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8 Day Tanzania Safari Nyerere Mikumi Udzungwa & Ruaha | 8 Days Safari Nyerere Mikumi, Ruaha & Udzungwa Mountains  | 10 Days Safari Nyerere National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa National Park, and Mikumi National Park | 8 Day Tanzania Southern Safari Circuit Tours & Packages | Tanzania Safaris & Tours

This 8 day classic Tanzania Safari takes you to four less-crowded southern Tanzania National parks – Nyerere, Mikumi, Udzungwa, and Ruaha.

Begining from Dar es Salaam we drive to the secluded and off the beaten track, Nyerere National Park offering visitors a slice of undisturbed wilderness, teeming with a spectacular array of fauna and flora in the Southern Region of Tanzania. The name of the Park is given in honor of the founder of the Nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere.

We spend day two on 4×4 game drives in open-sided safari vehicles with picnic lunches on safari in this vast, undisturbed wilderness area.  Nyerere National Park is inhabited by a huge number of wild animals, including the Big Five of Africa. Numerous elephants are found here, along with large herds of buffalos. Nyerere is a stronghold for lion and wild dog (painted wolf) populations, hosting some of the highest concentrations in Africa.

There are also spotted hyenas, jackals, and elusive leopards in Nyerere. Other large mammals commonly sighted in Nyerere include giraffes, zebras, hippos, wildebeest, and a variety of other antelopes such as impalas, sable, puku, greater kudu, eland, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, bushbuck, oryx, and waterbuck.

On day three we exit Nyerere National Park and head to Mikumi National Park. Located on the northern border of Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi forms part of the larger Nyerere Ecosystem. We spend day four on 4×4 game drives in Mikumi, going in search of the abundant wildlife and birds found here.

In the open grasslands of the Mkata Plains, we are likely to see numerous herbivores including Wildebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, and Eland (Africa’s largest antelope), amongst other antelopes. Elephants are also commonly sighted in Mikumi.

We may be lucky enough to see lions and even leopards or wild dogs. Other carnivores found here include Jackals, Hyenas, and Crocodiles. Mikumi hosts over 400 bird species too.

Day five of our Tanzania Safari takes us from the open plains to the lush forests of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. The mountainous Udzungwa Park is renowned for its exceptional biodiversity and scenic forest hikes. We hike up to the impressive Sanje Waterfalls, the highest waterfall in the Udzungwa Mountains.

Take a refreshing dip in the pools of the waterfalls and look out for birds and animals in this unique wild habitat. Udzungwa is home to about 10 primate species including three endemic species – the Iringa red colobus, the Matunda galago, and the Sanje crested mangabey.

On day six, we leave the forests and mountains behind making our way further west to the more remote Ruaha National Park of southern Tanzania. Ruaha is the largest national park in Tanzania yet it is known as one of the country’s best-kept secrets.  

Over the next two days, we go in search of the diverse wildlife and birds of Ruaha in our 4×4 safari vehicles. Ruaha is known for its exceptional predator sightings, hosting large populations of Africa’s big cats. One of Africa’s largest lion populations is found in the park, representing 10% of the wild lions left on earth.

Ruaha is home to one of only four sizeable cheetah populations (over 200 adults) found in East Africa. Plus the park hosts the third-largest population of endangered African wild dogs (painted wolves) in the world. To top it off Ruaha also serves as a stronghold for spotted hyena and leopard populations.

In addition to its impressive predator populations, Ruaha also provides sanctuary to over 10000 African elephants. In addition to Elephant herds, Buffalos are also commonly sighted, as well as various Antelopes, Giraffes, and Zebras.

On day eight we have breakfast at the lodge before driving to the airstrip at Ruaha. Here you catch a flight back to Dar es Salaam taking a picnic lunch along for the journey. Our 8 Day Tanzania Safari Nyerere Mikumi Udzungwa & Ruaha comes to a close back in the big city of Dar es Salaam.

