THE SOUTHERN PARKS
Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve with Nyerere National Park are the most visited parks in southern Tanzania.
The territory of Ruaha extends for 10,000 square kilometers and is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters.
The heart of this park is the river, the Great Ruaha River, around which life can exist and thrive. There are two other small rivers, but they only see water a few days during the year and only after the big rains.
Even if you can’t see it, the water flows underground. Elephants can find it by digging. They love it and need it, so they developed this technique to ensure the herd has a precious source of life.
Elephants are also one of the park’s main features: elephants and baobabs.
The landscape is incredible: forests, arid areas, scrub dotted with acacias.
The encounters that can be made include all the most amazing animals in the savannah, including lions and leopards.
Like all parks in Tanzania, Ruaha is also a never-ending surprise and groups of elephants under a baobab tree, while enjoying the shade or scratching against the bark, are a kind of pleasant habit.
Selous Game Reserve is named after Frederick Selous, an English explorer and hunter, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is huge, more than 50,000 square kilometers, basically 6% of all Tanzanian territory. It is crowded with mammals, but the part dedicated to tourism is the northern one, north of the Rufiji River, which since 2019 has become the Nyerere National Park. The river is the longest in the country, it is navigable and flows for two hundred and fifty kilometers before flowing into the Indian Ocean.
The Reserve is also famous for the large number of wild dogs that live there, the highest in all of Tanzania. And then lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and other special creatures.
The game drives are in open cars, the view is fantastic and the sensations are incredible.
The savannah is immediately spectacular: the endless road hides wonders.
The landscape is almost unreal. Acacias sprout everywhere and whistling acacias are home to huge ant colonies. Their relationship is very unique: in exchange for hospitality, the ants protect the plant from herbivores. As soon as one of them approaches to eat, they go out and start running up and down on thorns, disturbing the meal.
The name whistling acacia derives from the whistle that the round base of the thorns, pierced by the ants to create their rooms inside, makes when it is crossed by the wind.
The heat is humid and after a game drive in the savannah it is possible to take a boat safari on the Rufiji river where crocodiles and hippos are the undisputed kings and where an incredible sunset makes you want to stop time forever.