“Rain clouds come floating in, not to muddy my days ahead, but to make me calm, happy and hopeful.” Rajuda
The rains have come early this season, with a big downpour in the beginning of October. This changed the once dry and desert-like landscape into a lush, malachite green sea of sprouting grass and leaf within a matter of days. The Msini River flooded and washed the hippo pool clean out, and the burning bush stood proudly alight in it’s crimson coat of flowers.
“Emerald slopes became so tall they touched the clouds, and showers painted diamond waterfalls that sluiced down cliff sides.”
― Victoria Kahler, Capturing the Sunset
It really is unbelievable how quickly the turnover happens – you could literally watch the grass grow beneath your toes.
You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain – Dolly Parten
Here in the Selous, the rain is never cold. Instead, it is rather a little reprieve from the hot and heavy air, waiting for the heat to break and bring a bit of freshness to the atmosphere.
Not only does the rain bring new life to the trees and grass, but also to the animal world. The ruminants, so concentrated around the lakes in the dry season, swiftly move away to greener pastures around camp and the surrounding plains.
We have thousands of tiny, dainty little impala lambs, loads of quirky warthog piglets, running around with their antennae tails aloft, and zebra foal moving just as quickly as their gangly legs can carry them.
Of course, with the abundance of life around, there will always be someone to take advantage of it. We have seen numerous lions doing just that. Bibi’s pride, with her family of seven lions continue to roam around camp, and they are often heard calling that low grumbling throaty roar, and their tracks are seen coming through the footpaths regularly.
The wild dogs have been spotted several times; there are four different packs around our area, two of which have pups.
This is paradise. So full of vivacious life and energy.
The Staff Employee of the Month Awards went out to Ally, Kessy and Martin respectively for work done above and beyond the call of duty.
As we are getting geared up for the festive season, we wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas and a splendid new year, to be shared with loved ones near and far.
Warm regards from the Heart of the Selous,
Walter, Karin, Werner, Rika, Heribert, Salum, Godlisten, Saning’O and the entire Beho Beho Team