Ruaha National Park

Usangu Expedition Camp


Immersive conservation experience

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.

Built surrounded by the shade of a miombo woodland, Usangu Expedition Camp is incredibly intimate, with just four guest tents. The camp is designed simply yet comfortably, which helps add to the authenticity of this property as the true focus is on the natural surroundings. The tented rooms are raised on wooden decking with views out towards the wetlands. They feature ensuite bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot water safari bucket-fed showers.

Prepared by the camp’s chef, meals are cooked on the open fire and enjoyed al fresco under the stars. These include a large breakfast and dinner, with lunch being a light buffet during the midday heat.


At a glance

  • Four tents

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Private Veranda

  • Private vehicle and guide

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    Game drives

    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.

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    Night drives

    See a different side of Usangu with a night drive. It’s a special opportunity to spot shy, nocturnal animals and the those that prey on them. With the aid of your knowledgeable guide, keep your eyes out for leopard, genet, serval, honey badger, civet and African wildcats on the hunt; as well as bush babies, mongoose, bat-eared fox, nightjars and owls going about their business. Don’t forget to take a moment to a gaze up at the breath-taking night sky.

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    Boat safaris

    The wetland area and the intricate waterways that swell and contract throughout the season create a variety of conditions for boating. Usanga's swamp boat is designed for the marsh-like conditions, offering the opportunity to explore the wetland narrow waterways year-round. Elephant are regularly seen along the shallows, and the area is an avid bird watchers paradise.

Community & culture

Asilia believes that engaging and supporting the communities around Usangu will be key in protecting the area and ensuring the success of any tourism project. The development of tourism creates employment opportunities for the surrounding communities, reducing the need for individuals to rely on illegal poaching for income. Additional community development actions include the sponsoring of schools and educational equipment to further improve the understanding of the environment and the importance of areas like the Usangu Wetland.


In 2019, Asilia launched a project to learn more about the Usangu Wetlands region of Ruaha National Park in Tanzania. The research seeks to determine how the area could be sustainably developed to promote investment for safari tourism, while also assessing needs in terms of infrastructural and conservation upgrades. The research is instrumental in learning about and monitoring this unique ecosystem and ecological trends. The initial research findings explore the viability of tourism for Usangu, as well as familiarise Asilia with the layout of the landscape, understand the various ecozones and ecotones, learn about the biodiversity within those landscapes and habitats, and establish prospects for exciting tourism opportunities that will in turn provide funding to aid in the sustainable development and protection of the Usangu Wetlands region.


Asilia, which has been carbon neutral since 2009, runs sustainable operations by installing solar power systems and solar water boilers in its camps. Their carbon offsetting includes safari vehicles, their global offices’ electricity usage and even international flights taken by management. They have reduced their plastic waste by 63% over the last four years. Instead of plastic bottles, guests are given personalized stainless-steel bottles. They eliminated single-use plastics in 2018 and even cling film and earbuds are not allowed in camp. Additionally, Usangu Expedition Camp's vehicles are up-cycled Land Rovers have been re-built from the ground up and are powered by green alcohol fuel (ethanol).

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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