It’s Monday 9th October 2006 and the Success Story

It’s Monday 9th October 2006 and the Success Story

Firstly, some of you may remember a baby warthog that we found abandoned at Tena Tena last year. The tiny wartlet was taken to Chipembele Wildlife Centre where they named her after the Tena guide who found it. Well, a year on and Rocky has not only survived but had triplets. Anna from Chipembele sent us these photos. Jo Pope is well know for her views on human interference with wild animals but on opening the photo was heard to exclaim – oh how cute!!

RockyRocky's litter

Lioness in treeCrocodile on hippo Meanwhile a couple of guests have sent in photos having returned from their safaris with us. John & Janet Gissing were with us in September witnessed the whole episode of the lion climbing the tree, its siesta, & finally the descent backwards for it to amble off with the rest of the pride. They sent me this wonderful photo of the lion up in the tree.

Steve Crawford has sent us a photo of “Borace” the hippo giving a croc a ride – we featured this some weeks ago but the photo was not great and so I thought you would like a proper look at this bizarre sight. Incidentally Borace is also in muck-spreader mode!

Meanwhile back at the ranch… sorry was wearing my genuine Colorado Cowboy boots yesterday and it always tips me into a slight “Annie get your guns” mood. We experienced our first rains this week with four mls at Nkwali, which is quite a downpour this early in the season. I, of course happened to choose that night to join Rachel and the Nkwali guests at a bush dinner. Needless to say we had to abandon ship and head back to Nkwali to finish the braai. Unfortunately, I had the chef and food with me and failed to get up a slope that after the the gameviewers had been up was now very slippery.  It is amazing how the cotton soil absorbs the rain and becomes an ice like surface to drive on. Tyres are quickly transformed to slicks with no grip at all. So, much to my annoyance, as you can imagine, I had to radio Simon, our workshop manager, to come and rescue us. After transferring the cooler boxes of food up the slope we were soaked and cover in mud – but all were in good spirits and enjoyed the cool air following the short storm. No photos as we were too busy throwing everything into boxes!

Suku and Don had this weekend off and headed up for a stay at Mchenja Camp. This is one of Norman Carr Safaris bushcamps and we are using it for the new joint River and Rainbows package which will run from mid Jan to end March ’07. Suku can now talk with authority on the camp and area to anyone interested in seeing the Luangwa River in full flood. This is the first year that the camp will open during the green season and indeed will be the only bush camp open, so quite an experience to be in a tented camp during this magical time. The highlight of their short trip being a super sighting of a leopard after sundowners. Unfortunately, Don’s camera battery ran out just before this so no shots so I have put a sort of before and after look at the Luangwa River. This week versus February last year. Quite a contrast.

Luangwa river OctoberLuangwa river February

Elephant spraying mud Robin has been busy with his camera lately too – wonderful shot of an elephant spraying mud over itself in front of his home and also a huge crocodile which Robin crept up on during the last mobile.  An interesting shot which I initially though must a mistake – sorry Robin!! Actually turns out to be of an insect called a water boatman. The photo is of the meniscus – which to those like me who have only read about walking on water in the bible – this is the depression made on the water by the insects feet.

Thank you Robin.


We are proud of the fact that Robin Pope has been included in The Times’ definitive list of the top ‘50 people to know in Travel’ – click for a peek at who else is included.

Lastly, the Nyika-Vwaza Trust will be holding an event at the Imperial College, London on 6th November, 2006. Lecture on Trans Frontier Conservation Areas by Professor Willem van Riet, CEO of the Peace Parks Foundation, South Africa, and exhibition of paintings by Malawian artists. We believe that, for anyone with a passion for nature conservation, biodiversity and sustainable economic development for local communities, Professor van Riet’s talk will be unmissable.

Stay well and have a great week.

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