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5 Days Southern Circuit

This trip will take you to Selous Game Reserve the largest game reserve in the world. The Selous was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982 due to the diversity of wildlife and undisturbed nature. Game drive, boat tour and walking safari are allowed in this park. Rufiji River is the interesting place where there are lots of crocodiles and hippos.

 

Day 1: JK Nyerere Airport – Dar Es Salaam City

 Meet and greet by our smiling professional tour/driver guide at Dar es Salaam International airport who will transfer to your hotel for overnight just for relaxation after a long journey on air.

Accommodation:     Southern Sun or Similar

 

Day 2: Dar es Salaam – Selous Game Reserve

After breakfast we drive to Selous Game Reserve. On the way we see rural life and interesting panorama. Due to the long journey from Dar es Salaam we relax at the lodge with good view of Rufiji River. Overnight at Lodge

Accommodation:     Rufiji River Camp or Similar

 

Day 3: Selous Game Reserve

After breakfast, we have our half day game drive, then there after boat tour at Rufiji River during the afternoon with chances of seen crocodiles, hippos and different species of birds.

The boat has perfect platform for seeing and photographing. Overnight at lodge

Accommodation:     Rufiji River Camp or Similar

 

Day 4: Selous Game Reserve

We have another full day game drive with our pick nick lunch box. Boat tour can be done as an optional activity. Overnight at lodge

Accommodation:     Rufiji River Camp or Similar

 

Day 5: Selous – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast we do walking tour, there after we go back to Dar es Salaam city. If the time will allow we can do city tour or visit local people as an option. Transfer to airport to connect with your flight back home or Zanzibar.

End of Tour

Included:

  • Park fees
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation with meals
  • Knowledgeable guide with open roof land cruiser 4x4.
  • Fuel.

Excluded:

  • International flight
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Traveling insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips to your guide and other personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

 

Pre – departure information

Departure

The Tanzania Wildlife Safaris departs from the Southern Sun Hotel in Dar es Salaam. When arriving in Dar es Salaam on day one, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Should you arrive prior to day one, pre-tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of day.

In the evening of first day of your safari, there will be a pre-departure meeting presented by your guide at your accommodation. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical.  Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Transport

Steppe Dogs Adventures uses fully equipped customized 8-seater 4x4 safari vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, are carried on the vehicle roof rack to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Traveling Times & Distances

All traveling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days traveling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered.   Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer.   Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure you’re traveling comfort at all times.

Accommodation

We make use of designated campsites, either within a National Park or on the banks of a river, or other places of interest. All campsites have shared ablution facilities with showers, flushing toilets and running water (unless otherwise specified in the detailed itinerary). Steppe Dogs Adventures tries to avoid crowded campsites and brings you to secluded spots, often supported by the local community. We make use of 3-person dome tents with the following measurements: 2.5 m x 2. 5 m x 1.8 m and accommodate two clients per tent. All tents are fitted with mosquito-screed windows and doors. In addition, we provide 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags can be hired at an additional fee of US$ 30 per sleeping bag for the entire tour.

Spending money

Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars and Tanzanian Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.

Meals

All meals will be prepared by your guide, either around a campfire in the evening or at a picnic site for lunch. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

First Aid Kid

Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration and it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory – please contact your Travel Clinic before departure.

Luggage:

Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Steppe Dogs Adventures Ltd stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small day-pack. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g. a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

Insurance:

It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Steppe Dogs Adventures has comprehensive public liability insurance.

 Packing:

Shorts                                                  Track suit                                      Walking shoes

Light trousers/jeans                               Swimming costume                        Sandals

T-shirts                                                Sun hat                                          Windbreaker

Warm clothes (May – August)                 Long-sleeved shirts                         Camera

Torch                                                   Mosquito protection                     

UV protection                                        Spare batteries

 

Visas:

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Tanzania prior to departure.

Detailed Information on Areas Visited

Tanzania

A land of plains, lakes and mountains, with a narrow, low-lying coastal belt, Tanzania is East Africa's largest country and also one of its most diverse.  Tanzania is home for more than 100 different ethnic groups, mostly of Bantu origin, each with its own language and customs.

Tanzania has one of the largest and wildest animal populations in the world.  Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, and flamingo - you name them. Blessed with some of the world's largest game reserves, the country also has one of the highest concentrations of elephant, buffalo, hippo, wild dog and chimpanzee.

Its spectacular topography includes The Great Rift Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro and famous parks such as the Serengeti and the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater.

