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  • Roam Africa’s largest game reserve in search of big cats.
  • Embark on daily private game drives as you spot the Big 5.
  • Includes internal flights.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring a selection of Tanzania’s finest accommodations.
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Roam Africa’s largest game reserve in search of big cats and embark on daily game drives along Tanzania’s southern safari circuit.

Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in Tanzania’s stunning landscapes and wildlife in Selous, Ruaha and Katavi. As throngs of other tourists to explore the more famous game parks up north, experience true Africa. Search for giraffe, elephants, lions, wild dogs and more in isolated and untrammeled parks, and see what Africa might have been like 100 years ago. With your expert guide and 4x4 vehicle, head out on daily games drives. In the evenings, relax in a mix of luxury hotels and charming tented camps and lodges that offer elegant surroundings in wild and picturesque settings.

This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Dar Es Salaam
    Dar Es Salaam
    • Meet & Greet - Guide(0)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - City Centre/Harbour(4)
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Plane(0)
  • Day 2 Dar Es Salaam to Selous
    Dar Es Salaam to Selous
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - City Centre/Harbour(4)
    • Air - Dar Es Salaam - Selous [Charter Hop - (45mins)] - Economy - Coastal(0)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Park Fees - Entrance(0)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Selous
    Selous
    • Morning Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Park Fees - Entrance(0)
    • Rufiji River Camp Optional Activities - Optional Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Selous to Ruaha
    Selous to Ruaha
    • Air - Selous - Ruaha [Direct (2hrs)] - Economy(0)
    • Park Fees - Entrance(0)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Ruaha
    Ruaha
    • Morning Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Ruaha River Lodge Optional Activities - Optional Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Ruaha to Katavi
    Ruaha to Katavi
    • Air - Ruaha - Katavi [2.5 hrs] - Economy(0)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Katavi
    Katavi
    • Morning Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Katuma Bush Lodge Optional Activities - Optional Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Katavi
    Katavi
    • Morning Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Katavi
    Katavi
    • Air - Katavi - Dar Es Salaam [Charter hop 5 to 5 1/2 hours ] - Economy(0)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Dar Es Salaam

You will be greeted upon arrival at the airport at the migration office. You will then be escorted through security, customs, and be assisted with your baggage and shown access to the airport lounge where available.

Airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.

While you are in the care of Kensington Tours, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Kensington Tours clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

An oasis of luxury in the very heart of Dar Es Salaam, the elegant and cosmopolitan Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel enjoys an exceptionally high-profile clientele and regularly plays host to both regional and international events. Encircled by tropical gardens and just minutes from the broad sweep of Indian Ocean beaches that characterize this vibrant city, the Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel offers a unique mix of pan-African style, world-class professionalism, and 5 star facilities. Stylish yet relaxed, the hotel is one of the capital city’s most popular rendezvous points and makes the ideal venue for both corporate and social events.

Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel
Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

Day 2: Dar Es Salaam - Selous

Airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Take your flight from Dar Es Salaam (DAR) to Selous today. The flight duration is approximately 45mins.

Baggage allowed 15 kgs per passenger and 5 kgs hand luggage, preferably in soft bags.

This afternoon you'll head out on a game drive alongside a local expert guide aboard a 4x4 Safari-game vehicle.  Your guide will take you the local wildlife hotspots, keeping in mind that the wildlife may be trying to avoid the scorching hot African sun.  You'll visit local water-holes and shady tree patches where a variety of resident big cats, migratory herds and colorful birdlife frequent.   

Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji River, in a point where the ample and tranquil river is animated by many different species of animals. The tented camp is situated in the heart of the Selous Reserve. It is environmentally friendly and each tent is equipped with a private bathroom and a veranda facing the river. There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river offering a permanent show to visitors of the camp. The central part of the camp hosts the restaurant, bar, and library; all with a view of the river and sunset. All of the camp structures, kitchen included, are constantly renovated, attaining the highest level of comfort without sacrificing the emotion of a completely natural environment. Electricity and hot water are powered by solar panels, while UHV-filtered drinking water is available throughout camp (including tents). A covered swimming pool is situated in the camp, between the reception and tent area.

