Nyerere, Mikumi, Ruaha National Parks & Zanzibar Island TTSL 059

13 Days

 

Safari & Tours Info

  • Professional 4x4 vans drives
  • Available all though the tour
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Guided by a professional English speaking driver guide
  • 5 Star Hotels and Lodges
  • Arusha, Tanzania
 

Nyerere National Park is located in south-eastern Tanzania and was carved out of the Selous Game Reserve. Prior to the creation of the Nyerere National Park, the Selous Game Reserve measured approximately 54,600 square kilometers, which at the time made it the 11th largest national park in the world.

Mikumi National Park landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. The area north-west is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata. The vegetation of this area consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm.

Ruaha National Park is a national park in Tanzania. The addition of the Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetlands to the park in 2008 increased its size to about 20,226 km2 (7,809 sq mi).
The park is about 130 kilometres (81 mi) west of Iringa. The park is a part of the 45,000 square kilometres (17,000 sq mi) Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem, which includes the Rungwa Game Reserve, the Kizigo and Muhesi Game Reserves, and the Mbomipa Wildlife Management Area.

Zanzibar Beach Holiday is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO has declared Stone Town one of the world’s historic cities, and it’s now a protected area in Zanzibar. Moreover, the Zanzibar Beach Holiday tour takes you to the former site of the slave market, the cathedral (Cathedral Church of Christ) built on its site in 1874, the Sultan’s palace, and more. Relax at leisure on the beach.

Overview

Nyerere National Park is home to a large number of birds and mammals. Tourists visiting this park have a good chance to spot Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino and other plains game such as Giraffe and Zebra.

Mikumi National Park fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. The park contains a subspecies of giraffe that biologists consider the link between the Maasai giraffe and the reticulated giraffe. Other animals in the park are elephants, zebras, impala, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes.

Ruaha National Park welcomes bird watchers, there are more than 430 recorded bird species in the park combined with Selous Reserve. Some of the birds one can spot here include the Giant Kingfishers, Pink-backed Pelicans, White-fronted Bee-eaters, African Skimmers, Ibises, Yellow-billed stork, Purple-crested Turaco, Malagasy squacco Heron, Fish Eagles, Hornbill and many more birds.

Zanzibar brings you a number of activities that will give you a relaxing a refreshing and learning moment. The endless white and blue beach leisure, spice adventure and city tour within stone town to experience the true culture and history of Zanzibar.

Nyerere, Mikumi, Ruaha National Parks & Zanzibar Highlights

  • Game drive in Ruaha National Park
  • Game drive in Mikumi National Park
  • Game drive in Nyerere National Park
  • Day-trip to Stone-Town, the capital of Zanzibar
  • Diving
  • Sand beach walk

Itinerary

on arrive in to J. K. Nyerere international airport. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel in Dar es Salaam. Day at leisure in Dar Es Salaam. Overnight at Holiday Inn or similar

After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and head to Nyerere National Park, a 5 to 6 hour drive south. Pass through Dar es Salaam's small villages where subsistence agriculture and coconut plantations are the predominant features. Arrive at Kibiti, the last village before heading onto smaller tracks and fuel up before heading on to Africa's largest wildlife reserve. The small track heading through the increasingly dense woodland starts to yield signs of forest dwelling antelope, baboon and elephant mingled with locals carrying firewood on their heads or families on bicycles. Pass many remote villages where countless children sing and chant as you go past.
Afternoon arrival at the Reserve gate where you start to encounter sizeable concentrations of game and the magnificent Rufiji River. Game drive on the way to Camp, inside the reserve for a late afternoon arrival. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp.

After breakfast, explore the photographic section of the Nyerere National Park, north of the Rufiji River. Most of the Reserve is off-limits to regular tourism due its remoteness and remains relatively undeveloped. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp

After breakfast, explore the photographic section of the Nyerere National Park, north of the Rufiji River. Most of the Reserve is off-limits to regular tourism due its remoteness and remains relatively undeveloped. Dinner and overnight at Selous Impala Camp.
A boat excursion on the mighty Rufiji River is highly recommended as it brings you into close contact with hippo, crocodile and fantastic birdlife. Animals make their way to the river to drink and boats may approach elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck and other game on the river banks to within a few meters. Crocodile glide into the water as your boat approaches and hippo appear in frightening proximity, grunting and blowing steam.
Game walks with armed rangers can last a few hours or take the whole day. For early risers, a full English breakfast on the banks of the Rufiji after encounters on foot with elephant, monkeys, giraffe and other game is an experience to remember.
The sheer size of the Nyerere National Park means that game drives are conducted in near privacy, without only the rare encounter with other tourists the entire day. Unlike the northern parks, Selous remains relatively unknown, yet has an incredible concentration of wildlife.

