6 Days Mikumi and Ruaha Safari
Mikumi and Ruaha Safari is a special adventure trip to the southern Tanzania pristine parks where you will enjoy un-crammed game viewing experience. Both the Mikumi and Ruaha national parks are the lesser known parks despites of having a large number of game animals and stunning landscapes. Due to this reason there is only few tourists visit annually compared to their counterpart northern Tanzania parks.
Mikumi National Park is the fifth largest national park in Tanzania with an area of about 3230 square kilometers. This park borders with Selous game reserves to the south and share the same ecosystem which allow animals to migrate between the two parks. The game viewing experience in Mikumi is amazing due to the presence of abundant wildlife and birds.
Ruaha National park on the other hand is the second largest park after Selous game reserve. Similar to mikumi, Ruaha Safari offers a superb game viewing experience due to the presence of diverse landscapes which offer habitats to significant number of mammals. While on game drive you can easily spot large prides of lions with about 20 individuals. Large herds of elephants and buffaloes can also seen moving up and down to the Ruaha River to drink. The best time to visit Ruaha national park is during the dry season where shrubs and tall grasses are dry to offer a clear sight during game drives. However during this time is also when animals tends to congregate along the basin of the Ruaha river.
While doing Mikumi and Ruaha Safari you are guarantee to see a variety of animals like elephants, lions, zebras, wildebeest, elands, gazelles, hyenas and many antelope species. Both two parks have sufficient number of bird species which makes them to the best place for bird watching.
Mikumi and Ruaha Safari Itinerary
Day 1 -2 : Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National park
At 0800 depart Dar es Salaam with picnic lunch boxes for a drive to Mikumi National park. Mikumi National Park shares part of the Selous ecosystem which host a vast number of game animals. The Mkata Floodplain is possibly the best place in Tanzania to see the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The greater kudu and sable antelope found in the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders. On your arrival at Mikumi Proceed with the game drive till evening. Dinner and overnight Camp Bastian
Day 3: Mikumi – Ruaha National Park
Today after breakfast we continue with the Mikumi and Ruaha safari to Ruaha National Park via Iringa town where you will stop for lunch. As you arrive at Ruaha register at the park headquarters and continue with the game drive till evening. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha Tanapa Rest House.
Day 4: Ruaha National Park Safari
Morning and afternoon game drive in Ruaha National Park with the possibility to see different types of plain animals include, lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopard, hippos, wild dogs among others. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Ruaha rest house.
Day 5: Ruaha National Park Safari
Morning walking safari followed by afternoon game drives in the Ruaha National Park.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ruaha Rest House.
Day 6: Ruaha – Dar es Salaam.
Early morning breakfast then drive back to Dar es Salaam with your picnic lunch boxes.
End of Mikumi and Ruaha safari
Package Cost includes
Game viewing in an open roof safari vehicle.
All park fees as it is explained on the itinerary
Full board accommodation while on Safari
Fee for professional driver guide
Packages Cost Excludes
Tips/Gratuity for the driver guide and the camp staff
Travelers medical insurance
Items of the personal nature
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