Countless little birds flit and flutter in the bare trees just outside the office, chirping away as if they are the only ones not feeling the heat and dusty breeze. Everything else has made a plan to get water and shade – and lots of it, as the earth is parched and the plains are bare of green feed – only dry grass remains to see them through the dry time.
We are very fortunate with the springs situated just below camp – hundreds of buffalo cross the savanna to come and have a sip of the much needed refreshment. They kick up a trail of fine powder as they go, and their bellowing echoes the vast expanse that is our little piece of the Selous.
The hippo pool is getting more crowded day by day; with the temperature rising, so are their tempers, and they can be heard roaring late into the night, fighting for a little bit of space and dignity in what remains of their daytime shelter that evaporates at an all-too-quick rate.
There is a small family of elephants that have made the hill that Beho Beho is situated on their home, they feed on the greenery left around camp and come down to drink at the waterhole daily. There are two tiny calves in the family and it is an absolute pleasure to watch them play and learn about life.
Lake Manze is teeming with life at the moment. Droves of wildebeest, zebra, impala, graceful eland and whatever else are congregating around this water mass, with exciting – and dire – consequences. The lions are having a feast, as are the hyenas. It is easy pickings for these predators – the animals must have water, and so have no choice but to venture into dangerous territory to get it – right into the lions’ den so to speak.
We have seen many hunts and near-kills, and a number of successful ones as well. Plenty of rapacious cats lazing about with full bellies, and that cool confident way of theirs.
The elusive leopard has also been spotted a few times, sprawled very elegantly over a big tamarind tree trunk very near to camp, or staring out from beneath its camouflage in hiding.
July and August’s Employee of the Month Awards went to Saidi – a young and energetic waiter who is never too busy to help, and Heriel, who is 2IC in the bar and always has a friendly smile to spare.
Warm regards from the Heart of the Selous,
Walter, Karin, Werner, Rika, Heribert, Salum, Godlisten, Saning’O and the entire Beho Beho Team