The protected areas of southern Tanzania are beautiful, wild and receive a lower number of visitors compared to the more famous and “popular” northern parks. The roads there are terrible and the distances much greater than around the northern circuit, so many travellers decide to fly from one park to another. For the entire northern itinerary you will have the same guide and vehicle but in the south the air transfers mean that game activities are run by the lodges and you will share them with other lodge guests. The areas not to be missed are the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Those who enjoy hiking and walking should also consider including a couple of nights at Udzungwa Mountains National Park. If you choose an overland tour of the southern parks, this will also include Mikumi National Park as Mikumi is on the way to Ruaha from Dar es Salaam.
From the Selous Game Reserve or from Dar es Salaam it is a half day’s drive to Kilwa Masoko and its beautiful beach, the starting point for boat trips to Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara, some of the first Arab settlements along the coast of Africa. From Kilwa it is possible to proceed further south, along a beautiful and almost deserted coastline, towards the sleepy town of Lindi and the ancient port of Mikindani, then as far as Mtwara and Mozambique.
SPECIAL DEAL SOUTHERN CIRCUIT FLYING SAFARI UNTIL 31/10/15
Selous Game Reserve by plane – 3 days, 2 nigts
Ruaha National Park by plane – 3 days, 2 nights
Ruaha & Selous by plane – 7 days, 6 nights
Extension to Fanjove Island, the last paradise – 4 days, 3 nights