This is our 7-day Southern Tanzania safari package that takes you to Mikumi National Park and the largest park in Tanzania; Ruaha National Park which is located towards Central Tanzania. The tour starts and ends at Dar es Salaam and it is basically a drive-in / drive-out safari. However, due to the long drive from Ruaha back to Dar es Salaam, we usually recommend flying back in case you have some dollars to spare. The flight is currently at USD 370 and above, depending on the flight company that has availability in this year 2022. Our able Southern Tanzania safari experts usually can work with you and give you free advice and customization in order to meet your needs and preferences.

Pick up for this seven-day safari adventure in Southern Tanzania is any hotel within Dar es Salaam’s Central Business District including the Airport, if you are arriving early in the morning and ready to start your safari adventure right away. We can also pick you up from your residence in case you are residing within the city of Dar es Salaam. Far-flung beach lines are also Okay but it may cost a small supplement for the transfers.

7-Day Southern Tanzania safari brief itinerary

Your seven-day Southern Tanzania safari adventure will be as per the below-outlined itinerary. This one-week adventure in Southern Tanzania can be customized in any way in order to suit your needs and budget.

Day 1: Pick up from Dar es Salaam, and transfer to Mikumi National Park for safari.

Day 2: Explore Mikumi National Park for the whole day.

Day 3: Transfer to Ruaha National Park, via Iringa town.

Day 4: Spend a full-day safari in Ruaha National Park.

Day 5: Another full-day safari in Ruaha National Park.

Day 6: Explore Ruaha National Park for the third day in a row. Optional activities include walking safaris and night game drives.

Day 7: Long drive back to Dar es Salaam, or Fly back to Dar es Salaam (at extra flight cost).

7 Days Southern Tanzania safari; Places to Visit

7 days Southern Tanzania safari
7 Day safari to Ruaha National Park & Mikumi

This is a two-park multi-stop tour for 7 days. You will first visit Mikumi National Park in Southern Tanzania, whose plains are filled with large numbers of different wild animals such as elephants and buffaloes, lions, zebras, giraffes, and many more. Mikumi is also a good birding area with more than 400 bird species spotted and recorded. Birds that can be commonly spotted in the Mikumi National Park include; the Marabou stork, Red-billed oxpeckers, Black-bellied bustard, Francolin, Cattle egret, Guinea-fowls, Hornbill, and Malachite Kingfisher.

Ruaha National Park on the other side is located further towards central Tanzania and the park is the largest in Tanzania by surface area. The park is famous for its large herds of elephants, big and old baobab trees, and prides of big cats, including some incredibly big pride of lions that roam the vast wilderness. Part from traditional safaris in 4×4 jeeps the park also allows Walking safaris, and night game drives both of which can be arranged as optional activities while there. It is however recommendable to plan and book well in advance so that the permits can be processed in time.

7-Day Southern Tanzania Safari to Mikumi & Ruaha; Where to stay

During the safari in southern Tanzania, you will be staying in mid-range lodges and camps according to this published program. You can however stay at more luxurious options in case you want an upgrade for the accommodations. There is a range of budget, midrange, and standard luxury lodging as well as top market / high-end camps in the parks included in this 7-day safari in Southern Tanzania.

Please request free advice and customization, or upgrade on the accommodations included in this unforgettable 7-day wildlife safari adventure in Southern Tanzania.

Additional information

Duration7 Days
DestinationSouthern Tanzania
LocationMikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park
DeparturesDaily Departure (private tours ony)
Day 1

Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

Today very early in the morning, you will be met and picked up by one of our representatives from Safari Desire (who will be your driver and guide on this Safari). Your 7-day safari in Southern Tanzania will begin the drive southwest to Mikumi National Park. You will arrive in the afternoon, with lunch taken on your way to Mikumi at a local restaurant, and start your first safari game drives right away after registering at the gate.

The afternoon will be spent doing afternoon game drives in the plains of Mikumi until late afternoon when you will be driven to your lodge for check-in. You will take your time to freshen up before having a sumptuous dinner at the lodge/camp’s restaurant. Dinner and overnight is at Camp Bastian. Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 2

Explore Mikumi National Park

On this day you will have a chance to start early after breakfast, with a picnic lunch being taken at one of the picnic sites inside the park. Immediately after breakfast, you will set out for a game drive in the unspoiled wilderness of Mikumi National Park. You will search the park to see the early risers as well as nocturnal animals returning to their hideouts. This entire day is dedicated to game viewing and your guide who is very knowledgeable about the animals in this park will drive you to areas that will offer you the best game views. The pop-up roof on your car will give you undisrupted opportunities for photography covers an area of 3230 square kilometers which makes it one of the largest national parks in Tanzania. As you explore its wilderness, some of the animals you will see include elephants, hartebeests, buffalos, kudus, zebras, elands, wildebeests, and impalas.  Hyenas, baboons, lions, wild dogs, giraffes, warthogs, and hippos are the other animals you can always look out for.

