Southern Tanzania Parks
Southern Tanzania Parks are very accessible to Zanzibar & Dar es Salaam with daily flights taking just over 1 hour from Zanzibar and 40 minutes from Dar es Salaam. 3 or 4 night safaris based in 1 lodge is the usual duration as one does not have “down-time” moving between parks or lodges. This gives all day, every day, for excursions and game viewing.
The most accessible is the Selous Game Reserve, relatively untouched by visitors and is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa. There are very few camps in this vast Reserve and most are located in the banks of the Rufiji River where game come to drink throughout the year.
The lodges are small with en-suite tents which have a verandah Some of our favoured camps are Lake Manze Tented Camp, Selous Impala Camp and Rufiji River Camp. An advantage of visiting the Selous is that visitors have a choice of drive safari, river safari or a guided walk. There is also the possibility of “fly camping”, spending the night away from the lodge with a tent and a guide/cook who prepares your dinner and breakfast camp style.
The Ruaha National Park is farther afield. This is the destination for serious safari seekers with vast open landscapes, relatively few humans but a wide variety of animals. As with the Selous, visitors tend to stay at one of the few camps/lodge striking out each day to different parts according where the best game viewing is on that day. The Great Ruaha River is the central artery where animals are drawn for their water. Some camps we use are Mdonya Old Fiver Camp, Kwihala Camp and Ruaha River Lodge.
Mikumi National Park is 300 kilometers from Dar es Salaam and accessible by road. It is the 3rd largest national park in Tanzania and is predominantly woodland, grassland and swamp areas with and surrounded by two mountain ranges. There is a wide range of animals and over 300 species of birds have been observed in the Park.
Prices for 3 day safari and about 8 days on Zanzibar start at £1,540.00 per person. International flights quoted and booked separately.