It’s Monday 24th April 2017 and Easter at Nkwali

I do hope that you are well, sitting comfortably and the long Easter weekend doesn’t feel like too much of a distant memory. Here in the Luangwa we had a wonderful weekend and the team did the most fantastic job with everything from 3D cookies, hot cross buns, dyed eggs and not to mention lots and lots of chocolate.

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We also got all of the Nkwali, Robin’s House and Luangwa Safari House guests together for a play from our local drama group – ‘Seka’, which is always a highlight. The guys make their own interpretations of life in the bush and the behavior and sounds of the animals; it really is brilliant and enjoyed by all staff and guests alike. Unfortunately not everyone got to enjoy the performance as one poor waiter had to concentrate on guarding the afternoon tea spread in case any cheeky vervet monkeys or baboons decide to try their luck – not uncommon round here!

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As well as the activities that were happening in camp we also had some pretty amazing game viewing with the top sighting had by Braston and his guests whilst on a walking safari. Quite often from Nkwali we boat the guests across the river and the walk starts immediately and this was one of those occasions. Braston and his guests enjoyed a little boat ride down river, got off the boat, waved goodbye to their transport and headed off into the great unknown to see what they could find. Not even two minutes later they spotted a Wild Dog!

At this point Braston is feeling pretty proud of himself, but things were about to get even better. Adrenalin and excitement pumping, off they set following the lone dog who certainly seemed to be on a mission. Tracks easily visible in the soft earth, the occasional snort of an impala alerting them to where the dog was heading and then of course the easiest of signs to follow, the actual dog! After a short but exciting stalk they found why the dog was on such a mission, there was the rest of the pack – 20 in total all feasting on a fresh impala kill.

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As if all of this excitement wasn’t enough, whilst the team was excitedly looking at the events unfolding before them, all of a sudden something else was added to the mix. A small herd of elephants decided to crash the wild dog party and cause absolute chaos. The elephants were not expecting to see the dogs and vice versa and momentary chaos ensued before everyone gathered their wits and went about their day. I mean what an incredible sighting and I am sure one that the guests and Braston will not forget in a hurry.

Aside from this particular wild dog sighting it has pretty much been dogs galore all week which is a huge treat. Some of the guests at Luangwa River Camp were also spoilt with the most incredible leopard sighting. They spotted a little leopard cub up in a tree so stopped to watch it, and before long, mum re-appeared, climbed the tree and they interacted together, playing and grooming. What a wonderful sight.

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Moving across the border to Zimbabwe where our latest addition to the RPS family, John’s Camp in Mana Pools, is now officially open and has already welcomed its first guests. We will fill you in about it during the weeks to come.

So there you have it for this week. Plenty going on, not to forget that it is that nail biting time of the year when we are starting our attempted expeditions by road up to Nsefu and Tena Tena to start getting them ready to open. More on that further down the line but suffice to say that the recent rains have certainly not helped.

In the meantime I hope that you all have a fabulous week with lots of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.

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