SOUTHERN CIRCUIT

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park abuts the northern border of Africa's biggest game reserve, Selous. It covers an area of Size: 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles). This is a home to Lions, zebras, wildebeests, impalsa and buffalo herds that migrate across it – from the flattened tops of termite mounds, or sometimes, during the rains, from perches high in the trees. Giraffeto s forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River, islets of shade favoured also by Mikumi's elephants.

Criss-crossed by a good circuit of game-viewing roads, the Mkata Floodplain is perhaps the most reliable place in Tanzania for sightings of the powerful eland, the world’s largest antelope. The equally impressive greater kudu and sable antelope haunt the miombo-covered foothills of the mountains that rise from the park’s borders.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded, with such colourful common residents as the lilac-breasted roller, yellow-throated longclaw and bateleur eagle joined by a host of European migrants during the rainy season. Hippos are the star attraction of the pair of pools situated 5km north of the main entrance gate, supported by an ever-changing cast of waterbirds. .

When to go
Whole year but between March and May you must use a 4 wheel drive

 

Ruaha National Park

This is the second largest in Tanzania, covering an area of more than 13,000 square kilometers. The name Ruaha National Park is named after the Ruaha river which flows along the eastern border. 

The main Vegetation in Ruaha National Park are Miombo woodland, acacia grassland and baobab trees. However, the park is very rich in big games.  it is well-recognizable for the large herds of Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo and Impala, and numerous Greater lesser Kudu as well as wild dogs, . lions and leopards are also frequently spotted in this Park. The Great Ruaha River, that borders the park in the east, provide habitation for hippopotamus and crocodiles. The park is also a paradise for bird watchers as 540 species have been recorded so far.

When to go
From June to February

 

Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. The reserve covers a total area of 54,600 km² (21,081 square miles).  It was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, who died in this territory in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during World War 2. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the diversity of its wildlife and undisturbed nature. Some of the typical animals of the savanna such as elephants, hippos, African Wild Dogs and crocodiles can be found in this park in larger numbers than in any other African Parks

When to go
June to February

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