20Days/19Nights -Southern Highlands/Lake Malawi/Swahili coast

20Days/19Nights -Southern Highlands/Lake Malawi/Swahili coast

Day 1: Dar es salaam/Mikumi National Park
Depart 800Am from Dar es Salaam with picnic lunch to Mikumi National Park. Sunset game viewing in the park, animals commonly found Include lion, eland, giraffe, zebra hartebeest, buffalo, wildebeest, and elephants. Wild dog can be seen in packs here. Dinner and overnight will be at lodge or campsite.
Day 2: Mikumi/Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Morning after breakfast, game viewing in the park. The Mikumi flood plain is the main feature of the Park along with the bordering mountain ranges. Lunch will be at Kikoboga Camp. In the afternoon game viewing drive en route to Udzungwa Mountains National Park for dinner and overnight at the lodge or campsite.
Day 3: Wonderful Walking in Udzungwa Park
Morning after breakfast start walking in this beautiful Park enjoying and experience the stunning natural beauty of the park. Picnic lunch in the bush then proceed exploring the area wonderful Sanje waterfall endemic Red Colobus Monkey and beautiful scenery. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge or campsite.
Day 4: Udzungwa/Ruaha National Park

After breakfast departs for Ruaha; arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon game viewing in the Ruaha, which is known to be one of the more natural, unspoilt as well as one of the largest Parks of Africa? Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge or campsite.

Day 5: Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, go for a full day game drive in the Ruaha. The exciting Great Ruaha River features large numbers of hippo and crocodile and attracts lion, leopard, hunting dog and other species such as waterbuck, impala, giraffe, warthog, eland, zebra and elephants. Grant’s gazelle, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains. All meals will be at the lodge/Camp.

Day 6: Ruaha National Park
After breakfast full day game viewing drive in the park. A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where, during the dry season, impala, zebra, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable: not only from the prides of 20-plus lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets. This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several conspicuous packs of the highly endangered African wild dog. Dinner and overnight will be at the camp/Bandas.

Day 7: Ruaha National Park/Njombe town
After breakfast depasrt to Njombe town via Ismila Stone Age site an important archaeological site situated at about 20 kilometers from the town of Iringa, along the road to Mbeya, on a large plateau dominated by charming granite rock relieves. The site preserves important evidences of our ancestors’ activities dating back to over 60,000 ago, groups of nomadic hunters-collectors who used to go to the shores of an ancient and small lake which no longer exists. Njombe town set among attractive green rolling highlands is an undistinguished Tanzanian town in a wonderful location. Being 1859 m above sea level the climate here is cool all year round. There are several wattle and tea plantations in Njombe district, some of which can be seen on the road. The town was set up in rich farming country of the Southern Highlands. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel

Day 8: Njombe/Songea Town

After breakfast, departs to Songea town, driving the long, swooping descent front Njombe to Songea is gloriously exhilarating, passing through majestic granite scenery reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, complete with rushing mountain streams, misty moorlands and incredibly long views over the hills, Songea itself, 237km from Njombe, is a large and bustling town, despite its remoteness. Dinner and overnight will be at Heritage Cottage hotel.

Day 9: Songea/Mbamba Bay
Morning after breakfast, we drive to Mbamba Bay on the shore of Lake Nyasa. Lake Malawi, originally known as Lake Nyasa, Lake Nyassa and Lake Niassa after the Yao word for “lake” (officially, still called Niassa in Mozambique), is the most southerly lake in the Great African Rift Valley system. First “discovered” by the famed Scottish explorer and missionary Dr. David Livingstone, Lake Malawi has sometimes been referred to as “Livingstone’s Lake” The Lake is about 560 km long and 75 km wide at its widest point, with a total area of approximately 29,600 sq km, and is bordered by Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania. Dinner and overnight will be at Nyasa View Hotel.

Day 10: Mbamba Bay
This day is for leisure at Mbamba Bay with optional of local fishing by canoes or visits the nearby islands. In the morning air is fresh and cool you can walk on the beach watching the waves as they come rushing to your feet, or you can admire the fish darting about in the clear water, with their shadows racing on the bottom of the lake. Canoes parked on the beach, nets spread out on the sand, fish drying on stalls, women washing clothes and utensils, and children swimming and splashing in the water–all these add to the charm of Mbamba Bay, where the day is slow and the streets are there for you to roam at will, and just a stone’s throw away lies the beckoning Lake Nyasa. Mbamba Bay may be a little sleepy town, but being there, you feel it has a heart that is big and warm. Dinner and overnight will be at Nyasa View Hotel.

