Southern Parks

Mikumi and Saadani National Parks are good destinations from Dar es Salaam if you only have a couple of nights. Three to four days would be ideal for Selous Game Reserve, or for Ruaha National Park, if you fly. Together, Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Park offer an enjoyable safari-hiking combination. Recommended week-long combination itineraries include Selous and Ruaha, or Ruaha and Katavi, in the west, both of which allow you to sample markedly different terrain and wildlife populations. The Ruaha-Katavi combination is increasingly popular given the availability of flights between the two parks. The expanded flight network linking the southern and western parks with the coast has opened up the possibility for longer itineraries combining time on the coast or islands with safaris in Ruaha, Mahale and/or Katavi. Selous and Mafia or Zanzibar Island is also a recommended safari-beach combination.