South Luangwa – Countdown to the Rains
I hope that you watched last Sunday’s broadcast featuring Kate Humble and Simon King in South Luangwa and all about the pressures on the wildlife in the area as they wait for the first rains in 7 months. If you missed it, I urge you to download it on the BBC iPlayer and then be ready for the next instalment next weekend.
My partner and I happened to be on holiday there last week and did come across the occasional camera crew moving from on location to another or checking on equipment. All friendly people and all obviously enjoying their work.
We had chosen to go to South Luangwa as it is somewhere new for us, it is truly unspoilt Africa and this time of the year is special as the animal concentrations along the rivers is amazing.
Sadly there are no longer any direct flights to Lusaka from the UK – we caught the last BA direct flight at the end of last month. All the locals were sad to see this flight discontinued and even arranged a choir to greet the last passengers!
Another short flight and we arrived in Mfuwe to be met by John and then a short drive through the village to our first Camp at Kapani. The mangoes were coming in to season and piles of them lined the road with their owners trying to tempt us to stop and buy.
Lunch was held overlooking the last of the water in the river bed in this area and was regularly interrupted as different animals came in to view.
It was my first siting of Puku (slightly bigger and stockier than an impala), one of the indigenous animals of this area and very exciting for me to see.
The resident hippo returned in the afternoon to reclaim his waterhole and the bushbuck and baboons entertained us through the heat of the afternoon.
After tea and cakes we headed out on our first game drive and where immediately rewarded with a sighting of a leopard guarding its kill. This was after crossing the bridge in to the Park with a huge pod of noisy hippos, crocs and fish eagles and a host of other birds below.
The first elephant, giraffe and plains game are always welcome sightings and stopping for sundowners overlooking a pool with all kinds of birds settling down for the night and a steam of animals coming down to drink kept us entertained. The night drive back gave us a first sighting of a genet.
The evening meal gave us a chance to chat to the others staying at Kapani and to hear about their adventures and sightings. So much to look forward to with hippo and hyena to sing us to sleep.
More to follow soon.
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Photos from Peters recent trip.