Its Monday 11th January 2016 and a trip to Nsefu

Well hello there and hope that your first week of the year has gone with great success. Here in the Valley well to be honest with you it’s a little bit dry – so much so that we drove up to Nsefu and barely got any mud on the car whatsoever. Whilst obviously this has the implications of very little water and food for the wildlife etc I have to say from a visual perspective and a treat of driving around Nsefu it was spectacular. Now at this point I would like to point out that last night we did have a little shower and it certainly looks like more rain is on the way so lets not panic just yet.

But, onto the game I mean it has to be said that there was no shortage and we were spoilt with everything from the huge to the small and all the way to the smallest. As I am sure a lot of you know I am a fan of this time of the year what with the colours and all of the magical insects and bugs that pop out at us, so a trip into the park I was armed with the extremes of my photography equipment – a macro lens and a zoom lens. May as well have all bases covered.

So where to start, well I guess we should work our way up the ladder from small to big so check out this rather funky looking caterpillar (I have however been corrected that whilst we don’t have an exact identification we suspect it was a hawk moth larvae) we spotted with those huge eyes staring out at us. He was rather strange and when I got closer a tongue was stuck out at me and it smelt slightly citrusy

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We also had the joy of some very late piglets as they tore through the grass only just seeing above it trying their best to navigate the lumpy soil but mum very kindly stopped to let them catch up before – oops – they overtook and then a couple of them just carried on going before realizing their mistake. Stopped, looked around with a wide eyed type of panic before the rest of the team caught up and they were on their way.

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The baboons look like they have been planted in fields as they litter the dry lagoon beds making the most of the fresh “veg” laid out on natures table for them.

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Giraffes were littering the more distant views but were rather tricky to see as to be honest with you most of them had their heads stuck into some rather thick bushes and it wasn’t until they moved that you realized they were there. That being said there were a few more lazy versions who had obviously enjoyed a lovely breakfast and were making the most of the slightly cooler morning shade before the midday temperatures made an impact.

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The road into Tena was slightly blocked by a couple of large and muddy bull elephants who were determined to make the most of a particularly yummy bush. As for Nsefu as we had a look around camp we were chatting to the staff that were there and they were telling us how at the beginning of the week they had watched lions killing a buffalo just up from the breakfast spot – all that was left for us to see were a few vultures picking at the scraps. And then as if that weren’t epic enough two days later they had a pack of 21 wild dogs just nonchalantly trot through camp.

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So as you can see there is no rest for us out here and we are still being spoilt with all the incredible sightings, which is wonderful even if sometimes the thick bush does its best to hide everything from us. Now I am however going to get on with the day as I can hear the gentle rumble of the staff chatting to each other as they all get themselves ready for work so I had better go and find out what is going on and get things started. Have an absolutely wonderful week with plenty of smiles and laughter and I will be back next Monday for more tales and tribulations of life in the Luangwa.

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