Bob and Annie on Safari travel blog

Massive tents (bandas) at Rufiji - very much a family-friendly camp with...

The ever-present noise from Hippos is quite welcome now, we're totally used...

These cute tiny birds loved catching a breezy ride up the river,...

They are just as curious about us as we are about them.

Buffalo taking it easy on the opposite shore to camp - we...

Stunning Kingfisher

This fella decided he'd make a late charge at the back of...

Don't like 'em - but they are everywhere!

This little Kingfisher demonstrated a 20 minute tenderising exercise for us -...

Heading into a beautiful sunset, right on time to see the bee-eaters...


Beautiful Rufiji River - so good to be able to get onto a navigatable river - big enough at this time to enjoy cruising every day on the small pontoon-like boats.

Seemingly impossible, this massive river system we are enjoying will actually disappear within the next few months, drying up to leave just a few seepholes where animals are forced to converge.

Being a Game Reserve, the Selous area includes open game hunting - a very saddening feeling having spent the last 10 days in areas where all animals are fiercely protected. The only safe animal here is the giraffe - Tanzania's national emblem. The side of the river where our camp sits is protected - across the river there is no protection. The animals are distinctly different here in their nature - you can really notice their greater wariness of vehicles and humans. Even though we're on the 'safe' side of the river, the animals regularly move from one side to the other and therefore expose themselves to the hunting activities.

We try not to dwell on this too much.

We enjoy what we can't change (money speaks easily when it comes to hunting) and we think ourselves lucky every day to see more beauty and again a different geography / ecology. Lots more trees, almost jungle-like in places. Same animals, same risks, but very different behaviours.



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