Roho ya Selous
From Dar es Salaam it is only a 45-minute flight to the Selous, allowing us to indulge in a weekend safari even if Tanzania is not celebrating one of its many public holidays. It means we only have 2 short days in the park, but we love it. We can re-energise after the noise and pollution of Dar es Salaam, and its many frustrations during the week.
A new lodge from Asilia opened not long ago in the Selous, Roho ya Selous (Royal Selous) and we decide to check it out, flying there early on Saturday morning and returning Sunday late afternoon. It’s relatively close to our normal stomping ground, and we even bump into Zahor, our favourite driver from the Lake Mwanze camp.
It’s a luxury lodge, great food and a nice pool. But we are most impressed with the tents, if you can still call them that. There is only one solid wall, the rest is all fine mash, so we have a panoramic view over the, currently almost dry, lake in front of our tent. We are also fascinated by a Dutch invention wafting cool air around our bed. We don’t need it at night as it feels cool enough for us coming form Dar, but before lunch, when we spend some time relaxing in the room, it feels marvelous.
Three new birds are added to our list, a burchell’s coucal, the sharp-tailed starling and the pretty swallow-tailed bee-eater. And of course we also enjoy seeing the usual birds, including one of our favourites, the black egret made famous by the BBC’s talking animals – ‘night-time, day-time’. Many kudus, zebras, impalas, squirrels, giraffes, hippos, crocs, warthogs, hyenas, a turtle, some monkeys, geckos, and a few lions later, we are back in the little plane on our way home.