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June 2015

GEEKS: Tanzania. Camping at Lake Tagalala Public Campsite (Selous Game Reserve). Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June 2015. Weeks 10 and 11, Days 69 and 70.

For those planning on staying at Tagalala Campsite let me provide you with 3 waypoints where the signboards for the campsite are. These are at critical junctions and ensure that you reach the campsite via the more used roads which are in good condition. This will prevent T4A from trying to be too clever with non-existent shortcuts or via horrible minor roads.

Driving from the west (Matambwa Gate) the first co-ord is S07 41,495 E37 58,832 ,
the second S07 41,588 E37 59,580
and the final one is S07 41,918 E37 59,737 (this one has the broken sign).

COSTS:

Tanzania. Camping at Lake Tagalala Public Campsite (Selous Game Reserve). Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June 2015. Weeks 10 and 11, Days 69 and 70.

Well I must tell you immediately that we loved Selous Game Reserve. Comparisons are odious but I would rank it top of the 3 southern reserves/parks, followed by Katavi and with Ruaha bringing up the rear. Please remember that this judgement is based on things as we experienced them during mid-June and on another visit later in the dry season, ratings may have differed. This low ranking for Ruaha, albeit by a very small margin, has upset all my preconceived notions.

GEEKS: Tanzania. Camping at Selous Mbega Camp (near Matambwe Gate Selous Game Reserve). Thursday 18 June 2015. Week 10, Day 68.

ROUTE:

Hondo Hondo Camp (Udzungwa Forest) – Kidatu village – Mikumi Town – Morogoro – Msumbi, Mvuha and Dutumi villages – near Kisaki.

Distance and time taken.

8hr 20min, 318km. (This route was mainly on minor roads and therefore slow going).

Route Breakdown:

• Hondo Hondo – Mikumi. Time 1hr 25min, distance 55km, slow minor road.

• After 6km enter Mikumi NP on road to Dar es Salaam.

• Drive through park, limit 70km/hr. Took 45min for 43km.

• Mikumi – Morogoro. Took 1hr 45min for 114km.

Tanzania. Camping at Selous Mbega Camp (near Matambwe Gate Selous Game Reserve). Thursday 18 June 2015. Week 10, Day 68.

This was the day we made our way towards Selous. We left Hondo Hondo somewhat reluctantly as there was still plenty left undone in the area, including a visit to the national park itself and an outing to the Kilombera River and Ifakara area, both recommended for more dedicated birders than I.

Tanzania. Camping at Hondo Hondo (also known as Udzungwa Forest Camp), adjacent to Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 June 2015. Week 10, Days 65 to 67.

ROUTE:

Ruaha Public Campsite No 1 – Iringa – Mikumi town – Kidatu – (on road to Ifakara) - Hondo Hondo Camp (Udzungwa Forest Camp), at Udzunga Mountain National Park.

Distance and time taken: 385km, time taken 9hr.

Route Breakdown:

• Campsite to gate, 18km, time 45min.

• Ruaha entrance Gate – Iringa, 124km, 3hr 20min.

• Iringa – Mikumi town, 180km.

• Mikumi - Hondo Hondo, 54km. [Iringa to Hondo Hondo, 4hr 40min.]

COSTS at Hondo Hondo.

1. Camping, US$7 pppn.

2. Dinner, US$20.

Tanzania. Camping at Hondo Hondo (also known as Udzungwa Forest Camp), adjacent to Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 June 2015. Week 10, Days 65 to 67.

Visiting the Udzwungwa Mountain Forest area was a bit of a shot in the dark. However it had been inspired by some excellent reports on Honda Honda Camp. This camp borders the National Park and word was that this area was so great that there would be no necessity to pay the very expensive park fees to either stay in or even visit the park and so it has proved to be. I also felt that with all the conventional game viewing parks lying ahead it might serve to break the potential tedium of camping amongst the dust of these areas and also a change from the twice daily game drives.

Tanzania. Camping at Ruaha National Park, Public Campsite no 1. Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 June 2015. Weeks 9 and 10, Days 63 and 64.

These 3 nights in Ruaha were wonderful. The campsite was great and although the first day was a bit of a letdown the game viewing was excellent on the whole.

GEEKS: TanzaniaCamping at Ruaha National Park, Public Campsite no 1. Friday 12 June 2015. Week 9 Day 62.

ROUTE.

Kisiolanza Farm (53km before Iringa) – Isimila Gorge – Iringa – Ruaha NP.

Total distance and time taken:

Kisiolanza to Ruaha public campsite no 1, 170km. 4hrs 30min.

Route Breakdown:

Tanzania. Camping at Ruaha National Park, Public Campsite no 1. Friday 12 June 2015. Week 9 Day 62.

We left rather late at 09H15, but had plenty of time to make one of the community campsites at the Ruaha Entrance Gate which was our original intention. We became involved in an interesting conversation with Mark, the longstanding manager at Kisiolanza. He expects self-driver and overlander traffic to be down in the 2015 year by at least 30% and attributes this to a combination of Ebola (ridiculous fear for East Africa) and Al Shabab. This is a pity as we were looking forward to meet more people doing similar trips, but in the opposite direction.

GEEKS: Tanzania. Camping at Kisolanza Farm, near Iringa. Thursday 11 June 2015. Week 9 Day 61.

ROUTE:

Mbeya – Makumbako – Sao Hill – Kisiolanza Farm (53km before Iringa).

Total Distance: 275km.

Time taken: 5hr.

Route breakdown:

Mbeya – Makumbako, 165km, time taken – 3hr.

Mukambako – Kisolanza, 110km, time taken – 2hr.

Road conditions:

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