Southern Tanzania, the secret safari for people in the know

posted 10th February 2014 by Pixel Palace in Insider Scoop

Tanzania Safari Circuits

Tanzania has a famous Northern safari circuit and two lesser known yet equally rewarding being the Southern and Western circuits.

For years now we have sent numerous guests on these circuits and always marvel at the feedback received on the Southern Circuit (and West, just that’s a different story). So we thought it might be useful to talk about the Southern Circuit in case you are not familiar.

Not the North

So you simply cannot compare the northern and southern circuits. It is like an apple compared to a banana. Rather enjoy each one for their offerings.  In the North you have the famous list like a roll call – Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara to name a few.

So a Southern Safari Circuit

In the South you have Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.

We will explore those with you now through imagery and a handful of words.


Selous Game Reserve Safaris

The Selous is one of Africa’s last remaining ’wilds’ and somewhere you can really surround yourself with the bush, its beauty and beasts.

Inscribed onto the world heritage list in 1982, the Selous is rich in diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. There are large numbers of elephants, black rhinoceroses, cheetahs, giraffes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles to name a few plus more than 550 species of birds. This immense wilderness sanctuary measures some 50,000 square kilometres and is relatively untouched by human impact. You will traverse through dense thickets, wooded grasslands and a variety of other vegetation zones and feel like it’s just you in nature… as it should be on a classic Africa safari into Africa.

This place is wild and massive with just a handful of camps scattered around. From affordable to exclusive luxury, Selous offers all kinds of safaris and regardless of where you stay, the accommodation will be fantastic. They are all remote, nestled into the bush or on riverbanks and as wild as camps will get with all the creature comforts you could ask for. The Selous has everything going for it – game drives in awesome 4×4 vehicles, boating safaris, walking safaris, lunches on dry river beds, swimming in rock pools, fishing to our all time favourite, fly camping. The minimum of fuss after a walking safari day and you arrive to soft afternoon light and a dipping sun, crackling fire, cold drinks and then enjoy an evening under the stars.

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Images courtesy of guests, camps and the team.

Ruaha National Park Safaris

The romance of Ruaha will take your breath away, are you ready?

Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest National Park, over 20,000 square kilometres.  Its eco-system is hugely significant and important for Africa’s iconic predators with over 10% of the world’s lion population and the density of these animals in the core zone are higher than in the Serengeti.

On top of these impressive figures, the ecosystem holds the worlds third largest population of wild dogs and has one of just a few sustainable populations of cheetah left in East Africa. You can expect to see many iconic herbivores like elephant, buffalo, giraffe, antelopes and is a truly scenic, diverse landscape which even boasts the majestic and iconic baobab.


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