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Explore Southern Tanzania

Tanzania offers two choices of safari: the renowned north or less frequented south. In the south, Ruaha National Park offers an authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience of the early days of safari travel.  Ruaha is something of a game viewing secret; remote and untamed bush walks and game drives bring leopard, impala and zebra into focus. Another highlight is Nyerere National Park, Africa’s largest National Park and home to some of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife. 

 

10 days/9 nights | Prices from £8,565 per person

Including international return flights with Kenya Airways, internal flights, private transfers, the services of English-speaking representatives and guides, and accommodation on half and full board basis.

Highlight of the trip

Ruaha is a hidden gem in Safari circles; boasting an almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, it allows visitors to have a safari experience away from the crowds. Crocodiles and hippos thrive in, and other wildlife flocks to, the Great Ruaha River. At  Asanja Ruaha  each luxurious tented suite covers 140 square metres, and has its own veranda and private plunge pool overlooking the river.

 

Route

  • Dar es Salaam for 1 night
  • Mikumi National Park for 2 nights
  • Ruaha National Park for 3 nights
  • Nyerere National Park for 3 nights

Day 1: Fly from the UK to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Be met by our English-speaking representative at Dar es Salaam Airport and be transferred to Hotel Johari Rotana in the heart of the city. Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s former capital, largest city and main port. The markets are well worth a visit and both German and British influences can still be seen in the architecture. Conveniently positioned amidst some of the most important sea routes in the world, the city is the transportation and economic hub of the country as well as a centre for arts and culture. Visit eclectic Oyster Bay and take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens.

Stay at Johari Rotana, Dar es Salaam, on a bed & breakfast basis for 1 night.

Johari Rotana is in the Central Business District and on the coast. The hotel features 193 rooms and suites and 60 serviced apartments. Guests can enjoy dining at the hotel’s restaurants and bars. Further facilities include a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.

Day 2: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park 

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mikumi. On arrival you will be collected by your camp vehicle and driven to your camp for lunch. Take an afternoon game drive on a shared basis. 

Situated 300km from the capital, Mikumi is Tanzania’s fourth-largest, and one of its most accessible, national parks. The landscape comprises low-lying wetlands flanked by mountains. Diverse wildlife inhabits the park including lion, buffalo, buck, civet, crocodile, snake, lizard, hippo, zebra and even packs of wild dogs, which are seldom seen in other parts of the continent. The floodplain also supports over 400 species of resident and migratory birds. Nearby Mbuyuni is known for is vast collection of baobabs. 

Stay at Stanley’s Kopje, Mikumi National Park, on a fully inclusive basis for 2 nights.

Stanley’s Kopje is the only camp in Mikumi National Park set up on a rocky crop – the only elevated land in the area - on the Mkata floodplain.  It presides over Mwanamboga waterhole, the best game-viewing area of the park, and enjoys fine views over the surrounding Mikumi wilderness. The camp’s tents are pitched on high wooden platforms with traditionally built thatched roofs which provide shade from the sun while you sit on your veranda and enjoy the wildlife. Each luxurious tent has its own bathroom with solar-heated running water for showering.

Day 3 – Mikumi National Park 

After breakfast a village walk will give a taste of traditional culture with visits to local farms, a kindergarten and local market. Enjoy a full game drive of the park on a shared basis.

Day 4 – Mikumi National Park to Ruaha National Park 

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Ruaha. On arrival you will be collected by your camp vehicle and driven to your camp for lunch. Enjoy afternoon activities on a shared basis.

Following its recent expansion, Ruaha is currently East Africa’s biggest national park and the second-largest on the African continent. It is also home to Tanzania’s most sizeable elephant haven,  one of the largest concentration of lions on earth, and a profusion of bird species, including kingfishers, plovers, egrets, hornbills and sunbirds. Crocodiles and hippos thrive in the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the sanctuary’s eastern border. In the dry season, between July and November, animals flock to the last remaining water sources, presenting an exceptional wildlife spectacle. There are a number of accommodation options available but some close for the wet season during March and April. Ruaha is a hidden gem in Safari circles; boasting an almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, it allows visitors to have a safari experience away from the crowds

Stay at Asanja Ruaha, Ruaha National Park, on a fully inclusive basis for 3 nights. 

Asanja Ruaha is situated right on the Ruaha River amongst the baobab trees of the Miombo forest. With its luxury guest suites, no expense has been spared to ensure utmost comfort and privacy. Attention to detail shines throughout the camp. Each tented suite covers 140 square metres, and has its own veranda and private plunge pool overlooking the Ruaha River.

Days 5 & 6 Ruaha National Park 

Two full days of activities by camp vehicle on a shared basis. 

Day 7 Ruaha National Park to Nyerere National Park  

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nyerere. On arrival you will be collected by your camp vehicle and driven to your camp for lunch. Enjoy afternoon activities on a shared basis.

Formerly the northern part of Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania's Nyerere National Park is Africa’s largest National Park. The park is home to some of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife, and the incredible diversity and sheer volume of animals draw visitors from around the globe. Travellers can look forward to spotting a wide collection of common and rare species including the famous Big Five, some rare species of antelopes like Roan Antelope, and large concentrations of elephant and hippos. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a boating safari on the exquisite Rufiji River, spot the endangered African wild dog, and enjoy a guided walking safari with a highly knowledgeable guide.

Stay at Serena Mivumo River Lodge on a fully inclusive basis for 3 nights.

Experience the tranquil wilderness of Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve at this boutique property located along the banks of the Rufiji River, and with stunning views of Stiegler's Gorge. Luxurious rooms are each housed in a timbered chalet. The chalets are spaced amongst the indigenous forest, and feature brushwood thatched roofs, which are high vaulted to allow for the maximum amount of light and breeze. Slightly raised on sprung wooden floors, each room features a charming mix of Edwardian crystal chandeliers, marble basins, classic safari antiques and subtly understated modern leather and rattan furniture. Each chalet also features a private plunge pool and an exterior shower with wilderness views.

Activities include game drives, boating safaris, swimming in the pool, or indulging in a spa treatment. The lodge's dedicated staff provide world-class service, ensuring an authentic African Selous safari experience.

Days 8 & 9 – Nyerere National Park  

Full day activities by camp vehicle and a full day game drive of the Serengeti Park. 

Day 10 – Return to the UK

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Dar es Salaam Airport. Assistance will be provided for your onward international flight connection to the UK

  • Porterage and tips paid locally
  • Game drives in shared 4×4 safari vehicles without air-conditioning
  • Supplement payable for vehicle on a private basis during game drives
  • We recommend travelling light with no more than one piece of hold luggage and a day bag
  • Flight Dar Es Salaam – Selous – Ruaha – Zanzibar has a maximum 15kg per person baggage allowance
  • Single travellers – please call us for prices if you wish to book a single room or twin for sole use

Includes:

Transportation in a 4x4 vehicle with a pop-up roof for ease of game viewing and photography.

Services of an English-speaking driver-guide, game viewing drives and park entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.

All Government taxes and levies and all meet and greet services.

Meals as indicated in the itinerary.

2 Bottles of water per person per day (during game drive)

On safari accessories in each vehicle: wildlife books and cool box.

 

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