Tanzania Southern Circuit | 5 Days

African Charm & Close to Nature


Destination: Arrival at Julius Nyerere Airport; Transfer to Dar es Salaam
Accommodations: Mediterraneo Hotel
Activities: Choose from beach walk; Garden walk; Dar es Salaam tour

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. After clearing customs, you will be met by our guide and transferred to the beautiful Mediterraneo Hotel where the refreshing breeze and view of the Indian Ocean will revive you after a long international flight. The rich gardens around the hotel radiate nature, a peaceful place to walk and soak in the beautiful sounds and sights, while the beautiful beach provides the perfect setting for relaxation. After settling in, you will meet with an Adumu Safaris representative who will give you a short briefing to review your safari itinerary. You then have the option to relax in the hotel for the rest of day, enjoying your meals at the hotel’s popular restaurant, or venture out to explore Dar es Salaam with the help of your guide.

Destination: Uluguru Mountains; Selous Game Reserve

Accommodations: Selous River Camp

Activities: Game drive

After breakfast, depart for a scenic drive through the Uluguru mountains and enjoy a picnic lunch on your way down toward Selous Game Reserve, the largest fauna reserve in the world, spanning over 55,000 km², almost four times the size of the Serengeti! Selous is considered important enough to be a World Heritage Site in which the lucky few can experience a safari in absolutely wild and unspoiled bush. The reserve was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist, whose adventure books on Africa became best sellers in Victorian England. Among its unique attractions, the reserve contains one third of all the African hunting dog population in the world. Witness the majesty of large migrations of elephants and get up close with all the Big Five. Check in to Selous River Camp situated right along the border of the Selous where the views of the river are stunning and wildlife wander out of the reserve to visit the camp freely. Enjoy a delicious dinner by lantern light and savor a beverage around the campfire overlooking the river before settling in to a restful night in your charming “mudhut.”

Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Accommodations: Selous River Camp
Activities: Game drive

After a delightful, satisfying breakfast, embark on a full day game drive deep into Selous. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by spectacular wildlife. Return in time for bush dinner and evening cocktails at the bar.

Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Accommodations: Selous River Camp
Activities: Walking safari; Game drive; Cultural visit to Mloka village

Wake before sunrise, and after a cup of coffee or tea and a homemade biscuit, depart on a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger for a close-hand look at the ecosystem in which the park’s animals live. Learn to identify animal tracks and signs, and hear fascinating information about the insects, trees, and colorful birdlife that might be overlooked on a game drive. You might cross paths with a giraffe or two while you are out there! Return for a satisfying lunch at camp and depart for a cultural tour of Mloka village. Mloka is situated down river from Selous River Camp, only a short drive by car. Home to many of the camp staff, a tour here is a very personal experience and the focus is on meeting locals, learning about their day-to-day lives, and visiting places like the primary school, market and police post. Local artists, tailors and shopkeepers are always happy to be visited and the children are always very keen to say hello! Enjoy a short game drive on your return to camp for dinner and a relaxing evening around the fire pit.

Destination: Selous Game Reserve
Accommodations: Selous River Camp
Activities: Boat safari

After breakfast, depart for a full day boat safari exploring the Rufiji River and the Reserve’s lakes in an open-sided, canvas-roofed boat. The Selous is one of the very few game reserves in Africa where you can view game from the water, and after the dust and bumpy roads of a game drive, there’s nothing more relaxing than drifting along the river watching the wildlife. Boat safaris are the ideal way of enjoying the stunning scenery of the Rufiji River with its many hippos, crocodiles and beautiful birdlife. Definitely not to be missed is the sunset from the boat—there is nothing quite like the peacefulness of the river, hippos honking all around you, while the sun dips below the horizon! Return to camp for dinner and storytelling around the fire.

Destination: Departure to Arusha or connection to Northern Circuit, Western Circuit, Kenya, Uganda, or Zanzibar

After a hot breakfast, drive back to Dar es Salaam for an optional day or overnight at the Mediterraneo Hotel or connect to the next leg of your wildlife safari in the Northern Circuit, Kenya’s Parks, Chimp trekking in the Western Circuit, or gorilla trekking in Uganda. Alternatively, connect with a flight to the magical island of Zanzibar, which lies just off the coast of Tanzania. See our complimentary itineraries for these locations.

Safari Includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport before and after the trip and/or transfer to the next leg of your holiday
  • Park entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Crater service fee
  • Government Taxation
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches and unlimited mileage
  • All game drives and activities
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • All-inclusive alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodges/camps
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Service charges
  • Generous Giving Fund

Safari Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended and offered upon making your deposit)
  • Laundry services, unless provided by the lodges
  • Additional alcoholic beverages & sodas, except as stated as included above
  • Laundry services, unless offered by the lodges
  • Optional massages and spa services
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.


Based on double occupancy ……………2743 USD LOW / 2867 USD HIGH / 2932 USD PEAK Single person, non-sharing supplement………………….………. 550 USD LOW / 632 USD HIGH / 700 USD PEAK

**NB: Prices drop for larger parties traveling together. Children are accommodated at lower rates than adults. Adumu Safaris customizes itineraries to fit your preferences, desires, party size, and budget.

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

Karibu Africa!
The Adumu Safaris Team