“I wonder where the turtles are now?” my boyfriend asks with a dreamy look in his eye. He’s been asking the same question at least every two hours since this morning, but since it’s impossible to know we merely stare out at the endless blue, as if staring hard enough will give us an answer.
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Battle of the Giraffes

Conrad & Retha Cooke
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July 17, 2017
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Siwandu
Most giraffe duals are graceful affairs. Bulls swing theirs heads at each other, slow-motion, and normally the weaker of the two soon realises that the fight is not worth the spoils. However, when two bulls are evenly matched, the duals can continue for days and may, as it was the case near Siwandu, end very badly for the loser.
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Ras Kutani 25th Anniversary

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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July 14, 2017
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Ras Kutani
25 years ago Selous Safari Company opened Ras Kutani's doors for the first time. Ras Kutani has been a peaceful haven for travellers, to escape the stress of everyday life since it opened in 1992. Situated on the Swahili Coast, the golden, palm fringed crescent of coastline that sweeps from Lamu in northern Kenya to Maputo in southern Mozambique.
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Triple Excellence

Ricus Delport & Pietro Bosman
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June 23, 2017
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Selous Safari Company
We are thrilled to announce all three of our properties have been awarded with Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor - continuing our incredible winning streak!
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Jungle Drums direct to your inbox..

Ricus Delport & Pietro Bosman
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June 15, 2017
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Sign up to our newsletter and receive our exciting news, thrilling sightings and photographs directly from our bush telegraph
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..and Siwandu has ALSO been nominated!

Charles Dobie
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April 10, 2017
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Siwandu
Along with Jongomero, Selous Safari Company is thrilled to reveal that Siwandu has also been nominated for a World Travel Award - Tanzania's Leading Safari Lodge!
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We are delighted to announce Jongomero has been nominated for not one but two World Travel Awards. Our exclusive boutique camp in our quiet corner of Ruaha National Park has been nominated by travel professionals and consumers for both Tanzania's Leading Tented Safari Camp but also Africa's Leading Tented Safari Camp.
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Kwa Heri Safari Season

Charles Dobie
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March 15, 2017
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Selous Safari Company
As we fold away the linens, pack away the glassware, empty the fridges and say goodbye for the rains we look back on a wonderful season made all the more special by hosting you all!
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Karibuni Kids!

George Tolchard & Emma Wilson
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February 21, 2017
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Siwandu
On 20th February we warmly welcomed a dozen children and two teachers from the local school of Mwaseni to Siwandu in Selous Game Reserve - part of our Selous Safari Kids initiative.
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Stunning Siwandu Safari

George Tolchard & Emma Wilson
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February 16, 2017
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Siwandu
A huge thank you to Margrethe Mannes for sharing her exquisite video of her safari at Selous Game Reserve.
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5th Year of winning Travellers Choice Award for Ras Kutani

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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January 30, 2017
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Ras Kutani
For the 5th year in a row Ras Kutani has received the auspicious TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award - not just one but two!
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Green Season Envy

Chris & Samantha Tinkler
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December 6, 2016
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Jongomero
With the rumbling thunder threatening the horizon of Ruaha National Park it is time to talk about the joys and benefits of the Green Season and why, for some travellers, this would be the best time to visit Jongomero!
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Selous Safari Company is privileged to be highlighted in the Tanzanian press, as a company doing their upmost to dispose of their waste efficiently, reducing our environmental impact and helping preserve Tanzania's gorgeous habitats.
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Our staff are second to none, many of them have been with us for over 20 years and this longevity, skills development and passion is seen consistently through our TripAdvisor reviews which are brimming over with incredible comments from our guests. We are so proud to have such a strong, loyal brigade of hard working, fun-loving staff and we try to encourage them to improve their skills with frequent in-camp training.
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More brilliant books for the beach

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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September 6, 2016
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Ras Kutani
A huge thank you from everyone at Selous Safari Company and also from the Headmaster, Mr. Mzanda, and children of Kichangani Primary School for your incredible donations to Ras Kutani over last season – we have just spent 1.8 million (approx. $825 USD) from the charity pot on more valuable textbooks for schools. This is a total of over $1,500 USD spent on their school library over the last year.
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WILD ABOUT DOGS by Louise Hoole

Selous Safari Company
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August 18, 2016
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“I’ve seen zebras crossing the Grumeti; I’ve seen hyenas bring down a baby elephant; I’ve seen a croc take a lion cub. But I’ve never seen the wildest of all the wild creatures, those damned elusive wild dogs.” I nod my head mechanically at the man talking next to me on the four-seated Cessna, but say nothing. We are flying over southern Tanzania and the small plane is making terrifying plunges through the turbulent sky. “They used to live everywhere,” he continues, undeterred by my silence, “all over this land, half a million they say south of the Sahara in packs of up to 100 dogs. Today there are only 6,600 left, and most of those in relict population. This,” he gestures to the vast woodlands below us, “is probably the best wild dog country left in Africa.”
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We are thrilled to announce Siwandu has been awarded not one, but three Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards, which recognises exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels.
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Haven't booked a summer holiday yet? Are you a groom who has forgotten to book the honeymoon? Or are you just wanting to get away from it all and visit a different country, culture, landscape? Then contact your tour operator today and ask about our incredible last minute rates which are bookable 30 days before travel and can save you up to an INCREDIBLE 70%!
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Mkuyu Guiding School at Jongomero

