6 Nights Safari in Selous, Mikumi & Ruaha
A safari for adventurous travellers, who enjoy experiencing the wild and raw nature of Tanzania. If you have seen the Northern Circuit, you will be surprised how different and unique Tanzanias South is. Still not as much developped as the North, does this safari show you the natural Beauty of Tanzania. Check all our Safaris in Tanzania.
Nyerere National Park, known as Selous, is dominated by the Rufiji River which sprawls out into a myriad of lakes and deltas which fill and empty with the rainfall. The predominant landscape is flat with acacia woodland.
The Rufiji River is home to plenty of hippo and croc, and the Reserve is home to large numbers of Buffalo, Lion as well as a great many antelope species.
DAY 1 – Arrival to Dar-es-Salaam and take your flight to Nyerere National Park (ex. Selous), upon arrival meet your driver-guide and proceed to the camp for leisure and lunch. Afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner
DAY 2 – Breakfast and morning boat cruise on the Rufiji River followed by a game drive on the jeep. Lunch at the lodge Afternoon game drive and inner.
We recommend for your overnight: Rujifi River Camp
Mikumi was gazetted as a National Park in 1964 and is named after the spindle shaped Borassus palm trees. The Mkata plain supports vast herds of plains game such as wildebeest, impala, zebra and giraffe, hunted by their associated predators; while you are more likely to find Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, greater kudu, roan and sable antelope in the surrounding less fertile hills. Although game sightings can never be guaranteed, there are lots of sightings of the African ‘wild dog’ hunting the plains in packs.
DAY 3 – Departure from the camp with a picnic breakfast and picnic lunch and proceed to Mikumi National Park. If your driver makes it to the lodge for lunch time – you will also have a hot lunch (both picnic and hot lunches are included). Afternoon game drive in the park.
We recommend for your overnight: Vuma Hills Camp
Ruaha National Park has a huge diversity of species boasting both the Greater and Lesser Kudu; the striped and spotted hyaena as well as Roan and Sable antelope. The lion population is now so large that they have gained film rights for their prowess at hunting Giraffe, which is not their traditional fare. The park’s rugged rocky outcrops are home to a healthy population of leopards and we are privileged to see Hunting Dogs as well as cheetah, jackals, bat-eared foxes, genet and civet. Many elephant herds are seen throughout the Park and over 530 recorded bird species, more during the green season with visiting migrant species.
Ruaha was recently expanded by incorporating adjacent wildlife reserves to become the largest National Park in Tanzania. Ruaha lies in the convergence zone where northern and southern hemisphere birds and mammal species overlap. This results in an overwhelming number of birds (530 recorded) plants (1400) and a correspondingly large number of mammal species.
DAY 4 – Early breakfast and drive (app. 5 hrs.) to Ruaha National Park. Arrival at the camp located inside of the park for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner
DAY 5 – Full day safari in Ruaha National Park. Breakfast and dinner at the camp and picnic lunch in the park.
DAY 6 – Breakfast and morning walking safari, then leisure at the lodge and lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner
DAY 7 – Breakfast, morning safari , picnic lunch and departure from an airstrip in Ruaha to Zanzibar or Dar Es Salaam
We recommend for your overnight: Ruaha River Lodge