(Unexplored paradise…waiting for you)
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi, transected by the surfaced road from Dar es Salaam to Iringa is the most accessible park in the Southern circuit. The centerpiece of Mikumi is the abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplains that draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. Wildlife is abundant with giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hartebeest, wildebeest being amongst the most commonly sighted game, but elephant, wild dog and tree climbing lions are also found here along with smaller mammals and reptiles. The park is also home to over 300 different species of birds.
Location:Southern Tanzania, between Selous and Ruaha
Activities:Game Driving and Walking.
Ruaha National park
Ruaha National Park is the first largest National Park in Tanzania and Africa. The Great Ruaha River and Iefu wetland fascinates with its variety of mammals and birds coming to drink. This is one of Tanzania's least accessible parks and as a result it is relatively untouched. Ruaha is known for its large elephant and buffalo herds and one of its principal attractions lies in being able to see greater and lesser kudu as well as the majestic sable and roan antelope within the same area. As well as an abundance of lion, leopard and cheetah it is also home to the increasingly rare wild dog.
Location: Southern Tanzania, reached by flight from Arusha or Dar Es Salaam
Activities: Game viewing and walking.
Selous Game Reserves
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest reserve in Africa and one of the largest protected wildlife areas in the world. It is home to some of the biggest quantities and variety of animals and birds in Africa. It has the world's largest number of big game, elephants, buffaloes and rhinoceros. In addition, the Selous contains Africa's greatest concentration of hippopotamus, crocodile and wild dog. The Selous is a rare combination of woodlands, marshes, savannah and open grass plains, crisscrossed by many rivers, one being the mighty Rufiji River.
Location: Southern Tanzania, between Ruaha National Park. Usually reached by flight from Arusha or Dar Es Salaam. Works nicely with a visit to Ruaha National Park.
Activities: Game Drives, Boat Safaris, Walking Safaris
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 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.