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Ruaha & Mikumi National Park Exclusive 6 Days

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Ruaha & Mikumi National Park itinerary

Day 1: 

Early morning pickup from the hotel in Dar es salaam at 4:30am.  Depart to iringa Town at exactly 5am for a 7hrs-8hrs Drive depending on the road traffic and 50KPH speed limits transiting Mikumi National Park. Hot Breakfast on the way and Lunch. On arrival at Iringa, check in at Iringa sunset Hotel for Dinner and Overnight

Day 2:

Early morning 5am breakfast at the Hotel. At 6:00am, drive to the Ruaha National Park entry gate for check in to start your Half Day Game drive till 6pm. After 6pm, you will check out and head to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge.

Day 3:

Early morning 6am breakfast at the camp. At 7:00am, drive to the Ruaha National Park entry gate for check in to start your full Day Game drive till 6pm. After 6pm, you will check out and head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4:

Early morning 5am breakfast at the Lodge. At 6:00am, Do a morning game drive at Ruaha national park before departure to Mikumi. On arrival at Mikumi, check in at Camp Bastian Mikumi Cottages  near Mikumi National Park boundary for Dinner and overnight.

Day 5:

Early morning 6am breakfast at the camp. At 6:30am, drive to the Mikumi National Park entry gate for check in to start your full day Game drive till 5pm then after head to the Maasai Boma for cultural tour

Day 6:

Early morning 5:30am breakfast at the Hotel. At 6:00am, drive to Mikumi National Park for your morning game drive. At 11:00am start driving back to Dar es salaam. You will be dropped at the hotel or Airport.

Cost Inclusive:

  1. Safari cruiser 4X4
  2. Accommodation full board
  3. Guide fees
  4. Park fees
  5. Drinking water during game drives
  6. Insurance while on the vehicle
  7. Government taxes

Cost Exclusive:

  • Items of personal nature e.g., toiletries, cigarette and, alcohol
  • Travel visa
  • medical insurance cover
  • Guide Tip, recommended $20
  • Company Development Support, Recommended $30

About Ruaha National Park:

One of the country’s most outstanding wilderness area.It is the second largest National Park, covering an area of 20,226 sq.km located in south-central Tanzania.

During the dry season, when game viewing is at its best, animals are drawn to the Great Ruaha River and other water sources. The name Ruaha was derived from the hehe word called ”Luhava” meaning the great river.

Climate

Ruaha National Park enjoys only one rainy season, usually from the end of November to May with annual average rainfall ranging from 500 to 800mm. The park is located at an altitude between 750 and 1868 meters.

Getting there

The park is accessible by road and air.

Road. From Iringa town it is 108km to the main gate (Y-Junction), 625Km from Dar es Salaam and 480Km from Mbeya City.

Air. Daily flights from Dar es Salaam and Arusha is the easiest way to Ruaha. Airstrips are located at Msembe and Jongomero. Coastal Aviation, Auric Air and Safari Link all have scheduled flights to Ruaha.

Park Attractions

Not only does Ruaha enjoy abundant wildlife, but the magnificent and constantly changing landscapes add a magical touch to the whole experience. Baobabs dot the rocky hillsides, the cool green shade along the River, the open grassy plains, all make a wonderful and exciting trip.

Wild Animals

This is the place where visitors can see both Lesser and Greater Kudu because it is the southernmost limit for Lesser Kudu in African continent.

It is also possible to see, Sable and Roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Topi, both Southern and Bohor reedbuck and it is the southernmost limit of Grants Gazelle.

In addition to this, Ruaha boasts a healthy population of Wild Dogs, Leopard, Lions, Cheetah, Buffalo, and Elephant, not to mention all the other species, of which there are plenty

Birds

With 574 species recorded in Ruaha, it is difficult to visit this beautiful Park and not be impressed by the number and variety of birds you see.

Baobab ”Upside down tree”

The park is known for having baobab trees scattered all over the park. During dry season the baobab trees shed leaves, leaving only bare branches that resemble roots. Therefore people nick named it “roots up tree”.

The Great Ruaha River

”The life of Ruaha” and one of the main attraction for many tourists.

Tourism activities

Various activities are available in the park, such as day and night game drive, walking safari, cultural tourism, bush meal, bird watching, star gazing, balloon safari and picnicking.

Walking Safari

This activity takes a visitor more close to nature as it provides a chance of tracking animals by their footprints, stopping to admire birdlife in the trees, and watching smaller creatures and their behaviors.

Game drive

Venture into the pristine wilderness of the Ruaha in a 4*4 safari vehicle hosted by experts. The Park is hailed for its vast herds of buffalo which roam the magnificent plains as well as for its flourishing elephants, lions , leopards , crocodiles and hippo populations

Night game drive

A night drive gives you the opportunity to see Ruaha like never before with a chance of seeing nocturnal wildlife and predators when they are more active

Filming and Photographing

The Park makes the best place for professional filming and photographing

Baloon safari

Experience hot air baloon safaris and enjoy spectacular aerial game viewing and remarkable landscapes

Bush meal

Visitors can enjoy taking their meals at the middle of the bush after a short or long day game drive

About Mikumi National Park:

As accessible as it is, Mikumi National Park is the most appealing Park to a safari. This Park will give a true taste of an African safari while preserving your precious time.

The Park has a variety of wildlife that can be easily seen. Its closeness to Dar makes it an ideal place for weekend visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended safari itinerary.

The park derives its name from a palm tree called Borassus palm which once grew there and covers an area of 3,230km2

Climate

The Park experiences bi-modal rainfall season with short rains starting from October to early November and long rains from March to May and dry season is from late June to September.

It is located at an altitude between200m and 800meters with annual average rainfall ranging from ……. to …….mm.

Getting there

The Park can be accessed by road or air

Road. The park is 283km from Dar es salaam and 118 from Morogoro town.

Air. Scheduled flights from all the main centers in Tanzania but often routing via Dar-es-salaam.

Park attractions

The Park harbors fascinating attractions most notably the Hippo pools that provide close access to the mud loving beasts and bird watching. Zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo are found on the grassy plains.

Wildlife

The park has many wildlife like buffalos, Lions, Zebra, Giraffes and Elephants .Giraffes are often seen browsing leaves from the isolated acacia trees that fringe the Mkata river. Also the greater Kudu and sable antelope can be found in the miombo woodland-covered foothills of the mountain that rise from the Park boundaries.


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