It’s Monday 27th March 2017 and backwards and forwards!

I hope that you are well and sitting comfortably having had a fabulous weekend and that you are ready to get the week off to a fabulous start with lots of stories from the Luangwa.

What can I say, it has been busy on all fronts, but first we are going to go back a couple of weeks when Simon and Claire Marinker came back to visit us and had some fabulous sightings, they have been kind enough to share some of their photos with us. It would appear that it was all go at Luangwa River Camp and Daudi was showing off by finding a lioness with her two little cubs both slightly damp from the rain and busy following mum closely along a dry patch of road whilst being slyly watched by a crocodile!

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Gulp – don’t worry they were absolutely fine and nothing untoward happened. On top of this they also saw a herd of Wildebeest which is an unusual sighting as I can usually only report single sightings, but this time there were plenty which is a great treat, so fingers crossed that they settle and the herd increases in size – that would be brilliant!

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As if this was not enough, they were also lucky enough to see our newly discovered tree climbing lions! I fear that this will not become a regular sighting and that the lions were simply doing their best to get to a dry patch, but pretty exciting all the same; I am always more than happy to be proven wrong on this and will certainly keep you posted on whether we see more sightings like this one.

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Claire and Simon thank you so much for sharing this with us. Dashing forward to the past week, Michael has been busy up at Nsefu and it seems he only appears in It’s Monday when there is a slithery friend around. He was getting ready and was about to leave, he pushed open his door when he found a little friend taking it easy on the door handle! A Yellow Bellied Sandsnake which are usually rather skittish and scoot off very quickly but this little guy was very relaxed. Words from Michael: “Well I just had to say hello to my new friend”. Lovely sighting however possibly a little too close for me, I prefer to see snakes at a little more of a distance!

At Nkwali we have been having plenty of wild dog sightings, both in the park but also behind the camp with a pack of 5 dogs being spotted at Robins Bridge just behind Nkwali. They decided to take a quick break from what looked like a very purposeful journey and got themselves comfy in a lovely puddle to cool down. Once everyone was feeling suitably relaxed they got out of their swimming pool, gathered their thoughts and carried on their journey straight towards camp but diverting just before which was where we lost them as the roads were too wet to follow them; however they certainly looked like they were on a mission to find some food.

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So there we have it, another busy week in the valley with plenty of sightings going on which is certainly keeping everyone busy. Next week, who knows what we will have to tell you all about it’s certainly exciting to see what mother nature is going to give us. For this week though I am going to bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you have a wonderful week ahead with lots of smiles and laughter.

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