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10-03140Tanzania – Highlights of the South

10 Day Safari, Camping

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Code: ET10SOUCAM

From: Dar es Salaam

To: Dar es Salaam

Number of Participants: 2-7 per vehicle

Tour Price: 3,140 USD

Single Supplement: 160 USD

This 10 day camping safari starts off in Dar es Salaam and continues to the Mikumi National Park where you will take part in extensive game drives and look out for Africa´s Big Five. On your way to the less frequented Ruaha National Park, you will pass Iringa, the biggest town in Tanzania. Via Mikumi and Kilobero the journey continues to the foot of the Udzungwa Mountains which have been declared a national park to protect the rainforest as well as several endemic plants and monkey species. Thereafter you travel to the Selous Game Reserve, the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa. And finally you make your way towards the Indian Ocean and to Dar es Salaam, where this unforgettable trip comes to an end.

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Day 1-5; Tanzania

  • Mikumi National Park: Game drives
  • Ruaha River
  • Iringa: Local market
  • Ruaha National Park: Game drives

 

Day 6-10; Tanzania

  • Udzungwa Mountains: Hiking & Sanje Waterfall
  • Selous Game Reserve: Game drives

Day 1 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 3-4h travel time

Your safari team will pick you up after breakfast. After your luggage is loaded onto the safari vehicle, you will leave Dar es Salaam and the traffic behind you. After leaving Dar es Salaam, driving westwards on a good tar road, you reach the small village of Mikumi in the afternoon and overnight on a campsite. While the cook is pitching up camp and starts preparing dinner, your guide will take you for an afternoon game drive in Mikumi National Park.
Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Today, you have the full day to explore Mikumi National Park during extensive game drives. Mikumi National Park is the 3rd biggest park in Tanzania with an area of 3.230 km². Most parts of the park are open for photo safaris, especially the seemingly endless Mkata Plains in the northwest of the park which gives you the feeling to be in the Serengeti. Mikumi is well-known for its big buffalo herds and the large elephant population with approximately 2000 animals. There are good chances to get the following animals in front of your lenses: zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, impalas, bushbucks, reedbucks, hyenas, baboons, lions and many more. After a full day in the bush, you will return in the early evening to camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania - Ruaha River, Tanzania

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

After a relaxed breakfast, you will pack your belongings and the safari will continue to Iringa. The road passes through the Baobab Valley which was formed by the Great Ruaha River. On the way, you will have nice views of the river and the Udzungwa Mountains. Today’s campsite is nicely situated on the banks of the small Ruaha River.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 Ruaha River, Tanzania - Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3-4h

Today, the safari will make its way to Ruaha National Park. On the way, the journey stops at Iringa, the biggest town in this region. In Iringa, you can find some buildings from colonial days and the colourful market place with its huge supply of fresh fruits and vegetables which is worth a visit. After refilling the stocks, the safari continues to Ruaha National Park where you will arrive in time for a game drive in the afternoon. Overnight at a campsite.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

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 of space and you will see hardly any safari vehicles. Ruaha National Park forms a border between Africa’s eastern and southern eco- system. Here you will find Kudus, which you will find seldom further north and during the same time you can see grant gazelles which 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. The drier Ruaha National Park gets, the more the animals of the park are concentrating around this lifeline. During the dry season, you can see elephants (approx. 10.000 elephants are living in the park), buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, Sable- and Roan- antelopes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, mongooses and plenty of other wild animals. After a busy safari day, you will return to the camp in the evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania - Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 7-8h

Today, the safari has to cover a long distance and therefore an early start is necessary. Via Iringa, Mikumi and Kilombero the journey goes to the foot of the Udzungwa Mountains. In the afternoon, you have time to discover the nearby area and to enjoy the tranquillity and the silence of this mountain region. Overnight at a campsite.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7 Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania

Since 1992, the Udzungwa Mountains have been declared a national park to protect the rainforest, as well as several endemic plants and monkey species. The Udzungwa Mountains offer a variety of hiking trails and today, there is plenty of time for a hike in this nature paradise. At lunchtime, you will have a picnic with a view on the Sanje waterfalls. The water falls over 300 meters through some cascades in the valley. Within the last years, the national park administration in co- operation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated a project to habituate some groups of the endemic red headed guereza monkey. Together with an experienced local guide, it is easier to spot the monkeys. During the late afternoon, you will return to the camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania - Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 9-10h

After you stretched your legs during the hike the day before, the safari continues. When the camp is taken down, the journey will head towards Selous Game Reserve. After Morogoro, you will leave the tar road and drive along to the Uluguru Mountains through remote villages towards the entrance gate. Overnight at a campsite in the game reserve.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Selous Game Reserve is the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa and forms together with the bordering Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks an area which is as big as Switzerland! Today, you drive through the northern part of the game reserve which is open for photo safaris. On the way, 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 the animals and birds because of the dense vegetation.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

Today, we come to the end of an impressive and diversified safari. After breakfast, you will drive towards the Indian Ocean and around noon you will reach Dar es Salaam. Then it is time to say good bye to your safari team at a hotel or at the airport- Karibu Tena. See you next time in Tanzania!
Breakfast

 

Price includes:
  • Safari according to the itinerary
  • 9 nights camping
  • Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Safari cook
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 litres of mineral water per person per day (while on safari)
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • National Parks fees
  • Camping equipment

 

Price excludes:

  • Flights (international & domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally there is no age limit on small group safaris. Due to the long driving distances and unfenced camp sites we however don’t recommend small group safaris for children under the age of 8 years. But if you as a parent are confident that the long driving distances and the many hours spent in the car won’t bother your child/children, they are welcome to join this safari. Please note that parents are responsible for children at all times.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - Nights are spent in spacious two-man dome tents (2,1 x 2,1m) on basic campsites inside or outsight of the National Parks. The tents are equipped with comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses and mosquito nets.

  • What kind of ablution facilities can I expect on public campsites?

    - All campsites have communal ablution facilities but most of them are very basic. Showers with hot water are scarce.

  • What vehicle is used on tour?

    - We make use of 4x4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Each guest is guaranteed a window seat and during game drives, the roof can be opened.

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is provided on safari however soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and are for your own account.
    - Typical English breakfast will be served, incl. eggs, sausages or bacon and toast with jam.
    - Lunch is usually en-route at a designated picnic spot in form of a lunch box, which can contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs for example.
    - For dinner you will have a fresh cooked meal with meat or fish with e.g. pasta, rice, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
    - Please inform us of any special dietary requirements or if you are vegetarian!

  • What do I need to bring with me?

    - A sleeping bag and good, suitable clothing
    - A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
    - (Please feel free to contact us, in case you would like to rent a sleeping bag)
    - Please remember that there is limited space available in the vehicle and that you should restrict yourself to one large piece of luggage or a rucksack, weighing no more than 15 kg and one small piece of hand luggage. If possible, please do not bring a suitcase with you. Please also take note of the luggage regulations of the different airlines.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - Tipping the crew after the tour is common. We recommend 15-20 USD per day/group for the guide and 10-15 USD per day/group for the cook. In addition you should take some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
    - Please note that all USD bills must be printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills are not valid and won’t be accepted.

  • Do I need visa for this safari?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - In general European citizens can apply for a Tanzanian Visa upon arrival in Tanzania
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this safari?

    - The safari starts and ends in Tanzania, a yellow fever region, which is why we recommend a yellow fever vaccination.
    - Tanzania is also situated within a malaria area, wherefore we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - Although Tanzania does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.