The Southern Circuit is located on the southern borderns of Tanzania and is, closer to the busness city Dar es Salaam. Southern Circuit packages include Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Mahale National Park and Katavi National Park. Travelers have the opportunity to enjoy a truly remote safari experience along the Southern Circuit; enjoy the vast, ecological diversity of the Selous Game Reserve, and get close up looks at the primates in Mahale National Park. Southern Circuit is far quieter than the Northern Circuit and attracts fewer visitors. Although visitors can relax and enjoy Tanzania’s far remote wilderness which creates a feeling of exclusivity.
Selous Game Reserve
This is a protected area in southern Tanzania. It covers a total area of 50,000 km2 (19,000 sq mi) and has additional buffer zones. Selous game reserve is home to a high number of wildlife and a variety of vegetation. In addition to its staggering size, Selous is wild, remote and truly untouched which add curiosity to go there. Since 1982 Selous was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique features and varieties of inhabits such as African bush elephant, black rhino, hippopotamus, lion, East African wild dog, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffe, Plains zebra, and Nile crocodile.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania, this is after addition of the Usangu Game Reserve and other wetlands to the park in 2008 which increased its size to about 20,226 square kilometers and making it the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa. The Name Ruaha is derived from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park accommodates large herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra together with a significant number of predators, including lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah. Ruaha enjoys the prestige of being the only National Park in Tanzania where Greater Kudu can be found.
The experience shows that Mahale National Park is not a traditional safari, in fact, a safari in Mahale will generally involve plenty of chimp trekking and primate sightings, and perhaps encounters with various species of antelope and the occasional lion and leopard
To get Access to the park is somehow trick compared to the northern circuit; the only way is either by boat or air, which explains why the park is free or large numbers of tourists. And upon reaching there the only way to explore the park is on foot through the lush vegetation along the many leaf-strewn walking trails, across rivers and past hidden waterfalls.
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park is amoung of the Tanzania far remote wildernesses. Offering a relatively untouched wilderness experience, a Katavi provides exceptional wildlife sightings and a raw and untamed safari experience
The large sources of water in Katavi sustain thousands of animals. Such as Cape Buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, and elephants, plus along the Katuma river, crocodiles and hippopotami which upon annual dry seasons results in mudholes that can be packed with hundreds of hippos Carnivorous animals that roam this park are cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, leopards, and lions.
Here, you are likely to come across herds of elephant and buffalo, pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers, as well as giraffe, zebra, impala and the accompanying predators - lion and hyena prowling the plains.
These popular itineraries can be customized to match your budget and travel dates