Summary Itinerary

Day 1: Dar es Salaam – Drive to Nyerere National Park
Day 2: Explore Nyerere National Park
Day 3: Nyerere – Drive to Mikumi National Park
Day 4: Explore Mikumi National Park 
Day 5: Mikumi – Drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Day 6: Udzungwa – Drive to Ruaha National Park
Day 7: Explore Ruaha National Park
Day 8: Ruaha – Fly to Dar es Salaam

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Dar Es Salaam – Nyerere National Park

Begining from Dar es Salaam, you will be driven to Nyerere National Park with a picnic lunch en route. The drive takes five to six hours. Mid-afternoon, you will embark on a boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River, bringing you into close contact with hippo, crocodile, and fantastic birdlife.

Crocodiles bask on the river banks or glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippo appear nearby, grunting and blowing water. Check in to your lodge/ camp.

Overnight at the Selous Tented Camp, Selous Mapumziko Lodge, or Selous Serena Camp
Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Full Day Safari in Nyerere National Park

After breakfast, you will go for a walking safari, accompanied by rangers armed for about two hours. The aim is not to walk up to the potentially dangerous animals, but rather to be able to get a more intimate feel for the bush and take a closer look at some of the smaller but equally important members of the ecosystem.

After the walk, hop aboard the 4×4 and spend the rest of the day exploring Nyerere National Park. The vehicle is an excellent platform for photography. The Nyerere National Park is the largest in Africa, covering 30,893 km2. Nyerere is famous for its elephants, commonly seen lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbuck, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras, and greater kudus.

Overnight at the Selous Tented Camp, Selous Mapumziko Lodge, or Selous Serena Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3:  Nyerere  – Drive to Mikumi National Park

Today our extensive game drive takes us north where we exit Nyerere National Park and head to Mikumi National Park. Established in 1964, Mikumi National Park covers about 3 230 km² (1 247 mi²). On the open grasslands of the Mkata Plains, we are likely to see numerous herbivores including wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, and eland (Africa’s largest antelope), amongst other antelopes.

Elephants are also commonly sighted in Mikumi. We may be lucky enough to see lions and even leopards or wild dogs. Other carnivores found here include jackals, hyenas, and crocodiles. Mikumi hosts over 400 bird species too.

Bird sightings include yellow-throated long claws, bateleur, and African fish eagles, black-bellied bustards, lilac-breasted rollers, marabou storks, oxpeckers, straw-tailed whydahs, and Boehm’s bee-eaters.

Overnight in Camp Bastian Mikumi, Stanley Kopje Camp, or Tan-Swiss Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Explore Mikumi National Park

On day four we embark on 4×4 game drives in Mikumi, going in search of the abundant wildlife and birds found here. Established in 1964, Mikumi National Park covers about 3 230 km² (1 247 mi²).

On the open grasslands of the Mkata Plains, we are likely to see numerous herbivores including wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, and eland (Africa’s largest antelope), amongst other antelopes. Elephants are also commonly sighted in Mikumi.

We may be lucky enough to see lions and even leopards or wild dogs. Other carnivores found here include jackals, hyenas, and crocodiles. Mikumi hosts over 400 bird species too. Bird sightings include yellow-throated long claws, bateleur, and African fish eagles, black-bellied bustards, lilac-breasted rollers, marabou storks, oxpeckers, straw-tailed whydahs, and Boehm’s bee-eaters.

At around sunset, we leave Mikumi Park and return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight in Camp Bastian Mikumi, Stanley Kopje Camp, or Tan-Swiss Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5: Mikumi – Drive to Udzungwa Mountains National Park (Hiking in Udzungwa – Sanje Waterfalls)

Day five takes us from the open plains to the lush forests of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. The mountainous Udzungwa Park is renowned for its exceptional biodiversity and scenic forest hikes. Although this relatively small Tanzanian national park only covers about 1990 km² it incorporates diverse habitats, including tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, steppe, and grassland.

This afternoon we hike up to the impressive Sanje Waterfalls, the highest waterfall in the Udzungwa Mountains. Take a refreshing dip in the pools of the waterfalls and look out for birds and animals in this unique wild habitat. The Udzungwa Mountains are nicknamed the ‘Galapagos Islands of Africa’ given the high levels of endemism and rich biodiversity.

Udzungwa is home to about 10 primate species including three endemic species – the Iringa red colobus, the Matunda galago, and the Sanje crested mangabey. Baboons and vervet monkeys are often seen and we may also spot endemic butterflies, birds, amphibians, and reptiles in this less-visited park.

