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11 Days Guided Safaris in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam - Selous Hippo Camp, Selous Game Reserve - Udzungwa Falls Lodge, Udzungwa Mountains National Park - Ruaha Hill Top Lodge, Ruaha National Park - Tan-Swiss Lodge, Mikumi National Park

Exceptional Tanzania Safaris

Embark on this exceptional journey to the southern circuit of Tanzania and discover a world of wonders one could only encounter there. The parks offer a variety of wildlife from large mammals, uncountable number of bird species, reptiles, and amphibians. In case you love plants and flowers, beautiful landscapes, and scenery, this is your only and one-stop preference for experience. Come and be ready for a fascinating moment of time to keep for a lifetime!

Meet the guides

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Highlights

  • Fascinating game drives
  • Exciting boat and walking safaris
  • A hiking trip to Udzungwa Mountains’ Sanje Waterfalls
  • Transportation in 4WD land cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of an English speaking professional safari guide
  • Entrance to wildlife reserves and parks
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and water

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Accommodation

Selous Hippo Camp (two nights)

Selous Hippo Camp is situated on the banks of the Great Rufiji River on the edge of the Selous Game Reserve. Enjoy the personal style of their canvas tents and VIP wooden huts. Watch the hippos at play overlooking the Rufiji River from your own veranda. Enjoy the magnificence of a Selous river sunset, listen to all the nighttime animal sounds, and see the bushbabies foraging with the hippo's snorting close by.

Selous Kinga Lodge (two nights)

In place of Selous Hippo Camp, on your first two nights, you can also stay at Selous Kinga Lodge. It is another wonderful reason to visit the magical Southern Tanzania. This paradise-like retreat is strategically and exclusively positioned on the banks of the awesome Rufiji River with the amazing Selous Game Reserve as the next door neighbors.

Staying at this 20-bed safari lodge is an excellent and memorable experience filled with adventurous wild nature moments by the day and romantic relaxing ambiance by the night. Selous Kinga Lodge welcomes you to share its secrets, the staggering and diverse natural beauty found in this part of the country, abundance of wildlife, and a very scenic setting the lodge enjoys.

The lodge guarantees every guest top class amenities and facilities, a genuine warm hospitality from the lodge staff and the local people, and last but not least, the most amazing variety of fresh and delicious cuisine. Southern Tanzania’s hospitality scene will never be the same again as Selous Kinga Lodge has just redefined bush luxury as one used to know it.

They provide eight contemporary African-styled safari cottages and two ultra-luxury tented accommodations, beautifully designed and furnished in a romantic equipped with en-suite facilities, private bathroom, a lounge, and spacious bedroom area which is either double or twin bedded. There is an outside veranda with comfortable seats to closely enjoy the sounds and smell of the African bush and the sightings of resident game passing by.

Tan-Swiss Lodge (three nights)

Featuring free Wi-Fi, Tan-Swiss Lodge is set in Mikumi, 17 kilometers from Mikumi National Park main gate. Free private parking is available on site.

All units have air conditioning and a flat screen television. Some units feature a seating area and/or terrace. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower. Tan-Swiss Lodge also provides a year-round outdoor pool.

Vamos Hotel (three nights)

As an alternative to Tan-Swiss Lodge, you could also stay at Vamos Hotel. They provide refrigerator and 24-hour room service. The beds are modern and made from indigenous cultural material that will guarantee a good sleep. The rooms contain cabinets made from natural material that will helps you to keep safely your luggage.

Their standard room includes two comfortable queen size beds dressed with the Vamos Hotel Express refreshed bedding package, a 32-inche flat screen HDTV, high-speed internet, and a spacious work desk. In the morning, start your day off with an invigorating shower with our uniquely pressured Kohler showerhead and a fresh cup of their Smart Roast coffee.

Udzungwa Falls Lodge (two nights)

This beautiful lodge is graciously located on the slopes of Udzungwa Mountains National Park. All of their guests have been consistent in praise for their hospitality, warm service, and delicious foods. The Udzungwa hikes, water falls, flora, and fauna, coupled with wild game make this place a must-visit.

