Location: Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa Mountains, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve
  • Tanzania Fly-In Safari (10 days)

    If you are looking for a Tanzania Fly-In Safari in remote and untouchable Wildlife areas,
    then this safari will be the right choice for you …

    Day 1:
    Dar-Es-Salaam – Mikumi National Park
    In the morning you will start your Tanzania Fly-In Safari to Mikumi National Park. At the Airstrip you will be picked and transferred to your Camp. You will reach the Camp at Lunch time. In the afternoon the game drives start. Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa’s biggest game reserve – the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar-es-Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75.000 sq km tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean. The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular center piece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. After game drive you return to the Camp for dinner and overnight.
    MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
    Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Stanley`s Kopje

    Day 2:
    Mikumi National Park
    After breakfast you start again with game drive in Mikumi. Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi’s elephants. Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders. Lunch will be taken at the Camp. In the evening you return back for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Stanley`s Kopje

    Day 3:
    Mikumi National Park – Udzungwa Mountains Park – Mikumi National Park
    After breakfast you will be taken to Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, this archipelago of isolated massifs has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet. Udzungwa alone among the ancient ranges of the Eastern Arc has been accorded national park status. It is also unique within Tanzania in that its closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 m (820 ft) to above 2.000 m (6.560 ft) without interruption. Not a conventional game viewing destination, Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 m (550 ft) through a misty spray into the forested valley below. In the later afternoon you return to your Camp in Mikumi for dinner and overnight.
    UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
    Accommodation: Vuma Hills Tented Camp or Stanley`s Kopje

    Day 4:
    Mikumi National Park – Ruaha National Park
    After breakfast you will be transferred to Mikumi Airstrip and you proceed to Ruaha National Park. 1h later you reach Msembe Airstrip. You will be picked at the Airstrip and transferred to your Lodge/Camp for hot Lunch. In the afternoon game drives start. In the evening you return back to the Lodge/Camp for dinner and overnight.
    RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
    Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge

    Day 5:
    Ruaha National Park
    After breakfast you will start again for game drive in the National Park. Ruaha is the largest National Park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 13.000 sq km. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem, which includes Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas. The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. Ruaha National Park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu which cannot be found in any other National Park. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique. In the evening you return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge

    Day 6:
    Ruaha National Park
    After breakfast you will spend one last day in Ruaha National Park. The varied picture of the park is determined by rocky hills and mountain ranges of up to 1.900m altitude, the Ikungu mountains. Ruaha is known for its very large elephant population. Currently about 10.000 animals are roaming the park. The stock of the past 26.625 animals have been decimated by poaching. As the tourist use of the park is limited to the southeastern part of the park, there are large food reserves for the elephants available. The park is located in the transition zone between the East African acacia savannah and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa. Therefore Ruaha has an amazing variety of antelopes. Likewise, the area is a paradise for ornithologists. Of an estimated 475 species of birds living there, so far 436 have been identified. There are various types of hornbills, kingfishers and sunbirds. Many migratory birds wintering in the park, such as the white stork. In the evening you return to the Lodge/Camp for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Ruaha River Lodge

    Day 7:
    Ruaha National Park – Selous Game Reserve
    In the later morning you will be transferred to Msembe Airstrip and fly in the Selous Game Reserve. The afternoon is for leisure at camp. Selous is the largest game reserve in Tanzania, and covered more than 5 % of the total area of Tanzania. Hilly woodlands and plains, impressive rock formations, volcanoes and hot springs as well as the mighty Rufiji River, which forms a fascinating landscape of lakes, canals and lagoons, with all its tributaries, determine this charming ecosystem.
    SELOUS GAME RESERVE
    Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp

    Day 8:
    Selous Game Reserve
    You will have breakfast at the camp, then you start again for game drives. The real center of the Selous is the great Rufiji stream east of the Stiegler’s Gorge propagates a unique inland delta. The Rufiji forms large lakes, branches out into countless branches of the river with numerous islands, sandbanks and lagoons. Almost all African animal species are native to this area. Around 50.000 elephants, 160.000 buffaloes and the same number of wildebeest, zebra and impala estimated 50.000 to be reintroduced in a Wildlife Reserve. Further 150 black rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions and several species of antelope are found in the savanna regions. In the evening you will return to your camp for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp

    Day9:
    Selous Game Reserve
    You will enjoy a beautiful breakfast at the camp. You start again for game drive in Selous. Half of the total stock of Wild Dogs of Africa, about 1500 wild dogs lives in the Selous Game Reserve. Further nearly 50.000 hippos inhabit the “river”. The bird life is revered by connoisseurs as one of the richest in the whole of Africa. For lunch you will return to the camp. After lunch game drives will go on. The park is currently facing a significant environmental challenge from the progressive drying up of the Great Ruaha River. The river used to flow all year round, but since 1993 there have been increasingly long periods every dry season in which it has dried up completely. Different hypotheses have been advanced to account for this, and one view is that it is caused by the expansion of irrigation schemes for rice cultivation and growth of livestock keeping in the Usangu wetland, which feeds the Great Ruaha River. After Lunch at the Camp you start for boat safari. You can watch the hippos and countless crocodiles. Selous offers also a very rich bird life. Over 400 different species, also very rare ones among them, have found their home here. Particularly impressive is the African snake eagle, which can sail for hours without beating their wings in the air. Red bishop, Cattle Egret, Goliath Heron and malachite and giant kingfishers can be seen at the river banks. In the later afternoon you return to the Camp for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Rufiji River Camp

    Day 10:
    Selous – Dar es-Salaam
    After breakfast you finish the days in the South with a walking safari. For lunch you return to the Camp. After lunch you will be taken to the airstrip and fly back to Dar-es-Salaam.

    – – End of the safari – –

    Prices
    2018

    from $ 4.135.- per person
    from US$ 450 (single room supplement)
    from US$ 2.085 (children below 12 years sharing with parents)
    Accommodation in Luxury Tented Camps and Lodges

    Included:

    • 4/4 shared Safari jeep with qualified English speaking Driver Guide
    • Accommodation and full board on safari
    • 2 x Game drives per day
    • Boat and walking safari in Selous, (children below 16 years are not allowed doing walking safari)
    • Day trip to Udzungwa Mountains National Park
    • All Park Fees and Concession Fees
    • All Transfers to the Airstrips
    • Shared Flight Dar-es-Salaam -> Mikumi National Park
    • Shared Flight Mikumi National Park -> Ruaha National Park
    • Shared Flight Ruaha National Park -> Selous Game Reserve
    • Shared Flight Selous Game Reserve -> Dar-es-Salaam

     

     Not included:

    • International flights
    • All kind of tips
    • Personal expenses like Visa, telecommunication.
    • Travel insurance – which we highly recommend!

Note:
Game drives, boat safari (Selous) and walking safari (Selous) of the itinerary, are best organized and done on site. You will share the safari jeep with other guests!