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Profound wildlife and immersive conservation experiences in the Usangu floodplains

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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 can't 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 Safari's 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.

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The Camp

Part of what makes Usangu Expedition Camp so special is its size and exclusivity. The camp consists of only four tents, with a maximum capacity of eight guests. The traditional safari style tents are beautifully appointed with cozy furnishings in an East African style. Each tent is situated on a raised wooden deck with a private veranda overlooking the largely unexplored wilderness that surrounds. 

Usangu Trails Camp is an outpost experience of the bush, an opportunity to spend a night in the wilderness in an open-topped cube tent to make the most of  the views of the night sky.


Private vehicle and guide for all safaris, exclusive access to Douglas Bell Eco Research Station, meals cooked outdoors on an open fire, bush picnics, trails camping, boating safaris, Wi-Fi in main areas, safety box deposit, en-suite with safari bucket shower, toiletries provided.   


All meals are included in a stay at Usangu Expedition Camp. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee in the mornings with a colourful and nutritious breakfast; lunch-time picnics in remote areas of the bush; dinner cooked on a roaring fire. 

Why Wayfairer

Whilst an adventure through vastly unexplored territories will bring with it rewarding sightings of the world’s greatest animal species, it also supports crucial conservation efforts taking place here today. Each visit supports the essential survival of immense wilderness areas such as Usangu Game Reserve within Ruaha National Park. 

28% of Tanzania's land is under official protection for the conservation of wildlife. The Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute is responsible for conducting and coordinating all wildlife research within the country, and aims to develop and improve our understanding of precious ecosystems, carrying out research on a broad range of topics across Tanzania. 

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