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Selous Impala Camp

Selous Game Reserve

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

  Update on VAT 2014 Bill recently debated in Parliament - no change will be made at this time, so there will be no increase in VAT on safaris.

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.

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.

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.

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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Female Impala with hors
Photo by Marc Mol - he noted the newsletter of Selous Impala camp in Jan 2015, with a female impala with horns.
This impala is like a sable!

Leopard in Ruaha
Photo by Marc Mol - a leopard named "Joy" in Ruaha - her name is Furaiha in Kiswahili

Cheetahs in Ruaha
Photo by Marc Mol in Ruaha - This 6/7 week old cub was one of 4, the other 3 were not so keen to show themselves, mum would also have preferred it if this little one stayed with the other siblings as she had hunting on her mind.

To see more of Marc's amazing pix of Selous and Ruaha please see: www.africaddict.smugmug.com/Nature

 

Safari News:


Selous Impala Newsletter February 2015 - by Andrew Singinika

A small article about a leopard and baboons in Selous

Andrew Singinika
Andrew Singinika - Guide at Selous Impala Camp

A week ago here in Selous game reserve after a good start of the day, we drove towards Mbuyu area where we saw the tremendous hunt of an African leopard. This guy was in a tree observing a feeding harem of impalas grazing in a distant area from him.

 

Selous Leopard

 

All of a sudden, he dropped quickly from the tree and began to creep toward the impalas and he blended in absolutely well so none could see him. Then he silently pounced on one of the baby impalas without letting the others realize what had happened. As he started dragging his kill they all became alerted and fled.

 

He made it quickly back to his tree and with an amazing twist of his prey gained the tree canopy before pausing to rest.  Becoming aware of our vehicle he became skittish and dropped once more on the ground and went straight to a valley nearby, lingering there. We decided to search the valley carefully and we spotted him again with another fresh kill of a baby wildebeest. As we were following to see where he was heading he abandoned it in a lush area which we don’t often visit, and just vanished in a flash.

We were waiting to see if he would come back and after some minutes we heard aloud bark of a baboon Since the bush was too thick we couldn’t drive in, instead we  decided to drive back to the first tree in which we saw him and parked in riparian forest afar off and waiting.

 

Selous Leopard under tree

 

Ater 20 minutes of waiting, the same leopard - which had a scar on the belly - suddenly appeared and went to his impala kill. He divided it in two and leaving head and skin he then moved the rest, consisting of more tender parts to a far tree.

 

Selous Leopard

 

From the main road this leopard could not be spotted . From our hiding place we saw other vehicles coming to the first tree and leaving, thinking the leopard had had enough and just left for a while. It was the wrong perception - he was just there watching them.

 

A Grieved baboon

Selous Baboon

 

Around Selous game reserve yellow baboon is the commonest primate type we host. Some few days back, on a game drive we spotted a baboon with two identical twins. The mama gave freedom to her twins just playing around while she was foraging with the rest of the troop. Unknown to them,  a Martial Eagle was hiding in a shady tree without moving a muscle, looking at the naughty playing baboons. As he kept drawing nearer and nearer, with great patience, his opportunity arose.  He came out as fast as a bullet and carried off one of the baby baboons. He could not fly far from the area with the heavy weight, so he landed in a nearby tree but he couldn’t secure his prey. Angry baboons were already climbing aggressively and vigorously to attack him so he had to abandon it. They brought the baby down but it was dead by the time owing to heavy bleeding.

 

Selous Baboon

 

This mama here is not just chilling but mourning for her baby which had been taken, and the baby right in front is the remaining one that has spotted the whole game… Oh how sad!

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Mdonya Old River Newsletter - January 2015

 

Mdonya Old River Camp - January 2015 Newsletter

 

News from the Environment

Well, the rainy season has for sure arrived or, as the travel agents euphemistically call it "the emerald season" - the bush has been turned into a sea of green as far one can look. The trees are vibrant interspersed with the ghostly spectres of the Apple ring trees (Faidherbia albida) who choose to lose their leaves during the rainy season and produce them during the dry season! We have thunder and lightning most nights but we do not get rain every day on a regular basis. Perhaps for a couple of days and then nothing for 2 -3 days contrary to what many believe - it does not rain all day every day. With the rain the flowers begin to really make their presence known.

