Classic safaris use shared open game drive vehicles, which provide excellent viewing and comfort, and are a sure bet for experiencing the wild side of Tanzania in style. Each day is an adventure with exciting game viewing around every corner.
Our goal is to showcase the immense diversity of flora and fauna in Ruaha and the Serengeti, providing the best viewing and photography opportunities possible.
Please note that Classic safaris can be upgraded to a private vehicle for $399/day, this price is divided by between the number of persons in your party. Discounts available for larger groups and/or longer stays.
The days start early, with fresh tea or coffee and your choice of a full breakfast or something simple. Either way, you’ll be off before dawn to catch the sunrise as it illuminates the beautiful Ruaha or Serengeti landscapes.
Typically, you’ll return to camp for a late breakfast (if you haven’t taken it along) or for a relaxing lunch in the lodge. Midday can be used to relax, take a short guided walk around camp or a short game drive to see animals that are best seen when they go for midday water. Evening game drives typically start around 2:30 – 3:00pm (depending on the intended distance traveling) and last until sundown.
Night drives and walking safaris are available in Ruaha on a pre-arranged basis as they require the presence of park rangers. The night drives provide an opportunity to see the nocturnal wildlife that are rarely seen otherwise. Walking safaris with armed rangers and a Tanzanian guide also offer an intimate and up-close experience to explore the myriad of captivating details that make up the Ruaha ecosystem.
Game-viewing prospects start immediately with a diverse cross-section of wildlife living in close proximity to our camps, including all the big cats.
The birdlife in Ruaha and the Serengeti is nothing short of spectacular with 573 species recorded in Ruaha alone – including 65 different raptors. One can simply choose to stay in camp and photograph the local birds, such as; Lilac-brested rollers, Green-winged Pytilia’s, Red-cheeked Cordon Blu’s, Fire Finch’s, Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill’s, Scarlet-brested Sunbirds, and African Golden-breated Bunting’s, to name a few.
Evenings around the Grand Ruaha camp are a pleasure in the glow of warm lighting inside and out. Relax and socialize in the lounge area – or on the outdoor patio under the stars and giant baobab. Creative and delicious meals prepared by Head chef Mesuli are served inside our dining room and on the outdoor patio – or even outside our grand suites under the stars; which offers a private, romantic and unforgettable dining experience. Likewise, our Serengeti camp provides a very comfortable wilderness experience.
Note: Our Serengeti Kopje Camp is open from November 1st, 2018 to May 31st 2019