Live from Selous

10 August 2009 | Jo Jenkins | Safari and Beach News

Wow not only did the weather provide dry cool days with lots of cloud cover to reduce the heat but the game has turned it on. There has been the most prolific sightings of Panthera Leo, Lion to the rest of us in great numbers with up to 29 lion stalking areas most loved by our guest. Inevitably a guest would have seen lions on a kill and then back to the lodge for ribs for lunch.

Wild dogs are still at their den and we have managed to see the pups on a few occasions,otherwise more wild dogs have been sighted in Beho Beho river waiting for the elephants to dig a hole and leave so they can get a drink. It is going to be tough for many plains herds this year with the Selous drying up and all the water being concentrated in the lakes and has reduced areas for feeding.

However the game viewing is fantastic and you can see right through the bush that 2 months ago was thick and impenetrable. Weavers of all types are busy at this time building nest and getting ready to start little families, our resident water monitors are also breeding under the lodge and mum can been seen daily walking in the bar to get to the hole in the stump. Our cheeky Black faced Vervet monkeys, known to all our guest continue to delight with their acrobatic attempts to steal lunch, but our ever watchful waiters know all there tricks frustrating them in their attempts to steal a muffin.

The tiger fish continue to frustrate the most patient fisherman, tackle flys in all directions when they strike and it’s a fine line in landing the big one or lamenting the fight. Of course there are always enough landed to impress everyone with the fearsome appearance and strength, those who did land tiger fish this month well done.

We have had some wonderful families stay recently and it has been wonderful to watch and listen as stories of safari are retold at night through the eyes of the young and young at heart, the common bond of safari allows everyone the chance to contribute and share the day.

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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