It’s Monday 1st May 2017 and cooler temperatures at Mkulumadzi.

I do hope that you are all well and ready and raring for a wonderful new week ahead.

Here in the Luangwa we are bounding ahead with camp building although it’s still a very nerve wracking time of the year waiting for things to dry out enough for us to get the roads in so that we can get up to the camps. Then that nail biting period where we simply can’t get to the camps as the river levels are too low to boat but the ground is too wet to drive…. Anyway, let us leave those logistical dramas behind us for this week and let’s hear from Erik at Mkulumadzi to tell us about what is happening over there:

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“Here at Mkulumadzi we are definitely going into a new season. Winter is on the doorstep, and while there are many places in the world where that phrase would not be uttered with much enthusiasm, we are THRILLED down here in the Lower Shire Valley. The humidity has dropped significantly, the rains are fewer and further between and pleasant winter winds are blowing. On a few evening drives we have even had to resort to covering ourselves with blankets, a strange feeling since none of us have worn anything more than short sleeved shirts since September last year!

All the animals are looking nice and fat from the abundance of grass and green leaves that they feast on. Here we are enjoying the constant contrasting dazzle of zebras, which stand out so beautifully against the green bush.

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‘Some people might be able to relate to this zebra. It’s not a good feeling to find yourself being the only one laughing at your own jokes. Good people, be patient with that one friend we all have!’

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The youngest member of our lion pride has also been growing with the grass it seems. He is turning out to be quite a strapping young lad! Bearing slightly equal features to our human teenagers with his disproportionate feet and large ears, he puts a smile on everyone’s faces.

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Mkulumadzi is a stronghold for many beautiful species of butterflies. Point them out to your guide and ask him to let you into the fairytale world of swallowtails, pansies and charaxes.

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So all in all we are doing well down here and we are looking forward to the colder winter months when we will be taking some longer walks and hikes around the reserve, and stay out on our drives for a little longer since the sun is not forcing us to retreat as early. What a privilege it is to live in the bush and experience the change of seasons together with the wildlife.”

Thanks so much Erik, sounds like things are going wonderfully down in Mkulumadzi and that the wildlife is treating you all to some very special moments.
We are also really excited to share with you some new snippets of our world by way of 60 second video clips on a weekly basis; here is a sneak preview of Safari Diaries – enjoy!

On that note I shall bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you all have a fabulous week with lots of smiles and laughter.

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