In addition, more than three hundred (300) different types of birds have been recorded within this national park, a thing that will give you great opportunities to see them. Some of the bird species found within this park include Boehm’s bee-eaters, African fish eagles, lilac-breasted rollers, starlings, yellow-throated longclaws, Bateleur eagles, Dickinson’s kestrels, and straw-tailed whydahs.

You will explore the varied wildlife habitats which include the seasonal floodplains, the grasslands which are scattered with giant baobab trees and thorny trees (these are very similar to those in the Serengeti), Miombo woodlands, swamps, riverine forests, and low hills.

Later in the evening, you will head back to your accommodation and there you will have your dinner and spend the night. Overnight at Camp Bastian. All meals included.

Day 3 - 6

Transfer and Explore Ruaha National Park

On day 3, you will depart from Mikumi National Park and head west on a drive that will cover approximately 320 kilometers. This five-hour drive will finally get you to the less remote Ruaha National Park.

Over the following four days, you will explore the amazing landscapes within this national park that serve as varied habitats for the birds and animals found here. Because of its distant location, this park is less visited and normally ignored by mainly tourists although it offers a genuine undisturbed Africa wilderness safari experience.

You can choose to do full-day game drives with a picnic lunch in between,  or go for half-day game drives with a few hours break to return to your accommodation to freshen up and have a nice hot lunch and some rest, before setting out for the afternoon game drive.

There are also a number of optional activities such as night game drives and the exciting and very rewarding hot air balloon safaris which will cost you an extra bucks (not included in this safari cost).

Ruaha National Park is that it has one of the largest buffalo populations in East Africa, approximately 10,000 elephants, and an outstandingly big number of predators within its boundaries. It’s alleged that the second largest population of lions in the world is found in Ruaha. A large number of Cheetahs, leopards, and the endangered African wild dogs are also found within this park. So believe me not there is a lot to see within Ruaha a reason why we have dedicated all these days to Game viewing and photography.

Birders, well get ready to be impressed as Ruaha has a record of more than 570 different bird species so you can never fail to identify quite a number of them during your adventure drives. Because the park is seated within the transitional zone where the southern and eastern ecosystems overlap, it supports a remarkably diverse blend of habitats that support very big numbers of bird, animal, and plant species.

Because the park is less visited, chances are that you complete your stay here without encountering any other tourists a thing that will give you a totally private safari experience. Overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge. All meals included.

Day 7

Transfer from Ruaha back to Dar es Salaam

This is the final day of our 7 Days Safari. Early in the morning, you will have a hearty breakfast, before your safari guide drives you back to Dar es Salaam where this amazing safari started.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

It is a very long but very scenic drive that may take 8 – 9 hours. As an alternative to driving, you can take a flight back from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar if going for a beach vacation extension. Another option is to take a flight from Iringa to Dar es Salaam (subject to availability of flights. This option will include a reasonably short drive from Ruaha to Iringa town. 

End of your 7 Days Southern Tanzania safari that includes a visit to Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park starting from and finishing at Dar es Salaam.

7 Days Southern Tanzania safari to Mikumi & Ruaha – Prices

below prices are for the 7 days Southern Tanzania safari including

2 Persons travelling together (1 Double / Twin Room USD 1677 Per Person Sharing
4 Persons travelling together (2 Double / Twin Room USD 1424 Per Person Sharing
6 Persons travelling together (6 Double / Twin Room USD 1139 Per Person Sharing

Tour Price Includes:

7 Days private safari from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi for 2 – 6 Persons

6 Nights’ FB Overnight at a lodge or camp as per itinerary

An extra lunch meal on Day 1 (Lunch at a restaurant enroute to Mikumi)

Full time English speaking Professional Driver/Guide

Park entrance Fees Mikumi & Ruaha National Parks

Game drives in the parks in private 4×4 safari vehicle (Unlimited Mileage)

Bottled Mineral Water within the Safari Vehicle

Government Taxes, VAT plus TDL

Not Included in the Tour Price

Visa fees for Tanzania and travel insurance

Transfers at Dar es Salaam if needed

Accommodation on arrival at Dar es Salaam if needed (can be arranged by us)

Any Items and expenses of personal nature

Tips for the safari guide and lodge staff (tip separately)

Extra cold and hot beverages

Domestic return flight from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam if needed.

Laundry services at the lodges / camps

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