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Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari

Stay in two eco-friendly, rustic bush camps in Nyerere National Park and Ruaha National Park. Remote wilderness, a diversity of habitats and a good range of activities are available in these two wildlife havens.

Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari: Summary

Dwarf Mongoose safari in a nutshell

This fly-in safari includes eco-friendly camps, remote locations and a variety of activities within two of southern Tanzania’s diverse wildlife havens.

Beginning in the heart of Nyerere National Park, Lake Manze Adventure Camp occupies a prime location overlooking its namesake. From here, you can enjoy a range of activities from 4WD game drives and solar-powered boat trips along the Rufiji River to fishing and immersive bush walks. You are seldom likely to pass other visitors, enabling you to venture into the dense bush by foot or vehicle in relative isolation.

Mdonya River Camp is also centrally located in its area, in the heart of Ruaha National Park. With hot and arid landscape that contrasts with Nyerere National Park's often lush scenery, Ruaha offers an impressive variation in flora and fauna to that encountered in Nyerere National Park. As the camp is slightly further from the park’s best game-viewing areas, full-day safaris are available with the added bonus of a spotter as well as driver to optimise thrilling sightings.

These two sister camps aim consciously to be as sustainable as possible, and offer a consistency in comfort, quality and rustic style throughout. At both camps, the guest tents have no electricity and are lit by storm lanterns (charging batteries etc is done in the central area of camp). This creates a magical atmosphere for a truly authentic experience. An itinerary like this one is the perfect trip for if you're hoping to experience true wilderness in varied landscapes, with the potential for excellent game viewing.

At a glance

Starts: Dar es Salaam International Airport
3 nights Lake Manze Camp - Nyerere National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
3 nights Mdonya Old River Camp - Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Full Board & Activities
Ends: Dar es Salaam International Airport

Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Days 1-4

Lake Manze Adventure Camp opened in 2007 on a prime location overlooking Lake Manze. One of the more northerly of a series of lakes and rivers, this lies within a rich alluvial floodplain of the Rufiji River. The camp itself, lies at the heart of Tanzania's Nyerere National Park (formerly the Selous Game Reserve), in a grove of borassus, doum and wild date palms. Deliberately rustic in style, it provides guests with simple comforts and a strong sense of wilderness.

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Mdonya Old River Camp

Days 4-7

Set in acacia woodland in the heart of Ruaha National Park, Mdonya Old River Camp is kept deliberately simple. It makes no apologies for sticking to safari basics – in fact it rather revels in the idea – and this results in a camp with a clear focus where you always know you're on safari and out in the wilds.

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Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Lake Manze Camp

Nyerere National Park, Tanzania

Mdonya Old River Camp

Mdonya Old River Camp

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari.

  • Feeling lost in wilderness at truly remote camps
  • Exploring the Rufiji River by solar-powered boat
  • Relaxing by candlelight in the porch of your tent
  • Experiencing a new perspective on a walking safari
  • Hearing elephants browsing as they walk through camp

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

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Key species to see on the Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Lion

99% chance

Eland

92% chance

Leopard

79% chance

Wild dog

55% chance

Sable antelope

18% chance

Roan antelope

13% chance

Striped Hyena

11% chance

Cheetah

9% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Dwarf Mongoose Fly-in Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Balloon Safari over Ruaha

Balloon Safari over Ruaha

Three hours - one hour flight

Varied and scenically stunning, Ruaha National Park features rolling hills, woodlands, open plains and two wide meandering rivers: the Ruaha and the Mwagusi. What better way to view it than from the air, at sunrise? A balloon safari offers just this, the landscape unfolding below your basket as you float almost silently above.

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