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7 Days Nyerere Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Park Tour

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Safari Overview

Take to the African wilderness as you explore some of the best national parks in Tanzania’s southern safari circuit on this 7 Days Nyerere Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Park Tour. Explore Tanzania’s largest game reserve – Selous Game Reserve also known as Nyerere National Park and enjoy fantastic game viewing on adventurous boat safaris, full-day game drives, and walking safaris in its vast pristine landscape.

From there, take your Tanzania safari to Mikumi National Park which is home to a variety of wildlife including the elephant, cape buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, eland reedbuck, warthog, yellow baboon, lion, hyena, antelope, etc., and a plethora of bird species. And to a different experience outside the parks, explore the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and enjoy the chance to enjoy spectacular scenery and views of primates, mammals, birds, and waterfalls. Your 7-day Selous, Mikumi, and Udzungwa Mountains National Park tour will begin and end in Dar-es-salaam.

7 Days Nyerere Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Park Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dar-es-salaam to Nyerere National Park

Today, our representative and your safari driver guide will pick you up from your hotel in Dar-es-salaam or the airport and transfer you to Nyerere National park, Africa’s largest protected game reserve, which is a five-hour drive away. On arrival, check into your lodge along the Rufigi River and have lunch. In the afternoon, go for a boat safari up the river to see hippopotamus, crocodiles, birds, and other mammals refreshing by the river banks.  

You could also observe local fishermen setting their nets and children bathing in the river, among others. With ecstatic views of wildlife, the calm breeze on the river, and the beautiful sunset, expect to have an exhilarating experience on this 2 to 3-hour boat ride. Thereafter, return to your lodge and have dinner. Overnight stay at The Retreat Selous (Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

7 Days Nyerere Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Park Tour

Day 2: Full-day Game Drives in Nyerere

Today is a full day of safari game viewing in Nyerere National park with full-day game drives. After a nice breakfast, you set out in the bush with your packed lunch. Selous, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers unparalleled opportunities for animal encounters: the reserve is home to enthralling herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and a variety of predators including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and African wild dogs. 

In Nyerere, you have the opportunity to follow the herds of animals off the roads, into their natural habitats, giving you the best opportunity of capturing the finest shots. After the morning game drive, you will relax and later have your packed lunch before proceeding on to the afternoon game drive. By 6 pm, you should be returning to your lodge and simply enjoying the sun setting on the opposite side of the river while enjoying tales around the fire. Dinner and overnight stay at The Retreat Selous (Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Safari Walk & Depart for Mikumi National Park

Enjoy an early morning safari walk in the Selous, led by a professional guide and an armed ranger, after which, you will return to your lodge for breakfast and depart for Mikumi National Park via Morogoro. You will travel past several agricultural settlements, and native villages before beginning an adventure ascent up the mountain, through the rain forest, and down to Morogoro, and then on to Mikumi National Park. Check into your lodge on arrival and have lunch. You can choose to spend the afternoon at leisure or you can embark on an afternoon wildlife drive in the afternoon to explore this gorgeous park. Overnight stay at Mikumi Wildlife Camp. (Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Explore Mikumi National Park

Today, you embark on a full-day game drive in the park, which is known for its plentiful wildlife. The savannah inside the park allows your eyes to identify wildlife from a long distance, providing you with amazing opportunities. The park’s principal feature, along with the surrounding mountain ranges, is the Mikumi floodplain which offers the best encounters with lions, leopards if you’re lucky, wildebeest, elands, hartebeest, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and elephants. The game drives will end in the evening at around 6 pm, after which you will return to your camp and retire. Dinner and overnight stay at Mikumi Wildlife Camp (Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Mikumi to Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Wake up early at 6:00 a.m., and begin a game drive in the park before breakfast. Morning game drives are the greatest because that is when the majority of the wildlife is active. The game drive will end at around 10 am and you will return for a late breakfast. Relax at your camp and later have lunch. After lunch, embark on a 1.5-hour drive to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at Hondo Hondo Forest Tented Camp (Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Hiking in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Enjoy breakfast with a breathtaking view of the forest as it awakens, after that, proceed for your hike in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. You will be given a packed lunch to enjoy on top of a 180m waterfall with breathtaking views of Kilombero and Selous. This park is famous for its incredible hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, and woodland walks. The most popular hiking route is up to the Sanje Waterfalls, where you may seek monkeys, bathe in plunge pools, and take in the breathtaking scenery while eating a picnic lunch. Following your hike, you will descend the slopes and return to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Udzungwa to Dar-es-salaam

After breakfast, check out of your lodge and depart for Dar-es-salaam. On arrival, you can proceed to your hotel for the night or head to the airport for your departure. This concludes your 7 Days Nyerere Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Park Tour.

SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation on a full board basis
  • Camping facilities and charges
  • All Park admission costs
  • All activities included in the safari itinerary
  • A customized 4×4 safari vehicle
  • A professional English-speaking safari driver guide
  • Bottled mineral water in the 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • Fuel and driver allowance

SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips to guides
  • All optional activities excluded from the itinerary
  • Expenses on alcoholic drinks, laundry, visa fees, etc.

Please note that is a private safari and will be led by your safari director. However, you rent a car and embark on a self drive safari. This self drive safari in Tanzania allows you to take charge and drive through the savanna wilderness. These cars for rent in Tanzania are fitted with camping equipment, sleeping bags, and utensils for you to make a wilderness meals.

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