Set on the outskirts of the Usangu floodplains, deep in the remote southern corner of Ruaha National Park, Usangu Expedition Camp offers an immersive, conservation
driven experience for the adventurous traveller. The camp offers a wide variety of included activities alongside access to ongoing research projects in the Douglas Bell
Eco Research Station. For those looking to further enhance this unique experience, there are customised conservation activities tailored to specific interests. With only four beautifully designed tents and full en suite facilities, Usangu Expedition Camp offers an intimate and unforgettably authentic safari experience.

Suitable for Families: Children aged Twelve years and older

Rooms: Four Tents 

Open: June to November

Location: Ruaha National Park, Tanzania 

Closest airstrip: Jongomero: 2 hour drive


game drives

The best times to depart on a game drive are early morning and late afternoon to avoid the midday heat when animals are less active.

With your private vehicle and guide, you have the flexibility to explore any (accessible) area of the Usangu wetlands.

Usangu has five biozones and offers many different habitat types that are waiting to be explored.

Our vehicles are open-sided, six-seaters with removable canvas roofs and sides that offer unobstructed views. Vehicles are also equipped with power points and coolers to keep your batteries full and drinks chilled. 

walking safaris

Walking safaris give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, away from the noise of the land cruiser and closer to the ground to observe the smaller and less obvious parts of the African wilderness. This is a completely different way to experience the bush, encouraging your senses to engage as you spot tiny but fascinating creatures you’d never see from the vehicle.

drink & dine

All meals are included and the food is cooked on an open fire with guests. 

All drinks are included on site and if you will be out for the day then Bush picnics available.

why choose usangu expedition?

Authentic camp with warm hospitality, based in a magnificent location, still to be fully explored.

Private vehicle and guide

Large variety of lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog as well as large herds of plains game.

Excellent location close to core game-viewing areas and the Ihefu Wetlands.

Citizen science safari experience.


Game drives
Night game drives
Researcher interaction
Walking safaris
Swimming in hot springs
Trails camping
Boating safaris


We welcome families with children over 12 years old. If the camp is booked on an exclusive use basis, younger children can be accommodated, but participation in walking activities and canoeing will not be permitted.


When to travel?

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.

The rains that fall from November until April transform the landscape, making it green and lush but also creating logistical problems as the road networks become water-logged and the rising floodplains limit land-based activities.



The four guest tents at Usangu Expedition Camp are simple but comfortable, positioned on raised wooden decking with views towards the wetlands and a shaded veranda on which to relax.

En-suite bathrooms feature flushing toilets and hot water safari bucket fed showers.  




Contact Us

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Telephone: 01270 914644

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