11 Day Lodge Safari - Landscape in Selous Game Reserve

11 Day Lodge Safari – Intensive South

Travel together with Tanzania Safari Bug on this 11 day lodge safari to the less frequently visited southern parks of Tanzania and get ready for an adventure in the heart of Mikumi, Ruaha and Selous to explore the raw and untouched wilderness. Classic game drives are combined with a hiking in Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Overview:

  • Private Lodge Safari in Tanzania’s Southern Circuit
  • Starting & Ending in Dar es Salaam
  • Flight Connection in/out to Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR)
  • Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Departure Day: Any Day

Activities:

  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safari

Highlights:

  • Mikumi National Park
  • Ruaha National Park
  • Isimila Gorge
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Selous Game Reserve

Additional Extras:

  • Accommodation prior/after safari in Dar es Salaam
  • Boat and Walking Safari in Selous can be added

Beach Holidays:

  • Extension to Tanzania Coast, Mafia & Zanzibar can be arranged
 11 day lodge safari ruaha - elephants walking in Selous Game Reserve
 11 day lodge safari ruaha - antelope in Ruaha National Park  11 day lodge safari ruaha - wild dog in Selous Game Reserve
 11 day lodge safari ruaha - giraffe running in Selous Game Reserve  11 day lodge safari ruaha - waterfalls in Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park

After breakfast and the meet & greet with your qualified guide leave Dar es Salaam and continue to Mikumi National Park. Upon entering of the park your guide will open the pop-up roof for great game sightings as you explore the park on an afternoon game drive. Mikumi is often referred to as ‘Little Serengeti of the South’ and you will easily come across plain game including buffalo, impala, warthog, wildebeest and zebra. With a little luck you can also encounter the shy leopard and lions! Continue to your accommodation located inside the National Park or just on its outskirts.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Inside: Stanley’s Kopje Tented Camp, Vuma Hill Tented Camp
    • Outside: Angalia Tented Camp, Tan Swiss Lodge
Day 02: Mikumi Region – Ruaha National Park

In the morning follow the tarmac road further west and break your road journey in Iringa for a picnic-lunch stop and a walk through the colorful, local market. The town of Iringa still retains its natural and historic beauty being strongly influenced by the Germans with pretty avenues of eucalyptus and pine. Continue your drive on a dusty road surrounded by large baobab trees towards the entrance gate of Ruaha National Park, a prime wildlife safari destination, and enjoy a first afternoon game drive. Proceed to your accommodation, which is either located inside the park or on its outer border.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Inside: Mdonya River Camp, Ruaha River Lodge
    • Outside: Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, Tandala Camp
Day 03 + 04: Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s largest National Park and due to its exclusive location in the center of the country and away from usual touristic routes it is rarely visited. However, this unique Park stands out with an unspoiled wilderness and it is the only park in which flora and fauna of eastern and southern Africa overlap creating an outstanding landscape variety and wildlife diversity which also provides a home for greater and lesser kudu and Roan and Sable antelopes. Animals concentrate along the great Ruaha River providing a perfect hunting ground for cheetah, hyena, leopard, lion and wild dog.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Inside: Mdonya River Camp, Ruaha River Lodge
    • Outside: Ruaha Hilltop Lodge, Tandala Camp
Day 05: Ruaha Region – Isimila Gorge – Iringa

Get up early for a not to be missed morning game drive before leaving Ruaha National Park to proceed to Iringa Town for hot lunch. Check in into your guesthouse and after a short siesta proceed driving to Isimila to visit the local museum. Isimila is one of Africa’s most significant archeological sides in which stone tools have been discovered with an estimated age of 60,000 to 100,000 years! For keen walkers, we recommend a visit of the dramatic rock formations at Isimila Gorge with 15-meter-high rock towers formed by water – a scenic photographic highlight! Return to Iringa for overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:
    • Iringa: Neema Crafts Guesthouse
Day 06: Iringa – Udzungwa Region

After breakfast visit the crafts workshop, which provides training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. One of its main aims is to change the negative attitudes predominant in the local society towards people with disabilities, while at the same time providing dignity and hope to stand on their own. There are eight craft areas including carpentry, ceramics, paper-making, tailoring and weaving. Spend the morning in the workshop and proceed after lunch to your accommodation located closely to Udzungwa Mountains National Park. If time allows you can walk around your property or take a bike ride to the nearby village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Outside: Hondo Hondo Tented Camp, Udzungwa Forest Lodge
Day 07: Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Ready to hike in one of Africa’s last rain forests? The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a jewel for botanist with its endemic birds, primates, plants and trees and there is still a lot more to discover. Apart from the legendary Sanje waterfalls and the Udzungwa Red Colobus, the park stands out with its rich diversity of forest birds. Bring your binoculars as you explore the park on foot together with a ranger and listen carefully to the sounds of the bush – did you spot the bird yet? In the late afternoon return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Outside: Hondo Hondo Tented Camp, Udzungwa Forest Lodge
Day 08: Udzungwa Region – Selous Region

Return on the Tan-Zam-Highway to Morogoro and after leaving the town behind turn south towards to Selous Game Reserve. The road leads along the northern foothills of the Uluguru Mountains until the western entrance gate Matambwe. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest protected wilderness area in Africa and covers roughly 50,000 km² of which 2,500km² are dedicated for tourists. Your today’s accommodation is located outside the reserve. Enjoy a tasty dinner under the stars of Africa and get ready for your wilderness adventure! Selous offers the unique experience to explore this vast reserve by boat, car and on foot.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Outside: Sable Mountain Lodge
Day 09 + 10: Selous Game Reserve

Spend the next two days exploring the Selous Game Reserve and watch out for buffalo, eland, elephant, giraffe, hartebeest, warthog, zebra, and many more. Selous is also home to a large predator population and often seen are hyena, lion and wild dog, whereas cheetah, jackal and leopard are difficult to spot. Along the many lakes and riversides, you will often find large Nile crocodiles sunbathing and hippos are regularly seen on a boat safari together with a diverse variety of birds. Accommodation concentrates on the eastern side of the reserve either along the lakes inside or just on its outskirts.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation Options:
    • Inside: Lake Mwanze Camp, Rufiji River Camp, Selous Impala Camp
    • Outside: Jimbiza Lodge, Selous River Camp
Day 11: Selous – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast return with picnic-lunch to Dar es Salaam.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Includes:

  • Full Board Accommodation for 10 Nights on safari
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Mineral Water (3 liters per person / per day)
  • Transportation in private 4×4 Safari Vehicle
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • National Park Fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • Game Drives as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as outlined in the itinerary

Excludes:

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