Safari Southern Circuit (7 days)

Our 7-day Southern Circuit safari includes 3 national parks of the Southern Circuit: Mikumi National ParkRuaha National Park and Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Tanzania's Southern Circuit is still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists.

Highlights

Highlights

  • Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Mikumi and Ruaha National Park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
  • 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
  • Meet the local people on the way and see their local way of life
Photos

Photos

Route

Route

Day 1
JK Nyerere Airport - Dar es Salaam
Day 2
Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park
Day 3
Mikumi National Park - Ruaha National Park
Day 4
Ruaha National Park
Day 5
Ruaha National Park - Udzungwa National Park
Day 6
Udzungwa National Park - Morogoro
Day 7
Morogoro - Dar es Salaam
Map Safari Southern Circuit (7 days)
Day to day program

Day to day program

Day 1

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.

Day 2

Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park

Transfer Mikumi National park. Game drive in Mikumi in the afternoon if time allows.

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.

Day 3

Mikumi National Park - Ruaha National Park

Transfer to Ruaha National Park. 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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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. Udzungwa has about six species of primates (2 endemic).

Day 6

Udzungwa National Park - Morogoro

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.

Day 7

Morogoro - Dar es Salaam

Transfer to Dar es Salaam. Optional shopping or city tour through Dar es Salaam (if time allows). Transfer to the airport for your flight home or to Zanzibar.

Accommodations

Accommodations

Medium Budget
High Budget
Day 1
JK Nyerere Airport - Dar es Salaam
Medium Budget: Sleep Inn Hotel (BB)
High Budget: Southern Sun (BB)
Day 2
Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park
Medium Budget: Angalia Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Stanley African Foxes Camp (FB) or Vuma Hills (FB)
Day 3
Mikumi National Park - Ruaha National Park
Medium Budget: Ruaha Sunset Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Ruaha River Lodge (FB)
Day 4
Ruaha National Park
Medium Budget: Ruaha Sunset Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Ruaha River Lodge (FB)
Day 5
Ruaha National Park - Udzungwa National Park
Medium Budget: Udzungwa Falls Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Udzungwa Falls Lodge (FB)
Day 6
Udzungwa National Park - Morogoro
Medium Budget: Nashera Hotel (FB) or Morogoro Hotel (FB)
High Budget: Mbuyuni Farm (FB)
Day 7
Morogoro - Dar es Salaam
Medium Budget: Flight (End of Service)
High Budget: Flight (End of Service)

Legend: BB = Bed and Breakfast / FB = Full Board

Prices

Prices 2017

Prices on request

 

Includes

  • 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 and game drives mentioned, hiking in the Udzungwa Mountains

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.
Travel info
Health Tanzania

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)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

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 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 Tanzania

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.

Money

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.

Currency Tanzania

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.

AMREF Flying Doctors


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.

Language in Tanzania

The national language of Tanzania is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.

Climate Tanzania

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.

What to wear Tanzania

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.

What to bring

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

Electricity Tanzania

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 Tanzania

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.

All our guides are well trained in "Defensive Driving".

Stopover Points

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.

Facilities and accommodations

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

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.

Further information Tanzania

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.