Unique expedition combing the best that Southern Tanzania has to offer. Exploring both Ruaha and Mikumi National Parks on foot and by car, you will also be able to enjoy the nature of the isolated mountain ranges of Udzungua. A superb private trip combining the best that Southern Tanzania has to offer. A true connoisseur’s safari. This is a tailormade safari, so we can include additional areas and customise to suit your particular preferences
This journey explores some Africa’s most remote and unspoiled wilderness areas. Southern Tanzania is coveted by safari aficionados as you can get a real bush experience without the tourist minibuses.
Fly camping in this region allows you to experience great game viewing and offers you the opportunity of starry skies and miles of wilderness – a true highlight of this area.
You will get the opportunity to explore Mikumi National park, the 4th largest in Tanzania and a great spot for big game viewing as well as bird watching. From here you will head to Ruaha National Park which derives its name from the Great Ruaha River that flows through the Rift Valley on the eastern part of the Park creating spectacular gorges. Here you will sleep in a luxury camp surrounded by elephants!
Our final destination before heading to the beach is Udzungwa Mountains National park – one of Tanzania’s most outstanding, pristine and unique wilderness mountains. This forest is home to primates as well as a great range of other animals and plants and is a “World Biodiversity Hotspot”
At the end of the trip you have an option to extend your stay at Mafia Islands which is home to (one of two) marine parks and offers deserted white-sand beaches, shoals of colourful fish and amazing coral formations – a perfect place to reflect on a truly stunning journey.
Tanzania Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Dar Es Salaam
You will be met at Dar Es Salaam International Airport and transferred to the Mediterraneo Hotel. Here you will stay on a b&b basis giving you the choice of the excellent hotel restaurant or the nearby pub for dinner.
Day 2: Dar Es Salaam to Mikumi National Park (B,L,D)
Depart Dar early and transfer to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is Tanzania’s 4th largest national park and is excellent for big game viewing and bird watching. It is and important bird area and has numerous birds
of prey. After lunch you will settle into Tanswiss Hotel. Afternoon game drive, dinner.
Day 3: Mikumi National Park (B,L,D)
Full day of exploring Mikumi National Park. Visit the different waterholes and look for predators in the midst of spectacular scenery. Picnic lunch in the park.
Day 4: Transfer to Ruaha Via Iringa (B,L,D)
Depart in the morning after breakfast for Ruaha National Park. Drive past the Udzungwa Mountains up the escarpment through Iringa town and into the park with packed lunch en-route. Settling at Tandala Tented Camp. This is a beautiful tented camp in a private conservancy bordering the park. Elephants walk between the tents (which are on stilts) often drinking from the swimming pool and lions are frequently seen around camp.
Day 5: Ruaha National Park (B,L,D)
Full day Game driving in Ruaha National Park, one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets. A large variety of game is seen including hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, greater and lesser Kudu.
Ruaha is the country’s biggest elephant sanctuary and also home to over 370 species of Birds. Picnic lunch in the park.
Day 6: Ruaha National Park (B,L,D)
There will still be plenty for you to see in this large, visually stunning park. Look for wild dogs, cheetah, leopard and super prides of up to 20 lions. Picnic lunch in the park.
Day 7: Ruaha National Park (B,L,D)
A final day to explore this beautiful National Park, with its hilly scenery full of rocky kopjes and ancient baobab trees. Keep an eye out for elephant, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog and leopard as you go, in addition to the myriad smaller creatures and amazing birds that make each safari unique.
* Walking safari in the morning, game drive in the evening or vice versa.
Day 8: Transfer to Udzungwa Mountains (B,L,D)
You will have breakfast before driving to Udzungwa Mountains National park. You will stop for lunch en-route; This evening you can rest at the Hondo Hondo Tent Lodge. This comfortable lodge is on the edge of the forest and numerous rare primates and birds may be seen from the dining area.
Day 9: Hike to Sanje Waterfall (B,L,D)
Breakfast then drive to Udzungwa Mountain National Park gate for the hike up to the top of the 180m Sanje Waterfalls. The trail is relatively short (max 2hrs) but is quite steep in places. On the way keep a look out for the endemic Iringa Red Colobus and Sanje Manjeby. Once at Sanje there will be time to explore the forest and waterfalls (endemic African Violets -St. Paulia – grow in the spray zones) whilst your cook prepares a special hot lunch. You can even go for a swim in one of the plunge pools before descending down to join your car and transfer back to Hondo Hondo.
Day 10: Transfer back to Dar, flight to Mafia or Zanzibar (B,L)
Depart after breakfast to Dar es Salaam with packed lunch en route. Drop off at the Dar Es Salaam Airportyou’re your Flight home or why not extend your stay……
OPTIONAL BEACH EXTENSION:-
Drop off at the Domestic Airport for your scheduled flight to Mafia Island
The unspoilt location of Butiama Beach lodge in Mafia island is set in a tropical palm grove on the beach has everything you need to unwind, let go, and be yourself. Watch the morning sun glint on the turquoise surface of the Indian Ocean from your bungalow as whalesharks come to rest and feed.
Sail to a pristine sandbank in a traditional dhow, snorkel and dive at some of the richest reefs in the world, or simply take a long walk along the beach and discover this idyllic haven for yourself.
Day 11 – 14: Beach relaxation (B)
Butiama Beach Lodge (Mafia ) Days at leisure – activities can be arranged with the hotel.
Day 15: Flight to Dar Es Salaam (B)
Transfer to airport for flight to Dar es Salaam. Day room at Slipway will be booked according to your flight times.
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Everyday was amazing and memorable. To be with the animals in the wild and peaceful game reserves was very special.
Mansoor was an excellent guide who spotted every movement and was so knowledgeable about the animals birds and the environment. We were well looked after and uhaya cooked under primitive conditions as well as having to cope with monkeys and elephants stealing food. Elephants broke into the kitchen at Ruaha at night. A reliable and safe 4WD vehicle was reassuring. Mansoor was a very good and patient driver.