10-Days Fly-in Safari Mikumi, Ruaha & Nyerere

Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park - Udzungwa Mountains - Ruaha National Park – Nyerere National Park – Dar es Salaam


Experience the amazing wildlife and different landscapes of the national parks of southern Tanzania on this safari through the rich wildlife national parks of Mikumi, Ruaha and the Nyerere National Park. On game drives, walking safaris or boat safaris, you will have the chance to spot the famous “Big Five” – elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard – and many other wild animals in the beautiful nature. In the magical Udzungwa Mountains, you hike through a fascinating backdrop of forested mountain slopes and idyllic waterfalls. Discover impressive and exotic flora and fauna in the national parks of southern Tanzania – off the beaten track!


In the morning, you fly from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi and can already enjoy a fascinating view of the rich wildlife and spectacular landscapes of southern Tanzania during the flight. On arrival, you will be met at the airstrip and taken to a lodge nearby in Mikumi National Park for your lunch. In the afternoon, you will go on your first game drive and gain an insight into the wildlife and nature of Mikumi, which is home to a very special ecosystem. Four different vegetation zones converge here: Miombo woodland from southern Africa, dry bushveld from the north, the coastal areas from the east and the mountains of Uluguru and Ruhumero in the north and west. Like the different habitats, the wildlife in each area is also different. Lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, several species of antelope and many other animals can be spotted. The African wild dog, which is an endangered species, can still be found here in large herds. Mikumi National Park is also an important center for observing primates, such as the yellow baboon. The national park is surrounded by an arc of towering mountains that encircle Mikumi to the north, east and west. Perhaps it is the shadows of the mountains that bathe the landscapes of Mikumi in an almost magical light, bringing out the most beautiful colors. The impressive light conditions and splendid colors will delight photographers. You spend your night in a lodge inside the park.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Today you will spend the day with game drives in Mikumi. Although not as well known as its neighbor, the Nyerere National Park, Mikumi offers a good insight into the wildlife of East Africa and the Mkata floodplain is the heart of the park. With its wide horizons and wildlife, it is often compared to the more famous plains of the Serengeti. Observe zebras grazing on your game drives, marvel at the occasional lion lying high up in the trees, leopards stalking through the savannah and spot herds of wildebeest, impala and buffalo moving through the open grasslands. Along the Mkata River, you can see giraffes foraging and larger groups of elephants. The graceful eland, the largest antelope in the world, with its twisted, straight horns and the typical bright horizontal stripes on its upper body, can also be seen here. The greater kudu and the rare sable antelope, known for the raven-black coat of the males and their strongly curled, semi-circularly curved horns, live in the flatter parts of the mountains covered by miombo woodland. More than 400 bird species are native to the park, including such colorful inhabitants as the green-crowned roller, the yellow-throated pipit and the bateleur. During the rainy season, they are joined by flocks of European migratory birds. The main attraction of the two waterholes north of the park entrance are the hippos, which live there in the company of constantly changing populations of water birds. You spend your night in a lodge inside the park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today you will go on a trip to the fascinating Udzungwa Mountains National Park. The drive to the Udzungwa Mountains takes around 1½ hours. Pristine, remote and ancient – the forested Udzungwa Mountains are a magical and charming place, an untouched, green paradise interspersed with primeval nature and home to many endemic animal and plant species. The Udzungwa Mountains are one of the most biodiverse areas on the entire continent. More than 25% of all plant species are endemic and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Udzungwa may not be a typical safari destination, but it is an attraction for hikers and nature lovers. The national park offers an exceptionally good network of forest trails. There are no passable roads within the park, so only hikes through the rainforest are possible. We take a hike through the untouched nature, past trees up to 30 meters high and with a view of the unbroken canopy of the ancient forest, to the Sanje waterfalls, which plunge almost 170 meters into the depths. From up here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Rift Valley below. The hiking tour leads partly over steep passages. Alternatively, shorter hikes are also possible. On the way you can get to know the unique flora and fauna of the Udzungwa Mountains. With a bit of luck, you may spot dwarf galagos, tiny primates with huge beady eyes, amidst the dense, pristine nature, before returning to Mikumi National Park. You spend your night inside the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


