Untouched Tanzania

9 days from $11,070 per person*
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a unique tree house sleep out.
  • Featuring a selection of Tanzania’s finest accommodations.
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Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in Tanzania’s stunning landscapes and wildlife in Ruaha and Selous. 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. Here it feels as though you have Africa all to yourself.

You are met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The next morning fly off into Ruaha, a hidden gem, home to some of the most diverse game viewing in all of Tanzania. Spot giraffe, zebra, impala, huge numbers of elephant and unique game like greater and lesser kudu, eland, sable and roan antelope. A cruise along the Ruaha River and spot huge Nile crocodiles, pods of hippo and more. Ruaha has an abundance of predators, from leopard to roaming cheetah, hyena and jackals, not to mention huge lion prides. Explore hills, rivers and the escarpment that is actually part of the Great Rift Valley. Look up to spot leopard in the rare baobab forests, sausage, acacia and ebony trees. This terrain makes for fascinating walking and driving country, with few others around. Fly on to finish in Selous and the endless horizons of the African wilderness. Explore a unique array of environmental biodiversity, from the riverine forests, miombo woodlands and plains to the fascinating lake regions of Tagalala and Mwanze. Embark on captivating game drives, walking safaris and boat safaris as you track elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, wild dog, wart hog, hippo, baboon or hyena to name just a few. Then enjoy a unique chance to sleep out under the stars in a private treehouse as the wild night songs begin their melodies around you. This is untouched Africa. ... Show More »

With your expert guide, head out on daily games drives, walks and boating safaris as you discover the wild heart of Africa. Enjoy incredible access to game and in between activities, enjoy sumptuous meals and attentive service. In the evenings, relax in a mix of luxury hotels, charming tented camps and hand-picked lodges that offer elegant surroundings in wild, complete with picture perfect views.

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 Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Dar Es Salaam
    Dar Es Salaam
    • Meet & Greet - Guide
    • Private Transfer - Airport - City Centre/Harbour
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2 Dar Es Salaam to Ruaha
    Dar Es Salaam to Ruaha
    • Private Transfer - Airport - City Centre/Harbour
    • Air - Dar Es Salaam - Ruaha [2 hrs] - Y Class - Standard
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Ruaha
    Ruaha
    • Jabali Ridge at Leisure
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Ruaha
    Ruaha
    • Morning Game Drive 2
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Ruaha to Selous
    Ruaha to Selous
    • Air - Ruaha - Selous [Direct (1.5hrs)] - Y Class - Standard
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 6 Selous
    Selous
    • Selous Wildlife - Optional Activities
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 7 Selous
    Selous
    • Morning Game Drive - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Shared Tour - Boat Safari
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 8 Selous
    Selous
    • Shared Tour - Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Entrance
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 9 Selous
    Selous
    • Air - Selous - Dar Es Salaam [(1hr)] - Economy - Coastal
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.

Settle in for a private transfer with an English-speaking driver between your hotel and Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam.

While in our care, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all guests are provided with a “Flying Doctors” insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment, however, does not cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Oyster Bay Hotel

The Oyster Bay Hotel is like staying with friends, in a beautiful large home and garden.  The hotel boasts eight luxurious ocean facing guest suites, spacious in the extreme (70 sqm) with luxurious bathrooms, air-conditioned, fabulously furnished in contemporary African style. The suites reflect modern day Africa in a timeless setting – balmy, equatorial, coastal, the essence of Dar es Salaam. You will feel that you are staying somewhere truly special whilst enjoying the many highlights of your holiday. Extensive lounges and terraces overlooking mature gardens, swimming pool and within secure walking distance of the Oyster Bay shopping center, the Oyster Bay Hotel have it all. The Oyster Bay is located in the center of the Oyster Bay area of Dar es Salaam facing the ocean on Tourre Drive. It is a fifteen-minute drive from the center of the city and thirty minutes from the airports (domestic and international) depending on the traffic.

Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tanzania Dar Es Salaam
Tanzania Dar Es Salaam
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Oyster Bay Hotel
Oyster Bay Hotel

Day 2: Dar Es Salaam - Ruaha

Settle in for a private transfer with an English-speaking driver between your hotel and Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam.

Board a flight in Dar Es Salaam with service to Ruaha. Approximate flight time is two hours.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this flight: 1) Maximum weight allowance of 32 lbs (15 kg) is permitted per person. 2) Baggage must be soft-shelled. 3) Additional baggage allowance can be arranged at additional cost, please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

This afternoon you'll head out on a game drive alongside a local expert guide, exploring Ruaha in a 4x4 safari game vehicle. Your guide will take you to several wildlife hotspots, keeping in mind that many animals may be trying to avoid the scorching hot midday African sun. Visit local water-holes and shady tree patches where a variety of resident big cats, migratory herds and colorful birdlife frequent, taking photos to share with friends and family along the way.

