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Southern Circuit by Road

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3500 US Dollar (USD)

Ruaha national park, in southern Tanzania, has an area of 20,380 sq km. It is the largest park in Africa. Established in 1910 as part of the saba Game Reserve, Ruaha was later declared a National park in 1964. This big chunk of land gets its name from the Great Ruaha river which flows along the entire eastern border of the park for about 160 km.

It is from Ruaha river that most of Tanzania gets its electricity. The power is generated at kidatu on the river. The capital city of Dodoma gets its power from the same river, further upstream, at mtera.

The park is part of Ruaha ecosystem which also includes the Rungwa- kizingo Game Reserve to the north – west. The ecosystem, which covers an area of about 45,000sq km, protects a large part of the water catchment for the great ruaha and mzombe rivers.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Dar Es Salaam-Iringa. Today you travel by road from Dar-es-Salaam to the Old Farmhouse in Iringa. The farmhouse is a working farm offering superb accommodation. (8-9- hrs drive). Overnight at Old Farmhouse Lunchbox and dinner included.

Day 2: Iringa-Ruaha. Today you travel to Tandala Tented Camp on the boundary of Ruaha National Park. Ruaha National Park has recently been combined with the Usanga Game Reserve making the largest National Park in Africa covering over 15,000 sq km. This new park itself is at the heart of a much larger ecosystem covering over 40,000 sq km. The lodge offers good standard tented accommodation. The biggest attraction at Tandala is without a doubt the abundance of elephants that come and go regularly attracted by the water holes. Overnight at Tandala Tented Camp. All meals included. The lodge offers good standard tented accommodation. The biggest attraction at Tandala is without a doubt the abundance of elephants that come and go regularly attracted by the water holes.

Days 3 - 4: Ruaha National Park. Two full day game drives at Ruaha National Park with picnic lunch. Ruaha, with an area of 10,300sq.km. Is the second largest park, and second largest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. The great Ruaha River that flows along its entire eastern border, creating spectacular gorges and scenery, features a large number of hippos and crocodiles. The wide variety of animals include Greater and Lesser Kudu, roan and sable antelope. Bird life is rich, with over 370 species recorded. 2 x overnight at Tandala Tented Camp. All meals included.

Days 5 - 6: Mikumi National Park. After breakfast departure to Mikumi National Park nestled between the Uruguru Mountains to the East and the Rift Valley Escarpments to the Southwest. As it is close to the Selous ecosystem and therefore part of it, it benefits from the highest game density of the entire conservation area. The Mikumi National Park obtains a good impression of the African animal world and is suitable very well for a short visit.

There is a rich variety bird species as well as large numbers of giraffes, buffaloes and elephants and close to the water holes also lions, leopards and hippos. Furthermore you can see zebras, lions, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impala, warthog, eland and other antelopes. Several observation towers enable you to overview the park in its entirety. Mikumi National Park is mostly miombo woodland with gently rolling hills. Activities are game drives and a walking safari 2x overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Camp (or Foxes Safari Camp). All meals included.

Although less spectacular than some of the more illustrious Tanzanian National Parks, Mikumi still offers a good safari experience with 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 lions, leopards and hippos. Furthermore you can see zebras, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impala, warthog, eland and other antelope. Several observation towers enable you to view the park in its entirety.

Day 7: Mikumi-Dar es Salaam. Depending on your schedule you go on a ast early morning game drive. After breakfast you return to Dar es Salaam by road (some 8-9 hours drive). Your guide will take you to Dar es Salaam Airport for your flight to Zanzibar or Arusha or back home. Breakfast and lunchbox included.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Note: We do not have a limited number of people travelling.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Domestic return flights Zanzibar/Dar - Selous/Ruaha
- Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land - - Rover with photographic roof hatch, sharing Safaris
- Boat Safari in the Selous
- Services of a professional safari guide
- All wildlife reserve entry fees, conservation fee
- All accommodations as per itinerary.

Price Excludes:
- International airfare and flights
- All items of a personal nature
- Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
- Airport departure tax
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges.

Note: Contact this supplier for prices. Approximate values set.

About This Supplier
Location: Tanzania
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2011

Founded by Mark Ole Nasira, M20989 is a small exclusive company founded in the principal of providing a true experience of the life, culture and natural beauty of Tanzania. We will design and tailor a safari around you - your desire, interest and needs to create a memorable safari. Your fantastic safari will explore...

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