9 DAYS SOUTHERN TANZANIA BUDGET ROAD SAFARI-SELOUS – MIKUMI – RUAHA PARKS
Day 1: Dar Es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve
Depart from Dar es Salaam city centre by 4×4 to the Selous Game Reserve to start your exciting African budget safari.Enjoy a late lunch at the Rufiji River Camp. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the reserve, and then return to Rufiji River Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Selous Game Reserve
Enjoy a full day game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic – style game drives – exploring the bush in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Waterbuck, southern reed buck and bushbuck are common in the Selous. Rare sable antelope, lion and greater kudu also frequent this area. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 3 & 4: Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, accompany an armed ranger on a waking safari in the reserve. The sights and sounds (and smells) of a walking safari are a special treat that will live long in your memory. The thrill of creeping up to animals to shoot them with your camera is a great experience. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari where you will explore the different channels and lakes of the Rufiji River System, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles. A large variety of herons, storks, ducks, stilts, and other water birds may be seen. And you also see land mammals, such as giraffe and elephants. Meals and overnight at Rufiji River Camp.
Day 5: Selous Game Reserve – Mikumi National Park
Collect picnic lunches and drive to Mikumi National Park and proceed driving to Vuma Hill Tented Camp. The camp is perched above the trees stretching over the seemingly endless wilderness south west of Mikumi National Park. Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Camp.
Day 6: Mikumi National Park – Ruaha National Park
After breakfast drive to Ruaha National Park, which is famous for its rare sable antelope, roan antelope, and big herds of elephants. The park represents a transition zone where eastern and southern African flora and fauna overlap. Although Ruaha is one of the largest parks in Africa, it is comparatively unknown and, due to its remoteness, remains unspoiled. Enjoy a late lunch at the lodge followed by an afternoon game drive. Ruaha River Lodge is the only lodge in the reserve and is built on a rocky ridge with spectacular views of the Great Ruaha River. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.
Day 7: Ruaha National Park
Enjoy a full day game drive in the park. Nearly 500 bird species have been sighted within the park. The river area features large numbers of hippo and crocodile and attracts lion, leopard, hunting dog, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog and eland. Grants gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains. Meals and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.
Day 8: Ruaha National Park – Mikumi National Park
After an early breakfast drive to Mikumi National Park. Lunch at Vuma Hill Tented Camp, followed by an evening game drive in Mikumi National Park. The park is well known for its population of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, elands, and greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions, leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal. You may also see crocodiles, monitor lizards, yellow baboon and hippos. Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hill Tented Lodge, where participants can talk about their experiences during this African budget tour.
Day 9: Mikumi National Park – Dar Es Salaam
After breakfast, enjoy another game drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to the camp for lunch and then depart for your return to Dar es Salaam. Drop off in the city centre.
Accommodation and meals as stipulated on each itinerary
Ground transportation with an English speaking driver/guide or naturalist guide
Game drives or sightseeing depending on the itinerary – where indicated
Park or reserve entry fees – where applicable
Airport or border transfers – unless stated otherwise on the itinerary
Visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
Inoculations and personal insurance
Any internal flights and departure taxes (with Tanzania)
International flights and departure taxes
Optional activities and excursions
Items of personal nature such as beverages, telephone, postage etc..