Parks in South Tanzania

South Tanzania is the home of a variety of beautiful national parks, including the famous Nyerere National Park and Mikumi National Park. These parks offer a unique chance to see a wide variety of wild animals, like lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras and many other species. The area is also well known for its pristine wilderness and adventurous safari experiences.

Nyerere National Park

This is the second-largest nature reserve in Africa. It has volcanic springs, lakes and rivers, like the big Ruaha and Rufiji River, in a diverse landscape. It is absolutely worth your time to go on a boat trip on the Rufiji River.

In Nyerere NP you can find, among others, the biggest population of buffalo in Africa, wildebeests, sable antelopes, elands, greater Kudus and waterbuck. There are more than 350 kinds of birds and reptiles.

Mikumi National Park

This park consists of two different parts, the wooded Savanne in the south – divided by the road from Dar-es-Salaam to Iringa – and the open plains in the north. The park is the fourth largest national park in Tanzania.

The northwest of the park is a plain of the Mkata River with mostly savanna with acacias, baobabs and tamarind trees. In the southwest of the park, there are rock formations. In this park, you can spot wildebeests, elands, zebras, yellow baboons, hyenas, lions, impalas, giraffes and many colourful birds.

Ruaha National Park

This park is part of a large ecosystem that covers the Rungwa Game Reserve and Usangu Game Reserve. The name of this park comes from the Great Ruaha River that flows through the park and which is the most important river in the park. The park is mostly known for its large elephant population, the African wild dogs and sable antelope. In addition, Ruaha is a paradise for birdwatchers as well.

Udzungwa National Park

A series of mountain ranges run from Kenya to Malawi through Tanzania. Together they are called the Eastern Arc Mountains. With a guide, you can hike through the mountains to your heart’s content. There are many birds, reptiles and monkeys that are exclusive to the area, like the Udzungwa pigmeek chameleon, the Iringa rhubarb monkey and the Udzungwa honeycomb.