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Set to open in early June 2022 Usangu Expedition Camp is a seasonal camp immersed in 7,000 km² of pristine wilderness open in the dry season from June to December each year. A camp long in the planning by Asilia Africa, one of the leading safari operators in East Africa, it promises to be a unique offering and would combine well with other camps in Ruaha, such as Ikuka Safari Camp or with Siwandu for example in Nyerere National Park. Equally, there is no reason you cant combine this area with the more famous northern circuit perhaps heading here after the Serengeti or before some R&R on Zanzibar.
With the fertile floodplains as its neighbour, the camp has exclusive access to the Ihefu Swamp, one of Tanzania’s most important and productive landscapes.
Adorned by warm light cast through the dappled woodland shade, staying in Usangu Expedition Camp is for those with a spirit of adventure and eagerness to get involved with vital conservation projects. Expect an intimate experience with prolific species of both east and southern Africa as the camp is located at the convergence of two phenomenal ecozones.
Usangu offers an authentic, conservation driven experience. The fruitful partnership with Douglas Bell Eco Research Station provides visitors with unique tailor-made expeditions with professional naturalists who have dedicated their lives to conservation in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park.
The scope for wildlife viewing from Usangu Expedition Camp is strong and will only improve with more visitors and investment to this region. The field of vision in the wetland and grassland areas is spectacular, providing respectful observation of many species, including predators such as lions, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. With the assistance and knowledge of Asilia Safaris talented team, watch large herds of Masai giraffe gracefully graze from the treetops, whilst moving through dense thickets of miombo woodlands inundated with endemic bird species such as the Ruaha chat, Pel’s fishing owl and the wattled crane.
Enjoy lunch-time picnics in remote corners of the bush, and evenings spent with supper cooked over a roaring fire. For those wanting a full immersion in unspoilt wilderness, spend a night under the stars in the Trails Camp in an open-topped cube tent, revealing a phenomenal night sky. This is Africa’s unexplored precious land. In a protected area twice the size of Luxembourg and four times the size of the Masai Mara - occupied by just four tents in the wild.