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Southern Tanzanian Safaris

Southern Tanzania

The south is home to the very accessible Selous Game Reserve and the beautiful and little-visited gem of Ruaha, the country’s largest National Park. This rolling wilderness, studded with the great baobab trees, and intersected by the Ruaha river, is known for its elephant population, large herds of buffalo as well as for other mammals and, in particular, its bird life. Park fees are also lower here than in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. 


Ruaha NP

The best way to get to Ruaha is to hop in a light aircraft. Ruaha can also be accessed by light aircraft from Selous Game Reserve, offering splendid views of the savannah and the Udzungwas Despite being larger than the Serengeti, there are only half a dozen lodges and camps inside the park. As well as hosting 450 bird species in its abundant trees, Ruaha is also home to the elusive and rare, stinky but beautiful, African hunting dog. With a varied landscape there is also a good chance of spotting a cheetah stalking on the open savannah, and encountering the majestic sable antelope and its dry grassy areas make it a great habitat for cheetahs.  Ruaha has unusually large prides of lions, and encountering a pride of 20 or more is not uncommon. As the river slows to a trickle in the drier months, the game concentrates on the dwindling stream, and the game viewing is superb. In the wetter months after the rains in March and April, the game viewing is still very good and the birding excellent. 
 

A vehicle safari can cover the ground and will deliver you concentrations of animals – you can count yourself unlucky if you don’t see a large pride of lions here - but walking safaris take you closer, both physically and spiritually, to the soil. Walking with a park ranger alongside the river the next morning, hearing nothing but the wind rustling the vegetation and your own footsteps makes the bush an even more intimate place. With so few tourists around and covering such a vast area, you are no longer visiting the bush, you are the bush.

Sightings of distant crocodiles and, by keeping downwind, nearby giraffes, zebras, and antelope are the norm, but you can also look at the bizarre, sprawling nest of the hammerkop, a large stork-like bird that buries its eggs in a three-roomed nest decorated with old bones; inspect spoor (field guide talk for prints and poop) of some of the bush’s unseen nocturnal inhabitants like the aardvark and the genet, the choggy footprint of a hippopotamus and an impressively large lion paw; and prod biscuit barrel sized elephant pats. And all this before brunch and heading on to your next destination for dinner.Selous, Tanzania, hippo

 

Selous Game Reserve

The most varied safari experience in the south and in the country, is in the enormous, 55,000 square-kilometre Selous Game Reserve. Not only is there an abundance of wildlife, there is a greater range of ways to enjoy the wildlife with walking safaris, vehicle safaris, and boat safaris on the Rufiji river and on the lakes. Rare and endangered wild dogs are regularly seen here and animals wander through the camps. 

 

Flights from Dar start at $165 USD or $195 from Zanzibar, or it can be reached in a five-hour drive from Dar. Lodges inside and outside the gates can pick up from the airstrips inside the reserve. Although there is more accommodation that Ruaha, 

statistics say that there are less than 3,500 tourists visiting the Selous each year. The Big Five are present here, though the rhinos are elusive, and, as at Ruaha, the African Wild Dog population here is healthy. The wet areas are a haven for birds and hippos, the river cruises peaceful and enlightening, enabling close approaches to birdlife. The reserve is best avoided in the rainy season from late March to early June, and the better lodges close during this period. 

 
 

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