It’s Monday 19th February 2018 and it’s all systems go!

I do hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a wonderful weekend with all the usual fun. Here in the Luangwa well we have had lots of rains so the bush is looking vibrant and wonderful and the river is running with high water, which has been such a bonus for our guests up at Nsefu that plus all the incredible game we have been seeing.

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So the question is, where do we start?

Well a quick nail biting sighting from Luangwa River Camp as Daudi and the team watched with their breath held as a male puku for some reason decided that it would be a good idea to go for a swim. Sadly it turned out to be a very bad and final decision but he had obviously got stranded on the island in front of camp when the water was significantly lower and now had to get back so he decided to make a dash for it. He got half way across when all of a sudden with the flick of a tail a huge crocodile got hold of the poor creature, dragged it under water and put an end to it. The crocodile then drifted down river with its prize. It’s always sad to see such things but it is nature and something that we all know happens, yet for some reason we never seem to dwell on it when we discuss predators with a kill. Speaking of which that smoothly brings me onto my next sighting.

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Fred has been busy guiding and amongst many wonderful sightings of plains game, birds and all the “usual suspects” he also had a fabulous sighting of a female leopard sitting at the base of a tree while her 1 year old was up in the tree tucking into a spot of breakfast which mum had so kindly prepared. The Nkwali guests were out with Chris and also had a fabulous sighting of interaction between hyena and wild dogs. Ready for sundowners (it always seems to be at sundowner time just when you are ready for a gorgeous sunset and a gin and tonic) Chris was just looking for a spot to park when they saw some hyenas, so a quick change of plan and off they scooted to have a better look. Then out of the bush came a pack of wild dogs. They were chasing the hyenas and amongst lots of yappy comments from both parties the wild dogs won the turf war and the hyenas scurried off.

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Radically changing direction on ‘It’s Monday’ today, let’s sneak across the border to Mkulumadzi where it has been a veritable hive of activity with getting camp sorted ready for the new season. The pool has been emptied and re-painted, the main area has been re-thatched and there has been a big old sort-out and go-through of all the rooms making sure that it is spick and span for the guests when we open.

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So there you have it for this week, a little bit of a mismatch of stories but we do like to cover all bases and keep you posted on all that is happening. For now though I am going to bid you all a very fond farewell and hope that you have a fabulous week with lots of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after each other.

 

 

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