he 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 travelers decide to fly from one park to another. The Southern Safari Circuit of Tanzania, on the other hand, features more off-the-beaten-track safari destinations. These are the wilder, less-explored parks of Tanzania. Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve are two of the most sought-after gems in southern Tanzania. The ‘best-kept safari secrets’ of Tanzania, these parks are on the bucket lists of many seasoned safari-goers

The south can also be combined with the Serengeti in the north or linked with the west if time and budget allow. The southern circuit includes parks and reserves that can be visited using Dar es Salaam as a starting point. There’s Saadani National Park north of Daresalam, then two hours to the west the little park of Mikumi on both sides of the highway that meanders down to Iringa and Mbeya and eventually to Zambia or northern Malawi.

Best Season:July, August, September, October, November, December
Popular Location: Nyerere National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa national Park, Udzungwa National Park, Mikumi National Park