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.