Southern Circuit

This part of Tanzania is a “safari less traveled”, however, its parks—such as Selous, Mikumi & Ruaha, have much to offer & impress our visitors. For one, it is also quieter compared to the Northern Circuit, which grants some clients the tranquility that they desire on a safari trip. It also exudes a “wilder”, “more rustic” atmosphere, as the area is unspoilt and indescribably beautiful. Due to its remote location, we can also arrange Fly-In Safaris from Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

 

Selous Game Reserve

At 50,000 sq. km, Selous is the largest Game Reserve in Africa and contains more than 2/3 of all of the country’s elephants, rare & endangered wild dog, and largest surviving population of hippopotamus & crocodiles in the entire Africa, commonly seen along the Rufiji River. During dry season, one may also see the elephant migration taking place between the Selous & Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserves—and according to the last consensus, an estimated 64,000 elephants were migrating, with 84% in Tanzania. Adventurous boat excursions & walking safaris can be arranged.

When to visit:

  • June to December (Dry season): Game viewing along the rivers for elephants & predator animals
  • January-April (Rain season): Birdwatching & lush, green scenery

*Lodges are usually closed from March to May

 

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha, the second largest National Park I Tanzania, is the home to 450 bird species, such as crested barbet, yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling. It is also an exciting, action-packed place to visit during the dry season, when impala, weaterbuck & antelopes come to the Great Ruaha River for water, and where predator animals such as lions, cheetah and leopards are waiting to prey for food. Walking/hiking safaris in the bush can be arranged.

When to visit:

  • Mid-May to December (Dry season): To see predator animals
  • January-April (Rain season): To see lush green scenery & birdwatching

 

Mikumi National Park

Often compared to the Serengeti plains, Mikumi boasts of open grassland, with acacia woodland and baobab, and it is the fourth largest National Park in Tanzania. The grasslands of Mikumi is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and impala, and one can also find small groups of warthog, waterbuck, vervet monkey * yellow baboon—and commonly at night, lions and spotted hyena. Mikumi is accessible from Dar es Salaam via Morogoro (approx.. 4 hours drive), and also connects from Selous or Ruaha. Chartered plans from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, or Selous can also be arranged.

Udzungwa Mountain Park

Also known as the Eastern Arc Mountains, Udzungwa, is one of Tanzania’s most beloved & important terrestrial biodiversity hotspot, as they consist of a chain of a dozen large, enchanting forest-swathed mountains, with a rich variety of endemic plants & animals. This is an excellent spot to visit for hikers, with different trails to choose from, such as the half-day walk to Sanje Waterfall (at 550 feet), or a shorter 3-4 hours Sonjo Trail and the more intensive 3 days/2nights Mwanihana Trail, a 38km circuit to Mwanihana Peak at 2,150m, with chances to encounter large mammals such as elephants and buffalo and a variety of birds! (And you thought Mt. Kilimanjaro was the only mountain worth visiting