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Best of Southern Tanzania

Enter Africa’s largest protected area uninhabited by man, for this exclusive 9 Day Safari, where Tanzania’s greatest population of elephants wander in an area bigger than Switzerland! The Selous is considered important enough to be World Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. Along the Rufiji River, an array of grazing antelopes, crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen as well as black and white colobus monkeys in the riverine forests

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3000 - $4200
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 9 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Ruaha, Selous, Mikumi
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Romantic
  • Night drive
  • Birding

Day 1

Depart from Dar es Salaam city centre by 4×4 safari vehicle to the Selous Game Reserve. Enjoy a late lunch at the Rufiji River Camp. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the reserve, and then return to Rufiji River Camp for dinner and overnight

Day 2

Enjoy a full day game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic – style game drives – exploring the bush in 4 x 4 vehicles. Waterbuck, southern reed buck and bushbuck are common in the Selous. Rare sable antelope, lion and greater kudu also frequent this area. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp

Day 3

After breakfast, accompany an armed ranger on a waking safari in the reserve. The sights and sounds (and smells) of a walking safari are a special treat that will live long in your memory. The thrill of creeping up to animals to “shoot” them with your camera is a great experience. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari where you will explore the different channels and lakes of the Rufiji River System, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles. A large variety of herons, storks, ducks,
stilts, and other water birds may be seen. And you also see land mammals, such as giraffe and elephants. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp

Day 4

Another full day game viewing in the Selous Game Reserve. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp

Day 5

Collect picnic lunches and drive to Mikumi National Park and proceed driving to Vuma Hill Tented Camp. The camp is perched above the trees stretching over the seemingly endless wilderness south west of Mikumi National Park. Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Camp

Day 6

After breakfast drive to Ruaha National Park, which is famous for its rare sable antelope, roan antelope, and big herds of elephants. The park represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African flora and fauna overlap. Although Ruaha is one of the largest parks in Africa, it is comparatively unknown and, due to its remoteness, remains unspoiled. Enjoy a late lunch at the lodge followed by an afternoon game drive. Ruaha River Lodge is the only lodge in the reserve
and is built on a rocky ridge with spectacular views of the Great Ruaha River. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge

Day 7

Enjoy a full day game drive in the park. Nearly 500 bird species have been sighted within the park. The river area features large numbers of hippo and crocodile and attracts lion, leopard, hunting dog, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog and eland. Grants gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains. Meals and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge

Day 8

After an early breakfast drive to Mikumi National Park. Lunch at Vuma Hill Tented Camp, followed by an evening game drive in Mikumi National Park. The park is well known for its population of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, elands, and greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions, leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal. You may also see crocodiles, monitor lizards, yellow baboon and hippos. Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Lodge

Day 9

After breakfast, enjoy another game drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to the camp for lunch and then depart for your return to Dar es Salaam. Drop off in the city centre.

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

  • Rufiji River Camp
  • Vuma Hill Tented Camp
  • Ruaha River Lodge
Sun-downer over looking the Rufiji River
Sun-downer over looking the Rufiji River by SafariHub
Pair of cheetahs
Pair of cheetahs by SafariHub
Curious giraffes in Mikumi
Curious giraffes in Mikumi by SafariHub
King of the Selous
King of the Selous by SafariHub

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