Mikumi National Park: Lying astride the main highway from Dar es Salaam through Morogoro and is the third largest park in Tanzania. The park is rich in wildlife and animals like buffaloes, lions, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, warthogs and elephants can easily be seen all the year round. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded, some of which are Eurasian migrants. Some reptiles such as crocodiles, monitor lizards and pythons are also residents in the park.
Accommodation: Mikumi Wildlife Lodge and Mikumi Tented Camp offer good accommodation and food.
Activities: Game drives and guided walks.
Best Time: Accessible year around.
Ruaha National Park: Lies in the central part of Tanzania just west of Iringa town is also the second largest elephant sanctuary in the country, next to Selous Game Reserve. The area also contains a wide variety of animals that includes the Ruaha special – Greater and Lesser Kudu, Roan and Sable entelopes. Other game animal found here are large herds of buffaloes and elephants. The exciting Great Ruaha River harbours/contains a large number of hippos and crocodiles. During the dry season, the river attracts great numbers of wildlife species; giraffes, warthogs, elands, zebras, wildebeests, impala, waterbucks, roan, antelopes and elands. In the plains, ostriches, cheetahs and grants gazelles can be seen.
Accommodation: Riverside lodge; tented camps; bandas & campsite.
Activities: Day walks or hiking safaris through untouched bush.
Best Time: Mid May-December for predators and large mammals while January-April for lush scenary and wildflowers. The male greater kudu is most visible in June.
Selous Game Reserve: Is 490 km. south-west of Dar es salaamu and it takes about 40 minutes to fly to the reserve from Dar es Salaamu or 4 hours by TAZARA. It contains some of Africa’s largest and most important population of elephants, buffaloes and hunting dogs. Other large mammals that are found there include Roosevelt’s sable (rarely seen), rhinos, hippos, giraffes, elands, sable antelopes, white faced wildebeest, waterbucks, warthogs, leopards and lions (which are darker in colour than their coousins in the northern circuits). The selous male lions also have short, almost punk-like manes, very different from other lions in Africa.
Accommodation: Rufuji River camp, Safari Camp, Selous Safari Camp.