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Mikumi National Park

Southern Circuit - Tanzania

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About the park

The seemingly infinite horizon and rich wildlife make you feel like being on the Serengeti Plains – but you are not. Welcome to the Mkata Floodplain, the flagship attraction of Mikumi, safely tucked in between the Rubeho and Uluguru Mountains. 

Picturesque at every time of a day, the ligh at dusk and dawn makes a visit to the plains truly mesmerizing. The only roar you will hear is not of cars, but of the king of the jungle.

 

Most visitors come to Mikumi National Park aiming to spot the ‘Big Five’ (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino), and they are always not disappointed. Hippo pools provide close access to the mud-loving beasts, and bird-watching along the waterways is particularly rewarding.

The main feature of the park is the Mikumi flood plain, along with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides. Open grasslands dominate in the flood plain, eventually merging with the miombo woodland covering the lower hills. Also, its bordered by the Lumango and Uluguru mountains.

Other animals that can be sighted although rare are the Sable Antelope resident in the southern part of the park bordering the Selous, the Greater Kudu, leopard, and the wild dog also known as the African Hunting Dog. More than 400 bird species have been recorded, including European migrants during the rainy season, the yellow-throated longclaw bateleur eagle and lilac-breasted roller.

 

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Selous Game Reserve

Southern Circuit - Tanzania

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About the park

Selous Game Reserve is amongst the largest well-watered distinctive wildlife in Africa and the largest protected areas in the World and is relative undisturbed by human impact. 

It is perhaps the most immaculate wilderness still remaining in Africa with a wide variety of wildlife habitats, including open grasslands, acacia and miombo woodlands, swamps and riverine forests in many branches of the mighty Rufiji River which flows through the reserve. Due to its unique ecological importance, it was designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982.

 
Its wildlife is spectacular, with some of its mammal and reptile populations the largest in Africa, namely buffaloes, elephants, hippos, wild dogs and crocodiles. Other wildlife include the wildebeest, impala, water buck, zebra, eland, the greater kudu, sable antelopes, giraffe, baboon, the velvet and blue monkeys, and the black and white colobus monkey which can be seen in certain riverine forests moving from tree to tree in family groups. 

There is a large population of predators including lions, leopards, cheetah and the spotted hyena, and about 440 species of birds in the Selous, of both resident and migratory birds.

 

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Udzungwa Mountain National Park

Southern Circuit - Tanzania

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About the park

Stretching all the way from Malawi and Mozambique, the Eastern Arc Mountains’ biodiversity is at its most magnificent in Udzungwa. This is where you can track some of Africa’s rarest species, some of them never seen by weastern eyes before 1990. 

Very few visitors ever delve deep into this jungle, leaving one with a special feeling of solitude. With so many creatures endemic to the area, this chain of secluded mountains has rightfully been dubbed tha African Galapagos. Just only nine words; Udzungwa Mountain National Park is a heaven for hikers.

Udzungwa Mountain National Park is blessed with a unique backdrop: an uninterrupted string of forest-clad mountains and cascades. The jaw-dropping Sanje waterfall is one of many providing the surrounding region with precious water resources. Ranging from lowlands to altitudes of over two kilometres, the area is covered by a staggering 3,300 plant species and around 600 types of trees – open areas are hard to find.
 
The star-chestnut without any side branches for the first 15-20 meters is one of the most striking trees you will come across. Some other notable trees species include the fig tree with its huge buttressed trunk, the red mahogany that grows up to 60 meters and the plum tree, whose ripening purple fruits are magnets for elephants.
 
This diverse jungle attracts the most stunning creatures, from mammals to birds to amphibians. The most typical mammalian inhabitants are primates: the woods host no less than nine different species. The Iringa red colobus, the Sanje mangabey and Udzungwa galago occur nowhere else than here. 

 

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Kitulo National Park

Southern Circuit - Tanzania

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About the park

Kitulo is where plant lovers come as close to paradise as they can get. Welcome to Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden of God, also dubbed the Serengeti of Flowers. And rightfully so. More than 350 different vascular plants make this one of the world’s ultimate floral displays. Make sure to witness it in the rainy season, when the spectacle is in full bloom.

Yes, some small yet hardly mountain reebuck and eland still roam the open grassland. And yes, you hear the shrieks of Angola pied colobus and blue monkey emanating form the forest. Even the endangered Kipunji monkey – Africa’s first new species of monkey for over 20 years – has been discovered in the area, together with a very tiny forest-dwelling bush-baby. Yet Kitulo isn’t the kind of park to visit for your game spotters’ list; it is a botanist and hiker’s dream, with a floral diversity that can be overwhelming.

Wild flowers display peak during the rainy season between December and April excellent time for botanists, while the sunnier months of September to November are more comfortable for hiking but less rewarding to botanists. Conditions are cold and foggy from June to August. Accommodation is available in Mbeya town.
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Katavi National Park

Southern Circuit - Tanzania

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About the park

Only a handful of adventurous souls ever make it to Katavi. Those who do are treated to mesmerizing experience. It is a legendary wilderness: remote, free and undisturbed. 

The sheer number of animals on show is mindboggling, in quantity and variety.

Over 400 species are recorded and are also known for its large concentration of crocodile and hippo. An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds of 1,000- plus buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains. The park is noted for Miombo woodland and scattered acacia trees scenery and is the home of zebras, sable and roan antelope, eland, leopard and lion.

During the rainy season, these lakes are a haven for myriad water birds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile while during the dry season, Katuma River forms the only source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations that defy belief.

If you are looking for the ultimate spot to tick your game-viewing boxes, head straight to the Katuma River and her floodplains, including the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. Their appearance differs greately between the wet and dry season.

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Ruaha National Park

Southern Circuit - Tanzania

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About the park

Ruaha combines the untrammelled wilderness of Katavi with the jaw-dropping vastness and wildlife of Serengeti and Tarangire. 

In the Largest National Park of East Africa your safari begins the moment the airstrip comes into sight, the pilot deftly maneuvering past the giraffe and zebra roaming around.

 

The Ruaha National Park lies between two large rivers of Great Ruaha River and Njombe with its vast area covers 20,200 sq km and still comparatively unexplored bird and game sanctuary. 

Where there is water there is life, and the fine network of game viewing trails follows the main river and seasoned tributaries. It’s the second largest National park after Nyerere with the largest Elephants sanctuary over 10,000 and large buffalo herds in the south-west of the country. 

“………Fans of the greater kudu are in the right place”                            

 

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