That overwhelming baobab tree

13 November 2023 | Janny & John

On November 13, 2023 we started our safari in Dar es Salaam, a vibrant city with more than 6 million inhabitants. Late in the evening we arrived at a small city hotel, where everything was already quiet. The next morning we left for Selous River Camp at 8am, after a night that felt late given the local rhythm of the sun. After a six-hour journey, partly on sandy paths, we reached Nyerere National Park. Despite the problems along the way, such as a stuck jeep and broken nuts, we enjoyed a primitive but comfortable stay on top of a riverbank.

The next day was completely devoted to a game drive. We explored the beautiful nature of Selous with our own open jeep and driver. Along the way we encountered various animals, including elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, impalas and even turtles.

In the Nyerere / Selous National Park we went for a walk, enjoying nature and meeting local wildlife. A visit to a baobab tree, one of the oldest tree species on earth, made a great impression on us.

It is overwhelming to see these more than 2,000 year old trees in full leaf. What power and what this tree has already been through. Overwhelming!

We thought this quote was very appropriate for our times and to learn from: “In African art, the baobab tree often serves as a metaphor for the resilience of individuals and communities in the face of changing circumstances. The regenerative properties, such as the shedding of the leaves during dry seasons, emphasize the importance of embracing change and finding strength in the face of adversity.

During the boat safari we saw colorful birds, crocodiles and were treated to a beautiful sunset. In the meantime we also met other travelers, including a nice group of Italian ladies.

We continued our safari to Mafia Island, where we arrived by small plane. On this tropical island we explored the beaches, went snorkeling at the reef and took a village walk. During this walk we discovered local crafts and met friendly people in Kilindoni, a port town on the island.

The last days in Kilindoni were all about relaxation, but also adventure. We went in search of whale sharks and were lucky enough to see these majestic creatures up close and even snorkel with them. It was an unforgettable experience, especially because whale sharks are so rare.

Our safari ended on November 26, 2023, and we cherish the wonderful and lasting memories of this special adventure.

PS. We really enjoyed ‘green’ landscapes due to the presence of the short rains. This made the wildlife a little more difficult to see, but that was more than made up for by all the trees and shrubs that were fully shining.

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