A quieter more natural safari experience
The game reserves of the southern circuit, including Selous, Mikumi, Saadani and Ruaha, offer a quieter safari experience than those of the northern circuit such as Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
Popular safari options can often draw large crowds in the north, but if you're looking for a safari that gives you room to spot animals and time to explore the whole game reserve, then the southern safari circuit is the place for you.
These game reserves have a wilder and more natural feel, making each safari trip that much more memorable.
The southern circuit has an animal population of over 250 species and subspecies. In addition, however, if offers plenty of privacy and space. Wildlife in the southern circuit includes lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, antelope, dik-dik, gazelle, eland, hyena and kudu. In contrast to the smooth plains and the towering mountains and volcanoes of the northern circuit, the southern circuit consists of rugged stretches of land, with the coastline touching national parks such as Saadani. As a resulted of its close proximity to the sea, visitors to the southern circuit have an opportunity to spot marine creatures as well as terrestrial animals.
WHERE TO GO?
The southern circuit embraces some of Africa's largest national parks and aims to provide visitors with a unique experience. Selous National Park is an excellent reserve in which endangered animals such as wild dogs, while at Ruaha one can be lucky enough to spot the greater kudu.
Saadani National Park offers a range of activities in addition to game viewing. Visitors can go on a balloon safari to view the whole park and spot animals as they make their way through the lush vegetation of the game reserve. A walking Safari is another interesting option at almost all the national parks in the southern circuit.
In addition, game reserves such as Mikumi, Selous and Saadani offer boat safaris that allow visitors to get a close-up view of marine mammals.
SEE: Wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, lion, buffalo, elephant, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo
Do: Walking Safari, Game drives, Balloon Safari, Boat Safari.
STAY: Three to six nights
WHEN: All year around
CIRCUIT SIZE: 73, 220 sq km