mikumi1

 Mikumi National Park

Due to the completion of the paved road connecting the park gate with Dar es Salaam, Mikumi National Park is slated to become a hotspot for tourism in Tanzania. Located between the Uluguru Mountains and the Lumango range, Mikumi is the fourth largest park in Tanzania and only a few hours drive from Tanzania’s largest city, the park has a wide variety of wildlife that are easy to spot and well acclimatised to game viewing. Its proximity to Dar es Salaam and the amount of wildlife that live within its borders makes Mikumi National Park a popular option for weekend visitors from the city, or for business visitors who don’t have long to spend on an extended safari itinerary.

 

Most visitors come to Mikumi National Park looking to spot the ‘Big Five’ (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), and they aren’t disappointed. Hippo pools provide close access to the mud-loving beasts, and bird-watching along the waterways is particularly rewarding. Mikumi National Park borders the Selous Game Reserve and Udzungwa National Park, and the three locations make a varied and pleasant safari circuit.

ruaha

Ruaha National Park
Tanzania’s second-largest national park after the Serengeti, Ruaha National Park is a remote bastion of spectacular wilderness, undisturbed wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. With herds of more than 10,000 elephants, vast concentrations of buffalo, gazelle, and over 400 bird species, Ruaha’s limitless wilderness, together with the surrounding game reserves of Rungwa and Kisigo -- stretches over 40,000 square kilometres. Elephants are found in some of the highest concentration in the country, travelling in matriarch-lead herds through ancient grazing lands and seasonal supplies of water.

The Great Ruaha River is the main feature of the park, and meanders through its borders. On its banks, the game viewing is spectacular, whether done by land or by water. Hippos yawn under the midday sun and crocodiles lie lazily along the banks. Fish eagles dive and swoop along the riverbanks, and at night the sound of frogs croaking happily in the reeds extends across the hills and plains. Boating safaris are starting to gain in popularity, and provide a popular alternative to viewing the area by car.

Most of the national park is located on the top of a 900 metre plateau whose ripples of hills, valleys, and plains makes the game viewing topography beautifully unique. Small mountains run along the southwest borders of the park and their tree-covered slopes are visible in the distance. During the rainy seasons, dry river beds swell with the biannual deluge and within days, a thin coat of green covers all the land in sight.

Because of its rather remote location, Ruaha National Park is largely unexplored. Because of this, a safari to the national park often has the feel of a private adventure and an unique experience. For the intrepid wilderness lover and the avid safari explorer, a trip to Ruaha is uniquely rewarding and a perfect piece of Africa.

selous

Selous Game Reserve
Located in south-east Tanzania in a remote and little-visited part of the country, the Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest protected wildlife reserve and covers more than 5% of Tanzania’s total area. It’s rivers, hills, and plains are home to roaming elephant populations, the area’s famous wild dogs, and some of the last black rhino left in the region. Due to its remote location, and because it is most easily accessible only by small aircraft, the Selous Game Reserve has remained one of the untouched gems of Tanzania’s national parks and game reserves, and offers visitors a chance to see a wild and expansive Africa far from paved roads and curio shops.

One of the more historic protected areas in Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve was named after Frederick Courteney Selous, a British explorer and hunter in East Africa who wrote a book about the region and his travels, and was tragically killed in land now named after him during the First World War. In 1905, when few people in East Africa thought of land conservation and the preservation of wildlife for posterity, portions of the area were earmarked for a hunting reserve. In 1922, the land area was increased and named after Frederick Selous. From then until 1975, when the current boundaries were delineated, the Selous Game Reserve increased steadily in allocated land. These days, tourists flock to the north of the reserve, while large portions of the south are still reserved for hunting.

udzungwe

 Udzungwa Mountain National Park
Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiversity of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically in Eastern Tanzania.

Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, it has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet.  It is a magnet for hikers, with its excellent network of forest trails.

Ornithologists are attracted by the avian wealth of more than 400 species. Of six primate species recorded, the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey (discovered in 1979) both occur nowhere else in the world.

Location:
South of Mikumi, between Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserves

Activities:
Nature Hiking

kitulo-national-park-1

Kitulo Plateau National Park
Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu - The Garden of God – while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to 'one of the great floral spectacles of the world'. And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale.

One of the most important watersheds for the Great Ruaha River, Kitulo is well known for its floral significance – not only a multitude of orchids, but also the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker and a variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, lilies and aster daisies, of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania. Big game is sparsely represented, though a few hardy mountain reedbuck and eland still roam the open grassland.

Key Information:
Tour Code: OAT002
Tour Duration: 7 days Safari
Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Specialty Categories: Game viewing
Season: All year round


Day 1:
Fly from Zanzibar or Dar Es Salaam to Selous depart 0800, on arrival transfer to the camp. Afternoon game drive or boat safari on Rufiji River. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manze Tented Camp

Day 2-3:
after breakfast full day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favorites – lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra – and all the other major species including the now rare African hunting dog. Great variety of bird species. Wonderful scenery, with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with long views to far-off mountains. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manze Tented Camp

Day 4:
Early breakfast then game drive or walking safari then transfer to airstrip for 09:15 am flight to Ruaha National Park – You will met by a camp representative and proceed on game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp.

