Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Usangu Expedition Camp

A camp within Ruaha National Park

Explore the Usangu Wetlands

On the banks of the Usangu Wetlands in the Ruaha National Park, just beyond the reaches of the seasonal high-water mark, is where you’ll find Usangu Expedition Camp. Nestled among the woodland shade and with just six guest tents, this camp offers an exclusive experience into this largely unexplored wetland. Simple in its design, the focus of the camp sits firmly on the exploratory nature of the experience with meals cooked on the open fire and enjoyed under the African stars.

Usangu Expedition Camp offers a wide variety of activities, allowing for your days to be tailored around your preferred interests. Your group will have a private guide and vehicle, which will enable complete flexibility within your daily structure.

Early mornings are typically best for game drives and walking safaris when the temperatures are slightly cooler and wildlife is more active. Mid-afternoons are the perfect time to relax under the trees with a book or, for the more active, visit the Douglas Bell Eco Research Station for a first-hand explanation about the conservation work and research being conducted in the wetlands. Afternoons offer the opportunity for boating safaris in the wetland area and the intricate waterways, where elephants are regularly seen along the shallows.

Usangu is open from June to November, when it’s hot and dry. During this time, the Usangu wetlands recede, and the surrounding grasslands dry out into wide open spaces ideal for walking.

Highlights

Six guest tents positioned on raised wooden decking with views towards the wetlands

Relax and survey the wetlands from your shaded veranda

Explore the five biozones and different habitat types within Usangu on a game drive

Immerse yourself in nature with a walking safari

Spot elusive creatures like leopards, genets and servals on a night drive

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Places to combine Usangu Expedition Camp with

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Perched up high on the edge of this remarkable natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge holds a prime position. With views spanning the spectacular caldera, you can enjoy a relaxing visit to this otherwise bustling attraction and dip into a world that’s the permanent home to roughly 25,000 animals. The huge amounts of game that find sanctuary here roam over 20 kilometres on the crater floor and this allows for some excellent game viewing opportunities. Prides of bachelor lions are sometimes seen spanning the landscape, on the hunt for their own families and, dotted among the plains game, you might be lucky enough to spot a rhino in the distance. Morning and afternoon game drives are taken by highly experienced guides with visits to the nearby Olduvai Gorge available when vehicle occupancy allows. The crater itself can get quite busy but there’s a peaceful quiet that flows through the rooms, social areas and outside spaces of the lodge. North and South Camp both have twelve beautiful suites and the Tree Camp, slightly set apart from the others, has just six. Raised up on stilts, these rooms are all tastefully decorated with Tanzanian hardwoods and silk curtains which make the rooms cosy and warm; the ridge can get quite nippy, after all. The dining areas have viewing decks and comfortable indoor lounges which are ideal for catching up on some midday afternoon reading, or ticking off the birds that you might have seen so far. You could also decide to have a relaxing massage in your room, and completely pamper yourself.