Undiscovered Tanzania - 11 Day Southern Tanzania Safari
Experience the diverse landscapes of southern Tanzania in this eleven day driving safari. Taking you through four of Tanzania's wildest and most naturally beautiful parks, this safari features the best of the mountains as well as the open plains for which Tanzania is so famous.
Game drives in the massive Selous, Mikumi, and Ruaha parks offer fantastic opportunities to see Africa's most iconic wildlife far from the tourist crowds, while the heavily forested mountains of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park offer world class hiking in what has been dubbed "the African Galapagos" due to the area's large number of endemic species.
For those wanting to experience the great outdoors far from the hustle and bustle of the more popular Northern Circuit, this is an adventure of a lifetime.
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DAY 1: DAR ES SALAAM – SELOUS
You’ll begin your safari adventure with a flight from Dar Es Salaam to the Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s largest reserves. At twice the size of the Serengeti and three times the size of Kruger, Selous is a rambling wilderness the likes of which you’ve never seen.
You’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch before heading out into the park for an afternoon game drive. Sometimes called Africa’s greatest surviving wilderness, Selous is home to more than 120,000 buffalo, 40,000 hippos, 35,000 zebras, and 4,000 lions.
DAYS 2 – 4: SELOUS
You’ll have three full days to explore the wilderness of Selous. Not only can you experience a wide variety of wildlife encounters with animals such as crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, African wild dogs, kudu, and elephants doing a game drive, but you also have the option to take activities such as guided game walks and boat safaris through the park.
DAY 5 – SELOUS - MIKUMI
After breakfast, you'll make the short drive north 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.
DAY 6 - MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
You'll enjoy a day long exploration of Mikumi's open plains as you go in search of everything from the Eland to the noble lion. Mikumi is home to the entire Big Five, and those looking to 'collect the set' will find this is perhaps their best opportunity due to the open plains and the abundance of game for lions and leopards.
DAY 7 - MIKUMI - RUAHA
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.
DAYS 8 - 9 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
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.
DAY 10 - UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
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.
DAY 11: UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS – DAR ES SALAAM
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.