It’s Monday 20th June and news from Luangwa River Camp


It’s Monday 20th June and news from Luangwa River Camp

I hope that we are all well and ready for another busy week – this week I am hoping that my feet will be on the ground long enough to spend some time in the office, a phrase that I really never ever thought that I would hear myself say!!

Rob and I have been dashing around the valley quite a lot this week – with mobiles opening we went up with Claire and her team to kick start the season there. The Mupumadzi has got heaps of water in it and also lots of game which is great to see so early on in the season. Daudi has been up there all week and the guests have had some lovely long walks taking full advantage of the cool weather. On one of their walks they were watching an elephant walking towards them and he was so unaware of everyone that Daudi had to make some noise to alert him to their presence – at that point all went their separate ways.

MupumadziBaobab

Anyways, enough of that this week I thought it would be nice to hear from Al at Luangwa River Camp about the season there so far and keep you all in the loop as to what we are up to.

“Well the season opened well, busy with guests and some great game viewing in and around the camp.

Wonky Tusk and family continue to come and visit us on a regular basis, baby Tamarind is growing fast. For those not familiar with this herd of elephants, one of the females in Wonky Tusks’ family gave birth on the 9th December 2010 right outside our house! Baby Tamarind is 6 months old now, and getting bigger and braver every visit, checking out all the interesting bushes and washing lines and enjoying playing with Wellington the older cousin, experiencing mock flights.

Baby Tamarindhippo

The rains are over, and cool, clear blue skies make for great morning drives or walks. The light brings great opportunities for photography whether it is the puku, zebra or the birdlife of the Luangwa Valley.

Right in front of camp we have a pod of hippos approximately 15 in total, also the white fronted bee eaters are nesting in the river bank close to the boat harbour on the parkside.

white fronted bee eaterpuku

Each morning the elephants cross the river close to camp from the Game Management Area to the National Park and in the evening they do the return trip from the National Park to the Game Management Area. A regular route that is taken each day, especially October to December when the mangos are in fruit in the villages! Unfortunately the elephants also go to the village to raid crops and at times they also destroy houses. The villages are trying to discourage the elephants as much as possible using chilli fences and chilli blasting, which is working well to keep them at bay.

ellies crossing the river

Thanks ever so much Al.

So from this side, that is all for another week.

Have a good one

Cheers

Emily

ellies crossing the river

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