Guide: Tanzania's Southern Safari Circuit

Tanzania is a perfect first-time safari destination thanks to the fantastic scenery and abundant animal and bird life. It is also fantastic for travelers returning to Africa to experience the thrill of a safari here again and again.

The large country is split into two areas; the Northern Safari Circuit and the Southern Safari Circuit.

We have put together a quick guide to Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit:

In the south of Tanzania, you will find safaris that are wild, remote and far from the maddening crowds. The Northern Circuit is home to big names such as the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater making it the more popular destination of the two. The south sees fewer tourists but offers a different, but just as exciting safari trip. It is a quiet escape, giving travelers the change to relax and unwind in the remote reaches of Tanzania. Fewer travelers creates a more exclusive getaway. The south also enjoys fewer restrictiosn in the north meaning there are a wider variety of safari activities available including water-based safari adventures, open door game drives and more walking safari opportunities.

The Southern Circuit includes Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Due to the southern destinations being more remote fly-in safaris are a popular way to experience this destination.

Top Spots to Visit

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is a seemingly untouched section of Tanzania. The north section of the park is open to visitors (the south is used for research and hunting) and the Rufiji River is great for water-based safari activities.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Full of diverse habitats and ecosystems, Tanzania’s largest national park is a fantastic wilderness safari destination. Rugged landscapes, flowing rivers, large herds of elephants and pries of lions; Ruaha does not disappoint.

Mahale National Park

Chimpanzee Mahale National Park

Mahale National Park is well-known for its chimpanzee population and is one of the most beautiful and less frequented parks. Explore rainforests and the shores of Lake Tanganyika when visited picturesque Mahale.

Katavi National Park

Chimpanzee Mahale National Park

For a unique, raw and untamed safari experience, a visit to Katavi National Park is a must-do! Katavi is truly off the beaten track and offers a remote and peaceful safari experience. Take in the wildlife and beautiful scenery in the secluded wilds of Tanzania.

When to Go

In general, the best season to visit Tanzania is during the Dry Season from June to October. The drier weather creates thinner vegetation making for easier wildlife sightings. The animals congregate around water sources during the dry period in search of hydration which sets the scene for exciting wildlife interactions!

Take Note

There won’t be as many large concentrations of wildlife in the south when compared to the northern parks. A major payoff is being able to experience an exclusive getaway in a truly remote wilderness that still offers exciting wildlife and safari activities.

The Southern Safari Circuit is remote so most destinations are reached using small aircraft. A great thing about this is that fly-in safaris offer unique views if your destinations and unforgettable memories!

Looking to embark on your own adventure in southern Tanzania? Start planning your Tanzania safari here!

Heather Cameron

Meet Safari365's Content Creator Heather Cameron.

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