Chris & Samantha Tinkler
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July 4, 2016
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Jongomero
It was wonderful to welcome the trainee guides from Mkuyu Guide School to Jongomero last week and offer them a day looking around and learning about the camp and the lifestyle they could have in the future if they continue with their studies.
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Excellence for ALL

Charles Dobie
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June 3, 2016
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Selous Safari Company
Just before we opened the camps this week we were thrilled to receive notification from TripAdvisor that all three properties within our portfolio had been awarded Certificates of Excellence - what a way to start a season!
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Tagging Turtles

Leo Spiegelfeld & Frankie Hesling
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May 18, 2016
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Ras Kutani
Watching baby breen turtles make their first journey from the shell to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is a treat many of our guests at Ras Kutani get to witness, in fact more and more every year due to the diligent work of SeaSense. SeaSense is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks.
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Desks & Textbooks for Kichangani

Leo Spiegelfeld & Frankie Hesling
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January 19, 2016
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Ras Kutani
A lovely morning was spent with the children of Mbutu Mkwajuni School - a primary school for children between the ages of 4-14 from the surrounding villages - and their headmaster Shaha Mzanda and the Chairman of Kichangani, Omary Mgaza as we delightedly handed over donations for their school.
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It's all in the Game...

Lyndsey Fair
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October 29, 2015
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Selous Safari Company
"There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you have drunk half a bottle of champagne - bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive" ~ Karen Blixen
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STEP together to STOP poaching

Brian Bode
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August 12, 2015
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Jongomero
Wildlife conservation has always been a integral part of Selous Safari Company's vision and manifesto, however with terrifying statistics emerging daily, elephant conservation has become an area that requires far more attention, and soon, or we will have no elephant in the world in under a decade.
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Selous Safari Kids!

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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June 30, 2015
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Siwandu
A few weeks ago we had thirteen very special day visitors at Siwandu - our first group of Selous Safari Kids! The pilot project began last season with the idea of engaging the younger generation of our local community with the importance of tourism for not only revenue and employment but also teaching them that conserving the environment and the wildlife is of the utmost importance for their future life and also for future generations.
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Target Practice

Emiel Mkwizu
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June 15, 2015
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Selous Safari Company
Following on from our recent FGASA Level 1 glory - I just wanted to keep you up to date on how our training is progressing this season. Brian Bode is back with us at Siwandu and been focussing on getting our new Head Guide, Mohammed and also our two new guides, Apollo & Enoch settled in with their new roles.
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Through our love of delicious food, eye for detail, stunning décor and consistent service, Selous Safari Company have always prioritised the wildlife experience above all else. In 1988, Charles Dobie set out to venture into virgin landscapes and seek the purest safari adventure – he found it in Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. On foot, by boat or in open sided 4WD vehicles, guests through the decades have experienced the best Southern Tanzania offers and now the experience has just got better!
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Last Walk of the Season ... Next Season it could be You!

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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March 14, 2015
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Siwandu
One of our final game walks of the season has just taken place at Siwandu... The two guests on the walk were in the experienced and capable hands of Mpoto, our walking guide, and Isaac Rotich, our Gold Member KPSGA* guide from Kenya, who has been helping us at Siwandu with training guides to be FGASA** Level 1.
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Ras Kutani wins TripAdvisor Travellers Choice, 3 years in a row!

Leo Spiegelfeld & Frankie Hesling
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January 29, 2015
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Ras Kutani
Ourselves and the team here at Ras Kutani are absolutely delighted to have been voted Best Hotel for Service & Top Small Hotel in Tanzania in the recent TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award! This elite honor is awarded to the top 1% of all hotels on TripAdvisor, based on reviews and opinions from millions of travellers and this will be the third year in a row we have received this accolade! We are so thrilled because this award comes directly from our guests, who took the time to review our beach retreat and we are so grateful!
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Textbooks for Schools Project

Charles Dobie
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December 19, 2014
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Selous Safari Company
“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General
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Courage of Giraffes

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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November 11, 2014
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Siwandu
For those of us who are sensitive, you may wish to avoid this blog post however it is fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking to see and to hear the cruelty of the natural world. From severe droughts and fatal injuries to vicious predator hunts - the circle of life in the animal kingdom never ends and a perfect example of the courage needed to face this despair happened in Siwandu with our guests Jean Pierre & An
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We are delighted to announce Siwandu as the 2014 Winner of Tanzania's Leading Safari Lodge!
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Best place to see Wild Dog in the World!

