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Private Tanzania Safari to Southern Game Parks

Duration

7 Days

Max People

8

Min Age

5+

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Airport

Overview

Get ready for a Private Tanzania Safari to Southern Game Parks adventure like no other with Exodus Safaris as we invite you to explore the untamed beauty and diversity of Tanzania's lesser-known game reserves on a budget-friendly private tour. Leave the crowds behind and venture off the beaten path to discover the hidden gems of Tanzania's wild landscapes, where pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife await.

Your journey begins in the serene expanse of the Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa's largest protected areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, amidst the tranquil riverine forests and meandering waterways of the Rufiji River, you'll have the opportunity to encounter a staggering array of wildlife, from herds of elephants and buffalo to prowling predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Set out on exhilarating 4x4 game drives and boat safaris, exploring the reserve's diverse ecosystems and soaking in the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Next, journey to the remote wilderness of Ruaha National Park, a hidden gem tucked away in southern Tanzania. Renowned for its abundant predator sightings and rugged landscapes, Ruaha offers a truly immersive safari experience far from the crowds. Traverse the park's vast plains and rolling hills on game drives, keeping a lookout for elusive big cats and other iconic species that call this wilderness home.

Continue your adventure in the lush surroundings of Udzungwa Mountains National Park, a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Lace up your boots and embark on guided nature walks through the park's pristine forests and cascading waterfalls, where you'll have the chance to encounter unique wildlife such as the endemic Sanje crested mangabeys and colorful birdlife.

But the excitement doesn't end there โ€“ immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Mikumi National Park, where 4x4 game drives through the Mkata Plains offer unparalleled opportunities for wildlife sightings. Keep your camera ready as you encounter herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and more, against the backdrop of sweeping savannahs and acacia woodlands.

With Exodus Safaris, you'll have the chance to experience the thrill of safari in a less crowded environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream parks. So why wait? Dive into the wilderness and witness some of the most breathtaking wildlife sightings Tanzania has to offer on our budget-friendly private tour.

Tour Features

Experience the beauty of nature with a boat safari at Selous! Spend an extra day in Ruaha Park and encounter wildlife on a nocturnal game drive. Hot air balloons offer the perfect adventure in Ruaha and choose between half-day walking safaris in Ruaha or Selous for more close-up encounters. Make your safari unforgettable and treat yourself to a beach trip to Mafia Island or Zanzibar Island.

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • Professional driver/guide
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips

Tour Plan

Day 01 Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve

Welcome to Tanzania and East Africa! Upon your arrival in Dar es Salaam, your travel guide will be ready to accompany you on your exclusive Southern Tanzania Safari. Our journey begins by heading south to the Selous Game Reserve, where our lodge awaits on the park's edge. Following a delightful lunch, we'll embark on an afternoon cruise along the Rufiji River.

Afterward, we'll return to the lodge for a tranquil evening by the campfire. Nestled amidst lush greenery, surrounded by the sights of hippos, crocodiles, and birds, your riverside lodge stay promises unforgettable moments.

Accommodations are provided at the Selous River Camp (or similar), and both lunch and dinner are included. Let the adventure begin!

Day 02 Selous Game Reserve

On the second day of our journey, we embark on an adventure through the expansive Selous Game Reserve aboard an open-top 4x4 vehicle, bringing along a packed lunch for the excursion. Spanning an area larger than Switzerland, this reserve is three times the size of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti National Park and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, remaining virtually untouched by human presence.

As we traverse the reserve, we encounter diverse habitats and vegetation, ranging from swamps to woodlands and riverside forests, pausing to observe the rich array of wildlife dwelling here. The Big Five, including elephants and buffalos, roam freely, while leopards remain elusive and rhinos are primarily found in the southern region of the reserve. Giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, and various antelope species thrive here, alongside a significant population of endangered African wild dogs, as well as other carnivores like spotted hyenas and jackals.

Impalas are a common sight, along with sable antelopes, puku, greater kudu, eland, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, bushbuck, oryx, waterbuck, duiker, klipspringer, and more.

