Discover Tanzania's Hidden Gems
With Tanzania’s increased air access from Dar es Salaam in the south, and Kilimanjaro in the north, it is now easier to access both the Northern and Southern Circuits in one trip. Less frequented than the national parks in the north, the southern parks provide a sense of African adventure unsurpassed anywhere else on the continent. Some of Tanzania’s hidden gems in the South are:
Ruaha National Park
Africa’s second largest national park is known for its rugged and untouched terrain, having a high concentration of elephants and being home to over 571 species of birds. The park’s Great Ruaha River, 300 miles long, is the lifeline of large mammals and is home to 38 species of fish.
Mikuni National Park
Sitting at the heart of a 47,000 square mile wilderness, this easily accessible park is a game-viewing paradise. The Mikumi flood plain, with its open grasslands, dominates the park together with the mountain ranges that border the park on two sides.
Saadani National Park
Located in the center of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, this is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The sea casts its spell over Saadani, home to a stunningly diverse coastal rainforest and the ruins of the historic port that gave the park its name.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Bordered by the Great Ruaha River to the north and by the road between Mikumu and Ifakara to the east, the park offers great biodiversity and a unique rainforest where many rare plants, not found anywhere else in the worked, have been identified.
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest game reserve in the world. This pristine, uninhabited area boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephants as well as large numbers of lions, leopards, African hinting doss, buffalo and hippos.
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