Accommodation: Jabali Ridge

Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with palms and baobabs, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated base from which to explore Ruaha National Park. The remarkable beauty of Ruaha is not only in the landscape and its diversity of flora and fauna, or the impressive big game, but in the feeling of having the wilderness all to yourself. With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience. Jabali Ridge’s eight suites are hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property. An infinity pool, spa and plenty of places to laze ensure that time off is as memorable as time out in the bush, while your walking safaris, game drives and night drives in the park will be led by expert guides.

Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Leopard
Leopard
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Superb Starling
The Superb Starling

Day 3: Ruaha

While staying at Jabali Ridge, enjoy a range of activities and amenities to ensure a complete safari experience. Discover the wonders of Ruaha by foot as you set out to explore the land on a walking safari. In the evening hours, travel through the bush to spot a range of animals as they begin their nightly rounds. Back at camp, relax under the stars with a cocktail in hand or curl up in bed with a good book, listening to the symphony of the bush just outside your doors.

Accommodation: Jabali Ridge
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lion Cub near Ruaha
Lion Cub near Ruaha

Day 4: Ruaha

This morning, head back into Ruaha National Park. One of the most impressive residents of the area is the hornbill. Easily identifiable by its long, curved and brightly colored bill, it is a unique bird in that it is the only bird type in which the first two vertebrae of the neck are fused together; likely an evolutionary adaptation to account for its large bill. Hornbills are monogamous creatures, and nest in trees, rocks or other secluded areas. An impressive and charismatic creature, perhaps today you will lay your sights on a hornbill while exploring Ruaha National Park.

This afternoon you'll head out on a game drive alongside a local expert guide, exploring Ruaha in a 4x4 safari game vehicle. Your guide will take you to several wildlife hotspots, keeping in mind that many animals may be trying to avoid the scorching hot midday African sun. Visit local water-holes and shady tree patches where a variety of resident big cats, migratory herds and colorful birdlife frequent, taking photos to share with friends and family along the way.

Accommodation: Jabali Ridge
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hornbill
Hornbill

Day 5: Ruaha - Selous

Board a flight in Ruaha with direct service to Selous. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 30 minutes.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this flight: 1) Maximum weight allowance of 32 lbs (15 kg) is permitted per person. 2) Baggage must be soft-shelled. 3) Additional baggage allowance can be arranged at additional cost, please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

Set out this afternoon on a game drive alongside a local expert guide, aboard a 4x4 safari game vehicle. Your guide will take you to the best areas for game viewing, most commonly near local water-holes and shady tree patches as animals try to escape the midday sun. Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffes, plains zebras, and a wide range of other animals are found throughout Selous Game Reserve, making for a rewarding experience you’ll be sure to remember for years to come.

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous

At the heart of an intricate network of sand river channels, oxbow lakes and open plains, The Sand Rivers Camp opens a window on the private lives of Africa's big mammals.  Creep up on elephant as they wallow in hidden lakes; drift silently down the river at dusk or sleep out under the stars at night.  With just eight open-fronted rooms looking out over the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers offers variety, spontaneity and a gradual immersion in a seductively wild part of Southern Tanzania.

Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lion Cub
Lion Cub

Day 6: Selous

Selous Game Reserve was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, and has since become one of the largest conservation areas on the planet. Home to large populations of crocodiles, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants and rhinos, as well as a variety of birdlife, time spent in Selous is often extremely rewarding, offering unforgettable moments as well as perfect opportunities to snap remarkable photos.

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lions on Rocks
Lions on Rocks
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tanzania Selous
Tanzania Selous

Day 7: Selous

This morning, settle into your dedicated safari vehicle in the company of an expert guide and head out for the day’s first game drive. Keep your camera handy as you explore this bountiful land to snap some photos of elusive big cats, migratory herds, and colorful birdlife. With a range of habitats including acacia savannah, wetlands and Miombo woodlands, the area attracts a wide array of wildlife that is sure to dazzle throughout your time in Selous.

Ask your lodge about going out on boat safari. Selous is renowned for its lakes and rivers; giant water courses which offer marvelous opportunities to explore the heart of the reserve. These boat trips allow you to see hippos, crocodiles, birdlife, and other game. Watch in fascination as hunter seeks prey by the water's edge.

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lion
Lion
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Boat safari - giraffe sighting
Boat safari - giraffe sighting

Day 8: Selous

The Selous is one of the last remaining pristine true wilderness areas in the world. Located in southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world and one of Tanzania's treasures. With very few human habitants, you will have the chance to view Africa as the original explorers did. Track and seek out game each day with others from your lodge: elephants, black rhino, cheetah, giraffe, hippos, African Wild Dog cape buffalo and crocodiles just to name a few!

