Far less visited than the Northern Circuit, these destinations offer a far different feel for those determined enough to journey here. Departure is from Dar es Salaam. Travel from other points possible by small plane.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha offers exceptional all round game viewing including some of east Africa’s best lion / buffalo interaction. The best game viewing is during the months of May to November. Elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah are plentiful. The large size of the lion prides are noteworthy with some in excess of over 20 animals.
Selous Game Preserve
Selous is Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, three times larger than the Serengeti. Over half of all elephants in Tanzania reside inside of this preserve. As a game reserve rather than a park, a wider range of activities are allowed including boat safaris and guided walking safaris.
Mikumi National Park
Located to the north of Selous and adjacent to it, this park has a good network of game viewing roads and boasts wide open plains and plenty of wildlife including good numbers of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, giraffe, elephants and lion are resident to this park.
Udzungwa National Park
The major attraction of Udzungwa is its bio-diversity and unique rainforest that is delightful and fascinating forest of leafy glades freckled with sunshine. There, many rare plants not found anywhere else in the world have been identified. These range from a tiny African violet to 30m high trees. It is also home to about six types of primates including: two endemic and endangered species – the Iringa red colobus monkeys and the Sanje crested Mangabey, not discovered until 1979. The plateau supports populations of elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard which however, are not expected to be easily seen as they tend to be found in less accessible area of the park. Bush baby (galago), bush pig, civet, duiker, honey badger and three types of mongoose are more likely to be seen. A number of rare forest birds, including furous-winged sunbird and a new species of the partridge-like francolin, many of which are only found in this area of Tanzania. It is thus Tanzania’s richest forest bird habitat and among the three most important bird conservation areas on the continent and one of East Africa’s great forests. There are no roads in this park, so walking safaris are the only option.
Saadan National Park
One of the few remaining coastal rainforests left in Tanzania and the only wildlife sactuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. A rare combination of both land and aquatic wildlife viewing and some inviting beaches await visitors to this park. Although its location is not that remote, the roads leading there may be difficult, even impassible during the wet season of April and May.