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09-05265Explore Southern Tanzania

9 Day Safari, Accommodated

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Code: ET09SOULOD

From: Dar es Salaam

To: Dar es Salaam

Number of Participants: 2-7 per vehicle

Tour Price: 5,265 USD

Single Supplement: 800 USD

This 9-day lodge safari will take you to the well-known conservation areas in the south of Tanzania. You will visit national parks such as Mikumi, Udzungwa, Ruaha and the Selous Game Reserve with a safari vehicle, on foot and by boat. Apart from the safari activities, there will be time to meet the local people and see how they live. Due to the long distances in the southern part of Tanzania, the safari is a combination of a driving and fly-in safari. This gives you the opportunity to explore the whole south of Tanzania while travelling time is limited.

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Day 1-4; Tanzania

  • Mikumi National Park: Game drives
  • Udzungwa National Park: Hiking and Sanje waterfall
  • Ruaha Valley

 

Day 5-9; Tanzania

  • Iringa: Local market
  • Ruaha National Park: Game drives, walking safari
  • Selous Game Reserve: Game drives

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

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

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Dar es Salaam or at the airport and you will leave the bustling capital and its chaotic traffic in the morning. After about five hours driving on a good tar road you should reach the eco-friendly Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp in Mikumi National Park, just in time for lunch. The tents are built wooden platforms on a hill with verandas overlooking the landscape below. Later in the afternoon you go for a game drive in the national park to see animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe and herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Bird-lovers should be able to tick off a few of the more than 400 species that occur here during the rainy season.
Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Game drives

Mikumi National Park is the third biggest park in Tanzania and the seemingly never-ending Mkata plains in the northwest of the park feel like the Serengeti. It is an important educational centre and students study conservation and ecology here. Mikumi is well-known for its big buffalo herds, large elephant population and a sub-species of giraffe. Other creatures you might see include zebras, leopards and the world’s largest antelope, the eland. After a full day in the wilderness, you will return to Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp in the evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania - Udzungwa National Park, Tanzania

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 2h

Rise and shine! After an early breakfast, you will drive approximately one and a half hours to the Udzungwa Mountains to hike in the national park. The park is not accessible to vehicle and can only be explored on foot. The lush rainforest is home to many endemic plants and animals like the Udzungwa red colobus and the rare sanje mangabey - a grey monkey living mostly off fruit on the forest floor. The cute little grey-faced sengi a type of elephant shrew was discovered here in 2008. A highlight of the walk is the Sanje waterfall. Three huge cascades of water falling into natural rock pools in the lush forest are perfect for swimming. In the evening, you will drive back to Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania - Ruaha Valley, Tanzania

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

After breakfast you travel south towards Iringa. On the way, you pass the scenic valley of the Great Ruaha River where some majestic baobab trees are growing. The river provides sustenance to more than 6 million people – for agriculture, fishing and drinking water. The destination of today is the, 40km away from Iringa. After arriving at the Kisolanza Farm & Guesthouse in the afternoon, there will be time to explore the farm, its gardens and the surrounding area. The Ghaui family has been growing vegetables, flowers and tobacco for more than 100 years. Taste the fresh farm products during dinner and overnight at the rustic cottages of the farm.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5 Ruaha Valley, Tanzania - Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

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

Today, you drive towards Ruaha National Park and you might stop at the local market in Iringa, the biggest city of the province. Here you will find anything from fresh fruit to second-hand shoes, wooden crafts and baskets. After a drive through local villages, you will reach Tandala Tented Camp where you will stay for two nights. Tents are built on wooden platforms and have views of the river and animals that come to drink at the waterhole. In the afternoon you will go on a game drive in Ruaha National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Game drives

Ruaha National Park is the largest game reserve in Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the southern Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you will able to enjoy the peace of this less touristy wildlife area. The life vein in the park is the Great Ruaha River with 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 thousands of elephants (about 10.000 elephants live here), buffalos, lion and rare animals such as wild dogs. Kudu, roan and sable antelope should be spotted in the miombe woodlands. The wet season is the best time to see flowers and birds – more than 370 species. After a dusty day on safari, you will return to the pool set under a baobab tree at Tandala Tented Camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania - Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Game drives and flight

In the morning, you will join a local guide on a bush walk in the area around Tandala Tented Camp. After lunch you will fly to Rufiji River Camp where you will spend two nights  on the banks of the Rufiji River.The game reserve was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site status for to the diversity of wildlife and its unique ecosystem.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Game drives

Selous Game Reserve is the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa and with Mikumi and Udzungwa national parks form an area as big as Switzerland. Habitats include grassland, savannah with acacia trees, swamps, wetlands and extensive Miombo woodlands. The mighty Rufiji River with its lakes and swamps teeming with fish, lure a vast selection of water birds and is home to hordes of hippos and crocodiles. The reserve has more than 2 100 plant species, over 100.000 buffalo, 60.000 elephant and 1.300 wild dogs. From your camp, the Rufiji River Camp, you will explore this unspoiled wilderness on game drives and go on a boat cruise on the Rufiji River through the channels and lakes. Here you will see animals from a different angle as they come for baths and sundowner drinks at the river.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Game drives & flight

After breakfast there will be time for another game drive before you will be dropped off at the airfield from where you will depart to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
Breakfast, Lunch

 

Price includes: 
  • Safari according to the itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation in hotels, camps or lodges as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Flight with Coastal Aviation Ruaha National Park – Selous Game Reserve
  • Flight with Coastal Aviation Selous Game Resere – Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar
  • National parks fees

 

Price excludes: 
  • Flights (other than those mentioned above)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • 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 7 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 we however don’t recommend small group safaris for children under the age of 6 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?

    - You will overnight in hotels, safari lodges or in permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). While the safari lodges are solid structures, the tented camps are permanently fixed walk-in safari style tents, offering the same service as hotels and lodges. 

  • 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.
    - Meals are enjoyed at the accommodations. Breakfast is buffet and for lunch and dinner you are usually offered a three course menu. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have.
    - Lunch can also be 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.

  • What do I need to bring with me?

    - Good, suitable clothing (long trousers and sleeves are recommended for protection against mosquitoes)
    - A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
    - 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. 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.