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Jul 17, 2013 - Last night's sunset and a new day awakens . . .

Up at 5:30 again for an early morning walk with Haule and Rajab. Haule does this walk every morning carrying a very large rifle, just in case. Safety briefing was interesting with specific instructions regarding elephant, hippo and buffalo who are all unpredictable and therefore dangerous. Apparently any cats we come across aren't our main concern. The walk is unstructured and based around the animal tracks found, scats, vegetation, birds and insects we came across. The walk finished by the airstrip where we were picked up by a vehicle and...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Our last morning on safari - cruising the Rufiji River

Late start this morning – breakfast at 7 and river cruise at 8. What a lovely way to finish our safari holiday, plenty of hippos, crocs and elephants. Disembarked on river edge close to a pod of hippos basking in the water and scattered a few crocs for a drink and leg stretch. One elephant was particularly entertaining. A young male on the river bank who made several mock charges, threw things around with his trunk and tried so hard to uproot a small tree that he almost fell over. He appeared to be embarrassed by this and backed off into...

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Jul 17, 2013 - A final few shots of the river before we fly back to Dar

Well, this is it. Our last couple of hours officially on safari. We say goodbye to Selous, and enjoy another exciting hop-stop via Zanzibar (overflying Dar es Salaam) to pick up pax from the island before finally landing in Dar and back to our very first African hotel - the Tanzanite Executive. We spend a quiet night in with some takeaway, and prepare for our return to Dubai the next day. Goodbye Tanzania - we have loved every single minute.

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Jul 16, 2013 - The start of our first full day at Rufiji - bird heaven while the water's still around

Up at 5:30 to get ready for breakfast drive by torchlight. Our walk to the lodge at 6:15 could only be described as “first light”. We wouldn’t have ventured out unaccompanied in other camps but the size of the camp, location of staff quarters (along our path) made us less concerned about the possibility of animals in camp. The noise through the night supported this as we only heard hippos snorting and splashing as they entered the water. Game drive off to a slow start, plenty of nice birds but very few animals. Stephen and Severine also...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Day 1, more surprises after a very quite start

We came across a young male in a very bad way - looking very battle-scarred and drained after what was probably his first move into adult-hood by being shown the door. He managed to persuade a couple of strong looking healthy girls to go ith him, so he should be OK. So many grazing animals here - all very close by, and it's quite a shock sometimes when we turn a corner to see them. Not used to there being so many trees after spending the last week out on the plains of Katavi and Ruaha.

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Jul 16, 2013 - Day 1 draws to a close

What a fabulous day - again! Selous is such a different experience, even with similar animals. Elephants, giraffe, impala, zebra, wildebeest and other animal groups all mixed together in an open space. Very different vegetation and topography here, forested riverbanks (very Garden of Eden) rather than open plain. On return an early shower for sundowners, hippo watching from the cliff top and sunset that is reputed to be spectacular from the lodge looking down the river (it was).

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Jul 15, 2013 - Katavi to Selous

Terribly sad to leave Katavi - but also looking forward to our next adventure at the Rufiji River Lodge, Selous. An early flight for us to our first camp - Ruaha - then on to Selous in a (slightly) bigger plane where we joined two lovely families travelling together - French families living in Switzerland. It was a great flight - lots of amazing scenery this time with farmlands and massive sand rivers in dry plains broken occasionally by mountain ranges and the large township of Iringa. As Selous is fairly close to Tanzania's coast, seeing...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Selous and Rufiji River Camp

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...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Our first night at Selous and those amazing bee-eaters

Afternoon cruise was very good particularly the bee eater colony and sunset on the water. Booked on all day drive tomorrow starting at 6:30 with breakfast in the bush so another early night required. Dining at Selous is different to other camps in that tables are moved outside, lovely to be under the stars - and we're widely spread out. You don't really get an option to dine with anyone else at your table - more of a defined group / family atmosphere. Plenty of people around, though, which is a nice change even though we've enjoyed the...

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Jan 17, 2009 - Looking at more animals in Selous

By the way, thank you everyone who sends us a post on the webpage. It is nice to know which of you are reading and enjoying it. While I wait for Rikke's and soren's safari to finish, I decided to go to one of the neighbouring beaches in Dar and pitch my tent at one of these guest houses. You might think I’d be bored just hanging out here. Nope. Rikke has provided me with some Danish lessons, which she spent what I presume to have been 10 hours putting together. She put it on our new laptop that soren brought us. I almost forgot the other...

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