The afternoon at Nomad Sand Rivers started in a leisurely manner as I soaked off the dust of the morning’s game drive in the swimming pool, watching the hunched, shadowy figures of the vultures on the opposite bank of the Rufiji River. The hippos snorted loudly and I heard the swish of the resident crocodile’s tail as George slid into the water.
Meanwhile, my husband was waking from his siesta to find two boot button eyes peering at him through the mosquito netting of our four-poster bed. The small, hairy paw of another vervet monkey stretched out for the toothpaste in the bathroom. Sand Rivers felt so much part of the landscape, with its open rooms and resident animals, that it almost seemed a shame to leave for our evening adventure fly camping in the bush.