In the morning, you will go on another game drive and enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty of Mikumi one last time. You will then be taken to the airstrip and fly to Ruaha National Park. You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your lodge. In the afternoon, you will go on a game drive and get a first insight into the fascinating flora and fauna of the huge protected area, where an extraordinary variety of habitats awaits you. The vegetation ranges from tree savannahs, semi-arid plains with baobab trees to green miombo woodlands and rugged riverine landscapes, and the river valleys are impressive with acacias, tamarind trees, palms and open grassland. The hilly plateau of the park is covered with baobabs, woodland and scattered acacia trees. The flora of the park will also impress you, there are more than 1400 different plant species, much more than in the Serengeti, where there are only 600 different species. In the midst of this landscape, you can observe giraffes foraging for food, herds of elephants, zebras risking their lives to make their way to the scattered waterholes to catch a sip of the vital commodity. Your lodge is in an exceptionally good location in a bend of the great Ruaha River and offers wonderful views of the river, which is frequented by many animals for drinking. From the lodge you can relax and watch the park’s wildlife. Numerous hippos and crocodiles live in the river and you can even watch lions and leopards hunting from the lodge. You spend the night inside the park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The next two days are spent with game viewing in Ruaha National Park, where you can observe pure wilderness on your game drives: larger prides of lion, cheetahs racing across the vast savannah and the graceful leopard, which lies in wait, protected by the thicket. Ruaha is particularly known for its huge elephant population, so your chances of spotting a “weighty” representative of the “Big Five” are guaranteed. In addition to a large variety of antelopes, you can spot hunters such as the endangered African wild dog or the crocodile in the river water, hippos, hyenas and jackals. Remarkable is the greater kudu, which is known for its corkscrew-shaped horns. It is also the animal symbol of the Ruaha park emblem. For bird lovers and ornithologists, the national park is a true paradise. Estimates put the number of species at around 500, including the colorful tricolored glossy starling, Kaffir hornbill, two-spotted kingfisher and mighty lesser spotted eagle. During the long dry season, Ruaha’s rich wildlife is concentrated along the Great Ruaha River and the few remaining waterholes. This makes game viewing particularly easy at this time. In the rainy season, the park is transformed into a completely new world; the leaves of the trees burst forth and bathe the landscape in a soft green, the Ruaha River swells up into a proud river. You spend your nights inside the park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


In the morning, you will go on another game drive through Ruaha National Park. After lunch you fly on to the Nyerere National Park. After a 2-hour flight, you will arrive at Mtemere Airstrip. You will be met at the airstrip and taken to your lodge. In the afternoon, you will go on your first game drive through the huge Nyerere National Park which has been a World Heritage Site since 1982 and is about four times the size of the famous Serengeti. Only the north-eastern part of the park, north of the Rufiji River is permitted for game drives. Large herds of elephants and buffalo, giraffes, zebras, impalas, hippos and crocodiles live here. Remarkable is the large number of the rare African wild dogs and many lions and the landscape is fascinating. The area is mostly flat to gently undulating and typical of the landscapes of the Nyerere is the Miombo dry forest, which covers around three quarters of the park. Grasslands and marshlands with acacia groves and baobab trees dominate the northern area. The Nyerere is crossed by the Rufiji River, whose numerous branches and channels meander leisurely through the reserve. A boat safari on the Rufiji is always an experience. In addition to hippos and crocodiles lying in wait, you can also observe numerous water birds. You spend your night in a lodge outside the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next two days are spent with game viewing in Nyerere. You can spot wildebeest, waterbuck, eland, warthogs and zebras as well as the leopard and spotted hyena and over 400 different bird species and reptiles such as crocodiles and snakes in the wild. Antelopes with their large eyes, huge herds of elephants, giraffes and buffaloes are also a common sight. Nyerere is also one of the few places in Africa where you can see the endangered African wild dog in its natural environment. With over 1000 animals, Nyerere is home to the largest population on the entire continent. The sandbanks, lakes, islands and channels of Nyerere are also home to very rare bird species such as the banded fish owl and the white-backed heron. With a bit of luck, you may even spot cheetahs stalking through the park or the relatively rare sable antelope, known for the raven-black coat of the males and their strongly curled, semi-circularly curved Horns. You spend your nights outside the park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, you will go on one last game drive and enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the park once again. You will then be taken to the airstrip and fly back to Dar es Salaam, where your safari ends.

Meals: Breakfast


  • 4 domestic flights with bush planes (Dar es Salaam – Mikumi; Mikumi – Ruaha; Ruaha – Nyerere; Nyerere – Dar es Salaam)
  • Walking safari and boat Safari in Nyerere National Park
  • Day hike in Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • All transfers from/to airstrip
  • All national park fees


  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Gratuities / “tip” for guide
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

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