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10 Day Camping Safari

The 10-day camping safari “Tanzania’s Highlights of the South” takes you to the national parks and game reserves in the remote south of Tanzania. This safari is perfect for Africa enthusiasts who love the African bush and the less crowded places.

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Highlights

Day 1-4 | Tanzania

  • Mikumi National Park – Game drives
  • Ruaha Valley
  • Iringa – Local market

Day 5-10 | Tanzania

  • Ruaha National Park – Game drives, walking safari
  • Udzungwa National Park – Hiking and Sanje waterfall
  • Selous Game Reserve – Game drives

Facts

Scheduled safari:
Tanzania’s Highlights of the South
Tourcode: ET10SOUCAM
From: Dar es Salaam
To: Dar es Salaam
Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants: 7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every third Friday
Price: 3,140 USD
Single Supplement: 160 USD
safari-vehicle camping

Day 1 Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park

After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up by your safari team. Soon you will leave the bustling city of Dar es Salaam and travel westwards on a good tar road to arrive at the small village of Mikumi in the afternoon. While the cook sets up camp and prepares for dinner, your guide will take you on an afternoon game drive in the Mikumi National Park. The park is home to elephants, zebras, warthogs, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes.You will overnight at a campsite outside the park, close to the village of Mikumi.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Mikumi National Park

You will spend the entire day on a game drive in the Mikumi National Park – the fourth largest game reserve in Tanzania. The park is intersected by the Tanzam highway dividing the park in two sections. The northwest is flat with grassy plains while the south is more bushy and undulating. The park is well-known for its big buffalo herds and a large elephant population of approximately 2,000 animals. The park is also home to a unique subspecies of giraffes, often seen grazing amongst acacia trees. You might also see kudus, sable antelopes, bushbucks, reedbucks, hyenas, baboons and lions. Ornithologists will also be kept busy as there are more than 400 bird species in the park. After a full day in the bush, you will return to your campsite in the early evening.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Mikumi – Ruaha River

After a relaxed breakfast your journey continues in the direction of Iringa, a town built by the German army in 1890. The road passes through the Baobab Valley, formed by the Great Ruaha River. On the way, you will have beautiful views of the river and the Udzungwa Mountains. You will spend the night at a campsite situated on the banks of the Little Ruaha River.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

 Day 4 Ruaha River – Ruaha National Park

Today the safari continues to the Ruaha National Park. On the way you can stop in Iringa to explore a local fresh produce market and shops. After replenishing stocks, the safari continues to the Ruaha National Park where you will arrive in time for an afternoon game drive. The night will be spent at an unfenced and rustic campsite outside the park.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Ruaha National Park

Today you will spend another day in the Ruaha National Park. The park with a size of roughly 10,300km² is the most visited national park in the southern part of Tanzania. Due to its size and the fact that the south of Tanzania is less visited than the northern parks, you will hardly see other safari vehicles. The park forms a border between Africa’s eastern and southern eco-system and is famous for its rugged beauty, kudus, over 570 bird species and elephants. You might also see buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rare wild dogs, sable antelopes and the huge roan antelope. The Great Ruaha River – the life source of the park – is home to crocodiles and hippos. During the dry season, animals gather around the water sources of the park, while the wet season is better for bird watching and flowers. After a long safari day, you will return to last night’s campsite for your overnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Ruaha Area – Udzungwa Mountains

Today will be a long drive and you will set off early in an easterly direction. The route goes via Iringa, Mikumi and Kilombero towards the Udzungwa Mountains. In the afternoon, you have time to discover this rain forest area and enjoy the tranquillity and silence of this mountain region. Overnight at a campsite next to the forest.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Today you will go hiking in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, one of 34 “World Biodiversity Hotspots”. The park can only be explored on foot and the lush green mountains are home to 30 m high trees, reptiles, 400 bird species, butterflies and other animals. Twelve species of primates such as the Udzungwa red colobus or the Sanje mangabey – one of the most endangered primates in Africa – live here. Over the last years the national park administration and the WWF have initiated a project to habituate some groups of the endemic red-headed guereza monkey and your experienced guide should be able to spot them. By lunch time you will reach the Sanje waterfall – the perfect spot for cooling off. During the afternoon, you will return to the campsite where you can relax after your hiking trip.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Udzungwa Mountains – Selous Area

