The southern safari circuit of Tanzania includes the National Parks of Mikumi, Udzungwa Mountains and Ruaha and the game protected area of the Selous. Each of these areas is an attraction in its own right with Mikumi and Selous combining to a land area greater than the size of Switzerland. The Udzungwa Mountains are famous for the excellent bird-watching and hiking. The Ruaha ecosystem including at its center the National Park has recently been extended to make it the largest National Park in Africa. The southern circuit is a lot quieter than the northern circuit and at many of the lodges you will not see any other guests when out on game drives. This and the more varied landscape give the south a wilder and more natural feel. The game concentrations are similar to the north but in the south the game is spread over a larger area. Distances between parks and lodges are greater in the south meaning that flying is often the best option.
Game drives are flexible and not limited by any schedule. Tailored safaris are conducted from the camps in open sided, covered, purpose-built vehicles for optimum viewing pleasure. Because of the limited number of cars per lodge, it can occur that you have to share the vehicle with other guests of the lodge.
Safaris in the Southern Circuit usually start from Dar es Salaam and its best to fly to Dar if you wish to visit the south. Safaris on the Southern Circuit easily connect to relaxing and interesting beach holidays in Kilwa or the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, as well as to the Northern Circuit by plane (or a day’s scenic drive passing Kilimanjaro, Usambara Mountains and Mkomazi Game Reserve).
Among numerous options and varieties of safaris, we can only give you a few sample itineraries. However there are many combinations possible and even a short visit of 2 or 3 nights to one of the camps can be arranged, also very feasible from Zanzibar.
SHORT SELOUS BREAK: Dar – Selous – Dar (3 days/2 nights)
FLY SOUTH – NORTH: Dar – Selous – Ruaha – Arusha (7 days/6 nights)
THE BEST OF THE SOUTH: Dar – Selous – Mikumi – Udzungwa – Ruaha – Dar (10 days/9 nights)
BUSH AND BEACH: Dar – Selous – Ruaha – Beach extension Kilwa, Zanzibar or Pemba – Dar (10 days/9 nights)
All our safaris include all transport (also transfers to and from the airports), domestic flights if in the program, safari vehicle with experienced driver/guide, game drives mentioned in the program, mineral water in the car, park entrance fees, accommodation, full board (except on the islands or otherwise written in the program).
Not included: International flights, visa, travel insurance, drinks, tips to driver/guide, items of personal nature.