Ruaha NP & Selous GR, Tanzania 2018 - Dani Walther

WELCOME HERE, WHERE I'D LIKE TO SHARE MY FAVOURITE IMAGES OF OUR LATEST STAY IN THE RUAHA NATIONAL PARK AND SELOUS GAME RESERVE, TANZANIA.

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RUAHA NATIONAL PARK (7 DAYS OVER CHRISTMAS 18)

THE RUAHA NP IS TANZANIA'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK. IT COVERS 13'000 SQM (1/3 OF SWITZERLAND'S AREA). STAYING HERE RIGHT AFTER THE SHORT RAINS (OCTOBER-NOVEMBER) IS SPECIALLY REWARDING: ICONIC BAOBABS WITH DEEP GREEN CANOPIES, BLOOMY ACACIA TREES AND DRAMATIC SKIES COMPENSATE FOR THE DRY SEASON'S ADVANTAGES LIKE E.G. EASIER SPOTTING BIG GAME AND MAKE UP FOR BEAUTIFUL BACKGROUNDS AND IMPRESSIONS SO DIFFERENT TO THE DRY SEASON'S DOMINATING "KHAKI-MOOD".

WE HAVE STAYED THIS TIME AT ESSENTIAL DESTINATIONS' MDONYA OLD RIVER CAMP, WHERE WE EXPERIENCED OUTSTANDING HOSPITALITY INCLUDING "LESSONS" IN NATURAL HISTORY E.G. ON SNAKES AND SCORPIONS UNDER UV-LIGHT AND A TRULY AUTHENTICAL, TRADITIONAL ADAMU ENTHUSIASTICALLY PERFORMED BY THE MDONYA MAASAI COLLEAGUES!

BIRDING HERE DURING THE GREEN SEASON IS OUTSTANDING FOR MANY MIGRATORY SPECIES ARE TO BE SPOTTED ONLY NOW LIKE FALCONS AND KESTRELS. LARGE BIRDS OF PREY SPECIES SPOTTED EASILY INCLUDED MARTIAL EAGLE, LONG-CRESTED EAGLE, BROWN SNAKE-EAGLE, AFRICAN HAWK-EAGLE, STEPPE AND TAWNY EAGLE AND BATELEUR.

HIGHLIGHTS DEFINITIVELY INCLUDED THE SIGHTING OF THE EXTREMELY THREATENED PANGOLIN (SCALY ANTEATER, A FASCINATING, NOCTURNAL MAMMAL) AND THE MALE LEOPARD NAMED "ONCA" ONLY HALF AN HOUR BEFORE WE HAD TO LEAVE RUAHA.

Crested Barbet

SELOUS GAME RESERVE (5 DAYS OVER NEW YEAR 19)

THE SELOUS GR IS THE LARGEST GAME RESERVE IN AFRICA AND A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 1982. IN TOTAL, IT COVERS AN AREA BIGGER THAN THAT OF SWITZERLAND WHEREBY ONLY THE SMALL AREA NORTH OF THE RUFIJI RIVER IS RESERVED TO PUBLIC SAFARIS. DURING GREEN SEASON THE LAKES ARE NAVIGABLE AND THE LANDSCAPE, FLORA AND FAUNA ARE JUST SPECTACULAR.

WE HAVE STAYED AT ESSENTIAL DESTINATIONS' LAKE MANZE CAMP, WHICH IN NO WAY WAS INFERIOR TO THE HIGH STANDARDS MDONYA HAS SET. LAKE MANZE CAMP ADDITIONALLY BENEFITS OF ITS MORE SOPHISTICATED INFRASTRUCTURE AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED LIKE  BOAT AND WALKING SAFARI.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED AMONG OTHERS THE THREE VISITS TO THE PACK OF ELEVEN PAINTED WOLVES, A SIGHTING OF THE EASTERN BLACK-AND-WHITE COLUBUS MONKEY AND DAILY VISITS TO A COUPLE OF LIONS THAT ALLOWED US TO EXPERIENCE THEIR BEHAVIOUR BEFORE AND WHILE MATING.

BIRDING WAS MEMORABLE, HERE TOO, WITH HIGHLIGHTS SUCH AS PALM-NUT VULTURE, AFRICAN FISH EAGLE, OSPREY, VERRAUX'S EAGLE-OWL, PEARL-SPOTTED OWLET AS WELL AS ALMOST COUNTLESS KINGFISHERS AND BEA-EATERS. NOT TO FORGET SOUTHERN CORDON-BLEU, COMMON WAXWING, PYTILLIA, FIREFINCH AND THE CRESTED BARBET, I SPOTTED DURING OUR WALKING SAFARI.

PHOTOGRAPHER'S NOTE

FIRST TIME EVER ON SAFARI WITH MY NEW NIKON D850 AND THE AF-S 500MM/5.6E - WHAT A JOY TO USE THESE TOOLS! EVERY IMAGE CAN BE SHARED ON FB AND INSTAGRAM. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DO SO! THANKS FOR VISITING MY FAVOURITES.

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