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Selous Game Reserve

This remote reserve in southern Tanzania has vast tracts of virgin bush and provides the more adventurous travelers with a taste of untouched Africa.

The Selous Game Reserve (54,490 km. sq.) is five times the size of the Serengeti, and with its mighty Rufiji River, forests, and rolling savannah is one of the strongholds for some of Africa’s wildest elephants. Due to its remote location, being easily accessible only by small aircraft, the Selous Game Reserve has remained one of the untouched gems of Tanzania’s wilderness areas, and offers visitors a chance to see a wild and expansive Africa far from paved roads and curio shops.

Being a game reserve, walking activities and canoeing on the Rufiji River are allowed. This can bring about close encounters with the elusive, endangered African wild dog.

Tarangire National Park

With hundreds of huge baobabs scattered across this dry landscape, large herds of elephants pass through here in search of food. The Tarangire River provides the major lifeline for all the game. It then runs into huge swamps in the south. To the northwest, the lush Lake Manyara National Park with its prolific birdlife provides a forest home to thousands of monkeys and tree climbing lions.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is the second largest national park in Tanzania. It covers an area of about 12,950 km. sq. located in the middle of Tanzania, about 130 km. from Iringa. The park is part of a more extensive ecosystem which includes the Rungwa and Usangu Game Reserves.

This unspoiled wilderness derives its name from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its south-eastern margin and is the focus for game viewing. Driving along the Ruaha River with its rocky gorges and deep pools provides a wonderful scenic backdrop to look for large cats, elephants, roan and sable antelope. Guests can stay in one of the six lodges and camps which are found here. The park can be reached by car via Iringa or there is an airstrip at Msembe park headquarters.

Lake Manyara National Park

As you approach Lake Manyara National Park your first view is spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley Escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. Approaching from the west and viewing from the top of the escarpment, the park lies in a green strip below, the shallow alkaline lake reflecting the sunlight. Thousands of flamingoes and pelicans use this lake as one of the stopping off points on the Rift Valley’s aerial highway. The large variety of mammals, reptiles and birds in the park, all within a small area, make Lake Manyara a diverse and particularly memorable place to visit en route to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Situated in the southwest corner of Rwanda extending for 1000 km. sq. is Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest montane forests in East and Central Africa. Dating back to before the ice age with its prehistoric atmosphere it’s incredibly rich in biodiversity.

Nyungwe harbors 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, l’hoests, monkey, colobus and mangabeys.

With several endemic bird species the forest also supports 250 types of trees, shrubs and flowering plants including 100 species of orchid and giant lobelia standing like sentinels, as if extraterrestrial.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular game reserve for safaris and certainly one of the most scenic. Extending for nearly 2000 km. sq. it stretches from the crater dotted foothills of the Ruwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south. The region incorporates a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 550 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa. The park showcases its chimpanzees in the northern sector and the tree climbing lions of Ishasha Gorge.

Severin Safari Camp - Tsavo West National Park

Severin Safari Camp is hidden in the remote Kitani Wildlife area of Tsavo West National Park overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The eco friendly luxury camp offers a unique combination of adventure, wellness and relaxation for the sophisticated traveler who loves romantic pampering and unique wildlife experiences. The Camp is a small haven with beautifully constructed tents, amazing dining, crystal clear pool and a pleasing spa.

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Satao Elerai - Amboseli National Park

Wake up in the coolness of the early morning and watch the first few rays of the sun hit the blue Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s greates mountain. Satao Elerai is an eco friendly luxury camp tucked away in the corner of the famous Amboseli Ecosystem, close to the famous Amboseli National Park.

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Satao Camp - Tsavo East National Park

Satao Camp takes you back to the classical Out of Africa safari with green canvas tents, bush style showers and personal and friendly service; evoking a feeling of the true ‘Old African’ experience. Our location is indisputably unique; nestled beneath the shade of the old Tamarind trees, just in front of a very favored water-hole, our guests are ensured breathtaking view to the many elephants coming daily for a drink and a refreshing wash.

visit website: www.sataocamp.com      Take a Tour : Satao Camp Virtual Tour

Ewaso River Walking Safari

Kenya has something to offer everyone. The diversity of the landscape is reflected in its ecology, the lives of its people and the various adventures available. Karisia offers unique, tailor-made journeys through this diverse and spectacular countryside. Specialising in walking safaris and photographic trips to the less travelled areas of this region, natural history is a major focus, with biologists, photographers and experienced safari guides providing the kind of safari to remember forever.

Elewana Air Safari

In Kiswahili ‘Elewana’ means ‘Harmony’, and this breathtaking air safari combines the game rich wilderness of Northern Tanzania with a luxurious aircraft and stylish accommodation.  This journey, in an executive styled Cessna Caravan, takes you to some of Tanzania’s best National Parks, offering a unique air safari in the region.