Ruaha buffalos by Brian Harries

Southern Tanzania Budget Camping Safari

Tour Length10 days
Priced from pps $3140 R45502 £2376 2777 A$4434 C$4214 NZ$4565 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 7 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport 4x4 Vehicle / Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Leopards, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

The 10-day budget camping safari to Southern Tanzania Game Parks takes you to the unique and diverse National Parks and Game Reserves in the remote south of Tanzania. This unusual safari is for African Safari enthusiasts who love the real untamed African bush and less crowded wilderness adventures.

Explore Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa Mountains and Selous Game Reserve on this off-the-beaten-track Southern Tanzania Camping Safari at a great price!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

On day one of this Southern Tanzania Budget Camping Safari you will be collected after breakfast. After loading your luggage onto the safari vehicle, we leave bustling Dar es Salaam. We drive westwards on a good tar road, until reaching the small village of Mikumi in the afternoon and stay overnight at a safari campsite.

While the cook is setting up camp and preparing dinner, your guide will take you for an afternoon game drive in Mikumi National Park.

Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Today you have the full day to explore Mikumi National Park on extensive game drives.

Mikumi National Park is the fourth biggest park in Tanzania with an area of 3.230 km². Most parts of the park are open areas ideal for photo safaris, especially the seemingly endless Mkata Plains in the northwest of the park which resembles the Serengeti plains.

Mikumi is well-known for its big buffalo herds and the large elephant population with approximately 2000 animals. There are good chances to get the following animals in front of your lenses: zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, impalas, bushbucks, reedbucks, hyenas, baboons, lions and many more. After a full day in the African bush, you will return in the early evening to camp.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Mikumi National Park, Tanzania – Ruaha River, Tanzania

After a relaxed breakfast, we pack up camp and continue the safari to Iringa.

The road passes through the Baobab Valley, formed by the Great Ruaha River. On the way, you will have nice views of the river and the Udzungwa Mountains. Today’s campsite is nicely situated on the banks of the Little Ruaha River.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Ruaha River, Tanzania – Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Today, the Southern Tanzania Budget Camping Safari heads to Ruaha National Park.

On the way, the journey stops at Iringa, the biggest town in this region. In Iringa, you can find some buildings from colonial days and the colourful market place with its huge supply of fresh fruits and vegetables which is worth a visit. After stocking up on supplies, the camping safari continues to Ruaha National Park where you will arrive in time for a game drive in the afternoon. We overnight at a nearby campsite.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Ruaha National Park (10.300km²) is the most visited National Park in the southern part of Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the South of Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you have ample space and will encounter hardly any safari vehicles on your game drives.

Ruaha National Park forms a border between Africa’s eastern and southern eco-systems. Here you will find kudus, seldom found further north, as well as the southernmost breeding Grant's Gazelles. The source of life in the park is doubtless the Great Ruaha River with its huge numbers of crocodiles and hippos.

The drier that Ruaha National Park gets, the more the animals of the park congregate around this lifeline. During the dry season, you can see elephants (about 10 000), buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, antelopes, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, mongooses and plenty of other wild animals.

After a rewarding and busy day on safari in the game park, you will return to the camp in the evening.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Ruaha National Park, Tanzania – Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania

Today, the Southern Tanzania Safari covers a long distance and therefore an early start is necessary. We travel via Iringa, Mikumi and Kilombero to the foot of the Udzungwa Mountains.

In the afternoon, you have time to discover the surrounding area and enjoy the tranquillity and the silence of this mountainous region of Tanzania. We overnight at a campsite in this peaceful area.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania

Since 1992, the Udzungwa Mountains have been declared a national park to protect the rainforest, as well as several endemic plants and monkey species.

The Udzungwa Mountains offer a variety of hiking trails and today, there is plenty of time for a hike in this nature paradise. At lunchtime, you will have a picnic with a view of the Sanje waterfalls. The water falls over 300 meters through some cascades in the valley.

Within the last years, the national park administration in co-operation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiated a project to habituate some groups of the endemic red headed guereza monkey. Together with an experienced local guide, it is easier to spot the monkeys. In the late afternoon, you will return to the camp.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

After stretching your legs on the hike the day before, the camping safari continues. We pack up camp and journey towards Selous Game Reserve.

After Morogoro, you will leave the tar road and drive along to the Uluguru Mountains through remote villages towards the entrance gate. We spend the night at a campsite in the game reserve.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Selous Game Reserve is the biggest wildlife conservation area in Africa and together with the bordering Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks forms an area as big as Switzerland!

Today, you drive through the northern part of the game reserve suited to photo safaris. On the way, you have plenty of time for unique wildlife encounters in this unspoiled environment. Besides the typical residents of the African bush, you can spot up to 400 different bird species. However, it is not always easy to see the animals and birds because of the dense vegetation.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Today, we come to the end of the impressive and diverse Southern Tanzania Budget Camping Safari.

After breakfast, you will drive towards the Indian Ocean reaching Dar es Salaam at about noon. Then it is time to say good bye to your safari team at a hotel or at the airport, Karibu Tena. We look forward to welcoming you to Tanzania again!


Please Note:

If you would like to spend a couple of relaxing days at the beaches on the south coast of Dar es Salaam or on Zanzibar, this can be easily arranged.

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