A safari through southern Tanzania for the experienced explorer

Adventure and comfort go hand in hand to give you a unique experience.

wildlife parks
days on a voyage of discovery
kilometres away from home

Southern charms

More experienced travellers, who may have visited Tanzania before, will find that the southern region offers undiscovered territory. Selous, Ruaha, and Mikumi may be less well known, but they are certainly not less interesting. The south is more overgrown and distances seem longer, which sometimes creates the impression that wildlife herds are fewer and further apart. The exquisite landscape, however, is overwhelming. It is less densely populated, both in terms of locals and tourists, which adds to the sense of being an explorer. The beauty of this arrangement is that your Makasa guide is always close by so that you will never get lost, even though you are 10,000 kilometres away from home.

Makasa will take you on an adventure

Whereas the northern wildlife reserves are situated in our backyard, so to speak, southern Tanzania is quite a long drive away – but not for you, as for this particular trip, you will fly over to Dar es Salaam, where we will pick you up. We will visit three different wildlife parks, with a focus on the Rufiji River in Selous. Selous is one of the world’s largest game reserves, covering an area larger than Denmark. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the Makasa guides are specialized in the south. 

Download this free example itinerary 'Southern Tanzania'

The package we will organize for you will be tailored to your personal needs and interests. This example itinerary is to inspire you and to give you an idea of the possibilities. This example itinerary contains:

  •  A full description of the program from day to day
  • Information about the accommodations during this trip
  • The prices per person and per season
  • Information about our way of working, our jeeps and our guides
  • Additional information about Tanzania
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2nd trip with Makasa
We loved our first safari with Makasa so much that we had to do it again! Throughout, it is a professional, customer-oriented, organization. If a Tanzanian safari is on your to-do list, do it with Makasa. We plan on making it a regular trip throughout the years. You will be amazed!
Linda and Eric Browlee
The best safari tour ever!
We absolutely loved the accom-modations Makasa selected. All of them!! I highly recommend their service. And our guide Jamal was a pure delight. Very suitable for us, Hakuna Matata was the perfect phrase to describe him. Thank you and I hope we can meet again in near future.
Silvia Ravel
Beyond perfect
If you want to give your kids the ultimate wildlife experience combined with some local insights you should choose Makasa! Reliable, more than flexible, professional and passionate our words to subscribe them. We are Makasa most grateful for this great family experience!
Gerdien van Schelven

A distant travel into the Great Unknown

If you are planning to travel to Tanzania, you know that it is nothing like a weekend in the country. It requires a lot more preparation and there are a few matters that require your attention. If you are not familiar with the country, you may have some questions or concerns. To the most frequently asked questions on this topic, we have a simple and reassuring answer.

Will I be at risk of malaria infection?

Tanzania is considered a low-risk country for malaria. Moreover, preventative medication is available to help keep you safe.

Is Tanzania a safe place to visit?

Yes, Tanzania has been one of the most stable countries on the African continent for decades.

Spoilt for choice

With a myriad of options and operators, you may soon be spoilt for choice. We will advise you and help you make the choices that are right for you.

Is it dangerous to go on a safari?

No. As long as you play by the rules, there are hardly any risks. 

How will I communicate?

Our office team as well as our tour guides are proficient in English.


We are a member of TATO and are a fully licensed Tour Operator including TALA.

Cabin crew, take your seats

When you are going on safari in Southern Tanzania you will fly to Dar es Salaam Airport. Several airlines have scheduled flights to Tanzania. KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines offer daily flights to Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam is the former capital as well as the most populous city in Tanzania and a regionally important economic centre. Located on the Swahili coast, the city is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Once arrived, one of our friendly attendants will be there to greet you and take you to your hotel. Welcome to Tanzania!

When we travel to southern Tanzania, we are all adventurers together – but we know the way.

Makasa is there for you whenever you need us for advice, organization and anything you need during the trip

Once you have arrived at your destination, chances are that you will have little eye for anything but the marvels around you. Nevertheless, it is always good to know that Makasa is always nearby and ready to help you with anything you may need. We will be there in the background, so that you do not have to worry about a thing. We will arrange everything for you, even in unexpected events. And the list of benefits does not end there! View the full list below. 

Private jeep and guide

Go on safari in a private Makasa Land Cruiser driven by one of our highly skilled and experienced guides, all of whom speak English fluently.

Relax and enjoy

Our goal is to make your life easier on your trip. We will take care of every detail, from collecting you from the airport to returning you after an amazing holiday.

