I hope that you are all splendidly well and have had a wonderful weekend. Here in the Luangwa, we are plodding along through a very strange October this year with some odd weather! There was even a 24 hour period which was so chilly that many of us dug out our jumpers and duvets once more. We have had the occasional overcast day with odd shower and temperatures fluctuating between a scorching 43C to a more pleasant 34C, it’s been most bizarre. The animals however don’t seem to be affected at all and our guests continue to have some incredible sightings. This week we have a little recap from Harald and Pia Eschrich who stayed with us recently and had some absolutely incredible sightings. So Harald and Pia over to you:
“After a long and frustrating break from safari holidays we finally managed to get back out to Zambia and we got straight back into the safari routine with the early mornings, lazy lunch times and early evenings. Our game drives started as always with a smiley wave from the Nsefu team as we set off to look for some animals under the experience and care of Bertram.
Never missing an opportunity and enjoying all that we saw, we started our first game drive off with giraffes eating sausage fruits. While taking photos of these wonderful animals we suddenly heard some alarm calls and then some familiar sounds of yapping wild dogs! Leaving the giraffes behind us we zoomed off in the direction of all the noise and found a big male lion who had stolen a kill from the wild dogs.
The dogs barked and slightly chased the lion but were no match for him and he carried the carcass off into the bush. Giving up the dogs decided to sit and catch a breath before being bumped by a leopard who had obviously been attracted by all the noise and was looking for an opportunity that was sadly not to be.
Somewhat “wow’ed” by all that we had just seen we continued on our way and further upriver we came across the marvellous Olimba and her two cubs (the male of which is sadly no longer with us). Olimba had successfully killed a puku and was relaxing under a sausage tree as the young male tucked into the feast while his sister patiently watched waiting her turn. The following day we found this wonderful family again this time with an Impala kill she is obviously a very successful hunter.
Our safaris were filled with wonderful sightings, and it was such a treat to be back in the bush and it must be said absolutely nothing can beat an African sunset with some very compliant neighbours. What a wonderful trip and we cannot wait to return again soon.”
Wow – thank you so much Harald & Pia, what an incredible safari and amazing photos! I don’t honestly think that after that that there is anything that I can follow up with that could possibly compete so I shall today bow out very gracefully and wish you all the most wonderful week ahead with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.