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10 Days Adventure Safari in Southern Tanzania to Selous, Ruaha, Udzungwa & Mikumi

Selous Tented Camp, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Hiking and Game Drive Tanzania Safari

This journey promises the best that Southern Tanzania has to offer with an amazing selection of iconic reserves for you, to experience in all their glory. Join this thrilling safari that explores with experiences of game drive, boat safari, walking safari, and hiking. The safari is perfect as an adventure for wildlife enthusiasts, serious safari-goers, or newcomers alike.

Key information

  • Starting and ending point: Dar es Salaam
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Safari game drives
  • Boat safari along the Rufiji River
  • Transport in open roofed 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Visit to local villages and farms en-route Ruaha
  • Professional English speaking driver guide
  • Walking safari in Selous Game Reserve
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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Accommodation

Selous Tented Camp

During the safari, you will be accommodated in Selous Tented Camp, Eco Friendly camp located along the River Rufiji

Selous Tented Camp is set in an area of pristine wilderness, situated in the forest on the shores of the Rufiji River, outside the Reserve, within 9 kms to Mtemere.

Selous Tented Camp offers a unique accommodation for travelers wishing to get closer to the unspoiled wilderness of the untouched Africa and enjoy wildlife and scenery undisturbed. The camp itself consists of the comfort and spacious tented rooms overlooking the River Rufiji. Enjoy the splendor of the natural African bush with breathtaking with stunning views of the river with delicious meals freshly cooked by local chef with local ingredients.

Camp Bastian Mikumi

Camp Bastian Mikumi is set in unique and natural surroundings. They offer comfortable accommodation and a warm and friendly atmosphere. The camp is located in the buffer zone of Mikumi National Park about 10 kilometers from the main gate and very close to the A7 Dar es Salaam - Zambia and Malawi highway. The accommodation consists of six cottages and a campsite. Each cottage has a private verandah and is decorated with locally made furniture and fabrics in order to keep an authentic atmosphere in the rooms. All the cottages have a private bathroom attached.

Standard cottages

They come with one double bed and can be configured as single or double beds.

Superior cottages

They come with two king size beds and a sofa bed, and can be configured as double, triple, or quadruple beds.

Three bedroom cottages

They come with three separated bedrooms and one sitting room, and can be configured for a group of five to eight people.

All the rooms come with complimentary bottled water, towels, and mosquito netting. Hot water and electricity is available round the clock. The cottages and the campsite are all located within the unique and natural settings of Camp Bastian, so no matter which type of accommodation you choose, you will wake up listening to uninterrupted sounds of beetles, crickets, and birds!

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge

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 and they have round the clock electricity. 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. They also have a curio shop. Their experienced chefs provide both continental and Tanzanian cuisine, using fresh products from the local area. The bar is well stocked and they also serve fresh juice and bake their own bread.

Program

Day 1 - Drive from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve

Meet and greet in Dar es Salaam at 7:30 a.m. and drive with a lunch box to Selous Game Reserve. Enjoy the late afternoon on a thrilling boat safari on the Rufiji River where you will see hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat. Spend the night at Selous Tented Camp with lunch and dinner.

Day 2 and Day 3 - Selous Game Reserve

Enjoy a full day game drive with a lunch box. Spend the night at Selous Tented Camp with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4 - Drive from Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park

Take an early morning walking safari and drive back to Mikumi National Park with lunch box. Enjoy the scenery through the crude road but one of the unforgotten safaris for the true traveler. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of landscape, which is dominated by hills and plains as well as part of the famous Miombo Woodlands. Spend the night at Camp Bastian with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Drive from Mikumi National Park to Udzungwa Mountains National Park and back to Mikumi

After breakfast, drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park for hiking till Sanje Falls. Enjoy swimming in the cool water hole at the base of the falls and a hot lunch at the lodge. Overnight at Camp Bastian with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6 - Drive from Udzungwa Mountains National Park to Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, drive with a lunch box to Ruaha National Park. En-route, visit local villages and farms. On the way, pass through the Kitonga Hills which are part of the Udzungwa Mountains. The road then follows the Great Ruaha River and then climbs the Great Rift Escarpment. En-route, visit Neema craft. Spend the night at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7 and 8 - Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, join a full day game drive with lunch box. Overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9 - Drive from Ruaha National Park to Mikumi National Park

After breakfast, drive to Mikumi National Park with lunch box. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive with a sunset view and watch the animal’s drink water at hippo pool. Overnight at camp with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10 - Drive from Mikumi National Park to Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam with a lunch box. This marks the end of your safari.