We pause for a scenic picnic at a breathtaking viewpoint, soaking in the wild surroundings, before returning to the lodge along the enchanting Rufiji River. Throughout our excursion, we'll stay at the Selous River Camp, or a similar retreat, where all meals are included.

Day 03 Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park

Early this morning, we set out to venture into the Selous Game Reserve. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, we head towards the north gate, eagerly scanning the surroundings for the diverse wildlife and bird species that call this area home. Following an enriching exploration of Selous, we continue our journey to Mikumi National Park, situated adjacent to the reserve.

Upon arrival in the afternoon, you'll have leisure time to unwind and bask in the tranquil ambiance, perhaps taking advantage of the refreshing pool at our accommodation near Mikumi National Park.

Accommodation: Tan Swiss Lodge (or similar)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04 Mikumi National Park

On the fourth day of our thrilling 4x4 safari journey, we ventured into Mikumi National Park, an expansive reserve covering over 3,230 square kilometers and forming part of the vast Selous Ecosystem. Driving across the Mkata Plains, we encountered herds of herbivores grazing peacefully, while vigilant predators lurked nearby, creating a scene reminiscent of the iconic Serengeti Plains, complete with acacia and baobab trees.

Mikumi Park serves as a sanctuary for some of Africa's most majestic wildlife species, including elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, crocodiles, various antelopes, endangered wild dogs, jackals, hyenas, hippos, baboons, and vervet monkeys.

Moreover, this region boasts a rich avian diversity, with more than 400 bird species identified, including yellow-throated long claws, lilac-breasted rollers, bateleur eagles, black-bellied bustards, guinea fowls, African fish eagles, marabou storks, oxpeckers, straw-tailed whydahs, and Boehm's bee-eaters.

As darkness enveloped the landscape, we made our way back to Tan Swiss Lodge near Mikumi for a delightful dinner and a well-deserved rest.

  • Accommodation: Tan Swiss Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05-06 Mikumi to Ruaha National Park

Following breakfast on the fifth day, our journey to Ruaha National Park commences. This leg of the trip involves a 320km (200mi) drive, anticipated to take approximately five hours. Encompassing a vast expanse of 20,226 kmยฒ (7,809 miยฒ), Ruaha stands as Tanzania's largest national park. Despite its considerable size, Ruaha receives fewer visitors compared to other African game parks, rendering it an ideal choice for a more intimate safari experience.

Over the course of two days, we delve into the wilderness of Ruaha through 4x4 game drives. Renowned for its rich wildlife population, Ruaha is particularly celebrated for its impressive array of predators, boasting one of the highest lion populations globally. Expect sightings of cheetahs, African wild dogs, and elephants.

Furthermore, fortunate observers may catch glimpses of cape buffalos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, impala, and various antelope species, such as greater and lesser kudu, sable, and roan antelopes. This diverse array of flora and fauna is a consequence of the park's strategic location in a transitional zone between the southern and eastern ecological regions.

On the evenings of the fifth and sixth days, we will be accommodated in a fully-serviced mobile tent within the park. This immersive experience allows us to forge a deeper connection with nature, undisturbed by external distractions, offering an authentic taste of wilderness. Accommodation may vary depending on the season, either inside or in close proximity to Ruaha National Park. Your stay includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ensuring a comfortable and memorable sojourn.

Day 07 Ruaha National Park to the Udzungwa Mountains

On the seventh day of our Southern Tanzania Safari, we transition from Ruaha to the picturesque Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Upon arrival and settling into our lodge bordering the park, we embark on a journey to explore the tropical and mountain woodlands. This presents a unique chance to witness a myriad of birds, insects, and primates, as the park serves as a biodiversity sanctuary for numerous species.

Following our trek through the forest, we retreat to our rustic Hondo Hondo lodge, named after the Swahili word for 'hornbill'.

  • Accommodation: Tan Swiss Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08 Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Embarking on an exploration of the natural wonders nestled within the Udzungwa Mountains, we embark on a journey of discovery, immersing ourselves in the breathtaking landscapes while seeking out the diverse flora and fauna that call this area home. Our trek leads us to the magnificent Sanje Waterfall, boasting three tiers at heights of 30m, 70m, and 170m respectively.

