Southern Circuit Tanzania Safari Experience
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Southern Circuit - A True African Safari Experience
The southern safari circuit of Tanzania includes the National Parks of Mikumi, Ruaha and Saadani and the game protected areas of the Nyerere National park ( formerly Selous) and Udzungwa Mountains.
Each of these areas is an attraction in its own right with Mikumi and Selous combining to a land area greater than the size of Switzerland. The Ruaha ecosystem including at its centre the National Park has recently been extended to make it the largest National Park in Africa. Saadani is the only area in East Africa which combines both beach and game viewing. The Udzungwa Mountains is an ancient rainforest trapped in the present, recent research shows this area is a true ecological hotspot with a large number of endemic species including the Sanje Crested Mangabey
The southern circuit is a lot quieter than the northern circuit and at many of the lodges you will not see any other guests when out on game drives. This and the more varied landscape gives the south a wilder and more natural feel.
The game concentrations are similar to the north but in the south the game is spread over a larger area. Distances between parks and lodges is greater in the south meaning that flying is often the best option.
Mikumi and Saadani National Parks are both good destinations if you have limited time for safari as both are easily accessible from Dar-es-Salaam. Three to four days would be ideal for the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park if you fly. With a bit longer you could combine the Selous and Ruaha, or –for safari and hiking- Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains.