• Hidden Tanzania Safari Private Adventure

    Enjoy the best of Tanzania without the crowds!

    Enjoy an incredible twelve day journey through Tazania. You will visit four major national parks: Ruaha, Katavi, Mikumi, and Udzungwa, and you will see hundreds of species of wildlife including buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodiles, and more.

    best times to go: May - November

    departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

    pricing: Call for pricing. see detailed pricing

    East Africa

    Easy to Moderate
Avaliable as a private trip. Call for details

Enjoy the best of Tanzania without the crowds!

Abandon the beaten path and explore the vast national parks that most visitors to Tanzania miss! These remote southern parks are rarely visited, offering spectacular wildlife viewing without the crowds.

Your journey begins with a taste of things to come amid the wild wonders of Mikumi National Park. Part of the magnificent Selous ecosystem, Mikumi is your introduction to Tanzania's wildlife, as it is also the gateway to Southern Tanzania and only a stone's throw from Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Isolated in ancient forests along the Rift Valley escarpment, Udzungwa is often referred to as the "Galápagos of Africa" for the dozens of unique species--from exotic birds to newly-discovered primates--that are found here.

From there you'll fly to the Southern Highlands where you'll explore tea plantations and remote villages by horseback or mountain bike. Then it's on to Katavi, a park so remote that it receives fewer than 300 visitors a year. Katavi literally thumps with wildlife, as herds of buffalo, zebra, and giraffe thunder across the plains and drink from rivers thick with huge "monster" crocodiles. You'll continue on to Ruaha, a stunning wilderness of mighty rivers and plunging gorges, rolling hills, and countless baobab trees. This breathtaking trip is far-flung Tanzania at its unspoiled best.

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Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle, occasional bush hikes, local guides at each camp


  • Experience Tanzania’s massive and rugged southern parks, untouched by most safari tours
  • See all the big game, plus dozens of endemic birds and varieties of kudu, antelope, and hartebeest found nowhere else
  • Explore local agricultural communities seldom visited by Westerners

Duration: 12 days Start Location: Dar es Salaam End Location: Dar es Salaam

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  • Day 1 : Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Arrive in Dar es Salaam, which means "Haven of Peace" in Swahili. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore Dar es Salaam, the economic and cultural center of Tanzania.

  • Day 2 : Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park

    Fly to Mikumi National Park, which touches the northern border of the Selous, one of the largest game reserves in the world. The park is home to an immense variety of wildlife, including over 400 species of birds, including African jacanas, eight types of kingfisher, and the massive Goliath heron.

  • Day 3 : Udzungwa Mountain National Park

    Travel from Mikumi to explore Udzungwa Mountain National Park, known as the "Galápagos of Africa"  for its high number of unique, endemic species.

  • Day 4 : Mikumi National Park

    Explore deeper into Mikumi, with a focus on seeing the astounding variety of animal life here.

  • Days 5 - 6 : Mikumi - Southern Highlands

    Fly from Mikumi to the tea plantation country of Tanzania's Southern Highlands, another great areas for birding. Also visit with the local susistence community of Igoda.

  • Day 7 : Katavi National Park

    Fly to Katavi National Park, home to large concentrations of game, including the last great herds of buffalo in Africa.

  • Days 8 - 9 : Katavi National Park

    A day to explore the 2.5 million acres of the Katavi wilderness. On multiple excursions you'll journey to the Katisunga floodplain, the Katuma River and the plains of Chada.

  • Day 10 : Katavi - Ruaha National Park

    After breakfast fly to Ruaha National Park, which straddles the boundary between southern and western Africa, making this area home to a staggering biological diversity.

  • Day 11 : Ruaha National Park

    A day to explore Ruaha, with options to take a full day game drive, take a morning safari walk to nearby Nyamakuyu rapids and hippo pools, and more.

  • Day 12 : Departure

    Fly from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam and connect with homeward-bound flights.

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DATES: Best time to go: May - November Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.


2011 -2012 Private Adventure Prices
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Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


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