Its Monday and a Golden Anniversary with RPS

Hello there! I hope you are well and getting used to the slight snippet of freedom that seems to be creeping into our lives. Here the Valley remains the same slice of paradise as ever; however, we are in the firm grips of winter so jumpers, trousers and occasional hats are being dusted off. We have put in our access roads to all of our camps and look forward to getting up to the Nsefu Sector for a day out soon, and I am sure that once we have we shall give you all a little update. This week we are hearing from long time regular guests Soren and Hanna Aunsholm, about a trip that they took with us to celebrate their very special golden wedding anniversary.

Soren and Hanna over to you:

“My husband and I have since 1997 been regular guests to RPS, we have during the years been there in cold months, where we were supplied with hot water bottles in the bed and warming Mbaola’s for our feet during dinner time and in the heat months of October / November.
Last year we celebrated 50 years of marriage. The natural choice for us was to celebrate in Zambia, the only slight hesitation was that our wedding date is March 16th and this is in the middle of the green season. Being under the assumption that this time of year we would have rain every day and the grass would be so high so we only can see Elephant and Giraffe, we did hesitate but then decided that there was no other place we would want to celebrate so we made the decision and booked our safari.

Leopard South Luangwa
South Luangwa Leopard

Over the years our tradition upon landing in Mfuwe was to pop into Daudi’s bar “Cool Runnings” for a quick Mosi to start our holiday off. So where better place to have a bit of a party. We contacted Daudi who immediately agreed and we were all set.
Once landing in a very green Mfuwe, Daudi picked us up and took us to River Camp – already on the way into camp we passed 4 lionesses and a leopard, this was certainly not the welcome we had imagined and the sightings continued. During the 3 days that we were at River Camp we were blessed with more sightings of lions and cubs, wild dogs a multitude of birds some species that we had never seen before and even a python. We had the fun of some occasional showers which cut a few game drives short but we were amazed at what we saw.

Wild Dog
Wild Dog

After three wonderful days at River Camp it was the bit day and the plan was to boat up to Nsefu where we would celebrate our special day in our favourite camp. Braston at the helm, we started the next phase of our adventure. The river was an amazing and mighty force of nature we never imagined it to be like this. We motored up for an hour then a slight hiccup and the engine failed, after a futile attempt to get it started again the scout took over with a bamboo stick and punted us to the bank. It was not long before another boat was motoring its way upstream this time a supply boat for one of the other camps and after a quick swap of paint and cement into our boat and us into that boat it was not long before we were on our way again. Needless to say Sebastian was slightly surprised when we approached in an unexpected boat; and I must add using cement bags as seats. Saying farewell to the skipper and making our way to our room Sebastian had decorated it with flowers and a bottle of sparkling wine. The perfect way to start the day.

Boating the Luangwa
Boating the Luangwa
Nsefu room
Nsefu room

Braston was soon back with our fixed boat and it wasn’t long before we were all geared up and ready to take our first walking safari. After all these years visiting RPS we have never done a walking safari and beginners luck we found 4 lionesses playing in the grass.

After two days up at Nsefu it was time to head back to Nkwali and also Cool Runnings for our party. We had invited guides that we had met over the years as well as their wives and children. We had no idea how many people would be there and when we arrived it was full of all of our Zambian friends and their families. There was a beautiful BBQ, drinks and lots of loud music – what a way for us to celebrate and we can not thank Daudi for making this so special.

Cool Runnings

The next 3 days was safari days with so many fantastic sights, we saw all that we could have wanted to and leave a big thank to all the people a RPS.
Hanna + Søren Aunsholm.”

Hanna + Søren Aunsholm
Hanna + Søren Aunsholm

Wow! Thanks so much Hanna and Søren Aunsholm. Delighted we could be part of your special anniversary celebrations. Sounds like you are now converts for our Emerald Season too!
On that beautiful note, have yourself a wonderful week ahead with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.

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