It’s Monday 27th November 2017 and the lovely Luangwa

I do hope that you are very well, have had a fantastic weekend and are ready for what the week ahead throws at you. Today we are hearing from RPS regular guests Rita and Glyn Manning as they have just returned home from their most recent trip out to the Luangwa. So Rita and Glyn over to you:

“Here we are back in our favourite place, RPS South Luangwa. This trip we are combining Robin’s House, Nsefu, and Luangwa Safari House. Our first drive took us over the river by the pontoon and Obi immediately heard alarm calls, would this be our first leopard? No – mating lions! During our coffee break we hear more alarm calls and spot a leopard moving along a gully. Still more leopards on our evening drive when Obi spotted drag marks and found a leopard up a tree. Another leopard and a giant eagle owl in a tree, we didn’t know which way to look first. Lions and lots of elephants with small babies and several giraffes were seen daily.

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On our drive to Nsefu we found Ginger and Garlic with four females and cubs. Great to see these two iconic brothers together. We stop by a lagoon and are fascinated by a fishing party, dozens of birds making the most of the drying lagoon for an easy meal.

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Jacob met us at Nsefu and in typical Jacob style he found four wild dogs and we weren’t even looking for them! We also watched a large herd of buffalo, about 600, going to the river. We counted twenty-two crocs on the riverbank and close to camp fourteen lions all before sundowners. Back at camp, not to be outdone, as we walked to dinner we heard the distinctive call of a leopard, and he walked into the spotlight by the waterhole just as we sat down to dinner.

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Next day we drove to the hot springs, the crowned cranes always make a spectacle and as we watched them Jacob spots yet another lion, we investigate and he is a striking male lion with a beautiful black mane with six females close by.

Jacob drives us to his palace for our next couple of days (Luangwa Safari House). It is amazing to watch the elephants come down to the waterhole by the house – splashing and rolling in the mud. With regular visits from eles, giraffes, puku, impala and warthogs in front of the house who needs to go on a game drive? Well we did go out and our drives produced all the large animals and lots of birds including Giant Eagle Owl, Scops Owlet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Carmine Bee-eater, Sandpiper, Snake Eagle and Bateleur, plus more leopards, a mother and two cubs and a mother giraffe with a 2 day old baby.

Then as the sun sets we get to see the nocturnal animals come out such as civet, porcupine, bush baby and hyena. We will be back soon as one day we have to catch a glimpses of the elusive Pangolin and aardvark! Next day we drove to the hot springs, the crowned cranes always make a spectacle and as we watched them Jacob spots yet another lion, we investigate and he is a striking male lion with a beautiful black mane with six females close by.

Jacob drives us to his palace for our next couple of days (Luangwa Safari House). It is amazing to watch the elephants come down to the waterhole by the house – splashing and rolling in the mud. With regular visits from eles, giraffes, puku, impala and warthogs in front of the house who needs to go on a game drive? Well we did go out and our drives produced all the large animals and lots of birds including Giant Eagle Owl, Scops Owlet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Carmine Bee-eater, Sandpiper, Snake Eagle and Bateleur, plus more leopards, a mother and two cubs and a mother giraffe with a 2 day old baby.

Then as the sun sets we get to see the nocturnal animals come out such as civet, porcupine, bush baby and hyena. We will be back soon as one day we have to catch a glimpses of the elusive Pangolin and aardvark!

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Yet another amazing trip, thanks to all at RPS for making it possible.

Best regards

Rita and Glyn”

Gosh thanks so very much to you both for sharing your holiday with us, and your incredible photos to help illustrate all that you saw. As for the pangolin and the aardvark, keep on coming to visit us and you never know, one day you might sneak a glimpse!

Now if truth be told I am not going to follow up on these stories as Rita and Glyn have covered all the bases so for this week I am going to sneak off and bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you all have a fabulous week ahead with lots of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after each other.
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