Tanzania’s southern attractions
Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Udzungwa National Park are the most worthwile places to visit in Southern Tanzania. All of the areas can be reached by plane from Dar Es Saalam and less frequently also from Arusha and with the exception of Ruaha, they are fairly accessible by car from Dar Es Saalam as well. Together with Udzungwa, Mikumi is a smaller park out of the four and it offers common wildlife of Tanzania with rare sable antelopes and wild dogs on top. Udzungwa on the other hand is a hiker’s paradise, with its forest and mountain scenery including beautiful waterfalls and endemic plants as well as the Udzungwa red colobus monkey and the sanje crested mangabey which cannot be found in other areas. Ruaha has become the largest National Park of Tanzania after its extension in 2008. Apart from big herds of elephants, buffaloes, predators like lions, wild dog and leopard, the more rare sable and roan antelopes as well as greater and lesser kudu can be spotted. All those can be discovered at Selous Game Reserve as well, but in an area of more than twice the size of Ruaha National Park reaching 55.000 square kilometers. On top of that, in Selous, you can experience wildlife on foot as well as by boat as well.