International team

Selma is Dutch, while Ngomi is half German, half Tanzanian – a valuable combination if you want to plan a marvellous journey.

Tanzania top experts

We live and work in Tanzania, so we can show you the best spots and give you the best advice.

Award-winning operator 

We have won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row – and we are very proud of this honour.

Safety first! 

Makasa is a member of TATO (Tanzania Association of Tour Operators), so your safety is in good hands with us.

How about a sneak preview to get in the mood? 

On safari in a private jeep

Depending on the composition of your group, you will travel in a Land Cruiser seating 5 to 7 people, driven by one of our experienced guides – heading for remote wildlife parks such as Ruaha National Park, Mikumi and Selous Game Reserve. You will feel as if you were stepping into the world of National Geographic. Your car is provided with a special interior with a roof that pops up, allowing you to stand up straight to film or take pictures. You will be amazed at the wildlife you will get to see here. 

Boat safari in Selous

Selous is crossed by the Rufiji River, with its mouth on the Indian Ocean. The river is fed by large wetlands and swamps. For those who want to add extra excitement to the safari in these regions, we can optionally organize a boat safari of approximately half a day. The river is teeming with crocodiles and hippos, but as long as you do not attempt to escape over the backs of crowd of crocodiles as James Bond once did in a movie, you will be just fine. This part of the trip is not arranged by Makasa but by the accommodation where you are staying.

Sleeping with lions

Safari nights tend to be a very special experience. Visitors usually spend at least a few of these nights in so-called tented camps. Other than that they have the heavy-duty canvas canopy in common, ordinary tents pale in comparison with these luxury glamping tents. The floors are made of wood and the interior design and particularly the beds are incredibly comfortable and romantic. The tents all have excellent private bathroom facilities. The biggest attraction, however, is the incomparable safari atmosphere. In the mornings, at breakfast, you can have great fun trying to imitate the animal sounds that you heard during the night. Guides are often very good at this. Now, was that a lion’s or a hyena’s cry?

Sun-soaked Zanzibar

Beautiful Zanzibar, with its unparalleled pearly white beaches leading to the azure Indian Ocean, can best be described as a small paradise on earth. It is without a doubt the most delightful place to relax after an exciting safari. Take a refreshing dive to wash off the desert dust! You can go skin-diving, swim with dolphins or take a boat tour in an authentic dhow. A visit to the capital is definitely worth your while. The picturesque Stone Town is the epitome of the romantic beauty of the island. Two smaller islands are worth mentioning as well: Pemba and Mafia, each with their own, unique character.

Download this free example itinerary 'Southern Tanzania'

The package we will organize for you will be tailored to your personal needs and interests. This example itinerary is to inspire you and to give you an idea of the possibilities.

Download this free example itinerary Southern Tanzania
And go on an adventure!
Download this itinerary
Trip of a lifetime
Our guide, Ally, was magnificent!! Ally was incredibly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and an excellent driver. I highly recommend Makasa to anyone considering traveling to beautiful Tanzania!
Kathleen Hall
Safari in Tanzania
Great safaris. Lovely tented lodges. Humphrey, our guide took really good care of us. He has eagle eyes and can see animals from miles away! Very knowledgeable too. Learned loads and really enjoyed our week.
Fatimah Sahin
Dreams come true...
I dreamt a dream. Not a documentary or a movie I have seen compared to our reality. I loved everything and could not even expect more. We got way more than what I could have dreamt of
Addie Henderson

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Tanzania safari
ommunication with Selma via e-mail was excellent and timely. The tented lodges we stayed in were amazing, Jeep was in good condition and our driver David always on time. It was an experience to never forget and would definitely use Makasa on a next visit to Tanzania.
Fred Claes
Amazing, Amazing
I’ve tried to rack my brain for any cons in this trip and by no fault of Makasa, the only one I can come up with is that we couldn’t stay longer. I without a doubt recommend Makasa and would book again with them in a heartbeat. Thank you for such an amazing adventure!
Jessie Rian

Great local company

We were fortunate to have Humphrey as our guide. He has an excellent knowledge of the flora and fauna. My 11 yr old son remarked that he had learned more during the safari than he had learned the past year in school. This was truly a life-changing vacation. Thank you!
Albian Moore

This is just an example

The trip described above is just an example; a marvellous example, indeed, but there are many more options. You can choose to have more safari and less sun, or vice versa. Whether you want a longer or a shorter stay, simpler accommodations or more luxury, everything is possible. Please let us know what you want and we will be glad to arrange an itinerary that suits your every desire. Welcome to Makasa!