Selous
Selous
Rufiji River Camp
Rufiji River Camp

Day 3: Selous

This morning you'll board your dedicated Safari vehicle, accompanied by your expert driver/guide for the day’s first game drive.  Your guides knowledge of this area is utilized as they will take you to the locations which are most frequented by local wildlife.  Keep your camera handy as you explore this beautiful African landscape to snap some photos of the elusive big cats, migratory herds, and colorful birdlife.

Guests staying at Rufiji River Camp can enjoy a variety of optional activities whilst in Selous.  Guest can enjoy the cooling off in the pool to escape the hot African Sun.  Guests can also go out on safari game drives in 4x4 vehicles to get a close look at the local wildlife and bird species. You also have the option of taking a walking safari where you can choose an established trail or one for your special interest, always ofcourse, accompanied by an armed ranger. There is also the possibility of fishing (must be booked and paid for at the camp).

Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp
Lion Stare
Lion Stare
Bush Breakfast
Bush Breakfast

Day 4: Selous - Ruaha

Take your flight from Selous to Ruaha today. 

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

This afternoon you'll head out on a game drive alongside a local expert guide aboard a 4x4 Safari-game vehicle.  Your guide will take you the local wildlife hotspots, keeping in mind that the wildlife may be trying to avoid the scorching hot African sun.  You'll visit local water-holes and shady tree patches where a variety of resident big cats, migratory herds and colorful birdlife frequent.

Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge Foxes

Ruaha River Lodge Foxes is a fabulous riverside lodge, at the heart of Tanzania's extraordinary Ruaha Park. The Lodge gets its name from the Fox family. They were pioneers in setting up safari camps within the pristine wilderness. The property includes twin camps (River and Hilltop, with 14 guest bandas apiece), one low open-sided thatched lodge, and the other wrapped organically around the top of a rocky kopje. The Foxes have spent years perfecting the standards of guiding, food and accommodation. The wild, remote, and unimaginably beauty of Ruaha National Park makes it one of East Africa's best kept secrets. There are few places in the world with such prolific wildlife. Cheetahs, leopards, and lions, elephants, buffalos, and hippos, wild dog, roan antelope, you name it, there's a chance you'll see it at close quarters.
 

The Superb Starling
The Superb Starling
Ruaha River Lodge Foxes
Ruaha River Lodge Foxes

Day 5: Ruaha

This morning you'll board your dedicated Safari vehicle, accompanied by your expert driver/guide for the day’s first game drive.  Your guides knowledge of this area is utilized as they will take you to the locations which are most frequented by local wildlife.  Keep your camera handy as you explore this beautiful African landscape to snap some photos of the elusive big cats, migratory herds, and colorful birdlife.

A variety of optional activities are made available for guests staying at the Ruaha River Lodge.  These activities include various wildlife experiences.  Head out a game drive safari's aboard a 4x4 vehicle to encounter the local wildlife and enjoy the spectacular views of the picturesque surroundings.  During the dry season, an armed ranger can take guests out on a walking safari for a truly exciting experience.

Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge Foxes
Safari Game Vehicle
Safari Game Vehicle
Lions
Lions

Day 6: Ruaha - Katavi

Take your flight from Ruaha to Katavi today. The flight duration may vary from 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

This afternoon you'll head out on a game drive alongside a local expert guide aboard a 4x4 Safari-game vehicle.  Your guide will take you the local wildlife hotspots, keeping in mind that the wildlife may be trying to avoid the scorching hot African sun.  You'll visit local water-holes and shady tree patches where a variety of resident big cats, migratory herds and colorful birdlife frequent.