More than 2500 plant species have also been recorded in the Udzungwa Mountains Park, a quarter of which are only found here. Then there are about 400 species of birds, including several endemic species.

After our beautiful hike in the Udzungwas, we return to our lodge.

Overnight in Udgzungwa Mountain View Camp, Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp, or Udzungwa Falls Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6: Udzungwa – Drive to Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, we leave the forests and mountains behind making our way further west to the more remote Ruaha National Park of southern Tanzania. Ruaha is the largest national park in Tanzania yet it is known as one of the country’s best-kept secrets. This southern Tanzania national park remains one of the wildest and most unspoilt wilderness areas in Africa.

Reaching Ruaha we proceed to our fully-serviced mobile camp located inside the national park (in season) or a tented lodge bordering on the park. Keep an eye out for huge bull elephants, hunting lions, and leopards lazing in the trees as this is big game territory!

Optional activities available at an extra cost include walking safaris in Ruaha, night game drives, and even hot-air balloon safaris!

Overnight Accommodation Kwihala Camp, Jabali Ridge, Mwagusi Camp, Mdonya Old River, Kichaka Camp or Ruaha Hill Top Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 7: Explore Ruaha National Park

Today is dedicated to wildlife viewing in Ruaha, Tanzania’s best-kept safari secret. The game viewing program is flexible allowing you to choose the timing and type of safari activities that suit you best. Pick between full-day or half-day game drives (included cost) and picnic lunches in the bush or hot lunches back at camp.

Optional activities available at an extra cost include walking safaris in Ruaha, night game drives, and even hot-air balloon safaris! The Ruaha National Park is known for its large elephant and buffalo populations as well as the exceptionally high number of predators found here.

Lions are especially abundant in Ruaha, which is said to host the second largest lion population on the planet. This is also a stronghold for endangered African wild dogs, as well as hosting impressive cheetah populations and numerous leopards.

Ruaha is situated in a transitional zone where eastern and southern ecosystems overlap resulting in an unusual mix of habitats and accompanying inhabitants, hence its remarkable diversity of plants, animals, and birds. It is one of the few parks where both greater and lesser kudu can be found, as well as rare sable and roan antelopes.

Ruaha also offers outstanding bird watching opportunities given the diversity and abundance of species. Over 580 bird species have been recorded, rare and endangered species included. We stay at a fully-serviced canvased camp inside Ruaha National Park (in season), enjoying a secluded Tanzania safari experience.

Overnight Accommodation Kwihala Camp, Jabali Ridge, Mwagusi Camp, Mdonya Old River, Kichaka Camp or Ruaha Hill Top Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 8: Ruaha – Fly to Dar es Salaam

We have breakfast at the lodge before driving to the airstrip at Ruaha. Here you catch a flight back to Dar es Salaam taking a picnic lunch along for the journey. Our Southern Tanzania Safari comes to a close back in the big city of Dar es Salaam.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

8 Day Tanzania Safari Nyerere Mikumi Udzungwa & Ruaha

8 Day Tanzania Safari Nyerere Mikumi Udzungwa & Ruaha Prices Include;

All park entrance fees + All game drives as per itinerary + Transport in 1 x 6 Seater 4×4 vehicle + Arrival and departure airport transfers in Dar-es-salaam  + 2 Night full board accommodation at Nyerere National Park + 2 Nights’ full board accommodation at Ruaha National Park + 2 Nights accommodation at Mikumi National Park + 1 Night accommodation at the Udzungwa Mountains National Park + Services of a qualified English Speaking African Spice Safaris Driver Guide & 1 Litre bottle of mineral water per person per day & Flight from Ruaha to Dar-es-salaam

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Notes:

* Optional Extras and Excursions include Boat Safari at Nyerere National Park, night game drive in Ruaha, Hot air balloon safaris at Ruaha, and Half-day walking safaris in Ruaha/ Nyerere National Park


8 Day Tanzania Safari Nyerere Mikumi Udzungwa & Ruaha Prices Excludes;

* Visas
* All International Flights + Taxes
* Travel & Personal accident insurance
* Excursions not detailed in the above program
* Gratuity & personal expenses such as telephone calls etc

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