ST-TOUR No 20 - 9 Days

Best time to travel: July - March
Our 9- day lodge safari will show you the well-known conservation areas in the south of Tanzania. You will explore national parks like Mikumi, Udzungwa, Ruaha and the Selous Game Reserve with a safari vehicle, on foot and by boat. Besides the safari activities, there will be ample of time to meet the local people and get an impression of the African culture.
Due to the long driving distances in the southern part of Tanzania, the safari is organized as a combination between drive and fly- in safari. This gives you the opportunity to explore the whole south of Tanzania while the travelling time stays moderate.

Day 1 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
In the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Dar es Salaam or at the airport. As soon as your luggage is loaded onto the safari vehicle, the safari starts. After approximately 5 hours driving on a good tar road, you will reach Stanley  Kopjes Tented Camp in Mikumi National Park. This nicely located and well managed lodge will be your home for the first night. A hot lunch waits for you at your arrival and after lunch, you will use the rest of the afternoon for a game drive in the national park. Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
Mikumi National Park is the 3rd biggest park in Tanzania with an area of 3.230 km². Most areas of the park are open for photo safaris, especially the seemingly endless Mkata Plains in the northwest of the park which gives you the feeling to be in the Serengeti. Mikumi is well-known for its big buffalo herds and the large elephant population with approximately 2000 animals. There are good chances to get the following animals in front of your lenses: zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, impalas, waterbucks, reedbucks, hyenas, baboons, lions and many more. After a full day in the bush, you will return to Stanley  Kopjes Tented Camp in the evening. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania – Udzungwa National Park, Tanzania
After an early breakfast, you will drive approximately 1 ½ hours to the Udzungwa Mountains. At the park entrance, you will meet your local guide who takes you for a several hours hike through the rainforest. The magnificent lush green mountain landscape is the home of several of endemic plants and animals like the Udzungwa red colobus or the sanje mangabey – one of the most endangered primates in Africa. A highlight of the walk is the 300 meter high Sanje waterfall. In the evening, you will drive back to Stanley  Kopjes Tented Camp Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Ruaha Valley, Tanzania
After breakfast, you will leave the Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp and drive southwards towards Iringa. On the way, you pass the scenic valley of the Great Ruaha River where some majestic Baobab trees are growing. The destination of today is the Kisolanza Farm
40km away from Iringa. On the farm, the owner-family Ghaui grows vegetables, flowers and tobacco for more than 50 years. After your arrival in the afternoon, you have time to explore the farm and the surrounding area. Taste the fresh farm products during dinner and overnight at the rustic cottages of the farm. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Ruaha Valley, Tanzania – Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Today, you drive towards Ruaha National Park. If you wish, your guide can stop at the local market in Iringa, the biggest city of the province with the same name. After a drive through some small local villages, you will reach Tandala Lodge  - your home away from home for the next 2 nights. In the afternoon, you will go on a game drive into Ruaha National Park. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Ruaha National Park (10.300km²) is the most visited national park in the southern part of Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the South of Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you still have ample space and you will see hardly any other safari vehicles. Ruaha National Park forms a border between Africa’s eastern and southern eco- system. Here you will find kudus, which you will find seldom further north and during the same time you can see grant gazelles which reach their southernmost breeding area. The source of life in the park is doubtless the Great Ruaha River with its huge numbers of crocodiles and hippos.

The drier Ruaha National Park gets, the more the animals of the park are concentrating around this lifeline. During the dry season, you can see elephants (approx. 10.000 elephants are living in the park), buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, Sable- and Roan- antelopes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, mongooses and lots of other wild animals. After a busy safari day, you will return to Tandala Lodge  in the evening. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
In the morning, you will go with your local guide on a walking safari in the concession area around Tandala Lodge. After lunch, you say goodbye to your safari guide and you will fly to Selous Game Reserve. After you landed at the small airstrip, you will be picked up by a driver from Rufiji River Camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve is the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa and forms together with the bordering Mikumi and Udzungwa national parks an area which is as big as Switzerland! The northern part of Selous Game Reserve is open for photo safaris there you can find Miombo- trees, open grassland and savannah plains. The mighty Rufiji River is unique and meanders through the game reserve. During the dry season, the river attracts elephants, buffalos, giraffes, lions, wild dogs, wildebeests, zebras and different species of gazelles and antelopes. From your luxurious camp, you will explore this unspoiled wilderness from a safari vehicle and by boat on the Rufiji River. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
After breakfast, there will be time for another game drive before you will be dropped off at the airfield from where you take your flight to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
Breakfast; Lunch
If you would like to spend a couple of relaxing days at the beaches on the south coast of Dar es Salaam or on Zanzibar, this can be easily arranged.
Please contact the  Kyalampala Adventures  .

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