Accommodation: Katuma Bush Lodge

In the centre of Katavi National park lies Katuma, a charming Bush Lodge that offers a riveting bush experience with breathtaking views over the vast plains of Katisunga. Katuma Bush Lodge has been designed to blend in with its surroundings to avoid distraction from the beauty of Katavi. The 8 double bed tents and 2 twin bed tents are fitted under thatch roof on raised wooden decks with hardwood floors. The Tent’s private balconies allow for excellent views over the plains. Enjoy fresh and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the spacious dining facility. The brand new mess area consists of a comfortable guest lounge and a spectacular viewing and swimming pool deck. Other exciting activities available to guests include game drives in open-sided 4WD land cruisers and walking safaris. For guests wishing for something a little more low-key, books are provided should you wish to relax and read.

Katavi
Katavi
Katuma Bush Lodge
Katuma Bush Lodge

Day 7: Katavi

This morning you'll board your dedicated Safari vehicle, accompanied by your expert driver/guide for the day’s first game drive.  Your guides knowledge of this area is utilized as they will take you to the locations which are most frequented by local wildlife.  Keep your camera handy as you explore this beautiful African landscape to snap some photos of the elusive big cats, migratory herds, and colorful birdlife.

A variety of activities are made available for guests staying at the Katuma Bush Lodge.  Game Viewing is exceptionally rewarding at Katavi due to the sheer abundance of wildlife.  Game-drives tend to begin at dawn and again late in the afternoon. Game drives are done aboard 4X4 vehicles and centre around the woodland areas along the seasonal lakes, where most of the game can be found. For those who want to get even closer to nature, Walking Safaris can be done in the early mornings when the light is at it’s best.

Accommodation: Katuma Bush Lodge
Leopard
Leopard
Lion
Lion

Day 8: Katavi

This morning you'll board your dedicated Safari vehicle, accompanied by your expert driver/guide for the day’s first game drive.  Your guides knowledge of this area is utilized as they will take you to the locations which are most frequented by local wildlife.  Keep your camera handy as you explore this beautiful African landscape to snap some photos of the elusive big cats, migratory herds, and colorful birdlife.

This afternoon you'll head out on a game drive alongside a local expert guide aboard a 4x4 Safari-game vehicle.  Your guide will take you the local wildlife hotspots, keeping in mind that the wildlife may be trying to avoid the scorching hot African sun.  You'll visit local water-holes and shady tree patches where a variety of resident big cats, migratory herds and colorful birdlife frequent.

Accommodation: Katuma Bush Lodge
Game Vehicle
Game Vehicle

Day 9: Katavi

Take your flight from Katavi to Dar es Salaam today. The flight duration may vary from 5 to 5 1/2 hours. You will stop to refuel in Ruaha.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel: Dar Es Salaam

An oasis of luxury in the very heart of Dar Es Salaam, the elegant and cosmopolitan Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel enjoys an exceptionally high-profile clientele and regularly plays host to both regional and international events. Encircled by tropical gardens and just minutes from the broad sweep of Indian Ocean beaches that characterize this vibrant city, the Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel offers a unique mix of pan-African style, world-class professionalism, and 5 star facilities. Stylish yet relaxed, the hotel is one of the capital city’s most popular rendezvous points and makes the ideal venue for both corporate and social events.

Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel
Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel

Rufiji River Camp: Selous

Rufiji River Camp is located on the banks of the Rufiji River, in a point where the ample and tranquil river is animated by many different species of animals. The tented camp is situated in the heart of the Selous Reserve. It is environmentally friendly and each tent is equipped with a private bathroom and a veranda facing the river. There is a constant flow of animals coming down to drink at the river offering a permanent show to visitors of the camp. The central part of the camp hosts the restaurant, bar, and library; all with a view of the river and sunset. All of the camp structures, kitchen included, are constantly renovated, attaining the highest level of comfort without sacrificing the emotion of a completely natural environment. Electricity and hot water are powered by solar panels, while UHV-filtered drinking water is available throughout camp (including tents). A covered swimming pool is situated in the camp, between the reception and tent area.

