It’s Monday 6th December 2010 and an amazing thing to see

Before I start I would like to reinforce that thanks to a good number of our guests over the years, Kawaza School Fund has been one of the biggest successes in the Luangwa Valley. It has grown from supporting 1 to 4 schools (Kawaza, Nsefu, Kapita and Katapilla). After these 20 years of sustainable growth we found that further growth would require a dedicated management team. With full time managers far more can be achieved. RPS has joined forces with many of the lodges in South Luangwa to bring their various community projects under one roof. And so Project Luangwa was born.

Project Luangwa aims to improve the long term economic standing of the community by developing and improving education in the area. This includes raising the standards of up to 20 schools in areas of the community that have previously had little or no support.

The Kawaza School Fund is now wholly managed by Project Luangwa and still receives the same high degree of support from Robin Pope Safaris that it always has had. This means that we can only succeed with our guests continued support. And we will keep you updated about the Project planning, development and achievements.

Back to the bush, I received a good slot of beautiful pictures from David White, a guest from UK that was recently with us. Unfortunately the space is limited and I can’t show them all. Of course I asked him to tell us how his time was in South Luangwa. So here it goes:

“We had already been to South Luangwa twice before, should we go back, or try somewhere else? Having thought about it for about two minutes, we decided to go back. We love everything about South Luangwa, the wildlife, the bush, and love all the Robin Pope camps. Would we be disappointed this time, should we have gone elsewhere? Only time would tell.


We started at Nkwali, with the charming vervet monkeys in the trees above our room. Apart from all the wonderful animals, the birds are just so stunning, the carmine bee eaters & of course the lilac breasted rollers.

Carmin bee eater   Carmin bee eaterCarmin bee eater   Carmin bee eater

Thanks to Zebron, our amazing guide, also Emma & Tim who looked after us so well (especially the champagne reception at sundown in the bush!).

We then had three amazing days walking in the bush with Deb Tittle. It’s difficult to convey the excitement & thrill of being so close to nature. Hippos loomed large in the bush!! & on water!

hippohippo on the run

leopardDeb, scout and guide

We saw so much, so close. We tracked lions & leopards, and saw a herd of about 500 buffalo within 50m. An unforgettable time, sincere thanks to Deb & her team.

giraffegiraffe at dawn

We then walked with Deb to Nsefu. The sausage tree flowers were being enjoyed by all. The following morning as we were having breakfast with a wonderful sunrise, I said to Daudi ‘what we need now is a giraffe to photograph with the sunrise!’ Well, would you believe…, not one but two, just outside the camp! We saw one again later with two babies

lion pridelion pride

lion pride   lion pride

Daudi knew there were some lion cubs recently born, but had not yet been introduced to the pride. Imagine our excitement to be among the first to see them! We had a wonderful time just seeing the cubs playing together.

lion pridelion pride

Thanks to Irene for being a lovely hostess.

elephantbateleur   bateleur and fish eagle

Finally we moved on to Tena Tena, we do love it there! Simon shared my passion for photography which was lovely. The eagles are the most wonderful birds & to see a bateleur flying to a fish eagle & fighting over a meal was exciting! Needless to say the fish eagle won!

lionesslioness and cubs

On our final evening we were watching a lioness walk into the bush, only to reappear with a tiny cub in her mouth. An amazing thing to see! Even though it was getting dark, thank you Simon for the early starts to get the sunrise, also to Lucy for being such a great hostess.”

Enjoy your week.


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