After breakfast the journey will continue towards the Selous Game Reserve. After Morogoro, you will leave the tar road and drive along the Uluguru Mountains through remote villages towards the Selous Game Reserve. Selous is rugged and remote and far from the crowds. It is the largest wildlife conservation area in Africa and with the neighbouring Mikumi and Udzungwa National Parks forms an area as big as Switzerland. Overnight at a campsite on the western outskirts of the park.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Selous Game Reserve

Today you will explore the northern part of this large game reserve which is twice the size of the Serengeti National Park. The variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, grasslands, forests and swamps are home to a diversity of wildlife such as elephants, black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. The swamps and lagoons along the Rufiji River attract animals for bathing and drinking and are perfect for avid bird watchers as there are more than 350 bird species in the reserve. You will spend the night at a campsite on the eastern outskirts of the reserve.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Selous Area – Dar es Salaam

Today an impressive and diverse safari comes to an end. After breakfast you will drive east towards the Indian Ocean and you should arrive in Dar es Salaam at around midday. Your guide can take you to the airport or to a hotel of your choice. Karibu Tena – see you next time in Tanzania!
Breakfast; Lunch

Items included:

  • Camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Overnight stays in safari tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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  • Group sizes range anywhere between 2 and 7 people per vehicle and travellers come from all over the world.
  • There is no set age limit, however, we discourage parents with children under the age of 8 to join such a safari due to the lengthy drives and the fact that nights are spent on unfenced campsites. If parents are nevertheless convinced that their child / children are unfazed by the long driving distances and the travel time that goes with it, children are welcome to join the safari. But please keep in mind that the responsibility for each child lies with you as a parent at all times.
  • Nights are spent on basic campsites inside the national parks or on the outskirts thereof. Clients are provided with spacious two-man dome tents (2.1 x 2.1 m) that are equipped with mosquito nets and comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mats.
  • Yes, communal ablution facilities can be found on all campsites. Most of them are very basic and hot water is few and far between.
  • We make use of reconstructed 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruisers), that have been designed to conquer the ever demanding road conditions in East Africa. All vehicles have pop-up roofs that can be opened during game drives and a window seat is guaranteed for each guest.
  • The tour is run on a full-board basis and meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is also provided, whereas all other beverages (soft drinks & alcohol) are excluded and on your own account.
  • Breakfast can include eggs, sausages or bacon and toast and jam. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also provided.
  • Lunch-boxes are provided for lunch and are enjoyed en-route at a picnic spot. These usually contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
  • Dinner is freshly cooked and meals consist of meat or fish and some sort of starch (pasta, rice, mashed potatoes etc.) and vegetables.
  • Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
  • We will provide you with a detailed packing list at the time of booking – (please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or wish to hire a sleeping bag).
  • Luggage is restricted to one large bag / rucksack weighing no more than 15 kg. Furthermore, every traveller is allowed one piece of hand luggage.
  • Due to the limited space in the vehicle, we kindly ask guests to refrain from travelling with suitcases as storing them in the vehicle could prove a problem. Please also do not forget to check the baggage allowances of your respective airlines.
  • Yes, we suggest that you bring some spending money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
  • Please only bring USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • Tips are not included in the price and we recommend 15-20 USD per group per day for the guide and 10-15 USD per group per day for the cook.
  • Most nationalities can apply for a visa upon arrival in Tanzania but all travellers need to contact their respective embassies to check the latest visa regulations. Furthermore, it is the sole responsibility of each traveller to be in possession of the required documents.
  • We do recommend that you get a yellow fever vaccination as Tanzania finds itself in a yellow fever region.
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations are not required, but nevertheless recommend by us.
  • Malaria is also present and we hence suggest some precautions for this as well. Please contact a travel clinic or your health care practitioner for further information on prophylaxis and the effects and side effects that come with it.
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