This 13 day safari has been designed to encompass the ultimate big game safari locations in Southern Tanzania. It's an ideal choice for anyone looking for an of the beaten track adventure, as after the drama of the big game safari there is still time to enjoy a few days relaxing on one of the famous white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, Mafia or Pemba.

Going on a safari doesn't have to be hard work! After a day out game viewing or going on an exciting walking safari you will return to the comforts of your private cottage or luxury tent, where you can relax and enjoy being out in the bush while being served delicious food and refreshing drinks. There is also the option of adding a couple of 'easy' days, when you have the chance to lie in and recharge those travelling batteries.

Itinerary breakdown:

  • 4 days and 4 nights at Rufiji River Camp, in Selous Game Reserve, with two transfers by light plane.
  • 1.5 days and 2 nights at Kikoboga Wildlife Lodge, Mikumi National Park
  • 1 day and 1 night at Sanje Waterfalls campsite, Udzungwa Mountains
  • 1.5 days and 2 nights at Kisolanza Farm, Southern Highlands
  • 3 days and 3 nights at Mwagusi Safari Camp, Ruaha National Park, with one transfer by light aircraft to Dar.

Day 1 - Pick up in Dar Es Salaam and transfer to the domestic airport, where you will catch a light plane to the Selous Game Reserve, the largest conservation area in Tanzania and the world (with the exception of the polar regions). You will be met and transferred to Rufiji River Camp. This comfortable camp is located on a bend on the river. Crocodile and large pods of hippo may be seen from the bar. You can go on an afternoon boat safari on the Rufiji River.

Day 2 - Full day exploring the Selous Game Reserve. You can choose your ideal safari from a range of game viewing activities, including boat safaris, game drives and walking safaris (accompanied by an armed ranger for your protection). You will then return to Rufiji River Camp in time for sunset drinks and another fantastic meal.

Day 3 - A day of game viewing activities including a boat or walking safari and game drive, plus time to relax by the swimming pool at Rufiji River Camp

Day 4 - A day of game viewing activities including a boat or walking safari and game drive, plus time to relax by the swimming pool at Rufiji River Camp

Day 5 - Transfer by light aircraft to Dar Es Salaam where you will be met by a safari vehicle and transferred to Mikumi National Park, enjoying a packed lunch en-route. You will arrive in Mikumi in time to settle in at Kikoboga Safari Lodge (also known as Mikumi Wildlife Lodge). Enjoy the views over the floodplain and go for a sunset game drive. Mikumi is one of Tanzania's larger parks and has excellent bird life as well as being good for viewing predators.

Day 6 - An extensive morning game drive takes you out to Mwanambogo Dam, where many animals come for water. Have a late lunch back at Kikoboga Safari Lodge, then an evening game drive.

Day 7 - Transfer to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, then hike to Sanje Waterfalls where you can swim in idyllic plunge-pools and camp at the top of a stunning 180m waterfall. The hike is short (2hrs) but quite steep in places. The afternoon is free for you to visit the site of the endemic African Violets and explore the forests and waterfalls. Overnight camping in large and comfortable dome tents next to the falls.

Day 8 - Wake up to watch the sunrise over the Kilombero Valley, an amazing sight from the natural viewing platform of rock above the waterfalls. After breakfast, transfer to Kisolanza Farm in the Southern Highlands, arriving in time for lunch. There will be an afternoon excursion to visit Isimila Stone Age Site and Sandstone Pillars. Dinner will be served at the Old Farm House.

Day 9 - The walking trails around the farm provide a fantastic opportunity for birdwatching, with an impressive check-list of 250 bird species recorded in the area. The area can also be explored on horseback. An all day excursion to visit a Forestry Conservation Project can be arranged (please contact us for more details).

Day 10 - Transfer to Ruaha National Park where you will stay at the beautiful Mwagusi Safari Camp, situated on the banks of the Sand River. After lunch and a relaxing afternoon there will be a sunset game drive.

Day 11 - Full day game viewing activities, including a foot safari and game drive. Dinners are always memorable affairs, served under the stars often on the sand river itself!

Day 12 - Mwagusi Safari Camp itself is immensely comfortable, yet with a real bush feel. If you can pull yourself away then there is another whole day to explore the remote and dramatic Ruaha National Park.

Day 13 - Transfer by light aircraft to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.

  • We had an amazing time. Everything was perfect Francis was AMAZING we came to realize the guide you have is the key to a great safari. We will be sure to recomend you to anyone planning a trp to you

    Serino Margaret

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • We had a most wonderful safari--thank you! Salim and Yahaya were great. We'll be sure to suggest Wild Things to any friends who may be thinking of visiting Tanzania.

    Sheri Six

    United States of America, Sept 2013

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our experience, and we feel that the service you offered was well worth the money we paid. Salim was wonderful. Very interesting to talk to us, and an excellent driver.

    Claire Austin

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

  • We had a wonderful trip. Thanks very much to you, Wild Things and to Abbas for putting together such a memorable safari for us.

    Kathryn Woof

    United Kingdom, Dec 2013

  • I am just emailing to say how amazing the safari was and I would like to thank you, The food was great and we saw so many animals its exceeded our expectations completely.

    Samantha Crichton

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013