10-Day Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari: Discover Nyerere, Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa
Explore Best of Tanzania’s Southern Circuit
Discover the magic of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit, a region brimming with diverse landscapes and wildlife wonders. This immersive 10-day Tanzania northern circuit safari takes you on a journey through some of the country’s most captivating national parks.
Nyerere National Park – Untouched Wilderness
Begin your adventure in Nyerere National Park formerly known as Selous Game Reserve. This immense wilderness area boasts vast grassy plains, dense woodlands, and the winding Rufiji River. It’s a haven for hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife.
Mikumi National Park – Mini Serengeti
Next, venture into Mikumi National Park, often referred to as the “mini Serengeti” for its abundant wildlife. Here, you’ll encounter giraffes gracefully strolling across the savannah, zebras playfully darting about, and elephants making their majestic presence known.
Ruaha National Park – Rugged Beauty
Journey on to Ruaha National Park, known for its rugged landscapes and diverse wildlife. The park is home to Africa’s iconic species, including lions, leopards, and elephants. Picnic amidst the park’s breathtaking scenery.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park – Rainforest Retreat
Experience the enchanting Udzungwa Mountains National Park, sometimes dubbed the “Galapagos of Africa.” Dense rainforests, dramatic waterfalls, and unique flora and fauna await you. Hike along trails leading to hidden wonders.
A Harmonious Conclusion
Conclude your journey with a visit to the serene Sanje Waterfalls, a tranquil oasis amid the Tanzanian wilderness. Then, we’ll return you to Dar es Salaam, leaving you with cherished memories of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit.
Unlock Tanzania’s Treasures
This safari offers an opportunity to unlock the treasures of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. From pristine wilderness areas to remarkable wildlife encounters, this journey is a gateway to the heart of East Africa.
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Day 1: Dar-es-Salaam to Nyerere National Park
Your 10-day Tanzanian adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel in Dar-es-Salaam. The journey to the magnificent Nyerere National Park, formerly known as Selous Game Reserve, offers scenic views. Upon arrival, you’ll check in and have lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a boat safari on the Rufiji River, a unique opportunity to witness crocodiles, hippos, and other wildlife. As the sun sets, you’ll return to your lodge for a tranquil overnight stay.
Day 2: Nyerere National Park
After breakfast, a full-day game drive in Nyerere National Park awaits. This park boasts a rich diversity of wildlife, and during your safari, you may encounter elephants, lions, and a plethora of bird species. As the day comes to a close, you’ll return to your lodge for a hearty dinner and relaxation.
Day 3: Nyerere National Park
Another full day of adventure in Nyerere National Park awaits. With its pristine landscapes and abundant wildlife, this park promises thrilling encounters. You’ll explore different areas of the park, deepening your connection with its unique ecosystems.
Day 4: Nyerere to Mikumi National Park
Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a morning walking safari that lasts 2 to 3 hours, allowing you to discover the smaller wonders of Nyerere National Park. Afterward, you’ll return to your lodge for lunch and then journey to Mikumi National Park.
Day 5: Mikumi National Park
Begin the day with breakfast, followed by a full-day game drive in Mikumi National Park. This park is often referred to as the “mini Serengeti” due to its diverse wildlife and landscapes. Keep your camera ready to capture the incredible sightings. After a full day of exploration, return to your lodge for relaxation and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Mikumi to Ruaha National Park via Isimila Museum
Enjoy breakfast before heading to the Isimila Stone Age Museum, where you’ll explore artifacts dating back thousands of years, providing insights into the region’s history. After the visit, you’ll continue your journey to Ruaha National Park for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Ruaha National Park
Kick off your day with a hearty breakfast and embark on a full-day game drive in Ruaha National Park. This park is known for its rugged beauty and diverse wildlife, including large predator populations. A picnic lunch amidst the park’s natural wonders adds to the adventure.
Day 8: Ruaha National Park
Start your day with breakfast, followed by a 3-4 hour guided walking safari. This unique experience allows you to closely interact with nature, from tracking animal prints to discovering medicinal plants. In the afternoon, another thrilling game drive awaits, offering chances to witness more of Ruaha’s wildlife. As the day ends, return to your lodge for dinner and relaxation.
Day 9: Ruaha to Udzungwa National Park
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, known as the “Galapagos of Africa” for its unique biodiversity and rainforest ecosystems. This transfer sets the stage for the next phase of your adventure.
Day 10: Udzungwa National Park to Dar es Salaam
Your final day starts with breakfast, followed by a 2-3 hour hike to the stunning Sanje Waterfalls. This hike offers awe-inspiring views and the chance to spot rare orchids and primates. After the hike, you’ll transfer back to Dar es Salaam, where your safari concludes. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel or preferred destination in the city.
A: You will stay in comfortable lodges and tented camps, offering a mix of modern amenities and an authentic safari experience. We prioritize your comfort and proximity to wildlife.
A2: Yes, our safari is family-friendly. We provide family accommodations and can tailor activities to suit all ages, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone.
A: The best time to go depends on your preferences. The dry season from June to October offers optimal wildlife viewing. The green season from November to May is quieter and more affordable but may have some rain.
A: Yes, most travelers to Tanzania require a visa. Ensure you have the necessary visas before your trip. Check with the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your country for specific requirements.
A5: We highly recommend travel insurance that covers trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and luggage loss. It provides peace of mind and financial protection during your journey.
A: You’ll encounter a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino), giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. Our expert guides will enhance your wildlife viewing experience.
A7: While some walking safaris and activities are optional, a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Please inform us of any mobility concerns, and we’ll tailor the itinerary to your needs.
A8: Lightweight, breathable clothing in earthy tones is ideal for safaris. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Layers are useful for cooler mornings and evenings.
A9: Booking is easy. Contact us via email or our website to request a quote and check availability. Our team will assist you in planning your dream safari adventure.
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This is considered the best time for wildlife viewing as animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. You’ll have a higher chance of seeing the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros)
Expect dry and cooler weather with sunny days, making it comfortable for safari activities.
The clear skies and lush landscapes are perfect for photography.
This is when the parks are at their most beautiful, with lush greenery and blooming flowers. The landscape is vibrant and picturesque.
Migratory birds are present during this time, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Fewer Crowds: This is the low season, so you’ll encounter fewer tourists, and accommodation prices may be lower.
If you’re interested in seeing baby animals, this is the time when many species give birth.
If you want the classic dry season experience with optimal wildlife viewing, choose June to October. If you prefer a quieter, more affordable trip and don’t mind the possibility of rain, consider the green season from November to May. Each season offers its unique charm and experiences, so the choice ultimately depends on your preferences.