The southern parks present a wide range of experiences, from savannah to wetlands, walking safaris to river experiences. Most people who visit Tanzania for the second time go to the south. This nine-day itinerary for the southern circuit comprises parks and reserves that may be explored by beginning in Dar es Salaam.
Saadani National Park is located to the north of Dar, while Mikumi, a small park, is located two hours to the west along the roadway that meanders down to Iringa and Mbeya.
Both river excursions on the Rufiji River and walking safaris are excellent in the Selous Game Reserve, which is south of Mikumi. While Ruaha National Park, located just west of Iringa, is the crown jewel of the southern circuit, Udzungwa Mountains National Park is all about forests, waterfalls, and strange endemics.
- Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transportation in a custom 4x4WD Land Cruiser
- Professional driver guide.
- Park entrance fees
- Bottled mineral drinking water during Game Drives
- Airport transfers
- International Airfares
- Visa entry charges to Kenya and Tanzania
- All items of personal use i.e., Drink, Laundry, Telephone calls, gratuities
- Travel insurances- etc.
- Covid 19/PCR Test
Day by Day
Arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport
After arriving, you will be met at the International Airport of Dar Es Salaam by your Driver/Guide from Alkanjaoi Tours and safaris. You will be driven to a hotel in Dar es salaam city as you wait anxiously for the next day to start your excursion to the southern parks of Tanzania.
The day is tomorrow, so unwind, enjoy Tanzania’s scenery from your accommodation, and sleep peacefully tonight! Dinner and Overnight at Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel.
Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National park
What a lovely day it is! You will depart for Mikumi National Park in southern Tanzania after a superb breakfast at your accommodation in Dar es Salaam, carrying packed lunches. You will undoubtedly arrive in the afternoon if you enjoy the on-route attractions. It is tucked between the Rift Valley Escarpments to the southwest and the Uruguru Mountains to the east.
It benefits from having the highest wildlife density in the entire conservation area because it is close to and thus a part of the Nyerere ecosystem. When you arrive at Mikumi, there are designated picnic spots where you may enjoy your lunch before going on a game drive.
The Mikumi National Park is ideal for a quick visit and gives visitors a fair sense of the African wildlife kingdom. One of Tanzania’s biggest parks, Mikumi is home to a variety of animals. It is the perfect location for weekend tourists who don’t want to spend a lot of time on a lengthy safari itinerary because it is close to Dar.
Your guide will transport you to a lodge in Mikumi for a delectable dinner and an overnight stay after a day filled with activities, Vuma Hills Tented Camp.
Mikumi National Park (full day game drive)
You will get the chance to see all the species you missed the day before if you spend yet another amazing day at Mikumi National Park! Your guide will pick you up following a sumptuous breakfast at your lodge, and you will set off on a full day of game drives around Mikumi with our packed lunches. A wide variety of bird species can be seen there, along with several giraffes, buffaloes, and elephants.
Lions, leopards, and hippos can also be found close to watering holes. Zebras, lions, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impalas, warthogs, elands, and other antelopes can also be spotted there. You can observe the entire park from several observation towers. We’ll have a picnic lunch stop in the middle of the day before continuing with our game drive. Mostly made up of miombo woodland and gently undulating slopes, Mikumi National Park.
An armed ranger can accompany you on a walking safari in the African bush. After a full day of exploring, the fascinating day comes to an end, and your guide drives you to a lodge where you will have dinner and spend the nightat Vuma Hills Tented Camp.
Mikumi to Ruaha National Park
After a delectable breakfast, we set off with our packed lunches to begin the drive to Ruaha National Park. The large Ruaha River, which empties into the park’s southernmost region, gave the area its name. You will be on the voyage for several hours, and in addition to it being exciting, you will get the chance to observe a lot of creatures and capture some amazing pictures to keep in your memories.
You will first eat lunch when you get to the park in the afternoon before beginning your game drive. The Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), which is unique to this national park, is only one of the abundant vegetation and animals that can be found there. The park features a nearly unspoiled and Visitors will get a really special safari experience because of the unknown nature.
After all the experiences your guide will drive you to a lodge in the park for dinner & Overnightat Ruaha River Lodge.
Day 5 & 6:
Ruaha National Park
What a great day once again! Your guide will pick you up following a sumptuous breakfast at your resort to begin your wildlife drive with our packed lunches. Take two days to enjoy nature, wildlife, birds, and the best experiences in Ruaha National Park on game drives. Tanzania’s largest national park, Ruaha, may require two full days to fully explore and leave unforgettable memories. The park is home to more than 571 different bird species. Hornbills are one of the resident species. A lot of migratory birds also stop through the area. Predators including very huge lion pride and the critically endangered wild dog can be seen there easily.
Along with its remarkable nature appeal and few luxurious campgrounds, the mighty Ruaha is also widely known for its abundance of elephants and several antelope species. In Tanzania’s northern circuit, it’s common to see rare antelope species like greater and lesser kudu, roan, and stable antelope. After a short break in the afternoon, we will have our packed lunches before continuing with our afternoon game drive.
You can stop for a successful photo opportunity while on the game drive to capture the best sightings of local animals, which are more frequently spotted and unable to hide in the sun-withered bush during the dry season because the heat is less intense and a lot of dust is stirred up around the pack. In the rainy season, safaris can become uncomfortably humid, and certain roads might not be passable.
After all the experiences your guide will drive you to a lodge in the park for a delicious dinner and an overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.
Ruaha to Nyerere National Park
After an early breakfast at your lodge in Ruaha National Park, your guide will pick you up and begin the trip to Nyerere National Park. However, given the distance between the two parks, flying would be a suitable alternative. After transferring to the airport, we will fly to Nyerere National Park, where your knowledgeable Alkanjaoi tours and safari guide will welcome you and drive you to the lodge where you may savor a sumptuous meal. You will have the time of your life riding a boat on the Rufiji River after lunch in the afternoon. The experience here is completely different from gaming drives in the past, and it is a big departure from them.
There are two different boat rides available in the park. One is the short safari tour that departs from the reserve’s borders at dusk or sunset along the Rufiji River, and a full-day boat safari that offers a more in-depth look at the area and allows you to watch elephants bathing or crossing the river. While sipping a sundowner, observe the herds of animals making their way to the river to drink. Fish eagles, herons, Egyptian geese, storks, bee-eaters, and kingfishers abound in this birdwatcher’s paradise.
After all the day excursions your guide will drive you for Dinner & Overnight atRufiji River Camp.
Day 8 & 9:
Nyerere National Park
Spend all of your two full days in Nyerere National Park on game drives and other exciting excursions. If you don’t take part in one of the escorted walking excursions, your two days in Nyerere won’t be deemed complete. Following a delectable breakfast, you will have the chance to experience Mother Nature up close while taking in the allure and tranquility of this far-flung but stunning reserve. allowing for the opportunity to inspect and explore many regions of the sizable park, as well as having excellent photo opportunities.
You will pause for a picnic lunch in the late afternoon before continuing your adventures. Along with being well-known for its vast herds of elephants, hippos, and rhinos, the region is also home to several other animals, including sable antelopes, eland, larger kudus, waterbucks, spotted hyenas, lions, and leopards, as well as more than 400 different species of birds. Travelers interested in bird viewing won’t be let down while visiting Nyerere National Park.
After all the excursions your guide will drive you to a lodge for dinner and a goodnight’s rest, Dinner and Overnight at Rufiji River Camp.