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Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

There is something magic about flying across Africa, bound for the world’s largest wildlife reserve. The little aircraft, buffeted by tropical turbulence, drones low over an infinity of sparsely-wooded savannah. Somewhere down there are 32,000 elephants, herds of buffalo and a handful of endangered black rhino. The sprawling Rufiji River twinkles in the sun as we approach, before that alarming surge down, down, thud, thump, onto a gravelled airstrip.

Out on the water… It is eerie to chug past the wake of a submerged hippo – at any moment our flimsy flat-bottomed craft could be gliding over the back of an animal big enough to capsize it. The river has risen overnight, bubbles belching to the surface. A grassy bank swarms with saurian shapes. African fish eagles perch on dead branches; white cattle egrets perch on the glistening backs of hippo browsing by the shore.

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Arriving at Selous
Arriving at Selous
On safari in Selous
On safari in Selous
Buffalo, with friends, on the bank of the Rufiji
Buffalo, with friends, on the bank of the Rufiji
A warthog half-buried in its den
A warthog half-buried in its den
Hyena
Hyena
White-fronted bee-eater
White-fronted bee-eater
Bee-eater
Bee-eater
Stork beside the Rufiji
Stork beside the Rufiji
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe group
Giraffe group
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
A lone lion
A lone lion
Bored lion at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Bored lion at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Elephants crossing the Rufiji at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Elephants crossing the Rufiji at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
Elephants crossing the Rufiji
Elephants crossing the Rufiji
Elephants at the Rufiji
Elephants at the Rufiji
Hyena
Hyena
Vultures pick at a carcass
Vultures pick at a carcass
Water Thick Knee
Water Thick Knee
Sundowners at the Baobab Bar, Mbuyu Camp
Sundowners at the Baobab Bar, Mbuyu Camp
Maasai watchmen
Maasai watchmen
Mbuyu Camp
Mbuyu Camp
Under a baobab at dusk
Under a baobab at dusk
Crocodile lies in wait
Crocodile lies in wait
Crocodile entering the Rufiji at dusk
Crocodile entering the Rufiji at dusk
Waiting...
Waiting...
Yawning hippopotamus, Rufiji River
Yawning hippopotamus, Rufiji River
Sunset over the Rufiji River, with hippos silhouetted.
Sunset over the Rufiji River, with hippos silhouetted.