It’s Monday 13th March 2017 and more river journeys

I do hope that you are well, that you have had a fabulous weekend, and you are starting the week off refreshed, rejuvenated and full of enthusiasm. Here in the Luangwa, the river is up and we have been thoroughly spoilt on the boating front. So let’s hear from Hazel and John Belchambers who have just got home from a River Safari visiting all the camps, so over to them for a little snippet from each camp:

“Our three guides, Daudi, Bertrame and Thomas are all excellent. We saw and learned so much from them and would like to pass on our grateful thanks to them and to the three camp managers, Yvonne, Ruth and Kiki for looking after us so well. Here is just a snippet of what we saw and experienced.

Luangwa River Camp with Daudi – We had two leopard encounters, the second with a very fresh baby Puku kill. We saw a lioness with her two very playful cubs on the trip back to camp one evening who were on a mission to catch up with the rest of the pride – we saw them later and counted 8 adults.

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Nsefu Camp with Bertrame – We walked out to get close to 6 lions which had been resting on the sand followed by a walk to see what the hyenas (we’d heard them calling a lot) and vultures were so interested in, which led us to a smelly elephant carcass. The conclusion was that the lions had killed it as it was ill or infirm and left the remains for the scavengers.

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Nkwali Camp with Thomas – We saw lots of birds, but the highlight to the trip were the 6 wild dogs we saw which were hunting a young female puku in the water not far from the camp. We must have spent a good hour and a half watching the drama unfold as one of the dogs (we later found out a female) took the plunge to swim across to and eventually catch the puku after three attempts. She dragged it to the bank to kill and eat.

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She chased off vultures and a fish eagle to protect the kill for the other dogs who were all too cautious to get into the water – not surprising as there was a crocodile lurking, waiting for them. When it became evident they weren’t going to join her, she found an alternative route back to them which avoided the crocodile and them led them back to the remains of the kill – quite remarkable.

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Once again thank you for a wonderful trip – Hazel & John”

Thanks Hazel and John, it certainly sounds like it was all go in all of the camps! There really is no stopping the animals and there is a never ending trickle of wonderful things to see; whether it be dung beetles or wild dogs, it just never ends!

So there we have it for another fun filled Luangwa Week. As Hazel and John have had such wonderful sightings I am not going to stick my nose in with any more updates, instead I shall simply bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you all have a fabulous week with plenty of smiles and laughter.

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