It’s Monday 25th February 2008 and "A Walk in the Bush"

It’s Monday 25th February 2008 and “A Walk in the Bush”

This week we received a lovely email from Penelope Read and we thought that we would share it:

Last June my partner, son and I had a wonderful walking safari with RPS before going on to Kutandala (which was out of this world) and Shiwa Ng’andu. We also managed to hitch a ride up the main road on an African truck into the Tanzania border where we met my Dad and explored his old gold mining spots in the Lupa. Last week I was busy cleaning out my computer room when, under the pile of printed papers, I discovered this little story compiled by my partner and my son whilst I was still in Africa. I am passing it on to you unbeknown to them.


Masumba and Deb cooking breakfast at   Luangwa Bush Camping

“A Walk In The Bush”
by John and Lewis Maconie

We were on a walking safari along the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia when our guide raised her hand to signal danger ahead. The four of us and our guide quickly moved to the nearest cover, the gnarled tree of a large baobab tree.  We lay low and out of sight while the guide assessed the situation. There were buffalo everywhere and obviously very curious of our movements. There were at least one hundred in the herd which would not have been more than fifty meters from our group. As we made our retreat, two old bulls appeared very agitated, snorting and puffing and following us for some distance. They certainly saw us off in a hurry!


This, our first real ‘wild’ experience on foot in the African bush, was soon eclipsed by a confrontation with several lions. We were making our way towards the breeding colony of yellow billed storks with our guide leading and the askari following close behind when suddenly a tawny shadow slinked off into the low bush. There were five of them no more than a stones throw away. No trees to climb, no where to go. Our guide, Deb, told us to hold our ground and if they charged to stamp our feet and make a noise.

A young male moved towards us and crouched in the grass playfully, with the others looking on very interested. We watched them for a while, stopped in our tracks, until Deb motioned us to move forward. She knew they had already eaten, were quite young and it was most unlikely we would be dessert.

A lion's  stareLions

Phew another close shave, certainly we felt that way.

Two amazing wildlife experiences in the space of an hour, there were many more to come and our walk in the bush had only just begun.


Best Wishes,
Penelope Read

Thanks Penny, John & Lewis. We always love hearing about our guests’ experiences, and it certainly sounds like an amazing trip.

Deb Tittle and her team (by  Jill E Snyder)

On another note – Robin had to make a very hard decision last week – to retire Dobbin, his first Land Cruiser, from being a working vehicle. Any of you who have been regular visitors to RPS over the years may remember Dobbin – she used to be blue! Robin was not going to sell Dobbin to just anyone and luckily Simon (our workshop manager/Nsefu guide) put in an offer, keeping her in the RPS family. Simon has big plans for Dobbin and he took it out on a test drive with Kat on Friday to decide on the first repairs.

Simon and Dobbin

Update on Jo (from Robin): Jo has asked me to say thank you to all the concerned people who have enquired after her health and progress. From all we can see the first op was a success and she is getting around with the help of sticks. Her second knee op is on the 28th February – now just around the corner.

Cheers for now


P.S. The photos are not from Penny, Lewis & John’s safari, but I tried to match photos to feeling!

Luangwa - by Chris and Karen Selph


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