The Southern Circuit
Selous Game Reserve
with over 50,000 sq. km. The largest game reserve in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Contains more than two thirds of all Tanzania's elephant population. Has the largest surviving population of hippopotamus and crocodiles in Africa. Boat excursions and walking safaris are conducted there. Best time to visit the Game Reserve - June to October.
Ruaha National Park.
13,000 sq. km large. Second largest national park in Tanzania. Undisturbed. Another elephant county traversed by the Great Ruaha River System.
Mikumi National Park.
300 km west of Dar es Salaam. Has numerous wildlife. Wild dogs, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and elephants can be seen.
Udzungwa Mountain National Park
- 45 km south of Mikumi. A rain forest area - covering 1,000 sq. km, has been declared as a conservation area. The area has spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, and rare vegetation not found anywhere in the world. Has also a rich bird life.
Kitulo Plateau National Park
-Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu - The Garden of God – while botanists have called it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to ‘one of the great floral spectacles of the world’. And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 400 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.
Perched at around 2,600 meters (8,500 ft) between the rugged peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto and Livingstone Mountains, the well-watered volcanic soils of Kitulo support the largest and most important Montana grassland community in Tanzania.