9-Day Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari: The Best of Nyerere, Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa
Embark on an Epic 9-Day Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari
Prepare for an extraordinary journey that will immerse you in the breathtaking beauty and untamed wildlife of Tanzania’s Southern Circuit. This 9-day adventure promises an enchanting blend of natural wonders, cultural encounters, and thrilling safaris, all while exploring the hidden gems of this diverse region.
Your expedition will take you to a series of remarkable destinations, including the pristine Nyerere National Park, formerly known as the Selous Game Reserve, the captivating Mikumi National Park, the archaeological wonders of the Isimila Stone Age Museum, the wildlife-rich Ruaha National Park, and the lush Udzungwa National Park.
This 9-day adventure is a tapestry of unforgettable moments. Glide serenely on boat safaris, where hippos and crocodiles rule the waterways. Feel your heart race as you encounter Africa’s iconic wildlife, from majestic elephants to stealthy big cats, during thrilling game drives.
In Nyerere National Park, witness pristine landscapes, serene lakes, and the mighty Rufiji River, home to a myriad of aquatic and birdlife. Mikumi National Park welcomes you with vast savannahs and a chance to spot the elusive African wild dog.
At the Isimila Stone Age Museum, travel back in time as you explore ancient artifacts and marvel at the mysteries of human history.
Ruaha National Park’s diverse ecosystems provide a stunning backdrop for wildlife encounters. Here, you’ll find one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa.
Finally, Udzungwa National Park offers lush rainforests and the opportunity to hike to the stunning Sanje Waterfalls, where you can take a refreshing dip after your exploration.
Join us for a safari experience that will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper connection to the wild wonders of Tanzania’s Southern Circuit.
Book your 9-Day Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari now and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!
Day 1: Dar-es-Salaam to Nyerere National Park
Your adventure begins as your expert guide collects you from your Dar-es-Salaam hotel. A scenic drive transports you to Nyerere National Park, a pristine wilderness teeming with life. After check-in and a hearty lunch, set sail on a mesmerizing boat safari along the Ruaha River.
This serene journey unveils a world of wonders, where hippos bask in the golden glow of the setting sun, crocodiles silently glide through the waters, and an orchestra of birdlife fills the air. As twilight sets in, you’ll return to your lodge, nestled in the heart of this untamed paradise.
Day 2: Nyerere National Park – A Full Day of Safari Magic
After a hearty breakfast, an entire day of wildlife exploration in Nyerere National Park unfolds. This park, previously known as Selous, is a sanctuary for diverse wildlife. You’ll embark on a game drive, encountering a rich tapestry of animals and birds, all within their natural habitat. As evening descends, your lodge offers a haven of comfort for a satisfying dinner and well-earned relaxation.
Day 3: Nyerere to Mikumi National Park:
The day starts with a delicious breakfast before an enlightening Walking Safari that lasts 2 to 3 hours. Afterward, you’ll return to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch. In the afternoon, your journey continues as you head to Mikumi National Park, another gem in Tanzania’s wilderness.
Day 4: Mikumi National Park
Awake to the call of the wild, fueling up with breakfast for a full day of thrilling game drives in Mikumi National Park. The park’s landscapes are ever-changing, from sweeping savannahs to dense woodlands, providing a dynamic backdrop for your safari. A leisurely lunch in the midst of the park’s enchanting beauty is a highlight of the day, and after your game drive, the lodge awaits for a peaceful evening.
Day 5: Journey to Ruaha National Park via Isimila Stone Age Museum
Your day begins with a satisfying breakfast, followed by a visit to the intriguing Isimila Stone Age museum. En route to Ruaha National Park, your journey takes you through Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes. Arriving in Ruaha, you’ll settle in for an overnight stay, surrounded by the anticipation of exciting wildlife encounters.
Day 6: Ruaha National Park’s Untamed Wilderness
Rise and shine for a day brimming with adventure in Ruaha National Park. Breakfast fuels your exploration of this pristine wilderness. A full day of game drives unveils the park’s hidden treasures, from imposing elephants to elusive big cats. A picnic lunch amidst this natural wonder enhances your safari experience, and as the sun dips below the horizon, your lodge offers a tranquil retreat.
Day 7: Ruaha National Park’s Unique Experiences
A delightful breakfast precedes a 3-4 hour guided walking safari, a unique opportunity to connect with nature on an intimate level. After this enlightening experience, another game drive introduces you to the park’s diverse wildlife. Evenings in Ruaha bring hot dinners and relaxation under the starry African sky.
Day 8: Ruaha to Udzungwa National Park
With breakfast as your starting point, your journey takes you to Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Renowned for its lush forests and unique biodiversity, this park promises an adventure that will take you deep into the heart of the Udzungwa Mountains.
