on 30 April 2015
Turgid stuff, I gave up reading this book in the end. A classic case of keen safari travellers who thought the rest of the world would be interested in their adventures, the problem is that if there were any adventures the author has failed to excite the reader with their writing style.
Give this one a miss, there are other authors who offer more with their offerings. Try The Wilderness Family, by Kobie Kruger.
Sorry, Safari Adventures not for me.
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This book was first published in 2013, has 129 pages, 18 chapters, 22 pictures but no maps. Since 1999, MARY and BOB BERRY have been camping in Northern Tanzania Parks. They leave the winter behind in UK and travel to Tanzania. They get their own tickets and use a safari company in ARUSHA to supply them with a Land Cruiser, driver, cook and all essential equipment and food. In 2007, they had tried RUAHA NP for 4 days. In October 2009, they decided to fly to DAR-ES-SALAAM and take 2 weeks safari in MIKUMI NP and SELOUS GR. Michael was to stay as their cook.
After leaving the chaotic city of Dar-es-Salaam, they arrive in Mikumi at 5.30pm. They visit the hippo pool where a bull elephant was throwing his weight about. It was very dry and the local waterhole was just mud. The main road passed right through the centre of Mikumi NP to IRINGA. Mary knows here birds and their names. Elephants invade their campsite and take their melons. Next, the lions and hyena come close at night. After getting supplies at Mikumi town, they head for 8 days to Selous GR. Mikumi is Tanzania's 4th largest NP. They have lunch at TAN-SWISS Hotel and Restaurant, run by a Swiss national and his Tanzania wife. They take a short route, which turned out to be difficult and full of forest. Eventually they arrive at Selous' Matambwe Gate.
They were staying north of RUFIJI RIVER with a compulsory armed ranger present. They go to Lake TAGALALA campsite in the middle of wildlife and many fish eagles and numerous bird-life = a perfect paradise. All 5 lakes of Selous (river level had risen, silted up and flooded forming new lakes) have prolific bird life. They come across 9 African wild dogs (painted wolves) resting in the shade. It was very hot, even at night. They visit lake MUNZE, lake SEGESE and MAJI MOTO (hot springs). A yellow baboon steals their flour bag and mango. In the forest, there were Angolan B/W colobus monkeys. Next, they move to MTEMERE gate campsite (Mzizimia). After 3 days here and seeing some more African wild dogs, they leave for home in the UK.
In 2010, they went to RUAHA NP, the Great Ruaha River, Udzungwe Mountains and valley, full of baobab trees of all ages. A bull elephant crushed their stores tent at night. 2 green Mamba snakes fall out of the tree. They visit SELOUS again and enjoy the birdlife of lake Tagalala, Segese and Nzelekela. A leopard wandered near the camp at night and the next night, the lions roared very close to their tents. They see African wild dogs again. Hippo fight broke out right in the campsite, sending everyone to climb into trees and termite mount. It was time to leave Tanzania again. They soon see Maasai poachers, as they were leaving their campsite.
In 2011, they return to Southern Tanzania and see QUALEA birds in vast numbers and after the rains the winged termites come out in the million. They get charged by a elephant matriarch. They intend to return in 2014. Me and my wife have not visited Southern Tanzania, but have visited the Northern Parks 5 times. After staying in various accommodations, and as we are now getting older, we now like to stay in lodges or private camps only (SERENA), as we are not brave enough to stay in tents without facilities and being constantly worried about supplies, wild animals and poachers. The tents after rains got wet, cold and soggy and as the ants came out, the situation got worse. We like our own long base Land Cruiser, Driver/guide which gives us our freedom and lets us to stay away from noisy tourists. Our next Kenya/Tanzania safari is in 2014.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa, Frederick C Selous 1890
(2) Tanganyika Safari, Sheila MacDonald 1948
(3) Nylon Safari, Rehna Cloete 1956
(4) Selous Game Reserve, Baldus 1987(2005)
(5) Mikumi National Park, Snelson 1987
(6) Ruaha National Park, Mercer 2005
(7) Safari Adventures in Northern Tanzania, Mary and Bob Berry 2012
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.