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7 Days Wildlife Safari in South Tanzania

Selous Jimbiza Camp, Selous Game Reserve - Camp Bastian Mikumi, Mikumi National Park - Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, Iringa

Selous, Mikumi, and Ruaha Safaris Tanzania

Come and join the Wildness Safari team in this superb safari holiday in Tanzania's Southern Circuit. This is the perfect adventure vacation for wildlife enthusiasts, serious safari-goers, or newcomers alike. This journey promises the best that the south area has to offer, with an amazing selection of iconic parks and reserves for you to experience in all their glory. Book this trip now and be amazed at the wonders of nature and of life.

Key information

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Dar es Salaam
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Wonderful game drives
  • Services of a professional driver-guide
  • Transportation in a four-by-four safari vehicle
  • 1 liter of water per person per day during game drives
  • 6 breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners
  • All applicable taxes and park fees
  • Airport and seaport drop-off
  • 6 nights accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

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.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

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.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Selous Jimbiza Camp

This camp is located outside the Selous Game Reserve, four kilometers from the Mtemere Gate. Overall, the camp has clean and comfortable rooms. Its riverside bandas are smaller than the other rooms, yet they give a more secure feeling. They have a stylish design, and their netting ceilings still keep you close to nature. The bandas give you a nice view of the river.

The camp also has spacious riverside tents that make guests feel close to nature as well. All of them have direct views of the river also. Another option are the treetop tents. These are smaller than the riverside ones, but are more secluded in the middle of the bush, high up on a platform.

This option is definitely for those who want more privacy. At the Selous Jimbiza Camp, you will enjoy riverside views, great food, and a swimming pool for cooling down after your day of safari activities.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Program

Day 1 - Travel to Selous Game Reserve

At around 7:30 a.m., you will have a meet-and-greet session in Dar es Salaam, then drive for about five hours with packed lunch to Selous Game Reserve. You will have a boat ride safari in the evening, then enjoy your dinner and an overnight stay at Selous Tented Camp.

Day 2 - Selous Game Reserve

Lunch will be packed so you can enjoy a full day of game driving in the reserve. Your dinner and overnight stay will still be at Seous Tented Camp.

Day 3 - Selous Game Reserve and travel to Mikumi National Park

For this day, you will have an early morning walking safari in the Selous Game Reserve. Afterwards, you will drive for around eight hours to Mikumi National Park, complete with packed lunch. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at Camp Bastian Mikumi.

Day 4 - Travel to Ruaha National Park

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

Day 5 - Ruaha National Park

Lunch will be packed so you can enjoy a full day of game driving in the park. Your dinner and overnight stay will still be at the Ruaha Hilltop Lodge.

Day 6 - Return to Mikumi National Park

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

Day 7 - 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. 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.

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.

Selous Game Reserve

This reserve is the largest protected wildlife area in southern Tanzania and the biggest game reserve in Africa, covering a vast area of about 54,600 square kilometers, making it bigger than Switzerland. It has an altitude of between 110 to 1,250 meters, and covers six percent of Tanzania. It is designated by United Nations as a World Heritage site due to its unique ecological importance.

The Selous Game Reserve has the finest, most unspoiled virgin bush, and is one of the least-scientifically researched areas in Africa. 1,700 botanical species have been identified in the reserve. It boasts of a large population of elephants, as well as large numbers of the buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and endangered wild dog. Animals commonly seen in the area include the lion, bushbuck, impala, warthog, ostrich, giraffe, eland, baboon, zebra, hyena, kudu, rare sable antelope, and leopard.

There are more than 400 species of bird life in the Selous Game Reserve which include the African fish eagle, kingfisher, secretarybird, sunbird, hamerkop, saddle-billed, yellow-billed, openbill, and marabou stork, weaver, vulture, and others.

Food

Six breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners are included in the price of this retreat.

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)

  • 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
  • 6 breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All applicable park fees and taxes
  • Boat safari in Selous Game Reserve
  • Game drive in Mikumi National Park
  • Game drive in Ruaha National Park
  • Game drive in Selous Game Reserve
  • 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
  • Walking safari in Selous Game Reserve

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 - the 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 on 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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