Southern Tanzania is the ideal destination for nature lovers looking for places apart from the most touristic ones. Its immense parks, much less traveled than those of the north, will make you feel the vastness of the savannah, the real “wildlife”. Feeling one with nature is an easy task driving among large herds of elephants or bathing in waterfalls of crystal clear water, visiting almost unspoilt places that will surprise even the most recurrent visitor. Parks where there is no barrier to wildlife and where animals move free, guided only by their survival instincts. Discover the more relaxing side of Africa, enjoying a boat safari on the Rufiji and Ruaha rivers, feeling the adrenaline of a walking safari to the waterfalls of Sanje, and reveling in a wild ride through the streams in which elephants quench their thirst. If you want to discover a wilder and unexplored Tanzania, southern Tanzania will meet your expectations.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport, our guide will be waiting for you to help you with your luggage and transfer you to the hotel in our private car. Dar es Salaam (haven of peace), is the most populous city in Tanzania. Located on the east coast of the African continent and bathed by the Indian Ocean, it is also the largest and richest city in the country. Because it is close to the equatorial line and the warm Indian Ocean, its climate is tropical and its average temperature is 25 degrees throughout the year. (Accommodation and Breakfast)
Day 2: Dar Es Salaam / Mikumi National Park
After breakfast we will set out on our way to Mikumi National Park. The park was established in 1964, currently has an area of 3,230 square kilometers and is the fourth largest in the country. Mikumi Park offers wildlife lovers a wide variety of easy-to-see wildlife such as lions, leopards or the elusive serval cat. A large number of buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and elephants will be our fellow riders on this safari day. (Full board)
Day 3, 4, 5: Mikumi National Park / Ruaha National Park
After breakfast we will leave Mikumi National Park behind to move to Ruaha National Park. We will tour Ruaha, doing Safaris in 4×4 uncovered cars, that will allow us a unique view of this gigantic national park. Ruaha is known for its numerous herds of elephants and its wide variety of antelopes, as well as its varied bird species. The great Ruaha River is its main feature. The river flows along the park, and attracts hundreds of animals such as giraffes, antelopes, lions, wild dogs, cheetahs and many more. In this park you can observe the migration of elephants, not hindered by human barriers as in other African countries. The valley of the Ruaha River, which gave its name to the park, is the only source of water in the region, attracting a large number of elephants, between 10,000 and 12,000 specimens. If you are lucky enough to be there by the date of the migration, the show is something amazing. It’s a magical moment, a real pilgrimage. Enjoy watching the diversity of antelopes (such as the saber antelope) and other amazing herbivores. All of these prey attract many predators, giving us the opportunity to see some groups of hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. (Full board)
Day 6, 7: Ruaha National Park / Udzungwa Mountains National Park
After breakfast we will head to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, a paradise unspoilt of a unique beauty in Tanzania, and spend the whole day on safari through it. Within the Park we can find different habitats such as tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo forests, meadows and steppes. In the Udzungwa Mountains you will find endemic species, unique in the world and among other ecosystems. The rainforest in particular, is like an island in the middle of the semi-arid environment of southern Tanzania. Udzungwa is described as a “primate park”, due to the ten species of primates in its virgin forests (five of them endemic). In addition, it is home to more than 400 species of birds and 2500 species of plants. It has the second largest biodiversity in a national park in Africa. We will enter the Udzungwa Mountains for a trekking accompanied by a Ranger to the waterfalls of Sanje, contemplating in our way the great diversity of fauna and flora of these lands, in search also of the red colobus. In addition, if you wish, you can take a dip in the pools of the falls. We’ll serve you a picnic meal. (Full board)
Day 8, 9, 10: Udzungwa Mountains National Park / Selous Nature Reserve
After breakfast, we’ll explore the great Selous National Reserve, which takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous. We’ll start our safari in 4×4 early in the morning. The Selous Nature Reserve has an area of more than 50.000 square kilometers which makes it the largest conservation area in the world, excluding polar regions, and has been considered a World Heritage Site. In Selous we can explore a great diversity of landscapes: volcanic hot springs, peaceful lagoons and the many canals of the Gran Ruaha and Rufiji rivers, which divide the reserve making Selous a unique area where you can observe a complete collection of african wilderness. Most African mammal species, from the largest to the smallest, and also passing through the rarest ones, thrive here. In addition, there are about 440 species of birds and more than 2.000 varieties of plants are listed. If you wish, you can take a walking safari within the reserve accompanied by a Ranger, a different way to enjoy, in the first person, the great diversity of its wildlife. You will have the opportunity to sail through the waters of the Rufiji, taking a relaxing boat safari. In it you Will be able to see a wide variety of exotic birds, crocodiles and hippos, as well as many other animals that come to the shores to drink and cool off. (Full board)
Day 11: Great Nature Reserve De Selous / Dar Es Salaam
After breakfast and at the agreed time, we will travel to the local airport, to take the plane that takes us to Dar es Salaam airport. International flight and return home. (Accommodation and Breakfast).
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- All arrival and departure transfers at the airport.
- Land Cruiser-type 4×4 vehicle
- English or Spanish speaking professional driver/guide throughout the safari.
- Entry fees to the national parks mentioned above.
- Full board or half board (according to contracted plan) throughout the safari.
- Accommodation with breakfast at the Arusha hotel.
- Bottled mineral water during the safari (unlimited).
- Plugs for mobile chargers and cameras in the 4×4.
- Airport arrival transfer to the hotel.
- Transfer departure from the hotel to the airport.
- Electric fridge in the 4×4 to keep drinks cool.
- Coffee/tea during safari (in cars and with lunch).
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Any service not specified as Included.
- International and domestic flight.
- Any type of visa.
- Drinks of any kind in the hotels except where indicated.
- Driver tips/guides and personal extras.
- Travel insurance, transportation costs in case of emergency, personal medical need.
- Extra activities during the trip.