Ruaha & Mikumi National Park TTSL 056

4 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

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.

The name of the park is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park can be reached by car on a dirt road from Iringa and there are two airstrips – Msembe airstrip at Msembe (park headquarters), and Jongomeru Airstrip, near the Jongomeru Ranger Post.

Overview

Ruaha 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. Because this park is less visited, the animals here tend to be less familiar with humans, something that makes a safari here a more authentic African experience.

For 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.

Mikuni 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. At about 5 km from the north of the park, there are two artificial pools inhabited by hippos. More than 400 different species of birds also inhabit the park

Ruaha & Mikumi National Park Highlights

  • Camp relaxing
  • Game drive in Ruaha National Park
  • Game drive in Mikumi National Park

Itinerary

Pick up from DSM city center and proceed to Ruaha National Park with picnic lunch.
The journey will see you leaving behind Dar es Salaam and the humid, low lying coastal belt. The highway crosses the hills of the coastal hinterland. The road then dips down onto scrub – covered plains. Tall termite hills are seen along the roadside together with local Masai like tribe, selling beaded necklaces and belts. You then pass the sisal plantations and begin to get glimpses of the beautiful Uluguru Mountains that soar above the plains and the town of Morogoro. The highway then passes through Mikumi National Park and you will get the opportunity to view the game. Beyond Mikumi, the roads climb the Kitonga hills which are part of the Udzungwa Mountains. The road then follows the Great Ruaha river and then climbs the Great Rift Espcapment and then past Iringa town and onto Ruaha River Lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge / Tungamalenga Lodge / Tandala / Mdonya Old River Camp.

Two full days game drives in Ruaha National Park with picnic lunch,
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge / Tungamalenga Lodge / Tandala Tented Camp / Mdonya Old River Camp.

Two full days game drives in Ruaha National Park with picnic lunch,
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge / Tungamalenga Lodge / Tandala Tented Camp / Mdonya Old River Camp.

After breakfast drive with your picnic lunch to Mikumi National Park. Relax at your camp.
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge / Tungamalenga Lodge / Tandala Tented Camp / Mdonya Old River Camp.

Morning game drives in Mikumi National Park. With picnic lunch drive back to Dar es Salaam END OF TOUR

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Ruaha & Mikumi National Park TTSL 056