Sand Rivers Selous

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

The Selous Game Re­serve cov­ers an area slightly larger than Switzer­land and is a vast par­adise of un­touched forests, hippo-filled lakes and emer­ald-green flood­plains in the lit­tle­vis­ited south of Tan­za­nia. Amid this raw, un­touched beauty is a small lux­ury lodge, built from stone and ebony and set on a cliff above the Ru­fiji River. The eight open-fronted cot­tages of Sand Rivers Selous over­look the big muddy river, which pro­vides never-end­ing en­ter­tain­ment thanks to pods of yawn­ing hip­pos, men­ac­ing-look­ing float­ing crocodiles, un­gainly gi­raffes bent dou­ble as they lean down to drink and herds of ele­phant splash­ing each other in the muddy shal­lows. In the evening, head up­river in a ca­noe with a pic­nic and a cooler box of gin and tonic, keep­ing your eyes peeled for preda­tors lurk­ing by the wa­ter’s edge and the tell­tale bub­bles of an an­gry hippo com­ing to claim its ter­ri­tory. It’s also a birder’s par­adise, with bee-eaters swoop­ing across the plains and fish ea­gles perched above the wa­ter—in fact, the only crea­tures you won’t see much of are your fel­low hu­man be­ings. no­mad-tan­za­

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