National Parks of Southern Tanzania
Southern Tanzania is often overlooked in favor of the northern parks, however, Nyerere (formerly the Selous Game Reserve) and Ruaha National Park are definitely worth a visit – especially if you like to avoid the crowds and are looking for seclusion together with a large number of wildlife! Mikumi National Park and the Udzungwa Mountains are rarely visited, but are easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. They can best be combined if you are traveling overland by road!
If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, you should consider a visit to Kitulo National Park. Kitulo is not known for large wildlife, but is best for travelers interested in birds and plants – especially during the wet season! Whatever your travel motivation and wildlife preferences are, feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to assist you with a customized journey!
Which National Park in Southern Tanzania would you like to explore?
Kitulo National Park
Kitulo National Park is located in the far south of Tanzania. This hidden gem is locally known as “Bustani ya Mungu” – translated as God’s Garden. Botanists however call it the “Serengeti of Flowers” as it is home to a vast number of flower species that bloom across the plateau. This park is of major floral significance.
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park is Tanzania’s fourth largest national park and very accessible by road. It is an ideal stop over point if you are traveling in between Nyerere and Ruaha. The park borders Nyerere in the south and stands out with its open savannah plains and its abundant wildlife variety. A classic game drive destination.
Nyerere National Park
Nyerere (formerly known as Selous) is one of Africa’s largest protected areas with an outstanding landscape and wildlife variety. Safari activities focus around the mighty Rufiji River which in dry season becomes the only existing water source. Game drives are best combined with a boat or a walking adventure.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is located in the center of Tanzania and named after the Great Ruaha River that runs through the parks northern part. It is very much untouched by tourism and stands out with its large buffalo, elephant and lion population. Game drives can be combined with fantastic walking adventures.
The Udzungwa Mountains are a large mountain range that due to its inaccessibility has preserved a rich biodiversity with various endemic species. This park can only be explored on foot and several walking trails invite to explore its rich bird and primate variety. Popular is the Sanje Waterfall Hike with a nice cool down!