7 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.
DAR ES SALAAM
After your long internationl flight, it is better to start with an overnight in Dar Es Salaam, because the next morning starts your exciting trip through the South of 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 at Dar-es-Salaam airport. You will be met inside the airport with a sign with your name and will be assisted with immigration clearance, baggage collection and escort to the driver. Transfer to a hotel for leisure after the flight.
DAY 2 – Breakfast and transfer to the airport for a flight departing to Nyerere National Park (ex. Selous Reserve). Meet your driver-guide on arrival and start the safari. Afternoon game drive. Early Dinner and departure for the Night game drive.
DAY 3 -Breakfast and departure for a morning boat safari. Lunch at the camp. Afternoon game drive. Dinner
DAY 4 – Breakfast, morning game drive on the way to the airstrip for departure to Mikumi National Park. Meet your driver-guide ans start the safari. Picnic lunch in the park. After the safari, drive to camp. Dinner
We recommend for your overnight: Selous Impala 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 5 – Full day game drive in Mikumi. Breakfast and dinner at the camp and picnic lunch in the park.
DAY 6 – Breakfast and drive to Ruaha National Park. You will have a stop in Iringa town for Neema Crafts center visit and lunch. Arrival at the lodge, leisure and dinner
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 7 – Morning and afternoon game drive in the park. Breakfast and dinner at the lodge and picnic lunch in the park.
DAY 8 – Morning walking safari and breakfast. Afternoon game drive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge
DAY 9 – Breakfast, morning game drive on the way to the the airstrip for your onwords flight to Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia island
We recommend for your overnight: Hodi Hodi Ruaha Camp