Southern Circuit:

Selous Game Reserve

Imagine the silence and a powerful untamed nature…..

On the river, a small canoe sails through the king palm trees. Nature awakes.

In the first light of dawn, the golden elephants approach the river to drink.

A group of still impalas watching us move between the hippopotamuses and crocodiles are disturbed by our passage.

The largest game reserve in Africa, Selous covers 55.000 sq.km of landmass (an area exceeding the size of Switzerland).

Apart from its abundant wildlife, Selous also has a rich variety of birdlife and remaining habitat of black rhino.

Selous'tangible assets include the Rufiji River, one of Africa's truly mesmerising waterways; sand banks lined with outsized crocodiles, palm fringed banks massed with thirsty herds of elephants and buffalo, water teeming with grunting hippos and a veritable showcase for Africa's rich aquatic avifauna.

On dry land, leopard and cheetah can be spotted, with a good chance of running into wild dogs -25 percent of the continent's population is found here.

A key feature of the Selous is the range of activities offered to tourists.

Motor boat trips offer a thrilling hippo's eye perspective on the great river while foot safaris led by armed rangers, routinely involve encounters with the pachydermal kind.

From its source in the highlands, the Rufiji winds some 250 km through the reserve to the delta where it flows into the Indian Ocean. This delta is home to a multitude of birdlife as well as being both a fresh and sea water marine ecosystem.



Mikumi National Park

Swirls of opaque mist hide the advancing dawn. The first shafts of sun colour the fluffy grass heads rippling across the plain in a russet halo.

A herd of zebras, confident in their camouflage at this predatory hour, pose like ballerinas, heads aligned and stripes merging in flowing motion.

Set between the Uluguru mountains to the north and the Lumango mountains to the south-east and within a short flight from Dar es Salaam, Mikumi offers over 3,000 sq.km of terrain teeming with wildlife and 300 species of birdlife many of which are Eurasia.

Here you can see buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, lions, leopards, sable antelopes, hippos and crocodiles –plus a special treat- the Mikumi is also an important centre for the study of primates such as the yellow baboon.

The park is 330 km from Dar es Salaam on the highway to Zambia.


Ruaha National Park

The game viewing starts when the plane touches down.

A giraffe races beside the airstrip, all legs and neck, yet oddly elegant in its awkwardness. A line of zebras parades across the runway in the giraffe’s wake.

In the distance, beneath a bulbous baobab tree, a few representatives of Ruaha’s 10.000 elephants –the largest population of any East African national park- from a protective huddle around their young.

Ruaha is at the centre of an ecosystem that covers 12,950 sq km. It has a mood of its own – a rugged, remote, almost spritirual quality embodied by bulbous silhouettes of ancient baobabs that haunt its semi-arid plains and rocky slopes.

This vast and magnificent plateau, at mainly 900 m – 1,100 m high, is also home to kudus, gazelles, ostriches, cheetahs and roan and sable antelopes – while the banks of the Great Ruaha River to the east provide a perfect habitat for crocodiles, hippos and a wide array of birdlife.


UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

‘Heart of the African Galapagos’ One of Tanzania’s newest National Parks, Udzungwa is of particular interest for its 10 or so species of primates, among which are the rare Iringa red colobus and the Sanje crested taxa mangabey as well as the bizarre giant elephant shrew and numerous localised birds. Like the Usambaras in the North, the Udzungwa’s relative isolation and constant climate over millions of years has given rise to a range of endemic flora and fauna sometimes dubbed the African Galapagos. It also indicates the paucity of research that took place there until the 1990’s. Despite its varying altitude (200m – 2,500 m) the forest cover is almost continuous, forming one of the world’s key biodiversity hot spots an added extra for the adventrous visitor.

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