7 Day Lodge Safari - Giraffe

7-day Private Camping or Lodge Safari in Southern Tanzania – Explore the South

Visit the national parks of southern Tanzania and explore Mikumi and Ruaha National Park during classic 4×4 game drives with Tanzania Safari Bug on this 7-day private camping or lodge safari. Especially Ruaha National Park is a true gem with its raw and original wilderness. Be prepared for sightings of big cats as well as large elephant encounters. Or leave the vehicle and explore Udzungwa Mountains National Park on foot!

This safari is ideal for nature enthusiasts, photographers, couples, families and friends traveling together. It’s possible to substitute Selous for Ruaha. We can also change the routing to end in Ruaha or Selous with a fly-out from the national park so you can proceed straight back to Dar es Salaam or connect to the beaches of Zanzibar or Mafia Island.

Overview:

  • Private camping or lodge safari in Tanzania’s Southern Circuit
  • Starting & ending in Dar es Salaam
  • Flight Connection to Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR)
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Departure day: day of your choice

Activities:

  • Game drives
  • Walking safari

Highlights:

  • Mikumi National Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Additional Extras:

  • Accommodation pre/post safari in Dar es Salaam
  • Cycling tour through local villages can be arranged
  • Trip extension to Tanzanian Coast, Mafia & Zanzibar can be arranged
 7 day lodge safari ruaha - lion with cub in Ruaha National Park
 7 day lodge safari ruaha - Elephants in Mikumi National Park  7 day lodge safari ruaha - zebra in Mikumi National Park
 7 day lodge safari ruaha - eland in Ruaha National Park  7 day lodge safari ruaha - elephants under baobab tree in Ruaha National Park

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi

In the morning meet & greet with your professional guide in Dar es Salaam and depart to Mikumi! We recommend getting an early start to avoid the morning traffic. Once you leave Dar es Salaam and Chalinze behind you, keep on following the Tan-Zam-Highway westward passing local farms and villages. Sisal plantations along the road are a common sight. Sisal, which belongs to the agave species, was introduced during the colonial days and is mainly used for making ropes and mats out of its hairy white strings. Continue to your accommodation located either inside the national park or on its outskirts.

  • Meals: Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp, Vuma Hill Tented Camp
  • Lodge options outside: Angalia Tented Camp, Tan Swiss Lodge
Day 02: Mikumi National Park

After breakfast proceed with picnic lunch to Mikumi National Park! Spend the rest of the day exploring the park in search of large mammals including buffaloes, elands, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, wildebeests and zebras. But also watch out for hyenas, leopards and lions. Mikumi National Park is dominated by an open grassland plain surrounded on three sides by mountains – creating an impressive landscape. Stop at the hippo pool to see hippos, which usually spend the daytime in the water to avoid overheating, sunburn and dehydration. At nighttime they become more active and leave the water to graze. Return to your accommodation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp, Vuma Hill Tented Camp
  • Lodge options outside: Angalia Tented Camp, Tan Swiss Lodge
Day 03: Mikumi Region – Ruaha National Park

After breakfast follow a scenic road through baobab filled valleys to the town of Iringa and stop for a picnic-lunch. Afterwards continue driving further west to the unique Ruaha National Park whose landscape is dominated by large baobabs, acacia bush-land, riverine forest, flood-plain grassland and miombo woodland. Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest National Park and one of the premier wildlife parks in Africa! Spend the afternoon on a game drive and be prepared for great elephant encounters as large family groups are often seen together dust bathing or crossing one of the many rivers. Continue to your accommodation in the late afternoon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Mdonya Old River Camp, Ruaha River Lodge
  • Lodge options outside: Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, Tandala Camp
Day 04: Ruaha National Park

Look forward to an astonishing day out in the bush as you explore Ruaha National Park with its breathtaking landscape and its dense concentration of wildlife during a full day game drive. The park captivates with its countless plains game including buffaloes, impalas, warthogs and zebras. It is world renowned as the home of Roan and Sable antelopes as well as the great Kudu. But it also boasts a fine predator population consisting of cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, lions and wild dogs. With more than 450 recorded bird species, including horn-bills, turacos, this is also a must-see destination for bird lovers.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available inside and outside the park
  • Lodge options inside: Mdonya Old River Camp, Ruaha River Lodge
  • Lodge options outside: Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, Tandala Camp
Day 05: Ruaha Region – Udzungwa

After breakfast enjoy one last game drive in this unspoiled wilderness as you make your way back to the park gate. Continue to Iringa and stop at the local market for a small tour or visit Neema Crafts Workshop before heading towards Udzungwa. This national park is part of the Eastern Arc Mountain Range and was established in 1992 in order to protect the rain forest. Continue to your accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing at your property. There are several activities that can be arranged directly from your accommodation, including guided bicycle rides and village town tours.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available on designated lodge grounds
  • Lodge option outside: Hondo Hondo Tented Camp, Udzungwa Forest Lodge
Day 06: Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Spend the day on a hiking adventure inside Udzungwa Mountains National Park and explore this park by foot with a ranger. The landscape is dominated by lush montane forest. As you follow any of the walking trails, look out for endemic birds, butterflies and primates. On rare occasions, it is possible to come across buffaloes and forest elephants but honey badgers, bush-pigs, servaline genets and leopards have also been sighted. As you hike to the waterfalls, be on the look-out for the Angola-black-and-white colobus, recognizable by white hairs on its cheek and shoulder, or the famous Udzungwa Red colobus.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch, Dinner
  • Campsites are available on designated lodge grounds
  • Lodge option outside: Hondo Hondo Tented Camp, Udzungwa Forest Lodge
Day 07: Udzungwa Region – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast enjoy a last forest walk from your accommodation before returning to Dar es Salaam with a picnic-lunch. Drop-off in Dar es Salaam town or transfer to Dar es Salaam Airport for your onward journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic-Lunch

You can enjoy a great safari in Southern Tanzania even if you have only one week available. Ruaha is a hidden gem and offers fantastic wildlife encounters. On top of that, you will find one of the biggest elephants and lion populations here. If this sounds like a perfect trip to you, or if you would rather visit Selous instead, contact us today for a personal consultation. We would be happy to hear your thoughts so we can create a customized safari itinerary just for you!

Includes:

  • Full board lodge accommodation or camping in 2-Person-Tents
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Mineral Water (3 liters per person / per day)
  • Transportation in private 4×4 Safari Vehicle
  • Professional / Multi-lingual Driver/Guide
  • Camping includes professional safari cook
  • National Park Fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Game Drives as outlined in the itinerary
  • Camping Equipment (Tents, Sleeping Mattress, Tables, Chairs, etc.)

Excludes:

  • International Flights to/from Tanzania
  • Domestic Flights within in Tanzania
  • Visa Fees to enter the country
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Drinks (Soft Drinks & Alcoholic Drinks)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tips