9 Days Selous Mikumi Ruaha National Parks

Explore the famous National Parks in Tanzanias Southern Circuit. Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park. A feature of this Safari is the opportunity to participate in classic style game drives as well as boat and walking Safaris.

Day 1: Dar es Salaam / Selous Game Reserve  

You will depart from Dar es Salaam city centre in a 4x4 Safari vehicle to the Selous Game Reserve. 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 stay.


Day 2: Selous -Rufiji River Camp

Enjoy a full game viewing in the reserve. Participate in some classic – style game drives– exploring the bush in 4x4 vehicles. Waterbuck, southern reedbuck and bushbuck are common in Selous. Rare sable antelope, lion and greater Kudu also frequent this area. You will have your meals and overnight stay at Rufiji River Camp.


Day 3: Selous -Rufiji River Camp

After breakfast, accompanied by an armed ranger on a walking Safari in the Reserve. The sights and sounds (and smells) on a walking Safari are a special treat that will live long in your memory. The thrill of creeping up to animals to “shoot” them close ups with your camera is a great experience. In the afternoon, you will 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 bird may be seen. And you will also see land mammals such as giraffes and elephants. You will have your meals and overnight stay at Rufiji River Camp.


Day 4: Selous -Rufiji River Camp

Another full day game viewing in the Selous Game Reserve. You will enjoy your meals and overnight stay at Rufiji River Camp.


Day 5: Mikumi - Vuma Hill Tented Camp

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. You will have dinner and overnight stay at Vuma Hill Tented Camp.


Day 6: Ruaha - Ruaha River lodge

After breakfast you will 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 Africa 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. You will have 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. You will have dinner and overnight stay at Ruaha River Lodge.


Day 7: Ruaha - Ruaha River lodge

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 hippos and crocodile and attracts lions, leopard, hunting dogs, waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog and eland. Grants gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains. You will have your meals and overnight stay at Ruaha River Lodge.


Day 8: Ruaha - Vuma Hill Tented Camp

After an early breakfast, you will drive in Mikumi National Park. Lunch will be served 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, greater Kudu, wildebeest, roan and sable antelope. Predators include tree-climbing lions, leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackals. You may also see crocodiles, monitor lizards, yellow baboons and hippos. You will have dinner and overnight stay at Vuma Hill Tented Camp.


Day 9: Mikumi / Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, you will enjoy another game drive in Mikumi National Park. Return to the camp for lunch and then depart to Dar es Salaam, Drop off in the city centre.