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    Southern Tanzania

    Il Selvaggio Sud

    • Periodo Ottimale: Giugno–Ottobre
    • Giorni: 11–12
    • Zona di interesse: Tanzania meridionale
    • Costo: € 2832,00
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    Wildlife viewing trip discovering the remote, wild and immense National Parks of Southern Tanzania, far from conventional mass–tourism African destinations. These are reputed to be the Africa’s most biologically diverse territories, ranging from the remote Eastern Arc Mountains to the vast and unexplored parks of the Ruaha–Rungwa Ecosystem, one of the last ecological fortress for the Lion and the Painted Dog.

    • The vastness of unexplored territories – the Africa without borders
    • The Udzungwa Forest – the “Galapagos of Africa”
    • Remote and isolated Parks – walking through the savanna
    • The Selous-Mikumi Ecosystem, the spectacular and unknown migration
    • The impressive number of species –  the fauna of the “Miombo woodland” ecosystem
    • Ruaha-Rungwa – the last ecological fortress for Lions

    The trip will be led and accompanied by one Biosfera Itinerari expert biologist guide who will be responsible of logistics, activities and tour guidance.

    ClimateBiogeographic ProvinceBiodiversity

    Tropical, with two distinct wet periods. Due to soil type and the incidence and intensity of extreme weather events, this destination is not recommended during the wet periods. Nevertheless, until Mid–March most of trails are accessible, giving the chance to live the “green Africa”.

    These Parks offer even more than the variety and abundance of northern Tanzania’s wildlife, featuring some species that can only be seen here: Painted Dog, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Greater Kudu, the endemic Udzungwa Red Colobus, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, etc. Moreover, many animals here present (Wildebeests, Baboons, etc.) have been defined as subspecies or different species than they common counterparts.

    This itinerary crosses the “Miombo woodland” Ecosystem, a distinct and significant biome representing a sort of biological etching boundary between the typical southern (Namibia and Southafrica) and north–eastern fauna. Despite the homogeneous aspect, the Brachystegia woodland savanna and the Combretum–Commiphora hilly savanna rank second only to tropical rainforests in terms of biodiversity, being literally overfill with wildlife. Within the Eastern Arc montane forests, the brooding and primeval forests covering Udzungwa Mountains stand out for their immense biodiversity, isolation, and density of endemism species, being frequently referred to as the Galapagos of Africa.

    Conservation Value: the large Selous–Mikumi Ecosystem represents the last great utterly unspoilt place in Africa (together with the more visited and homogeneous Serengeti–Maasai mara Ecosystem) where wildlife can roam freely. Here is the stronghold for Elephant, with significant populations which form a large fraction of total Elephant population in Africa. Udzungwa is one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspot.

    Cultural Value: this itinerary stretches along Africa’s largest protected areas uninhabited by man. The fierce Wa–Hehe People are among the most significant ethnic group based in this region.

    Detailed Program

    • Day 1: Upon arrival at Dar es Salaam international airport meet with our representative and check into the wildlife resort. Briefing on the detailed itinerary and ecosystems that will be explored.
    • Day 2: Early morning transfer to Selous, lunch pack served en route and check into the wildlife resort. Afternoon walking safari.
    • Day 3: Full–day safari in Selous for wildlife sightings and habitat discovering. Optional excursion along the Rufiji River.
    • Day 4: Full–day safari in Selous for wildlife sightings and habitat discovering. Optional excursion along the Rufiji River.
    • Day 5: Game drive through Selous. Long transfer to Morogoro area, with many different point of interests along the way; visit to the Uluguru herb and spice farmer communities. Overnight stay at hotel.
    • Day 6: Visit to the Morogoro market. Morning transfer to Ruaha, lunch pack served en route. Overnight stay at eco–lodge.

    • Day 7: Full–day safari in Ruaha for wildlife sightings and habitat discovering. Overnight stay at lodge or tented camp.
    • Day 8: Full–day safari in Ruaha for wildlife sightings and habitat discovering. Overnight stay at lodge or tented camp.
    • Day 9: Ruaha–Mikumi. Morning game drive. Transfer to Iringa, lunch pack served on the way to Mikumi. Overnight stay at hotel or tented camp. 
    • Day 10: Early morning transfer to Udzungwa (1 hour). Full–day hike in the heart of the amazing Udzungwa National Park forest, in search of enedemic primates. Return to Mikumi.
    • Day 11: Game drive in Mikumi National Park, then transfer to Dar es Salaam.
    • Day 12: Flight for onward destination.

    The itinerary

    This 11–12 days itinerary (depending on destination sequencing and flight schedules) is designed to allow the discovery of most of habitats of the bioregion stretching between the East African savannas and southern ecosystems, always keeping your best interests in perspective. The more famous savannas of northern Parks have less than 600mm of rainfall in the year, and are characterized by very nutrient–rich short grasses (Cynodon dactylon and others) that sustain large herds of herbivores. Average rainfall amounts in southern Tanzania are quite high, receiving more than 1000mm in the year; the “Miombo woodland” ecosystem (dry forest–savanna biomes with more than 2140 plant species dominated by Brachystegia ssp. and the Hypharrhenia ssp. tall grasses) is favoured in such conditions. Contrary to northern plains (rich in animal biomass but relatively monotonous as ecosystem), this ecosystem is second only to primeval rainforest in terms of biodiversity. The Selous–Mikumi–Ruaha sector supports an even greater number of animals (belonging to different species) than the Serengeti–Maasai mara does, even if wildlife tend to be scattered and sightings unpredictable. The famous biodiversity hotspot of Udzungwa is part of the Eastern Arc forest belt, with the recurring features of tropical rainforests.

    The price includes:
    • Mineral water while on safari
    • All land transfers with private vehicle
    • Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 or Toyota Long Base (for 10 pax) fully equipped for safari
    • Driver/Local Guide and guidance from a Biosfera Itinerari Biologist
    • All taxes imposed by government authorities and Park entry fees
    • Double bedroom lodge accommodation full board, chef and eventual porters
    • All excursions as in the Detailed Itinerary and Program
    • A comprehensive travel insurance package
    Not included:
    • International flight and airport taxes
    • Cost of Procedure Management (30 euro)
    • Visa to enter Tanzania
    • Cancelling insurance (facultative)
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Voluntary activities and service tips, and in general everything not mentioned in section “The price includes”
    Price
    € 2832,00 based on 6 pax.  The travel package price can vary in case of change of the currency exchange rate.

     

    Disclaimer 1: Please note this is an indicative and standard itinerary. Dates, activities and the succession and length of each part of the itinerary may change each year, and can be rearranged with the participants. Upon request by the participants, we will send the definitive and detailed programme to be evaluated at least some weeks prior to the confirmation deadline.

    Disclaimer 2: We will generally honor the posted prices, but these are subject to change at any time due to action or decisions made by local authorities. In such situations, and in the hope that will not happen, we will send all the ministries official communications to all participants, free from ambiguity and in total transparency. We reserve the right to correct the final price to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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