It’s Monday 5th December 2016 and looking ahead to next year

I hope that you are all well and have the usual fabulous weekend and now that we are into December that everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit and starting to prepare for the big event. Here in the Luangwa well the great cook off has begun Christmas cakes have been baked and next week we are starting on some other bits and pieces, which can all be done ahead of time. Anyways that is not what I am here to talk to you about this week in fact I am not going to do the talking I am going to hand you over to Edward Selfe who has lived and worked in the valley for many years as a guide and photographer and very excitingly next year will be leading a photographic safari with us. So here is his official introduction and fingers crossed we can persuade some of you to start thinking about a holiday in August.

Edward over to you:
“I am very excited to be offering a photographic safari in 2017 with Robin Pope Safaris. They are known across the continent for excellence both in camp and in the bush. This is particularly the case in their flagship camps, Tena Tena and Nsefu which are found on the banks of the Luangwa River in the heart of the Nsefu Sector. Having seen the seasons come and go over several years, I have chosen the magic month of August for my safari as I believe it offers the best combination of excellent sightings, beautiful scenery and comfortable climate.

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This secluded sector of the South Luangwa National Park offers some of the finest game-viewing to be found anywhere. Quite apart from the headline species – lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, buffalo and hippos – who make daily appearances, we enjoy some of the most scenic habitats of any wildlife area. There is also very accessible and enjoyable birdlife which adds further interest to any safari; Pel’s fishing owl are the well-known favourite, but Carmine bee-eaters will also be starting their river-bank activities and will impress even the non-birders!

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The Nsefu Sector is also home to some of the most impressive stretches of the Luangwa River, offering wide, dramatic views. Just inland from the river are beautiful ox-bow lagoons, many of which hold water late in the season and become honey-pots for game. Tucked into sharp river bends are arching Ebony groves where elephants, antelope and baboons seek refuge and access to sugary fruits. With so much game around, predators inevitably follow and the Nsefu Sector has gained a justified reputation as being one of the finest places in Africa to find leopards. It’s no accident that it’s at the top of photographers’ lists.
This rich safari area, combined with RPS’s famous hospitality will ensure this safari offers great photographic opportunities as well as a classic safari experience. I am limiting this safari to 4 guests so that each one enjoys plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one help. I have also chosen to spend a week in Nsefu; this gives us time to explore everything on offer but also the opportunity to sit and wait for events to unfold…rushing around in the bush rarely yields the best results.

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I am fortunate to have lived and worked in this unique wilderness since 2009. Above all, my love is for the bush, its inhabitants and the pleasure of being immersed in wild places. Over 8 years, I have spent thousands of hours guiding in the Luangwa and I know it intimately, both from a wildlife and photographic perspective. I have found that keen photographers certainly want a great photographic experience – with lots of advice, guidance and assistance with their cameras – but don’t want to give up the classic safari experience with a professional wildlife guide. As both a Luangwa-qualified guide and a photographer, I make sure that guests’ photo requests are prioritized right up with sightings, comfort and having a great time. After all, many photographers bring with them a long-suffering travel companion and I want them to leave the Valley having had a fantastic experience too!

For more information, please contact RPS’s reservations team on info@robinpopesafaris.net or visit my website. The safari is running out of Tena Tena and Nsefu camps between the 21st and 28th August. I hope to meet some of you next year! All the best for a Happy Festive Season.
Edward”

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Thanks so much Edward and if that doesn’t tempt you guys then I don’t know what will. Other news however as a very quick round up for you all is that the Wild Dogs have been really showing off for our guests down at Nkwali. The pack of 23 had been seen on multiple occasions over the last week and on one occasion one rather brave dog tried to stand up and be rather gruff towards an elephant however it wasn’t long before it soon realized that in this instance best to play it safe and run away!

So who knows what will happen between now and next week but don’t worry we will definitely keep you posted in the mean time have a great week with lots of smiles and laughter and the start of Christmas cheer.

Ems

 

 

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