Southern Circuit, Tanzania




13 days

Tour Type

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  • Amenities5
  • Services4
  • Price4


Southern Wild to Beach Holiday Safari is safari to Mikumi, Nyerere (Selous) and Ruaha National Park which also includes Zanzibar Island to complete the safari experience with beach holiday and relaxation. This is a fantastic choice, as it will give you the opportunity to explore some of Tanzania’s most beautiful natural areas, as well as relax and unwind on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar.

DURATION: 13 Days /12 Nights

PLACES TO VISIT: Mikumi, Selous (Nyerere), Ruaha and Zanzibar


  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Accommodation and meals (FB) in lodges as per itinerary
  • Accommodation on arrival on bed and breakfast
  • Game drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle with open roof ideal for game viewing
  • 4 nights on bed and breakfast accommodation In Zanzibar
  • Services of English professional safari guide
  • All park entry fees and game drives
  • 5L mineral water per person per day
  • Local Flights costs
  • Domestic flights: Ruaha / Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tipping and gratuities
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, Vaccination, etc.)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Activities at the park such as Boat safari, walking safari (depends with season and availability of park rangers)
  • Beverages (Alcohol and Non-Alcoholic)

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Upon your arrival in Dar es Salaam, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the remainder of the day relaxing and exploring the city.

Overnight at Mediterraneo Hotel on B&B. http://www.mediterraneotanzania.com/

After breakfast, pick up from your hotel with packed lunch and head to Nyerere National Park, a 5 to 6 hour drive south. Pass through Dar es Salaam’s small villages where subsistence agriculture and coconut plantations are the predominant features. Arrive at Kibiti, the last village before heading onto smaller tracks and fuel up before heading on to Africa’s largest wildlife reserve.


The small track heading through the increasingly dense woodland, starts to yield signs of forest dwelling antelope, baboon and elephant mingled with locals carrying firewood on their heads or families on bicycles. Pass many remote villages where countless children sing and chant as you go past.


Afternoon arrival at the Reserve gate where you start to encounter sizeable concentrations of game and the magnificent Rufiji River. Game drive on the way to Camp, inside the reserve for a late afternoon arrival. Dinner and overnight at Lemara Eco Camp on Full Board. www.lengukastravel.com/lemara-eco-camp-nyerere-tanzania/

After breakfast, explore the photographic section of the Nyerere National Park, north of the Rufiji River. Most of the Park is off-limits to regular tourism due its remoteness and remains relatively undeveloped.

Dinner and overnight at Nyerere Tented Camp on Full Board. http://chase-nature.com/nyerere-tented-camp/


A boat excursion on the mighty Rufiji River is highly recommended as it brings you into close contact with hippo, crocodile and fantastic birdlife. Animals make their way to the river to drink and boats may approach elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck and other game on the river banks to within a few meters. Crocodile glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippo appear in frightening proximity, grunting and blowing steam.


Game walks with armed rangers can last a few hours or take the whole day. For early risers, a full English breakfast on the banks of the Rufiji after encounters on foot with elephant, monkeys, giraffe and other game is an experience to remember.


The sheer size of the Nyerere National Park means that game drives are conducted in near privacy, without only the rare encounter with other tourists the entire day. Unlike the northern parks, Selous remains relatively unknown, yet has an incredible concentration of wildlife.

After breakfast, depart to Mikumi National Park to the north west with our packed lunch. This is a full day drive put through the western gate of the Nyerere National Park at Matambwe. From Matambwe, the road follows the railway and heads up along the southern edge of Mikumi and along the Uluguru mountains. Passing villages and fields on the way, the route winds its way up through the mountains and passes through the catchment forest where Colobus and other monkeys are seen. Descend to Morogoro, a sizeable bustling town on the Tanzania – Zambia highway. From Morogoro, follow the highway into Mikumi, about one hour from Morogoro. The highway passes through Mikumi park.

Dinner and overnight at Camp Atupele on Full Board. www.campatupele.com

Morning game drive in Mikumi and onto the Mkata floodplain. Good prospects for sighting lion. Mikumi is a popular park easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. Later head on towards Iringa and Ruaha National Park Follow the highway to Iringa, passing the Ruaha River gorge and the Udzungwa Mountains across the river. The road is spectacular and wild, passing through Baobab Valley before heading into the southern highlands. The drive to Ruaha is a full days excursion and it is only in the late afternoon that we arrive in Ruaha National Park, after following the never ending road leading to Ruaha from Ruaha – a red earth road, cushioned on both sides by never ending bush. Once in Ruaha, head to the lodge and unpack for the evening, relaxing after the long drive.

Dinner and overnight at Tandala Tented Camp on Full Board. www.tandalacamp.com

Full days exploring Tanzania’s second largest park. Optional game walks along the Ruaha River are well worthwhile. Alternatively, make your way in your vehicle through the network of roads in search of game. Ruaha boasts some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Tanzania, and also offers excellent possibilities for encountering lion, leopard and cheetah. Furthermore, Sable and Roan antelope are found here as well as both species of kudu. Spend the whole day out with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Tandala Tented Camp on Full Board. www.tandalacamp.com

Morning game drive, followed by charter flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel in Stone Town for overnight on Bed & Breakfast Basis at Mizingani Sea Front Hotel www.mizinganiseafront.com

Full days on Zanzibar. If you are a diver, East Coast has one of the best dive centers on the island. Fully equipped, all you need bring is your diving certification. Non-divers may also take lessons. Other activities include lazing on the amazingly beautiful beach, doing a spice tour or a day-trip to Stone-Town, the capital of Zanzibar which is one hour away.

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Zanzibar airport for your scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam, on arrival in Dar transferred from terminal 1 to International terminal 3 to connect your flight back home. This will depends on your flight schedule.

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