Accommodation: Sand Rivers Selous
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lion cubs
Lion cubs

Day 9: Selous

Take your flight from Selous to Dar Es Salaam today. The flight duration may vary during the rainy season.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply to this flight: 1) Maximum weight allowance of 32 lbs (15 kg) is permitted per person. 2) Baggage must be soft-shelled. 3) Additional baggage allowance can be arranged at additional cost, please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Oyster Bay Hotel: Dar Es Salaam

The Oyster Bay Hotel is like staying with friends, in a beautiful large home and garden.  The hotel boasts eight luxurious ocean facing guest suites, spacious in the extreme (70 sqm) with luxurious bathrooms, air-conditioned, fabulously furnished in contemporary African style. The suites reflect modern day Africa in a timeless setting – balmy, equatorial, coastal, the essence of Dar es Salaam. You will feel that you are staying somewhere truly special whilst enjoying the many highlights of your holiday. Extensive lounges and terraces overlooking mature gardens, swimming pool and within secure walking distance of the Oyster Bay shopping center, the Oyster Bay Hotel have it all. The Oyster Bay is located in the center of the Oyster Bay area of Dar es Salaam facing the ocean on Tourre Drive. It is a fifteen-minute drive from the center of the city and thirty minutes from the airports (domestic and international) depending on the traffic.

Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Oyster Bay Hotel
Oyster Bay Hotel
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Suite
Suite

Jabali Ridge: Ruaha

Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with palms and baobabs, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated base from which to explore Ruaha National Park. The remarkable beauty of Ruaha is not only in the landscape and its diversity of flora and fauna, or the impressive big game, but in the feeling of having the wilderness all to yourself. With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience. Jabali Ridge’s eight suites are hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property. An infinity pool, spa and plenty of places to laze ensure that time off is as memorable as time out in the bush, while your walking safaris, game drives and night drives in the park will be led by expert guides.

Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jabali Ridge
Jabali Ridge
Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jabali Ridge Infinity Pool
Jabali Ridge Infinity Pool

Sand Rivers Selous: Selous

At the heart of an intricate network of sand river channels, oxbow lakes and open plains, The Sand Rivers Camp opens a window on the private lives of Africa's big mammals.  Creep up on elephant as they wallow in hidden lakes; drift silently down the river at dusk or sleep out under the stars at night.  With just eight open-fronted rooms looking out over the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers offers variety, spontaneity and a gradual immersion in a seductively wild part of Southern Tanzania.

Untouched Tanzania Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lodge
Lodge

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
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    My Kenya trip was seriously the best trip of my life, and I absolutely loved every second of it! It was my dream vacation and the reality far exceeded the dream. Catherine, my trip consultant, answered all of my many questions and made sure everything went super smoothly. Daniel, my guide, was so fun, interesting, and informative. He went out of his way to make sure my trip was special. I really can't put into words how much I loved it other than I'm already thinking about another trip to Africa. I will definitely be using Kensington Tours again!

  • Chris S — May 17, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Elisha was absolutely incredible! He was friendly, helpful, funny, and remarkably knowledgeable about the area, the animals, and especially the birds! The accommodations were excellent and the staff at those places was wonderful. The Kubu Kubu tent camp in Serengeti was particularly special, and we felt truly appreciated and pampered by the staff. With their smiling help, we even learned some Swahili! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

  • Paul E — May 01, 2019 — Africa

    We had no idea what to expect on this trip but exceeded even our wildest imagination. Daniel, with Kensington, laid out a wonderful plan. The upfront quality and detail on the proposal really sold us. The guides and local support crews on the trip, were on time, personable, and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Shamiel with Ilios Travel in Cape Town. He was joy and clearly loved sharing Cape Town with us.

  • Thomas S — June 14, 2019 — Africa

    Karen Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and very friendly. Karen was readily available during the planning process and took the time to talk with and listen to us to find out about our wants and needs and ultimately designed our perfect vacation. We can not speak highly enough about her abilities.

  • Michael S — June 13, 2019 — Africa

    The trip was the best thing we have ever done. The people we dealt with were professional and made sure every part of our trip was trouble free.

  • Raymond D — March 22, 2019 — Africa

    The guides were friendly and very accommodating throughout my trip. One of the guides took me to the oldest tea house as a bonus on my tour. It was great being with the people and enjoying a cup of tea. My driver invited me to have Turkish coffee which was a very nice touch to my trip. The accommodations were phenomenal, being near the pyramids was outside of this world. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo was a wonderful hotel as well. Gesa was great to work with! She was so nice and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Especially during for the first part of my trip which had nothing to do with my tours with Kensington Tours. She planned everything out perfectly on my trip.

  • Donna M — June 02, 2019 — Africa

    The Kensington Kenya and Tanzania African Safari itinerary and experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport, we were completely cared for. Our Destination Expert, Erin Cotton, even checked in on us during the trip. Our guides were excellent; Albert and Steve were exceptionally knowledgeable, organized and considerate. The accommodations were all fantastic with friendly staff, comfortable rooms for the family, and great food. Although the balloon trip over the Mara River was a highlight, each game drive was a memorable adventure as or guides toured Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. We got to spend some time in the local villages and dine with some of the other tourists in the middle of the bush and on a spectacular cliff overlooking the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Most of all, every morning we looked forward to spending time with our guides searching for animals and learning more about the whole ecosystem.

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    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

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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