Mikumi Ruaha Safari Overviews
Mikumi Ruaha Safari gives you the chance to visit two of the southern Tanzania most remote parks with vast game animals.
The Mikumi National Park is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania with an area of about 3230 square kilometers. This park was gazetted as the national park in 1964.
This park shares it ecosystem with the Selous game reserve as it borders Selous to the south which allows animals to move between the two parks at different season of the year. Despite of having a vast number of wildlife yet this park receives few tourist than the parks in northern Tanzania such as the Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti. When on Mikumi Ruaha safari you will start to spot game animals five minutes after the main entrance gate. Mkata flood plain in Mikumi national park is place with high concentration of animals so it gives high chance to see a variety of animal on game drive. Common animals in Mikumi national park include elephants, lions, zebras, wildebeest, elands, gazelles, hyenas and many antelope species. Mikumi is also recorded to have over 300 species of bird species so it is the best place for bird watching safari.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha national park is the largest park in Tanzania and it derives its name from the Ruaha River, which flows crossing the reserve in the southeastern margin. Ruaha River is only major source of water for animals is this park and during the dry season large herds of animals congregate at the banks of the river searching for green pasture and water. Most of the game drives are conducted along the banks of the river as there is where game animals can spotted easily. Ruaha is famously known for having the large population of elephants, buffaloes and prides of lions. While on game drive you can easily spot the pride of lions with over 30 lions dominated by the black mane males. Other animals which are frequently seen in Ruaha include greater kudu, giraffes, jackals and hyenas. The Ruaha national park is also a bird watchers paradise with about 436 species of birds. Visitors to Ruaha during the Mikumi ruaha safari tour can do both game drive and walking safari to experience the African safari.
Mikumi 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 Angalia tented Camp
Day 3: Mikumi – Ruaha National Park
Today after breakfast depart 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 in Ruaha National followed with afternoon game drive.
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.
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