On Safari at Selous, Tanzania
Have you ever thought about going on Safari but never got round to it? This was my first Safari in 2010. Your first safari is life changing. This might sound cliche but this is how I felt. Being in a natural environment where the food chain of predators and prey is clear and survival is the goal. Seeing a pride of lions eating their kill and being fat, full and lazy after. I found the sound of bones being crunched and the ripping of flesh by the female lions quite frankly terrifying. When our guide asked if we wanted to get even closer I was the only one in the group who wasn't keen as I couldn't see an exit strategy ha!
Lots of beautiful things to see such as a herd of elephants wandering to the lake. Zebras and various animals all taking a drink there and driving parallel to a herd of galloping wilder beast so you could almost feel their adrenaline and determination! Actually seeing the Milky Way because there is no man made polution. Hearing animals moving around at night and then seeing their trails in the morning next to your cabin. Having a Maasai to escort us from our cabin to breakfast/dinner and one time having a large elephant blocking our path with flapping ears which is not a good sign!
We were incredibly lucky on our three day safari, we saw five prides of lions and even a pack of wild dogs and we were so close to these amazing animals. Also we were the only car on the road all of the time. The last thing you want is to be on the road with lots of other vehicles to scare the animals so we were very fortunate. We stayed at Selous Impala Camp which I totally recommend, the hospitality was second to none and all the staff were amazing. Thanks very much to Gerard and Areedy for being our guides and saving us from killer bees, seems that everything is dangerous out in the wild!
To get to Selous Impala Camp from Dar Es Salaam we flew with Coastal Airlines in a Cessna 12 seater and when picked up by Gerard and Areedy at the bush landing strip we immediately went on Safari whilst our bags went to the camp which was exciting and unexpected!
At the end of our safari experience we flew to Zanzibar for some R&R at Nungwi. The drive to Nungwi was fairly dull, the only interesting thing being the brightly dressed women walking along the road carrying goods on their heads. After driving along dull grey roads, when the gates opened for our hotel into a paradise beach there could not have been more of a contrast. The sea is a beautiful turquoise colour and the sand is a gorgeous white, just amazing! We stayed at the Z Hotel in Nungwi which has a lovely breakfast area overlooking the sea and a great infinity pool. It has a lovely stretch of private beach and there is a handicraft market 200 yards away where you can buy locally made goods and paintings.
After Zanzibar we headed to Stone Town for a couple of nights before heading back home. Stone Town is an interesting place and we stayed at the Dhow Palace Hotel. We went to Africa House Hotel to their rooftop bar for sundowners which gets really busy and is worth going early. I have great memories of a big group of friends enjoying the last of our holiday here. There is a nice view of the sea.
Will always remember this holiday as one of the best ever! I was with three friends and we had the best experience. If you are thinking about doing a Safari then do it for sure, you will not regret it.
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