Southern Adventure 15 Days
SOUTHERN CIRCUIT – SOUTHERN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS
Day 1 Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) to Hotel in Dar es Salaam :
Arrive at Dar es Salaam International Airport, where an Adventure Makers Representative will welcome you and will escort you to your beachfront hotel in the bustling town of Dar. Despite its name, which means, “abode of peace” in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest and busiest city. It is the country’s most important business and commercial hub, and is situated right on the Indian Ocean. Bed and breakfast Sea Cliff Hotel | Slipway Hotel
Day 2 Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve :
Today, we fly from Dar es Salaam for Selous Game Reserve. At the airstrip, an Adventure Makers representative, will welcome you to Selous and escort you to your lodge. Due to the long journey, you will feel tired and thus we recommend a much needed rest for the day. Tomorrow, the real safari of Selous begins. A hot lunch will be ready for you upon arrival at the lodge. The day is left for you at your leisure, dinner will be served as per your convenience. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Serena Selous Luxury Camp | Selous River Camp
Day 3 At Selous Game Reserve :
Leave for an exciting Full Day Game Drive in the park. The concentrations of wildlife in the Selous are understandably huge. It boasts Tanzania’s largest population of Elephant – currently about 10,000 animals – as well as some of Africa’s largest numbers of Buffaloes, Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and Wild Dogs. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Serena Selous Luxury Camp | Selous River Camp
Day 4 At Selous Game Reserve :
We quickly finish with our morning breakfast and leave for Walking Safari – the exciting sightings in the park awaits us. Giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, warthog and impala are plentiful and you are very rarely out of sight of an animal. The walks are mostly situated in a very elephant rich area and walking safely in the proximity of these massive mammals is a feeling unrivalled by any other. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. After which, we leave for an afternoon boating safari. Experience the safari in traditional ways, where you watch the wildlife come to the banks of the river to quench their thirst. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Serena Selous Luxury Camp | Selous River Camp
Day 5 At Selous Game Reserve :
Today, we leave for a Full Day Game Drive after our nice and healthy breakfast at the lodge. The concentration of animals along the river is astonishing. Linked to the Rufiji is Lake Tagalala where Waterbuck, Reedbuck and Bushbuck gather at the water’s edge. Magnificent Sickle-Horned Sable and Curly-Horned Greater Kudu tend to keep to the longer grass and wooded shrubby areas. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Serena Selous Luxury Camp | Selous River Camp
Day 6 Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park :
This relatively small (3230 sq. km) National Park lies 300 km west of Dar es Salaam and is the closest park to the capital. It is nestled between the Uruguru Mountains to the East and the Rift Valley escarpments to the Southwest. Even though this is a small park, there is a border with the Selous Game Reserve, allowing movement of game and therefore Mikumi benefits from the highest game density of the entire conservation area, while still being easily accessible. Relax in the evening as you enter the lodge, your real safari begins tomorrow. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Mikumi Wildlife Camp | Stanleys Kopje
Day 7 At Mikumi National Park :
Today we will have ample time for ourselves to have a good Full Day Game Drive at Mikumi National Park. Although less spectacular than some of the more illustrious Tanzanian National Parks, Mikumi still offers a good safari experience with typical flora and fauna of East Africa. There is a rich variety of bird species as well as large numbers of Giraffes, Buffaloes and Elephants and close to the waterholes you can spot the Lions, Leopards and Hippos. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Mikumi Wildlife Camp | Stanleys Kopje
Day 8 Mikumi National Park to Ruaha National Park :
Just after our nice and healthy breakfast, we set off for Ruaha with our Safari Driver Guide, who will inform you about the basic information you require to know about the park and its contents. As we have to cover a long journey, we leave our lodge in Udzungwa early in the morning. But before we leave, we will enjoy an early morning trek. In 2008 the Usangu Game reserve merged its borders with Ruaha transforming it into Tanzania’s largest national park covering over 15,000 sq. km. This new park itself is at the heart of a much larger ecosystem covering over 40,000 sq. km. Rest, relax and rejuviante for the remaining of the evening at the lodge. Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner Ruaha River Camp | Tandala Tented Camp
