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Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari

SOUTHERN TANZANIA WILDLIFE SAFARI

Trip duration

10 days/ 9 nights

The Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari can be combined with our Best of Tanzania Wildlife Safari to form our famous Tanzania Mega Wildlife Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA – DAR ES SALAAM

Our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari will start in Tanzania’s economic capital, Dar es Salaam. You will arrive via the Julius Nyerere International Airport, where our guide will be ready to receive you and kick start your journey. You will then head to your hotel nearby.

Night in Dar es Salaam.

DAY 2, 3 AND 4: SELOUS GAME RESERVE

We shall then proceed to the incomparable Selous Game Reserve. Selous is a great highlight on all our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safaris. This is Africa’s largest game reserve and occupies an area of 50,000 square kilometres. The habitat is predominately Miombo Woodland; with sections of vast grasslands.

The mighty Rufiji River system flows from west to east cutting its way through the reserve. This beautiful river serves as a drainage from the mountains of the Udzungwa Escarpment and the nearby Mahenge Massif. This huge river is in turn fed by other rivers, including the Great Ruaha River and the Kilombero River from the West. From the South-West, three main rivers namely Luwegu, Luhombero and Mbarangandu also feed the Rufiji River. Also the Lukuiro complex drains the Kichi Hills to the East.

There will be many wildlife species here and we shall spend time looking for these; to build on our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari list. Mammals are abundant in Selous Game Reserve, but most notable species here are the Savannah Elephant, Common Zebra, Common Hippo, African Buffalo and African Lion. If we are lucky we shall spot the African Wild Dogs.

Birds to expect here include Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork and Lappet-faced Vulture. The boat ride across the mighty Rufiji River is also a great experience.

Nights at Selous.

DAY 5 AND 6: MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

Later, our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari continues to Mikumi National Park, where we hope to find many exciting mammals and birds. The Miombo Woodland here is a fascinating habitat and allows wildlife species which will often be scarce or absent elsewhere in East Africa.

Mammals here include African Lion, Leopard, Ratel, Bushy-tailed Mongoose, Black-backed Jackal, African Wild Dog, Spotted Hyena, African Civet, African Elephant, Nile Hippopotamus, Maasai Giraffe, Bohor Reedbuck, Cape Buffalo and Blue Wildebeest.

Expected birds include Brown-necked Parrot, Tanzania/ Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill and Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah.

Nights in Mikumi.

DAY 7, 8 AND 9: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

We shall enjoy picking some few more species from the Mikumi National Park, mainly focusing on any species we may have missed earlier. From here we drive across a different and slightly drier habitat, on the way to the mighty Ruaha National Park; where our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari continues.

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania, and it always amazes on each visit. Ruaha is the ultimate climax on all our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safaris. It covers an area of about 13,000 square kilometres, spanning the heart of a more extensive ecosystem, which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas within Central Tanzania. The park is named after the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its South-Eastern edge. This mighty river often forms the focus for game viewing, as it provides the lifeline to this great ecosystem.

Here we shall continue our game drives and shall be expecting to add some new wildlife species to our already growing list. We shall hope for some special mammals, such as Sable Antelope and Roan Antelope. Other common mammals here include African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Maasai Giraffe, Common Zebra, Common Eland, Common Impala and Bat-eared Fox.

We shall also spend time along the mighty Ruaha River, where wildlife often congregate for water. If we are really lucky we may spot the rare African Wild Dogs – a top favourite on all our Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safaris.

We shall also keep an eye for beautiful birds such as White-bellied Bustard, Purple-crested Turaco and Southern Ground-Hornbill.

Nights at Ruaha.

DAY 10: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK TO DAR ES SALAAM

We shall enjoy some more game drives at Ruaha National Park in the morning, as we scan for additional wildlife.

We shall then take a local flight back to Dar es Salaam. Later, we take an airport transfer for the flights home- marking the end to our lovely Southern Tanzania Wildlife Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, African Lion, Cheetah, Savannah Elephant, Maasai Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Nile Hippopotamus

Habitats covered

Savannah, Miombo Woodland, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Africa’s Big 5, Boat Cruise, Tanzania Endemic Birds’ Species, Ruaha