Beho Beho Bushblog – Heribert – 25th October


In May 2010, I had no idea how my life would turn up as I joined a new family. This was the first time I came to Beho Beho as a member of the family. I was welcomed with warm hearts and friendly faces. A year went by and then another, then a few more years. I just couldn’t think of a better working environment let alone how pristine the Selous is, and so more years went by. Sadly the life of man is prone to changes and that time for me has come. It is a sad feeling that I have to leave the Beho Beho Family at about six and a half years old.


We have shared a lot of fond experiences, whether when you visited Beho Beho or just by reading a blog posted, all in all these have been some of the best years of my life. The experiences, the knowledge and lessons learned will always be part of me and hopefully be an ambassador to the uniqueness of Beho Beho.


It would be unfair if I leave without conveying my sincere appreciation to the people that moulded me to the product I am today. To Mr. Charlie Bailey for giving the opportunities to travel and learn. As a father guiding me through my growth in the industry. To Mr. George Crossland, your words of encouragement made it possible for me to persevere in hospitality, one could not ask for a better mentor. Sean Lues, Sacha Toroni, Ian Kruger and Walter Juber, all played an incredible role to make me the walking guide I proudly am today. There is a long list of people to mention and perhaps just a general thank you will do. A big thank you to the Beho Beho team for the support and cooperation over the years.


I move on to another chapter in my life, close to my little family. As bad as it feels leaving the bigger Beho Beho family, it brings great excitement to the life that awaits me. We all hear and read from our blogs of how the animal world works, I always like to compare their behaviour to those of humans. Here is one good example, when a male lion reaches puberty he is bound to leave the pride and move on to start a life of his own. Groomed and shaped by the entire pride there comes a time to go and put one’s self to the test. I think of myself having reached my puberty in the family and it is time to put myself to the test.


I believe this will not be the last of my stay at Beho Beho, and I do know for sure I have a family. I will hold the memories dearly and hope to keep this relationship as alight as it is.

Most of us will have followed from last year of me getting married, exactly two month ago we were blessed with a baby girl, all the more reason to leave and get closer to my family.


Let me stop here, I know for sure I can write a lot more, but I also know words will never do justice to what the Beho Beho family at large has done for me. So sadly this might be the last blog I do, but I hope we will all keep in touch and hopefully work together again in the near future. There is a saying in swahili that goes, ” Milima haikutani ila binadamu hukutana”. This means, ” mountains dont meet but humans do”. In our daily wanderings someday we will cross paths and that day will be joyous. Until then, I wish you all a happy rest of the year and a joyous holiday season to come.


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Beho Beho Bushblog – Roel – 24th October

roelblog One of the first drives I did after my leave, I went Ikuka in Ruaha NP and it is highly recommended, was with Matt and Natasha. We decided to make our way down to Lake Tagalala and Lake Nyamaruba looking for whatever would come along. It turned out to be a very pleasant morning and we had some great sightings and experiences but the one that stands out was after our breakfast.

Bumbling along we noticed some vultures and a Bateleur Eagle sitting in a tree with about eight Spotted Hyenas lurking around underneath it. Obviously we went in to investigate what was the attraction to all of them. On approach a big male Yellow Baboon fled the scene, leaving us a bit puzzled as to what the situation was. While we were looking around the carcass of an Impala fawn was spotted up in one of the Short-Thorn Clusterleave trees. And so it all began to make sense, the baboon was the likely killer of the young Impala and the others were waiting for the opportunity for a meal.

As the baboon had left, the Hooded Vultures quickly moved in to feed, in the mean time most of the hyenas moved off to shadier spots as it was getting quite hot by then, but one or two still lingered hopeful of scraps. By now more vultures started to arrive, drawn by the activity of scavengers on the ground. Two of the White-Backed Vultures quickly pushed away the Hooded Vulture (White- Backs are bigger and thus more dominant) and started feeding eagerly. But their greediness was punished as they dislodged their meal from the branch it was perched on and it dropped down to the ground where one of the hyenas grabbed it.

As the first hyena tried to make off with its prize it was quickly followed by two others and a race ensued. Eventually the followers caught up and after a scuffle a younger/smaller, but clearly more dominant, hyena made off with the spoils. Hyenas have a very hierarchical society where young females obtain the rank just below their mother’s, so that is how a much younger individual can dominate a group of older members of the same clan.

