7days Safari Mikumi & Ruaha
This is a perfect safari combination to explore two of the southern national parks in Tanzania.
Mikumi national park has a great variety of animals like the ‘Big Five’ and the chance that you will encounter lions climbing up trees is higher here than in other parks! Ruaha national park is not only the second-largest park but is probably home to more elephants than any other national park in East Africa.
This private safari offers you the flexibility to travel at your own pace, exactly the way you like it. You will have a private safari vehicle and guide. The hotels we selected for you during this safari are Silver class. If you prefer more luxury, you can choose Gold or Platinum class hotels.
DepartureJulius Nyerere International Airport
Arrival Dar Es Salaam - Hotel
Upon arrival at Dar Es Salaam airport, you will meet your NC Safaris guide. This will take you to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure, you can relax and enjoy the African atmosphere. Your personal and experienced Travel Impression Africa guide not only knows a lot about the Tanzanian culture but can also tell you a lot about the beautiful national parks and sights of the country. So don’t be afraid to ask your Tanzania Specialist guide questions – he will be happy to answer them all. This trip is an exclusive private safari so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest! You can decide for yourself when to leave in the morning and when to return in the evening. You can also observe a specific animal or herd for as long as you like during the safari. You don’t have to be considerate of anyone. Your personal guide will advise you during the safari so that your trip will be an unforgettable experience. Tomorrow morning your safari will begin!
Drive from Dar Es Salaam to Mikumi National Park
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and you will drive to Mikumi national park. This is a 4 hours drive and upon arrival, you will do your first game drive in the park. Mikumi’s open horizons and abundant wildlife draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. The park has a great variety of animals and most visitors come to Mikumi national park aiming to spot the ‘Big Five’ – cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. The chance that you will encounter lions climbing up trees is here higher than in other parks!
Full day game drive in Mikumi National Park
Today you have the entire day to explore more of Mikumi national park on a full-day game drive. The Mkata Floodplain is a wide area in Mikumi national park that is excellent for wildlife viewing. 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 favoured also by Mikumi’s elephants. 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 Mikumi national park’s borders. Hippos live in a pair of mud pools and are one of the highlights. These are situated 5 km north of the main entrance gate. They are supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds.
Drive to Ruaha National Park + afternoon gamedrive
After breakfast, you will leave Mikumi national park to drive to Ruaha national park. This is a 5 hours drive and upon arrival, you can do an afternoon game drive to explore Tanzania’s second-largest park! The Great Ruaha River flows through Ruaha national park and is the most important river in the park. Since it has a huge population of African elephants, chances are very good to spot large groups of them roaming around. It is probably home to more elephants than any other park in East Africa and it has nearly 10% of Africa’s lion population! Have your camera ready for some good pictures…
Full day game drive in Ruaha National Park
On today’s game drive through Ruaha national park you will probably notice the big variety of plants and trees. It is mainly characterized by its acacias and the many baobab trees. There are over 1,650 plant species that have been identified in total. Besides Ruaha’s huge population of African elephants it is also home to great mammals like kudu, sable and roan antelopes which cannot be found in any other national park. Other animals to spot here include leopards, cheetahs, giraffes. Many zebras, elands, impala, bat eared foxes and jackals live in the park. With a bit of luck, you may also see the endangered wild dogs in Ruaha national park!
6-7: Ruaha National Park - airport
In the morning you can make another game drive, depending on your accommodation and flight schedule. Then your driver transfers you to the airstrip for your departure flight to Dar Es Salaam and on day 7 you will arrive back home. You like to extend your safari to visit more national parks or with a beach holiday? Tanzania offers perfect paradises to unwind after your safaris, such as Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia.