Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hooked on the Selous

                                                           Chloe with the catch of the day!

One of the best watered parks in Africa, the Selous offers more than just the opportunity to hop in a Landrover and go on a game drive. The main life line of the Selous is the Rufiji river, it with its tributaries are thought to contain over 40,000 Hippos and I would not dare to estimate how many Nile Crocodiles bask on its banks. The Crocodiles enjoy a healthy diet of fish, and there is no shortage of them.

One of the more pleasant ways to spend an afternoon in the Selous is fishing, a short boat trip will take you to a prime fishing spot, take your shoes off and jump out on to the sand bank. No experience needed, the rod will be set up and if you want even cast for you! Then you sit back with a cold drink, watching the sunset over the Kipalala hills, listening to the sound of the Hippos and the African Fish Eagles.

You might even catch a fish.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Stormy nights

For my Christmas present this year Chloe bought me a shutter release for my camera, this enables me to open the shutter for as long as I want, great for star photography and also for trying to catch bolts of Lightening. A couple of evenings ago, a large storm passed in front of Sand Rivers Camp, I only have a 100mm lens so I had to pick my direction and hope for the best. After a couple of attempts I got lucky and caught this bolt.So thanks very much to Chloe.  

Lightning causes ionization  in the air through which it travels, leading to the formation of nitric oxide and ultimately, nitric acid, which benefits the plant life below.

These storms are beautiful to watch from the comfort of our lodge.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Puddles+Baboons=water fight

At least when in rains in the Selous there are still plenty of things to keep you occupied, as this troop of Yellow Baboons show, all you need is a puddle and a sense of fun. We look forward to having you come and visit us here at Sand Rivers during the wonderful green season.