I’m writing from the 7 seater Cessna flying back from the Selous Game Reserve to Zanzibar.

The safari was amazing. We didn’t want to leave.

Rufiji River Camp is perfectly located on the banks of the Rufiji River. From our tent we watched hippos and crocodiles in the water or sunning themselves on the sand banks, and herds of elephant and giraffe on the other bank.

We saw so many animals, and very few tourists. I hope not too many tourists find out about Selous! Although I understand from talking to other people that the concentration of animals in the more famous parks is greater and so you see more animals more frequently, but also lots more tourists which they said detracts from the safari experience.

We did an amazing full day excursion – so much varied game – with picnic lunch beside the River. Having longer allowed us to go further and find more animals. I think it depends on the day and where the animals are. We certainly saw more varied landscape by driving further away from camp and up in to the forested hills. Our amazing driver/guide, Nelson, knew how to keep the boys interested for the full day.

The third day we did the early morning safari and saw less animals although being in the bush in the early morning was beautiful.

Lance had a 12th birthday to remember. Various email greetings sent via Peta, the Camp Manager (the perfect hostess) were presented to him and told that a giraffe had delivered them in the mail!!! The day started with a bush breakfast – interrupted by 20 elephants who wanted to share – and finished after dinner with a freshly baked cake brought by the staff singing a Swahili birthday song. It is going to be hard to top this birthday.

The three days in the Selous must rate up there with the best holiday experiences we have ever had.

Antonio, Mrredith, Lance and Milan from Madrid.