|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.