Explore Usangu Ruaha

Usangu Expedition Camp offers you a unique opportunity to enjoy a private wildlife experience in the remote southern corner (6,000 km2) of Ruaha National Park.

The camp provides adventurous guests with a platform to experience a variety of activities, including boating, open vehicle day and night game drives, conservation research and walking safaris led by highly experienced guides.

What makes this expedition camp truly different is that every visitor is part of the on going conservation and research taking place in the Usangu Wetlands.

  • Be involved in ongoing conservation efforts and research
  • Return flights from Dar es Salaam to Jongomero Airstrip,
  • Trails Camp sleep-out 

1 Nov. 2023 – 31 Jan. 2024

USD$ 3357 per person sharing

USD$ 4197 per single traveler

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Depart Dar es Salaam

Depart Dar es Salaam for the 2-hour flight to the south of Ruaha National Park. On arrival at Jongomero Airstrip, you are welcomed by your private guide and vehicle for the trip. After a quick refreshment, head out on a 2-hour game drive, making your way into Usangu Expedition Camp for a late lunch. This afternoon, with a drink in hand, you will receive your first research briefing, where you will learn how the wildlife in the Usangu wilderness is monitored by camera traps and how individual predators are identified and recorded. After your briefing, you will venture out with your private guide and set up your camera traps in the research area of interest (which changes over time). The cameras will remain here for the duration of your stay. The images will be collected on your last afternoon and analysed with the researchers in camp. After sundowners in camp, join the guide, chefs and other guests around the campfire to take part in a campfire cooking experience.



Explore Usangu

This morning head out on a game drive to discover the wetlands and other ecozones of Usangu. Your guide will have packed a breakfast for you to enjoy it in the middle of an endless wilderness with no other people in sight. Return to camp for lunch. After lunch, pack your bag for an overnight camping experience. Walk with one of the walking specialists and learn about tracking wildlife, seeing some of the smaller critters and

plants that are easy to miss when in a safari vehicle. Arrive at the star cubes in the late afternoon, set up in the remote wilderness. Your bag will be brought to camp by car/boat, so no need to carry it with you on the walk. The star cube experience allows you to sleep under the stars, feeling connected with the nature around you.



Travel to the Douglas Bell Research Station

Wake up with the sunrise, and the sounds of the morning birds, and have a campfire coffee/tea and breakfast, before packing up and heading on another game walk, drive or boating experience. Arrive back at the main camp to freshen up before lunch. After lunch, take a tour of the Douglas Bell Research Station, where the resident researcher will explain the various research projects underway at Usangu. After your visit to the research centre, venture out with a researcher and use the radio telemetry gear to track one or more of the radio-collared animals in the region. The researcher will be able to elaborate on research initiatives during this trip. You will also collect the camera traps you set out on your first day. Upon your return to camp, you can look through your camera trap images and see if any predator images were captured and, with the assistance of the researcher, log these into the Predator Hub.



Explore the Crater.

Wake up early to the views of the Crater, and after breakfast head off for a full day game drive on the Crater floor, abundant with wildlife -view Black rhino that are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants, big-maned lions stalking the grasslands, and bright pink flamingos crowding the soda lakes. Take a stroll on the rim of the Crater with your guide and relish sundowners with a sensational view (additional) or appreciate sublime wine at the Winestore, where a special tasting can be arranged (additional)




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