Southern Tanzania

Southern Tanzania is visited by only a few per cent of tourist flows to Tanzania. Although it houses some of the continent's most exciting and pristine natural areas. Perhaps northern Tanzania is a better choice for the first-time visitor. But if you have already visited that part and want to see what else Tanzania has to offer, the southern part of the country is highly rewarding. Wild, untouched, and few tourists.

 

Selous

One of the world's largest nature reserve, 55,000 km2. Its ecosystem includes Mikumi National Park and previously Kilombero Valley which however increasingly is converted to cultivation. The northern part of the game reserve is open for photo tourism while the large part is leased for trophy hunting, which the promoters of this form of "entertainment" claims will curb poaching. It is not true, however, since Selous' 55,000 elephants in ten years shrunk to 13,000. Measures have been taken and one can only hope that they have the intended effect. However, the northern part is still fairly unaffected so a visit there is certainly not wasted.
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Mikumi National Park

The park is a northern extension of the huge Selous ecosystem. Best game viewing is the area near the park entrance with savannah-like areas and Mkata River and its river systems. A curiosity is that the busy Tanzam Highway linking Dar es Salaam to Lusaka in Zambia goes right through the southern part of the park. But it is forgotten when you are well inside the park.
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Udzungwa National Park - "Africa's Galapagos"

The best preserved forest of the Eastern Arc mountain formations contains an impressive diversity. Primates, birds, butterflies and plants have been allowed to live undisturbed in a 30 millions year old southern rainforest. New species are discovered now and then and as late as 1994 a primate previously unknown to science was discovered.
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Interesting cultures

Uluguru Mountains belong to the Eastern Arc, a geological folding stretching from southern Kenya to southern Tanzania. On the mountain live Luguru people that is organized according to a matrilinear principle. The women decide, in other words. Earth and possessions are passed down from mothers to daughters.

 

Kitulu National Park - "The Serengeti of flowers"

On Kitulus plateau 350 km southeast of Mbeya is the National Park for mainly flowers. Orchids, aloes, proteas, geraniums, lobelia and lilies are some of the groups.

Ruaha National Park - one of the largest in Africa

At just over 20,000 square kilometers Ruaha protects a unique mosaic of animals and nature. The park is located at the intersection of the distribution area of the southern and northern species. Here one can see  southern species such as sable antelope and kudu and northern species like Grant's gazelle. There are a few luxury lodges but for 30 US dollars/day and person you can choose TANAPA's own lodge. Or camp, which we prefer ..
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