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Best of Southern Tanzania

From: $3,630 per person (12 days, 11 nights)

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Tour Highlights

  • Discover Tanzania's wild and remote south
  • See a huge variety of wildlife and birdlife
  • 12 adventurous days in the bush
  • Boating safari on the hippo and croc infested Rufiji River
  • All transfers included
  • Flexible bookings - you choose the dates

Tanzania's Wild South

Tanzania’s stunning south, though perhaps not as well-known as the Northern Circuit, is diverse, beautiful, packed with game and well worth exploring.  This particular itinerary is perfect for those looking for a safari out of Dar Es Salaam, and for those who wish to take a relaxing beach extension in Zanzibar after their wildlife adventure!

After your overnight in Tanzania’s major coastal city – Dar Es Salaam – you will start your safari proper.  Journeying to Selous, your first safari experience will be something truly magical – two boating safaris on the wonderful Rufiji River, home to many crocodiles and hippo; a walking tour across the rolling savannah, open grassland and rocky outcroppings, to take in the real sights and sounds; game drives where you could spot elephant, buffalo, rhino, wildebeest, eland, giraffe, zebra, leopard, lion, and over 350 species of bird!

At Mikumi National Park, the excitement and action will continue.  As it is part of the wider Selous ecosystem, Mikumi boasts a very high concentration of game, including buffalo, elephant, lion, wild dog, hippo, hartebeest, wildebeest, warthog and a variety of antelope.  There are several observation towers dotting the landscape, from which you can gaze over the national park in its entirety.

At Udzugwa Mountain National Park, you will take a half-day of hiking and bird-watching through pristine rainforest.  Upon reaching the Sanje waterfalls, your reward will be the spectacular views of the Kilombero Valley below.

Your last few days on safari will be spent at Ruaha National Park.  During your three full days of safari activity, you will marvel at the views of the Great Ruaha River, delight at the sight of crocodiles and hippo, spot elephant, various antelopes and a whole host of bird species, and try to take in the sheer size of this wild and wonderful corner of the earth.    


Comfort and Hospitality in the Wilderness

Your first overnight will be spent in Dar Es Salaam's Moevenpick Royal Palms - right in the heart of the city centre, this classy and elegant establishment is the perfect place to rest and freshen up after your long journey.

Throughout your safari journey you will find yourself overnighting ins some of Africa's most beautiful locations.  The Rufiji River Camp, for example, consists of 20 luxury tented camps in the heart of Selous Game Reserve, with an amazing setting overlooking the Rufiji River.  Here, you can wine and dine as you spot crocodiles and hippos!  Sable Mountain Lodge, meanwhile, houses guests in cottages or tented bandas, each of which have private verandas offering views over the forest towards the Uluguru Mountains.

Dining and drinking at your specially selected accommodation will be fresh, varied, satisfying and of course delicious.  Vuma Hills prepares dishes using fresh produce from the camp's own highland farm. Sable Mountain Lodge has several eating and drinking options, including the delightful treehouse overlooking a watering hole, where various animals can be spotted drinking!

All accommodation on this tour is comfortable, luxurious and completely unique.
This private tour is completely customisable - you can change the duration, where you visit and the hotels you stay in - just let us know what you'd like to change when you get in touch with us.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Pick up from the international airport of Dar Es Salaam by your driver/guide and our representative
  • Transfer to Moevenpick Royal Palms for your overnight

Day 2: Dar Es Salaam - Selous

Private Afternoon Game Drive
Full Board
  • Pick up from hotel after breakfast, for drive to Selous lasting some 5-7 hours
  • Arrival in the afternoon, for a meeting with lodge manager to discuss your safari programme
  • Afternoon game drive or walking tour in Selous
  • Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp

Day 3: Selous

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Boat Safari
Full Board
  • Full day of game drives at Selous Game Reserve
  • Explore the savannah, woodland and grassland of this vast reserve, spotting elephant, buffalo, rhino and more
  • Take a boat trip on the fantastic Rufiji River, looking for crocodiles and hippo along the way
  • Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp

Day 4: Northern Selous

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Boat Safari
Full Board
  • Proceed to Northern Selous for further safari activities
  • Try to spot wildebeest, eland, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard and lion
  • Take a further boating safari
  • Dinner and overnight at Sable Mountain Lodge

Day 5: Northern Selous

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Walking Safari
Full Board
  • Explore Northern Selous further
  • This national park boasts the world's largest number of big game, as well as over 350 species of bird
  • Walking safari in the afternoon
  • Dinner and overnight at Sable Mountain Lodge

Day 6: Mikumi

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Depart for Mikumi National Park after breakfast
  • Enjoy the rich variety of bird species and the host of wild creatures you can spot here (zebra, lion, wild dogs, jackals, hartebeest, elephant, giraffe plus more)
  • Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hills Tented Camp

Day 7: Mikumi

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Full day of game driving and safari activities in Mikumi
  • Explore this wonderful national park further, both from your safari vehicle and on an exciting walking safari
  • Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hills Tented Camp

Day 8: Udzungwa Mountains

Full Board
  • Depart Mikumi for afternoon arrival at Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Half day of hiking and bird watching in the pristine rain forest and amongst waterfalls
  • Dinner and overnight at Udzungwa Forest Lodge

Day 9: Ruaha

Private Afternoon Game Drive
Full Board
  • Depart for Ruaha National Park after breakfast
  • This is the second largest national park in Tanzania, as well as being the second largest elephant sanctuary
  • Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge

Day 10: Ruaha

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Further opportunity to explore Ruaha National Park
  • The Great Ruaha River flowing along the eastern border of the park creates spectacular gorges and scenery, as well as being home to a large number of hippos and crocodile
  • Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge

Day 11: Ruaha

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • A further day to explore Ruaha National Park, where you can spot elephanrt, greater and lesser kudu, and rare roan and sable antelope.  There are also over 370 species of bird to be spotted here
  • Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge

Day 12: Departure

Private Early Morning Game Drive
Bed and Breakfast
  • Early morning game drive before transferring to Ruaha airstrip for your flight home or beach extension

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Wildlife you might see

During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below - unfortunately we can't guaruntee that you'll see all the animals, but hopefully the photos will give you an idea of what to look out for!

Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Elephant
Elephant
Leopard
Leopard
Masai Lion
Masai Lion
African Hunting Dog
African Hunting Dog
Cheetah
Cheetah
Crocodile
Crocodile
Dikdik
Dik-dik
Duiker
Duiker
Eland
Eland
African Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron
Great Egret
Great Egret
Greater Kudu
Greater Kudu
Ground Hornbill
Ground Hornbill
Hippo
Hippo
Hyena
Hyena
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lesser Kudu
Lesser Kudu
Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Reedbuck
Reedbuck
Sable
Sable
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Vulturine Guineafowl
Vulturine Guineafowl
Warthog
Warthog
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Wildebeest
Wildebeest

Prices for this tour

2 - 3 people: $4,550 per person ... book now4+ People: $3,630 per person ... book now

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  • Single Room Supplement: $700
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