Southern Tanzania Tour Photos

Safaris in Southern Tanzania offer the visitor a true bush wilderness experience in an area with some of the purest remaining tracts of unspoilt game viewing in Africa. The region enjoys far fewer visitors than the more popular and traditionally visited northern part of Tanzania. It is home to a select group of national parks and reserves covering truly huge areas and offering superb and really remote game viewing opportunities. This trip visits two very different areas each with very different flora and fauna. Both also benefit from having very few visitors and small select camps.

First we spend some time in the Northern Selous Game Reserve at Impala camp on the banks of the mighty Rufiji river and between two beautiful lakes - Mzizimia and Siwandu - which attract a rich variety of game, both in the wet months of November, March and June, and in the dry seasons. Impala is a small, magical camp with easy access to the river and lakes and its abundant bird life, especially kingfishers, bee eaters, herons, and ibis along the rivers with their accompanying pods of hippos and numerous crocodiles.

The second part of our trip takes us to the Ruaha National Park. We visit both areas at the end of the dry season when the contrast couldn’t be greater. Ruaha is tinder dry and the once mighty rivers have all but dried up. We stay at a very small select, stylish and extremely comfortable camp right beside the Mwagusi sand river, on the edge of the escarpment and right in the middle of a beautiful and game rich area. At this time of year the wealth of game in the Ruaha is concentrated around the last remaining waterholes. Of all the camps in the park Kwihala is ideally situated to provide easy access and superb photography opportunities. Ruaha has a large and thriving lion population and an extremely high density of antelope, giraffe, zebra and buffalo all of whom risk their life daily visiting the dwindling number of water holes which they share with large prides of lions.

All these photographs were all taken on trips I have run to this area.

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The range of bird life in the two areas is quite different. In Selous by the river and lakes are found beautiful kingfishers, bee-eaters, giant herons and numerous waders. In Ruaha you find more of the plains species such as the Lilac Breasted Roller, various hornbills, numerous different species of shrikes and a wide range of raptors.

Both Selous and Ruaha support a wide range of game however due to the different conditions some species are found in greater numbers in one area. Some species occur in only one area e.g. the wild dogs at Selous and Lesser Kudu at Ruaha. Ruaha has larger populations of lions and elephants whilst Selous has water dwelling animals like hippo and crocodile in large numbers.

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