Southern Tanzania Lodge Safari Over View
Travel to Ruaha & Mikumi National Park is exciting and a superb experience. Ruaha national park has remained untouched and the environment is original offering tourist a graet game viewing experience as opposed to what they would experience in other parks of Tanzania.
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's 2nd biggest park and host to a number of animals which rare or absent in the North. The rare animals include the African Wild dog, roan and sable antelope and the greater kudu. The Great Ruaha River, which provides life to the park, flows through the eastern side of the park and is home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds. Accommodation at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Mikumi National Park lies in the South of Tanzania and offers the visitor an amazing natural experience, a unique and special part of the Tanzania safari. With far fewer visitors than the north and a heavy concentration of game, a safari to Mikumi is always rewarding. Accommodation at Vuma Hills Tented Camp.
Five Days Ruaha & Mikumi Lodge Safari
Day One: Dar-es-Salaam - Ruaha National Park
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you will be transfered to the Airport, fly to Ruaha National Park. On arrival you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to the Lodge or camp game drive en route. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch you can spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool. Later on head out for the evening game drive. Ruaha National Park benefits from the dispersal and migration of other wildlife from its ecosystem coming down from the northern game reserves of Kizigo and Rungwa, giving the park a huge boost in the concentration of wildlife. There are large numbers of Buffalos, Elephants, Kudus, Zebra, Giraffes, Lions, Impala's and Elands Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Day Two: Ruaha National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Park. On any given day, Ruaha National Park has the potential to show case a good number of bio-diversities in just one-third of the park size. From our experience within the Msembe and Jongomeru area you might see the Silver Back Jackal, Elephants that walked into the camp, Hippos that foraged around the camp at night, African hunting dogs that trotted past our vehicle, a pride of 18 lions that were hunting, and the superb Lesser and Greater Kudus seen at every southern section of the park. The vegetation of park also boasts Palm, Fig, Tamarind and Baobab trees that are not commonly seen in other parks. There are over 1600 plant species and over 370 bird species confirmed in the Park. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Day Three: Ruaha National Park - Mikumi National Park
After breakfast, depart for a game drive en-route to the airstrip for your flight departing Ruaha National Park at 1145 Hours. Fly to to Mikumi National Park. On arrival Meet & Greet transfers to Lodge for lunch, late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hills Tented Camp.
Day Four: Mikumi National Park
Full day viewing Mkata Chamgore (place of the python), and Mkata Food Plain within Mikumi National Park; lunch at camp. Proceeds with game drive till late afternoon. There are several observation towers enable you to overview the park in its entirety. Mikumi National Park is mostly miombo woodland with gently rolling hills. You also go on a walking safari to the African Bush with an armed ranger. Dinner and overnight at the Vuma Hills Tented Camp.
Day Five: Mikumi National Park - Dar es Salaam
Early morning (sunrise game viewing) game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast and rest, packing ready to leave. By 10:00 AM start driving back to Dar es Salaam, lunch en route. Drop off at a hotel in Dar es Salaam or the airport to board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 22,000 km˛. It is located in the middle of Tanzania about 130 km from Iringa. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas.The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park can be reached by car via Iringa and there is an airstrip at Msembe, park headquarters. The park was gazetted in the year 1951.
Ruaha is the second largest in Tanzania, it is one of the most remote, uncrowded parks in East Africa. Ruaha is famous for its large population of Elephants. Presently about 10.000 are roaming the park. Ruaha National Park is also a true birdwatchers paradise: 436 species have been identified of an estimated total of 475. Among the resident birds are different species of Hornbills, Kingfishers and Sunbirds.
Also many migrants visit Ruaha, e.g. the White Stork Other special animals in Ruaha are: the African Wild Dog and Sable Antelope. Rhinoceros were last been sighted in 1982 and are probably extinct in the park due to poaching. The best times to visit for predators and large mammals is the dry season (May-December) and for birds and flowers, the wet season (January-April).
Most of the game viewing roads are in the relatively small area of the Park around the HQ. This area is diverse, encompassing the Great Ruaha River, which offers the most reliable game-spotting, especially during the dry months, when the waters almost disappear. The river is home to numerous hippo, crocodile and a multitude of waterfowl.
Mikumi National Park
The Mikumi National Park is a national park in Mikumi, near Morogoro, Tanzania. The park was established in 1964, currently covers an area of 3230 km˛ and is the fourth largest in the country. The A-7 highway bypases the park. The Mikumi is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Two other natural areas bordering the national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains.
The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. The area north-west is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata. The vegetation of this area consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm. In this area, at the furthest from the road, there are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru. The southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not very accessible.
The fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. According to local guides at Mikumi, chances of seeing a lion who climbs a tree trunk is larger than in Manyara (famous for being one of the few places where the lions exhibit this behavior). The park contains a subspecies of giraffe, that biologists consider the link between the Masai giraffe and the Somali giraffe. Other animals in the park are elephants, zebras, gnu, impales, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes. At about 5 km from the north of the park, there are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. More than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.