Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Tanzania lodge straight out of Hollywood, and two games of chess


Good morning from one of the most amazing safari places in the world, in Africa, living a Travelife.

It's 3 AM and I really should be asleep as we've arranged a fantastic all-day game drive later at 630 AM. 

Our safari team is packing us a picnic breakfast as well.

SLEEPLESS IN TANZANIA




But for some reason, perhaps due to the acclimatization needed for this pretty high altitude, I'm awake and it's pretty cold – so I have had my fireplace lit up.

I slept so well in the Selous, which is the quietest place on earth. Apparently it's one of the last few places in the world where you can go and not hear any manmade sounds.

THREE NIGHTS IN THE QUIETEST PLACE ON EARTH



We spent three nights at the lovely and rustic The Retreat, in the furthermost area of the Selous.

Then yesterday, after an early morning breakfast by the river and a very nice send off by the entire staff and about 30 hippos who'd been keeping us company since we arrived, we took off in a very small airplane from a dirt–road airstrip for Dar es Salaam, and then onwards to our current destination.

THIS IS HOLLYWOOD



We're staying in what is perhaps Tanzania's most famous safari lodge

It's the kind of place that's on the bucket list of many travelers who are into adventure and exotic travel, because it combines the glamour of a Hollywood set with the luxury of seven-star hunting lodge, with one of the most amazing views in the world.

There are 30,000 animals to be seen on the game drives here as well.

CHESS INSTEAD OF GAME DRIVES



But because this lodge is so nice, we decided yesterday to chuck out plans for an afternoon game drive, and just to hang around the lodge. 

We ended up having two very long games of chess over afternoon tea in a room as pretty as a painting, living a never–endingly eventful Travelife

I don't need to tell you who won those two games of chess....

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