Passage to Africa
Wild at Heart - African Magic
For those looking to escape the 'norm' and travel to a destination that is far, remote and truly wild, consider Tanzania. Think unexpected wildlife encounters, tracking chimpanzees, butterflies and wild jasmine, exclusive safari camps, barefoot lakeside luxury and a remote peacefulness unfathomable to most busy city dwellers.
We sent journalist Roger Balch of the Australian Financial Review to explore Ruaha, Katavi and the Mahales Mountains - intrepid corners of this wild country - and here's what he had to say..
"I've just had the most amazing elephant experience ever!" exclaims safari-goer Karen de Willimoff after a herd of five elephants strolls through our camp in south-west Tanzania.
She's just discovered in the most startling way that, in the remote camps where we're staying, the wildlife still has right of way.
Less than an hour before breakfast, the family of elephants including a couple of youngsters had been gently swishing through the bushes and rustling the trees between the guests' tents, tugging branches down with their trunks and folding the greenery into their mouths. And then they strolled down the dusty path towards Karen and her husband's tent, pausing just the other side of its zip-up flap for an excellent photo opportunity.
Close encounters like this are a frequent occurrence at Chada Katavi, a luxury tented camp on the edge of a large floodplain in Katavi National Park, one of the biggest and richest wildlife areas in East Africa and far away from the mass tourism of destinations such as the Serengeti... Read more