Day 5-6:

Two full days of game driving at Ruaha National Park, with picnic lunches. Ruaha has an area of 10,300sq.km, and is the second largest park, and second largest elephant sanctuary in Tanzania. The great Ruaha River that flows along its entire eastern border creates spectacular gorges and scenery, and features a large number of hippos and crocodiles. The wide variety of animals that inhabit the park include both Greater and Lesser Kudu, roan and sable antelope. Bird life is also rich, with over 370 species recorded. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River Camp

Day 7:

Early breakfast and game drive en-route to airstrip for 11:45 flight to Zanzibar
Key Information:
Tour Code: OAT001
Tour Duration: 3 days Safari
Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Specialty Categories: Game viewing
Season: All year round


Day 1:
Pick up from Dar es Salaam and arrive for lunch, or if arriving late then just light refreshments. Nestled within woodland along the banks of the great Rufiji River lies Selous River Camp, an enchanting safari camp tucked into the untamed African bush adjacent to the vast, unfenced Selous Game Reserve. Sunset cruise on our comfortable river boat, looking at hippos, crocodiles and birds, and enjoying the spectacular sunset over this enormous river o/n Selous River Camp (L, D)

Day 2:
after breakfast full day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favorites – lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra – and all the other major species including the now rare African hunting dog. Great variety of bird species. Wonderful scenery, with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with long views to far-off mountains. Packed lunch and time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink – a place with a clear view all round so that no predator can creep up unseen! Back to the lodge by 6.30 for sunset and dinner when you’re ready o/n Selous River Camp (B, L, D)

Day 3:
Up early for a walk through the bush and along the riverbank to learn about the local environment. Back after the walk for breakfast, and then departure for Dar Es Salaam (B)

The package includes
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
Transport and wildlife drives in 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
Services of a professional safari guide
All wildlife reserve entry fees
Conservation fees
1.5 L of mineral water per person/day
Boat safari
Walking safari
The Package does not include
International airfare & internal flights
All items of a personal nature
Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
Airport departure tax
Travel insurance
Visa and Passport fees
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges
Key Information:
Tour Code: OAT002
Tour Duration: 4 days Safari
Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Specialty Categories:Game viewing
Season:All year round


Day 1:
Your flight to the UNESCO World heritage site of Selous Game Reserve will leave Zanzibar at 0930 and takes one hour. You will be met at the airstrip in Selous by your Sable Mountain Lodge guide who will transfer you to the lodge. En route, you will enjoy your first experience of this incredible and diverse reserve. After lunch, head out into the reserve on an afternoon game drive. Overnight at the Sable Mountain Lodge. (L, Di)

Day 2:
After your first night in Selous, awake early to a dawn chorus and spectacular views from your room (“banda”). After a quick cup of tea or coffee, head into the reserve as dawn breaks for a full day game drive and a thrilling boat safari on Lake Tagalala. There is nothing quite like sitting with your packed breakfast amongst the huge hippo pods, crocs and amazing birdlife on the lake. Return to the lodge for a late lunch and relax by the pool or visit the lodge’s tree house & water hole for the remainder of the day, the choice is yours (Packed breakfast, L, D)

Day 3:
This morning, awake again before dawn and leave the lodge this time on foot to explore the surrounding area and the smaller flora and fauna often missed on a game drive. Enjoy a tree house visit en route back to the lodge to check if anything is drinking at the waterhole. Return to camp for a late breakfast before relaxing around the lodge or at the spring water swimming pool. After lunch, visit a local masai village close to the lodge which is home to Saita, chief of this particular village and friend of Sable for many years. The close proximity with Saita ensures that this is a non-commercial experience which often includes Saita as escort giving an explanation of the traditional uses for various indigenous plants in the area. Afterwards, return to the lodge for your final night at Sable Mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 4:
After breakfast, transfer to the Matambwe airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar.

Price includes: • 3 x nights full board accommodation
• 1 x half day game drive
• 1 x full day game drive + boat safari on Lake Tagalala
• 1 x foot safari
• 1 x Maasai village tour
• 1 x park fee & conservation fee
• Tourism Development Levy
• Internal flights Zanzibar-Selous-Zanzibar
• Transfers to/from Matambwe airstrip


Price excludes:
Drinks, laundry, tips and items of a personal nature

A tailor - made safari, is the ideal way for the tourist or traveller to explore the cultures and wildlife of Tanzania / Africa, without having to be pushed towards our set or fixed departure tours. It reflects on your personal interest while making the most of your time and budget . clients have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas, while the tour itself offers an outstanding personalized services from our team bursting with knowledge and enough experience to offer you a wealth of information to help organizing your itinerary into a life time experience.