A group of 8 young Norwegians will next week start their journey into the wilderness of Southern Tanzania. With hopes of experiencing the unique wildlife adventure a safari off season can give you!
Day 1 – Drive to Mikumi National Park
You will have an early morning departure from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi, a 4 – 5 hours drive on comfortable tarmac roads. On the way you will enjoy a nice lunch where you can choose between continental or local food. You may use this lunch to get to know more about the food culture of Tanzania.
On your way to Mikumi you pass “baboon valley” a place where you often see baboons close by or at the road while passing. If traffic treated you well, you will be in the park in good time to enjoy a nice afternoon game drive. While the sun sets, you can enjoy a cold drink with the perfect view of the waterhole where the buffaloes enjoy their mud baths and the elephants come to drink.
Day 2 – Mikumi National Park
Today you will be waking up very early in the morning to go “hunting” for the predators before they go to sleep, working up an appetite for your solid breakfast. When you wake up, make sure to look out the big window to se what kind of animals are sleeping right outside your bungalow.
A full day game drive in the park which always share its abundant wildlife with the visitors. The savannah inside the park allow your eyes to spot wildlife from a great distance, giving you wonderful pictures either for your camera, or forever embedded in your memory. Many of Mikumi’s animals are used to visitors on two legs or four tyres, so here you’ll have the opportunity to meet species like elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, and antelopes and if lucky, predators like lion and leopard.
During early afternoon we’ll often find the animals hiding and resting, so we’ll have the opportunity of a swim in the pool at the lodge before an afternoon game drive. In the evening we head for the agricultural "capitol" of the south - Morogoro for dinner and overnight at a hotel there.
Day 3 – Uluguru Mountains to Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast at the lodge, we start a long, but scenic road trip to Selous, one of the world’s largest protected wildlife areas. After passing Morogoro, Tanzanias main agricultural town, we head into, and over the Uluguru mountains.
This is a unique drive through mountain rainforest and remote villages, before reaching Selous western entry gate. You will be arriving the game reserve in the afternoon and we do a game drive through the reserve to the lodge for the next two nights - Jimbiza Lodge.
Day 4 – Selous Game Reserve
With it’s more than 50 km2 this area are larger than Belgium. A UNESCO world heritage site, Selous give you extraordinary possibilities for wildlife experiences. Since Selous is a game reserve (not a national park), we have the options of following the herds of animals outside the roads, into their natural habitats.
Your full day of game viewing always includes “hunting” for the predators. Maybe today is a lucky day, and allow us to spend time with one of the prides of lions residing in Selous. Tonight you will be accommodated again at Jimbiza Lodge by the Rufiji River, just outside the reserve on the eastern border.
Day 5 – Boat ride on Rufiji River
In the morning we spend a few hours in a bout at the river, watching hippos, crocodiles and various species of birds before heading back to Dar es Salaam. On the way you will enjoy your delicious lunchbox, and arrival in Dar es Salaam in the late afternoon.