If you are wanting to experience abundant wildlife and some of the most remote safari destinations left in Africa, then we would love to show you the magic of southern Tanzania.
Hosts: Dan & Antoinette MacKenzie
We arrive in Dar es Salaam where we are met by a company representative who will take us to the Southern Sun Hotel where we spend our first night before the start of our safari.
After a good nights’ rest and a leisurely breakfast, we return to the airport for our short 45min flight to the Selous. Our guides meets us at the airstrip and we have a scenic drive into camp in time for lunch and settling into our safari tents.
Situated on the banks of the Rufiji River, Sand River Selous is the epitome of bush elegance and relaxation and our home for the next three nights. Game viewing by boat on the river, on foot or by vehicle is a wonderful introduction to the gems that Southern Tanzania has to offer. Herds of gracefull elephants abound and the myriad of water birds around Lake Manze as well as the area of Steigler’s Gorge make for a special full day outing with a picnic lunch en route.
We fly further west to the colossal Ruaha National Park with its rich and diverse range of wildlife and broad range of landscapes freckled with giant Baobab trees.
Small and intimate with only six tents, the stylish Kigelia camp is beautifully dressed with open air bucket showers and locally crafted furniture.
Game drives are rewarded with large herds of elephant as the park has an estimated 10 000, we may also see the big-maned lions, Greater and Lesser Kudu, eland and the regal Sable antelope.
Expert and knowledgeable guides lead bush walks to slow safari life down so that we can appreciate the little details such as the antics of an ant lion as it hunts from its sandy cone in the dust.
Once again we are airborne and depart the Ruaha to fly over vast tracts of land out to Katavi National Park, one of Africa’s last truly remote destinations.
Katavi is the holy grail of African travel, a place of almost legendary status. Here we are in awe of the vast numbers of buffalo and hippo that call the park home and sometimes roam through camp.
Keeping the footprint light, the tents are on raised platforms with wide open fronts and plenty of gauze windows to let in the breeze and from which to watch the passing wildlife.
Bush walks are key here and the endless Chada Plains deliver a surprising amount of life as we quietly pass through the bush. We enjoy a night of thrilling fly-camping under the stars with a mouth-watering 3 course meal served by candlelight.
Don’t be surprised to find your life so changed that you won’t want to leave Africa.
On our last morning we say a sad goodbye to what has undoubtedly been a trip of a lifetime and take our last flight back to Kilimanjaro airport where we part ways for our own onward arrangements.