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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August 27, 2014
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Siwandu
We are lucky enough to live and work in Selous Game Reserve - from its stunning landscapes to its thrills of wildlife we are invited to experience the sublime. Our guests also are drawn into this wilderness and witness Mother Nature at her very best. And Colin "Wild Dog" Gross was no exception as himself, his wife Barbara and 14 friends watched as a pack of Wild Dog cavorted and played.
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Lovely Bush Video

Lyndsey Fair
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August 14, 2014
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Selous Safari Company
At Selous Safari Company we get so many gorgeous guests who arrive and instantly become family. As Marketing Manager I get the pure delight to read the reviews, feedback and receive countless photos and videos from both satisfiued agents and very happy guests, who we hope to join us again soon.
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Our Elephant Friends

Bas Rosenkamp & Suzanne Scheffer
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July 15, 2014
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Siwandu
As everyone knows - we absolutely adore our elephant at Selous Safari Company and with poaching numbers receeding at a dramatic rate in Selous Game Reserve, they can begin to feel safe again. We are delighted that Mr Kibonde, Chief Warden in Selous and the team at the Wildlife Division have had such success so far - long may it continue!
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Stunning Wild Dog

Brian Bode
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June 21, 2014
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Siwandu
At Selous Safari Company we are lucky enough to have both our bush camps in areas where Wild Dog are found. Selous Game Reserve has the largest population of Wild Dog in the globe and Ruaha National Park holds the second largest population so if you love these rare and beautiful creatures you cannot go wrong by coming to our camps and giving yourself the best opportunity to see them!
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The decks have been swept and waxed, the sheets have been tucked in, the glassware has been polished and the food is being prepared for your arrival! We are delighted to announce the opening of the 2014/15 season and looking forward to hosting our guests from Sunday 1st June!
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We have great delight in announcing that Selous Safari Company camps have topped the bill again! TripAdvisor is a wonderful tool for past, present and future guests and to be recognised for our excellence in our regions by our fellow travellers is an accolade we strive
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When Charles Dobie began Selous Safari Company, he wanted to not only go into virgin, remote, stunning locations and open them up to new eyes but he also wanted strived to encourage "good tourism" - tourism which not only partnered conservation but also strived to be ecologically friendly, to ensure our footprint on the ground was negligible. Our camps have been built with these things in mind and are sympathetic to the environment we have the privilege to inhabit.
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The Honeymoon Safari

Lyndsey Fair
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April 29, 2014
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Ras Kutani
With the next season peeking around the corner why not look at our new Honeymoon Safari itinerary - a wonderful combination of beach & bush, perfect after a busy wedding.
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Yesterday in a presentation at The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism renowned Ivory Room - Charles Dobie proudly passed over cheques totalling 42,500,000 Tsh ($26,563) to Mr Benson Kibonde, the Manager of Selous Game Reserve. (The above photo is press in Mwananchi, a Tanzanian paper)
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Peace for the Elephants

Charles Dobie
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February 14, 2014
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Selous Safari Company
The recent statistics say that within 7 years the elephant will be extinct; no more will these gorgeous beasts roam the savannahs of Africa and those iconic photographs and experiences will be resigned to history. When our children ask about Dumbo and Colonel Hathi we will have to tell them of these magnificent animals which we watched get slaughtered to make bracelets and trinkets.
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Green Season Days at Jongo

Brian Bode
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February 13, 2014
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Jongomero
What a glorious past week we have had at Jongomero! We have had a number of wonderful elephant and lion sightings not far from camp. Just yesterday a herd of ellies were observed a mere 100m from camp. As I always say this is the animals' home and we are only renting it from them - so they are free to roam where they wish and we have to respect and enjoy the sightings they afford u
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Ras Kutani voted Top by TripAdvisor

Leo Spiegelfeld & Frankie Hesling
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January 31, 2014
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Ras Kutani
For the second year in a row Ras Kutani has been voted not only Top Small Hotel but also Top Romantic Hotel 2014 by TripAdvisor and their People's Choice Awards! Ras Kutani is a serene slice of heaven on the Swahili Coast, offering stunning accommodation, sumptuous seafood dishes, endless beaches and an escape into pure relaxation.
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Fabulous Wild Dog GoPro Footage

Ricus Delport & Pietro Bosman
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January 22, 2014
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Siwandu

Terrapin Hatchings

Ricus Delport & Pietro Bosman
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January 20, 2014
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Siwandu
Yesterday we had our first tropical storm for the year and although we had to scramble to get the boats secure, drop all weather screens and hang on to the table cloths and cutlery, it also gave us the inspiration that only the rains can bring after the long dry season and when it eventually cleared and the birds starting singing and a bit of sunshine peaked through the heavy dark clouds, we found a beautiful little baby terrapin at the reception, who was on its way to the lake. I just love Africa!
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Spring Fever

Brian Bode
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January 10, 2014
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Jongomero
"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" - Mark Twain
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The last rays of the day

Emiel Mkwizu
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January 8, 2014
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Ras Kutani
After the heat of the day subsides, Ras Kutani offers an oasis of serenity as the last rays of the day slide beyond the horizon.
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Monster Bugs!

Ricus Delport & Pietro Bosman
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January 6, 2014
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Siwandu
The one thing I really enjoy about the rainy season in the tropics is the amount of interesting insects, bugs and critters that we get to see. From the wriggly worms to beautiful butterflies, fireflies to alien looking monster bugs! This big guy lives in an old rotten log next to the pathway from the pool and isn’t he impressive!
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