As we wander through the verdant forest, we often encounter native wildlife. Baboons and vervet monkeys are commonly sighted, alongside two species unique to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park: the Iringa Red Colobus and the Sanje Crested Mangabey. The park hosts over 400 bird species, including several endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains and four exclusive to this area.

Among the avian inhabitants are malachite and woodland kingfishers, Ruppell's vultures, silvery-cheeked and trumpeter hornbills. Furthermore, the park boasts over 2,500 plant species, with a quarter of them endemic to the region.

Accommodation is provided at the Udzungwa Forest Lodge or a similar establishment, with meals inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 09 Udzungwas to Dar es Salaam

Following a delightful breakfast at the forest lodge, we'll commence our journey back to Dar es Salaam. Our guide will ensure your safe transfer to your post-safari accommodation or directly to the airport, marking the conclusion of this private Southern Tanzania Safari. Meals provided will include breakfast and lunch.

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    Penelope Brooks

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    Thriving Ecosystems and Biodiversity

    Exploring Tanzania’s Southern Game Parks on a private safari unveiled thriving ecosystems and incredible biodiversity. From spotting rare bird species to encountering playful hippos in their natural habitat, we were captivated by the delicate balance of life and the abundance of flora and fauna.

    September 20, 2023

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    Oliver Johnson

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    The Mystique of African Sunsets

    The private Tanzania safari allowed us to witness the mystique of African sunsets in all their glory. We were treated to breathtaking displays of vibrant hues painting the sky as silhouettes of giraffes and acacia trees added to the enchantment. Each evening was a mesmerizing spectacle, etching memories in our hearts.

    September 20, 2023

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    Harper Richardson

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    Adventure in the Wild

    Our adventure in the wild during the private Tanzania safari was filled with thrilling moments. We trekked through dense forests, encountering playful monkeys and colorful birds. The adrenaline rush of tracking elusive leopards and observing their stealthy movements was unforgettable. It was a true adrenaline fueled safari.

    September 20, 2023

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    Benjamin Carter

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    The Great Serengeti Migration

    Witnessing the Great Serengeti Migration was the highlight of our private Tanzania safari. We were in awe as thousands of wildebeests and zebras embarked on their annual journey, crossing treacherous rivers and vast plains. It was a testament to the circle of life and the remarkable resilience of these migratory animals.

    September 20, 2023

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    Sophia Mitchell

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    Unforgettable Cultural Encounters

    Our private safari through Tanzania’s Southern Game Parks provided not only incredible wildlife encounters but also unforgettable cultural experiences. We had the chance to interact with the Maasai people, learning about their traditions and witnessing their vibrant dances. It added a rich dimension to our safari adventure.

    September 20, 2023

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    Safari in the Land of Giants

    Embarking on this private Tanzania safari felt like stepping into the land of giants. From towering elephants to graceful giraffes, we were in awe of the sheer size and magnificence of these majestic creatures. It was an opportunity to witness the true power and grace of Africa’s iconic wildlife.

    September 20, 2023

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    Tranquility Amidst Wildlife

    This private safari offered a unique blend of tranquility and wildlife encounters. We found ourselves in serene settings, surrounded by magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Observing elephants peacefully bathing in a watering hole was a moment of pure serenity. It was a retreat for the soul and a feast for the senses.

    September 20, 2023

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    A Journey of Discovery

    Our private Tanzania safari was a journey of discovery into the untamed wilderness. We encountered rare and endangered species such as black rhinos and African wild dogs. The knowledgeable guides shared fascinating insights about the ecosystem, making this safari both educational and awe inspiring.

    September 20, 2023

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    Evangeline Brooks

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    Captivating Night Safari

    The private Tanzania safari offered a captivating night safari experience. As darkness descended, we embarked on an adventure illuminated by the moon and stars. We witnessed nocturnal creatures in action, including elusive leopards and curious hyenas. It was a thrilling and unforgettable escapade into the wild.

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    Immerse in Nature's Splendor

    This private safari through Tanzania’s Southern Game Parks immersed us in the splendor of nature. We were surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, from rolling grasslands to towering baobab trees. The sightings of elephants, rhinos, and zebras made us feel like we were living in a wildlife paradise.

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