Sunday, June 17, 2012

Five New Faces....

As another day shattered the darkness that the night brings we were on full alert, ready to capture all that the Selous through at us. Heading on our first venture alone we crawled along taking in every breathtaking view that we saw. As we cleared the first ridge and dropped down towards what is known as 'The Garden' we discovered the tracks of what we knew was a rather large feline!

As we looked East across the ridge we saw four females and one scruffy male (who had a dashing mohican as his mane) bathing in the morning sun. We edged ever closer, leaving the road slightly behind, carefully picking our route through the gullies and tall grass to get a better look at these magnificent creatures.

Our route eventually brought us out into a clearing to have a perfect view of all and yet there were still more suprises to come....

We looked into a thicket of tall grass and noticed ten pairs of little eyes looking in our direction. One by one those pairsof eyes turned into the cutest little Lion cub faces you ever did see. Nomore than a month old tey had curiosity written all over their faces.

It will be a fascinating journey to follow these youngsters as they go through the challenges that life as a young lion in an unfamiliar world

Monday, June 11, 2012

When One Chapter Ends A New One Begins.

When we first arrived and looked out at the Rufiji gently flowing by we thought, what a magnificent and peaceful place to be responsible for maintaining.Whilst setting up camp and meeting all of the friendly staff we have also had time to explore our beautiful surroundings. We were suprised to find the amount of game that we did in and around the lodge considering that it is such a large expanse of pure wilderness. From the small unknowns to the larger greats the Selous seems full of both big and small suprises.

From the shock of a lone male Elephant right infront of us as we turned a corner, the enchanting call of the Hyena in the evenings, a classic Buffalo charge (still unsure of who had the biggest fright - us or the Buff as it emerged some what ungracefully from the tall grass), to the most stunning sighting of two Leopards and their kill in a Tagalala tree twenty minutes from camp.

The Selous Will Keep You Wondering!