At the beginning of June I had the opportunity to visit Tanzania and my main focus for this trips was southern Tanzania although I also visited Serengeti & more. Both Selous and Ruaha National Parks took me by storm. I loved the untouched wilderness with less visitors, where the sense of the African bush is so strong. These areas are not for the first time visitor to Africa, but for the keen “Africa Lovers” who are looking for the more remote areas and an unique experience.
Selous National Park with its rivers, lakes and bush experiences, the size of Switzerland (or four times the size of Serengeti),is the largest game reserve in Africa, covering 52,000km¬2 of pristine wilderness. The park offers a wide variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, crocodile and many antelope and bird species. The Rufiji River flows through the park and the terrain varies from riverine forest and flood plains with oxbow lagoons, to low mopane forest.
The remote and wild Ruaha National Park, is Tanzania’s second largest park, covering 13,000 sq kms. Large populations of the great predators are present in the park and lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs are all sighted.
The ample diversity in vegetation results in extremely abundant bird life.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park is the perfect place for hikers! The park is well known for its excellent hiking, trekking, mountain climbing and forest walks. With no road access, the only way in is by foot along one of the many trails. Here the mountains keep their secrets from all, but the most adventurous. There are several trails ranging from short 20 minutes strolls to 5 days expeditions. A great experience for all the keen Nordic hikers!