Well, hello there. I hope you are well and full of Christmas cheer despite the various restrictions in place and that all Christmas plans are panning out. Here in Zambia, we are finally looking like having some rain on the horizon, which for us will bring plenty of cheer to all the wildlife and plants as they get some much-needed relief from the dry and the heat. Anyways it’s not about Zambia as today we are hearing from Sarel who is down in Liwonde National Park at Kuthengo Camp, Malawi at the moment. Sarel, over to you:
“Good Monday to you. I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are ready for the last week before Christmas. From all of us here in Malawi, we send our warmest regards. We have finally received some much-awaited rain over the weekend and it’s amazing the sudden life and lush green bushes we see with the arrival of the rain.
I have had the privilege of being back with Robin Pope Safaris in Malawi for the past couple of Months and it has been amazing re-joining the Team. I have spent most of my time looking after Kuthengo Camp and working along the wonderful team based here. Although not our regular dry season ‘running around’, we have welcomed a good number of guests to our slice of Paradise.
Back in 2019, I spent some time in the beautiful Liwonde National Park and it is amazing to see how the Park has grown in just two years. I am very excited for the future of the park as we continue to see the incredible work done by African Parks.
The plain in front of Kuthengo Camp has a wonderful variety of animals that have made it their home during the dry season as the Shire River provides plenty of water through the hot and dry time. Most afternoons, with a cold drink in hand, we have sightings of Waterbuck, Impalas, Warthogs and Hippos coming out in the middle of the day for their lunch time lawn snack.
If we are fortunate, which we were most days, we see herds of Elephants, Buffalo and Sable coming through the dry bush to enjoy a cooling down by the river. You almost don’t even need to head out for a game drive, but there is still so much to enjoy in the park.
Over the past week, I have travelled to Mkulumadzi in Majete Wildlife Reserve for the remaining of the Christmas season. On arrival all the camp staff were in full swing decorating the lodge with plenty of festive cheer as we prepare to welcome our guests for Christmas.
That is all from me for today, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas wherever you may be and don’t forget that last minute Christmas shopping.”
Thanks so much Sarel. From us here in Zambia, we wish everyone the most wonderful Christmas and hope that you have a fun and happy time with plenty of smiles and laughter and don’t forget to look after one another.