Its Monday 18th January 2016 and I spoke too soon

Well hello there so how are you all? I hope that everyone has had a fabulous weekend. Here in the Luangwa well I mean literally 12 hours after I wrote my last its Monday the heavens opened and we had rain…. The week has been amazing with some incredible cloud build ups, thunder, lightening and whilst we hadn’t had much rain here at Nkwali there had been plenty in the village which has certainly put smiles on all the farmers faces. That was until Saturday afternoon when the skies went an angry purple grey colour and suddenly I opted to stop what I was doing down at the Stores and try to get home before the heavens opened. I failed but to be honest with you there is nothing more impressive than how quickly you get completely soaked in a proper African rainstorm and within 45 minutes we had had just over an inch before things calmed down to a mere drizzle.

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The river has also snuck up a little bit as well which is brilliant news and we have dispatched the teams to Nsefu and Luangwa River Camp to get them open and ready for guests coming in soon. Sebastian had a rather exciting drive up to Nsefu as we had to get him up there with enough time to open the camp before the guests arrived but the river was too low. The only option was by car, the drive, which usually takes just over an hour took just short of 4 with a lot of mud but he made it and is now waiting with baited breath for us to get the boats in the water and attempt the maiden voyage up the Luangwa.

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Nkwali however has been plodding along with a full camp all weekend and the waiters have been less than impressed as they have been trying to get the food from A to B without slipping and falling over (trust me this has happened before and it made for a rather lean lunch offering). I have also seen some fascinating umbrella/food tray manoeuvers but they appear to have managed and that is the main thing. Poor Stanley our kitchen porter is tearing his hair out as every time it rains the guys traipse mud in and out of the kitchen so the floor is being mopped a dozen times a day and the bedroom attendants have developed an intricate network of indoor drying lines to get all the laundry sorted.

All that being said the guests have had some lovely sightings and the team of Chilumba, Chris and Fred have been out and about armed with raincoats and enormous enthusiasm, which has paid off. The lions that have been calling from across the river have been seen a few times – a pride of 9 which is a lovely treat. Most evenings we have been serenaded by a leopard who is walking up and down the road behind camp although he remains slightly elusive for now except for the perfect paw prints he leaves in the soft muddy ground.

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And then to top everything off the guests were treated to a sight of 19 wild dogs on an impala kill. Not to mention the vast quantities of elephants that we have had in and around camp one of which may have got a little cheeky with me the other day and that stay still and stand up to it – well lets just say it didn’t apply to me on this occasion.

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There has been plenty else happening as life here just simply doesn’t stand still but I am afraid that for this week I am going to bid you all a very fond farewell and have a fabulous week ahead with plenty of smiles and just remember to look out for each other.

Cheers

Ems

 

 

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