Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park (Luxury) - 9 Days

Giraffes Selous Game Reserve

9 Days Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park offers the famous parks and reserve of south of Tanzania. The 9 Days Safari will offer you game drives, walking safari and boat safari.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest reserve in Africa and a UNESCO Heritage site. Selous Game Reserve covers over 50,000 sq km in size. It is part of the protected area in the southern part of Tanzania.

The name originates from a famous hunter and conservationist called Fredrick Selous. Fredrick died in Beho beho area in Selous in the year 1917, while fighting with the Germans during WWI

The famous river that passes through Selous is River Rufiji which connects into the Indian Ocean. The reserve also has multiple lakes such as Lake Manze, Lake Siwandu, Lake Mtagalala and Lake Zelekela.

Selous Game Reserve also has a hot spring in the Beho Beho area.

The animals that you are likely to see in Selous are lion, elephant, hippopotamus, wild dog, zebra, many types of antelope, bird life, giraffe, crocodile, wildebeest, buffalo, hyena and many many more.

Selous offers multiple activities such as Boat safari along River Rufiji, Walking safari inside the reserve accompanied by an armed ranger and Game drives.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the largest park not only in Tanzania but also in the whole of East Africa, covering around 13,000 sq km in area. It is the furthest park from Dar es salaam city, around 625 km away. It is at the center of Tanzania. The nearest town to this park is called Iringa, which is in the distance of around 130 km.

The name Ruaha is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which is at the heart of Ruaha National Park. The national park consists of a larger ecosystem of Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve and some other protected areas. The Ruaha River flows from the south-east portion of park and therefore, it is ideal area for game viewing.

The park is a bird paradise with over 570 bird species, some of which are migrating birds arriving from within and outside Africa. Ruaha National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in whole of East Africa. The Elephants here are the largest found in any other park or reserve in Tanzania.

Other animals that are likely to be viewed are Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Zebras, Impalas, Giraffes, wild dogs and many types of antelopes such as Sable, Kudu and Roans. Ruaha National Park also harbors multiple reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, snakes (poisonous and non-poisonous), monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs. There are more than 1,650 species of plants that are inhabiting the national park.

Since, the Ruaha National Park is the furthest park from Dar es salaam, it is combined with Mikumi National Park to reduce the long distance driving.

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is one of the famous parks in South of Tanzania, formed in year 1964 and the fourth largest park in Tanzania covering 3,230 sq km.

Mikumi is bordered by Selous Game Reserve in the south, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Uluguru Mountain on the other side.

The park is greatly compared to Serengeti National Park. The north-west is defined by alluvial plain of Mkata river basin. This area displays mainly Palm, tamarinds, acacia and baobab. Furthest to the area, there are rock formations called Uluguru and Rubeho mountains.

Mikumi National Park is greatly compared to Serengeti National Park. The north-west is defined by alluvial plain of Mkata river basin. This area displays mainly Palm, tamarinds, acacia and baobab. Furthest to the area, there are rock formations called Uluguru and Rubeho mountains.

The South-east side of the park is less accessible. Therefore, it has very little wildlife.

The animals that you are likely to see are lions, giraffes, zebras, impalas, kudus, elands, buffaloes, wildebeests, black antelopes, baboons and many more. It also has two hippo pools, 5 km on the north of the park. Mikumi National Park also exhibits over 400 species of bird life.

9 Days Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park will offer you game drives, walking and boat safari within one itinerary.

9 Days Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park will offer you game drives, walking and boat safari within one itinerary.

Day 1
Dar es salaam to Selous Game Reserve

Meet, greet by your driver/ guide and proceed to Selous Game Reserve. Have hot lunch on the way.

Late afternoon, perform boat safari along Rufiji River.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Game drive and walking safari inside Selous Game Reserve

Depart for Selous Game reserve after early breakfast. Perform early morning walking safari followed by a full day game drive inside the reserve with picnic lunch.

Dinner and overnight

Day 3
Game drive inside Selous Game Reserve

Depart for Selous Game Reserve after breakfast. A full day game drive inside the reserve with picnic lunch.

Dinner and overnight

Day 4
Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park

Proceed from Selous Game Reserve to Mikumi National Park via Matamwe gate and Mogorogoro town with picnic lunch. The drive will be around 8 hours.

Dinner and overnight

Day 5
Mikumi National Park to Ruaha National Park

Depart for Ruaha National Park via Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Kitonga Hills, followed through the Great Ruaha River with picnic lunch. The drive is around 6 to 7 hours.

Dinner and overnight

Day 6
Game drive inside Ruaha National Park

Depart for Ruaha National Park after breakfast. A full day game drive inside the reserve with picnic lunch.

Dinner and overnight

Day 7
Game drive inside Ruaha National Park

Depart for Ruaha National Park after breakfast. A full day game drive inside the reserve with picnic lunch.

Dinner and overnight

Day 8
Ruaha National Park to Mikumi National Park

Depart for Mikumi National Park via the Great Ruaha River, Iringa Town, Udzungwa Mountains National Park and Kitonga Hills. Picnic lunch will be provided. The drive is around 6 to 7 hours.

Dinner and overnight

Day 9
Mikumi National Park to Dar es salaam

Proceed for a morning game drive after breakfast with picnic lunch. Afternoon at 1200, depart for Dar es salaam city center. Arrive Dar es salaam around 2000 hours.

Price Includes:

  • Safari base vehicle + English speaking driver/guide
  • 8 nights full-board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off within Dar city center
  • Park fees & game drives
  • Boat and walking safari at Selous Game Reserve
  • Complimentary mineral water (1 liter per person per day)

Price Excludes:

  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Additional Mineral water: USD 5 per carton (12 bottles)
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Tips: we recommend US $ 20 per group per day
  • Dar es salaam airport transfers
  • Other personal expenses
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

Current prices are based on Low season (6/JAN – 31/JUN; 1/JUN – 30/JUN; 1/NOV – 23/DEC)

High season falls under 1/JULY – 31/OCT; 24/DEC – 5/JAN

High Season supplements are:

1 person: USD only
2 – 7 persons: USD per person sharing

Single room Supplement (SRS)

Rufiji River Camp

High Season: USD 200 per person per night
Low Season: USD 100 per person per night

Vuma Hills Tented Camp

High Season: USD 100 per person per night
Low Season: USD 80 per person per night

Ruaha River Lodge

High Season: USD 80 per person per night
Low Season: USD 60 per person per night

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What documents do I need?

The most important documents are your valid passport and Tanzanian visa. A 3 month tourist visa and single entry is US $50, although Americans pay US $100 and available at Tanzanian airports and consulates.

You could also check to confirm the current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate, or your travel agent.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD 2,750 USD $ 2,700/person
2700
Total $ 2,700 USD

Trip Facts

  • 4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • 7
  • Game drives, Boat safari, Walking safari
  • Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park
  • 9 days
  • Rufiji River Camp, Vuma Hills Tented Camp, Ruaha River Lodge (Inside the parks/ Reserve)
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