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Untouched Wildlife Zone | 13Days/12Night

Day 1: Arrive at Dar Es Salaam.
Arrive Nyerere International Airport, Meet, greet and transfer to Dar es Salaam City center hotel for overnight.
Dinner and overnight Holiday inn Hotel  http://www.holidayinn.co.tz.


Day 2: Dar Es Salaam/Selous Game Reserve.
After Breakfast at the hotel, collect packed lunch boxes and drive to Selous Game drive. Selous is the largest game reserves in Africa – 4 times the size of the Serengeti. It possesses a diverse landscape from hot volcanic springs, sporadic lakes, channels from the Great Ruaha and Rufiji rivers.It is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania and was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, who died at BehoBeho in this territory in 1917.  Selous was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature.
Interesting places in the park include the Rufiji River, which flows into the Indian Ocean opposite Mafia Island and the Stiegler Gorge, a canyon of 100 meters depth and 100 meters width. Habitats include grassland, typical Acacia savanna, wetlands and extensive Miombo woodlands. Rufiji River crossing the reserve is one of the most dramatic rivers in Tanzania’s Game reserves & National Parks which is navigable all year round. The chance to get out of a vehicle and view game from a boat is one of the things which make Selous Game Reserve such a great place to visit.
Dinner and overnight at Mbega camp.


Day 3: Full day in Selous Game Reserve.
Breakfast is served at the Camp, Morning and afternoon game drives in the reserve.
Selous Game reserve is the largest protected wildlife area in Africa, due to unique ecological importance this pristine uninhabited area was declared as “World Heritage Site” by United Nations in 1982.
It is Africa’s greatest conservation area and covers a wide variety of wildlife habitats including Lakes, open grassland, acacia and Miombo woodland and riverine forests, which help the reserve to boast Tanzania’s largest and most important population of Elephant, Buffaloes & Wild Dogs. The topography of the park varies from rolling savannah woodland, grassland plains and rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River and its tributaries.
Game drives along the edges of the lakes, river and bushes are an extra attractive conjuring up a special magic as the sun goes down over the lakes.
Dinner and overnight at Mbega tented camp. http://www.selous-mbega-camp.com


Day 4: Another full Day in Selous Park.
Wake up very early morning, after a cup of tea/coffee transfer to Mtemere gate for Walking inside the Reserve with the escort of an armed ranger, the journey takes about 2 to 3hours, on arrival to your pick up point you will be transferred back to the Lodge for Breakfast. There after proceed with short game drives or short walk at the nearby village known as Mloka ‘till lunch time which will be served at Rufiji River Camp.
After lunch and short rest, followed by Boat Safari in the afternoon in Rufiji River, This is another way of game viewing in Selous game reserve by boat; it offers a unique experience as the Selous is the only reserve in Tanzania and East Africa where this option is available. Sailing or Rafting down the Rufiji River is a superb way of seeing game.
Dinner and overnight at Mbega tented camp.


Day 5: Drive from Selous Game Reserve/Mikumi National Park.
Breakfast is served at the camp. Check out and drive to Mikumi National Park, lunch served en-route. The Park itself is nestled between Uluguru Mountain to the northeast, Udzungwa Mountains and the Rift Valley escarpment to the south west as part of Selous ecosystem, it benefits from the highest game density of the entire conservation area. This lies west of Dar es Salaam City and 107km from the nearest town named Morogoro on the highway from Dar es Salaam to Zambia, covering an area of 3230km sq.
The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. The north-west area is characterized by the alluvial plain of the river basin Mkata. The vegetation of this area consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm. In this area, at the furthest from the road, there are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru. The southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not very accessible.
Late evening drive to your Camp for Dinner and overnight.
Dinner and overnight at vuma hill tented camp. www.vumahills.com


Day 6: Mikumi National Park/Ruaha National Park.
Wake up early morning for sunrise game drives in Mikumi followed by breakfast served at the Camp around 0900hrs, there after check out and drive to Ruaha National Park across Udzungwa chain of Mountains, crossing Ruaha Great River and the famous Kitonga Mountain, passing Iringa town for lunch. Afternoon proceed  with afternoon game drives en route to your lodge,Ruaha National park was named after Great Ruaha River which crosses the park and saves as its life line.The park history dates back to 1910 when it was gazetted as Saba Game Reserve by the German. The name was changed to Rungwa game reserve in 1946 by British. In 1964 the southern portion of the game reserve was gazette as Ruaha National Park and in 1974 a small section of the southern part of the Great Ruaha River was incorporated into the park. Ruaha National Park is part of Rungwa, Kizigo and Muhesi ecosystem which covers approximately 45,000km sq.to make it the biggest National Park in East Africa after its nearby game reserves declared by the Government as part of Ruaha National Park.
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River lodge. www.ruahariverlodge.com


