Overview

Tanzania is one of the finest bird watching destinations in Africa, with 1140 species including 200 migrants and 74 marine birds present. Tanzanian avian safaris are best in the rains for migrants and residents in breeding plumage. The preeminent birding locations include Arusha National Park, with 400 birds in a diversity of habitats contained in a small area. You may observe on a white-faced whistling duck, with its whistling three-note lament, or a dusky flycatcher. Tawny eagles and buzzards hover above Ngurdoto Crater, whilst the Momella Lakes is the place for water birds and waders. Lake Manyara National Park offers pink flamingos, pelicans, storks, cormorants, hornbills and many more with over 400 recorded species. Greater and lesser flamingos are also found in Ngorongoro Crater and millions mass on their breeding ground at Lake Natron. Your Birding, Wildlife and/or Photographic Safari experience with us is a discovery of what these exciting destinations offer in terms of avian (bird life), Big game Viewing, People, Mountains and Scenery, and not forgetting the wealth of experience behind them. Come and see for yourself this greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth with terrific birding experience amidst beasts.

Tour Highlights

  • Ruaha National Park, the less visited south, lies deep in the South with its striking, rugged landscapes and abundant wildlife.
  • The great Ruaha River that provides life to the park, flows through the eastern side of the park and is home to hippos, crocodiles and the bird count is over 400 species of birds such as Racket Tailed Roller, Pale billed Hornbill, Shelley’s Sunbird and Hoopoes.
  • Other animals you can see either from a safari vehicle or on a walking safari include roan and sable antelope, wild dog, buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant.

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Include

  • All airport pick up and transfers
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • mineral water
  • Hotel, Lodges & Tented Camp
  • Meals

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure.
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic Drinks and beverages in lodges

Safari Itinerary

Day 1 Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

Jambo and welcome to East Africa! This morning you meet up with your guide in Tanzania's bustling port city of Dar es Salaam. Departing from Dar es Salaam we drive to Mikumi National Park on Tanzania's Southern Safari Circuit. Arriving at our first lodge, close to Mikumi Park, the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to unwind and enjoy the pool.

Accommodation: Tan Swiss Lodge

Day 2 Mikumi National Park

We get up early on day two of our private safari and set off into the unspoilt bush in search of wild animals and birds. The whole day is dedicated to 4x4 game drives in Mikumi National Park. The grasslands of Mikumi resemble the open savannahs of the Serengeti Plains dotted with acacias and baobab trees. On our wildlife safari in Mikumi, we are likely to spot elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, warthog and an assortment of antelopes roaming around. Predators found here include wild dogs, lions, jackals, hyenas and even leopards. We may also see giraffes, hippos, baboons and vervet monkeys. Mikumi is also one of Tanzania's important birding areas, with over 400 species recorded here. Species include Boehm's bee-eater, lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated long claw, Dickinson's kestrel, straw-tailed whydah, Bateleur eagle, superb starling and African fish eagle. At the end of an action-packed day of game viewing, we return to our comfortable lodge just outside of Mikumi for a relaxing evening.

Accommodation: Tan Swiss Lodge

Day 3-5 Mikumi to Ruaha National Park

On day three we leave Mikumi, travelling west to Ruaha National Park. The drive takes around five hours and covers about 320km. The next few days are set aside for exploring the spectacular landscapes of Ruaha National Park in search of wildlife and birds. Due to its isolated location, Ruaha is a less-explored and often overlooked gem with a truly wild and undisturbed feeling. This is Tanzania's largest national park, covering about 20 226 km² (7,809 mi²) of grassy plains and gentle hills sprinkled with acacia and baobab trees. Here, in this remote Tanzanian wilderness area, we escape the bustle and noise of modern life, tuning into the rhythms of the unspoilt African bush.

Ruaha is a predator hotspot, hosting one of the world's largest lion populations and one of the few sizeable populations of cheetahs in East Africa. The national park is also home to one of Africa's largest populations of endangered African wild dogs, numerous leopards and hyenas. In addition to impressive carnivore sightings, we are sure to see elephants on our 4x4 game drives in Ruaha, which hosts over 10000 African elephants. We are also likely to see Cape buffalos as Ruaha hosts large herds of this member of the Big Five, along with plenty of giraffes, zebras, hippos, impalas and other antelopes. Ruaha is situated where eastern and southern vegetation zones meet, resulting in an unusually high diversity of plant and animal species, including rare antelope species. Both greater and lesser kudu are found here, as well as sable and roan antelopes, along with more common species such as bushbuck, eland and Grant’s gazelle. For the next two nights, we stay at a fully-serviced mobile camp in the heart of Ruaha National Park, enjoying an authentic African safari experience in canvas tents.

Accommodation: Fully-serviced tented mobile camp

Day 6 Ruaha National Park to Morogoro

Today we say goodbye to the untamed wilderness of Ruaha and head to an organic farm just outside of Morogoro. In the afternoon we take a tour of the working farm to see the hibiscus, chillies and herbs grown here. Find out a bit about the history of this tranquil place and see how the chillies are prepared or taste some delicious hibiscus jam and sample their herbal teas. We spend our last night in spacious guest cottages looking out onto the Uluguru Mountains - a classical 'Out of Africa’ style experience.

Accommodation: Mbuyuni Farm Retreat

Day 7 Morogoro to Dar es Salaam

After breakfast on the last morning of our Southern Tanzania Private Safari, there's time for one last walk on the farm or a dip in the pool. Then we depart for Dar es Salaam making our way back to where our memorable adventure began.

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