Based on its natural view, the protected areas of Southern Tanzania – Southern Circuit are very beautiful, wildly but receive a lower number of visitors compared to the more famous and “popular” northern parks. Despite its roads being good, the distances between one park and another is much higher than around the northern circuit, so many travellers decide to fly from one park to another.
Movement in the southern circuit is quite different from the movement in the northern zone. Visiting the northern zone will make use of itineraries of which tourists will stay with the sama guide in the same vehicle moving from one park to another contrary to the southern zone whereby travellers will be advised to take air transfers when shifting from one park to another because of the distance between parks. The uniqueness of GVTS is that we strongly serve the game safaris in an independent vehicle in the southern zone despite most game activities are run by the lodges in a share with other lodge guests. GVTS charges reasonable costs to southern safaris compared with other service provides
The Southern circuit comprises Ruaha National Park, Katavi National Park and Kitilo National Park – A garden of God and the Selous Game Reserve. The areas not to be missed are the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National ParK. Those who enjoy hiking and walking should also consider a combined couple of nights at Udzungwa Mountains National Park located in the Western Zone. If you choose an overland tour of the southern parks, this will also include Mikumi National Park as Mikumi is on the way to Ruaha from Dar es Salaam. The time spent in each park will depend on the interests and photographic needs of each tourist. We suggest at least four days for the Selous Game Reserve, and three days for the Ruaha National Park but will be planned accurately when our tour expert will be preparing your tailor made package for you.
Mikumi is the Tanzania’s fourth largest National Park which adjoining Selous Game Reserve in the south forming one enormous ecosystem bordering the Udzungwa and Uluguru Mountains, the both latter highlands considered one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, the “Galapagos of Africa”, because each separate hilltop has flora and fauna unique in the world.
A tremendous waterfall like Sanje falls hundreds of meters from cliff walls to the forest floor are among attraction located in the Southern Circuit. Almost four times the size of Serengeti, Selous in southern Tanzania is the oldest Tanzanian game reserve and the largest in Africa, home to the rare African wild dogs, large populations of elephants, and some of the last wild families of black rhinoceros on the continent. The Great Ruaha River enters Selous Game Reserve from the west, past hot sulfur springs, through steep gorges where African crested eagles hunt cliff-dwelling monkeys. It joins a stunning string of navigable oxbow lakes along the eastern Rufiji River. Selous boating and walking safaris are popular with birdwatchers, photographers and active adventurers.
Fishing for spirited tiger fish is another much loved activity in Selous. Bring in your night vision binoculars for the stationary examination of nocturnal animals from your campgrounds such as bat-eared foxes, striped hyenas, hunting leopards, and possibly an aardvark or a bushbaby. Night game drives are not permitted in Selous. Fly-camping beside the lakes offers close proximity to giant crocodiles, hippos wandering at night to graze beside your tent and dozens of giraffes drinking in company with zebras, waterbucks, sable antelopes and impalas. It will also be your best opportunity to see a lion kill due to the untainted environments.
Ruaha National Park is even more varied and less accessible, at the convergence of several ecosystems with a fantastic range of terrain from mountains to marshland and from tropical forest to sand rivers. Sentry giant baobab trees stud the plains. Elephants, other large herbivores, varied antelopes and big cats are all present.
Kitulo National Park located south of Ruaha is one of Africa’s prime botanical reserves, “The Garden Of God” sampling over three hundred fifty types of vascular flora including forty- five assortments of terrestrial orchids. From November to April, its alpine meadows are carpeted with lobelias, iris, red hot pokers, aloes, protease, geraniums, daisies and many more.