Location and park information
Dar Es Salaam
Dar es Salaam (meaning ‘haven of peace’) is Tanzania’s major city, commercial centre and the country’s capital in everything but name, since it lost the title to Dodoma in 1974. A large cosmopolitan metropolis that draws heavily on its African, Arabic and Asian influences, it still has the air of a much smaller coastal town. A rectilinear grid of streets imposed by the German East African Company in the late 1880s spreads inland from the waterfront, where traditional dhows (long, flat sailboats used for transporting freight and passengers) and modern hydrofoils compete for space. Within the city itself Arabic and Indian districts thrive and Muslim, Sikh and Hindu tolerantly coexist.
Selous Game Reserve
With a surface area of 54.600 Km² the largest game reserve of Africa, the Selous is the most remote and unexplored game protected area in Africa. It has an enormous game wealth – here are living, among other species, more than 100,000 elephants (about a sixth of total living in Africa), nearly 160,000 buffalos, the strongest herds of hippos on the continent, in addition crocodiles, wild dogs, lions, leopards, warthogs, gnus, zebras, Impalas, Elands, and some cheetahs. About 350 species of birds were recorded. There are only few tourists. The Selous is not yet discovered by the mainstream of visitors to Tanzania because it is difficult to access. The landscape is shaped by the Rufiji River and it’s tributaries, lined with Barassus palms. The Rufiji swells through the park down to the Indian Ocean forming a series of small lakes that serve as an important source of water for the multitude of plains game. In the rivers you see crocodiles, hippos and birds in large diversity. Herds of elephants, buffalos, zebras, Gnus, hogs roam across the area. The whole fascination of the African bush meets you direct. It is only in the Selous Game Reserve that one can combine game drives, boat tours and walking safaris. Three-quarters of the Reserve is woodland of various types, short grassy plains, and seasonally flooded pans. Impressive riverine forests and dense impenetrable thickets are important habitats within the Selous. The wide, meandering Rufiji River is one of the largest water systems in East Africa. With its associated wetlands, lakes and swamps, it is one of the most outstanding ecological systems in the whole of East Africa.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets! It’s previous inaccessibility means that this park has remained unchanged for centuries and offers the type of wild safari that early explorers were privy to. Bordered on the east by the Great Ruaha River and the west by Mzombe River, visitors are struck it’s the beauty and vast expanse of wilderness stretching down towards the hazy blue hills of the Southern Highlands. The terrain is varied and fascinating with wild fig trees, rare baobab forests and gorges of glowing orange sandstone. The rivers contain swirling rapids and deep pools inhabited by crocodiles and hippos. Ruaha is a permanent hunting ground for lions, jackals, hyenas and the rare and beautifully marked wild dogs. They prey on zebras and numerous antelopes, with both the stunning roan and sable antelope found here as well as greater and lesser kudu. There are also thousands of elephants and buffalo.