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Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Whilst Tanzania's blockbuster sights attract the lion's share of its safari visitors, it is still possible to find your very own corner of this incredibly vast and varied country. Venture away from snow capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the palm fringed coastline of Zanzibar, and you will discover a Tanzania much less travelled. We've handpicked our favourite spots which take you unequivocally off the beaten track in Tanzania.
Deciding whether to go on safari in the north or south of Tanzania very much depends on what you’re looking to get out of your trip – the two areas offer vastly different experiences but both have so much to offer. We've broken down what to expect where on a safari holiday in Tanzania.
Selous and Mikumi, Tanzania
Sand Rivers is a stylish safari lodge on the Rufiji River in Tanzania’s famous Selous Game Reserve. Sand Rivers' prime location and amazing guides mean you can enjoy bush walks, game drives, river safaris and wilderness fly-camping adventures.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Sand Rivers has reputation as one of the best game lodges in Africa and it does not disappoint. Lying on the banks of the Rufiji River, Sand Rivers is an idyllic place from which to explore the untamed Selous wilderness. The largest waterway in East Africa and the lifeline of the Selous Game Reserve, the Rufiji provides a captivating viewpoint from which to watch the wildlife going about its business.
Sand Rivers’ central building has been beautifully designed using local wood and stone. Outside the mess area is the swimming pool, set in the shade of a Baobab tree on the rivers edge. There are eight rooms, five riverside chalets and three hillside suites, set along the river bank. Each of the chalets are large, open fronted at the front and back, with lovely views directly onto the giant Rufiji River. Beneath the high vaulted ceilings, the rooms have huge super king sized beds and a spacious bathroom, with hot water powered by solar energy and waterfall shower. The Hillside suites are huge and completely open at the front with expansive panoramic views of the river. The suites have large sitting areas where you can watch the world go by, as well as a plunge pool and lounge area.
Sand Rivers offers a wide variety of safari activities and guests can choose to do what they want to do, and when they want to do it. Sand Rivers' 4x4 Landrovers have been specially adapted for the best game viewing, open on all sides, with raised seats and a shade canopy. Guests can take a morning or afternoon game drive or take a picnic lunch and head off for full day drive. Guests can chose to take a flat bottomed aluminium boat and drift downstream game viewing, fishing and bird watching, or alternatively take the boat upstream to Steigler's Gorge. Here, the river narrows into a deep rocky gorge where leopard can often be seen and the landscape changes dramatically. The shaded rocks and sands along the river banks make perfect picnic spots and somewhere to cast a line for a fearsome tiger fish.
For the more adventurous, fly camping offers the outdoor safari experience of a lifetime (not included in the standard activities). Mosquito nets laid out on the sand banks or nearby a busy waterhole. Simple yet fully equipped, these camps have ice cold drinks, great food, comfortable bedrolls, and toilets & showers set well behind the camp. The perfect marriage of intrepid adventure and bush comfort. Each camping spot is specially chosen for its view or the game in the area and allows you to completely absorb yourself in the Selous wilderness. Each fly-camp is managed by a team of staff. On your arrival you will find a fully stocked bar has been set up with cold drinks and ice, and then after a steaming bush shower set up under a tree, you are served a three course dinner set at a table laid under the stars. It is the quality of its walking safaris that has earned Sand Rivers its reputation as one of the foremost lodges in Africa.
When to go
Sand Rivers is closed in April and May.
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Stay 4, pay 3 in Sand Rivers Selous
Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 at Sand Rivers Selous throughout 2017 & 2018. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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Flycamping in the Selous
For those safari aficionados who are looking for a bit more adventure, there can be nothing more exciting than spending a night in the middle of the African bush in a fly camp.
Guided Walks in the Selous
Guided walks offer a unique way to explore the Selous Game Reserve. On these guided walks you will be accompanied by a guide and armed ranger who will show you some of the smaller species and ecosystems that you often miss from a vehicle.
Sunsets over the Rufiji
Glide down the Rufiji on a little boat pointing out hippos, crocodiles and watch the elephants coming down to drink. Then, on the river bank sip a cold beer whilst watching the magical sunset casting its plethora of colours over the river.
Game Drives in the Selous
Game drives in the Selous offer a fantastic opportunity away from the crowds of northern Tanzania where you can enjoy undisturbed game viewing in the largest game reserve in Africa. You will be able to see elephant, buffalo and hippo and many more.
Boat Trips in the Selous Game Reserve
Boat trips in the Selous Game Reserve allow you to see the wildlife with a completely different perspective. Take a relaxing boat trip along the Rufiji River or Lake Nzerakera and enjoy regular sightings of hippos, crocodiles and plenty of bird life.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
This trip away is perfect for those who are only available for a week and who are seeking something more wild and slightly different to the well trodden path of the Serengeti. This itinerary offers up a different side to Tanzania.