Summary of Itinerary

  • DAY 1. DAR ES SALAAM TO SELOUS GAME RESERVE
  • DAY 2. FULL DAY GAME DRIVE IN SELOUS GAME RESERVE
  • DAY 3. WALKING SAFARI THEN DRIVE TO MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
  • DAY 4. FULL DAY IN MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
  • DAY 5. GAME DRIVE THEN TRANSFER TO THE UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
  • DAY 6. WONDERFUL HIKING IN UDZUNGWA –  SANJE WATER FALLS
  • DAY 7. UDZUNGWA TO DAR ES SALAAM

Highlights

Mikumi Lions.

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Waterfalls.

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Selous Boat Safari.

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General Info

We think that this is one of the best ‘southern circuit’ safaris possible in such a short time.

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, porters, cooks Ample food/water
All park fees Transportation
Equipment – tents, etc Camping 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. DAR ES SALAAM TO SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Early start, at 06:00hrs you will be picked up by your driver guide from your hotel in Dar Es Salaam and drive to Selous Game Reserve (the largest wilderness on the planet with the exception of the polar regions) with lunch en route. Arrive in time to enjoy a relaxing  boat safari on the mighty Rufiji River, where you will admire numerous spectacular birds,  hippos and huge crocodiles in their natural habitat. Dinner and overnight at Hippo Campsite
Meal plane: Full board.

DAY 2. FULL DAY GAME DRIVE IN SELOUS G.R.

Enjoy an early breakfast by the river before departing for full day game drive exploring Selous Game Reserve.    You will game drive to Lake Tagalala where your team will set up camp whilst you have lunch. Afternoon game drive and visit to Selous’ grave and the hot springs for a swim before dinner and overnight at Lake Tagalala.  You will be accompanied by an armed ranger to look after camp at night.

Meal plane: Full board.

DAY 3. WALKING SAFARI THEN DRIVE TO MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

Early morning walking safari in the wilderness accompanied with an armed ranger  for your protection.   Look at tracks and signs and a range of game on foot, then return  to the camp for breakfast.  Transfer to Mikumi National Park,lunch as you go,ending up at Mikumi Hippo Pools Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan Full board.

DAY 4. FULL DAY IN MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

Full day exploring Mikumi National Park. Your guides will use the sounds they heard the night before to help you locate various prides of lions. Based Camping in the park. Goat roasts available by prior arrangement.   This park is simply superb for its diversity of big game and the remarkable birdlife, all found in a relatively small area.

Meal plan : Full board.

DAY 5. GAME DRIVE THEN TRANSFER TO THE UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Final morning game drive looking for predators in Mikumi National Park, mid afternoon leave the park and to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park.   Here you will settle into Hondo Hondo Campsite.

DAY 6. WONDERFUL HIKING IN UDZUNGWA –  SANJE WATER FALLS

Enjoy a spectacular breakfast with an unrivalled view of the forest as it wakes up.   You can frequently see endemic Irinaga Red Colobus and Yellow Baboons from camp.   Then drive to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. A packed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy on top of a 180m waterfall with magnificent views over Kilombero and Selous.

Make final preparations for your trek into the mountains, including a visit to the park HQ to complete the formalities. The hike up to Sanje Waterfalls is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. This is the park’s most popular attraction, although it is unlikely that you will meet any other hikers. Once at Sanje there will be time to explore the forest and waterfalls, and even go for a swim in one of the plunge pools.     You can get behind the third waterfall and jump out through it!

Descend and drive 6km back to Hondo Hondo and spend the rest of the evening relaxing at the Camp.

Meal Plan: Full board

DAY 7. UDZUNGWA TO DAR ES SALAAM

After breakfast check out and drive back to Dar es salaam,lunch as you go,drop off at your Hotel.

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Please Note: This safari can be combined with other game parks and Zanzibar as you prefer.

Selous Lions with kill
Mikumi Lions feeding
Mikumi Buffalo Kill
Lion Family Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park Male Lion
Lionesses hunting in Mikumi National Park
Buffalo herd in Mikumi National Park
Sunset Hippo Pools, Mikumi National Park
Birds In Mikumi National Park
Selous Lions with kill
Palms at Sunset
Sanje upper falls, Udzungwa Mountains
Udzungwa Sanje Upper falls
Magnificent Sanje Falls