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Highlights of Southern Tanzania - Game Parks, Peaks and 4x4 Adventure
Travelling in a private 4x4 safari vehicle and accompanied by an experienced local driver-wildlife guide you’ll experience a remarkable diversity of wildlife and scenery on this journey through Southern Tanzania. During your first 4 days you’ll enjoy game viewing in Mikumi then remote Ruaha National Park. Next you’ll make for the cooling highland air of Mufindi and a 2-night stay in a lodge surrounded by tea estates.
Then, in the Udzungwa Mountains there’s time to explore the forest in search of monkeys and chameleons, and swim in plunge pools beneath waterfalls. There’s chance to experience Tanzanian village life in the Uluguru Mountains before entering the wetlands and wilderness of the Selous Game Reserve by a little-used route. Your final days are spent watching wildlife in northern Selous by boat, on foot and by safari vehicle.
This Great Ruaha, Highlands and Selous Safari tour is based on good value superior lodge accommodation and is ideal for small private groups, families, couples and friends. If you’d prefer more or less time in any of the locations we include, or if you'd like to upgrade our chosen accommodation in Ruaha or the Selous, just contact us for a tailored quote.
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Safari Holiday Highlights
|1||Experiencing your first game drives in Mikumi National Park.|
|2||Scenery and wildlife of Great Ruaha River in Ruaha National Park.|
|3||Exploring the highlands and teas estates of Southern Tanzania.|
|4||Walk to waterfalls and spotting primates in Udzungwa National Park.|
|5||Cultural encounters and village life of the Uluguru Mountains.|
|6||Watch hippos, crocs and birdlife on a Rufiji River boat safari.|
Great Ruaha, Highlands and Selous Safari - Brief Itinerary
|Day 1||Dar es Salaam||Arrive Dar es Salaam; optional city tour of Dar.|
|Day 2||Mikumi N. Park||Head west to Mikumi N. Park; game drive in Mikumi.|
|Day 3||Ruaha N. Park||Early morning game drive in Mikumi; drive to Ruaha via Iringa.|
|Day 4||Ruaha N. Park||Morning and afternoon game drives in Ruaha N. Park.|
|Day 5||Ruaha N. Park||Another day of game viewing; optional walking safari.|
|Day 6||Mufindi Highlands||Transfer to tea estate and lodge in Mufindi highlands via Isimila.|
|Day 7||Mufindi Highlands||Optional walks, biking, horse-riding, fishing and visit to tea factory.|
|Day 8||Udzungwa N. Park||Scenic drive to Udzungwa Mountains N. Park via Iringa.|
|Day 9||Udzungwa N. Park||Monkey spotting in Udzungwa; optional walk to Sanje Falls.|
|Day 10||Uluguru Mountains||Drive to Morogoro; explore Uluguru Mountains and villages.|
|Day 11||Selous G. Reserve||Enter Selous; drive to Mtemere area with game viewing en route.|
|Day 12||Selous G. Reserve||Choice of activities - 4x4 safari, boat safari or walking safari.|
|Day 13||Selous G. Reserve||Another day of game viewing activities in the Selous.|
|Day 14||End||Fly to Dar es Salaam where holiday ends.|
Responsible Tour Operating in Tanzania
Specialist Tanzania works in close partnership with several locally owned and managed companies in Tanzania. We feel this approach has a more direct benefit on the local distribution of income from tourism. We support and fully endorse the recruitment and training of local guides, local group tour managers, drivers and representation staff. With our guiding principle of employing local people wherever possible our guests see a direct benefit in the improved local knowledge of our local team, whether that be knowledge of flora, fauna, history or just general Tanzanian life. Through this approach we can also maximise the amount of your tourism revenue that is delivered directly into the heart of the local economy.
Specialist Tanzania is also determined to do what we can to help minimise any negative impacts on the environmental, wildlife and cultural welfare of Tanzania through promoting responsible visitor behaviour; promoting waste reduction; facilitating cultural exchange between guests and local communities; supporting local businesses, goods and services; encouraging guests to eat local foods rather than imported foods; encouraging the conservation of natural resources like electricity and water; and promoting the importance of protecting the local environment and nature.
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