Karibu Southern Tanzania - 7 Day Driving Safari

Karibu Southern Tanzania - 7 Day Driving Safari

Short Overview

Wild and rugged Ruaha is the centrepiece of this seven day exploration of Tanzania's Southern Circuit, with the wide-open plains of Mikumi and the forested mountains of Udzungwa acting as unique start and finish points respectively.

Those wishing to see the Big Five in the wild will find that Ruaha and Mikumi offer ample opportunities to spot the iconic animals, while Udzungwa - sometimes known as Africa's Galapagos - offers the chance to see animals and plants you'll see nowhere else on earth.

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Details of Karibu Southern Tanzania - 7 Day Driving Safari


After breakfast, you'll make the drive to the Mikumi National Park. Sometimes called the most accessible corner of Selous and sometimes compared favourably to the open plains of the Serengeti, Mikumi is Tanzania's fourth largest national park and a game-viewer's dream.

The Mkata Floodplain is the park's most dominant feature, and it is here that antelope fans will have their best chance to see the powerful Eland in large numbers. Bird watchers will also find a huge variety of feathered favourites within the park, with more than 400 bird species residing within the park's borders.


You’ll have the opportunity to take one last game drive through the rambling wilderness before making the trip to Ruaha.

A forested park with rolling hills and a hot, dry climate that means animals tend to stick close to the water sources. This makes for fantastic game viewing opportunities, and the park’s isolation means it is considerably less crowded.


Ruaha’s position as a middle ground between traditional savannah and woodlands means that it provides unique game-viewing conditions.

During your two day-long explorations of the park, you’ll see everything from traditional game such as buffalo, zebra, lions, and elephants to less common sights such as the Kudu, African Wild Dog, and sable antelope.


With a bush breakfast in tow, you'll make the drive towards the African Galapagos - the Udzungwa Mountains. With a huge variety of endemic wildlife and flora, the park is something unlike anything you'll see elsewhere in Tanzania.

Not a traditional game-drive destination, you'll instead stretch your legs with a guided hike into the mountains, where you'll enjoy a picnic lunch by a waterfall before spending the night in the park.


After an early morning hike to soak in the serenity, you'll take a picnic lunch along for the drive back to Dar Es Salaam.


Itinerary in Brief


  • DAY 2 - MIIKUMI - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drives. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drives. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drives. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drives. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - RUAHA - UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS. Guided hike. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7 - UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS - DAR ES SALAAM. Morning hike. Transfer. (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • No flying means maximum sight-seeing.

  • Look for the Big Five in Mikumi National Park.

  • Explore the massive Ruaha National Park.

  • Hike the 'African Galapagos' of Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

  • See endangered or uncommon animals such as African Wild Dogs, Sable antelope, and Kudu.

  • Avoid the tourist crowds with three wild, beautiful parks.

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