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Selous Impala Camp

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Update on VAT 2014 Bill currently debated in TZ parliament:
For new bookings taken before VAT 2014 Bill is confirmed: For all safaris confirmed by a deposit there will be no VAT increase on our camp rates until the Bill is passed.
There is however the possibility of 18% VAT being added on National Park entry fees. As Park fees are paid to Tanapa at the time of stay,
we cannot avoid paying any increase in park fees, should it be instituted. (This would be about USD 5.4 pppn increase on the current USD 30 pppn in Ruaha)
For new bookings taken after 1st Nov 2014 we will issue information later.


IMPORTANT NOTICES

Mbweni Ruins Hotel is no longer part of Adventure Camps. All bookings in place will of course be honoured.
To make a reservation please contact info@phmbweniruins.com

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We are often asked if we have WiFi at our camps - the answer is no.
All the camps have satellite internet in the offices for business communication but bandwith is limited do to the high costs.
The managers can send an email out for you if necessary, but we ask that you do not ask to use the internet except in emergency.

PLease note that in Tanzania US Dollar notes from 2003 or earlier are no longer legal tender and cannot be accepted by Tanzanian banks.
We cannot accept them as payment for drinks and expenses in our hotel and camps - so please check that you are not carrying any with you to Tanzania.

Visitors to Tanzania should be aware that our bush camps do not have credit card facilities.
We kindly ask you when arranging your travel money that tourism establishments in Tanzania generally accept
only Tanzanian Shillings and USD for extra payments such as drinks, laundry service, tips and gift shop purchases.

From 1st June 2013 there is a "late departure" extra day's park or reserve entry fees charged at Selous (USD 75 pp) or Ruaha (USD 30 pp)
if you stay more than 24 hours on your last day.
For bookings already in place, If you have not been invoiced for this at time of booking, it will be payable at the camp before you leave.

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We are fortunate enough to have had a visit from a very talented photographer - Ruth Greenfield, from UK.

Ruaha lion

Ruaha Sunset

 

Safari News :


Did you know Giraffes can growl?!

Selous Impala Agust 2014 Game Diary - by Ezra llomo

EZra llomo

Ezra llomo, guide at Selous Impala Camp

My name is Ezra LLomo,I was born in 1977 in Kibao village in Iringa region which is in the southern part of Tanzania. I completed my secondary education in Kidugala seminary school in Tanzania . I joined Tour Guide College and Hotel Management in 2002 and I studied my field guide course for two years, in Mikumi National Park. I’ ve been working for Impala Camp since 8 years.

Selous Giraffes

I love driving out around 6am from Impala camp as the sun rises, the light changing from rose to gold - going out looking for predators and observing the nature.

Selous Hyaena

During one of these drives we saw a group of spotted hyenas attacking a newborn giraffe calf which was only about one hour old. The hyenas , having smelled the placenta scent, moved to attack the baby giraffe that, unfortunately, was not strong enough to run away. The desperate mother giraffe did her best to protect the calf by kicking and spitting saliva from her mouth , while making a growling sound, but it was not enough to scare the hyenas away. In the end they killed the calf and shared the carcass amongst each other. It was a very rare event hearing the giraffe making a sound, because most of the time they are mute.

Selous Hyaena

Even if it was a very cruel scene… this is the bush with its own rules.

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Mdonya Old River Camp Newsletter - July 2014

News from the Environment

Mdonya Camp in June

So its a start of a new season here in Mdonya Old River Camp. The grass is still green and the impalas still rutting, their bellies full of good nutrients.

Towards the end of june we witnessed a change in the colors that surround the camp, as the drought is getting closer every day.

Mdonya Camp

The Acacia trees are bending from the weight of their pods, and the Combretums are starting to lose their leaves.

Mdoya Camp

News from Sightings

Ruaha Elephant

It's been an exciting month for our guests!

A pair of honey badgers have been seen a couple of times. On both occasions they were on their way back to camp. One time they were back from a honey raid and were busy chasing away the bees that were rightfully claiming what was theirs!…is always amazing to see those fierce creatures!

Cheetah sightings were regularly recorded - and also the most elusive of the african cats, our friend the leopard, was spotted a few times, appearing like a ghost for a few seconds only to disappear into the bush again as if he’d never been there…

An elephant  died of natural causes in the park and that provided  a good meal for a pride of lions for more than a few days.