Offshore are idyllic islands with beautiful palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas that surround pristine coral reefs.  The archaeological treasures of Tanzania include hominid fossils, which are more than 300 million years old.  Tanzanian music and dance dominates much of East Africa.  Strong in rhythm and renowned for hard-hitting lyrics, the country's Swahili-based sounds are kept very much alive by a thriving dance-band scene.  Nyama choma (barbecued meat) has taken over in a big way, especially in restaurants with attached bars.  But on the coast, on Zanzibar and Pemba islands, there's a decent range of traditional Swahili dishes based on seafood.

Recorded history begins around 1800, when the Masai warrior tribes were migrating from Kenya to Tanzania.  It wasn't until the middle of the 18th century that Arab traders and slaves dared venture into Masai territory in the country's wild interior.  European explorers began arriving in earnest in the mid-19th century, the most famous being Stanley and Livingstone.  The famous phrase ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’, stems from the duo's meeting at Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika. Tanganyika won independence in 1961 with Julius Nyerere as the country's first president. Nyerere, whose secret ingredient was radical socialism, gained widespread respect and is seen as one of the most influential leaders Africa has ever had.  Zanzibar was stuck for another two years, after which the mainland forged a union comprising Zanzibar and the nearby island of Pemba. Thus Tanzania was born.

There is a wide range of optional activities to make your experience in Tanzania absolutely unforgettable.  Some great views can be experienced while floating in a hot-air balloon over the Serengeti.  While swimming with dolphins is all the rage on the island of Zanzibar.  Snorkelling and scuba diving is equally popular due to the world-class coral reefs off nearby Pemba and Mafia

Saadani National Park:

Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park covers 1100km square. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About 30 species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish (over40), green turtle, Humpback whale and dolphins also occur in the ocean nearby.       

Gazetted in 2005, it encompasses a preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River as well as the Zaraninge Forest. Many villages exist around the boundaries of the park. Before being included in the national park, the zaraninge forest was managed by the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) whose goal was to preserve the extremely high botanical diversity of one of the last coastal rain forests remaining   in Tanzania.

Mikumi National Park:

Swirls of opaque mist hide the advancing dawn. The first shafts of sun colour the fluffy grass heads rippling across the plain in a russet halo. A herd of zebras, confident in their camouflage at this predatory hour, pose like ballerinas, heads aligned and stripes merging in flowing motion.

Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa's biggest game reserve - the Selous – and is transected by the surfaced road between Dar es Salaam and Iringa. It is thus the most accessible part of a 75,000 square Kilometers (47,000 square mile) tract of wilderness that stretches east almost as far as the Indian Ocean.

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains.

Lions survey their grassy kingdom – and the zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favored also by Mikumi's elephants.

Cross-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colorful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated long claw and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of water birds.

Ruaha National Park:

Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus  strepsiceros) which cannot be found in any other national park. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique.  

The Great Ruaha River as other rivers like Mwagusi, Jongomero and Mzombe save as the life line of the park. During dry season, these rivers become mostly the main source of water for wildlife. There are few natural springs saving the same purpose.

In the pick of dry season, elephants obtain water from dry sand rivers using their front feet and trunks. The remaining water falls along the Great Ruaha River are also important habitat for hippopotamus, fish and crocodiles.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park:

Brooding and primeval, the forests of Udzungwa seem positively enchanted: a verdant refuge of sunshine-dappled glades enclosed by 30-metre (100 foot) high trees, their buttresses layered with fungi, lichens, mosses and ferns.

Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern Tanzania. Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, this archipelago of isolated massifs has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet.

Udzungwa alone among the ancient ranges of the Eastern Arc has been accorded national park status. It is also unique within Tanzania in that its closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 metres (820 feet) to above 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) without interruption.

Not a conventional game viewing destination, Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers. An excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 metres (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below.

The more challenging two-night Mwanihana Trail leads to the high plateau, with its panoramic views over surrounding sugar plantations, before ascending to Mwanihana peak, the second-highest point in the range.

Ornithologists are attracted to Udzungwa for an avian wealth embracing more than 400 species, from the lovely and readily-located green-headed oriole to more than a dozen secretive Eastern Arc endemics.

Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa, including a forest partridge first discovered in 1991 and more closely related to an Asian genus than to any other African fowl.

Of six primate species recorded, the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey both occur nowhere else in the world – the latter, remarkably, remained undetected by biologists prior to 1979.

Undoubtedly, this great forest has yet to reveal all its treasures: ongoing scientific exploration will surely add to its diverse catalogue of endemics.

Selous Game Reserve:

The Selous Game Reserve is very remote with limited roads. It is possible to drive to the reserve in the dry season and (with much difficulty) in the wet season, but the road is long and rough. Most visitors will fly to one of several airstrips. Many lodges within the northern photographic zone offer a 'game package' service, that includes pick up, game drives, walks and boat safaris on the Rufiji River.

 

 

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