Set up as an idyllic and romantic weekend escape and a truly magnificent family vacation getaway with 40 en-suite rooms, the lodge has been carefully constructed to cause minimal impact on the surrounding Udzungwa forest which acts as a catchment area for water that is used domestically in the village and for irrigation in the sugarcane plantations.

Udzungwa Falls Lodge is a sensational place selectively located in the green rain forests of Udzungwa mountains overlooking the tranquil and extensive village of Msolwa-Ujamaa and Kilombero valley and centrally located within Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Resesrve, and just 45 kilometers from Mikumi National Park.

Ruaha Hill Top Lodge (three nights)

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge is built on a hill with a wonderful panoramic view. There are many types of different birds, wild flowers, butterflies, and trees that can be seen nearby. The luxury self-contained cottages are very comfortable and private, each with its own balcony with a beautiful view. The water is heated by solar power. They have 24 hours of electricity, solar powered as well. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge.

The reception, dining room, and bar are all under one roof, with a gallery to enjoy the spectacular African sunrise and sunset. Giraffes, elephants, baboons, and kudus can sometimes be glimpsed not far way.

Program

Day 1: Depart to Selous and an evening boat safari

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Dar es Salaam in the morning at around 7:30 a.m. You will then drive for five to six hours to Selous, arriving at lunch time. After lunch, you will go for an evening boat safari through the Great Rufiji River, where you will be able to experience the aquatic life of mostly crocodiles and hippos.

There, while enjoying an amazing reserve's sunset, you can also see some animals come for drinking and an uncountable number of bird species as well, since the reserve has over 440 known species of birds. You will return to your accommodation late in the evening for a hot dinner and overnight stay at Selous Hippo Camp or Selous Kinga Lodge. Today, lunch and dinner will be included in the package.

Day 2: Full day game drive at Selous Game Reserve

You will enjoy an early breakfast today at 7:00 a.m. and then drive to the Selous Game Reserve. You will take part in an all day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favorites: lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, impala, and all the other major species, including the now rare African hunting dog.

The game reserves also offers you the view of a great variety of bird species and wonderful scenery, with varied topography, including wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest, and higher ground with long views to far-off mountains.

At lunch time, your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink, a place with a clear view all round so that no predator can creep up unseen. You will enjoy your packed lunch and some time to rest. You will return to your camp by 6:30 p.m. for sunset and a hot dinner when you’re ready. Today, you will still be staying at Selous Hippo Camp or Selous Kinga Lodge.

Day 3: Early morning walking safari at Selous and depart to Morogoro (with an on-route game drive)

Today, you will enjoy an early morning walking safari with a bushman across the reserve's environment. You will be able to learn various histories, including traditional trees for used for medicines and healing, various animals’ footprints, and other small animals which you cannot see during the game drive.

You will then return to your camp for breakfast. After breakfast, you will drive for six to seven hours to Morogoro with packed lunch boxes while crossing in the middle of the Selous Game Reserve. This once again will provide you a chance to enjoy and experience the wildlife. You will arrive in Morogoro in the late evening.

On arrival, you will check in and later, have a hot dinner and stay the night at Arc Hotel.

Day 4: Depart to Ifakara for canoeing safari at Kilombero River

After breakfast, you will depart to Ifakara on a four-hour drive with packed lunch boxes, on your way to Kilombero River for the canoeing safari. During the canoeing safari, you will also have a chance of spotting spectacular river bird species wandering around the beautiful scenery of Kilombero and how the Wandamba tribe (the people of the Kilombero Valley) live and fish traditionally.

You will then drive back to Udzungwa in the late evening for your hot dinner and spend the night at the beautiful and amazing Udzungwa Falls Lodge.

Day 5: Hiking to Udzungwa Mountains and the popular Sanje Waterfalls

After breakfast, you will go hiking through the beautiful forests and landscape scenery of Udzungwa with packed lunch boxes. You will hike with a professional guide, and on the way you will learn about various trees used for traditional healing, and also about the bird life there.

