It’s Monday 16th October 2017 and a feline bonanza!

I do hope that you are all well and have had yet another fabulous weekend. You all know how I like to harp on about the weather so I hope that any of you reading this in various blustery parts of the States still have their feet planted on the ground, and that those of you in Europe are getting used to the beginnings of autumn/winter time. Here well the heat is picking up and we are all getting ready for what we call “the great sweat!” So what comes with the increasing heat? – well less water, more concentrated game and a feast available for all predators and this week has been no exception.

The Nkwali team have had a series of fabulous sightings but two of which really stood out among the crowd. Howard and Jen Long were kind enough to share their photos with us so that you would believe me when I tell you what the cats have been up to. Here at Nkwali the game drives generally start either by a quick scurry across the river straight into the park or a gentle meander through the property behind camp to the pontoon and then the great floating metal barge ferries everyone across to the other side. It really depends on a couple of factors as to which route the guides decide to take – firstly where did they leave their car the night before, what did they hear and where, or lastly what did they see on their night drive that could still be there in the morning. And of course great skill and prowess in terms of reading the bush of course!

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Anyway, this particular morning Fred decided that the pontoon was the way ahead so off he went and was certainly not disappointed; right on the beach as they drove off the pontoon the lions had terminated a small hippo and devoured the poor beast. The kill was not witnessed just some incredibly fat lions desperately eating as much as possible before disappearing up on to the river bank to digest in a nice shady spot before leaving the vultures to feast on the scraps.

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The days were filled with various incredible sightings of all things big and small but the next stand out sighting was a leopard killing an impala and then dragging the poor thing across the beach until it finally reached the safety of a tree. I must admit, it never ceases to amaze me the sheer strength of a leopard when you think how it climbs a tree with its kill basically using its fingernails!!! So there you have a couple of pretty special sightings which we just had to share with you all and most importantly thank you so much Howard and Jen for sharing your incredible photographs with us.

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Now that Nkwali has sufficiently shown off, it’s Braston’s turn at Luangwa Bush Camping. Now they tend to fly under the radar for some reason and I think it is because Braston just gets on with walking hundreds of kilometers a season and is so busy that we rarely get to catch up with him. Anyway, Rob and I were up at Nsefu and Braston had just brought some guests in so we took the opportunity to catch up with him. He was telling us about some of the incredible sightings he has had this season but the one that surprised him the most was coming to the end of a walk and just approaching camp they found 4 wild dogs parked up in the shade of the camp site. I mean what a way to end a walk! Thirst however got the better of the walkers and they had to gently move around to get to camp and inevitably the wild dogs scarpered – a sure sign that we are getting to that time of the year when we all start fighting for little snippets of shade.

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Then last but not least a little sighting from John’s Camp in Zimbabwe as we mustn’t forget about them. They have had regular visits from a lovely relaxed cow elephant with her young calf as she just plonks the baby in camp and gets on with roaming around munching on all the albida pods that are lying on the ground. Talk about up close and personal and a real treat for everyone to see.

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So there we have it for yet another fun filled week of fun in the sun. I do hope that you all have the most fabulous week ahead with lots of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after each other.
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