After breakfast, depart to Mikumi National Park to the north west. This is a full days drive put through the western gate of the Nyerere National Park at Matambwe. From Matambwe, the road follows the railway and heads up along the southern edge of Mikumi and along the Uluguru mountains. Passing villages and fields on the way, the route winds its way up through the mountains and passes through the catchment forest where Colobus and other monkeys are seen. Descend to Morogoro, a sizeable bustling town on the Tanzania - Zambia highway. From Morogoro, follow the highway into Mikumi, about one hour from Morogoro. The highway passes through Mikumi park. Dinner and overnight Foxes Safaris Camp

Morning game drive in Mikumi and onto the Mkata floodplain. Good prospects for sighting lion. Mikumi is a popular park easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. Later head on towards Iringa and Ruaha National Park
Follow the highway to Iringa, passing the Ruaha River gorge and the Udzungwa Mountains across the river. The road is spectacular and wild, passing through Baobab Valley before heading into the southern highlands. The drive to Ruaha is a full days excursion and it is only in the late afternoon that we arrive in Ruaha National Park, after following the never ending road leading to Ruaha from Ruaha - a red earth road, cushioned on both sides by never ending bush. Once in Ruaha, head to Ruaha River lodge, south of the entrance gate and unpack for the evening, relaxing after the long drive. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge.

Full days exploring Tanzania's second largest park. Optional game walks along the Ruaha River are well worthwhile. Alternatively, make your way in your vehicle through the network of roads in search of game. Ruaha boasts some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Tanzania, and also offers excellent possibilities for encountering lion, leopard and cheetah. Furthermore, Sable and Roan antelope are found here as well as both species of kudu. Spend the whole day out with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Ruaha River lodge for dinner and overnight.

Full days exploring Tanzania's second largest park. Optional game walks along the Ruaha River are well worthwhile. Alternatively, make your way in your vehicle through the network of roads in search of game. Ruaha boasts some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in Tanzania, and also offers excellent possibilities for encountering lion, leopard and cheetah. Furthermore, Sable and Roan antelope are found here as well as both species of kudu. Spend the whole day out with a picnic lunch. Late afternoon return to Ruaha River lodge for dinner and overnight.

Morning game drive, followed by charter flight to Zanzibar. In Zanzibar, you will be met and transferred to the South East Coast. Here the white sand is like flour and the sea, turquoise-blue. The beach is lined by coconut palms and almost devoid of other tourists. Spend the next 4 nights at Baraza Resort & Spa.

Full days on Zanzibar. If you are a diver, East Coast has one of the best dive centers on the island. Fully equipped, all you need bring is your diving certification. Non-divers may also take lessons. Other activities include lazing on the amazingly beautiful beach, doing a spice tour or a day-trip to Stone-Town, the capital of Zanzibar which is one hour away.

Full days on Zanzibar. If you are a diver, East Coast has one of the best dive centers on the island. Fully equipped, all you need bring is your diving certification. Non-divers may also take lessons. Other activities include lazing on the amazingly beautiful beach, doing a spice tour or a day-trip to Stone-Town, the capital of Zanzibar which is one hour away.

Full days on Zanzibar. If you are a diver, East Coast has one of the best dive centers on the island. Fully equipped, all you need bring is your diving certification. Non-divers may also take lessons. Other activities include lazing on the amazingly beautiful beach, doing a spice tour or a day-trip to Stone-Town, the capital of Zanzibar which is one hour away.

Morning departure for the airport, passing stone-town en-route. Time for shopping and a look around before heading for your flight to Dar es Salaam and onward flight (B)
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Nyerere, Mikumi, Ruaha National Parks & Zanzibar Island TTSL 059