So we are not even home from TZ two weeks--I haven't even finished my trip report--and we are seriously talking about the next trip to do the south in 2014. Even DH brought it up last night at dinner--I almost fell under the table, as he NEVER wants to think about vacations this far ahead!
But I need some input to even start thinking about it. Hypothetically speaking... if we were to have 10-12 days, what would be a good itinerary for Selous and Ruaha? Including travel time from Arusha (or do we need to get to Dar? Are there flights from Arusha?) Either way I imagine we'd need to spend night 1 in either Arusha or Dar before flying out--although hopefully not on the way back.
This would most likely be in July or August 2014. As many of you know, we are birders and would like to get the migrants but that means rainy season (December, maybe over Christmas), not sure I'm wanting to chance that. Would love to push it to about October which might be the best of both worlds.. but that's a very hard time for hubby to get off work.
Would August be better than July in terms of general wildlife?
How to break it up? Should we stay more nights in Selous or in Ruaha? Should we stay at more than one location in each? I'm not really getting a handle on how long it takes to get from place to place, or how different habitats are within each reserve. Three nights in one, four in the other? Then there are extra nights to fill...although we might, might, might try to add on the Usambaras (for new birds) but that might drive the cost up too much. Anyway I'm putting that aside for the moment and focusing on the south.
We'd be looking at mid-priced camps. Without delving too deeply, I'm liking the looks of the Selous Impala...they have a lot of birding info on their website and claim to have expert birding guides. Their Kwihala Camp in Ruaha says they offer night drives and walking safaris which is a plus. But I really have no ideas on what these camps cost as they give no prices...I'm assuming they are mid-range.
Also, which tour operators deal with/specialize in the south? We used Roy Safari for our recent trip and would happily use them again, but perhaps there are more specialized agencies for that area.
I am eager to get suggestions from the experts here, many of whom I know have been to the southern parks. Thanks!