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Combining the Ruaha and Nyere National Parks, this itinerary provides some of the best wildlife and most authentic safari experiences in Africa. Often overlooked for the better known northern circuit, Tanzania’s southern circuit feels remote and wild, and is extremely rewarding.
Nyere National Park is Africa’s largest National Park and previously known as the Selous Game Reserve. This vast forested reserve has immense biodiversity and one of the highlights is the mighty Rufiji River which feeds palm-fringed lakes and streams which is the focus for boat trips. Together with some outstanding opportunities for walking safaris, plus game drives, Nyere provides the most varied wildlife activities of anywhere in Tanzania.
In contract to the lakes and river system of Nyere, Ruaha is far more arid with impressive baobab trees and the rugged Ruaha escarpment to the north. These differences offer a unique and varied combination of wildlife that fuses east with south: elephants, buffalo and hippos as well as lesser and greater kudu, sable and roan. Both parks have a strong wildlife population meaning that predators are thriving, with regular sightings of lion and leopard and, if lucky, the endangered African wild dog. Bird life between the parks is also seriously impressive, with hundreds of species easily spotted.
This southern circuit is easily accessible by light aircraft transfer from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar is also very easy to add on before or after should you want to include some beach time either side of your safari adventure.
1 night Dar es Salam – 4 nights Nyere – 3 nights Ruaha