Day 11: Mbamba Bay/Namtumbo Distric

Morning after breakfast, we drive to Namtumbo with stopover in Songea town for lunch and visit the Museum. Songea’s main attraction is the Maji Maji Memorial and Museum (daily 7am -7pm), the memorial ground is a large square lawn flanked on three sides by the cement busts of twelve Ngoni chiefs who were captured and executed by the Germans during the Maji Maji Uprising. Three of the chiefs are depicted with turbans, a unwitting reminder of the Arab-dominated slave trade in which the Ngoni also participated. One of these is Chief Songea Luwafu Mbano, from whom the town takes its name. As the most famous of the Ngoni resistance leaders, the Germans honored him with decapitation rather than hanging. Dinner and overnight will be at Local guest house (En suite)

Day 12: Namtumbo/Tunduru District

Morning after breakfast, we drive to Tunduru Town. The journey is an adventurous overland route eastwards to the Indian Ocean; we cross to the most remote area of Southern Tanzania through the villagers and farmers waves while we stop in some of the village. Dinner and overnight will be at Local Guest House. (En suite)

Day 13: Tunduru/Newala

Morning after breakfast, drive to Newala District on Makonde Plateau. The Makonde, known throughout East Africa for their ebony woodcarving, are one of Tanzania’s largest ethnic groups. They originated in northern Mozambique, where many still live. Beginning in the 18th century, large numbers of Makonde began to migrate northwards across the Ruvuma River and up the coast, as well as onto the Makonde plateau around Newala. Some of the migrations were likely undertaken to escape flooding in the Ruvuma Valley. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.

Day 14: Newala/Mikindani Village

Morning after breakfast we drive to Mikindani Village. There is some debate over the origins of the name Mikindani. Some say that the town was named after a man from the Makonde tribe who killed the sister of the first immigrants from the Makonde Plateau. An alternative, and more plausible, story is that Mikindani was named for the young palm trees (mikinda) that grow around the town. Dinner and overnight will be at Hotel.

Day 15: Mikindani

Today we explore the old town of Mikindani; the protected lagoon has made a superb harbour for generations of fishermen and traders. Traders from the Arabian Peninsula settled in Mikindani in the 9th and 18th centuries. From the mid-18th century, large numbers of slaves were exported from Mikindani to present-day Reunion, the Seychelles and Comoros. This trade continued well into the 19th century, until the British government, under pressure from notables such as Dr. Livingstone, banned slave trading and encouraged other countries to do the same. Dr. Livingstone set out from Mikindani on his final expedition on 24th March to 7th April 1866 followed the Ruvuma River along the border between Tanzania and Mozambique. Dinner and overnight will be at Lodge or hotel

Day 16: Mikindani/Kilwa

Morning after breakfast, drive to Kilwa. Kilwa derived its prosperity from its monopoly of the flow of goods in and out of the Zambezi River region in the southern African interior. It was the major exchange point for gold, ivory, iron and coconuts from the Kingdom of the Mwene Mutabe, jewelry and textile from India, and porcelain from China. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge or hotel.

Day 17: Kilwa Kisiwani

Today after breakfast, we take a boat to the island to visit the ruins and historical site. There are three Kilwa’s: The oldest is Kilwa Kisiwani, which lies on a small island. This is where the ruins of the medieval city of Kilwa are located, and from where the legend of King Solomon’s mines originated. Kilwa Kisiwani is famous for its ruins, and the finest and most intact of Islamic architecture. A small fishing village along the coast lies unchanged. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge or hotel.

Day 18: Kilwa/Selous Game Reserve

Morning after breakfast, drive to Selous Game Reserve with packed lunch, the journey will take 5hours through the most unexplored and untouched areas of Tanzania and arrive Selous in the afternoon in time for the boat safari, where you’ll admire hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge or campsite.

Day 19: Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast full day game drive in the Selous game reserve, which is rich of wildlife: buffalo, lion, elephant, zebra, giraffe, impala, warthog, hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge or campsite.

Day 20: Selous/Dar es salaam

After breakfast wilderness walking safari, the most exciting experience, unique in Tanzania, accompanied by armed ranger. Back to the camp for brunch and drive back to Dar es Salaam for dinner and overnight at the hotel

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