Big Game & Rare Primates in Southern Tanzania

Explore the True Wild of Africa, where you are not in a convoy of safari vehicles and feel like you are one of few in the park due to being off the beaten track. Both Ruaha & Udzungwa National Parks offer such a diversity and density of wildlife which will exceed your expectations and guarantee a truly memorable experience.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
5 days
Best months:
May - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Cultural safaris Cultural
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Spend 2 days in Ruaha National Pakr viewing a great diversity of Big Game (4 0f the Big 5) along with many other animals such as Kudu, Cheetahs & Hippos in Tanzania’s and East Africa’s largest park with an area of about 20 226 square km.

Visit for a day in Iringa Town and take a historical walking tour and learn about the rich background of tribal, colonial and post-independence times as well as see some unexpected architecture.

For your next 2 days, you will visit a local village & elephant conservation project as well as hike up to waterfalls in Udzungwa park, which is home to 12 species of primates, 5 of which are only found in the park. There is amazing hiking and a diversity of birds, which is a different pace than the traditional game drive.

Day 1 - The Mighty Ruaha

  • Fly into the park and your Tatanca Safaris guide will meet you at the airstrip to begin your 'Out of Africa' experience.
  • After checking at Tandala Camp, you will spend the morning enjoying the savannah and sighting animals you may have only seen on National Geographic in their natural habitats.
  • Family groups of elephants moving through the grass or cheetahs lazing in the shade are among the exciting moments that await you.
  • Take a picnic lunch break in the park and hear the sounds outside the vehicle. Ruaha also has a great diversity of birds with more than 571 species which are best seen during the wet season.
  • Complete your day with an evening drive along the river and see the hippos come out to graze. They often lumber up to several km while grazing.  As well, other game are coming to refresh at the river.
  • Return back to Tandala Camp and have a welcome drink and dinner while under the endless African sky. Reveiw your photos from the day, seeing fantastic memories.

Day 2 - Prime Safari Viewing

  • Wake up to the savannah sunrise with a morning coffee at Tandala Camp followed by breakfast
  • Spend the early morning on a game drive, when the animals are coming for water before the heat of the day as well, the predators are returning from the night's hunt.
  • Then take a 4 hour walk through the African bush. which is a wonderful way to experience the savannah intimately. When getting out of the vehicle and trekking on foot, you hear your own footsteps instead of the sound of an engine running & Tanzania still has fantastic wilderness especially in the southern regions.
  • Return to Tandala camp for lunch and a rest break
  • Finish up the day with an evening game drive as game is starting to graze which presents some great photo opportunities.
  • Wind up your visit to Ruaha spending the night hours at Tandala Camp listening to lions roar as they communicate with each other over the hunt and perhaps you will hear the hyenas laughing as well.

Day 3 - Historical Iringa Town

  • Stop over in Iringa Town and take a historical tour. The town was built by the Germans as a staging point for their conquering of Chief Mkwawa, the famous Hehe chief who gave them a stunning defeat at Lugalo (20 km from Iringa). 
  • Many colonial buildings and churches have a story to tell including that of the British takeover after WW1.
  • Visit Neema Crafts workshop and have lunch at one of Iringa's favorite places.
  • Experience the local market as well as food while learning more of the history of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
  • Spend the night at Zakinn, an executive class hotel in a quiet neighborhood not far from central Iringa.

Day 4 - The African Galapagos - Eastern Arc Mountains

  • Udzungwa Mountains Park is the only national park in Tanzania which has 11 primate species including 5 species which are found nowhere else in the world except in the tropical rainforest of Udzungwa. They include the Sanje Mangabey, Iringa Red Colobus, Matundu Dwarf galago, Mountain Dwarf Galago and the recently discovered Rungwedebus Kipunji monkey.
  • Groups of Sanje Mangebeys have been habituated to stay on the forest floor and you may hike to find them with a park ranger.
  • Depart from Iringa and drive through to Hondo Hondo Lodge, check in & take lunch.
  • Visit a local Hehe village as well as an elephant conservation project which works to reduce conflict between the elephants and local farmers due to crop raiding.
  • Return to your lodge for a relaxing evening and dinner

Day 5 - Hiking The Falls

  • Have breakfast at Hondo Hondo Lodge and enjoy the early morning sunrise with an unbelievable amount of birds.
  • Prepare for the day's hike, taking a picnic lunch to enjoy once you reach the falls. 
  • A variety of trails are available to suit different abilities, including the half day hike to Sanje Waterfalls & Msolwa waterfalls.
  • Sanje waterfalls are the largest in the Tanzanian park system with 3 stages for hikers to ascend.
  • With high closed canopy forest & the second highest bird diversity in Africa, Udzungwa is a hikers paradise.
  • Your guide will share with you many details about the animals and the plants such as medicinal purposes or unique characteristics which help them survive in times of stress.
  • While hiking, you will can watch for one of the 11 species of primates in the park.
  • Return to your lodge for dinner and to prepare to return to Iringa

Day 6 - Return to Dar Es Salaam

  • We will drive you to Dar es Salaam to your accommodation of choice or to meet an international flight. We can recommend suitable accommodations in the city.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
  • Tandala Tented Camp
  • TANAPA Facilities
  • Hondo Hondo Lodge
  • Udzungwa Falls Lodge

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