Highlights of the Southern Circuit (10 days)

Our 10-day Highlights Southern Circuit safari includes 4 national parks of the Southern Circuit: Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Nyerere National Park (Formerly Selous Game Reserve) the biggest protected wildlife area in Africa. Tanzania’s Southern Circuit is still wild and unspoilt, the real Africa, with more lions than tourists. This trip contains the main highlights!

Highlights

Highlights

  • Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) , Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
  • Nyerere National Park, park with the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature
  • Boat trip on the Rufiji River with hippos, crocodiles, colorful water birds and with high chances to see the large animals coming for a drink or a plunge
  • Walking Safaris near Nyerere National Park, a total different experience
  • Mikumi National Park is also known as ‘little Serengeti’ and is known for its large herds of elephants
  • Ruaha National Park with the great Ruaha River, wildlife in one of the greatest panoramas of AfricaRuaha is many peoples favorite park.
  • The Udzungwa Mountains with the beautiful Sanje WaterfallUdzungwa 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

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Route

Route

Day 1
JK Nyerere International Airport Dar es Salaam City
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 Town
Day 7
Morogoro Nyerere National Park (Selous)
Day 8
Nyerere National Park
Day 9
Nyerere National Park
Day 10
Nyerere National Park - Dar es Salaam
Map Highlights of the Southern Circuit (10 days)
Day to day

Day to day program

Day 1

JK Nyerere International Airport Dar es Salaam City

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.

Included: airport transfer

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.

Included: game drives

Day 3

Mikumi National Park Ruaha National Park

Game drive in the morning and 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.

Included: game drives

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.

Included: game drives

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 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.

Included: hike to Sanje Falls

Day 7

Morogoro Nyerere National Park (Selous)

Today we drive to Nyerere National Park (formerly known as Selous Game Reserve). Boat trip in the afternoon on the Rufiji River, with chances of seeing crocodiles, hippos and many different bird species.

Included: boat trip

Day 8

Nyerere National Park

Early breakfast at the lodge and full day game drive in Nyerere afterwards. Picnic lunch on our way.

Nyerere National Park is the biggest national park of Tanzania and the best place to see African Wild Dogs, Lions, Elephants etc.

Included: game drives

Day 9

Nyerere National Park

After breakfast, we have a walking safari. Game drive along the Rufiji River in the afternoon.

It is also possible to make a boat trip in the afternoon (optional).

Included: walking safari, game drive

Day 10

Nyerere National Park - 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.

Included: airport transfer

Accommodations

Accommodations

Medium Budget
High Budget
Day 1
JK Nyerere International Airport Dar es Salaam City
Medium Budget: Imperial Hotel & Apartments (BB)
High Budget: Slipway Hotel (BB)
Day 2
Dar es Salaam Mikumi National Park
Medium Budget: Camp Bastian (FB)
High Budget: Vuma Hills (FB)
Day 3
Mikumi National Park Ruaha National Park
Medium Budget: Ruaha Hilltop Lodge (FB)
High Budget: Ruaha River Lodge (FB)
Day 4
Ruaha National Park
Medium Budget: Ruaha Hilltop 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 Town
Medium Budget: Morogoro Hotel (FB)
High Budget: Mbuyuni Farm (FB)
Day 7
Morogoro Nyerere National Park (Selous)
Medium Budget: Selous Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Rufiji River Camp (FB)
Day 8
Nyerere National Park
Medium Budget: Selous Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Rufiji River Camp (FB)
Day 9
Nyerere National Park
Medium Budget: Selous Tented Camp (FB)
High Budget: Rufiji River Camp (FB)
Day 10
Nyerere National Park - Dar es Salaam
Medium Budget: Flight (End of service)
High Budget: Flight (End of service)

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

Prices

Prices

Prices 2021

Price on request, please send an email to mail@kazingatours.com

Prices 2022

Price on request, please send an email to mail@kazingatours.com

Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Private 4x4 custom built safari van with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Entrance fees to the included National Parks
  • Activities mentioned as included
  • VAT

Excludes

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

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.

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.

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

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.