One Month Safari
The southern highlands & Western Tanzania
Heading southwest from Dar es Salaam you will quickly find yourself in the scenic Southern highlands a good first stop for a night or two en route to the highlands is Mikumi national Park with its easily spotted wildlife. From mikumi it is straightforward to Udizungwa mountain national park where backpackers and adventure travelers can enjoy several days hiking up the steep, moist, lushly vegetated slope.Altenatively, continue from Mikumi to Iringa which make relaxing base. Once in Iringa two or three night detour to Ruaha National park is easy arranged and well worth the effort.
From Iringa it’s a straight shot down the highway to Mbeya , with stops en route at the lovely Kisolanza just off the main highway or at scenic Mufindi, with its tea plantations, both merit at least several days for relaxing and exploring.
While town is not as amenable as iringa, there is plenty to do in the surroundings areas including hiking around Tukuyu or canoeing, exploring and hiking around Matema with its picturesque beach.
Taking your time , and exploring the various detour enroots, it would be easy enough to spend the first three weeks of your itinerary up to this point .With the remaining time , you could return the way you come with time left over at the end for a short stay on Zanzibar or mafia islands.
if you’ve kept a brisker pace, omitting detour, you should have time to continue north west from mbeya via sumbawanga to Katavi National park. This park deserves at least three days, especially in the dry season, when wildlife watching is at its best, although even a day trip in season can be very rewading.Double buck and down the escapement to the lake Tanganyika at kipili for several days reluxing before taking the MV liemba to Mahale mountain national park and chimpanzees or on to kigoma. Kigoma is an amenable stop for several days and Gombe national park is close by for an overnight. From Kigoma take train, bus or flight back to Dar es Salaam. Altenatively (and with more than one month ) continue overland from Kigoma to mwanza and lake Victoria , from where you could proceed to Serengeti and on to Arusha.