You will then head to the top for a great and amazing view of the Sanje Waterfalls. While on the top of the waterfall, you can have a great view of the enormous Kilombero Sugarcane Valley, one of the biggest Tanzania's sugarcane plantation. Today, you will enjoy a hot dinner and stay overnight at Udzungwa Falls Lodge.

Day 6: Drive to Iringa to visit the Isimila Stone Age Historical Site and depart to Ruaha

After breakfast, you will drive for four to five hours to Isimila Stone Age, a famous and well-known historical site located in Iringa, with packed lunch boxes, arriving in early afternoon. Isimila Stone Age Site is a walk through the canyons. It is well-known for its archaeological sites, some of these sites yielded very important fossils that enlighten humans about the origin of mankind. This will be a one to two-hour tour.

In the early evening, you will drive for about three hours to Ruaha National Park, arriving in the late evening. You will enjoy a hot dinner when you are ready and spend the night at Ruaha Hill Top Lodge.

Day 7: Full day game drive At Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, you will go for a full day game drive across the park with packed lunch boxes. You will go back late in the evening for dinner and stay the night at Ruaha Hill Top Lodge.

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in the country, currently bigger than the Serengeti. Magnificent mammals such as both greater and lesser kudu can be spotted there. The park has high diversity of plants and animals including elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and some of the rare and endangered species like wild dogs. It also has a great number of birdlife - about 570 species.

Day 8: Full day game drive at Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, you will go for another full day game drive through the park with your packed lunch boxes until sunset. You will go back to Ruaha Hill Top Lodge in the late evening for hot dinner and spend the night there.

Day 9: Depart to Mikumi National Park

After breakfast, you will drive for five to six hours to Mikumi National Park with packed lunch boxes. On arrival, you will check in and rest, and later have hot dinner and stay the overnight at Vamos Hotel or Camp Bastian.

Day 10: Full day game drive at Mikumi National Park

After breakfast, you will go for a full day game drive across the beautiful plains of Mikumi National Park with packed lunch boxes until sunset. The Mkata floodplain is an attractive point of the park where you can easily spot a large number of animals. You will return to Vamos Hotel or Camp Bastian. Back in the late evening to have your dinner and spend the night there.

Day 11: A half day game drive at Mikumi National Park and depart to Dar Es Salaam

After breakfast, you will go for a half day game drive across the park, thereafter, you will drive for about five to six hours back to Dar es Salaam. You will have a lunch break at Morogoro, arriving at Dar in the late evening. You can go back to your hotel or catch a flight back home. Today, breakfast and lunch are included in the package.

During your game drive at Mikumi National Park, you can see a rich variety of bird species, as well as large numbers of giraffe, buffalo, and elephants. You may also be able to spot lions, leopards, and African wild dogs. Likely to be seen animals include zebras, hippos, hartebeest, wildebeest, impala, warthog, eland, and antelope.

Included excursions

  • Canoe safari on Kilombero river
  • Canoe safari on the Great Rufiji River
  • Gamedrives in Mikumi, Ruaha national parks and Selous Game Reserve
  • Hiking trip through the beautiful forests and landscape scenery of Udzungwa
  • Visit Isimila Stone Age archeological site
  • Visit the Wandamba tribe, the people of the Kilombero valley

Guides

Davis

Location

This safari will take you to various Southern circuits’ attractions of Tanzania, including Selous Game Reserve, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Ruaha National Park, and Mikumi National Park.

Selous Game Reserve

Named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and conservationist who died at Beho Beho in this territory in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during the World War I, it is one of Southern favorites, which is also one of the largest fauna reserves of the world. The Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve with an area of about 55,000 square kilometers bigger than Switzerland and almost twice the size of Belgium.

Its quietness, the rivers, and lakes are the lifeblood to this park that hosts phenomenal volumes of game including Africa’s largest elephant and wild dog populations, and probably the largest hippo, buffalo, crocodile, and lion prides. Home to some of Africa’s best boat safaris, walking, and camping trips, makes Selous the park in the country with greatest diversity of safari activities.

