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Accommodation at Jongomero comprises eight large and well-appointed tented suites, built on raised wooden platforms, under enormous thatched roofs that also encompass a spacious private veranda which overlooks the riverbed.
Snuggle under warming quilts in an eight-foot wide dhow wood emperor bed and fall asleep to the hum of Africa beyond the canvas and wake up to the morning tea tray and animals ambling past your mosquito net windows.
The quintessence of luxury in the wilds.
Whilst being the largest National Park in Tanzania, Ruaha also holds a special significance as it covers a unique transition zone where the Eastern and Southern biomes intersect offering an extraordinary diversity of animals, plants and birds. There are upwards of 560 species of birds; half of all Tanzania’s birds may be glimpsed in this park making it one of the continents premier birding destinations.
Ruaha also holds one of the greatest populations of elephant in any African park, buffalo gather in large herds as well as giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, hippo, crocodile, lion and leopard. The rarer, less-seen creatures can also be found including sable and roan antelope, dikdik, greater and lesser kudus, Grants gazelle, honey badgers and is second to only Selous Game Reserve for the largest population of wild dog. Let our experienced guides show you the wealth of biodiversity Ruaha has to offer with game drives, game walks and walking safaris.
Selous has over 2,100 species of plants, in excess of 400 varieties of birds, more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population, over 120,000 buffalos, and the Reserve's 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lion are probably the largest populations on the continent, not to mention it is home to the planet’s largest population of rare wild dogs; giving guests an opportunity to glimpse all of these exotic animals in true unspoilt landscape.
Early morning wake up and checkout of hotel for transfer to the airport.
Positioned on one of the meanders with sweeping views of the bank beyond lies the camp bar, lounge and restaurant; an open wooden terrace shaded by a high thatched roof and filled with sumptuous sofas and striking furniture made of reclaimed dhow wood.
It is an inviting spot to relax with a cup of tea while leafing through one of the camp library’s reference books or socialise with camp managers and fellow guests around the bar with an ice cold drink in hand.
Alternatively, on warm days, laze around the pool and enjoy the sights and sounds of being so close to nature.
The Reserve is the largest in Africa, spanning 55,000km² and is four times larger than the Serengeti. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Selous’ riverine wilderness and diverse habitat creates the perfect environment for a wealth of animals of all shapes and sizes as well as support an extraordinary array of different vegetation types. Due to the local topography around Siwandu, our location is considered the undisputed prime position for superlative game viewing.
Selous Game Reserve is wonderful to visit throughout the safari season. The months from June to October tend to be dry and warm with a temperature range of 16˚C at night to 35˚C in the day; at this time of year the animals are drawn to dwindling water supplies in the lakes around the river and with vegetation sparse, this is the perfect season for walking and for larger concentrations of game.
In this coastal area of Tanzania, the short rains fall during November and December and brings about a spring time in Selous. The plant life and flowers burst into life, followed by the insects and stunning variety of birdlife. The game during this green season can be more scattered than the winter months but around water sources sightings remain good and is the main reproductive time of year so a wonderful opportunity to see baby animals. From November through to March it heats up with a temperature range between the high 20˚C at night and high 30 ˚C, sometimes low 40 ˚C during the heat of the day; which makes Siwandu’s shaded swimming pools a deliciously cool pleasure.
DAY 5 & 6 - Ruaha National Park
DAY 4 - Ruaha National Park
For guests seeking an authentic African adventure, a visit to Ruaha National Park is essential. Remembered for the rapids of the Great Ruaha River and its rugged landscape of undulating hills, rocky outcrops, and a horizon studded with the imposing silhouettes of the iconic baobab; no other park in Tanzania epitomises the definition of "wild Africa" quite like Ruaha.
Ruaha National Park has a different climate and seasonal pattern to our other camps as it is located further inland, west of the Southern Highlands. From June to November, Ruaha has a wonderful fresh climate with cool crisp evenings of 10˚C or less and warmer days of high 20˚Cs. As the year unfolds the days become warmer and the water sources in the Park diminish making it a wonderful time of year for both tracking and walking.
Ruaha has only one annual rain cycle and that begins in December; an exciting time for the Park as the seasonal sand rivers begin to flow and the Park becomes alive with springtime as the plants bud, the insects fly, awakening the wealth of Ruaha birdlife. Migratory birds return to the park to breed with their full plumage and unique calls, with the Ruaha wilderness yielding a high rate of new species, including the Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill and the Ruaha Chat. It is warmer than the earlier months of the season with temperatures ranging from 15˚C to low 30˚C. Following the rains the Park is very green and the game can be more dispersed and harder to spot through the thickened bush nevertheless this time of year offers a stunning safari experience. During the green season, TANAPA may put a hold on walking depending on conditions. The camp is closed in April and May.
Sheltered in a grove of palms on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, part of the watery byways of the Rufiji River system.
Siwandu is evenly divided into two more intimately sized camps; North Camp and South Camp.
Each camp has its own lounge, well stocked bar and dining area, and each has its own kitchen where our chefs produce fine cuisine.
All meals are complimented by a good wine selection. No movement between camps is required as each has its own host, guides, swimming pool.
DAY 2 & 3 - Selous Game Reserve
Morning activity and breakfast before checking out of the camp.
Depart Ruaha at 14:00 for Dar es Salaam.
Arrive in Dar es Salaam at 15:30
A representative of the hotel will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.
Time to explore a little around the hotel
Overnight: Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam.
7 Nights / 8 Days
DAY 1 - Dar es Salaam& Selous
Join us for a luxury birding safari in southern Tanzania in the Selous game Reserve & Ruaha National Park. The Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest game reserve and is relatively undisturbed by human impact. The Selous wildlife attracts both east and southern African wildlife, both resident and migratory, and over 440 known species of birds. Whilst being the largest National Park in Tanzania, Ruaha also holds a special significance as it covers a unique transition zone where the Eastern and Southern biomes intersect offering an extraordinary diversity of animals, plants and birds. There are upwards of 560 species of birds; half of all Tanzania’s birds may be glimpsed in this park making it one of the continents premier birding destinations.