Prestige Southern Adventure – 9 Days, 8 Nights

Umbwe Route
6 Days Umbwe Route
July 5, 2019
Selous Game Reserve
Southern Treasures – 5 Days, 4 Nights
July 5, 2019

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

In the morning your guide will meet you at your hotel in Dar es Salaam and as soon as your luggage has been loaded into the vehicle you will set off. After approximately 5 hours’ driving on good tarmac roads, you will reach the Mikumi National Park. You will experience your first game drive on your way to Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp. The camp is built on a rocky hill overlooking the plains and will be your home for the first night. After checking in at the camp, you will go on a late afternoon game drive in the park. The grassy plains are dotted with clumps of acacias and baobabs. Here you can see elephants, zebras, kudus, black antelopes, baboons, wildebeest and buffalo. Mikumi is also one of the best places to see the largest antelope on earth, the eland.

Day 2: Mikumi National Park

The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Mikumi National Park. The park is intersected by the Tanzam highway, dividing the park in two sections. The northwest is flat with grassy plains while the south is more bushy and undulating. Today you might see kudus, sable antelopes and some of the 400 bird species of the park. After a full day in the bush, you will return to Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp in the evening where you can relax at the bar while overlooking the plains below.

Day 3: Mikumi National Park to Udzungwa Mountains

Today you will go hiking in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, one of 34 “World Biodiversity Hotspots.” Following an early breakfast, you will meet your guide at the national park entrance gate. The park can only be explored on foot and from the gate you will set off on a hike through the rainforest. The lush green mountains are home to 30m high trees, reptiles, 400 bird species, butterflies and other animals. Twelve species of primate, such as the Udzungwa red colobus and the Sanje mangabey–one of the most endangered primates in Africa–live here. A highlight of the walk is the 150-meter high Sanje waterfall where you can swim. In the evening, you will return to Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp.

Day 4: Mikumi to Ruaha

After breakfast you will depart from Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp and drive southwest towards Iringa. On the way, you will pass the scenic valley of the Great Ruaha River where majestic baobab trees grow. At Kisolanza Farm, your overnight stop 40 km south of Iringa, the Ghaui family has grown vegetables, flowers and tobacco for more than 50 years. After your arrival in the afternoon, you will have time to explore the farm and the surrounding area. You will enjoy the fresh farm produce at dinner and sleep overnight in the rustic cottages on the farm.

Day 5: Ruaha National Park

You will start the day early for the drive to Ruaha National Park. Then we continue through small villages before arriving at the Tandala Tented Camp–your overnight stay for the next two nights. After checking in, you will go on a game drive in Ruaha National Park. The park is famous for its rugged beauty, kudus, over 570 bird species and its elephants–about 10,000. You might also see buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rare wild dogs, sable antelopes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs and the huge roan antelope. You will return to the Tandala Tented Camp on the outskirts of the park in time for dinner.

Day 6: Ruaha

Today you will have time for some more game viewing in Ruaha National Park. Ruaha is the largest park in Tanzania, so chances are good that you won’t see many other vehicles. The park forms a border between Africa’s eastern and southern eco-systems and here you will find kudus, which you won’t see further north, as well as Grant’s gazelle–the most southerly habitat for this animal. The life source of the park is the Great Ruaha River, home to huge numbers of crocodiles and hippos. During the dry season, animals gather around the water sources of the park, while the wet season is better for bird watching and flowers. After a long safari day, you will return to the Tandala Tented Camp in the evening.

Day 7: Ruaha to Selous Game Reserve

After a hearty breakfast, your guide will take you on a last game drive in Ruaha National Park. In the late morning, he will drop you off at the Ruaha airstrip inside the park and you will fly to the Selous Game Reserve–a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After you have landed at the small airstrip, you will be picked up by a driver from the Rufiji River Camp, who will take you to the camp. A hot lunch will be served at the camp. In the afternoon, you will join a scheduled safari activity and return to the camp in time for dinner. You spend the night at the Rufiji River Camp.

Day 8: Selous Game Reserve

Selous is rugged and remote and far from the crowds. It is the largest wildlife conservation area in Africa and, together with the neighbouring Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks, forms an area as big as Switzerland. The variety of habitats, including Miombo woodlands, grasslands, forests and swamps, are home to a wide selection of wildlife such as elephants, black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. The swamps and lagoons along the Rufiji River attract animals for bathing and drinking, and are perfect for avid bird watchers as there are more than 350 bird species in the reserve. You will be able to explore this unspoiled wilderness by safari vehicle, boat and on foot.

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airstrip for your flight to Dar es Salaam.

Included:

  • Full board accommodation while on safari in tented camps and lodges
  • Private guide and driver
  • Transfers from and to the International Airport
  • Park fees
  • Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
  • On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebook, karibuni welcome packet with useful information for all guests. Assistance with photography using your own camera, if requested
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals

Not included:

  • Tanzania Visa
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • (Optional. If required, please request before start of trip).  On departure: photographic record of trip on USB stick. Photographs taken by your guide with guide’s camera

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