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Southern Circuit Tour: Selous, Udzungwa And Mikumi National Parks

Southern Circuit Tour: Selous, Udzungwa And Mikumi National Parks Packages
Country: Tanzania
City: Kilimanjaro
Duration: 9 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Trekking Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

Day 1:Dar es Salaam International Airport- Dar Es Salaam

Arrive at Dar Es Salaam International Airport, where our representative will welcome you and will escort you to your 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.

Accommodation: Night at New Africa Hotel Dar Es Salaam with breakfast

Included: Private transport in the vehicle according to group size, car, mini-van, mini-bus, bus, Accommodation, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Dar Es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve

After breakfast you will leave Dar Es Salaam, heading to Selous Game Reserve to start your African safari experience. At 55,000 sq km, Selous is almost twice the size of Belgium and four times larger than the famous Serengeti to the north, covering 5% of Tanzania’s land area. The Selous ecosystem as a whole is made up of a few conservation areas, covering in total over 90,000 sq km of pristine wilderness devoid of human influence.

Enjoy a ride through the suburban areas and onto the Southern circuit of Tanzania. You will arrive for some hot lunch at the camp before going out for some afternoon game drive. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the reserve, fed by the mighty Rufiji River. This is the largest river in East Africa and the reserve is home to over 1,000,000 large animals and over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Return to Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Night at Selous River Camp

Included: 4x4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Excursion/visit, Accommodation, Full board (B-L-D)

Day 3: Selous Game Reserve

Today, we leave for a Full Day Game Drive after our nice and healthy breakfast at the lodge. The Selous (pronounced "Seloo") is considered important enough to be World Heritage Site, in which the lucky few can experience a safari in an absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. The park varies from rolling grassy woodlands and plains to rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River.

Selous contains about one-third of all the wild dogs (often called painted dogs), in the world. Their need to roam vast areas and their formidable hunting skills have caused many to be shot by farmers, but here in Selous, they have boundless woodlands and savannahs in which to roam. We will return to our lodge in the afternoon to be welcomed with a warm lunch.

Just after lunch, we again continue with our Game Drive for the day. During the dry season from June to October, 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. After a well-spent day in the bush and an exciting day of a game, we return to our lodge for the day's rest. Hot dinner will be prepared and served at your convenience.

Accommodation: Night at Selous River Camp

Included: 4x4 open-top, private with the english-private guide, Excursion/visit, Day safari, Accommodation, Full board (B-L-D)

Day 4: Selous Game Reserve

Accompanied by highly trained and professional guides, walking safaris offer guests the rare chance to get up-close and personal with the `little five`, as well as learn about the relationship between flora and fauna and the medicinal values of the plants that thrive in the reserve.

A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, walking safaris follow the tracks, sights, smells, and sounds of animals big and small into the wild of Africa. The walks are normally run for 3 to 4 hours. This area is habitat to one of the very last remaining populations of wild dogs in the whole world. There are over 300 bird species in the area making it a perfect paradise for wildlife fans.

The population of buffaloes is estimated to be over 110,000 here, and taking a morning walk around the camp area may reward you with sights of over one hundred buffaloes moving in herds as they move toward River Rufiji to drink water. Although it is supposed that buffaloes are violent, fierce, and harsh to humans, this is quite a misconception unless the animals are wounded or hassled.

In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari where you will explore the different channels and lakes of the Rufiji River System, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles. The boat safaris are conducted in sturdy metal boats with a powerful outboard motor on the back and a covered canopy. Each boat safari is guided by a boatman who has grown up on the river and knows all the little nooks and crannies for the boat to sneak through.

They are also well aware of hippo and crocodile behavior having spent so many years safely guiding people between them. The boat safaris provide some of the best water birding in Africa as well as getting up close and personal to hippos and crocs which swarm through the river system, be they wallowing in the water or basking on the banks.

A large variety of herons, storks, ducks, stilts, and other water birds may be seen as well as land mammals, such as giraffes and elephants.

Accommodation: Night at Selous River Camp

Included: 4x4 open-top, private with an english-private guide, Excursion/visit, Accommodation, Full board (B-L-D)

Day 5: Selous Game Reserve- Mikumi National Park

We will first have our healthy breakfast at the lodge and then set off for Mikumi National Park with our Safari Driver Guide, who will inform you about the basic information you require to know about the park and its contents. 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 the game and therefore Mikumi benefits from the highest game density of the entire conservation area, while still being easily accessible. Mikumi National Park is composed primarily of the Mkata River flood plain; this is surrounded by gently rolling hills covered in Miombo woodland.

We will stop on our way to Mikumi at a local restaurant for lunch. The local food is a big attraction for a lot of guests who come for Safaris with us. The spices, the preparation of the food, flavor, and aroma – are some of the things, which attract our guests towards the local lunch sessions. We are sure you will love it too! Post lunch, we continue with our journey to Mikumi National Park.

Accommodation: Night at TAN SWISS Hotel

Included: 4x4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Excursion/visit, Accommodation, Full board (B-L-D)

Day 6: Mikumi National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, then set off for Mikumi National Park with our Safari Driver Guide who will be informing you about the National Park more today and help you explore the area. The Mkata flood plain is the main feature in the Mikumi National Park. The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti with its open horizon and abundant game.

The surrounding mountains bring compelling natural beauty to its landscape with superb light making it a great place for captivating wildlife photography. The plain is dominated by ridges and separated by narrow depressions of black cotton soil. The northern portion of the plain remains swampy all year round providing a favored mud ground for buffalo and a number of bird species such as ground hornbills.

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 the 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.

Furthermore, you can see Zebras, Wild Dogs, Pythons, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Impalas, Warthogs, Elands, and other antelopes. Several observation towers in the Park, enable you to view the park in its entirety. We return to the lodge in Mikumi when the sun goes down and call it a day.

Accommodation: Night at TAN SWISS Hotel

Day 7: Udzungwa Mountains National Park- Mikumi National Park

After a healthy breakfast at the lodge, we leave for the nearby waterfall in the National park. Udzungwa National Park is a paradise for hikers and backpackers alike. Numerous breathtaking day hikes can be organized along with multiple day excursions into the dense rain forest or onto the high plateau.

Our beautiful trek is up to the Sanje River Waterfall, which plunges for 170 meters through the forest to the valley below. The view from the top is magnificent! Udzungwa National Park supports a diverse, large mammal community including Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, Eland, Waterbuck, and Sable Antelope.

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, 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). After a wonderful time in the Mountains, we shall head back to the lodge for our lunch – after which we continue with our journey with afternoon game drives in our 4 x 4 Safari Vehicle.

Accommodation: Night at TAN SWISS Hotel

Day 8: The Udzungwa Mountains National Park- Dar Es Salaam

After breakfast, you will leave the camp and begin the drive back to Dar. Enjoy the ride arriving in Dar for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Night at New Africa Hotel Dar Es Salaam with breakfast

Included: 4x4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Excursion/visit, Accommodation, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9: Dar Es Salaam- Dar es Salaam International Airport

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight.

Included: Private transport in the vehicle according to group size, car, mini-van, mini-bus, bus

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