It’s Monday 2nd January 2006 and a Guest Appearance

We had wonderful guests with us for the new year and I was a little sad to be missing the fun in camp and then at Flatdogs to see in the new year. However, I had been invited to Lilongwe for a party and Jo was happy to cover and so was back to being reservationist, caterer and hostess for a couple of day.  I had great fun and even got to see Lake Malawi for the first time – just like flying to the Med from breakfast in fact!

As the rest of the world was at home yesterday we decided to send out an It’s Tuesday this week so that hopefully it will cheer up your first day back at work after the long Christmas break!

We have 3 lovely Canadians in camp at the moment and we asked Dan to write a few words to go along with the wonderful photos he and his wife Shannon have taken so far during their stay – so over to Dan ….

“Well, this is our first time in Africa, and after booking almost a year ago, our expectations and excitement have not been in vain.  Arriving at the lodge in the mid afternoon, we immediately set out on the evening game drive – and quickly saw all sorts of animals (including the 4 of the “big 5” that are possible here).  We were a little worried about the rains but they are not intolerable at all – a little shower here and there and an hour or so later we are out in the park.

Sundowners under stormy skieslioness(Sundowners under stormy skies)

We have all seen multiple close sightings of lions, giraffe, elephants, warthog (bacon) and yesterday we were lucky to see our second leopard sighting in 4 days.


warthogs All the staff here are top notch – from cleaning the rooms to cooking and guiding.  I truly believe that one of the unknown secrets of this operation is not just the game sighting but the food – I will look like a hippo by the time I leave.  All the staff here are awesome, knowledgeable and we are fortunate to have them showing us all around.

Rocky on top of the Chindeni Hills (Rocky on top of the Chindeni Hills – not sure what he has on his head though – Kim)

If you do come here, I highly suggest going to the school (so many friendly and genuine people/children), and if you like adventure ask Rocky to take you to the river outlook. This is a bit of a long 4×4 trek up into the Chindeni Hills and then a hike, but the views from the top hill are amazing.”

views from the top hillon the top hill

One of the highlights this week was a couple getting engaged at Luangwa Safari House – yes it is that romantic a spot!  The chap popped the question to his surprised girlfriend on the deck and she said yes.  I won’t say who it is as it will spoil the surprise for those who have not yet been told but needless to say buckets of champagne followed!

Stay well and all the best for a cracking 2006.
sunset view

Last week’s Christmas Quiz from Robin was for those budding herpetologists who would like to take a stab at identifying this snake. Name the snake

The photograph was taken in December, south of Nkwali, in the park by Vernon Wauliter. It is an extremely interesting specimen.

So – what is the snake – Mr Dana Allen came up with the first correct answer — a Semi-ornate Snake (Meizodon semiornatus).


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