Ruaha Lion in June 2014

The Mwayembe pride killed a giraffe which also provided a good source of protein for our beloved cats. 

The biggest question of this season is still yet to be answered : what has happened to our Mdonya Pride? How many are there this season?

We’ll keep you posted.

 

 

Your Tracks on our Path

paw prints

 

 "Mdonya Camp where the lion roars

The elephant roams and the eagle soars

A warm campfire and hospitality

Impalas under the banyan tree

Thank you monkey, leopard and giraffe

Thank Mdonya River Camp staff

A fine safari from the start

You’ll be in our dreams and in our hearts."

Reid Noel, Sandi Noel & Jim Henson – Oregon, USA, 7th June

Guest Comment

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Our Wild Friends - Leopards

Ruaha Dik dik

Our giant grey friends regularly visit us, especially Sikiu Mbovu, who still has a particular fondness for our water pipes which he regularly smashes!! Nonetheless is always a privilege and a pleasure to observe these magnificent creatures.

Tracks of leopard were seen on a couple of occasions right in front of the tents - one particular night our cat friend even decided to scratch his back against tent 1 and sleep there for a couple  hours! The guests were thrilled!

Civets, Genets, and even a Serval have visited the camp regularly during the night - the latter was even spotted just after dinner!

The best news is that the Buffalo are back! Just yesterday we saw a quite big herd approaching the camp, hopefully they’ll stay…Tracks of lions the night before tell us that they knew before us that they were coming…well keep you posted!

Ruaha Elephants

 

 


From Mary, Riccardo and all Mdonya Old River Camp Staff... we wish you a great safari in Tanzania!


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Selous Impala Game Diary March 2014 - by Omary Mahanja

Omary Mahanja
Omary A. Mahanja, guide at Selous Impala Camp

I was born in Kilombero, Morogoro in 1986.
After completing my education to form four at Malecela Secondary school in Tanzania. I attended a tour guide college in Mikumi campus [VETA] for one year. Now it is more than 3 years that I’m a guide at Selous Impala Camp.

The walking safari is one of the activities that the guests can choose here at Impala Camp. It is a very enjoyable way to observe the nature around the camp. We usually walk for a couple of hours and during this time we have the chance to really “feel” the bush, to see, smell and hear things around us. We look at details and small things that we don’t usually see from a vehicle - such as footprints, droppings, insects, shrubs and plants.

Acacia mellifera
Acacia mellifera

Acacia trees are widespread in this area; one of them is the indigenous Hook-thorn acacia (Acacia mellifera). The generic name ‘acacia’ comes from the Greek word ‘akis’, meaning point or barb. This tree is also commonly called “wait a bit acacia” because if you get caught by its hooked thorns you need a moment before you can release yourself.

Whistling thorn Acacia

Acacia drepanolobium - Whistling thorn or Ant-galled Acacia

Another interesting indigenous plant is the Acacia drepanolobium, whose common name is Whistling thorn, or Ant–galled Acacia. This is a small tree or shrub which could reach up to 6m in height and has long and narrow spines.

When the wind blows through this tree a whistle is produced, hence its name. Also the galls are hollow and inhabited by ants that protect the tree through spraying formic acid in the mouths of browsers animals. They also protect the shrub from other insects. This relationship between 2 organisms where both species benefit from the interaction is called Mutualism.

We try to involve the guests in identifying what they see, for example footprints and droppings.

Impala spoor
Impala spoor

Giraffe footprints
Giraffe spoor

Giraffe droppings
Giraffe droppings - female (left) and male (right)

The droppings of male and female Giraffe are different in shape; male droppings are pointed one side instead females ones are not pointed.

The camp is green
The camp is green - its the end of the season

Now everything around is lush and green…this means that the season is almost up and its time to leave… We will be back in May to welcome guests to the new season! See you then!!

Karibu Impala
Welcome to Impala Camp

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Lake Manze Camp - July 2014 Newsletter

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Lake Manze Tented Camp - June 2014 Newsletter

News from the Environment

 

A new season has started at Lake Manze and there are a few new faces to be seen around the camp as there is a new management team consisting of Rebecca, Steve and Samuele. We are a multicultural team with Rebecca having grown up in Southern Tanzania, Steve coming from the UK and Samuele from Italy.

We arrived to a lush green Selous  where  the heavy rains from the last few months had created swollen lakes and erosions along the roads. In camp we could see the water from the lake had been right up and flooded the bathroom next to the lounge. Luckily the water levels in camp dropped so that on the opening night we were able to have dinner under the stars.

