Here are the 5 Things to know about Tanzania Southern Safari Circuit:
The Southern safari circuit in Tanzania is an area situated near Dar el Salaam and the country’s southern borders. The circuit is for travelers who want to get off the beaten tracks in the popular northern circuit and experience the ultimate definition of wilderness in the country. Before embarking on the remote safaris to the south, here are five things you need to know.
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AMPLE WILDLIFE :
The south boasts large reserves such as Selous and Ruaha national parks, and this size affects the concentration of wildlife in most parks. Nyerere national park holds the highest number of wild dogs in the entire country, but they are not so much concentrated because of their size. On the other hand, Ruaha is home to thousands of elephants, but again the large size consumes the population. Selous game reserve is home to over 350 species of birds and other wild animals. Other parks in the southern Tanzanian circuit include Kitulo national park, Udzungwa mountains national park, Mikumi national park, and Saadani National Park. All these parks sit in stunning locations full of untamed wilderness, just waiting for exploration.
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK, THE LARGEST RESERVE IN THE COUNTRY, IS IN THIS CIRCUIT:
One of the largest national game parks in East Africa is unknown beyond the borders of Tanzania. This pristine and untouched national park is the largest in the country and hosts the largest elephant population and lions than any other game reserve in Tanzania. The remote and large Ruaha national park is home to over 10000 elephants and other wild animals, including zebras, buffalos, leopards and birds whose population in the park are in tens of thousands. The great Ruaha River is the other focal point in this reserve, and you can fish here or watch the swirling rapids. The rugged semi-arid vegetation in the open plains provides varied scenery in the park, which complements the rolling hills made possible by the mountains that make the landscape in this reserve so beautiful. As a visitor, there are several safari opportunities and activities that you take part in such as, boat expedition, bush walks, fishing, and cultural visits.
YOU WILL SAVE MONEY BY GOING SOUTH:
Tanzanian southern safari circuit is not a high trafficked tourist destination. Safari spots in these areas have far fewer tourists compared to the popular tourist destination in northern Tanzania. The number means these sites offer space and tranquility for adventures who visit southern Tanzania. The southern parks and safari destinations are the only places where you will escape the crowds of the northern parks, and considering the tough times due to the pandemic; they are the best resort. However, the fewer number of visitors is an advantage to those who pick southern sites because here they offered value for their money. Beginning from the accommodation, when you are on the southern safari circuit, you will spend your nights in excellent lodges and hotels at relatively lower prices. In most cases, offers that take the prices as low as 15% of the normal prices are common to the south. Camping sites that allow visitors to tailor their prices are also common in the southern circuit making such safaris cost-effective.
VISIT THE SOUTH IN THE DRY SEASON:
The Tanzanian southern safari circuit, unlike the northern circuit, have far more limited infrastructure. There are no roads at all; for instance, no roads connect to Mahale mountains national reserve, and to visit the area, you only have two options, use a boat or travel to the park by air. The dry season in the southern safari circuit begins in June and lasts to October, and this window provides the best time for watching wildlife in the southern parks. In the dry season, routes used inside the park are generally dry hence easy to navigate. The vegetation is also short during this season; therefore, it does not hide wildlife. Apart from vegetation, wildlife in the dry season is concentrated around the rivers; therefore, spotting wildlife becomes easy.
THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT IS CLOSER TO THE ZANZIBAR ARCHIPELAGO:
Dar es Salaam is the central hub for international travel in Tanzania. This coastal town is the starting point for most safaris to the south, including the coastal hideaways. The town is not only a transit center but also a tourist destination full of safari activities. While connecting to different southern destinations take your time and visit the Kivukoni fish market, Msasani Peninsula, ST. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mbezi beach, Karibu art gallery, among other sites. After visiting these sites, hop on a ferry or take a flight to Nyerere national park or any other southern circuit park. After visiting these parks, crown your Tanzanian experience by visiting the exotic islands in the Indian Ocean to experience their unique culture, white sandy beaches, and accommodation in world-class lodges.
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