Tour Highlights

This safari tour will let you explore two of Africa’s largest game heavens in this Southern Safari Circuit of Tanzania: Ruaha and Nyerere National Park with a pass for an overnight and shallow game drive in between the parks at Mikumi National Park.

The best time to visit is from July-October

Tour Summary

Tour Duration: 13 Days

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Safari Itinerary

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Arrive at Dar es Salaam International Airport, meet and greeting upon your arrival with your safari guide, and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Transfer time is approximate 1 hour maximum due to traffics 

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After breakfast, we head towards the Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve) through the Mtemere gate. The drive will take you through remote villages where you will have a chance to explore the locals. Depending on our time of arrival, we can go on a short game drive or you can spend this day relaxing in your lodge and preparing for 2 full days of safari in this park.

Travelling time 3 hours 

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Another two nights exploring Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve) with a chance to spot African Wild Dogs as one of the rare species in the area and other big cats. This park is the size of Switzerland!

While in the park, you have plenty of time for unique wildlife encounters in this unspoiled environment. Besides the typical residents of the African bush, you can spot up to 400 different bird species. However, it is not always easy to see animals and birds because of the dense vegetation. Optional Activities such as walking in the wilderness or boat cruise can be arranged at extra cost.

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Early morning game drive then comes back for breakfast, check out, and transfer to sable Mountain lodge to break the long drive to Mikumi National Park. This lodge is perfectly located at Sable mountains overlooking the miombo woodland just outside Nyerere National park about 15 minutes drive from the main gate.

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After breakfast, check out and drive to Mikumi via Morogoro town where you will stop for hot lunch then continue driving to Mikumi National Park. The accommodation highly recommended will be Vuma Hills Camp or Stanley’s Kopjes for three nights.

Travelling time is about 6-7 hours in total 

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Today, we head to Ruaha National Park where we will have a game drive in the afternoon. This is a more extensive ecosystem, which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing.

Ruaha is believed to have a high concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. It is also a place where, magnificent mammals like Kudu, Sable, and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted in Miombo woodland. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat-eared foxes, and jackals.

Travelling time is about 6 hours drive

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After breakfast, you dedicate these days to Ruaha for morning and afternoon game drives. You will have all meals at your lodge. Ruaha National Park (10.300km²) is the most visited National Park in the southern part of Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the South of Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you still have ample space and you will see hardly any safari vehicles.

Ruaha National Park forms a border between Africa’s eastern and southern ecosystems. Here you will find kudus, which you will find seldom further north, and during the same time, you can see grant gazelles that reach their southernmost breeding area. The source of life in the park is doubtless the Great Ruaha River with its huge numbers of crocodiles and hippos.

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Early morning sunrise game drive comes back for breakfast, check out and leave with picnic lunch for your flight to Dar to connect your international flight back home or an extension to Zanzibar beach vacation. 

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks