Tanzania Off the Beaten Track - 11 Day Southern Driving Safari

Tanzania Off the Beaten Track - 11 Day Southern Driving Safari

Short Overview

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, and you'll finish your safari experience with a day of relaxation in the beautifully rural Morogoro.

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.

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


Details of Tanzania Off the Beaten Track - 11 Day Southern Driving Safari


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 head to the rural Morogoro region. Overnighting at the quaint Mbuyuni Chili Farm, you'll get to experience idyllic rural life in Tanzania while staying in comfortable bungalows.

Especially popular with bird-watchers, this area has seen more than 200 species of bird in and around the farm grounds.


After breakfast, you'll return to Dar Es Salaam for your onward travel.


Itinerary in Brief


  • DAY 2 - SELOUS RESERVE. Game drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - SELOUS RESERVEGame drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - SELOUS RESERVEGame drive. Optional activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - SELOUS - MIKUMI Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7 - MIKUMI - RUAHA. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9 - RUAHA NATIONAL PARK. Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 10 - MOROGORO. Farm stay experience. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11 - MOROGORO - DAR ES SALAAM. 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 and Selous parks.

  • Optional activities such as boat safaris, guided nature walks etc.

  • Authentic rural experience in the Morogoro region.

  • Bird watching in Morogoro.

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

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

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.
Expert Advice

Expert Advice 24/7

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.
Your One Stop African Operator

Your One Stop African Operator

We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.