Tanzania’s Southern Circuit

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Availability : Weekly, June-November

Tanzania’s Southern Circuit

Highlights Include:

  • Experiencing the nearly-untouched Katavi National Park
  • Exploring pristine wilderness, void of crowds
  • Traveling at a relaxing pace which affords you the time to relax and “dig-in”
  • Drifting through breathtaking Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous Game Reserve
Tour Details

From: $9,420 per person | Single supplement on request

11 days

2021 Departures: Weekly
June 1 – 30, from $9,420 per person
July 1 – October 31, from $11,320 per person
November 1 – 15, from $9,420 per person

Tanzania’s vast southern game areas are remote, wild, and breathtaking. Unlike the popular northern circuit, relatively few people venture to these incredible areas and yet, they boast some of the richest wildlife populations in East Africa.

We’ve designed this itinerary to capture the essence of Tanzania’s diverse habitats. The pace allows you to really feel the essence of each, special place and get to know the wonderful and attentive staff. You’ll fly between areas to maximize your safari time. Each camp will host you with shared safari activities and a unique ambiance you’ll truly enjoy. 

This is a sample itinerary. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Depart Arusha, Tanzania to Katavi National Park | Meals: L D

Depart from Arusha early morning to arrive Katavi midday. (Borton Overseas will assist you with a pre-safari hotel night in Arusha). Arrive camp in time for lunch and a siesta before you head out for an introductory late afternoon game drive to explore the area.

Katavi National Park in the far west of Tanzania is somewhere that, even today, few people have been lucky enough to visit. Perhaps because of this, it feels untouched, almost like traveling back in time. Seasonal rivers form the focus of game viewing for which Katavi is renowned during the dry season. Spend the next few days exploring this stunning area on the lookout for all kinds of wildlife. Overnight at Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi

Days 2-4Exploring Katavi National Park | Meals: B L D

Explore Katavi National Park on game drives with your expert guide. Water rapidly becomes a limited resource in Katavi during the dry season, so animals of all kinds are drawn to the Katuma, Kavu, and Kapapa rivers. Hippos in the hundreds cram the remaining pools; crocodiles retire to caves in the mud walls of the river banks; and buffalo and elephant are drawn to the rivers to drink. The lion, hyenas, and other predators know this. In the late dry season, there are few places that offer such a raw and wild experience as Katavi. Overnight at Chada Katavi

Days 5-7Travel to Ruaha National Park | Meals: B L D

A scheduled flight to Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania (and East Africa), covering an area of over 7800 square miles. It’s location in the middle of Tanzania is part of an extensive ecosystem, which includes the Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and other protected areas. Game viewing is best near the Ruaha River, the main source of water. Enjoy game drives and other activities as offered by your lodge during your stay in this breathtaking area. Overnight in Ruaha

Days 8-10Selous Game Reserve | Meals: B L D

You will be transferred by air to Selous Game Reserve today. By air, the northern Selous is defined by the Rufiji River, which you will be able to view from your transfer flight. A mile wide in places, its courses are deeply carved in the soft sandy soil and visible for miles as you approach by light aircraft. Any tracks here are made not by the small number of visitors that come to stay, but by the feet of generations of hippos and elephant whose influence has shaped the landscape over hundreds of years. Sand rivers, literally dry rivers of sand bleached white and littered with sculptural forms of dead leadwood trees, are one of the most alluring aspects of this area. They are also a magnet to game, drawn to the fresh water that flows beneath the surface. This area is home to all the major mammal species – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and even the very elusive black rhino – also known as “The Big Five.” Overnight at Sand Rivers Selous

Sand Rivers Selous

Day 11Depart Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Meals: B

Scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam to connect with your onward arrangements.

  • Ten nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated, including inter-camp flights
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • All drinks, excluding champagne and premium wines
  • Shared, scheduled activities
  • Night game drive at Chada Katavi and Kigelia
  • Fishing and Boating at Sand Rivers Selous
  • Laundry in camps
  • Park entrance and conservation fees
  • Temporary membership in Flying Doctor Service
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Africa and related taxes
  • Travel insurance (emergency medical & evacuation coverage required)
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as spa services, excess baggage fees, etc.
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