Southern Highland Circuit

Kitulo National Park

Kitulo National park is regarded by the botanists as "the Serengeti of Flowers", however locally, Kitulo Plateau is referred to as "Bustani ya Mungu", meaning "The Garden of God. It is located at around 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) between peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto and Livingstone Mountains. The Kitulo National Park hosts,

  • ' One of the great floral spectacles of the world '
  • It is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to 350 species of vascular plants, 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid
  • Watersheds for the Great Ruaha River
  • Big game to a few hardy mountain reedbuck and eland
  • the only Tanzanian ' population of the rare Denham's bustard
  • Endemic species of butterfly, chameleon, lizard and frog further enhance the biological wealth of Gods Garden
  • A breeding colony of the endangered blue swallow and range-restricted species as mountain marsh widow, Njombe cisticola and Kipengere seedeater.

Size

412.9 sq km [159 sq miles]

Location & Getting There

Located on Southern Tanzania. The park headquarters at Matamba are situated approximately 100km [60 miles] from Mbeya town.

What to do

  • Good hiking trails
  • Open walking across the grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers
  • Hill climbing
  • A half-day hike from the park across the Livingstone Mountains leads to the sumptuous Matema Beach on Lake Nyasa

When to go

  • December – April for peak Wildflower displays
  • September – November for the sunnier months
    more comfortable for hiking
  • June – August cold and foggy
    conditions
  • Please check for available tour packages here

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is one of a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The name "Rahm" originates from the Hehe word "Ruvaha", which means "river". Ruaha National Park is part of Rungwa-Kizigo –Muhesi ecosystem which has a high diversity of plants and animals to include:-

  • High concentration of elephants, buffalos, antelopes, rare and endangered species like wild dogs and Greater Kudu not found in any national park
  • 571species and some of them migrants from within and outside Africa. recorded migrating species from Europe, Asia, Australian rim and Madagascar
  • Reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs. The Great Ruaha and Mzombe rivers are presumably the most preferred habitat for crocodiles.
  • The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors ' safari experience very unique

Size

45000 sq km [18000 sq miles]

Location & Getting There

Located on Southern Tanzania. The park headquarters is about 130km drive from Iringa town and 625km from Dar-es-salaam city. The road into the park is passable throughout the year.
Charter flights from Arusha, Dodoma, Kigoma and Dar-es-salaam to Park's airstrips located at Msembe and Jongomero.

What to do

  • Game viewing
  • Long and short wilderness walking safari
  • Bird watching
  • Picnic
  • Bush meals (break-fast, lunch, dinner) in the untouched bushes

When to go

  • Mid May – December [Dry season] is best
    time to see predators and large mammals
  • January – April [Wet season] is best for
    bird watching, scenery and wildflowers.
  • June is best for male Greater kudu which is their breeding season
  • Please check for available tour packages here

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiverse of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically from the flat coastal scrub of eastern and stretch to southern highland Tanzania. Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, this archipelago of isolated massifs has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet. Udzungwa is unique within Tanzania in that, it has:-

  • A closed-canopy forest spans altitudes of 250 metres (820 feet) to above 2,000 metres (6,560 ft) without interruption
  • Magnet for hikers
  • Excellent network of forest trails includes the popular half-day ramble to Sanje Waterfall, which plunges 170 metres (550 feet) through a misty spray into the forested valley below
  • The more challenging two-night Mwanihana Trail leads to the high plateau, with its panoramic views over surrounding sugar plantations, before ascending to Mwanihana peak, the second-highest point in the range
  • 400 species, from the lovely and readily-located green-headed oriole to more than a dozen secretive Eastern Arc endemics.
  • Four bird species are peculiar to Udzungwa, including a forest partridge
  • Of six primate species recorded, the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey both occur nowhere else in the world – the latter, remarkably, remained undetected by biologists prior to 1979.

Size

1,990 sq km [770 sq miles]

Location & Getting There

Located on Southern Tanzania. Five hours [350 km/215 miles] from Dar es Salaam; 65 kms [40 miles] southwest of Miami.
Drive from Dar es Salaam or Mikumi National Park.

What to do

  • Hiking to the waterfall
  • Camping safaris
  • Combine with nearby Miami or en route to Rahm.
  • Bird watching

When to go

  • All year around
  • dry season is June-October June is best for
    male Greater kudu which is their breeding season
  • Please check for available tour packages here