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6 Days Southern Classic Safari Tour in Mikumi and Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Camp Bastian Mikumi, Off A7 Road, Mikumi National Park, Morogoro Region, Tanzania

Southern Tanzania Safari

Explore the biggest Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, the one that will fill your soul with unforgettable sense of adventure. Extend your adventure further into Mikumi National Park where the magnificent animals lurking around and you can see them directly. Spend your nights in comfortable accommodations where you can rest your bones and gather the necessary energy to begin another adventurous journey. Forget the redundant life and embrace a life-changing adventure in Tanzania!

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Starting point and ending point: Dar es Salaam
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees into Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks are included

Meet the guides

Thomas
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Highlights

  • 2 full days game drives in Ruaha
  • 2 half days game drives in Mikumi
  • One en-route game drive from Mikumi to Ruaha
  • Explore the beautiful parks in the Southern Tanzania circuit
  • Chance to spot lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, antelope, and many more
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners and daily mineral water
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 activity days
Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport
Airport transfer available:
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

During the safari you will be accommodated as follows:

  • Night 1 and 5: You will overnight at Camp Bastian Mikumi (the tented camp)
  • Night 2, 3, and 4: You will overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge in Ruaha National Park

Program

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

At around 7 a.m., you will have a meet-and-greet session in Dar es Salaam, then drive for about six hours with a packed lunch to Mikumi National Park. Animals commonly seen in the area include the elephant, giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest, eland, crocodile, hippo, and baboon. If you are lucky, you may also see the lion and leopard. Another attraction in the park is the hippo pools, where you can watch hippos wallowing and snorting at close range.

Over 300 species of birds are seen in the park as well, including the saddle-billed stork, hamerkop, malachite kingfisher, lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw, bateleur, and others. Enjoy a late-afternoon game drive with sunset viewing and watch the animals drinking water at the hippo pool. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at Camp Bastian Mikumi.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 2: Travel to Ruaha National Park

Soon after breakfast, you will drive for about six hours with a packed lunch to Ruaha National Park. Enter the park and proceed with the game drive en route till sunset. Late evening, drive to a Ruaha cottage for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 3 and 4: Full-day game drive at Ruaha National Park

Lunch will be packed so you can enjoy a full day of game drive in Ruaha National Park. This less-visited park lies deep in the south with its striking, rugged landscapes and abundant wildlife. The Great Ruaha River flows through the eastern side of the park and provides life to hippos, crocodiles, and over 400 species of birds such as the racket-tailed roller, pale-billed hornbill, Shelley’s sunbird, and hoopoe.

The park also provides a home to one of Tanzania’s largest elephant populations and is famous for lions, giraffes, Grant’s gazelles, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, buffaloes, and rare or endangered animals such as the sable antelope, greater kudu, and roan antelope. Your dinner and overnight stay will again be at the Ruaha Hilltop Lodge.

Day 5: Return to Mikumi National Park

After a relaxing breakfast, drive for about six hours with your packed lunch back to Mikumi National Park. If time allows, you can enjoy a late-evening game drive then have dinner and an overnight stay at Camp Bastian Mikumi.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, proceed with a morning game drive or return to Dar Es Salaam depending on planned arrival time in Dar Es Salaam. You will arrive in the late afternoon / early evening including the transfer back to the hotel in Dar es Salaam or catch the last ferry for Zanzibar that leaves daily at 4 p.m.

  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

Included excursions

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Guides

Thomas Massawe

Location

This safari will take you to explore Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park in Tanzania.

Mikumi National Park

This relatively small (3250 square kilometers) national park lies 310 kilometers west of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and is the closest park to the capital, Dodoma. It is nestled between the Uluguru mountains to the East and the Rift Valley escarpments to the Southwest.

Even though this is a small park, there is a border with the Selous Game Reserve, allowing movement of game and therefore Mikumi benefits from the highest game density of the entire conservation area, while still being easily accessible. Mikumi National Park is composed primarily of the Mkata River flood plain, this is surrounded by gently rolling hills covered in miombo woodland

Although less spectacular than some of the more illustrious Tanzanian National Parks, Mikumi still offers a good safari experience with typical flora and fauna of East Africa. There is a rich variety of bird species as well as large numbers of giraffes, buffaloes and elephants and close to the waterholes lions, leopards and hippos. Furthermore you can see zebras, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impala, warthog, eland and other antelope. Several observation towers enable you to view the park in its entirety.

Ruaha National Park

Largest National Park in Africa covering over 15,000 square kilometers. This new park itself is at the heart of a much larger ecosystem covering over 40,000 sq km. The highlights of a trip to Ruaha is watching the huge elephant herds (the greatest concentration in Africa) gathered around the mighty Ruaha River; the lifeblood of the park.

Ruaha is a visually stunning park with an undulating plateau about 900 meters with occasional rocky outcrops and mountains reaching heights of 1900 meters. Running though the park are “sand rivers” which dry up completely in the dry season and act as roads for the game to move from waterhole to waterhole.

Although the eastern camps get full during the high season, Ruaha does not experience visitor numbers like its more illustrious neighbors in the north of the country. Large sections of the park are unexplored and during much of the year you will have the place to yourself.

For bird enthusiasts, the park offers over 465 species. The rainy season from January to June is particularly spectacular as the normal abundant birdlife is enhanced by numerous migrant species.

Food

You have included in the price three daily meals: early breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Food is highest quality. Cooks bake fresh breads, and produce soups, salads. Meals are international in flavor with soups, salads, cold meats, pasta dishes, meat and fish dishes, breads and other starch.

Your day normally starts with coffee, tea, and biscuits before the morning activity, returning to the camp late morning when brunch will be waiting. Buffet brunches are typical with a warm dish such as stew served with salads, quiches, and cold meats. Cereals, fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, and toast are also usually on offer. Cake and tea is served before the afternoon activity. Dinner consists of an appetizer followed by meat, fish, and pasta dishes served with assorted vegetables and sauces. This is followed by coffee and tea, cheeses and sinful desserts!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hot air Balloons at Ruaha National Park (450 USD per person)
  • Masai Vilage visit (15 USD per person)
  • Spa treatments will be available at accommodation venues

What's included

  • 2 full day game drive in Ruaha
  • One en-route game drive
  • 2 half day game drives in Mikumi
  • Services of a professional, English-speaking guide
  • National park fees
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Mineral water
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). The Kiliholidays will pick you up from this airport. The pick up is included in the price.

If you fly into Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) the transfers are at the extra cost of 60 USD per person.

Airport: Julius Nyerere International Airport Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Airport transfer available: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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