Rufiji River Camp
Rufiji River Camp
Huts
Huts

Ruaha River Lodge Foxes: Ruaha

Ruaha River Lodge Foxes is a fabulous riverside lodge, at the heart of Tanzania's extraordinary Ruaha Park. The Lodge gets its name from the Fox family. They were pioneers in setting up safari camps within the pristine wilderness. The property includes twin camps (River and Hilltop, with 14 guest bandas apiece), one low open-sided thatched lodge, and the other wrapped organically around the top of a rocky kopje. The Foxes have spent years perfecting the standards of guiding, food and accommodation. The wild, remote, and unimaginably beauty of Ruaha National Park makes it one of East Africa's best kept secrets. There are few places in the world with such prolific wildlife. Cheetahs, leopards, and lions, elephants, buffalos, and hippos, wild dog, roan antelope, you name it, there's a chance you'll see it at close quarters.
 

Ruaha River Lodge Foxes
Ruaha River Lodge Foxes
Exterior
Exterior

Katuma Bush Lodge: Katavi

In the centre of Katavi National park lies Katuma, a charming Bush Lodge that offers a riveting bush experience with breathtaking views over the vast plains of Katisunga. Katuma Bush Lodge has been designed to blend in with its surroundings to avoid distraction from the beauty of Katavi. The 8 double bed tents and 2 twin bed tents are fitted under thatch roof on raised wooden decks with hardwood floors. The Tent’s private balconies allow for excellent views over the plains. Enjoy fresh and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the spacious dining facility. The brand new mess area consists of a comfortable guest lounge and a spectacular viewing and swimming pool deck. Other exciting activities available to guests include game drives in open-sided 4WD land cruisers and walking safaris. For guests wishing for something a little more low-key, books are provided should you wish to relax and read.

Katuma Bush Lodge
Katuma Bush Lodge
Game Viewing
Game Viewing
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

  • Rachel F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Kensington Tours gave us a wonderful trip with the best guide and accommodations. They helped us book flights to avoid long drives and answered all of our questions going above and beyond. Thank you for all your help giving my family and I a trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait to go back to Africa and do it again using Kensington!

  • Jeffrey L. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We wanted the full safari experience and Kensington was able to deliver it. We had the perfect mix of tents and lodges and honestly can say we saw about everything we could have in our time there. Our Kensington guide Elijah was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was basically a member of the family by the end of the trip. The entire trip was planned out perfectly. Thanks to Kensington and we hope to travel with them again in the future.

  • Sarah M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had such a tremendous trip! We covered a lot of geography, plants and animals - both aquatic and land based. Every guide we had was knowledgeable and very personable. When Grootbos and then Madikwe found out it was my husband's birthday - our guide at Grootbos "Nita" arranged a private party for him (and us) and our chef and butler at Little Madikwe, Violet and Patience, baked cupcakes and got a small group together to sing happy birthday - in English and Afrikaans! We could never have seen so much on our own. The knowledge we gained about South African people, places, animals and history made this our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

  • Sasha T. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had the most amazing time on our trip. Very grateful to Kensington for organizing all the pick ups and details so we didn't have to think or worry - we could just enjoy ourselves. Will absolutely recommend this trip to family and friends and hope to use Kensington again in the future for our next adventure. Thanks so much!

  • Kristin C. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    From the minute we landed, everything was taken care of. Every driver and guide we had were very friendly and efficient. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Kapama Southern Camp, everything about this place was amazing. We were all sad to leave and would love to return there in the future. Would highly recommend booking as many people there as possible.

  • Eric W. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Madagascar is a very poor country with spotty infrastructure. We used Kensington for their knowledge of the area and their resources and we are very pleased. Our driver for the trip was very professional and knowledgeable of the area and the guide that we used for the rainforest walks was equally knowledgeable and professional. Bari, our guide, had a passion for the area and wanted to make sure we were able to get the best picture of each sighting. Franco, our driver, had a passion for his country and the sights and he was a definite asset on our trip.

  • Tom B. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Guides were incredibly well-informed and taught my wife and I about the environment, animals, and culture. Our tour would have just been commonplace, without them.

  • Mary R. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    Going with Kensington Tours was a great decision. The transfers between resorts was handled very professionally and extremely smooth. I will plan my next trip to South Africa with Kensington. Money well spent!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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