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The Telegraph - September 2012

"...all that's visible is dry African wilderness: thousands and thousands of miles of it"

"From our 12-seater Cessna, which is being thrown around by midday thermals, the only sign of civilisation I can spot is the plane's shadow, a moving speck on the parched ground. Otheriwse all that's visible is dry African wilderness: thousands and thousands of miles of it.

[Richard Bonham] discovered a spot on the Rufiji that many still think is the most beautiful in the Selous. Here in 1984, Bonham opened ... Sand Rivers..."

"The greatest treat of all, though, is to be able to walk with a man who has probably walked this area more than anyone else – and who clearly wants you to fall in love with it too.  By the time we leave, we have watched a crocodile snapping up a fish in its jaws; looked over the expanse of Africa from the top of a hill, bedazzled by the views; marveled at the intricate markings of little beetles, at the cracked bark of crocodile trees, at the convoluted nests of social weavers.  We have tracked giraffe until we are a few yards from them, sat by elephants bathing in a lake at sunset, been startled by a lone buffalo in the thickets…"

the telegraph, September 2012