Best of the Southern Circuit (14 days)
Our 14-day Southern Circuit safari includes all the national parks of the Southern Circuit: Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Saadani National Park.
This specific African safari has been designed for visitors who want to see all the national parks of Tanzania's Southern Circuit.
Still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists!
This trip is also ideal for photographers who like to see a lot of wildlife and stunning panoramas.
- Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi, Ruaha and Saadani National Park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
- Selous Game Reserve, the largest protected wildlife area in Africa. Selous is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature
- Boat trip on the Rufiji River in Selous, including hippos, crocodiles, colorful water birds and with high chances to see the large animals coming for a drink or a plunge
- Walking Safaris in Selous Game Reserve are a total different experience
- Mikumi National Park is also known as ‘little Serengeti’ and is know for its large herds of elephants
- Ruaha National Park with the great Ruaha River, wildlife in one of the greatest panoramas of Africa. Ruaha is many peoples favorite park.
- The Udzungwa Mountains with the beautiful Sanje Waterfall. Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers with an excellent network of forest trails
- Saadani National Park, the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa on the shores of the Indian Ocean, where the beach meets the bush
- Make a boat trip on the Wami River, with high chances of seeing Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants and many bird species
- Meet the local people on the way and see their local way of life
Day to day program
JK Nyerere Airport - Dar es Salaam
Arrive at Dar es Salaam International Airport. Meet and greet by your guide and transfer to the city of Dar es Salaam for an overnight.
Dar es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve
Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve. Boat trip in the afternoon on the Rufiji River, with chances of seeing crocodiles, hippos and many different bird species.
Selous Game Reserve
Early breakfast at the lodge and full day game drive in Selous afterwards. Picnic lunch on our way.
Selous is the biggest game reserve of Tanzania and the best place to see African Wild Dogs.
Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, we have a walking safari. Game drive along the Rufiji River afterwards.
It is also possible to make a boat trip in the afternoon (optional).
Selous Game Reserve (East) - Selous Game Reserve (West)
Game drive in the morning and on our way as we drive to the western part of Selous. Enjoy the beginning of the mountains in this totally different part of Selous.
Selous Game Reserve - Mikumi National Park
After breakfast, we drive to Mikumi National Park.
Mikumi is known for its large herds of elephants and is also known as the 'little Serengeti'. Mikumi is also a good place to see lions and huge Baobab trees.
Mikumi National Park - Ruaha National Park
Game drive in the morning in Mikumi National Park. Transfer to Ruaha National Park afterwards. We drive through the mountains and make a stop at a small village to see the rural way of local life beneath a huge Baobab tree.
Ruaha National Park
Early morning breakfast at the lodge. Full day game drive in Ruaha National Park afterwards. Picnic lunch on our way.
Ruaha has a magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, eland, African wild dog, cheetah and large prides of lion.
Ruaha National Park
Early morning breakfast at the lodge. Another full day game drive in this beautiful national park. Picnic lunch on our way.
It is also possible to do a walking safari or visit the local people (both activities optional).
Ruaha National Park - Udzungwa National Park
Today we drive to the Udzungwa Mountains. Ideal for walking safaris.
The Udzungwa Mountains are famous for its biological unique and very beautiful forest that harbours plant and wildlife species found nowhere else in the world. This park has about six species of primates (2 endemic).
Udzungwa National Park - Morogoro Town
After breakfast we start hiking in the Udzungwa Mountains. We walk up to Sanje Falls. It is possible to swim at the base of the waterfall. With a little luck we will see some of the (endemic) monkey species and some other endemic animals. We take lunch in the hotel. Transfer to Morogoro afterwards.
Morogoro Town - Saadani National Park
Transfer from Morogoro to Saadani National Park. Relax at the lodge along the beach, go for a swim in the Indian Ocean or make a canoe trip through the mangroves if time allows (optional).
Saadani National Park
After breakfast have a game drive in the morning as we drive to the Wami river for a boat trip in the afternoon. It is also possible to relax at the beach.
Saadani is the only Tanzanian National Park bordering the Indian Ocean, where wildlife watching can be done from the beach.
Legend: BB = Bed and Breakfast / FB = Full Board
Prices on request
- Airport transfers
- Accommodations with meals mentioned
- Bottled drinking water
- 4x4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
- Entrance fees to the included National Parks
- The following activities: bird watching, game drives, boat trips mentioned, walking safari in Selous, hiking in the Udzungwa Mountains
- Visa for Tanzania
- All optional activities
- Meals not mentioned and beverages
- Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.
Group Tours – Guaranteed Departures
Medium budget, with a minimum of 2 persons
03-06-2017 – 16-06-2017
08-07-2017 – 21-07-2017
05-08-2017 – 18-08-2017
16-09-2017 – 29-09-2017
14-10-2017 – 27-10-2017
29-12-2017 – 05-01-2018
A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!
Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):
- Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
For Malaria you need to take tablets, Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).
Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.
On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.
Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country. Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. The price for a single entry visa is USD 50 per person.
It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you.
Note: This information is subject to change! Always consult the Tanzanian embassy in your country if you are not sure.
In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.
Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.
We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.
AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).
Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.
The national language of Tanzania is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.
Tanzania is a tropical country, with high temperatures along the coast and at lower altitudes (especially in the Southern Part). The Northern part is at higher altitudes (except for Lake Natron and Tarangire).
Areas around the Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Arusha are generally cooler.
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at higher altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too.
Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly.
Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket. During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies). For hiking and walking safaris Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.
If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders.
A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.
To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.
Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.
A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful
We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Tanzania is the British system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.
Driving in Tanzania is on the left-hand side.
Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4x4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.
Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.
Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be more basic when traveling on a medium to low budget. In the eco lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.
Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.
The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Tanzania. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt ‘East African Wildlife’. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.