Southern Tanzania Luxury Safari
Discover unparalleled wildlife viewing experience on a southern Tanzania luxury safari package as we accommodate you in luxurious lodges. The epic landscapes, stunning wildlife and exquisite accommodation makeup for the perfect safari in Africa. You will be visiting Selous, Mikumi & Ruaha game parks for a span of seven days; this tour package begins and ends in Dar es Salaam.
We have selected the best accommodation for your stay combined with comfort, elegance, high-end amenities and ambiance topped with serene locations right in the heart of the wilderness.
Cuisine ranges from a la carte menu, five course meals or buffet. As you unwind you can enjoy assorted wines, hard drinks, local and international beer brands. We also cater for special diets [Vegetarian/Vegan meals] on request.
Transport and game drives are facilitated by 4×4 safari vehicles that are customized for the ultimate safariing experience. The jeeps are accessorized with pop up roofs ideal for game viewing, hifi radio communication gadgets and comfortable seats.
While on your southern Tanzania luxury safari you will enjoy the services of our experienced driver guides who have enormous knowledge on wildlife as well as different sceneries you will be visiting.
The thrill of touring various wildlife gems is an adventure that should be on every tourist’s bucket list. Our classic luxury tour gives you the opportunity to experience first hand the diversity in terms of culture as you socialize with the locals as well as epic game viewing encounters in these premium parks.
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Seven Days Selous / Mikumi / Ruaha Lodge Safari. [Itinerary]
Day One: Dar es Salaam – Selous
A representative from Kenya epic safaris will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will hand you over to your assigned driver guide to facilitate your southern Tanzania luxury safari. You will be driven to Selous national park by your driver guide who will keep you entertained and informed on different sceneries as you journey to your destination arriving in time for a hot delicious lunch.
You will be ushered to your respective rooms by the lodge concierge. Enjoy your afternoon utilizing the lodge facilities; spas, saunas, the pool or take a walk on the well manicured lawns as you socialize; later head out for a boat safari along the might Rufiji river. You will see plenty of hippos, crocodiles and bird life is prolific. Dinner and overnight Rufiji River Camp.
Day Two: Selous
Rise and shine to the intoxicating African sun rise. After a mouth watering breakfast embark on a morning game drive. Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary, with an area of 54,600 sq. km.
It has large number of big game such as elephant, buffalo, rhino; other wildlife to en counter includes wildebeest, eland, zebra, impala, hippo, leopard and lion. There are about 350 species of bird life. Lunch at the camp and later on proceed on with the evening game drive as the sun sets giving you a perfect setting to take amazing photos and selfies. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day Three: Selous – Mikumi
After breakfast, head out for a morning walking safari. This allows an intimate cohesion of the African bush and wildlife, which is unforgettable, and brings you closest to pristine nature.
Depart and travel to Mikumi national park by your driver guide who will keep you entertained and informed on different sceneries as you journey to your destination arriving in time for a hot delicious lunch. Relax at the tented camp enjoying your afternoon before the evening game drive.
Mikumi National Park lies South of Tanzania and offers visitors an amazing natural experience, a unique and special part of the Tanzania safari; with far fewer visitors than the north and a heavy concentration of game can be found in the park. Dinner and overnight Vuma hills tented camp.
Day Four: Mikumi
Rise and shine to the intoxicating African sun rise. After a mouth watering breakfast embark on a morning game drive. Mikumi National Park is part of the larger Selous Ecosystem together with the Selous Game Reserve and harbors remarkable numbers of bird’s species and animals. Among the animals that can be spotted at Mikumi includes giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, impalas, warthogs, zebras, wildebeests, elands and many other antelopes.
Lunch at the camp followed by the evenin game drive. Apart from game drives in the park you can also go for a guided walking safari guided by an armed ranger enjoying the African sun set. Dinner and overnight Vuma hills tented camp.
Day Five: Mikumi – Ruaha
Early morning game drive as the sun rises, return to the lodge for breakfast and transfer to the air strip. Fly to Ruaha National Park. On arrival you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to the Lodge or camp game drive en route. You will be ushered to your respective rooms by the lodge concierge. Enjoy your afternoon utilizing the lodge facilities and later proceed with the evening game drive.
Ruaha National Park benefits from the dispersal and migration of other wildlife from its ecosystem coming down from the northern game reserves of Kizigo and Rungwa, giving the park a huge boost in the concentration of wildlife.
There are large numbers of buffalos, Elephants, Kudus, Zebra, Giraffes, Lions, Impala’s and Elands Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Day Six: Ruaha
Rise and shine to the intoxicating African sun rise; enjoy a mouth watering breakfast followed by morning and evening game drive. On any given day, Ruaha National Park has the potential to show case a good number of bio-diversities in just one-third of the park size.
