Summary of Itinerary

  • DAY 1. DAR ES SALAAM TO MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK STAYING AT VUMA HILLS TENTED CAMP.
  • DAY 2. FULL DAY EXPLORING MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, BASED AT VUMA HILLS.
  • DAY 3. GAME DRIVE THEN TRANSFER TO THE RUAHA NATIONAL PARK,  MWAGUSI SAFARI LODGE
  • DAYS 4 & 5. FULL DAY EXPLORING RUAHA BASED AT MWAGUSI SAFARI LODGE
  • DAY 6. TRANSFER TO THEUDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK STAYING AT HONDO HONDO TENTED CAMP
  • DAY 7. WONDERFUL HIKING IN UDZUNGWA –  SANJE WATER FALLS, BASED AT HONDO HONDO TENTED CAMP
  • DAY 8. UDZUNGWA TO DAR ES SALAAM

Highlights

Mikumi Lions.

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Waterfalls.

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Ruaha Big Cats.

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General Info

We think that this is one of the best ‘southern circuit’ lodge safaris possible in terms of value for money.   All the accommodation is excellent and the wildlife is without compare.

Dar es Salaam, the starting point for most southern circuit safaris, is just a short drive from Dar International Airport.

We offer trips covering all Tanzania’s parks so if you would like to make any changes to customise your tour please get in touch.

START/RETURN LOCATION Dar Es Salaam
START DETAILS The day before the start of the safari , you’ll check into your hotel in Dar – we can arrange this for you, just let us know.
END DETAILS You’ll be returned to Dar to either fly home, overnight in a hotel, or tranasfer to Zanzibar or Northern Tanzania by plane or boat as you prefer.
WEAR Light clothing,  be comfortable.  Sensibe shoes, trainers or light boots, wide brimmed hat, bring binoculars!
INCLUDED
Guides, Full board accommodation
All park fees Transportation
Water Lodge Concession  fees
NOT INCLUDED
Items of a personal nature eg alcohol
Tips

Southern Tanzania is less busy than the North and you will frequently have the feeling of remoteness,  being the only car on the beautiful landscape.

Additional information

Duration7 Days

DAY 1. DRIVE DAR TO MIKUMI
06:00hrs pick up from your Hotel in Dar es Salaam and drive to Mikumi National park ( approx 6.5 hours driving).   Stop for lunch on the way.   On arrival at Mikumi  settle into your lodge before proceeding with an afternoon game drive. The park is home to: Elephant, Lion, Leopard,  Wild dog, Zebras, Hyena, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Eland, Wildebeest and numerous other animals as well as over 300 species of birds.   Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hills Tented Camp.  At the lodge there are numerous habituated nocturnal animals including bush babies and honey badgers – this is of course excellent for both children and adults alike.

Meal Plan: Full board

DAY 2. MIKUMI TO FULL DAY IN MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

After a beautiful overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Camp in Mikumi.

Meal Plan: Full board

DAY 3. MIKUMI TO RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
An early start from your lodge, transfer to Ruaha National Park with packed lunch en route. At Ruaha you will stay at Mwagusi Safari Lodge in the hear to the park.   Afternoon game drive till sunset looking for leopard and super prides of up to twenty lions.  Drive back to the Mwagusi for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Full board basis.

DAY 4 & 5. FULL DAYS RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Full days exploring the magnificent Ruaha National Park. There will  be plenty for you to see in this
large, visually stunning park.   Look for beautiful Kudu,  wild dogs and leopard near the Kilimatonga kopje and cheetah on the other side of the Sand River.   Overnight at the excellent Mwagusi Safari Lodge.

Meal plan: Full board.

DAY 6. RUAHA TO UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast transfer by safari 4×4 to Hondo Hondo Tented Camp at the Udzungwa Mountains National Park.  Lunch on the way in Iringa at Nema Crafts.  Arrive the Hondo Hondo in time to settle in and enjoy watching the primates on the forest edge with a sundowner.

Meal plan: Full board.

DAY 7. SANJE WATERFALLS – SPECTACULAR UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

After a spectacular breakfast head to the park HQ and pick up your guide before trekking, through changing Eastern Arc forest, to the top of the 180m Sanje Waterfall.    There are numerous primates in the park including the endemic Iringa red Colobus and the Sanje Mangeby.   There a plunge pools to swim in so make sure you bring your swimming kit!    The forest around Sanje has giant 60m trees festooned with lichens and mosses.  endemic African Violets grow in the spray zone of the upper waterfalls and you can find pygmy bearded chameleons amongst the tree-ferns.  Return to Hondo Hondo Tented camp for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Full board.

DAY 8.  UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK  TO DAR ES SALAAM

After breakfast check out then transfer to Ruaha Airstrip for your flight to Dar es salaam at 11:45hrs.

Tour ends.

Cheetah, Ruaha National Park
Mikumi Lions feeding
Sanje upper falls, Udzungwa Mountains
Mikumi Buffalo Kill
Sunset Hippo Pools, Mikumi National Park
Lion Family Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park Male Lion
Lionesses hunting in Mikumi National Park
Buffalo herd in Mikumi National Park
Udzungwa Sanje Upper falls
Magnificent Sanje Falls
Zebra & Giraffe Mikumi
Mikumi Elephant
Black backed jackal Mikumi
Red Colobus near Hondo Hondo Tented camp - on the lawn.
Sanje Mangeby, Udzungwa Mountains
Iringa Red Colobus troop - Udzungwa Mountains
Sanje Mangeby, Udzungwa Mountains
Hondo Hondo Bar
Cheetah Ruaha
Cheetah, Ruaha National Park
Elephant and Baby, Ruaha National Park
Elephants Defensive Herd Ruaha
Leopard crossing the road, Ruaha National Park
Ruaha Lioness
Leopard, Ruaha National Park
Kudu Ruaha National Park