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SOUTHERN TANZANIA

The Southern part of Tanzania is a good choice if you wish to visit more remote areas. There are several national parks and the immense Selous Game Reserve. Distances are longer than distances between the Northern Parks, but the effort of travelling the long distance is definitely rewarding. It can easily be combined with safaris in the more famous Northern parks or be visited on its own in combination with a beach holiday. You can find a short over view of the most remarkable places below.

Selous Game Reserve
Selous, the largest protected wildlife reserve in Africa, is known for its largest number of several species of animals found in a single reserve anywhere in the world and that includes elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, lion and the endangered Africa wild dog. Additionally, over 440 species of birds have been identified. The ecosystem comprises grasslands, woodlands and riverine forests. The course of the Rufiji River is changing all the time so this makes a unique environment with sandbanks, Lakes, Lagoons and islands. A boat-safari in Selous is highly recommended for seeing crocodiles and hippos with an abundance of birdlife. For more information about Selous Game Reserve, visit the official website of Tanzanian Tourist Board.

Udzungwa Mountains National Park
A completely different experience is the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It is a camping and trekking wilderness retreat with some defined trails, extremely breathtaking scenery including endemic trees, shrubs and herbs, and only a few visitors. It covers only 2% of Tanzania’s land area, but it has 30 to 40% of the plant and mammal species of Tanzania. Additionally, it contains the second highest bird diversity in Africa after the Ituri Forest in Democratic Republic of Congo. The area consists of canopy forest, woodland, grassland and dry arid woodland along the Great Ruaha River with young baobab tees. Primates, antelopes and bush babies can be found well here. In addition, there is high chance of seeing several amphibians and reptiles. For more information about Udzungwa Mountains National Park, visit the official website of Tanzania National Parks.

Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is the perfect combination of seeing wildlife and splendid landscapes. It contains a large variety of plants and animals of which some can only be seen here, such as the greater kudu. In addition, you may find elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and wild dogs. The park is still having an untouched and unexplored atmosphere, so your safari experience will be unique. The big Ruaha River and other rivers are the lifelines of the park. Ruaha National Park has a wide range of physical features from the Great Rift Valley, river systems, natural springs, wetlands, hot water springs, and kopjes to the beautiful rolling hills and mountains. For more information about Ruaha National Park, visit the official website of Tanzanian National Parks.

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park is the fourth largest park of Tanzania. It is very accessible as it is transected by the tarmac road from Dar es Salaam to Iringa. Due to the grass plains of Mkata floodplain, the park is often compared to Serengeti NP. Several animals such as lion, zebra, wildebeest, buffaloes and giraffes migrate on the plains. It is one of the few places where it may be easy to see the Eland. Next to grass plains, you will find Mkata River where Mikumi’s elephants are living. For more information about Mikumi National Park, visit the official website of Tanzania National parks.

A wide range of lodges and campsites are available in and around the parks to make your trip to the Southern Part of Tanzania as comfortable as you like.