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While most tourists think of doing Tanzanian Safaris think of Serengeti, Ngorongoro and in general Northern circuit of Tanzania because its popular and also much advertised. But Southern circuit of Tanzania has much to offer and can be also cheaper compare to Northern circuit of Tanzania which is way expensive and lots of tourists. In this circuit you have a chance to visit the biggest national park in Tanzania and second in Africa or you can do Selous game reserve which is the biggest game reserve in Africa. There is also Mikumi national park which can be visited all year also this is the closet national park from Dar es salaam (7hrs drive) and has enough to see. If you like hiking then combine Mikumi National Park and Udzungwa mountain national park and this can be the best Tanzania safari with affordable budget. The good this is you can also combine all southern circuit safari for only 8 days or you can do a safari to Selous game reserve for 3 days or Mikumi national park 2 days. We tend to recommend that you consider between 2 and 5 nights in each park as a good number. 



Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the largest National Park in Tanzania. The name Ruaha comes from the Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern border. The Great Ruaha River is the source of life for most of the wildlife found in the park. The river provides permanent water in the park, and during the dry season the river attracts great quantities of wild animals including lions, leopard, impala, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, elandsand the rare and endangered African wild dog.

Ruaha National Park was established in 1964 and is very famous for its herds of elephant and buffaloes. Ruaha National Park is known as one of Tanzania’s best-kept secret safari spots, promising unhurried, uncrowded game viewing. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem, which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas.Ruahais one of the best places in Tanzania to see predators in action,is also famous for its rich diversity of antelope, grant’s gazelle, miombo-associated sable, roan antelope, and the rare greater kudu are commonly observed, as are an impressive 450 bird species.

Size;It covers20200 km2of land.

Location; It is located in the middle of Tanzania about 130 kilometers from Iringa

Best time to visit Ruaha National Park

The best time for game viewing is during the dry season, from May to December, as water becomes scarce toward the end of the dry season, game gather around available water sources, offering unbeatable game-viewing opportunities.

Ruaha Safari -Activities to do in Ruaha National Park

Ø  Camping

Ø  Bird watching

Ø  Game drives

Ø  Guided Walking safaris

Ø  Wildlife photography


    The Uniqueness of Ruaha National Park

Ø  Home to 10% of the world’s lion.

Ø  One of the best kept secrets in the safari world.

Ø  Ruaha also supports the third largest population of endangered African wild dogs.

Ø  Tanzanian red-billed hornbill are only found here.

Ø  The park is the transitional point of two vegetation zones: The Zambezian (characterized by miombo vegetation) and Sudanian (characterized by acacia vegetation).


There a couple of lodges and camps to stay, including; -

o   Jongomero Camp (luxurious accommodation tucked away in the far south of the park)

  • Ikuka Camp
  • Mwagusi Safari Camp (is the oldest lodge in the park)
  • Kwihala Camp
  • Kigelia Camp
  • Mdonya Old River Camp (is a great option for the adventurous with less of a budget)
  • Ruaha River Lodge (is by far the largest of camps in Ruaha in a superb location)

How to get there

The park is accessible by roadand air

By car: Ruaha is 625 km from Dar es Salaam city (10hours’ drive), and 130 km from Iringa town

By air: There are both chartered and Daily scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Zanzibar fly into the park’s two airstrips located at Msembe and Jongomero



Mikumi  National Park

About Mikumi National Park

Mikumi is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park. It is the most accessible from Dar es Salaam only 7 hours drive from Dar es salaam. Mikumi is rich in wildlife including buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, lion, elephant, impala, hippos, baboon, giraffe, warthog, waterbuck and eland which can be viewed throughout the year. Reptiles including crocodile, monitor lizard and python are also resident in the park. Other animals that can be sighted although rare are the Sable Antelope resident in the southern part of the park bordering the Selous, the Greater Kudu, leopard, and the wild dog known as the African Hunting Dog. More than 400 different bird species have been recorded, including European migrants during the rainy season.

If you are lucky, you may also see the lion and leopard. Another attraction in the park is the hippo pools, where you can watch hippos wallowing and snorting at close range. The park is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Two other natural areas bordering the national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains.

The park has a wide variety of wildlife that can be easy spotted and also well acclimatized to game viewing. the amount of wildlife that live within its borders makes Mikumi National Park a popular option for weekend visitors from the city, or for business visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary.

The Mikumi National Park was established in 1964 as a National Park. The park is bordered to the south with the Selous Game Reserve, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Two other natural areas bordering the national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains.

The word “Mikumi” comes from Swahili word “Mikoma” meaning dominant vegetation covered the plain.

Size;Mikumi National Park coversan area of3,230 sq km, and is the fourth-largest national park in Tanzania.

Location;It is located  inMorogoro region in the southern –central part of Tanzania. 283 km, west of Dar es Salaam, north of Selous, and en route to Ruaha, Udzungwa and  Katavi.




Landscape of mikumi NP

The park has large open plains of grassland which is often compared to that of the Serengeti National Park. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. The area north-west is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata. The vegetation of this area consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm. In this area, at the furthest from the road, there are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru. The southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not very accessible.

Best Time to Visit Mikumi National Park

Wildlife viewing in Mikumi is fine throughout the year, but the recommended best time is Dry season which starts from late June to November. At this time vegetation is thinner, and animals gather around predictable water sources such as the Mkata river, the hippo pool and other waterholes.

