Well, hello there! I do hope that you are well and ready and raring for the wonderful week ahead. Here in the Luangwa, we are all fabulously well even if the mornings are a little – shall we say – bracing! But within a few months we will all be looking fondly upon the days of long trousers and thick jumpers. For now, though we have a little update from Inge and Steven, regular guests to us, who had some incredible sightings whilst on their latest trip. Inge and Steven over to you:
“Finally getting on a long-haul flight to Zambia, the excitement was bubbling over! We were getting back to normal with travel and one of our favorite types of holidays – Safari. First stop was Nsefu, and it was not long until we were out in the bush with Willie who took me for a walk in the gullys, but on the way he heard that a lion had been spotted walking into a bush. Opting not to head there by foot, we found our way back to our car that we had parked in the shade and went to see if we could find the lion. It was not long before we reached the bush where the lion was so parking in the shade we sat and waited. We asked Willie if he really thought the lion would come out and he assured us that it was a chilly morning so it would not be long before he came out to enjoy the sunshine. Suddenly the bush moved, and the lion walked out exactly as predicted onto the sunny side of the bush, so we drove around the bush and there he was in all his glory posing for us, such a treat.
As well as this star sighting, we had many many more including the wild dogs many times, leopards, giraffe, hyenas, and many wonderful birds. We had 4 wonderful nights at Nsefu. Thank you, Emma, and Willie, and the whole Nsefu staff.
The next 3 days were spent at Nkwali and there we had Perry as our guide. Again, we saw leopards in a tree, a leopard with a puku kill, had tea in the middle of a zebra herd, lovely giraffes.
So many wonderful colorful birds such as the lilac breasted rollers, the little bee eaters, the white collared bee eaters, the fishing eagle, crested crane and many more. Perry is a great guide and always came up with great sightings. Apart from the game viewing the food was also absolutely delicious, congratulations to the cooks in both camps. Many thanks to Perry and Sorel who took such good care of us. I took over 950 photos and have been spending a lot of time going through them all and with each one re-living the moment and keeping the memories alive.
Thank you all so much! Inge and Steve Stevens.”
Wonderful, thank you so much Inge and Steve for sharing with us your action-packed week with such incredible sightings.
Guests have also in the last week had some wonderful sightings of lion in camp at Nsefu, as they appeared on the beach in front of camp and then strolled right past the bar. The guests sat in awe as they watched these magnificent creatures go past and the following morning went to look at the tracks where they could see just how big they were as well as how long the lions’ strides were. This realization of their size is quite incredible as from the height of the game viewing vehicle they are impressive, but keeping up with their strides from their tracks on the ground puts it all into perspective.
Predators aside, we have simply had the most incredible giraffe sightings down at Nkwali and there have been regular sightings of up to 30 all together including some super cute brand-new babies just behind camp. They are providing endless joy as they stand on the side of the road looking down at passing cars with curiosity and then when you cast your eye further afield, you have the fun of seeing these long necks and heads poking up over the very long grass.
I could go on, but I fear that I should stop before I begin my raptures over elephants so let me bid you a very fond farewell and hope that you have the most wonderful week ahead with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.