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8 Days Hiking and Safaris in Tanzania

Udzungwa Falls Lodge, Udzungwa Mountains National Park - Neema Crafts Guest House, Iringa - Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, Ruaha National Park - Vamos Hotel or Tan-Swiss Lodge, Mikumi National Park

Amazing Safaris Tanzania

Hop on this adventure with Nyasi Adventure to the wonders of the nature that you can only find in Tanzania! Go on enjoyable hiking trips and fascinating game drives together with the best and knowledgeable guides. Experience and see yourself the wildlife in their actual setting that will definitely leave you in awe and fascination. Learn more and immerse in the local culture and people. Return home bringing unforgettable memories and true happiness with you!

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Highlights

  • Fascinating game drives
  • Entrance to the wildlife reserves and parks
  • 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
  • Opportunity to learn about the local people and culture
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 7 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

Udzungwa Falls Lodge (one night)

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.

Neema Crafts Guest House (one night)

Neema Crafts, in partnership with the Mother's Union (UMAKI) of the Diocese of Ruaha, has built the first disabled staffed guest house in Africa. It provides ten en-suite rooms, ranging from large family rooms with beautiful views over the surrounding hills, to smaller double and twin rooms. Each room is equipped with en-suite bathrooms and hot showers, flat screen television with 70 channels, programmable safe, and Wi-Fi.

Ruaha Hilltop 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.

Vamos Hotel (two nights)

Vamos Hotel provides 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.

Tan-Swiss Lodge (two nights)

On your last two nights of your safari, there is a possibility that you will stay in Tan-Swiss Lodge instead of Vamos Hotel. 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.

Program

Day 1: Depart to Udzungwa and stay overnight at Udzungwa Falls Lodge

Today, you will be picked up at the hotel or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in the morning at around 07:00 a.m. You will then go on a six to seven-hour drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, with a lunch break on the way. On arrival, you will check in and take a rest, while waiting for your hot dinner. You will spend the night at Udzungwa Falls Lodge. For today, lunch and dinner are included in the package.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is an exclusive hiking and walking safari park. Udzungwa is the magnet for hikers which offer an excellent network of forest trails including the popular Sanje Waterfalls.

Day 2: Hiking to Udzungwa Mountains’ Sanje Waterfalls and depart to Iringa

After an early breakfast, you will go hiking through the beautiful forests and landscape scenery of Udzungwa with packed lunch boxes together with a professional guide. On the way, you will learn about various trees used for traditional healing, enjoy the view of the bird life, and then head to the top for a great and amazing view of the famous 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. You will go back to your lodge in the early afternoon, then you will drive for three to four hours to Iringa, arriving in the late evening. You will stay overnight at Iringa Sunset Hotel.

Day 3: A visit to Neema Crafts Center and Iringa local market, and depart to Ruaha to visit the Tungamalenga Maasai Boma

After breakfast at Neema Crafts Restaurant, pay a visit to “Neema Crafts Center” - founded in 2003 by the Diocese of Ruaha, to provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities through handicrafts in the Iringa region of Tanzania. The center also aims to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society.

Thereafter, you will pay a quick visit to Iringa local market, a market built by the Germans during their colonial rule era. After that, you will depart to Ruaha on a three-hour drive, arriving in the early afternoon for lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the Maasai Boma at Tungamalenga, where you will learn the history of the Maasai tribe, their culture, the traditional medicines used, and home-life, see a Maasai market area of handcrafts and clothing, and participate in a Maasai dance ceremony. In the late evening, you will drive to Ruaha Hilltop Lodge and spend the night there.

Day 4: 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 to Ruaha Hilltop Lodge late in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.

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 here. The park has high diversity of plants and animals including elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and some of rare and endangered species like wild dogs. The park also hosts a great number of birdlife about 570 species.

Day 5: Full day game drive at Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, you will go for another full day game drive across the enormous Ruaha National Park with your packed lunch boxes until sunset. In the late evening, you are going to enjoy a hot dinner and stay overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge.

Day 6: Depart to Mikumi National Park

After breakfast, you will depart on a six-hour drive to Mikumi National Park with packed lunch boxes arriving in the early evening. You will first check in and then spend the night at Camp Bastian or Vamos Hotel.

Day 7: A full day game drive at Mikumi National Park

After an early breakfast, you will go for a full day game drive across the Mikumi National Park with packed lunch boxes to see various animals of the park until sunset. The Mkata floodplain is an attractive point of the park where you can easily spot a large number of animals including elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, wild dogs, and impala, and spot a rich number of bird species. You will be back in your lodge in the late evening, get a hot dinner when you are ready, and spend the night at Vamos Hotel or Camp Bastian.

In Mikumi National Park, while on a game drive through the park, you can see a rich variety of bird species. The park has over 400 species of birds, as well as large numbers of giraffe, buffalo, and elephants. You may also be able to spot lions, leopards, and African wild dogs. Animals that are likely to be seen include zebras, hippos, hartebeest, wildebeest, impala, warthog, eland, and antelope.

Day 8: Half day game drive at Mikumi and depart to Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, you will go for a half day game drive across the enormous Mikumi until noon. You will then depart to Dar es Salaam on a five to six-hour drive with lunch on the way, arriving in the late evening. On arrival, you can go back to the hotel or catch your flight back home.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Neema Crafts Center and Iringa local market
  • A visit to the Tungamalenga Maasai Boma
  • Gamedrives in Mikumi, Ruaha national parks
  • Hiking trip through the beautiful forests and landscape scenery of Udzungwa

Guides

Davis

Location

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.

Neema Crafts Center

The center was founded in 2003 by the Diocese of Ruaha, to provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the Iringa region of Tanzania. It also aims to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society. There is a great stigma attached to having a disability in Tanzania, and the center provides dignity and hope for many people who previously relied on street begging or were hidden away at home.

The center has eight craft workshop areas, a therapy unit for disabled children, an award winning cafe, a conference center entirely staffed by deaf people, and a welcoming guesthouse jointly run by the local Mother’s Union.

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 destinations above, during this safari, you will also be able to visit Kilombero Sugarcane Valley, Iringa local market, and Maasai Boma at Tungamalenga.

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.

What's included

  • 1.5 liter of water per person per day
  • 3 daily meals as per itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Game drives in Mikumi and Ruaha national parks
  • 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 or land rover 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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