Day 9 At Ruaha National Park :
Wake up in the morning to the sounds of the surroundings in the massive national park in the south. The highlights of a trip to Ruaha is watching the elephant herds (the greatest concentration in Africa) gathered around the mighty Ruaha River; the lifeblood of the park. It is a good place for seeing Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Painted Dog (African Wild Dog). Grants Gazelle, Ostrich and Cheetah may be seen on the plains as well. Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner Ruaha River Camp | Tandala Tented Camp
Day 10 At Ruaha National Park :
Today, we leave for a Morning Game Drive after our nice and healthy breakfast at the lodge. The park is one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571 species and some of them are known to be migrants from within and outside Africa. In the afternoon, we leave for a visit to the nearby Masaai Village after our lunch at the lodge. According to our past experiences, guests who do a visit to these villages, always find it as an interesting and enriching experience for them. Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner Ruaha River Camp | Tandala TentedCamp
Day 11 Ruaha National Park to Udzungwa Mountains National Park :
With a total area of 2,000 km² – Udzungwa Mountains National Park contains the greatest altitudinal range of forests in East Africa – the eastern escarpment is the only place in East Africa with unbroken forest cover from lowland forest communities at below 250 m above sea level, through intermediate types, to mountain communities at over 2,800 m. Because of such a wide range in altitude and habitat types, Udzungwa National Park has one of the highest numbers of species endemism worldwide. Take rest in the evening as you arrive the lodge, after the long days journey. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Udzungwa Falls Lodge
Day 12 At Udzungwa Mountains National Park :
Six species of primate are found here and two are endemic, the Iringa (Uhehe) Red Colobus monkey, and the Sanje Crested Mangabey, which was discovered in 1979. There is also a rich small bovid community including good numbers of Red, Blue and Abbots Duikers, and Bushbuck. Udzungwa also has the richest forest bird habitat in Tanzania. Several endemics have just been discovered recently (including a new species of Francolin and the Rufus-winged Sun Bird). Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Udzungwa Falls Lodge
Day 13 Udzungwa Mountains National Park to Saadani National Park :
As we have to cover a long journey, we leave our hotel in Udzungwa early in the morning with picnic lunch boxes. Saadani National Park was only gazette in 2003 and is the only park in Tanzania with ocean frontage. The park itself is unique to the rest of east Africa combining a variety of ecosystems including bush, beach and river. Some of the animals do come down to the beach and you can occasionally see some in the surf. Enjoy the breeze of the beach sooth you through the evening at your lodge. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Saadani Safari Lodge | Tent with a View
Day 14 At Saadani National Park :
We leave for Canoeing Safari, along the Wami River, at the river estuary the saltpans are filled with Flamingos and the river is a birder’s paradise. The Wami River is billed as one of the highlights of any visit to Saadani. Frequently seen game includes healthy populations of Giraffe, Buffalo, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Zebra, Liechtenstein’s Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Warthog, Baboon and a Plethora of bird life. Some of our guests who visit Saadani find it a special and unique place and is a good alternative to end a safari here rather than on a typical beach holiday. Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner Saadani Safari Lodge | Tent with a View
Day 15 Saadani National Park to Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) :
Today, we return to Dar es Salaam. Enjoy your morning breakfast enjoying the animal activity at the beach and relive your memories, as you spend the last few hours at a place where the bush meets the beach. After breakfast, your safari driver guide will drive you back to Dar es Salaam. Bed and breakfast
Package Includes :
- Flights from Dar es Salaam to Selous and Selous to Dar es Salaam
- Transfers in 4×4 safari vehicles with a Professional English speaking driver guide.
- Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in safari lodges on Full Board, (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- All sightseeing and game viewing as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Park fees
- Walking and boating safari
- Hiking in Udzungwa
- Visit to Maasai village
- Thrilling shared game drives in open safari vehicles
Package Excludes :
- Flights and Insurance.
- Drinks and laundry at the lodges.
- Gratuities for the driver guide.
- Visa (Applicable on arrival at airport) $100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals.