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Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Middelburg
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Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Hi everyone,

We plan to do a private trip in October with two 4x4 from Lilongwe to Dar es Salaam. Want visit Ruaha and Selous and stay there for the nights in our own tents. Do anybody knows a camp site where we can do that safety for a reasonable price? Are there possibilities then to get a guide also for some days?

I would be very grateful for comments/tips/suggestions by those who have been there.

Thanks

Ton

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1. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Hi both parks have public campsites when you arrive at the entrance ask for a guide. the best way to check to update costs/parkfees etc is to go to the National Parks website.Just out of Iringa on the highway there is a privately owned campsite which could be used for a night travelling from Ruaha to Selous.

When you arrive at Ruaha check the local weather conditions and rainfall as the roads to Selous can be sometimes washed out. There are also some historical sights out of Iringa that are worth a visit as well.

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2. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Thank you noexpert for your informations

Ton

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3. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

If you go to this link:

www.tanzaniaparks.com/accomodations.html

and about half way down there is info on the Ruaha campsites. I am also sure you can hire a guide form the gates entrence.

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4. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Ton

the campsites are

Kisolanza Farm Lodge 59 km south west of Iringa on the Mbeya road,from here it is about a four hour drive to Ruaha National park.

and the one I already mentioned is Little Ruaha Riverside Campsite 14km east of the town towards Morogoro.

The Historical site is Isimila, about 15 kms south of Iringa also on the Mbeya road.

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5. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Hey Ton!

We want to do the same tour: Lilongwe to Dar end of october but we plan to travel in Malawi by public transports and we're still looking how to do the South of Tanzania.

Where do you rent the car?

As for camping we have the same paroblems.

www.tanzaniaparks.com/accomodations.html

has no info on Selous.

On Ruaha there is no phone number for the camp sites to check availability, prices etc.

For the ones who have already been there, are the campsites inside the parks? Therefore, would we need to pay the park fees each night of the staying?

Does anybody have a contact for camping in Ruaha?

Thank you!

Alessandra

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6. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

The Fox family have been doing safaris in the South of Tanzania for a long time. They have camps in some of the parks. Their web site is: www.tanzaniasafaris.info/foxfamily.htm

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7. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

I have received an interesting offer from Kearsleys to pick us up in Iringa camping in Ruaha, Mikumi and Selous.

Has anybody traveled with Kearsleys recently? Could you recommend it?

As for camping they propose:

Ruaha River Lodge in Ruaha

Mikumi Wildlife Camp in Mikumi

Tagalala in Selous

ciao

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8. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Dear all,

after comparing a few offers, finally we traveled with Kearsley for a 9 days camping safari from 21st to 29th October and it was great! So I feel to share it with you since for us it was so difficult to find a recent review on this company and this tour.

They safari totally met our expectations and the staff was extremely kind and welcoming. Besides, price wise, it was the best offer we got.

We were coming from Malawi so they picked us up in Iringa and we did the following tour: 3 nights in Ruaha public bandas, 1 in Mikumi public campsite, 4 in Selous of which 1 night in Tagalala public campsite and 3 nights at Selous river camp. Then we flew from Selous to Zanzibar with Coastal.

We had an excellent driver/guide and a very good cook who tried to accommodate all our needs.

The camping gear was very comfortable: we had brought along our own tent and sleeping bags (just in case...) and we never used it. We were actually very lucky because the tent was brand new.

In Ruaha we were supposed to camp but since the toilets at the public campsite were under renovation, the rangers let us stay at the public bandas at no extra charge. The bandas, showers and toilets were clean and the location was really beautiful overlooking Ruaha river!

Mikumi camp site was not so nice because we could hear the road noise far in the distance so it didn't feel so secluded.

Tagalala campiste is in a beautiful location in Selous but there is no water and no electricity. Also, it is apparently in an area were hunting is allowed so animals are running away. When we moved to Selous River camp we were camping outside the official boundaries of the Selous but there was electricity and showers. There were also more tourists but it was still very enjoyable. And in this side of the park animals are not running away. ;)

If we have the chance to travel in Tanzania again, we will surely contact Kearsley again.

TIP: Bring your own binoculars!

Recommendation: however with Kearsley's organization everything is taken care of, 9 days camping safari is for adventurous persons only as there is no running water, no electricity, no toilet, no laundry facilities guaranteed.

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9. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Thank you so much for this feedback for a subject that is not aired often enough in this forum. So glad you enjoyed your trip and I am sure others will now follow where you have led.

Thanks again.

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10. Re: Public camp sites in Ruaha and Selous?

Kearskey's is an older well established tour operator based in Dar Es Salaam so am not surprised everthing went okay. Selous and Ruaha are indeed great parks to visit with plenty to offer. Glad you had a great trip.