Its Monday 30th December 2013 and a leopard filled Christmas

Hope you are enjoying the festive season so far! This week we will hear from another old friend of RPS – Emma Cross is down from the UK to host another Christmas season. Over to you Emma!

“It’s been a hive of activity here at Nkwali over the past week with Christmas preparations and celebrations accompanied by some fabulous game sightings. Here is a snap shot of Christmas 2013 from Nkwali, Robin’s House and Luangwa Safari House.

All the chefs and their teams have been extremely busy in the kitchens stuffing the turkeys, baking mince pies and chocolate brownies, making brandy butter and icing the Christmas Cakes. There has certainly been no fear of anyone going hungry here this Christmas with endless gourmet treats around every corner! The baboons and monkeys at Nkwali have been having a field day trying to sneakily remove the decorations from the Christmas tree on a daily basis, keeping us all on our toes to retrieve missing baubles from around the camp! Father Christmas has even paid us a visit this year, and fortunately for us, has decided to stay for the time being (until the baboons try to oust him!) in his new home on the Nkwali bridge. He is obviously enjoying the warmer weather here!

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The annual Christmas Eve carol singing at Kalwani Pan provided the perfect start to the festivities. Everyone enjoyed listening to the choir and joining in singing some traditional carols, whilst sampling the selection of canapés and sipping Champagne. The roasted horse chestnuts also went down a treat!

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Over Christmas lunch guests were able to share tales of their exciting Christmas Day morning drives and walks. There definitely seemed to be a common theme of leopards a plenty! The Talbot family, staying at Luangwa House, arrived back full of enthusiasm and Christmas spirit having seen a fabulous leopard carrying its kill and also experiencing a little difficulty driving out of some rather deep mud!

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If we thought Christmas Day was exciting, Boxing Day was not going to be outdone. Jacob and his guests enjoyed finding the lions relaxing near to Chichele Hill and Daudi had a lovely walk coming quite close to a young giraffe. Kanga and his Robin’s House guests’ had an interesting morning observing the wonderful birdlife, as well as zebra and elephants.

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After a busy morning of exciting game viewing all the guests enjoyed a traditional cooked breakfast in the bush before heading back to camp for a well-earned Boxing Day siesta! And then came news of the wild dogs to top off the Christmas wildlife extravaganza…

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I think it is safe to say that Christmas 2013 here at Nkwali will be one to remember. I wonder what the final few days of 2013 will bring…some rain would be top on most peoples wish list as it is still very dry everywhere.

All of us here hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a very happy New Year!

All the best for 2014!

Emma”

Thanks Emma – it’s lovely to have had you back in Africa with us!

Thats all for this week! Catch up with you next Monday.

Cheers

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