer incredible game driving experiences. 

  • Walking Safaris: Guided walking safaris are available in both parks

  • Boat Safaris: Nyerere National Park, with its extensive network of rivers and lakes, offers unique boat safari experiences along the Rufiji River. 

  • Birdwatching: Both parks are renowned for their rich birdlife, making them paradise for birdwatchers. 

  • Cultural Encounters: Ruaha National Park is located in an area inhabited by several ethnic groups, including the Maasai and Barabaig. Nyerere National Park also offers opportunities for cultural encounters with nearby communities.

  • Stargazing and Night Drives: Both parks offer opportunities for night drives, allowing visitors to witness nocturnal wildlife activity such as lions on the hunt or hyenas scavenging. 

  • Fishing: The Great Ruaha River, which flows through the park, is known for its diverse fish species and offers opportunities for both recreational and sport fishing (including Tigerfishes).

After you arrive at Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar Airport and cleared the immigration procedures, you will be met by our tour guide who will escort you to a waiting lounge (or arrival hall). If your flight is delayed, you will be transferred to a 4-star hotel in Dar Es Salaam; otherwise, you will be transferred to the local terminal to catch your light-chartered flight to Nyerere or Ruaha National Park. The flight takes about two hours.


Option 1

3 Nights Nyerere National Park

Private Walking | Boat Safari | Game Drive | Bird Watching | Fishing | Village Tour

Once you arrive at Nyerere National Park airstrip, you will meet our guide who will transfer you to the lodge/camp. For the next three days, you will discuss with your assigned tour guide any activities that are planned that day. Your tour guide may mention going on a game drive, which is usually the highlight of a safari. Game drives are the quintessential African adventure and allow you to see a wide variety of wildlife from the comfort of your pop-top roof or open-sided 4WD 4x4 vehicle. Your guide will introduce you to the various African wildlife spotted during your game drive and share his/her knowledge of the wildlife and their habitats with you. A huge variety of wildlife can be seen, such as elephants, giraffes, impalas, lions, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, warthogs, wild dogs, leopards, and waterbuck. Nyerere National Park is one of the very few places in Africa where it is possible to view wildlife from the water. Boat Safari is a two to three-hour long boat ride along the Rufiji River, preferably in the morning or in the afternoon. Here you will see Hippos, Crocodiles, and plentiful diverse bird species. Monkeys (Blue Monkeys, Savannah Baboons, and Black and White Colobus Monkeys) are often spotted in the trees along the banks of the river. The boat will stop off on a sandbank where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a cool drink. Walking safaris are a fantastic way to get close to nature and learn more about the smaller species and the bush itself. You will get an opportunity to learn about the things you missed from a vehicle or boat. You will be accompanied by our tour guide and an armed ranger for this two to three hours tour. Other activities include Birdwatching and Fishing. All meals and local wines will be provided. You will have all-inclusive accommodation with three meals daily Here is a sample itinerary: Day 1 - Arrival, get your coffee/tea, then do an evening Game Drive. Day 2 - All day private Game Drive with a picnic lunch. Day 3 - Morning shared Boat Safari then Private Game Drive in the afternoon. Day 4 - Shared air transfer back to Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar.

Nyerere National Park Accommodations

Option 2

3 Nights Ruaha National Park

Private Walking | Big 5 Safari | Bird Watching | Bush Meals 

You will meet our tour guide at the bush airstrip in Ruaha National Park who, after a short brief of what to expect within these three nights, will transfer you to the camp/lodge. Here, you will spend three nights doing different activities every day as per your wishes. You can choose from full-day or half-day game drives with a picnic lunch in the bush or back at the lodge, you can also choose a Walking Safari tour or Night Game Drive (for an additional cost). Ruaha National Park often referred to as Tanzania's best-kept secret offers some of the most rewarding and authentic wildlife experiences. With its scenic riverside lodges and tented camps, it offers a far more remote safari experience than the often-crowded, famous game parks of northern Tanzania. In Ruaha National Park, we are almost sure to encounter Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Leopards, and possibly Rhinos. Other commonly sighted animals in Ruaha include wildebeests, giraffes, hippos, and antelopes of various kinds. In a Walking Safari, you will be accompanied by an armed expert guide where you will enjoy a morning walking safari to experience the flora and fauna from a different perspective. You will take in the sounds of bird calls, look for tracks and signs in the earth, encounter smaller creatures that run away at the sound of a vehicle, and rest before an afternoon game drive to explore further afield. Here is a sample itinerary: Day 1 - Arrival, get your coffee/tea, then do an evening Game Drive looking for the Big 5. Day 2 - Morning Bush Walking Safari then Private Game Drive in the afternoon. Day 3 - All day private Game Drive with a bush lunch. Day 4 - Shared air transfer back to Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar.

Ruaha National Park Accommodations

Trip Includes

Meals and Accommodations as per itinerary.
Shared and private game viewing activity on Safari.
All Park Fees.
All Transfers per the itinerary (Private & Shared).
Flying Doctor medical insurance (incl. emergency evacuation)
Our guide will be with you all the time.

Trip Excludes

International Flights & Visa Fees.
Personal Insurance (Medical, Cancellation, and Baggage).
Tips and Gratuities.

Any items of a personal nature.

How to Book For Your Trip?

- Online: Fill up the simple online form and describe your trip.

- By Phone: You can also call us by phone to describe your trip.

- THEN: We will reach out to you within 24 hours.

- FINALLY: Confirm and start parking.

Why Trust TanzAmerica Safaris?

  • We are local in Tanzania - No third party is involved.

  • Offices in Tanzania and USA - Easy to communicate.

  • Our itineraries are custom created to your wishes - No one size fits all package.

  • Small family owned and operated - 100% Focus on our guests.

  • Private Vehicles - You will enjoy the exclusive use of a private vehicle.

  • No hidden fees.

  • 24/7 in-country support.

  • Five Star Reviews.

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