wildlife in Selous is similar to that of Ruaha, however we saw many more
giraffe and hippo. We also managed to see Hyena, Wilderbeast, African buffalo
and Waterbuck which we hadn't seen in Ruaha - seeing the hyena in particular
was pretty thrilling (having been terrified of them since watching the Lion
King as a child!). One morning we set up camp for breakfast at a short distance
from a large family of hippo noisily taking a bath. On another day, we were
also lucky enough for Hamidi to take us on a private walking safari which was
absolutely incredible and we saw a mother hippo with her (marginally) smaller
son walking around foraging for food.
We were instructed to stand down-wind
from them because although Hippo haven't got the best eyesight in the animal
kingdom, apparently they have a very good sense of smell! Hamadi was extremely
professional, kind and caring - he had a fantastic way about him that made you
feel like he was very protective of you - almost like a friendly parent.
walking safari and without us knowing, he had kindly arranged for his
apprentice Penda, to drive ahead to the top of 'Rhys' Hill' where there was a
bottle of champagne and some refreshing snacks waiting for us at the end of the
walk. The view was breathtaking and the whole setup left me close to
Rivers lodge itself is stunning and our room was fantastic - it even included
our own plunge pool. The reception area also sometimes houses a resident bush
baby in the evenings which the staff have affectionately named 'Jocelyn' -
she's absolutely beautiful and very friendly with these beautiful saucer eyes!