It’s Monday 9th April 2012 and Happy Easter

This week we start off on a sombre note with news of the passing away of the Malawian President, Bingu wa Mutharika; may his soul rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to the Malawian nation.

I hope that everyone has had a fabulous Easter Weekend. Things here have been absolutely fantastic (even if I say so myself!). The weather has been superb, with beautiful clear days, light fluffy clouds scattered in the sky, and cool evenings for perfectly restful nights sleep.

So, where to start? We have been really rather busy in all of the camps and houses, so there is quite a lot to report, but I think that I shall first start my tales at Luangwa River Camp. Taking full advantage of the high waters Rob and I dashed upstream on the boat to visit Sebastian and his team. As we motor along with blue skies, elephants on the waters edge, fishermen scattered along the banks enjoying the cool morning we realize just how spoilt and lucky we are to live in such a Garden of Eden. Arriving at Luangwa River Camp, Sebastian is there to greet us full of smiles and warmth. First on the list of jobs to do is check on how the work that we are doing in the rooms is coming along. Whilst we still have a way to go, they are coming together rather nicely. The main area remains much the same but the swimming pool was certainly looking rather tempting.

Luangwa River CampLuangwa River Camp

A quick catch up with Seb about how things have been going both in the camp and in the park. With him giving us tales of some spectacular game viewing with the bird life dazzling the guests and mating lions being quite simply an added bonus! Whilst we were there hippos were wallowing and “laughing” in the shallow areas of the river in front of camp and giraffes were looking across at us from the Park – there just seems to be so much happening it is quite amazing.

Zipping back down to Nkwali we have had a wonderful family, the Randells, taking over the whole camp for the last four days. Sadly they left this morning. Three generations – what a treat for everyone to spend such a magical holiday all together. Peter and Anne were celebrating a rather special wedding anniversary, so what better excuse! As it was Easter, chocolate was obviously in abundance, with the only exception being hot cross buns for tea on Friday. The chocolate highlight however must have been the Easter egg hunt under armed guard in the park!!!! A surprise bush breakfast was set up by Kiki and the team. Kephas the scout was fully prepped for dashing around with the children, as they sought out the ever so cunningly hidden eggs in the surrounding bush before the baboons or ants found them. All the while Alfred and Nickson were cooking up a feast of a fry up on the fire and the adults were relaxing in the shade of a beautiful Leadwood tree. A family favourite was the mighty giraffe and as if by design a few popped up at bush breakfast peering down at everyone, watching the goings on with a slightly puzzled look on their faces.

Easter egg huntBush Breakfast

Easter egg huntEaster egg hunt

As if all of this was not enough how about champagne sundowners on the last night at Wakumba watching a leopard saunter past…

So the family have headed off down to Victoria Falls for a few days and we are all feeling slightly sad at their departure.

The team however have picked everything up again and we are running around getting everything ready for our next group coming in later today. The chefs are furiously whisking away at their white sauce and rolling out their home made pasta whilst the waiters are washing table cloths and what seems to be hundreds of napkins. As for the bedroom attendants… they have really scored the jackpot today with not only getting rooms ready for the guests in this afternoon but also major spring cleaning of three of the rooms in the next two days with none other but yours truly.

On that note I shall go and get my Mrs Mop hat on and leave you to a fabulous week. The next three days are going to go very slowly as we excitedly await the arrival of my mother and godfather on Thursday, which I am sure you will hear all about next week.

Have fun and enjoy the rest of the day.

Cheers

Emily

by the river

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