It’s Monday 11th February and we finally put a face to the call…

I do hope that you are all well, sitting comfortably and ready and raring for the week ahead. In the Luangwa it’s been a little bit soggy and the water is at its highest point so far, this season, which is absolutely magical. It’s also however a slight cause of concern and Daudi was sent out with a ruler to measure the distance between the water and the bank. The markers are in now, so we are fully in the know with every step up or down that the water levels make.

Enough about the Luangwa River, this week we are heading over to Kuthengo where we are hearing from Jason and Steegan.

“Hello everyone, welcome back to the lush Kuthengo Camp where the birds are always chirping and the staff are always smiling!

We hope that you have had a wonderful start to the New Year and have already begun your plans to visit Malawi once again.

The atmosphere around camp is beginning to look and feel really romantic with Valentines Day around the corner. Sunsets have been spectacular to witness with a full sky of golden reds and yellows. So, you can imagine the sundowner drinks after a game drive are a highlight for many around this time of year!

Most evenings while our guests are sitting around the fire enjoying a drink and chatting about their days’ safari will be interrupted by a whooping noise. Many seasoned guests will know straight away that it is a hyena, while others have never heard that sound at all.

The call that has been studied the most in the field is the “whoop”: a very loud and musical call that often starts with a very low tone which is then modulated up and down in pitch. The whoop is a distance communication call that the hyenas use to announce their presence when they are out of visual contact. Did you know that each Hyena has a destinct whoop that other hyenas can identify?

We would often wake up the next morning and find hyena spoor around camp, although a little unnerving, it is still pretty awesome to know that we have them close to camp…

One late afternoon while out on a drive, Jason witnessed something that no other guest here at Kuthengo has ever witnessed. He saw a lone male Hyena taking a nap on the side of the road!

This must be the face to the call that we have been hearing so often. We have decided to call him Hazen and hope that he sticks around so that future guests can get a glimpse of this amazing creature!

Among other news, along with our new swimming pool, we have finally got our new wooden boat … there are still a few alterations that need to be done but the good news is that it is here and finally sailing the Shire River at Kuthengo Camp!

It can comfortably seat 8 people with their own “window” seat as well as a large spot for lounging in the front. She has officially been named Elise after Ton & Margaux’s youngest daughter.

As a new season approaches, we are looking forward to welcoming all the guests coming to us in Liwonde National Park. It is goodbye for now, but see you soon!

Jason and Steegan Smith – Managers at Kuthengo Camp.

Thanks so very much Jason and Steegan everything sounds like it is going wonderfully over at Kuthengo. After such lovely news my job is done, and I don’t need to say anything further except to wish you a wonderful week with plenty of smiles and laughter; and don’t forget to look after each other.




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