Selous Impala Game Diary February 2014 - by Charles Joseph Kirway
Charles Joseph Kirway was born in Arusha region 27 years ago, and did all his studies in Arusha, from primary Education, to College, followed by Wildlife studies at a Professional Tour Guide College for two years of Advanced Certificate. Following this he worked three years as a freelance tour guide for various companies in Arusha. Finally he went for Mountain Training as a mountain guide and after becoming successful in that course, worked two years as a Mountain guide in Moshi.
Charles Joseph Kirway, Guide at Impala camp
February 2014 - The Day of the Dogs
Right now I am in Selous Game Reserve, working for Impala Camp. This is my first season in this area and I am very happy working here in Southern Tanzania, getting more experience. This is one of the World’s largest Game Reserves, and I have come across a lot of amazing things which I’ve never seen before, during my wildlife experience in the north.
Coastal Aviation plane arriving at Mtemere airstrip in Selous - what would we do without Coastal!
photo by Ruth Greenfield
One day I was out for a game drive with a couple of guests - without forgetting my driver and friend Rajabu Musa with his terrific bush experience. At Impala camp we team up, two to a car – each team has its own car, driver and guide. That way we get to know the guests from start to finish of their safari – beginning with picking them up at the Mtemere airstrip and ending with goodbye when we take them back there for their flight home.
Selous Impala car on a game drive - photo by Ruth Greenfield
Zebra enjoying the morning - photo by Ruth Greenfield
When we were on the game drive it was such a beautiful morning; we had had some refreshing rain the night before, so it was lovely weather and the wildlife was out in full enjoyment.
Selous Giraffe - photo by Ruth Greenfield
Selous African Wild Dog - photo by Ruth Greenfield
Suddenly, we came across a big pack of wild dogs – an animal which I had never before seen in my whole life of being in the wilderness. African Wild Dogs are nomadic animals that live in packs of 6 up to 40 members. They are the largest African canid and are the world's second largest extant wild canid, behind only the gray wolf. The dog's Latin name Lycaon pictus means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat, which features patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. Each animal has its own unique coat pattern, and all have big, rounded ears. This was a pack of 23 Dogs roughly, and a great morning for every one of us to see such a big pack – which is very rare. We are lucky in Selous – its one of the few places you can see them.