The Selous has over 440 known species of birds. Lions are particularly strong there, and there are a large number of leopards. The reserve is rich of wildlife animals like buffaloes, giraffe, eland, hyena, sable, hippo, crocodile, kudu, baboon, zebra, impala, colobus, and velvet monkeys.

Unlike Ruaha and Mikumi, the Selous is a classic dry season park, preferably from end of May to January. June to November is the best time for the greatest concentrations of game, even though game viewing is very good in specific areas throughout the year.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

It is the largest and most bio diverse of a chain of dozen large forest-swathed mountains. It has the second largest biodiversity among the national parks in Africa. Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers which offer an excellent network of forest trails, including the popular Sanje Waterfalls.

Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for an avian wealth embracing more than 400 species including the lovely and readily-located green-headed oriole, also the Iringa red-colobus and Sanje crested mangabey both occur nowhere in the world. The latter, remarkably, remained undetected by biologists prior to 1979. The park is also accessible throughout the year and it is even the best during the wet season, whereby its Sanje Waterfalls becomes amazing and attractive to view.

Ruaha National Park

The park is the Southern favorite. Being the largest park in the country, currently bigger than the Serengeti with an area of about 20,230 square kilometers, thus making it a candidate for one of the largest national parks in Africa, Ruaha has high diversity of plants and animals and is one of the country’s birds’ paradise with more than 571 species including the red-billed hornbill which is dominant in the area.

The birds can be seen all year round though the best time for bird-watching is during the wet season which starts from November to the mid-April. Ruaha is believed to have high concentration of elephants than any national park in East Africa, and a place where magnificent mammals like greater and lesser kudu can easily be spotted. Other animals in the park include lions, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, wild dogs, leards, and cheetah.

Apart from large animals, the park also is a home for reptiles such as crocodiles through its Great Ruaha and Mzombe rivers. The Ruaha River serves water for both wildlife and human being making it to be economically significant as it supports agricultural activities and contributes to the country’s Hydro-Electric Power (HEP) at Mtera and Kidatu dams.

The park is accessible throughout the year whereby the best time to see predators and large mammals is during the dry season (mid-May until end of January), the male greater kudu is most visible in June which is their breeding season, and the wet season (January to April) is best for bird-watching, lush scenery, and wildflowers.

Mikumi National Park

The third largest national park after The Serengeti, covering an area of about 3,230 sq. km; it abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve – The Selous. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata floodplain, the popular counter pierce of Mikumi draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti plains.

The Mkata River floodplain supports large population of wildlife including buffalo, wild dog, eland, elephant, giraffe, hartebeest, zebra, leopard, antelope, greater kudu and many others. More than 400 bird species have been recorded with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longalow and bateleur eagle. The Mikumi national park is all year round accessible due to its fine roads which never get affected by the rains dropping during wet season unlike The Selous.

In addition to the parks and game reserves above, you will also be able to go on a boat safari through the Great Rufiji River, a canoeing safari through the Kilombero River, and a walk through the canyons in Isimila Stone Age Historical Site.

Food

During this safari, you will be served three daily meals as included in the itinerary, and one liter and a half of drinking water per person per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

During your stay in Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, you can explore local Hehe tribal villages and culture (bicycles available), sign up for bird watching, arrange walking safaris inside the park, go mountain hiking to the lderemle volcanic caves, book trips to the Ismila Stone Age site, or visit the Mufindi tea plantations or the Lake Nyasa. You can also take a refreshing dip at the swimming pool that is available all year round at Tan-Swiss Lodge.

In Selous Kinga Lodge, you can arrange a visit to the local community at the nearby village of Mloka. You can also enjoy Africa’s splendor in full by having sumptuous picnics out in the wild as well as fantastic sundowners, which is almost like a spiritual experience due the presence of conserved nature and surreal beauty that still exist around this wonderful part of the world.

What's included

  • 1.5 liter of water per person per day
  • 3 daily meals as per itinerary
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Boat and walking safaris
  • Game drives in Mikumi, Ruaha, and Selous
  • Entrance to all wildlife reserves and parks included in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional safari guide
  • Transport and wildlife drives in 4WD land cruiser with photographic roof hatch

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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