Kiba Point is an intimate, 4-room private camp, which means that when you and your family or friends visit, you get the whole camp to yourself.
Nestled into the bush on the banks of the Rufiji river in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, KP is just about as wild a safari camp as you'll find anywhere. With open rooms to take in the constant activity of the animals, the bird, the hippos, the ellies, and all the other animals make sure you'll never feel too alone.
Thu, Aug 23, 2012
Our guests arrived and discussions started. And suddenly, whithout warning, a thunderous crash came from the right which made us stop in our tracks. Torches in hand we slowly arose from the table (like a leopard from its slumber) and crept towards the pools edge in time to see a huge head and ears emerge from the tree line. The elephants had come to join us for dinner.
One by one they crashed through the trees and into the clearing by the pool. There were ten in total including one very cute little baby who kept trying to dodge his own shadow. One even had the cheek to knock over our newly built barbeque, but having these magnificent creatures no more then 10 meters away was enough to let that one slide.
They stayed with us for the enitre duration of our meal, what a view to have whilst eating. As the elephants ate their supper of bark and green thorn fruit for dessert, we ate ours of pork and chocolate oblivion. Our own little elephants tea party and what a tea party it was!!!!
5 meters away and watch her in awe.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012
Oh, what to do? We knew exactly what to do....a little staff outing to the river side.
With the sun beating down on us and a cool breeze fluttering by we all scrambled down to the banks of the Rufiji River, fishing rods in hand. We took our places, cast the lines and waited with baited breath - even the hippos were watching from the cool flow of the river's rapids.
We were unlucky to begin with, with a couple of beauties biting but not taking, but then, the Rufiji was kind and blessed Thom with a stunning catfish. After this our luck had changed. Tiger fish were taking the bait left right and center.
What a glorious day the Selous and the Rufiji presented us with. Let's just hope that the fruitfulness can continue for staff and guests alike.
Sun, Jun 17, 2012
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
Mon, Jun 11, 2012
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. 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 in front 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 somewhat 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!
Wed, Dec 28, 2011
Since a baby impala is worth hardly more than a snack, the dogs were quickly ready to set off again. Unfortunately, I had to head back to camp but the guests stuck around to see the dogs bolt the length of the airstrip in pursuit of some unlucky impala. Wild dogs run too fast and too far to follow them on a chase, but since dogs are the most effecient hunters of all the large carnivores, it would have taken more than a little luck for all of the impala to escape. Given how well fed the dogs looked the next day, their hunting skills certainly weren't lacking.
Thu, Oct 20, 2011
Dung beetles are very important to the ecosystem, not least because they operate as the bush's sanitation system. To learn more about these insects, check out this fantastic post from Safari Ecology. What caught my attention while watching them was how ferociously they fought to defend their dungballs. Capable of pushing relative boulders ten times their own size, the beetles' strength was never in doubt. Their tactics, however, were fascinating to witness. As a reference, this particular species of beetle is about 2cm long.
This dung beetle is showing excellent rolling technique. They always roll the dung balls with their hind legs while standing on their front legs.
In the cases of competition over the dung, however, what unfolded was a bit more dramatic.
In this sequence, the beetle on the ball uses his American football-style blocking skills to keep the other beetle from ascending the dungball.
The beetle on the ball had spent considerable time moulding giraffe pellets and he wasn't about to let this challenger steal the fruits of his labor.
The challenger sprinted all the way around the ball but the defender never let him get to close.
Eventually, the challenger realized he was just going to have to do it the hard way and he sauntered off to the dung pile to start moulding his own dungball.
In the next sequence, two beetles of the same sex have already climbed onto the top of the dungball. Playing a game of king-of-the-hill, it was only a question of who would be the last beetle standing.
After a brief scrap on the top of the ball, one of the contenders was sent sprawling.
The victor decided to press his advantage and chase the other one off.
In this last sequence, what started as a similarly mild hilltop scuffle quickly took on much higher stakes.
The victor sent his opponent somersaulting 10 body lengths into the air. When he landed, the loser came straight back and got tossed again. This picture depicts the third launching. Who knows, maybe I have it all wrong and they're just performing the beetle equivalent of cliff jumping.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011
|Brian Nicholson: 20/06/1930 -- 17/03/2010|
An uncontested member of the Great White Hunter club, Nicholson began his career as a game officer at the age of 19. He was famed for long walking safaris deep into the Selous, often following its river systems miles into the wilderness. In fact, in 1979, it was Nicholson who instilled the passion for walking safaris in a young Richard Bonham, one of the founders of Sand Rivers Selous and Nomad Tanzania. That expedition was immortalized by Peter Matthiessen in his book, Sand Rivers, which gave Richard's lodge its name. It is in the spirit of that expedition that Nomad continues to do multiday walking safaris.
|Richard Bonham with Sandy and her family at Nicholson's final resting place|
It was a bitter-sweet moment for Sandy, who fondly recalled accompanying her father on many of his long safaris. It was with real pleasure that she was able to introduce her sons to the Selous. Richard Bonham, who accompanied the family, took some time to show the boys what it was like in their grandfather's time.
We may no longer catch 50Kg fish in Stiegler's Gorge the way Nicholson used to, but Adrian still managed to pull out a nice size tiger fish.
Richard also taught the boys how to use a rifle, something Nicholson was a master at as he hunted down problem animals to protect villages near the reserve.
I'm not sure they're ready to face down a tusker like their grandfather used to, but it's a start.
Nicholson will be sorely missed and we at Nomad Tanzania are honored to continue experiencing the Selous that he built.
Fri, Sep 30, 2011
In the left corner, measuring 8ft long and weighing in at 500 pounds we have Trevor the Crocodile.
Ready. Set. PULL!
It was an epic battle that pitted the power house of an ancient dynasty against a smaller, quicker, more agile opponent. Neither could make much headway with the croc keeping his feet well planted while the leopard struggled valiantly to make any sort of progress.
Soon, Lenny the leopard decided to try some different tactics. First came indifference as he pretended to care more about the spectators than the main event.
The leopard realized that he had the tasty end of the impala, so he just sat back and started eating.
Eventually, the croc decided there was no reason to watch the leopard eat when he could be basking in the sun downstream.
Flushed with victory, the leopard stood tall over his prize.
Eventually he picked the impala up, dragged it under a palm tree, and noisily devoured his meal.
Sat, Sep 24, 2011
Sat, Sep 17, 2011
First I stopped off in northern Tanzania for a quick safari. Not too far from Lamai Serengeti, I tracked these cheetah for three days hoping to see a kill. But while they spent plenty of time hunting, I never got so much as a chase out of the brothers.
Without any cheetahs here in the Selous, it was a pleasure for me to spend so much time with these felids.
After that I was off to Ethiopia. The highlight of my time there was a visit to the Simien Mountains, famed for the gelada baboons and incredible topography.
It certainly did not disappoint!
The shaggy, 'bleeding heart' baboons graze on the mountain tops but sleep on the sheer cliffs.
Now I'm happily back amidst the familiar screams of the fish eagles!