After this great sighting we found evidence of two more young impala caught by baboons, something that is not unusual as the youngsters are easy to catch and a good source of protein for the big male baboons.







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Beho Beho Bushblog – Tricia – 8th October


  It never gets old.


Many of our guests are seasoned safari goers. Some have been to Beho Beho multiple times. But every now and then we have guests who choose Beho Beho for their first safari.


I watch them with nostalgia as they experience everything for the first time. They walk into the lounge and chins hit their chest as they take in the view. The rolling hills into the valley, and forests and plains for as far as the eye can see to the east. These first few moments are magic as they experience the nature of Selous in all of its splendour. And it only gets better as they see their firsts: first impala, giraffe, elephant, lion. You know the list.


Jan and Mike arrived yesterday. Though she’s been coming to Tanzania for five years, she has waited until her husband could join her before going on safari. At lunch, we were visited by a bull elephant. In a moment Mike captured the scene for their kids back home. Here is our lunch table, and HERE are our special visitor!


The bull drank and bathed from the waterhole blissfully unfazed by the audience behind him, and after a few minutes continued on back into the bush from where he came. Not long after a herd of 11 elephants materialised from the bushes and congregated at the waterhole. From one to eleven in one lunch! Two babies within the herd entertained the lot of us – seasoned and newbie alike – as they fiddled with their trunks trying to figure out just how to drink up the right amount of water.


Guests always say ‘but you must get used to this.’ I never get used to it. It is a part of my very blessed life, but every sight, every sound, every smell in the bush is something I cherish.

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Beho Beho Bushblog – Saningo – 7th October


Our location at Beho Beho is a good vantage point as we have permanent natural springs just in the front of camp. This natural spring close to our camp provides us nice hippo sightings at our hippo pool, and also from the late afternoon, at dusk we get some hippos coming over to camp grazing at night and also to drink fresh water from the our waterhole that at the moment we fill often as its getting much use at night. Some herds of elephants are among the big game that roams around, close to our houses and in front of the guests’ bandas.

These springs in front of our camp provide a place for some nice herds of game to come to drink. By having the game coming to drink it makes big predators like lions, spotted hyena, leopard and wild dogs move closer as they attempt to hunt.

This week to welcome returning guests, the lions made a kill close to the Beho Beho airstrip. That really was a good welcome for our guests, Sonya and Mr Tim, who had been here in the 2014. Wow, it was my pleasure to meet them once again as we have been keeping in contact since their first stay at Beho Beho. Having these lions was more than exciting! Although the kill was in the sun, these lions were just lazy, sleeping in the shade, but keeping their eyes on their buffalo kill, so we spent a few minutes with them before we went to camp.

Late afternoon we headed out on a drive and went to the lions to see if they were active, but it was still a little bit early, so we continued for some game viewing and bird watching, but later on as we were driving back to camp and the sun was already set, the lions became active, trying to finish their kill before hyena start challenging them. It was so nice seen them ripping apart their kill, and as it was already dusk I didn’t want to spend much time shining my lights in their eyes while they were feeding, so after about six minutes we head straight to camp to do some feeding of our own.

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Beho Beho Bushblog – Heribert – 30th September

heribertblogWe all know, wherever we are, all corners of the planet that the weather has shown a big change over the last couple of seasons. It is no wonder then that we have rain in Selous. It is amazing to see how water brings hope, to everything brown and dry, the rain cleans and nourishes every thirsty root.


It is my hope that this is not just a bluff. The Impala have started calving and not long to go the wildebeest will follow. Mega herds of buffalo with calves ranging between 300 and 600 strong. All these little ones bringing fresh blood to our ecosystems and need this precious resource to survive. The mothers need lush vegetation to produce the most important meal, “milk”. If they are not healthy they will become prey for a healthy predator.


The Beho Beho area this season has been a harbour for hyenas. A few days back we tracked and discovered two hyena kills in a night, all within less than a mile. That night an impala stag and a zebra mare were not fortunate. By early morning there were only horns to tell of the impala and a skull for the zebra. Who said hyenas only scavenge, they are actually better at hunting than the well-known big cats. I think it is only right to call them opportunists, it describe what they actually are better.


With the hyenas however, came the difficulty to find other predators. Lions have been living a more secretive life or even move away from the area. The prides we know still surface from time to time to reassure their claim to the territory. With all their pride, when you have so many hyenas you probably want to dine quietly and really watch your back. About a couple of months ago, a lioness fell victim to the powerful jaws of a pack of hyena.