One of the difficulties that we have had to suffer at the start of this season has been the unusually large amount of water cabbage in the lakes and channels which has been brought in by the high water levels. The water cabbage has blocked the passage between Lake Manze and the channels. We have had to move all the boats in to the channels and start the boat safaris five minutes drive from camp. Thankfully the water cabbage has started to disperse and we hope to have boats back in Lake Manze from the start of July.

Lake Manze, Aerial shot

One of the benefits of having the high water levels and fast currents in the channels is that those of our guests who have ventured out on a relaxing afternoon fishing trip have had the fortune of catching tiger fish as well as usual catfish.


The tiger fish are the more dificult fish to catch due to lower numbers but also as they are known to be fighters and their sharp teeth can easily cut through the fishing line if a wire tracer hasn’t been attached. Upon returning from fishing trips our chefs prepared both types of  fish for the guests to sample and the verdict has been that the tigerfish is the more tasty fish of the two though harder to eat due to the many bones.

Some good news for our guests and our vehicles is that we had graders in to scrape the surface of the roads in to camp and the surrounding areas leaving the roads in a much better condition and smoothing out some of the bumps. 

News from Sightings

 

We have had a good start to the season in terms of wildlife sightings with lots of animals seen in the area despite the large amount of surface water still present throughout the park. Though there has been a noticible increase in the number of animals drawing closer to the lakes over the last month and some big breeding herds of buffalo and elephants have been seen in the area throughout this last week of June.
Our guest have seen plenty of the usual herbivours, giraffes, hippos and crocs as well as frequent sightings of lions, hyena, buffalo and elephants.
Some guests have been lucky in seeing wild dogs, both the Limping pack and the Beho beho pack have been sited - thanks to Micheal Coste to have shared his picture with us. The elusive leopard has also been spotted on various occasions and even a porcupine was briefly seen on one game drive. 

 Wild dogs

Highlight sighting this month have been observing and photographing a herd of elephants from a boat safari, the herd was cooling off in the river and some of the younger elephants were being very playful.
Another great sighting was watching a pack of 9 wild dogs (the Limping Pack) stalk a herd of Impala though unfortunately we didn’t see if the hunt was succesful as once the chase set in they dissapeared out of sight as the light was fading from the day.

Selous Wild Dogs

Selous wild dogs

Arguably the best timed sighting was seen by a few guests who had just landed in the Selous and on their way to camp came across a leopard stalking a herd of impala and witnessed the leopard succesfully take down the impala. To add to the excitement as several hyena then came along and managed to steal the impala away from the hungry leopard.

Selous Leopards 

Your Tracks on our Path

paw prints

 


"What a place! Fantastic! Just walked down for a beer and there was a herd of Impala walking next to the path. Hippos were right by our tent last night and the call of the hyena can be heard every evening. The highlight was a river crossing by a herd of 30 elephants in the morning light. Food was great, staff very friendly and helpful."

Rob, 11.06.14 

 

"Everything perfect! Particulary friendly and efficient staff/managers which has enhanced our pleasure and excitement in seeing so many different animals on our first visit to Africa. Bakari and Mgoma were a wonderful guide/driver combo. Very knowledgeable, amusing and flexible. The “professor of poo” was very interesting and entertaining and we loved the early morning walks/drives here. Sunset during the lake trip on the boat was lovely. Delicious food and drinks served by very professional and charming staff.
Good luck and thank you to everyone."

Mike and Jane, 11.06.14

 

"Thank you so much for such a fantastic experience. We loved Tent 1 and felt very close to the animals. Really enjoyed completely switching off and using lanterns at night. We thought the staff were great and the guides were fantastic. We were also very grateful to the Masai who looked after us at night and kept the hippos away! Thanks for making our honeymoon amazing."

Iona and George, 18.06.14

 

"Thank you for a marvelous first experience in Tanzania. From the moment we arrived our guides Hillary, Rashid and the “new” managers Rebecca, Steven and Sam went out of their way to make my Birthday special. To have a floor show of Elephants coming to my party, what more can I ask for. Except the wildlife and my favorite Giraffes!"