Included excursions

You will experience a boat safari along the Rufiji River, hiking trip to Sanje falls, and a walking safari in the Selous National Reserve.

Location

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve has the finest unspoiled virgin bush, uninhabited, and little touched by human interference. You will find yourself in a pristine wilderness far away from the established tourist routes. It is also a home for thrilling boat and walking safari in Southern circuit. Selous boost larger population of elephants as well as large numbers of buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and endangered wild dog.

Commonly seen are pride of lion, bush buck, impala, warthogs, ostrich, giraffe, eland, baboon, zebra, hyena, kudu, rare sable antelope, and leopard. In Selous there are more than 400 species of bird life such as fish eagle, kingfisher, secretary bird, sunbird, hammer kop, red and yellow bill stork, ppen bill stork, weavers, water birds, marabou stork, vulture, and many others.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a sumptuous forested reserve, a rare tropical forest that is home to a realm of unique plants, birds, and animals.It is also the sacred preserve of hikers and walkers. These forests are remarkably unspoiled, a wilderness of extremely beautiful woodland routes - with no driving tracks at all, bring walkers to the spectacular 170 meters drop of Sanje Waterfalls, with colorful and long ranging views of up to 100 kilometers across the Kilombero Valley and mosaic of grasslands from the top. Furthermore the park is a home of an important population of primates (10 species - more than in any of Tanzania’s other parks) as well as the grey faced sengi.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park lies deep in the South with its striking, rugged landscapes, and abundant wildlife. The great Ruaha River that provides life to the park, flows through the Eastern side of the park and is home to hippos, crocodiles, and over 400 species of birds such as racket tailed roller, pale billed hornbill, Shelley’s sunbird, and hoopoes.

Ruaha also provides home to one of Tanzania’s largest elephant populations and is famous for pride of lions, giraffe, grant’s gazelles, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, buffalo etc. Rare and endangered animals such as sable antelope, greater kudu, and roan antelope, are also seen in the park.

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park also called as 'mini Serenget' is home to open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain and is a popular center piece of Mikumi. Commonly seen animals here include elephant, giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest, eland, crocodile, hippo, and baboon. If you are lucky you will get to see the lion and will be very lucky if you get see a leopard!

Over 300 spices of birds are seen in the park that include the saddle bill stork, hammer kop, malachite kingfisher, lilac breasted roller, yellow throated long claw, battler eagle, and many more. Another big attraction here is the hippo pools, where you can watch hippos wallowing and snorting at close range.

Food

You will be served three daily meals during the duration of the safari, with an exception for the first day when you will be served lunch and dinner, and on the last day only a breakfast and lunch would be served. Since you will be travelling during the day time, you will be offered packed lunch boxes. Both local and international foods are served at the venues. Also fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits are available.

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)

Take a Maasai village walking tour, which includes a 45-minute walk one way to spend an hour in a Maasai village and interact with natives and observe their morning activities like milking a cow. The tour can be taken on the last day of the safari, it begins early morning at 6 a.m. and ends by 9:30 a.m. The cost is 20 USD per pax.

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Boat safari along the Rufiji River
  • Medical evacuation insurance
  • Park fees and taxes
  • Professional English speaking driver guide
  • Safari game drives
  • Transport in open roofed 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Visit to local villages and farms en-route Ruaha
  • Walking safari in Selous Game Reserve

What's not included

  • Accommodation in Dar es Salaam
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional excursion or activities
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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