Day 7: Full Day in Ruaha National Park.
Breakfast is served at the lodge, Full day of game drives in Ruaha National park famous for concentration of Elephant than any other National Park in East Africa, it’s  a place where the magnificent mammals like Kudu (Both greater and lesser), Sable and Roan antelopes can easily be spotted, the Park is also the habitat for endangered Wild dogs. Other Mammals includes Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Impala, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, bat eared fox, jackals, etc. The Great The Great Ruaha River and other rivers like Mzombe save as the life line of the park due to the fact that, during the dry season these rivers become the only source of water for wildlife and habitats for Crocodiles, Hippos and Fish, however some few natural springs save the same purpose. Great Ruaha River support agricultural activities downstream and contributes to Hydro Electric Power (HEP) in Mtera and Kidatu dams. The Park boasts of its untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors to have a unique safari experience.
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha river lodge.


Day 8: Another Full Day at Ruaha National Park.
Breakfast is served at the lodge, Full day of game drives in Ruaha National Park with a combination of walking Safari with the escort of an armed ranger.
The Park is famous for its large population of elephants, with about 10,000 roaming the park. It is also frequented bybirdwatchers, with 436 species having been identified of an estimated total of 475. Among the resident birds are different species of Hornbills,Kingfishers and Sunbirds. Also many migrants’ birds visit Ruaha, e.g. the White Stork. The park is currently facing a significant environmental challenge from the progressive drying up of the Great Ruaha River. The river used to flow all year round, but since 1993 there have been increasingly long periods every dry season in which it has dried up completely. Different hypotheses have been advanced to account for this, and one view is that it is caused by the expansion of irrigation schemes for rice cultivation and growth of livestock keeping in the Usangu wetland, which feeds the Great Ruaha River.
Enjoy sunset game drives in park, retire to your comfortable lodge after a full of satisfying day.Few travelers ever have the privilege of seeing, “the world as it was in the beginning.”  Under your dining area, hot soup, fresh bread, entrees and a scrumptious dessert await your evening indulgence.
Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River lodge.


Day 9: Drive from Ruaha National Park/Mbeya Town.
After breakfast drive to Mbeya town, this City was created in 1961and considered to be heading the Southern Highlands Regions. It has weather with enough rainfall and fertile soil which enable it to be thelargest producer of maize, rice, bananas, beans, potatoes (Irish & sweet), soya nuts and wheat in the entire country. This City is now a growing metropolis and business Centre for the southern regions and the neighboring countries of Malawi, Zambia and Congo. Mbeya City is well connected with an all-weather road that forms part of the “Great North Road” running from Cape Town to Alexandria
Dinner and overnight at Utengule country resort. https://www.utengule.com


Day 10: Mbeya Town/Katavi National Park.
After breakfast, drive to Katavi National Park, lunch served en-route. Katavi is a very remote park that is less frequently visited than other Tanzanian national parks. It is approximately 4,471 square kilometers (1,726 sq mi) in area, which makes it the third largest national park in Tanzania. The park encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chada floodplains.Wildlife features include large animal herds, particularly of Cape Buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, and elephants, plus along the Katuma river, crocodiles and hippopotami which upon annual dry seasons results in mudholes that can be packed with hundreds of hippos
Dinner and overnight at Katavi wildlife camp.


Day 11 & 12: Full Day Katavi National Park.
Breakfast is served at the camp, full day of game drives in the park. Carnivorous animals that are found in this park are cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, and lions. Some sources claim a very high biodiversity in the park, although there are also reports of wildlife decline due to illegal hunting and poaching, presumably bush meat’ sustenance. Katavi has fewer human visitors and jeeps conducting game drives than other Tanzania parks.
Dinner and overnight at Katavi wildlife camp  http://www.kataviwildlifecamp.com


Day 13: Fly Back to Dar es Salaam for your International Flight Back Home.
Breakfast is served at the hotel, Check out and drive back to Dar es Salaam – “house of Peace” formerly known as Mzizima, is the largest city in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam lost its official status as capital city to Dodoma in 1974; it remains the center of the permanent central government bureaucracy and continues to serve as the capital for the surrounding and is the commercial capital of the country

 

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