For exciting game viewing without the crowds, head to the lesser-visited southern part of Tanzania. Enjoy an authentic safari adventure before relaxing on the secluded beaches of the Tanzanian coast. Staying at a trio of Selous Safari Company properties, this itinerary offers intimacy and luxury in equal measure.
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Selous Game Reserve is crossed by the Rufiji River, creating a landscape of lakes, swamps and waterways which act as a draw for game and a haven for birdlife. Along with over 400 species of bird, expect to see buffalo, elephant, hippo, crocodile, lion and even the endangered African wild dog. Boasting a prime location on Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu offers an intimate bush experience. You'll stay for three nights in one of 10 well-appointed safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Thatched bomas house the lounge and restaurant. Take a boat or guided walking safari, relax by the pool or sit back and enjoy an armchair safari from your private veranda.
Known for its striking wilderness, baobab trees and large elephant and big cat populations, little-visited Ruaha National Park offers a genuine taste of wild Africa. The Great Ruaha River acts as a magnet for wildlife and a lure for top predators, making for great game viewing. Spend the next three nights at Jongomero on the banks of the Sand River, in one of eight deluxe canvas suites. Each enjoys a spacious hardwood veranda, furniture built from reclaimed dhow wood and sumptuous beds and linens. The communal area includes a restaurant, bar, lounge and pool. The river is seasonal and when dry, the animals use the sandy riverbed as a natural thoroughfare, meaning game viewing can be enjoyed from the comfort of the camp, but the morning and evening game drives are the real highlight.
Ras Kutani, Tanzanian Coast
In keeping with the off-the-beaten-track nature of the itinerary, you'll finish your trip with four nights at Ras Kutani on the deserted beaches of the Tanzanian coast, south of Dar es Salaam. This peaceful beach lodge sits adjacent to a freshwater lagoon and offers nine beach-facing cottages and four hillside suites, all with large verandas, hammocks and a splash of castaway chic. For greater privacy and a plunge pool, book a hillside suite. The main area boasts an open-air bar, lounge and restaurant serving delicious fresh seafood. Snorkel the waters, kayak the lagoon or simply soak up the sun.