Southern Tanzania Highlights Safari (t3)
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Day 1 - Dar es Salaam - Selous Game Reserve
Pick up from Dar es Salaam city center and proceed to Selous Game Reserve with picnic lunch. Late afternoon boat safari along the mighty Rufiji River, Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp. You will discover the Rufiji River by boat, encounter hippos and crocodiles in good numbers. Some 350 bird species have been recorded in the Selous Game Reserve. These are typical of miombo woodlands, and the bird life supported by swamplands is of particular interest.

Day 2 - Game Drive in Selous Game Reserve
You will have a full day in the Selous Game Reserve exploration of the Reserve by 4 wheel drive vehicle; will permit you to have good photographic opportunities and the chance to explore different sections of vast park. Dinner and overnight at Rufiji River Camp. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest in Africa, covering 54,600 square kilometer. Selous iGame Reserve s famous for its hippos and elephants. Other species commonly seen are lions, wild dogs, buffaloes, bushbuck, impalas, elands, baboons, zebras and greater kudus. It was originally set aside as a hunting area where animals are abundant but more shy than the Northern Parks.

Day 3: Selous Game Reserve - Mikumi National Park
After early breakfast, you will start with morning walking safari, Later proceed to Mikumi National Park with picnic lunch, Dinner and overnight at Vuma Hills Tented Camp. Walking safari will give you a particularly intimate feel for the African wilds. It starts in the morning with a guidance of an armed ranger, takes 2 hours before you meet the driver at the reserve gate. Walking safaris offer a good chance of seeing giraffe, zebra, elephant, and good birding. The journey to Mikumi is the most amazing and truly wild and untouched areas of Tanzania. The drive will take you up into the Uluguru Mountains by unpaved roads, across rivers and past small local villages and farms. The drive is tiring but possibly the most rewarding and adventurous on the Tanzania Tourist Circuit.

Day 4 - Mikumi National Park - Ruaha National Park
After an early breakfast morning game drive of the Mikumi park with picnic lunch at 10:00hrs depart for Ruaha. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Camp. With 3,230 square kilometers coverage Mikumi National Park is well-known park in Tanzania. 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 (which are in large number), leopards, wild hunting dogs and black-backed jackal. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here including Eurasian migrants such as red billed oxpecker, marabou storks and lilac breasted roller.

Day 5 - Game drive in Ruaha National Park
After breakfast full day game drives in Ruaha National Park, Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Camp which is built overlooking the Great Ruaha River and blends into its natural surroundings to enable visitors to feel themselves part of the wild.

Day 6 - Ruaha National Park - Dar es Salaam
After breakfast, drive with your picnic lunch to Dar es Salaam. End of the tour.

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Rufiji River boat safari  [photo: Rufiji River Camp]

Rufiji River swamplands
An armed ranger leads a small group of tourists along the swamplands of the Rufiji River.  [photo: Rufiji River Camp]

Hippo grazing at the swamplands  [photo: Drew Weber]

Rufiji River Camp
The Rufiji River Camp consists in twenty tents facing the sunset, with comfortable beds, walled en-suite facilities, mosquito nets and all of the comfortable equipment of a lodge. Each tent has a private veranda under a roof of local straw (makuti) that creates the perfect place for reading, writing or just resting in the shade.  [photo: Rufiji River Camp]

Rufiji River Camp
A structure in the central part of the camp hosts the restaurant, bar and library, all with a view of the river and the sunset. All of the camp structures, kitchen included, are constantly renovated, attaining the highest level of comfort without sacrificing the emotion of a total immersion in a completely natural environment. Electricity and hot water are powered by solar panels, while UHV-filtered drinking water is available throughout camp (including tents).  [photo: Rufiji River Camp]

Rufiji River Camp
A covered swimming pool is situated in the camp, between reception and mess area.  [photo: Rufiji River Camp]

Giraffes at Selous Game Reserve
Two males will fight to the death for mating rites and territory. They will continue to hit each other until one giraffe will break the other's leg, which in essence is a death sentence. [...]  [photo: Drew Weber]

Crocodile at Selous Game Reserve
A crocodile showing off the chompers.  [photo: Drew Weber]

Lion cub at Selous Game Reserve  [photo: Drew Weber]

Frederick Courteney Selous
The Selous Game Reserve gets its name from the hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous (picture by George Grantham Bain). He was killed here during World War I. [...]  [photo: Wikipedia]

Elephant at Mikumi National Park  [photo: John Scholey]

Impala at Mikumi National Park  [photo: William Butler]

Sunset at Hippo Pool (Mikumi)  [photo: William Butler]

A giraffe at Mikuni  [photo: William Butler]

Superb starling  [photo: John Scholey]

Greater Kudu at Mikumi
Mikumi National Park and Ruaha Park as well, are plentifully populated by greater kudu, Grant's gazelle, lions, leopards and cheetahs. The high population of antelope is a function of the landscape which is a combination of acacia savannah and miombo woodland.  [photo: John Scholey]

Vuma Hills Tented Camp
The tents at Vuma Hills are situated on wooden platforms and fitted with double and single beds. The are all mosquito-proof and comfortable. The en-suite bathroom is fitted with a shower, basin and toilet and all the water is heated by solar power. Electricity is available until 11pm and drinking water is available.

Vuma Hills Tented Camp
After an exciting day of game-viewing, guests can either sit back and relax at the veranda overlooking the floodplain or enjoy the refreshing crystal clear waters of the pool

Vuma Hills Tented Camp
Vuma Hills Tented camp is perched above the trees stretching over the seemingly endless wilderness south west of Mikumi National Park. Consisting of only 16 chalets, Vuma is a far cry from traditional tented camping. Complete with shaded wooden veranda at the front and en suite bathroom facilities at the back, there is not much to be asked for.  [photo: Emil Sj÷blom]

Ruaha River Lodge
Unpretentious and relaxed, the Ruaha River Lodge is owned and run by the Fox family, and is well suited for those on a tighter budget. Although the lodge is relatively large, guests are divided between two different dining and lounge areas when it is full, so the atmosphere is slightly more personal than you might expect.  [photo: Ruaha River Camp]

Ruaha River Lodge
Each room, complete with an en-suite bathroom, is artfully decorated using African motifs. The high thatched ceiling gives each room an airy feel. The private verandah is an ideal place to gaze over the river and if lucky, one may spot a lot of game especially during the hotter part of the day.  [photo: Ruaha River Camp]

Ruaha River Lodge
Situated in a fantastic location right on the river, Ruaha River Lodge is the oldest lodge in Ruaha National Park. Each chalet overlooks the river that attracts a lot of game. Sandy, stone-lined pathways lead to Ruaha River Lodge's bedrooms, 28 detached cottages, or 'bandas', built of solid stone [...]  [photo: Ruaha River Camp]

Yellow Baboon at Ruaha
Yellow Baboon at Ruaha National Park.  [photo: Ken Zaremba]

Storks beside a waterhole  [photo: John Scholey]

Waterbuck at Ruaha  [photo: John Scholey]

Game drive by a 4x4 vehicle in Ruaha National Park.  [photo: Ruaha River Camp]

Ruaha River  [photo: Ruaha River Camp]

Ruaha National Park is part of the semi arid bush country that is common to Central Tanzania. Supported by the Great Ruaha River which flows along its eastern boundary, this 10,300 km▓ park comes a close second to Serengeti National Park in the north. The park is accessible all year-round, however the greatest concentration of animals can be seen in the dry season between june and december.  [photo: John Scholey]
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