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  • Hello Michele, many thanks for putting together such a good trip, we have had such a good time and there have been many highlights. We enjoyed all camps/hotels which contrasted very nicely with each other. At Oliver’s Camp on our first morning we saw a cheetah give chase to a reedbuck and bring it down and then, just as it looked as if the reedbuck was breakfast it kicked back and proceeded to chase the cheetah, a leopard with its kill safely up a tree and lions – a very impressive start. In addition, as predicted by Michele, we saw so many elephants, including some tiny ones, which we really enjoyed and we went on a bush walk which gave us a different perspective of the environment. Gibbs Farm was great and we spent 2 idyllic evenings sitting watching the sun go down and the bats come out whilst enjoying the lovely views over the hills. It wasn’t too far away at all from the Ngorongoro crater. We loved the landscape of the crater (and the drive through the highlands the next day was good too) and we had very good sighting of lions, including 6 males walking along in a strung out single file off on a mission and later on 6 cubs with 2 lionesses. Lamai Serengeti was off the scale, at Mkombe House we thought we had died and gone to heaven. On one afternoon we sighted a leopard, tracked him along a riverbed and then watched him as he rested; we then moved on to see a rhino with her calf. We had seen 2 rhinos at a distance at Ngorongoro but this was something else especially as we had a backdrop of a dark thundery sky with sunlight filtering through.  Our last night was our Tanzanian meal finished with a lovely birthday cake accompanied with terrific singing, much appreciated by Nigel, thank you. As you know we are not really beach people so the fact that we enjoyed our time at the Palms is an even greater compliment. The food at the Palms was delicious (lunches were especially good). So as you will see a really, really good trip. Thank you.

    Nigel, Ann, Emma and Charles from London travelled to Tanzania
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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha was previously part of the huge Rungwa Game Reserve, with which it shares its north-western boundary, but gazetted as a National Park in 1964. The terrain within the park is well wooded and undulating. The Great Ruaha River (which forms much of the south-eastern boundary), numerous waterholes, swamps and seepage areas provide the park with a permanent supply of water, but there are also numerous sand rivers which become raging torrents during the rains (from December to April).

Generally, the park is divided into four different habitats consisting of mixed miombo woodland, undulating hills dominated by baobabs, albida woodland along the main river courses, and areas of open ‘black cotton’ grassland. Mammal viewing is superb particularly in the dry season (June to October) when the animals are forced to congregate around the water sources – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, impala, zebra, giraffe, hippo, waterbuck, roan and sable antelope, eland, greater and lesser kudu, and Grant’s gazelle are just some on the many species to be seen. The birdlife is exceptional with some 540 species recorded.

Despite Ruaha being a terrific wildlife area, it is still attracts relatively small numbers of tourists. Game-viewing is limited to game drives by day – some camps may offer walks with advanced notice. Tsetse fly are present.

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