southern tanzania

The south of Tanzania is a good choice if you want to visit areas that are more remote. There are several national parks and the immense Selous Game Reserve. Distances are greater than distances between the northern parks, but it’s well worth the effort to cover those great distances. It can easily be combined with safaris in the northern, more famous, parks or on its own in combination with, for example, a beach holiday. Below you will find a brief overview of the most interesting places.

Nyerere National Park or Selous Game Reserve

Selous, the largest protected wildlife area in Africa, is known for having the greatest number of different species of animals within a single protected area anywhere in the world including elephants, buffalo, hippos, lions and the protected species the African wild dog. In addition, more than 440 species of birds have been identified. The ecosystem includes grassland, woodland and riverine forests. The flow of the Rufiji River changes time and again, creating a unique area of sandbanks, lakes, lagoons and islands. A boat safari in Selous is highly recommended to see crocodiles and hippos among an abundance of birdlife.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

A completely different experience is the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It is a wildlife area for camping and hiking with a number of marked trails, breathtaking scenery including endemic trees, shrubs and herbs with only a few visitors. The area comprises only 2% of Tanzania, but it has 30 to 40% of the plant and animal species in Tanzania. In addition, it includes the second largest variety of birds in Africa after the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The area consists of canopy forest, woodland, grassland and dry arid woodland around the large Ruaha River with young baobab trees. Primates, gazelles and galagos are also found here. There is also a great chance of seeing various amphibians and reptiles.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the perfect combination for seeing wildlife and beautiful landscapes. It includes a wide variety of plants and animals, some of which can only be seen here such as the great kudu. In addition, you can see elephants, buffalo, gazelles and wild dogs. The park still has an inhospitable atmosphere, so your safari experience will be unique. The great Ruaha River and other rivers are the lifeblood of the park. Ruaha National Park has a wide variety of landscape features of the Great Rift Valley, river systems, natural springs, wetlands, hot springs, cups and beautiful rolling hills and mountains.

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Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is Tanzania’s fourth largest park. It is very accessible as it is bisected by the paved road from Dar es Salaam to Iringa. Because of the grasslands of the Mkata flood plains, it is often compared to Serengeti National Park. Various animals such as lions, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffes migrate across the plains. It is one of the few places where it is easy to see the eland. Next to the grassy plains, you will find Makta River where the elephants of Mikumi live.