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5 Days Wildlife Safari in Ruaha and Mikumi National Parks, Tanzania

Camp Bastian Mikumi, Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Fascinating Safaris Tanzania

Come and join the Wildness Safari team in this perfect adventure holiday for wildlife enthusiasts in the Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks. Experience a nature-based vacation with great game-viewing in the most beautiful and breathtakingly-scenic areas of Tanzania's Southern Circuit. Experience Africa in an authentic way, and let this fantastic getaway show you the stuff your safari dreams are made of. Book this trip now and prepare to have a blast.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Dar es salaam
  • English speaking guide
  • Taxes are included in the price

Highlights

  • One full day game drive in Ruaha
  • Two half-day game drives in Mikumi
  • Transportation in a four-by-four safari vehicle
  • Chance to spot elephant, giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest
  • 1 liter of water per person per day during safari
  • 4 breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners
  • Airport and seaport drop-off
  • 4 nights accommodation

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4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport
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Accommodation

Camp Bastian Mikumi

This camp is located outside the Mikumi National Park, and is made up of en-suite cottages, en-suite superior chalet, three en-suite bedroom family cottages, a budget cottage room, and a campsite that has a private veranda and is decorated with locally-made furniture and fabrics in order to keep an authentic atmosphere in the rooms. The cottages can be configured as single, double, triple, quadruple, or family rooms for five up to eight people.

No matter which type of accommodation you choose, you will wake up listening to uninterrupted sounds of beetles, crickets, and birds. You can also enjoy fresh, local Tanzanian food, as the vegetables are grown in the camp's own garden. There is also bar that offers a wide range of wines, spirits, and soft drinks.

Ruaha Hilltop Lodge

This lodge is located outside the Ruaha National Park. It is 20 kilometers from the gate and takes 30 minutes to reach. The 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 lodge aims to provide quality and affordable accommodation and safaris. The self-contained cottages are very comfortable and private, each with its own balcony that has a beautiful view.

The lodge's water supply is heated by solar power, and its 24-hour electricity supply is solar-powered as well. The reception, dining room, and well-stocked bar are all under one roof, with a gallery to enjoy the spectacular African sunrise and sunset. Experienced chefs offer both continental and Tanzanian cuisine using fresh products from the local area. The lodge also serves fresh juice and bakes its own bread.

Program

Day 1 - 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 and with 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 are 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.

Day 2 - Travel to Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, you will drive for about six hours with packed lunch to Ruaha National Park. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Ruaha Hilltop Lodge.

Day 3 - Ruaha National Park

Lunch will be packed so you can enjoy a full day of game driving 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 for 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 4 - Return to Mikumi National Park

After breakfast, drive for about six hours with your packed lunch back to Mikumi National Park. Enjoy a late-afternoon game drive then have dinner and an overnight stay back at Camp Bastian Mikumi.

Day 5 - Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, you will drive back to Dar es Salaam, again for about six hours and with packed lunch. You will be dropped off at either your hotel for the night, the seaport, or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) for your flight home.

Location

Mikumi National Park

Located north of the Selous Game Reserve, this park is surrounded by open grasslands and mountain ranges, and covers an area of 3,230 square kilometers. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the park's popular centerpiece, the Mkata Floodplain (also known as the "mini-Serengeti"), draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti plains.

Ruaha National Park

This well-kept wildlife secret is the first, largest national park with the biggest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. It covers an area of 20,300 square kilometers and has an altitude of 1,000 meters. The Great Ruaha River is home to hippos and crocodiles. Waterbucks, reedbucks, and buffaloes also venture into the river’s edge to drink. Other animals found in the area include the lion, leopard, hyena, African wild dog, and jackal.

Antelope species such as the kudu, impala, sable antelope, roan antelope, Grant's gazelle, and dik-dik thrive in the grasslands bordering the river alongside the giraffe, zebra, warthog, mongoose, porcupine, wildcat, and civet. Ruaha also has a prolific bird life with over 370 species recorded, some of which are not found in Northern Tanzania.

Eurasian migrant birds flock to Ruaha twice a year, during March to April and October to November, joining the residents kingfisher, hornbill, sunbird, egret, and plover. Activities in Ruaha include game driving, bird watching, and walking safaris accompanied by an armed ranger.

Food

Four breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners are included in the price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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)

  • Capture photos of the sights and scenery
  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views and wildlife

What's included

  • 1 liter of water per person per day during game drives
  • 4 breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All applicable park fees and taxes
  • Two half-day game drives in Mikumi National Park
  • One game drive in Ruaha National Park
  • Guide allowances
  • Medical evacuation insurance services
  • Services of a professional and English-speaking driver-guide
  • Transfer to seaport or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
  • Transportation in an open-roofed, four-by-four safari vehicle

What's not included

  • Airfare costs
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Any increase in park entry fees, taxes, and concession fees
  • Bank charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips - standard is 10 to 20 USD per day

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). Transfer to the airport is included. Wildness Safari will drop you off at the airport.

Airport: Julius Nyerere International Airport Airport transfer included: Julius Nyerere International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 28 days before arrival.

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Groups with more than four members are eligible for a special rate. To avail, please send an inquiry to Wildness Safari.

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