Hippos in Selous

Baobab tree in Tanzania
Baobab tree in Tanzania
hippopotamus
hippopotamus
wildlife viewing
wildlife viewing
crocodile
crocodile

A guided private safari to the beautiful  Selous, Ruaha and Udzwunga National Parks

 

An exclusive trip to the South of Tanzania takes you to the magnificent National Parks, which are largely unknown to tourists. Undisturbed, far from mass tourism safaris with excellent animal encounters and observations. You will appreciate the hospitable and wonderful people of Tanzania. Our experienced drivers will let you participate in the great diversity of fauna and flora and explain the wildlife of East Africa. The varied landscape, fascinating boat tours in Selous and the mountain forest of the Udzungwa Mountains guarantee a top-class safari experience. Enjoy the comfort of small and unique lodges and enjoy the excellent hospitality. The lodges at Selous and Ruaha National Park are located right on the major rivers and offer an African wilderness feeling.

 

 

Tour Highlights

Map of the Hippos in Selous route
Map of the Hippos in Selous route

- Guided private safari for 2 people

- The unique Ruaha National Park

- Safari rides in the Selous Game Reserve

- Hiking in the Udzwunga National Park

- Fascinating game drives to the "Big 5"

 

 

… and much more


 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure to Africa

Today you depart your home country and make your way to Dar es Salaam. After a hearty "caribou" (Kiswahili for: Welcome) at the airport your personal driver will take you from the airport to your city hotel. On the way there, you will get a great first impression of the unique diversity of the people on an orientation trip through the metropolis. Dar es Salaam, the commercial centre of Tanzania, has one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. It is the largest city on the East African coast - a harmonious melting pot of people, cultures and religions. Once you have arrived at the hotel, take some time to recover from the flight and familiarise yourself with the African climate.

 

Day 2: From Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park
In the morning, your driver will pick you up and drive you to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi National Park is adjacent to Tanzania's largest game reserve, Selous. At the heart of the park is the Mkata Floodplain, where you will find most of the animals. The park is often compared to the more famous Serengeti plains. About 370 species of birds have been recorded in the area of the park, among them you will also find colourful inhabitants such as the greenhorns, the yellow-throated pipit and the juggler. There are many different species of animals, such as leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, impalas, cows, horses, antelopes and African wild dogs. Mikumi National Park is the best place to view the largest species of antelopes known as the eland. For lunch, you will reach your beautifully located overnight stay. After lunch, we go on a first extensive game drive. Then dinner is served at the camp. 258 km / h, PL,D

 

Day 3: Safaris in Mikumi National Park
Early in the morning and after breakfast, go on game drives to explore this unique national park. With an area of 3,230 km² it is the fourth largest National Park in Tanzania. The park, which is best known for its large lion population, is located in the Northwestern area of the Selous Wildlife Sanctuary, forming an almost 60,000 km² ecosystem. Your driver will take you for a delicious picnic, that you can enjoy in the park's extraordinary squares. The driver and vehicle are fully available during the entire safari as part of the park opening hours for game drives. B, PL, D

 

Day 4: The Udzungwa National Park
After breakfast, you drive to Udzungwa National Park. The Udzungwa Mountains represent the largest mountain range in the chain of geologically, very ancient (approximately 200 million years), Eastern Arc Mountains. They are amongst the most biodiverse regions of the world and hold a high proportion of endemic species. The mountain ranges rise royally from the plains. The National Park is especially popular with safari enthusiasts, who also want to explore an area without a vehicle. The park is one of the most rarely visited destinations in Tanzania as there are no driveways throughout the park and safaris are only possible on foot on guided hikes through rainforest paths. The hike takes you to Mwanihana, the second highest mountain in the park at a height of 2,150m. The hike to the Sanje waterfall is very popular here. This area is perfect for ornithologists. 90 km / B, PL, D

 

Day 5: From Udzungwa to Ruaha National Park
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we continue to Ruaha National Park. Here you can enjoy a picnic lunch. You will arrive at your lodge in the afternoon. You can either relax at the camp or go for a game drive in the afternoon. Since its expansion in 2008, the Ruaha National Park even surpasses the Serengeti National Park with an area of about 20,226 km², making it the largest national park in Tanzania and throughout Eastern Africa. Large parts are still almost untouched and therefore offer a barely manageable variety of animal habitats. The landscape varies from open Savannahs to jungle-like bushes on the Ruaha River, the lifeline of the park. The majority of the reserve is located on a 900 m high level, which gives the wildlife observation special charm and also offers breathtaking views. Saber and roan antelopes, kudu, lion packs, leopards, cheetahs and myriads of different birds are just a few of the countless inhabitants. 364 km / B, PL, D

 

