Beho Beho Bushblog – Walter – 7th June

Last week we were taking part in an operations induction meeting discussing the up and coming season; also looking at ways we can improve our already great product. Beho Beho has some new team members, me being one of them and all of us are looking forward to sharing time and our passion with the guests coming to Beho Beho. During the induction week, I accompanied Sean on a walk, and we saw some beautiful Bohm’s bee-eaters, flying around with typical fighter plane precision, hawking flying insects. The scarlet red, with contrasting black fronts of the Zanzibar Red Bishops were also seen as the brightly coloured male would move from one thatching grass clump to the next.  And  whilst moving along the Misini river, which flows in front of Beho Beho Camp, we flushed a Malagasy Pond-Heron. One morning whilst walking past Banda 4 we spotted the wild dogs running below Beho Beho across the open plains.

A day was set aside for an outing to Lake Tagalala, to spend the morning doing a boat trip. On our way to Lake Tagalala we met up with the Manzi boys, who are two 7-9 year old male lions, which in lion terms is old and it shows with these two. All battered and scarred, roaming the plains of Selous.

Cruising on Lake Tagalala, we watched as the ancient dragons would slide into the water in large numbers, as we came past in the boat. Lake Tagalala is renowned for its large density per area of water for crocodile and when doing a boat trip on the waters, you can understand why, definitely not a place to go swimming. Often the pods of hippo in the Lake would make themselves announced, as pelicans would swim past.

Our first guests for the season arrived two days ago and we did a walk yesterday afternoon. On our walk we met two “dugga boys” who jumped out from a muddy wallow behind some palms, before hurling themselves away (thankfully in the opposite direction) from us, and once they had reached a safe enough distance, spun around to check on us. Dugga boy is a nickname for old buffalo bulls, which are usually caked with mud, grumpy and often wallowing in mire. This describes the appearance of old men in villages mixing cement made from cattle manure and then using it to wall their huts. Often once the men would be finished with the walling of the huts, they too would have this cement mix on them or what is called dugga.

Today the guests set off to Lake Tagalala. On route to Lake Tagalala we caught up again with the Manzi boys, which were close to the shores of the lake. As typical lions behave, they were making their way to some cover to rest up for the day.

Lots of eland were also seen, these magnificent and heavy set antelope are the largest antelope in Africa, males reaching 840kg, with some records stating up to 900kg and the females, approximately 750kg. That’s roughly the size of a buffalo bull, although a lot more elegant & gracious.

Good times are awaiting and with the season’s commencement, we are all excited and ready to begin.

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