Southern Tanzania is vast and wild and has two large parks: the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.
It has two smaller parks as well, the Udzungwa Mountains and Mikumi National Park, but all of these parks receive a fraction of the visitors that their counterparts in the north do and offer untouched wilderness and an exciting safari experience.
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest reserves in Africa and has beautiful wetland scenery with abundant hippo, crocodile and birdlife. It has Africa’s highest population of wild dog and buffalo as well as lion, elephant, leopard and giraffe.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is good for large predators, elephant herds and localised antelope species such as sable, roan and greater and lesser kudu. In the dry season Ruaha has some of the best game viewing Africa has to offer.
The Selous and Ruaha are always accessed by light aircraft and combine well on a week long fly-in safari. The two smaller parks of Mikumi and Udzungwa are smaller and only accessible on a guided 4WD safari.
Mikumi National Park and Udzungwa Mountains
Mikumi is a good place to stop for a couple of nights at the start of your safari and is very family friendly. The Udzungwa Mountains are a place for keen walkers with steep trails leading up the mountains to waterfalls and lookout points. A large number of the animals are endemic with Sanje crested mangabes, uhehe red colobus and Matunda galagos of particular interest.
Places to visit in Southern Tanzania
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Southern Tanzania, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested Southern Tanzania itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Southern Tanzania, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Southern Tanzania
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Places in and around Southern Tanzania
- Mikumi National Park Southern Tanzania
- Ruaha National Park Southern Tanzania
- Selous Game Reserve Southern Tanzania
- Bagamoyo 201 miles away
- Saadani 210 miles away
- Dar es Salaam 211 miles away
- Songo Songo Archipelago 211 miles away
- Ras Kutani 222 miles away
- Tanzania's Swahili Coast 245 miles away
- Pangani 251 miles away
- Tarangire National Park 281 miles away
Accommodation choices for Southern Tanzania
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Southern Tanzania. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.