16-days Southern Tanzania, Kilwa & Zanzibar

Dar- es -Salaam - Mikumi - Nyerere - Kilwa - Zanzibar

Highlights

Discover southern Tanzania with its animal-rich and less frequented national parks as well as the beautiful coastal region of Kilwa on the Indian Ocean. During extended game drives in Mikumi National Park and Selous Reserve, you will experience impressive landscapes and have the opportunity to observe numerous large and small animal species. A farm stay in the atmosphere of rural Tanzania offers the opportunity for relaxed walks. The coastal region of Kilwa is rich in history and beautiful white beaches. Kilwa Masoko is the starting point for tours to the historic ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, which are unique in East Africa. This region is one of the most beautiful and untouched corners of East Africa. Enjoy your stay at tropical Islands of Zanzibar.

Individual arrival in Dar es Salaam. You will be met and welcomed at the international airport by our local representative. After completing the immigration formalities, you will be driven to your accommodation. Your hotel is located in Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean.
 
Your safari to the national parks of southern Tanzania starts today. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and set off on the approximately 5-hour drive to Mikumi National Park. The national park stretches from the Uluguru Mountains in the north to the Lumungo Mountains in the southeast. Mikumi is home to buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, leopards, crocodiles and many other wild animals. After lunch at your accommodation, you will go on your first extended game drive in the game reserve in the afternoon.
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner
 
Today is spent with morning and afternoon game drives in Mikumi. The popular centerpiece of the park, the Mkata floodplain, with its open horizon and abundant wildlife, is often compared to the more famous plains of the Serengeti. The rest of the park is dominated by savannah covered with acacia, baobabs, tamarind trees and some rare palm species. Miombo woodland grows on the slopes to the east and west of the park. The plains are covered by intermittently flooded grasslands and swamps. There are numerous different animal species, such as leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, impalas, hartebeests, roan antelopes and African wild dogs. For the eland, the largest antelope species in the world, this park probably offers the best viewing opportunities in Tanzania. The lion population is remarkable. The park is home to more than 400 bird species. Hippos can be observed at the two waterholes, where they live in the company of constantly changing waterfowl populations.
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner
 
After a relaxed breakfast, today you will travel to Morogoro (approx. 1 hour) and Mbuyuni Farm.
 
Mbuyuni Farm Retreat offers a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in rural Tanzania. The three cozy cottages are located in the beautiful garden and are spacious and tastefully furnished. Each cottage has its own spacious veranda. You can expect a very personal service from the German owner family as well as tasty cuisine. You can stroll around the farm and watch the activities or explore the beautiful woodlands that count many bird species. The magnificent Uluguru Mountains rise on the horizon and are ideal for hiking. You can also simply relax by the pool right in front of the cottages.
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner
 
We leave the farm early in the morning and set off on the approximately 6-hour drive to the National Park. We will take a picnic break on the way.
 
We reach the eastern entrance gate to the park and the drive to our accommodation is already a first game drive.
The landscape of the park is fascinating. The area is mostly flat to gently undulating and the Miombo dry forest, which covers around three quarters of the park, is typical of the Nyerere landscape. Grasslands and marshlands with acacia groves and baobab trees dominate the northern area. The park is crossed by the mighty Rufiji River, whose numerous branches and channels meander leisurely through the park. A boat safari on the Rufiji is always an experience. In addition to curious hippos and crocodiles lying in wait, you can also observe numerous water birds.
Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner
 
We spend the next two days with extensive game viewing in the park. One afternoon we take a boat trip and can observe the wildlife from the water. On game drives you can observe wildebeest, waterbuck, elegant eland, warthogs and zebras as well as skilled hunters such as the graceful leopard and spotted hyena and over 400 different bird species and reptiles such as crocodiles and snakes in the wild. Antelopes with their big beady eyes and graceful, athletic leaps, 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 habitat. With over 1000 animals, Nyerere is home to the largest population on the entire continent. Thanks to the large size of the reserve, the wild animals can sometimes be seen in very large groups. The sandbanks, lakes, islands and channels of the park are also home to over 400 different bird species, including very rare species such as the banded fish owl and the white-backed heron. With a bit of luck, you may even spot one of the shy cheetahs stalking through the wilderness of the reserve or the relatively rare sable antelope, known for the raven-black coat of the males and their strongly curled, semi-circularly curved horns, in the midst of the pristine nature of Nyerere National Park.
Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner
 
Today the drive takes you from the Nyerere to the coast of the Indian Ocean. After a 7-hour drive we reach Kilwa.
The Kilwa region is rich in history and beautiful beaches. Kilwa Masoko is the starting point for tours to the historic ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, which are unique in East Africa. The former thriving port town of Kilwa Kisiwani is located on an island that is separated from the mainland with the main town of Kilwa Masoko by an inlet of the Indian Ocean that is only 1.5 km wide. The crossing is by traditional dhow boat. You take a guided tour of the island and see Fort Gereza, two mosques, the Sultan’s Palace and several building complexes. The spacious and mighty-looking ruins give an idea of what a prosperous and important trading town Kilwa must have once been. The ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara together have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. A few buildings from the German colonial era can still be seen in Kilwa.
 
Your accommodation is located on the beach in Masoko Bay.  This region is one of the most beautiful and untouched corners of East Africa. The beach is wonderfully white and the water is crystal clear. Kilwa is a paradise for diving.
 
Today you set off on the return journey along the coast to Dar es Salaam. The journey takes approx. 6 hours. In Dar es salaam airport you will catching up with your flight to Zanzibar. At arrival in Zanzibar meet our driver and proceed to check in at your Beach accomodation. 
Meals: Breakfast
 
Your Days at leisure at the Beach, enjoying the Indian Ocean, varieties of excursion and the beach. Best location for diving – (diving course and other excursion can be booked and paid directly)
 
After relaxed days at the island it’s time to say Kwaheri to Zanzibar. Depends on your flight back home we will transfer you to the airport.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Tanzania round trip according to program
  • Transportation in a special 4×4 safari Landcruiser
  • Experienced English-speaking safari guide; local rangers
  • Excursions, activities and sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Game drives in all national parks
  • Walking safari and boat tour in the Nyerere National Park
  • All national park and reserve fees
  • All transportation and transfers as described

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Tanzania visa
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Personal expenses, tips
  • Travel insurance

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