Ruaha & Mikumi Drive In - Fly Out Safari

Ruaha & Mikumi Drive In - Fly Out Safari

Short Overview

If time is tight and you're looking to see some of the best parks the south of Tanzania has to offer, you'll love this four day drive in - fly out safari to Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

You'll have ideal conditions to see the Big Five on the flood plains of Mikumi National Park, and then spend a day and a half exploring the varied landscapes of Ruaha National Park. Famed for its combination of traditional savanna and wooded hills, Ruaha is something unlike anything you'll find in more popular northern Tanzania.

At the conclusion of your trip, you'll be flown back to Dar Es Salaam.

Why us ?
Unlimited game drives with expert guides
Private 4x4 custom safari vehicles
AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip


Details of Ruaha & Mikumi Drive In - Fly Out 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.


After breakfast, you'll make 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 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.


After breakfast, you'll enjoy one last game drive through Ruaha's dusty hills before boarding your flight back to Dar Es Salaam.


Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1 - DAR ES SALAAM - MIKUMI. Game drive. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - MIKUMI - RUAHA. Game drive. (B,L,D)

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

  • DAY 4 - RUAHA - DAR ES SALAAM. Game drive. Flight. (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Fly out safari maximizes time on safari.

  • See the Big Five in Mikumi National Park.

  • Experience the varied landscapes of Ruaha National Park.

  • See less common animals such as sable and African wild dogs.

  • Two fascinating parks in four days.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

Tailor Made, Private Tours

Tailor Made, Private Tours

We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
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With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
Full Financial Protection

Full Financial Protection

With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
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We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.