Southern Tanzania Lodge Safari Over View
Travel to Ruaha & Mikumi National Park is exciting and a superb experience. Selous Game Reserve is Africa's largest protected wildlife reserve. Its rivers, hills, and plains are home to roaming elephant populations, the area's famous wild dogs, and some of the last black rhino left in the region. The Rufiji River is the largest water catchment locations in the region, and as such, is home to a plethora of varied water and bird life. Along its shores, oppulent hippos sleep languidly in the mud. Crocodiles are also common along the Rufiji's riverbanks. Accommodation at Rufiji River 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.
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.
Seven Days Selous, Mikumi & Ruaha Lodge Safari
Day One: Dar es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel at Dar es Salaam or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour if any. You will be driven to Selous game reserve arriving in time for lunch. On arrival at Rufiji river camp you will be assisted to check inn into your respective tents and after lunch you will go for boat safari along the might Rufiji River. You will see plenty of hippos, crocodiles and bird life is prolific. Dinner and overnight Rufiji River Camp, which is a tented camp, situated in the north eastern part of the Selous Game Reserve on a high bank overlooking the mighty Rufiji River and the plain beyond. The camp accommodates guest in 20 comfortable tents. Each tent has twin beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom and a veranda facing the river. The central restaurant provides excellent cuisine. The camp makes maximum use of local materials, retaining an intimate relationship with the surrounding eco-system.
Day 2: Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, go for full-day game drive of Selous Game Reserve, Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary, with an area of 54,600 sq. km. It has large number of big game such as elephant, buffalo, rhino; other wildlife to en counter includes wildebeest, eland, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard and lion. There are about 350 species of bird life. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day Three: Selous Game Reserve - Mikumi National Park
After breakfast, head out for a morning walking safari. This allows an intimate cohesion of the African bush and wildlife, which is unforgettable, and brings you closest to pristine nature. Depart and drive to Mikumi National Park arriving in time 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 - Ruaha National Park
Early morning (sunrise game viewing) game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast and transfer to the air strip. 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 Six: 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 Seven: Ruaha National Park - Dar-es-Salaam
After breakfast, depart for a game drive en-route to the airstrip for your flight departing Ruaha National Park at 1145 Hours. Fly back to Dar es Salaam. Drop off at a hotel in Dar es Salaam or 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.
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve has an area of more than 50,000 sq km making it the world's largest conserved area excluding polar regions. Selous is three times bigger than the Serengeti National Park. The reserve is a World Heritage Site and covers almost 6% of Tanzania's land. The Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a gamedrive in that area.
The Selous Game Reserve is home to a high diversity of both large mammal and bird species. The Selous Game Reserve has over 60,000 elephants and 40,000 hippos. The world's largest population of African Hunting Dogs exists in the reserve. Of Tanzania's 1,113 different species of bird, 430 have been positively identified within the Selous Game Reserve.
The photographic tourism section of the Selous is very atmospheric, displaying the grandeur of this incredible African wilderness. The Rufiji River meanders its way through the Miombo woodland and Acacia-Terminalia savanna, connected by streams to five attractive lakes, which teem with hippo, crocodile and waterfowl.
A game drive along the network of rough roads is reliably rewarding, especially during the dry season around the lakes. Whether you are camping in the bush or staying at a lodge it is very easy to arrange a walking safari, where you will have a ranger with you at all times. A boat safari on either the lakes or the Rufiji River is a fantastic opportunity to see the wildlife and thousands birds from a different perspective. When you leave the busier Mtemere region in the east other vehicles are a rare sight and you are just as likely to pass a ranger patrol vehicle as a safari car full of visitors.
Due to its sheer size and the remoteness of the Selous Game Reserve, a minimum of three nights is recommended although one or two nights is also possible. All inclusive fly-in safaris, with game viewing activities operated by the lodges are a popular choice. Should you really want the true Wild Things experience, choose several nights bush camping. The TAZARA Railway (Dar es Salaam to New Kipiri Mposhi in Zambia) passes through the Selous Game Reserve several times a week and is also a great mode of transport.
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.
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.
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.