Day 6: In Ruaha National Park
These days are yours to explore the virtually untouched expanses of Ruaha National Park. A section of the park is part of the Great Rift Valley and is divided by a 200 to 300 m high break edge. In the Southern accessible part you will find a valley, in the Northern part is a plateau with up to 1,800 m high mountains. In the Northwest, the river Mzombe forms the park boundary. Ruaha National Park is home to more than 1,400 plant species. On extended game drives, which we design according to your mood as part of the park opening hours, we experience the park in its diversity. Half day or full day game drives with a picnic instead of breakfast and / or lunch at the camp are possible at any time. Ruaha is known for its particularly large elephant population; currently about 10,000 animals roam the park. The behaviour of the elephants is influenced by the changing climatic conditions. The groups formed at the beginning of the rainy season of several families dissolve during the dry season. Restricting tourist use to the Southeastern part of the park provides large land and food reserves for elephants. With luck, today we can get very close to the wildlife. B, PL, D

 

Day 7: From Ruaha National Park to Morogoro
After breakfast, we drive to the evergreen Uluguru Mountains. On the way you will visit a local coffee farm to learn about the production of the outstanding highland coffee of Tanzania. In the afternoon, a guided, easy-to-create hike into the fantastic mountains of Ulugurus is on the program, including a beautiful waterfall. You will stay in a beautiful lodge right on the edge of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. 438 km / B, PL, D

 

Day 8: From Morogoro to Selous
Early in the morning your journey continues to the Selous Reserve. You can enjoy a picnic lunch on your way there. We reach the unique Rufiji River Camp in the afternoon. After checking in, we will go on a first extensive game drive in the reserve. Selous has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. It is the largest controlled game reserve in Africa and covers more than 5% of Tanzania's total area. The game reserve covers more than 50,000 km2 across several regions of Tanzania. Hilly woodland and vast plains, impressive rock formations, volcanoes, hot springs, and the mighty Rufiji River, with all its tributaries forming a fascinating landscape of lakes, canals and lagoons, define this delightful ecosystem. One third of all wild dogs living in the world are found here. Elephants, various antelopes, crocodiles and hippos, white Columbus monkeys and kudu are just a few of the rare numbers of animals. 328 km / B, PL, D

 

Day 9: To the Selous
Today is dedicated to the wildlife and beautiful nature of the Selous Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to the game drives, if you wish, you can also explore a part of the river on a boat safari or discover the nature here on a guided walking safari (boat trip and guided hike are optional - not included in the price). Driver and vehicle are available exclusively for game drives. You  get to decide when and how often you would like to go on a game drive within the permitted parking opening times. B, PL, D 

 

Day 10: Until next time!
To end off the trip, we go on a game drive in the morning. After breakfast, we drive back to Dar es Salaam. You reach the capital of Tanzania in the late afternoon. Your driver will be happy to bring you to a restaurant of your choice and then to the airport for your return flight to Europe. The safari can also be ideally combined with a beach holiday in Zanzibar. 173 km / B

 

Day 11: Return Home

Arrival at home. 

 

 

 

Prices and Dates

20.01. - 30.01.2019 from EUR 3.695,00* Per person sharing (in double room)

EUR 395,00 Single Supplement 

 

04.08. -  14.08.2019 from EUR 3.445,00* Per person sharing (in double room)

EUR 395,00 Single Supplement 

 

 

19.01. - 29.01.2020 from EUR 3.995,00* Per person sharing (in double room)

EUR 425,00 Single Supplement 

 

16.08. -  26.08.2020 from EUR 3.695,00* Per person sharing (in double room)

EUR 425,00 Single Supplement 

 

Tour code: Honey Flower

 

  • The offer is valid for a group size from 2 participants.
  • At the latest 30, days before departure, the achievement of the minimum number of participants is confirmed (see Terms and Conditions)
  • The travel price excludes general increases in transport costs and currency fluctuations
  • Prices are subject to the availability of selected accommodations.
  • We reserve the right to change the travel program at short notice.

 

Included in tour price:

- Private, local, qualified, English speaking drivers from and to Dar es Salaam Airport, Tanzania

- 9 nights in selected upscale accommodation

- Breakfast, lunch and dinner as advertised (B = breakfast, PM = picnic lunch, A = dinner)

- Excursion and round trip program with a modern, customary safari jeep

- All entrances, activities and parking fees as mentioned (except optional program points)

- Drinking water supply during the rides

EUR 5.00 per person to support the pre-school kindergarten Penguin Kidz in Betty's Bay, South Africa

- Luggage transport

 

Excluded in tour price:

- International flights to and from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

- Visa fee (currently USD 50 per person for single entry - direct at entry)

- Optional activities and additional services

- Travel insurance

- Drinks, tips and personal expenses

 

 

Note: Yellow fever vaccine required