 

The Sesamum angolense is already along the paths in the camp together with the Deadly Nightshade (Solanum incanum) and in the more damp areas of the camp the pom pom heads of the Round White Sedge (Kyllinga alba) can be seen dominating the grasses.

Grass cutting has started in earnest and the camp has a wonderful smell of freshly cut grass and as you wander through camp the aroma of Wild Basil (Ocicum gratissimum) assails your senses.

News from Sightings

Now that the rains are here and the vegetation is growing apace, it makes it more challenging for our guides and drivers and guests of course, to spot the more elusive cats. Lion are still be seen but we hear them less and less in camp at night compared to their calling in the dry season.  

We have had several lion sightings, some with kills and others walking down the middle of the road to avoid the wet grass - like most domestic cats - they are not overly fond of water. Our spotted friends the leopard have been more elusive this month - however we did have one good sighting recently of a large male up a tree with a young kudu. Most of the leopard sightings have been in the Kimilamatonge area where there is plenty of camouflage and cover under the rocks from the rain.  

Cheetahs are being seen on a more regular basis than the leopard.  The grass now at Serengeti Ndogo is now too high to see them effectively but they have been seen in other more open areas. Elephant at present are not usually seen when the rain is around but once the rain has passed they emerge again and we have seen some healthy herds - one sighting was estimated to be 300 which is extremely unusual for Ruaha.

 

Your Tracks on our Path

 

 "Dear Mary & Team, this was our first Africa safari - celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. What an experience! We never expected to see such a wide range of animals so close up! Just wonderful. Fabulous food & great comfortable accommodation.  We couldn't ask for more! Thank you! - Kerry & Graham Ryan - U.K." P.S. Guides were faultless - thanks Emmanuel and Cele 

"Thank you for a wonderful stay. This is such a magnificent Park - I hope I will be back to see more of it. Special thanks to Felix and Emmanuel for helping me add 20+ new birds to my list and to Mary - you are a great host and make all the difference to the camp with your caring touches." Sarah - Malawi

"I had a very peaceful stay at this beautiful camp. Saw lots of animals - especially around the camp which was nice. Thanks to all the staff." Craig - Scotland 

"Robin, Judy & Duncan would like to thank you Mary for your warm and informative welcome and your wonderful hospitality throughout our stay in the great wide open spaces of Tanzania. You run an excellent camp - all your staff were polite & efficient, our tent was always immaculate after our day in the bush. To Prosper and Thomas their extraordinary vision and recognition of anything that moved was amazing - well over 50 bird species - not to forget the elusive cheetah! Mdonya has been the perfect retreat for the 3 of us." The Burdass family - Yorkshire, U.K. 30.1.15

Our Wild Friends - Warthogs

Our resident warthog family has become braver almost daily - Mum is bringing her 4 piglets closer and closer to the camp and they are a delight to watch.  

Our excitement of the month which sadly none of us witnessed, was Fundi killing an impala just outside our office here - the Masai told us it was around 1.30 a.m. We could clearly see the claw marks where he had dug in to hold the impala down and then the drag marks extended down the path to just below the dining tent where he devoured his meal - no doubt with some help from the hyenas. Watch Fundi's video caught in a night camera trap placed in camp. 

Watch night camera trap's video of lions caught in the camera trap placed in camp.

We're pleased to report that our poor little Barred Owl who was being so badly picked upon last month is happy and free and we see him often with his parents - usually early evening and we hear them calling. The one noise that does not go down well in camp is that of the tree hyraxes...for those of you who have heard it, you will know what I. New guests constantly ask me at breakfast "what was that terrible noise - what was being killed last night" and when I show them a picture of the culprit, they find it difficult to believe! 

 

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

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Read other Mdonya Old River Game Diaries

 


Lake Manze Camp - January 2015

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Fundi
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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