Southern Circuit Adventures 11 Days
- Tour Price: US $ 3,630
- Duration: 11 day
- Starting/Finishing point: Dar es Salaam Airport
- Destinations: Dar es Salaam, Selous, Mikumi, Udzungwa and Ruaha national parks
- Minimum number of travellers: 2 people
- Room occupancy: 1 double room
- Accommodation Type: Midrange lodges/tented camps
- Transport: 4WD safari vehicle
Day 1: Arrival/Dar es Salaam
Picked up at Dar es Salaam International airport and transferred to Medditeraneo hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis. This hotel is set around beautiful landscaped African gardens, bursting with tropical flowers and shaded by palm trees, the cool interiors of our rustic cottage-style rooms offer welcome relief from the Tanzania sun, while the restaurant dishes up gorgeous Mediterranean cuisine.
Day 2: Selous game reserve
After breakfast drive to Selous game reserve, with packed lunch en route. In the evening you will do boat safari then head to Selous Kinga lodge for dinner and overnight. With an area of around 50,000sq km,(5% of Tanzania’s land surface) Selous game reserve is one of the large protected areas in the world.
Its size is stunning, bigger than Switzerland or Denmark, uninhabited and little touched by human interference. Visitors, therefore, find themselves in a pristine wilderness far away from the trodden tourist routes. Its wildlife (including some few remaining Black rhinos and Wild dogs) are very spectacular.
Day 3: Selous game reserve
Today you will have a full day of game drive in Selous game reserve, with picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, you will return to Selous Kinga lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Selous game reserve
After breakfast depart from the northern circuit to the southern part of the reserve doing a full day of game drive. In the late afternoon, you will continue to Sable Mountain lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Mikumi national park
After early breakfast depart with picnic lunch and drive to Mikumi national park across the beautiful Uluguru mountains, enjoying people and culture. Dinner and overnight will be at Mikumi safari lodge. With an area of about 3230km (Tanzania’s 4th largest Park); Mikumi is one of the most popular parks for both tourists and local people.
The park is framed the Uluguru mountains to the northeast and the Udzungwa Mountains to the south-west and the Selous Game reserve to the South; the park itself consists mainly of Miombo woodland and although the scenery gets a little tedious after a while, sighting of plain games like Impala, Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, wildebeest, Elephants, Hippo and Crocodiles are common enough.
One of the most principal features of Mikumi park is the Mkata River flood plain,(an area of lush vegetation which particularly attracts a lot of wildlife.) The absence of Gazelles in this Park is curious – it seems their ecological niche is occupied by Impala.
Mikumi and Selous game reserves are lying on the same ecosystem, which covers a large part of central & Southern Tanzania. (This ecosystem stretches to within 150 km of the Mozambique border, whose Niassa Game Reserve was formerly part of it).
Predators which can be seen in Mikumi, includes Lion, Leopards (more difficult to see), black-backed Jackal (can sometimes be seen in the evening) and the African Civet who is the nocturnal visitor in most of the Camps. Mikumi’s birdlife is profuse, with over 400 species recorded to date, many of them Eurasian migrants, present between October and April
Day 6: Udzungwa mountains national park
After breakfast you will have morning game drive to Mikumi park with packed lunch then drive to Udzungwa for dinner and overnight at Hondo Hondo tented camp. The Udzungwa Mountains are almost unearthly.
An enchanted forest of leafy glades, flecked with sun shine where fungus, lichens , moss and ferns ingratiate themselves into every damp crevices, it is at once both vivid detail and larger than life.
A new variety of African violet was discovered in the shelter of 30m high tree. It is a hot house nurturing species found nowhere else on earth, a secret bank account of precious genetic stock. Of it six types of primate, two are endemic the Iringa red colobus monkey and the sanje crested Mangabey, not discovered until 1979.
Four previously unknown birds including the rufous winged sun bird and new species of partridge like francolin make the Tanzania richest forest bird habitat among the three most important bird conservation areas on the continent.
One of the East Africa great forests, this undisturbed habitat undoubtedly has new treasures yet to reveal. A link in the chain of East Africa eastern arch mountains, Udzungwa is made for hiking and climbing on the trails through the rain forest and along the escarpments.
The plateau is natural tower top, with a view of sugar plantations against the patch work of grassland and mountain forest extending over 100km. but the centre piece is the sanje River, which reinvents itself as the spectacular waterfall, plunging 170m through the forest to land in a mist in the valley below. Visit the udzungwa year round, but be prepared for rain any time
Day 7: Udzungwa mountains national park
After breakfast you will collect your picnic lunch and do a 4 to 6 hrs hike to Sanje water falls. In the late afternoon you will return to Hondo hondo teted camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Ruaha national park
After breakfast drive to Ruaha National Park with packed lunch, pass by Iringa local market. In the late afternoon you will visit a traditional Maasai village, then continue to Ruaha hilltop lodge for dinner and overnight. Ruaha is the largest national park in Tanzania, covering an area of about 22,000 square kilometers; here wild life is concentrating along the cascading great RuahaRiver, which is the parks blood.
Home to hippos and crocodiles snacking on the school of fish, it is a flooded terrain after the rain dwindling to precious pools surrounded by blinding sweep of gazelles risks their lives for a sip of its waters…a permanent hunting grounds for lions, Leopards, hunting dogs, hyenas and Jackals; lack enough you can also have the chance to see both leaser and greater kudus, Sable and Roan antelopes here. Ruaha is the only protected area in the world where flora and fauna of eastern and southern Africa overlaps.
Day 9 &10: Ruaha national park
You will spend two full days of game drive Ruaha national park. All meals and overnight will be at Ruaha river lodge. This lodge occupies a unique and privileged position along the banks of this great river and blends seamlessly into its surroundings. Game is drawn to the river from the neighbouring hills and guest can witness the great wildlife dramas unfold from the comfort and protection of their self-contained natural stone and thatch bandas. For relaxing day you can stay sitting on your varanda with a cold drink and wait for the game to come next to you.
Day 11 After breakfast you will have game en route to the airstrip for your flight back to Dar es salaam and connect your international flight.
END OF THE SERVICE
Price includes the following:
- All meals and accommodations during the entire tour
- 4 x 4 Safari vehicle in excellent condition
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- All park fees for all the national parks
- Unlimited game drives
- Flight from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam
- Arrival and departure transfers
- AMREF Flying doctors emergency rescue
Price excludes international flights, tips and any other things not mentioned above
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations. You may find these 19 Things You Need to Know About Tanzania Visa
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them here in details, the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you. Look this one for example