It’s Monday 30th April 2018 and it’s started.

I do hope that you are all well and sitting comfortably after a wonderful weekend ready to embark on the challenges and joys of the week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, well the cold is beginning to creep in which means the mornings are even more spectacular as the sun peaks over the horizon and starts to warm everything up and we get this glorious mist that raises from the water in the river. It also means that the rains are over so it has been a mad scramble over the last couple of days to get as many people with as much building material as possible up to Tena and Nsefu to start preparing the camps for the season as we enter a period of limbo with not being able to get there by neither road nor river. The good news though, is that Ruben headed off this morning with a team of merry warriors to start the challenge of putting in the Kawaluzi bridge — a small makeshift bridge that we plonk in across the Kawaluzi River to enable us to access the Nsefu sector by road. The tractor will follow suit in the next day or two and then there is no stopping us as we start to put the roads in.

Nyambe and Nicholas have been busy up at Tena sorting out all the building work that needs to be done. The floors in the rooms and bathrooms have been scrubbed down and checked as these are obviously open to the elements during the rains as the canvas tents are taken down. The builders are busy sanding down the walls and sorting out any cracks from the wood, which has expanded with the moisture and then contracted as it has dried out. The guys have also been busy at night listening to the gentle roar of lions and in the mornings have been seeing their tracks through the camp. Thankfully no day time encounters yet.

Willie who will be managing Nsefu this year and the newest and very exciting member of our team has also headed up this morning to embark on his first big RPS challenge. We will update you on Nsefu progress soon I hope.

All the while Rob and I panic gently from the sidelines with regards to the fact that time is just going too quickly.

Kiki was busy getting in touch with his feminine side with some of the other guides earlier last week as we organized a morning for them at Mulberry Mongoose. A local business which makes jewellery and most importantly a large portion of their pieces are made from recycled snare wire which is found by the anti-poaching teams and a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these pieces is donated to the anti-poaching efforts. So the guides were given a tour of the workshop and were introduced to all that the ladies there do, as well as the benefits to the community and the South Luangwa National Park.

In terms of the wildlife there has been no stopping the lions and leopards this week and we have had sightings of both coming out of our ears. We have also had loads of elephants as well which are always a highlight, oh and let’s not forget Humphrey our Nkwali Lagoon hippo. He sort of decided that he would venture out of his comfort zone in an attempt to maybe find a female companion but was sadly beaten and returned after a week’s absence with a slight limp and a wound on his back and an even more down trodden mood. His first evening back in his lagoon did however cause quite a challenge for the staff and guests in camp as he needed to find some food but was not able to move too far so decided that the patch of grass by the bar was the best place for some grazing! Needless to say moving around camp that evening was a challenge but Kiki was on top of it and all was under control.

So there you have it, lots going on as you can see and now with Tena Tena and Nsefu starting to come back to life, I am sure we will have even more stories to report back to you. For now though I am going to call it a day for this week and leave you all to it. I hope that you have a fabulous week with lots of smiles and laughter, and of course don’t forget to look after one another.



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