Tanzania is a very large country and its south area consists of several National Parks and Reserves. The two most well known are Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha. These parks can offer a varied and special safari experience on their own or when combined with the northern parks. The locations are easily accessible via scheduled light air transfers from Dar es Salaam.
The Selous Game Reserve is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its diversity of wildlife. It is massive in size and comprised of Acacia savanna, Miombo woodlands and wetlands. The Rufiji River runs through the park and several of the safari camps in this area are located on its banks. Enormous crocodiles greet you on the banks as you make your way to Stiegler Gorge, a beautiful canyon. There are several historic sites in the Selous as this was where some of the fighting in World War I took place. The Selous offers some of the best walking safari options in Africa.
Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania, and is part of a more extensive ecosystem including several smaller game reserves. The Ruaha River funs along the south eastern area and is the focus for game viewing here. There are a handful of charming safari camps here and the wildlife does not disappoint. The peak times of year to visit are during the dry season, from May to December.