Nov. 17, 2011
-- The African bush might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of romantic world hotspots, however deep in the wilderness of southern Tanzania, the bountiful wildlife seems to disagree! From the diminutive dik dik, which stays with the same partner for life to the male zebra, who will lose his whole herd for his favourite mate, chivalry is evident throughout the Selous Game Reserve, with its namesake Selous Safari Camp offering an idyllic environment for a wealth of Africa’s loved-up creatures.
The luxurious Selous Safari Camp comprises two intimate camps, situated within an open palm forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera – an important water source, which supports a myriad of birdlife and the largest crocodile and hippo population in Africa. While enjoying an evening sundowner on a boat safari, it is common to see the small oxpecker bird, who lives almost its entire life on the backs of browsing mammals! It lines its nests with the hair of giraffe and hippos and even feeds while on top of them.
While many of Africa’s creatures show plenty of flamboyant, flirty behaviour during the mating season – which generally begins in December, some of the relationships visitors can observe from their private verandah, or while on a walking safari or game drive, can appear closer to the need for armour than l’amore. For example, wherever a giraffe roams, you can be sure a lesser-necked beast with a poorer view of potential predators is sure to follow!
Even the smallest antelope in the world – the dik dik, is an important friend to have in the wilderness. Due to its’ tiny size it’s one of the most watchful and paranoid of the herbivores and is always sure to warn friends such as impala and kudu against approaching lions. As the Selous Safari Camp is unfenced, guests can sometimes see evidence of the dik dik close by. Whether it’s hearing one hurriedly scuttle in the bushes at night or spotting one briefly on the sandy pathways, this creature’s big, Bambi eyes are enough to melt even the hardest of hearts – no wonder it’s so lucky in love!
wanting to experience the wild romance of Africa, Rainbow Tours (www.rainbowtours.co.uk / 020 7666 1250) is offering a nine-night safari and beach adventure in Tanzania from £3,270 per person (saving £570 per person). Available for selected departures from 1 July until 31 October, the price includes flights from Heathrow with British Airways, internal transfers, four nights the Selous Safari Camp with game viewing drives in open sided 4x4 vehicles, walking safaris, boat safaris, concession and park entrance fees, plus five nights at the beach retreat of Ras Kutani, all on a full-board basis.
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