This is a great safari for animal and bird lovers who wish to experience unspoilt, less crowded southern parks of Tanzania without spending a huge amount. Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa National Parks work well together in combination providing a fantastic diversity of habitat and fauna. This itinerary is also available with a higher standard of accommodation if your budget permits - just let us know.

Mikumi Ruaha Udzungwa 6 Days Budget

Day 1: Depart Dar Es Salaam early and transfer by safari 4x4 to Mikumi National Park. Here you will settle into your campsite beneath a huge boabab tree and have lunch. Afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight camping in the park with an armed ranger for your protection.

Day 2: Morning game drive, breakfast, transfer to Iringa where you will have lunch and pick up supplies in the colourful local market before carrying on to Ruaha National Park. Here you will game drive to the Ruaha River where you will stay on the banks at Msembe Bandas.

Day 3: Full day exploring Ruaha National Park looking for Wild Dogs, cheetahs, leopards and super prides of up to 20 lions. Based at Msembe Bandas.

Day 4: Morning game drive, transfer (lunch on the way) to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Here you will stay at Hondo Hondo Camp in a thatched banda next to the forest. Udzungwa is part of the Eastern Arc range of mountains and is known as the 'Galapogos of Africa' due to its high degree of endemism. There are several endemic primates on site at Hondo Hondo and over 100 bird species may be seen.

Day 5: Hike into the superb primary forest to the base and then the top of the spectacular 180m Sanje Waterfall looking for primates on the way (Iringa Red Colobus and Sanje Mangeby). Swim in plunge pools, see endemic African Violets growing in the spray zones and have lunch in the forest on the top of the falls. Descend after enjoying superb views. Return to Hondo Hondo for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Morning bird and monkey walk along the forest edge at Hondo Hondo, breakfast, transfer to Dar with lunch on the way. End of safari.

Price from $1200 per person depending on your group size.

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  • All the Parks visited are really wonderful, especially Ruaha and the "king" Katavi that worth absolutely the long trip (at least in our point of view). Yahaya and Salim are like two friends.

    Massimo Randi

    Austria, Jul 2013

  • We had a most wonderful safari--thank you! Salim and Yahaya were great. We'll be sure to suggest Wild Things to any friends who may be thinking of visiting Tanzania.

    Sheri Six

    United States of America, Sept 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

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    Serino Margaret

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • We had a fantastic trip. Your excellent organisation, your guide - Max, was exemplary in every way, were major contributors to this. Many thanks for making ours, a trip of a lifetime.

    Richard Goldberg

    United Kingdom, Jun 2013

  • We had a wonderful time on safari. The vehicle was great, reliable and comfortable. Our guide Amos was fantastic, he was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable and made our safari really enjoyable.

    Vickie Waltham

    United Kingdom, Aug 2013

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013