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The Secret South

Highlights of this Safari

  • Off-the-beaten-path safari – ideal for discerning travellers
  • Excellent wildlife – elephants, big cats & wild dogs
  • Small, intimate camps with secluded tented suites
  • Perfect Zanzibar or beach holiday add-on


FROM USD 4995 pps

Comfort Level: M Midrange Holidays
Start/End: Start at Dar es Salaam & End in Ruaha National Park
Countries: Tanzania
Destinations: Dar es Salaam, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park


Day 1: Settle into your Safari

Arrive at Dar es Salaam Airport & transfer a short distance to the Southern Sun Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis.

It’s an easy start to this tour: located close to Dar es Salaam Airport, the Southern Sun Hotel offers the perfect place to unwind after a long international flight. There’s a big swimming pool, plenty of sun loungers and time to recharge batteries and check emails if you need to.

Days 2 - 4: Into the Selous Wilderness

Transfer to Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve for 3 nights on a full board basis. Game drives, walks, boating & fishing.

It’s Africa’s biggest game reserve and home to a wide range of animals, thanks to the wide Rufiji River over which your accommodation – Impala Camp – stands. Wildlife highlights include elephant herds, big cats, giant crocodiles and pods of snorting hippos – the park is especially good in the dry season when great concentrations of animals can be seen at the river. One of the smallest camps in the Selous Game Reserve, Impala Camp seeks to deliver epic game viewing by 4X4 and boat. You can also head out with your guide on walking safaris to see the smaller side of the Selous – birds, insects and footprints.

Days 5 – 7: Unspoiled Ruaha

Transfer to Kwihala Camp in the Ruaha National Park for 3 nights on a full board basis. Game drives & guided walks.

Moving between two sites, your Ruaha accommodation ensures a right-time-right-place setting. Good thing too: Kwihala Camp sits in the little-visited Ruaha National Park, home to some of the best dry-season game viewing in Tanzania. All the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – are there in healthy numbers as is the highly endangered wild dog and spotted hyena. There are large numbers of elephant and buffalo plus zebra, giraffe, crocodiles and hippo. And with a bird count of over 500 species, Ruaha is also an excellent bird watching destination. A morning highlight is your Bonnet Breakfast – prepared on the bonnet of the 4X4 and served out on the savannah!

Day 8: The Journey Ends

Transfer to the local airstrip for a flight to your next destination.

Depending on your travel arrangements, there may be time for an early morning game drive before transferring to the airstrip for your onward connection.


Accommodation, Meals as specified, Activities at Safari Lodges, Local Drinks & Laundry at Safari Lodges, All internal flights in Tanzania, Road Transfers as specified, All Park & Conservation fees, Airport taxes


Flights to & from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Premium Drinks at Safari Camps, Gratuities, Meals that are not Specified, Items of personal nature, Travel Insurance

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  • We’re based in Africa
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  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
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  • Travel Support from Start to Finish


Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
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From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
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Ann and Mario (Canada)
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Gwen (AU)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

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