Renee, 18.06.14

 

"We love Selous Lake Reserve- wonderful, wonderful guides Victor and Rashid with our very safe driver – very skilled – all of them. It was a journey we will always remember. Food – delicious, company even better – if possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Auara and Alison (two happy American gals), 22.06.14

 

 

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Our Wild Friends - Elephants and Dogs

 

One of the best experiences for us new managers this month has been meeting all the Manze wild  “friends” who frequently cross our paths.

First we met the big male impala who sleeps on the driveway behind the kitchen every night.

Then after a few days in camp we were very fortunate to meet one of the breading herds of elephants that hangs out in this area. They quickly became personal favorites as they have regularly appeared in camp throughout the month. Especially one little elephant calf (who is easily distinguishable by his lack of tail and short trunk) has become our very special friend and we always look out for him whenever we see some elephants.

Selous Elephant

We kept hearing about a bull elephant who hangs out around the camp known to the staff as Laygos. For the first few weeks there was no sign of him and we were starting to worry that something might have happened to him.

Then one morning we woke up and there he was strolling right through the middle of camp looking very much at ease. Staff and guests alike were thrilled to have such a magnificent elephant back in camp.

One of the packs of wild dogs which our guides have been following for many years, known as the limping pack, were seen again at the start of this season. From the first sighting it became obvious to our expert guides that she was heavily pregnant. This is very exciting news as it means the pack should be looking to den fairly soon and stay in the area for around two to three months until the pups are ready to venture out.

Wild dog, Selous - alpha female 

 

 
Click on the pictures to enlarge them and to watch picture galleries. 
from Rebecca, Steve, Samuele and all Lake Manze Camp Staff... 

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Leopard on car in Ruaha - photo by Bobby Jewell

Watch an amazing video of a leopard climbing onto one of our vehicles on a game drive from Mdonya Old River camp in Ruaha

For the story go to this newspage

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Safari Diary by Alan Montgomery, who visited all 5 of our properties in Nov-Dec 2012

Link to Danish translation for our Scandinavian readers.

Selous Leopard

Sunday 25 November - Impala Camp, Selous Game Reserve

We arrived this morning from rainy England.
After a short plane ride with Coastal Aviation, we land at Mtemere Airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve, where we are met by a guide and driver and taken to Selous Impala Camp. There we are welcomed by the Italian Managers, Barbara and Andrea.

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Steve Brynes runs a Safari blog, and has written some great articles about his stays at Kwihala and at Selous Impala :

The Safari Advisor

Kwintessential Kwihala: A Gem in Rugged Ruaha  - by Steve Brynes

Ruaha Lions  Ruaha Jackals

“Go West,” American journalist Horace Greeley famously advised young men looking for personal success in mid-nineteenth century America
Lounging at the airport in Arusha, I mused that the same advice appeared to be in play for the majority of visitors to Tanzania as they waited
to fly west to such iconic places as Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in pursuit of safari success.
I’m not a young man, but my faculties are still reasonably intact, so I instead headed south to Ruaha,
a park known for its large elephant and buffalo herds, as well as its lion prides that can include twenty-plus members.
This course was set after much research, including extensive reading and speaking with those in the know, all of which presaged
a world-class safari without that major distraction of the northern venues…..people. And in much the same way, I decided on Kwihala,
a camp located near the Mwagusi River, an area renowned for its outstanding game viewing, as my base for a 7-day stay in October 2012.

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Other Safari News:


Lake Manze Game Diary

Mdonya Old River Game Diary

Selous Impala Camp Game Diary

Klein Collection Safari Blog Selous Imapala Camp Dec 2013

Klein Collection Safari Blog Lake Manze Camp Selous Dec 2013

Mdonya Sightings

Lake Manze Sightings

Alan Montgomery Safari Nov-Dec 2012

Steve Brynes visit to Selous Impala Camp 2011

Dominic Oldridge Safaris in Selous October 2010 and 2011:
Click here to see a slideshow of Dominic's fab photos of a Wild Dog kill
Click here to see a slideshow of Dominic's photos of the lions and leopards
Click here for a slideshow of weaver birds in Selous October 2011

Claire Robertson Safari June 2011

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Please note that children of 15 years and younger are not permitted to go on walking safaris in the Selous or Ruaha.

 


Credits

Pietro in Ruaha  Pietro Luraschi

We are especially grateful to Pietro Luraschi, who has taken many of the photos on this website.
Pietro was manager of both Selous Impala (2005) and Mdonya Old River (2005 and 2006)
and has done special guiding for Selous Impala in 2007.

 


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