Well, hello there. I hope that you are well after a lovely weekend. Here in the Luangwa as the heat rises and the bush gets thinner by the day, we are continuing to have some incredible experiences with guests. This week we hear from Lydia Parrot and Mike Page who are currently working in Malawi and had popped over for some much-needed R and R. We trust that they returned relaxed and refreshed after their time with us. Lydia and Mike over to you:
“After being waved off at camp, the adventure started before we had even got into the Park. Driving down to the river we were entertained by the other couple on the drive with us, pointing out rare bee-eaters and discussing the evolution of the stork!
Crossing the river past a couple of hippos and crocs and we were off hunting!
We raced across the park to where a pack of wild dogs had been seen earlier. By being close to the park, we were one of the first to arrive and as a result were treated to a playful display from the 9 pups mock hunting a vulture.
At a more sedate pace we continued through the park, the next minute an elephant was in the road, then another and another! A large herd proceeded to cross in front and around us leaving a path of destruction in their wake!
After all this excitement it was time for sundowners, but we then heard a whisper that lions had been spotted! No time to waste and off we went again to see a small pride of lions including a very small cub!
After a magical sundowner looking over the river and discussing the excitement of the drive, it was time to slowly make our return to camp in the dark seeing what we could see on the way back. It didn’t disappoint – an African civet and several genets were very entertaining!
Up ahead we saw a number of cars and the outline of a cat…. John the guide verged off onto a small track. I was thinking, what are we doing, the cat is the opposite way! Of course, he knew better, and he was actually finding the whole pride of 2 adults and 9 females. The majestic bigger male proceeded to slowly get up and sauntered over to the vehicle, getting so close that I could have reached out and touch him before proceeding to “mark” the car with a very large poo!
After all this excitement it was back to camp for dinner under the stars with a few glasses of red wine and great conversation!
Thank you again to the whole team for an amazing experience, this was only one of the drives!”
Golly, thanks so much Lydia and Mike! Hope to see you again soon. After all this excitement, there is little to follow on with. So, I shall gracefully bid my fond farewells to you and hope that you have a fabulous week ahead with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one-another.