Sand Rivers Selous

Life in the Selous Game Reserve

Hi. We live and work in the Selous Game Reserve, overlooking a wide bend in the Rufiji River. People from all over the world visit us, and tell us how lucky we are to live here. We're inclined to believe them.

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Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Back on track

Here we are season is starting again at Sand Rivers Selous! We're back in camp after a quiet couple of months for camp, and we were greeted by our favourite canine neighbours - the wild dogs were on the move.

The team have been busy getting camp ready, who said that Simba is a scout only? He's been showing off his chimpanzee skills climbing right up into the roofs fixing and repairing and making sure it all looks super smart. 

Do you like our new fashion design Land Rover? I am sure you do! We are thinking of this color maybe for the next season to come....

A bit of washing of our natural swimming pool building up the team spirit. 

These two needed a clean more than the pool, but for some reason the team weren't as enthusiastic...

Our little companions Bohm's Bee-eaters (a special sighting for our birding enthusiasts) keeping a close eye on us...

Nomad is working hard this season to cut down on all single use plastic, so we're recycling wine bottles to use for water on our game drives, a great move that will make a huge difference. 

So with all that work and preparations done it is time to rock and roll, The Rufiji River at Sand Rivers Selous is welcoming us again!!! We look forward to seeing you here with us soon. 

Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Year of the Dog

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and this new year is a Year of the Dog. So, we thought, it was the perfect opportunity to chat about OUR dogs, our WILD DOGS! One of the things that we love about Sand Rivers are those fantastic African wild dogs! Such rare animals to see in East Africa but Selous Game Reserve is for sure the place to spot them! And here we are with a pack of 24 of them on the hunt for a wildebeest. It was amazing! Especially when the action unfolded as they had to chase off some pesky hyenas wanting to steal their share of the kill.

African wild dogs or African painted dogs are among the most successful social hunters in Africa. Always seemingly on the run. They have dagger-like teeth, designed for eating meat, and when hunting prey, their bodies cool down remarkably quickly after running as fast as 37 miles per hour (60 km/p/h). They are called painted dogs for the combination of black, tan, and white blotches across their bodies. Wonderful. Each animal has a distinct pattern, but all have black faces and ears, tan foreheads, and white-tipped tails. 

Packs are made up of relatives. All members help rear pups born to the dominant male and female. The packs, which average 9 to 10 adults plus juveniles, are extremely social. So, witnessing a pack of 24 is such a rare thing! Both males and females leave the pack where they were born, but males tend to disperse a year after females and travel farther to new territories. Females in the pack are closely related to each other, as are the males to each other usually. However, males and females in the pack are not closely related to each other.

A pack’s average territory is about 234 square miles (606 km2), but varies based on how much prey lives in the area. African wild dogs aggressively defend their territory against unrelated neighbors and will fight intruders to the death. As you can see, they need a vast territory and unfortunately the decline of these populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and disease outbreaks. We are so delighted to still have the opportunity to witness them here, we take every moment with joy!!

Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Coastal cookies

At Sand Rivers we have a very good relationship with the local airlines, and in particular Coastal Aviation, as they fly here the most. We meet the pilots often as they stay for lunch and sometimes overnight in between flights. We know it’s a long day for a bush pilot with no shops nearby so we send a care parcel of delicious sandwiches and fruit to the airstrip on hot days.

However we need not forget the office and ground staff based in Dar es Salaam who work so hard for us; updating us on guests flight times, flying out staff at last minute requests and always making sure our guests are well looked after. So, to show our appreciation for all their efforts our wonderful Chef Bernadetta baked some cookies and muffins which we sent to them. They were so chuffed with Bernie’s baking that they’ve ordered a chocolate cake for the next round! 

Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Up close and personal

It is easy when on safari in the Selous, to get totally enthralled by the big guys - the big cats, the elephants, the buffalo, the giraffe. All seriously impressive, but when you take the time to notice the little guys, a whole other world is revealed. I met these critters over the weekend, and loved getting up close and personal with their weird and very wonderful designs. Isn't mother nature incredible? 

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Art in the WC

It’s sometimes the small, but special things, that we miss when running around as a camp manager, and I wanted to share one wonderful example - ‘Geoffrey’s toilet.’

Geoffrey is our gardner and has been at Sand Rivers for eight years. Without being told he took it upon himself to decorate the public toilet with a different creation every single day. He comes up with beautiful ideas and it's always exciting to see what wonderful natural display he’s created that morning. Always using local shrubbery and findings (like a baboon skull) he turns it into a brilliant little art piece.

He loves nature so much that we sent him on Nomad's guide training program recently. He has shown such enthusiasm about becoming a scout, which is the first step towards training to become a guide. He just needs a little more practice and guidance with his English and we have no doubt that he will be a super star. We’ll be very sad to lose him in our garden (and loo!) but wish him well in his exciting future with Nomad. Perhaps we can still sneak him in to do his decorations every morning before he heads out on safari...


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