Best Things to Do in Mikumi National Park

Ø  Game drive

Ø  Bird watching

Ø  Bush breakfast

Ø  Walking safaris

Ø  Camping

Ø  Photography

Ø  While visiting Mikumi National Park, you could also visit other parks in the southern circuit such as Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Udzungwa and Uluguru Mountains

Uniqueness of mikumi national park

Ø  Mikumi National Park shares its boundary with Selous Game Reserve.

Ø  Animals migrate between the Mikumi National Park and the Selous Game Reserve

Ø  Over 400 bird species resident in this national park

Ø  Chances of seeing a lion who climbs a tree trunk is larger than in Lake Manyara National Park (which is famous for being one of the few places where the lions exhibit this behavior).

Ø  Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate.


How to get to mikumi national park

By road

  From Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Driving  takes about 7 hours.

By Air

Charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, zanzibar or Selous Game reserve.



About Selous Game Reserve

Selous is the Africa’s largest game reserve, a wilderness area bigger than Denmark or Switzerland, uninhabited and little touched by human impact. The Reserve covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total land area and is three times larger than the Serengeti National Park.It was named after Captain Frederick Selous, a 19th century soldier, famous big game hunter, and explorer who died there while fighting against the Germans during WW1.

Selous game reserve supports enormous numbers of wild animals such as 200,00 buffalo, 30,000 elephants (more than half the country’s population), and 80,000 wildebeest, as well as one of the healthiest populations of the endangered African Wild Dog (This species is disappearing throughout Africa but thriving in Selous). Other relatively widespread mammals include yellow baboon, leopard, hippopotamus, black rhinoceros, spotted hyena, cheetah, giraffe, lions and crocodile.The Reserve’s unique ecosystem was recognized internationally and the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1982.A visit to Selous offers unforgettable game viewing in most completely isolated surroundings.



Selous is dominated by the Rufiji river which sprawls out into a myriad of lakes and deltas which fill an empty with the rainfall. Three quarters of the Reserve is woodland of various types, short grassy plains and seasonally flooded pans.

Size; The Selous Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square kilometers. Its size is stunningly bigger than Switzerland or Denmark.

Location;Selous is located in southern Tanzania, bordered by Mikumi National Park to the northwest and by Udzungwa Mountains National Park. (about 250km South west of Dar es Salaam)

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Selous is from June to October. It is Dry season and wildlife is easier to spot since animals gather at water sources and vegetation is thinner.

Activities to do

Ø  Safaris drive

Ø  Game viewing in Rufiji river(boating safaris)

Ø  Walking safari

Ø  Fly camping trips

Ø  Bird watching

Selous Safari Lodges and camps(Accommodation)

There are a couple of lodges and camps in Selous,including BehobehoSafari camp (is the oldest camp in the northern Selous),Sand Rivers camp, Selous Serena Camp, Lake Manze Camp,Selous Riverside Safari Camp, Mivumo river lodge, Selous Kinga lodge, Selous Impala Camp, Kiba point selous,Selous River Camp, and Siwandu Camp.

How to get in Selous Game reserve

Getting to the Selous is easy, it is served by light aircraft flights from Dar es salaam, Zanzibar and Ruaha National Park daily, a flight takes about 45 minutes from Dar and about 60 minutes from Zanzibar.



About Udzungwa Mountains National Park

The Udzungwa Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, a chain of ancient mountains which run from the Taita Hills in Kenya through the Pare and Usambara ranges to theUluguru Mountains to Udzungwa, and were formed some 200 million years ago.The name Udzungwa comes from the Hehe word "Wadzungwa" which means the people who live on the sides of the mountains.

Udzungwa Mountain National Park supports diverse wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, African wild dog,bush pig bushbucks,honey badgersand eland. The park is also home to 6 species of primate, two are endemic which are the Iringa red colobus monkey and the Sanje crested mangabey monkey. Primates that are found in other parts of Tanzania that are also found within the park are black and white colobus, yellow baboon, blue monkey and vervet monkey.The park is treasured for the high level of biodiversity of birds and animals. The incredible diversity of tropical flora and fauna species has earned the park recognition as an Ecoregion of Global Critical Importance by World Wildlife Fund, as well as a World Biodiversity Hotspot. Udzungwa Mountains National Park was established in 1992.


The landscape is primarily mountain ranges interspersed with rainforest and arid savannah. Udzungwa is made for hiking and climbing on trails through the rainforests and along the escarpments.

Size; Covers 1,990 square kilometers

Location; The park is centered on 30 41’ E and 70 48’ S in the Iringa and Morogoro regions of Southern Tanzania, 350 Kms from Dar es Salaam; 65 Kms Southwest of Mikumi.

Best time to visit Udzungwa

It is possible to visit the park at any time of year but it can be slippery during the rains. The recommended time to visit Udzungwa National park is from June to October.

Activities to do

Ø  Hiking and mountain trekking

Ø  Bird watching and forest walks

Ø  Swimming in Sanje waterfall

Ø  Mountain Biking

Udzungwa Safari Lodges and camps

Accommodation for visitors within the park is only possible on a camping basis as there are no lodges within the park borders.

Ø  Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp

Ø  Hondo Hondo Camp 

How to get in Udzungwa Mountains National Park


Drive from Dar es salaam (9  hours driving) or Mikumi National Park (65 kms)


We can organise your unforgettable southern Tanzania safari from day trip to multiple days, for more info of the itineraries contact us today 



Do you have an extra day before or after a safari in Tanzania? Or do you simply have a day in Morogoro to fill while waiting for a transfer in or out of town? A hike in the Ulurgu Mountains to Choma Waterfall or all the way to Lupanga Peak is a great way to spend the day!



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