Day 9: Udzungwa National Park to Dar es Salaam
The final day commences with breakfast and a 2-3 hour hike to the majestic Sanje Waterfalls, a remarkable natural wonder. As the hike concludes, you’ll journey back to Dar es Salaam, where your adventure concludes with a drop-off at your hotel or preferred destination, leaving you with cherished memories of your 9-day exploration of Tanzania’s wilderness and natural wonders.
Accommodations: Enjoy comfortable lodge stays and tented camps throughout the safari.
Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided, ensuring you stay energized and well-fed during your adventure.
Transportation: All necessary transfers and game drives are included in comfortable vehicles, led by experienced drivers and guides.
Park Fees: Entrance fees to all the national parks and reserves listed in the itinerary are covered.
Activities: Engage in thrilling game drives, boat safaris, walking safaris, and cultural visits as outlined in the itinerary.
Expert Guides: Benefit from knowledgeable local guides who will enhance your safari experience with their insights into the wildlife and culture of the region.
International Flights: Your international airfare to and from Tanzania is not included.
Visa Fees: Travelers are responsible for obtaining their Tanzanian visas if required.
Travel Insurance: We recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unexpected events.
Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature, such as souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, and additional activities not included in the itinerary, are at your own cost.
Gratuities: Tipping for guides, drivers, and camp staff is not included but is customary in Tanzania.
Optional Excursions: Any optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary are not covered.
A1: Tanzania’s Southern Circuit is a lesser-explored region known for its pristine wilderness and diverse ecosystems. It includes national parks like Nyerere (formerly Selous Game Reserve), Mikumi, Ruaha, and Udzungwa, offering unique safari experiences away from the crowds.
A2: The Southern Circuit is renowned for its abundant wildlife. You can spot the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros), as well as giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, various antelope species, and a rich birdlife.
A3: The best time depends on your preferences. June to October offers dry weather and excellent wildlife viewing. November to May is the green season, perfect for birdwatching, fewer crowds, and lower rates.
A4: This safari explores the less-visited Southern Circuit, allowing you to experience pristine wilderness, cultural encounters, and a variety of activities, from boat safaris to walking safaris. It offers a deeper connection to Tanzania’s hidden gems.
A5: Yes, you’ll have opportunities to interact with local communities and learn about their cultures and traditions, adding a rich cultural dimension to your safari.
A6: Accommodations range from comfortable lodges to cozy tented camps, ensuring a mix of comfort and authentic safari experiences. You’ll have a chance to stay closer to nature.
A7: Yes, families are welcome! The itinerary can be adjusted to accommodate family-friendly activities and accommodations. It’s a fantastic educational experience for kids.
A8: This safari includes game drives and optional walking safaris. While it’s not overly strenuous, a moderate level of fitness is recommended, especially for walking safaris.
A9: Group sizes can vary, but smaller groups allow for a more personalized experience. You can inquire about group sizes when booking.
A10: To book the 9-Day Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari, kindly contact us via email to request a personalized quote. We’ll assist you with the booking process, provide detailed information, and answer any additional questions you may have.
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4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof for game viewing, a maximum of 6-7 Pax.
Lodges or Tented Camps inside and outside the National Parks
The ideal time for your 9-Day Tanzania Southern Circuit Safari, covering destinations like Nyerere National Park, Mikumi National Park, Isimila Stone Age Museum, Ruaha National Park, and Udzungwa National Park, depends on your priorities.
For prime wildlife viewing and favorable weather, opt for June to October. If you prefer quieter and budget-friendly travel with lush landscapes, consider November to May. Each season offers a unique charm.
This is the most popular time for safaris in Tanzania. The weather is generally dry and pleasant, with cooler temperatures. Wildlife viewing is excellent during this period, as animals gather around water sources, and the vegetation is less dense. However, it’s also the busiest tourist season, so accommodations may be in high demand.
The “Green Season” is characterized by occasional rainfall, which transforms the landscape into lush greenery. Birdwatching is exceptional during this time, as migratory birds arrive. Fewer tourists mean a quieter and more intimate safari experience, and accommodations may offer lower rates. However, some roads may be impassable due to heavy rains, and wildlife can be more dispersed.
January and February: If you’re interested in witnessing the wildebeest calving season in Nyerere National Park, consider visiting in January and February. This is a unique and awe-inspiring natural event.
June to August: These months are fantastic for game viewing in Ruaha National Park, as animals gather around the dwindling water sources.
March and April: These months are part of the rainy season, so the landscape is beautifully lush, but there can be heavy rains.