Recently we received this awesome blog from PAUL OLIVIER who is having a great time on the Malagarisi River…
One of the best perks of being a guide is the ability to get out into the wilderness and scout for unique and exciting safari locations – I have been extremely fortunate to spend the last couple of weeks out in far western Tanzania on the Malagarasi River.
Jacana, where I have had the privilege of staying, is a Legendary Expeditions’ camp; exclusive and scenic, it lies on the western bank of the Malagarasi River and is situated in a dense grove of beautiful riverine forest. Each private tent has exquisite views over the river, with some of the most memorable sunsets in Tanzania seen from the main area.
Known as “the river of evil spirits” by the local Waha tribe, the Malagarasi is the second longest river in Tanzania, originating in the Burundian highlands and, eventually 475 km/296 miles later, spills into the breathtaking Lake Tanganyika.
The evil spirits refer of course to the lurking danger of crocodiles there, many of which I have seen floating past the camp. Rumoured to have been the inspiration behind the story “The African Queen” by C.S Forester, the river transports one back to romantic, bygone days of jungles and adventures in deepest darkest Africa.
The Moyowosi-Malagarasi Ecosystem was declared a Ramsar Site in 2000, the first such declared site in Tanzania- and at 14 000 square miles it is the third largest site in the world.
This pristine area is home to tremendous numbers of the elusive Sitatunga, as well as some of the most interesting and amazing birdlife in East Africa.
This includes one of the largest populations of Shoebills, seen daily with a bit of luck through exploration of the swamp.