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5 Days Southern Tanzania Safari

from $4,370.00

Over 50,000 sq. km. the largest game reserve in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Contains more than two thirds of all Tanzania’s elephant population.

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  • Group Size Medium Group
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All about the 5 Days Southern Tanzania Safari.

Selous Game Reserve

with over 50,000 sq. km. The largest game reserve in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Contains more than two thirds of all Tanzania’s elephant population. Has the largest surviving population of hippopotamus and crocodiles in Africa. Boat excursions and walking safaris are conducted there. Best time to visit the Game Reserve – June to October.

Ruaha National Park.

13,000 sq. km large. Second largest national park in Tanzania. Undisturbed. Another elephant county traversed by the Great Ruaha River System.

Mikumi National Park.

300 km west of Dar es Salaam. Has numerous wildlife. Wild dogs, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and elephants can be seen.

Udzungwa Mountain National Park

– 45 km south of Mikumi. A rain forest area – covering 1,000 sq. km, has been declared as a conservation area. The area has spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, and rare vegetation not found anywhere in the world. Has also a rich bird life.

Kitulo Plateau National Park

-Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden of God – while botanists have called it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to ‘one of the great floral spectacles of the world’. And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 400 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.

Perched at around 2,600 meters (8,500 ft) between the rugged peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto and Livingstone Mountains, the well-watered volcanic soils of Kitulo support the largest and most important Montana grassland community in Tanzania.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Safari vehicle with pop up roof
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fee (bought upon arrival, 50-100$/pp)
  • Meals not specified
  • Departure tax from Zanzibar Airport (if any)
  • Personal items
  • Tipping
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry service etc.
  1. Day 1 Morogoro to Mikumi National Park

    Morning pick up at your hotel and drive to Mikumi National Park which is approximately 1:30 hours’ drive from Morogoro. Then after proceed for a full day game drive in Mikumi till sunset with overnight and dinner at lodge just outside the park

    Mikumi National Park is Tanzania’s fourth – largest National Park and the most accessible from Morogoro/Dar es salaam. Within its 3230 sq. km its set between the Uluguru Mountains to the north and the Lumango Mountains to the south-east. Mikumi hosts buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, lions, pythons zebras, leopards crocodiles and many more just to mention a few

  2. Day 2 Mikumi Town to Ruaha National Park

    After early morning breakfast drive to Ruaha National Park with stop in Iringa for lunch after lunch proceed to Ruaha national park, This drive can take up to 7 hours ride, it gives you the chance to see the beautiful Tanzania landscape, mountains, small town and village. 

    On arrival you start with game drive on route to Ruaha Tanapa Cottage. The great Ruaha River flows through the eastern side of the park and is home of Great Kudu, hippos, crocodiles and water birds. Overnight and dinner at lodge / Cottage / camp.

  3. Day 3 Full Day Game Drive to Ruaha With Packed Lunch

    Full day game drives the park has a wonderful bio-diversities in just one-third of the park size. Experience extraordinary wildlife and see the Silver Back Jackal, Hippos that foraged around the camp at night, lions pride 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. Overnight and dinner at lodge/Cottage/camp.

  4. Day 4 Ruaha National Parks to Udzundwa Mountains National Park

    Early morning game drive and back to the camp for late breakfast, After breakfast you drive to Udzungwa mountain national park for overnight and ready for hike next day This drive will take up to 8 hours and we can stop to small maasai village in Mikumi if we have chance and time. Overnight and dinner at lodge/camp.

  5. Day 5 Hiking to Udzundwa Mountains National Park

    Udzungwa mountains national park is one of Tanzania’s most outstanding and exciting wilderness area, with unique wildlife species in habiting this altitudinal range of forests. Udzungwa is known as the primate park, and currently there are 12 species of primate.

    Udzungwa Mountains with wilderness forest offer a superb venue for hiking, climbing and viewing of rare endangered and endemic species. After hike you will drive back to Morogoro arrival in evening mark end of tour.

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Hotels, Camps and Lodges

What to Expect from Safari Accommodation

In such monumental landscapes always expect space. Both with individual rooms and the layout of a camp or lodge. Space and seclusion come naturally here as lodges are carefully situated miles away from each other. Also, expect inimitability. There is no homogenised blueprint to follow, and all accommodation looks to work with the environment to offer something unique in both style and design. And expect to find accommodation that exceeds expectations.

There’s a continual smile of surprise as you arrive at camps that shatter any apprehension about uncomfortable bathrooms or roughing it. Safari accommodation is both the compliment and the antidote to a day of exploring; maintaining your immersion in the wild and providing a luxury that gently pulls you down from the day’s adventure.

Definitions blur, and names are often used interchangeably, but African safari accommodation can be broadly split into half a dozen categories: lodges, luxury tented camps, mobile camps, public campsites, hotels and guesthouses. Some countries are dominated by one of these, in others, a safari itinerary could feature the full range of accommodation styles.

Within these categories, there’s a spread of quality reflected in the price and, sometimes, by star ratings. Most safari itineraries will combine different styles of accommodation, utilising the best options dependent on the destination. Head further into the wild larger national parks and you often stay in intimate camps. Return from a long safari and the extra comfort of a hotel is savoured.

As a very broad summary, lodges are a localised version of a hotel or guesthouse, with private bathrooms, spacious restaurants, and extras like swimming pools. They’re permanent structures that are usually larger than camps. Luxury tented camps are situated in areas rich with wildlife, permanent or semi-permanent operations catering for an intimate number of guests. They use canvas tents on solid bases with large beds and private bathrooms. Mobile tented camps are erected deep in the wilderness, surrounded by wildlife and catering for a small group of guests.

They’re simpler but still spacious and with good amenities, generally geared towards exclusivity and privacy. Within national parks, budget safaris use public campsites with facilities that vary in quality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Whats included in this tour?
  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Safari vehicle with pop up roof
Whats not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

All our safari packages include unlimited game drives with no restriction on mileage or fuel. This gives our guests more freedom and flexibility allowing the exploration of more secluded regions for exclusive wildlife viewing.

Unlimited Mileage means that you are able to drive for as long as you want within the parks’ operational hours (6am to 6pm), and the designated area for game drives on the given day.

For example, if the itinerary designates Central Serengeti, then you are able to stay within the Central Serengeti region as long as you want, stretching to the borders of Western Serengeti.

However, we cannot, for instance, drive from Central Serengeti to the Mara River then back. Some companies quote you for limited game drives with restrictions on mileage and fuel.

You wouldn’t make it very far from the main road or have the ability explore the more exclusive areas of the park. With unlimited game drives, you can fully enjoy your safari completely worry-free.

Absolutely. We provide unlimited beverages in our safari vehicle including bottled drinking water, your preferred soft drinks, juice, domestic beer, French-press coffee and tea.
All our safari vehicles are equipped with a small refrigerator to keep your drinks chilled for you to enjoy during your safari.
It is important to never assume that any of the animals encountered on your game drive are tame. Though attacks by wild animals are unusual, nothing in the African wilderness is predictable.
While you are staying in your safari lodges and camps, it is important to be especially cautious and aware of your surroundings as many of these areas are not fenced and contain wildlife roaming freely. If you have children with you, keep them in sight and do not let them wander alone.
At smaller tented lodges, you will always be escorted to and from your tent for dinner or during the night. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to raise them to the staff or your guide.
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