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  • Shirley travelled to southern TanzaniaHi Mary & Bill, just a note to say thank you very much for organising my Tanzania safari. The safari was fantastic and both Beho Beho and Mwagusi were great. The transport all worked perfectly and everywhere (except Dar Airport!) I encountered politeness, charm and helpful people. I loved the adventure coupled with comfort! I fell in love with Beho Beho – such a beautiful place with a real houseparty feel, superb managers, amazing food and great guiding – I can’t fault it. I loved the walking safaris, did 3 there and went on to do another at Ruaha. I also liked the fact you hardly see any other vehicles at Beho Beho. At Mwagusi we had really great game viewing and saw cheetah and leopard cubs, lots of lion (including six suckling cubs) and plenty of elephant (my favourite as they are so interesting). There were a few more vehicles but not many – I am so glad I did not go to the North! Thanks for recommending Mwagusi – I was a bit unsure when I first saw it but it has a lovely peaceful ambience and the guiding was top class. It is nice to see local people trained so well there but also using their own instinctive knowledge and clearly well looked after. The country is very different in Selous and Ruaha so they make a good combination and the flights were also fun – I was able to sit in the ‘co-pilot’s’ seat a couple of times so had great views of the country. Overall a fantastic holiday.Shirley travelled to southern Tanzania

    Shirley travelled to southern Tanzania
Selous boating safari on Rufiji River, Tanzania

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Mikumi abuts the north-western border of the vast Selous Game Reserve and is cut in two by the main Dar es Salaam to Iringa road. The park, Tanzania’s fourth largest at around 3200 sq.kms, is dominated by the Mkata floodplain and is one of the best areas to see eland, the largest antelope species.

Other game includes lion, elephant, Nyasa blue wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe and wild dog. Bird species number over 400. Ease of access and with a good network of roads make Mikumi a popular park to visit from Dar es Salaam, or if driving to Ruaha.

Day excursions to the remote and forested Udzungwa Mountains National Park can also be taken (there is no permanent accommodation in Udzungwa but the park does have a number of excellent walking trails). Udzungwa is an important birding area with four species endemic including the Udzungwa forest partridge only ‘discovered’ in 1991.

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