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TanzaniaRoad trip in the South

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During these 14 days you will explore the beautiful parks and game reserves of southern Tanzania. You start from Dar es Salaam to the Udzungwa Mountains and visit a waterfall. From here you proceed to Tanzania's largest national park Ruaha with its herds of elephants. On the way to Selous Game Reserve you have a stop over in the Mikumi National Park and complete the southern tour.
Trip highlights
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Mountain
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Relax
  • Sightseeing

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Day 1: Arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport - Dar es Salaam

Arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport. Issue your visa you’re your luggage and proceed to the exit. Your driver guide is already waiting for you and transfers you to the hotel.   

Slipway (Dar Es Salaam)

Day 2: Day of leisure

As most of the flights arrive very late in Dar es Salaam, enjoy this day of leisure either in the pool at Hotel Slipway or at the shops next door. If you would like to do a City Tour through Dar es Salaam, we will be happy to arrange it. 

Slipway (Dar Es Salaam)

Day 3: From Hustling and buzzling Dar es Salaam to Udzungwa National Park

Today you leave Dar es Salaam and proceed to Udzungwa National Park. At noon, stop in Morogoro for lunch before continuing to Udzungwa National Park. Once there, check into the Camp. Dinner and overnight at Udzungwa Forest Camp. 

Dar Es SalaamUdzungwa Mountains NP
Hondo Hondo Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp (Udzungwa Mountains NP)

Day 4: Walking in the Udzungwa Mountains - Sonjo Waterfalls

Udzungwa Mountains are still a very unknown national park in Tanzania. The mountains extend from Kenya to Tanzania and offer a unique biodiversity, especially in Udzungwa. Here you will find 2500 plant species (25% of which are endemic) and home to over 400 bird species. There are also six species of monkeys, two of which can only be found here. 
Walking to Sonjo Waterfall : Sonjo is one of the shorter trails in Udzungwa and is suitable for children and those who are not used to hiking. With very little ascent, it's a good opportunity to see some beautiful waterfalls without having to climb a steep ascent or a long walk. The waterfalls on the Sonjo Trail are smaller but very beautiful and there is the possibility to paddle and splash in the rock pools and enjoy every aspect of this remarkable rainforest.
Sonjo is a short path that is not steep, and in short, it only takes 35 minutes to reach the 3 falls, yet your path takes you through the pristine rainforest. 

Udzungwa Mountains NP

Day 5: From the Udzungwa Mountains to the largest national park in Tanzania - Ruaha

Today you leave Udzungwa Mountains and continue to Ruaha National Park. You cross the small typical villages and landscapes to the west. In the evening you arrive at the accommodation, check-in and enjoy your dinner. 

Udzungwa Mountains NP, Ruaha
Ruaha River Lodge (Ruaha)

Day 6: Visit the elephants in Tanzania’s largeste National Park

Ruaha National Park has become increasingly popular in recent years. Great animal sightings can make your game drives an unforgettable experience, especially in the dry season. The park is home to large herds of elephants, lions, buffalos, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs and, with a little luck, a pack of wild dogs will run into you. After an exciting day in the park, return to the camp and enjoy the African sounds of the night. 

Ruaha National Park
Ruaha River Lodge (Ruaha)

Day 7: Another day in Ruaha National Park

Today you have the opportunity to explore Ruaha again. Discover other corners of the park that you have not seen the day before and you will surely run into new park residents today.  

Ruaha National Park
Ruaha River Lodge (Ruaha)

Day 8: Goodbye Elephants, welcome to Mikumi National Park

Today you leave Ruaha National Park immediately after breakfast and continue to Mikumi National Park. The journey takes about 7 hours.

The Mikumi belongs to the Selous ecosystem and is home to the typical African Savannan inhabitants such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, wildebeests and lions, as well as leopards and hippos. 

Mikumi NP
Stanley's Kopje (Mikumi NP)

Day 9: Discover Mikumi National Park

Today, drive to Mikumi National Park.

Animal sightings are best, especially in the morning. If you want, you can start to Mikumi early today. Find the residents of the third largest park in the country. The landscape is characterized by wide grass savannas and some forest areas. After the full day game drive returns to the camp.

Mikumi NP
Stanley's Kopje (Mikumi NP)

Day 10: Let's go wilder - Selous is waiting for you

Today you leave Mikumi and drive to Selous Game Reserve. You take the route through the Uluguru Mountains and Morogoro directly into the Selous Game Reserve. The first game drives await you today on the way to the Selous River Camp.

Mikumi NPSelous Game Reserve
Selous River Camp (Selous)

Day 11: Selous Game Reserve - be wild!

Before breakfast, take a hike today to examine the traces of the smaller and larger animals that were in the area the night before. After breakfast, go on a morning game drive. You return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, explore the park from a different perspective, namely by boat. Dinner and overnight at the Selous River Camp. 

Selous Game Reserve
Selous River Camp (Selous)

Day 12: Full day Game drive in Selous Game Reserve

Full day game drive in the Selous Game Reserve.

In 1982 the Selous Game Reserve was declared a World Heritage Site. Today's game drive shows how important it is to protect ecosystems such as the Selous Game Reserve for our children too. It offers a genuine experience of nature. Large parts of the reserve are covered with forests. On the banks of the river, you will always discover wild animals that are looking for water to drink.

The Ruiji River - the centerpiece and at the same time the most important water source for the Game Reserve - mainly attracts elephants, buffaloes, zebras, impalas, wildebeests and many species of birds.

Enjoy today and return to your accommodation in the evening. 

Selous Game Reserve
Selous River Camp (Selous)

Day 13: Goodbye Wilderness

Today you leave the Selous Game Reserve and return to Dar es Salaam.  

Slipway (Dar Es Salaam)

Day 14: Departure - Welcome again!

Today your journey comes to an end. We are happy to transfer you to the airport or to the ferry station.

We are waving goodbye and wishing you safe onward travels. 

Dar Es SalaamUdzungwa Mountains NPRuahaRuaha National ParkMikumi NPSelous Game Reserve

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
All year round $5,840
  • Single Room Supplement:$1,600

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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
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  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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