It’s Monday 21st August 2017 and more Mkulumadzi stories!

I do hope that you are all smashingly well and have had a fabulous weekend doing all the fun things that you should be doing! Well, as always, I do like to share the love between all the camps and whilst I realise that some tend to get a little more time in the spotlight in the others it’s always great hearing from everyone, so for this week, Erik has more stories of his adventures down in Mkulumadzi and all the chums that he has made in the past year. So for this week Erik over to you:

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“This is a very special place and I have had the pleasure to run into quite a few old acquaintances from last year. It was a treat to come across a resident couple of Barred Owlets that live along the Mkulumadzi River. They are a huge hit with everyone who’s lucky enough to see them. The cutest little owls you have ever seen.

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I came to know a very exclusive gentlemen’s club of 3 buffalo bulls last year. They made the Mkulumadzi River their local pub and we very often used to share our sundowners with them as they weren’t too bothered by our presence. I was pleased to run into them again, grumpy as ever, looking at me like I owed them money from last year.

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Massive herds of buffalo are also forming throughout the reserve as it’s drying up and they are concentrating around the remaining water sources.

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Our queen lioness, Shire, hasn’t been spotted in a long time and I’m fairly sure she has given birth to a new litter of cubs recently. It’s a very sensitive time in a lion cub’s life and we hope that at as many of them as possible grow up to be big lions one day. Only 1 male survived out of last years litter but he has grown into such a strapping young lad! His mane is starting to show and he is almost the same size as his big sisters.

The big males, Chimwala and Sapitwa have gone off on their own for a major patrol around the reserve, marching tirelessly and making sure that no intruders are invading their space. That means that Elizabeth and her two daughters along with the young boy formed their own little gang, and by the looks of it they are doing just fine by themselves. They’ve obviously been raised right by Shire and we were lucky enough to spend an entire morning with them on a nyala kill by the Shire River.”

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Thanks so much Erik, it’s always great to hear from you and your news from Majete, Malawi. Here in the Luangwa, well it is non-stop on phenomenal sightings, and whilst the leopard sightings appear to be taking centre stage, there was one that really stole the show. David Pearce was at Luangwa River Camp recently and has sent us this absolutely incredible photo of mating leopards. I am sure that you will all agree that not only is this a magnificent photo but a phenomenal and rare sighting.

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What else can be said to follow on from this…? So I shall bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you have a wonderful week ahead with plenty of smiles and laughter and I look forward to chatting to you again next week with more stories from the bush.

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