Its Monday and shared experiences at Kuthengo Camp

Well, hello again. Here we are, another beautiful Monday and another wonderful snippet from the African bush. This week we hear from Licia from Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park in Malawi. So, after what I hope was a wonderful weekend, I trust you are now sitting comfortably and ready to enjoy this weeks edition of news from the wild. Licia over to you:

“Having been in this industry for 8 years, I have met many wonderful and interesting people. Some have become good friends, and some have become like family. However, before any of that happened, I was always asked the same question, ‘Why did I go into this industry?

Well besides the obvious fact that you get to spend almost every second in the bush, you also get to meet new people and you get to show and share a little piece of your happiness with them. You know, being in the bush is like an opening a lucky packet, you never know what you are going to find – perhaps a cute baby hippo (photo by Kathryn Leaper), or the king of the Liwonde Jungle (photo by Kathryn Leaper).

That being said, one of the best parts of the job for me is when guests arrive back from their activities, be it a game drive, a boat safari or a bush walk, and we get to hear the stories of what they saw and what happened. Most guests think that it gets tiring to hear that they saw a lion or that I get bored when they show me their photos, but it is actually quite the opposite. As some of you may know, I don’t get to leave the boundaries of the camp very often, so when guests share their experiences it’s as if I am watching a documentary through the guest’s eyes, and as such I am starting to slowly get to know the animals. In fact, it sometimes almost feels if I’ve come across those animals personally. For instance, I have never seen Lundu the Black Rhino (photos by Kate Atkinson) but what I have gathered is that although he can be a bit cheeky, he also likes to pose for the cameras.

I also have a soft spot for cheetahs having done my time as an assistant curator at an animal rehabilitation center for endangered animals. So any photo of one of those cats can make my day (photo by Kate Atkinson).

And to be honest, even those animals that do not get counted as being sought after or “glamorous” are just as fascinating. For example, did you know that the bush pigs (photo by Kathryn Leaper) do not live in burrows like their cousins the warthogs, but rather make nests using grass, and as they are mostly nocturnal and they never stand still long enough for a photo. So it is always a treat when guests can “catch one or 2 on camera”. Even the Southern Ground Hornbill is special to me (photo by Kathryn Leaper) as I mostly only get to hear their calls echoing through camp in the mornings.

So on that note I would like to thank all the guests who have shared their photos and bush stories with Marius and I and the Kuthengo staff, and no matter how big or small you may think that picture or story may be, please keep sharing (Zebra and Pied Kingfisher photo by Kathryn Leaper).”

Wonderful! Thanks so very much Licia. A huge thank you to Kathryn Leaper and Kate Atkinson for sharing with us your amazing photos. I am sure Licia and her Kuthengo Camp team are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

On that note, I am left with very little to say, except have a wonderful week with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.

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