Also Leopards have been very cooperative the last couple weeks.

As I always say, the Selous never fails one, its beauty and mystery is hard to put to words. A week ago, I went on a drive that turned into the drive of the week for me. In less than two hours we saw four of the big five, started with a coalition of six buffalo bulls and went bigger to a beautiful breeding herd of elephants. On we went and along the Beho Beho River and saw a young Leopard perhaps a year and a half going on two. She was very shy so did what leopards are good at and disappeared from sight. As we came out to little serengeti four lions took shade under a Balinites tree, after a few mins we then found out the bonus to this particular morning, a prime young female was on honeymoon with one of the two males…. ooops, there were two males and two females… anyway, as I observed more, I realised the older female was one from a pride we called the phantom pride, she is an enormous breed for a lioness.


Every season is different and it will always be, nature is full of wonders and we can all enjoy it responsibly.

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Beho Beho Bushblog -21st September

saningoblog  It has been so busy in terms of game sightings out here. Gladly the wild dogs that have been scarce for a little while started popping up right in front of camp. It was a good active week, early in the morning’s hyenas and wild dogs confronted each other. As both species are predatory animals, food competition could have been the main reason for the confrontations. With wild dogs having a high success percentage in hunting, it sometimes means the hyenas follow them and attempt to take over the kill that the dogs have made, but this depends on the numbers of the two predators, big numbers are needed to win the confrontation.

The other day we spotted the dogs from camp and, as I had not seen them for a while, I went out to look for them. From the front of the camp they moved towards the Beho Beho airstrip this just took a few minutes for them as usually they travel quite fast, I did spend a nice long time with this pack, as I was kind of tracking them , but at some stage I saw one female that was coming back to the rest with wet and red lips which told me that she had made a kill somewhere. It was fun watching them greeting her, licking, whistling and after a little while she started leading the rest right in the thick forest that I couldn’t manage to drive in to, so I decide to drive via the fire break road. When I drove half way I saw a very fresh impala kill that was made by wild dogs as I could see the foot prints in the ground, so I definitely thought that the leader was leading the rest toward this kill. After a short while I started to hear them running, and finally I saw the leader with the rest following behind, it was so nice watching them ripping apart their kill.

The rest of the entire game is incredible at the moment, including nice herds of buffalo, kudu, wildebeest, elephants and troops of baboon as well as prides of lion. There is one unique buffalo cow that looks white, actually as mentioned by Roel in his last blog. Scientifically its call Leucism which means the situation of an animal to have loss of pigment, for this cow loss of pigments made it look white. An interesting thing about this cow is that it has a calf, and its calf is pure black as normal. In the wild everything can provide you a great wonder, beside the animals, birds and vegetation even the landscape can also provide it’s unique atmosphere, late afternoon out on our activities we usually find a nice spot that we can end up our day, and enjoy seeing the sun going down in the west, it always give a nice red color in the sky especially on days with not many clouds.










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Beho Beho Bushblog – Roel -15th September


As I went out the other day with Anna and Andrew towards the Hippo Pool for an afternoon drive we got a bit distracted on the way there. As we were bumbling along I noticed a Lilac Breasted Roller flying into a tree carrying what looked like a frog. Now I have seen and photographed hundreds, maybe even thousands of these birds, but never with anything else than insects, even though their diet descriptions in the books do include small vertebrates and amphibians.

So we went a bit closer for a good look and indeed it was perched in a tree and smashing the hapless frog against a branch. It does this to kill/stun its prey and dismember it or soften it up before trying to swallow it. We enjoyed the view for a while but as the bird moved a bit leaves got in the way and we carried on, we were on our way to the Hippo Pool.

But again we were halted in our tracks as we found some Elephants in the forest along the Msini River, there were three younger bulls about to cross the dry riverbed. Of course we stopped for a look and some photos. As the bulls descended one by one they felt a bit exposed and vulnerable, for a heavy creature like an Elephant going downhill is not easy. But luckily there were a few Yellow Baboons around to take the brunt of their frustrations.

In the end we made it to the Hippo Pool where we were greeted with lots of honking, wheezing and the lovely smell of Hippos in stagnant water. But you have to visit here to really appreciate it. Sundowners we enjoyed in one of my favorite places where you look out over the Msini forest to the east and the sunset and the hills to the west.

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