From our experience within the Msembe and Jongomeru area you might see the Silver Back Jackal, Elephants that walked into the camp, Hippos that foraged around the camp at night, African hunting dogs that trotted past our vehicle, a pride of 18 lions that were hunting, and the superb Lesser and Greater Kudus seen at every southern section of the park.
The vegetation of park also boasts Palm, Fig, Tamarind and Baobab trees that are not commonly seen in other parks. There are over 1600 plant species and over 370 bird species confirmed in the Park. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge or Jongomero Camp.
Day Seven: Ruaha – Dar es Salaam
Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sunrise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives.
Return to the lodge around mid morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards depart and transfer to the airstrip. Fly back to Dar es Salaam and tranfer to your hotel where the best southern Tanzania luxury safari ends.
End of services.
- Transport in a customized safari jeep with a pop up roof ideal for game viewing .
- Regional return flights.
- Airport transfers.
- All park entrance fees.
- Accommodation on a full board basis subject to availability.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary.
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Know Your Parks & Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve has an area of more than 50,000 sq km making it the world’s largest conserved area excluding polar regions. Selous is three times bigger than the Serengeti National Park. The reserve is a World Heritage Site and covers almost 6% of Tanzania’s land.
The Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a gamedrive in that area.
The Selous Game Reserve is home to a high diversity of both large mammal and bird species. The Selous Game Reserve has over 60,000 elephants and 40,000 hippos. The world’s largest population of African Hunting Dogs exists in the reserve. Of Tanzania’s 1,113 different species of bird, 430 have been positively identified within the Selous Game Reserve.
The photographic tourism section of the Selous is very atmospheric, displaying the grandeur of this incredible African wilderness. The Rufiji River meanders its way through the Miombo woodland and Acacia-Terminalia savanna, connected by streams to five attractive lakes, which teem with hippo, crocodile and waterfowl.
A game drive along the network of rough roads is reliably rewarding, especially during the dry season around the lakes. Whether you are camping in the bush or staying at a lodge it is very easy to arrange a walking safari, where you will have a ranger with you at all times.
A boat safari on either the lakes or the Rufiji River is a fantastic opportunity to see the wildlife and thousands birds from a different perspective. When you leave the busier Mtemere region in the east other vehicles are a rare sight and you are just as likely to pass a ranger patrol vehicle as a safari car full of visitors.
Due to its sheer size and the remoteness of the Selous Game Reserve, a minimum of three nights is recommended although one or two nights is also possible. All inclusive fly-in safaris, with game viewing activities operated by the lodges are a popular choice.
Should you really want the true Wild Things experience, choose several nights bush camping. The TAZARA Railway (Dar es Salaam to New Kipiri Mposhi in Zambia) passes through the Selous Game Reserve several times a week and is also a great mode of transport.
The Mikumi National Park is a national park in Mikumi, near Morogoro, Tanzania. The park was established in 1964, currently covers an area of 3230 km² and is the fourth largest in the country. The A-7 highway bypases the park. The Mikumi 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 landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. 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.
The fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. According to local guides at Mikumi, chances of seeing a lion who climbs a tree trunk is larger than in Manyara (famous for being one of the few places where the lions exhibit this behavior).
The park contains a subspecies of giraffe, that biologists consider the link between the Masai giraffe and the Somali giraffe. Other animals in the park are elephants, zebras, gnu, impales, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes. At about 5 km from the north of the park, there are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. More than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park.
Ruaha National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 22,000 km². It is located in the middle of Tanzania about 130 km from Iringa. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas.The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park can be reached by car via Iringa and there is an airstrip at Msembe, park headquarters. The park was gazetted in the year 1951.
Ruaha is the second largest in Tanzania, it is one of the most remote, uncrowded parks in East Africa. Ruaha is famous for its large population of Elephants. Presently about 10.000 are roaming the park. Ruaha National Park is also a true birdwatchers paradise: 436 species have been identified of an estimated total of 475. Among the resident birds are different species of Hornbills, Kingfishers and Sunbirds.
Also many migrants visit Ruaha, e.g. the White Stork Other special animals in Ruaha are: the African Wild Dog and Sable Antelope. Rhinoceros were last been sighted in 1982 and are probably extinct in the park due to poaching. The best times to visit for predators and large mammals is the dry season (May-December) and for birds and flowers, the wet season (January-April).
Most of the game viewing roads are in the relatively small area of the Park around the HQ. This area is diverse, encompassing the Great Ruaha River, which offers the most reliable game-spotting, especially during the dry months, when the waters almost disappear. The river is home to numerous hippo, crocodile and a multitude of waterfowl.
- Do not Litter the park/reserve.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the parks/reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, honk or play loud music as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals; it’s dangerous.