Southern Tanzania luxury safari holiday
Description of Southern Tanzania luxury safari holiday
This luxury safari holiday takes you to some of the best game viewing spots in Southern Tanzania – the wild and remote Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. In the Selous you’ll stay at Sand Rivers, which sitsright above the banks of the Rufiji River. It’s the perfect setting for birdwatching, boating safaris and fishing, game drives and walking safaris.
In Ruaha National Park you’ll find true wilderness and will come across few other visitors. Kichaka Frontier Camp is known for its incredible walking safaris, led by the expert Moli, but game drives and fly campingare available as well. Big cats and elephant are often seen in the park, and there’s also a good chance of seeing the endangered African wild dog.
September and October are the best months to visit Selous and Ruaha – the grasses have thinned after the long dry season, making the animals easier to spot, and the weather is warm, with clear skies for stargazing.
Planet and peopleThe Selous Game Reserve is at the forefront of conservation in Tanzania. The reserve comprises the largest protected area in Africa and is uninhabited by man. It protects around one third of the world’s endangered wild dog population. Their need to roam vast areas and their formidable hunting skills have caused many to be shot by farmers, but here in Selous they have boundless woodlands and savannahs in which to roam. If you are lucky enough to see wild dogs during your stay in Tanzania, you can help prevent further decline. The Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute aims to conserve the population of wild dog in Tanzania, and by sending your photographs in to them you can help them monitor the dog population.
In the dry season an ancient migration of elephants takes place between the Selous and Mozambique's Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary eco-systems in Africa and at the last consensus it was estimated that 64,400 elephants roam the two parks, with 84% on the Tanzanian side. The Selous plays an integral part in protecting this migration pattern. The Selous Rhino Project is currently operating in the reserve and aims to protect breeding herds of black rhino.
The Wild Dog Watch programme also operates in the Ruaha, and a similar programme operates to help monitor and conserve the cheetah population, so by visiting these two parks and participating in these programmes, guests can help conserve the long term future of these fragile animals.