I do hope that you are all fabulously well after yet another successful weekend. Here in the Luangwa we are all baffled by the yoyo-ing of the river. We are getting rises and slumps of sometimes a meter in 24 hours. The elephants vacate the Nkwali island as the water rises, then 36 hours later they are back as it disappears again – no one seems quite sure what to do. The birds however have remained completely unaffected by this and we have had some wonderful sightings of paradise flycatchers and Wydahs both in their full breeding plumage with their impressively long tail feathers flitting behind them as they move from bush to bush.
In big game news though this week we have been really spoilt by a recent trip that Kanga lead with two wonderful Canadian guests Jeff and Jody Reich.
You could not have met two more determined safari-goers like Jeff & Jody! Whether the sun was shining, or the rain was falling they were going to make the very most of the bush and wow did their dedication pay off. I shall not babble on too much as I will leave the incredible images to tell the story. I do not think that there is anything that they did NOT see.
From fabulous birds with weavers busy weaving, king fishers busy fishing, hornbills seemingly floating in mid-air and a wonderful and unusual sighting of a male cutthroat finch.
In other wonderful sightings a monitor lizard doing battle with a bull frog kept everyone very busy for quite some time and let me tell you the bullfrog put up quite a battle.
Plains game seemed to be around every corner not to mention the predators who literally poured out of the bush from leopards stalking, lion cubs playing, wild dogs eating and epic hyena and lion battle – simply incredible.
So after all that, I have scraped my chin off the floor in awe of the incredible safari and images and can not thank Jeff and Jody enough for sharing their images with us! We look forward to seeing you back out in the valley again very soon.
If you would like to hone your photography skills or learn from scratch how to take great photo’s like these, why not join one of our photographic safaris, led by expert photographers. But that’s not all… this year, we are also offering the opportunity to learn all about filming wildlife under the guidance of award winning filmmakers Will & Lianne Steenkamp of Into Nature Productions!
With all of that I am left with little else to say except have the most wonderful week with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.