A Tense Boat Ride Across A Crocodile-Infested Lake In Tanzania

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During a recent press trip to Tanzania, I spent a morning on Lake Tagalala in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve.

The lake is teeming with wildlife, including hippos and dozens of bird species. But it's best known for its massive crocodile population, said to be one of the densest in the world.

As we boated around the lake, I was amazed at the number of crocodiles I saw  — one would emerge from the brush and slide into the water every moment or two.

But it wasn't the crocodiles that had me jumping out of my seat. The lake was also filled with flying fish, and every few minutes one would flip into the boat and catch my entire tour group off guard.

Scroll through to see the crocodiles and other wildlife that populate Lake Tagalala and its shores.

We toured the lake in this boat, with sides low enough for a fish to jump in.

We started seeing the crocodiles right away.

There were other reptiles around the lake, too.

It's also home to a diverse array of birds.

And hippos.

Disclosure: Our trip to Tanzania, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by  the Tanzania  Tourist Board, Africa Adventure Company, Singita Grumeti Group, Coastal Aviation, Qatar Airways, Tanzania National Parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and Wildlife Division.

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