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Sep 3, 2015 - Leopards in the night

We went out with Shaddy for our last night time game ride. He pointed out some more weaver nests and some flocks of bright green lovebirds, and we spent a while watching the baboons who were congregating at the end of their day. Lots of baby baboons were either riding on the backs of their moms or holding tight underneath. We saw a definite hierarchy in baboon social structure, with the big guy sorting things out periodically. We found the leopard in a field where other trucks were gathered to watch her sleep. Shaddy took us to another spot...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Walking safari and water break

The Swiss couple, who would be leaving for home that afternoon, took a separate game ride from us, and we went on a walking safari with Shaddy and the armed Maasai spotter. However, soon after we left camp, Shaddy saw two lions sleeping under a bush. So we drove further along. We came to the edge of a plain and followed a hippo trail for about a mile. We looked at different animal tracks - giraffe, zebra, hyena scat (which is white because they actually eat bones). Shaddy pointed out a tree full of weaver bird nests, half of which are empty...

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Sep 2, 2015 - Nighttime gamedrive. Alert!

We set off at 4 pm and almost as soon as we entered the park, a baboon sounded an alert. He gave a short, insistent hoot which he repeated for five or ten minutes. All the monkeys ran up trees and the baboon families gathered their babies and scampered away. The impala and puku stayed where they were but turned toward the direction of the baboon’s cries. Nothing happened at that time, but Shaddy was pretty sure it was a leopard, which the baboon could see from high in the trees. We drove on and meandered through the park. Shaddy found a...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Newborn Puku

Our morning gamedrive, starting at 6:15 am, opened with a little drama. Shaddy found a puku who had just given birth. She was licking and licking the little thing, and he was trying to stand on his wobbly legs. Close by were three warthogs that were starting to close in on the newborn puku. Shaddy said that they will eat a small, vulnerable animal if they can. The mama puku stomped at the warthogs, and the large one backed off. We couldn’t stay to watch what would unfold next, but we crossed our fingers. From there we drove on and found...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Moving camp from Anabezi to Chinzombo on the South Luangwa River

I had an annoying start to the day when I tried to make coffee with the thermos of hot water that arrived with our wake-up knock on the door and only found decaf coffee packets in the room. I threw on my robe and started down the walkway to ask the waiters for some real coffee when I saw that something like an elephant had knocked over part of the handrail. Unperturbed, I made my way to the breakfast table and asked the waiter for actual coffee packets. He ran into the kitchen and told me the coffee packets were locked away. I stomped back...

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May 26, 2012 - Day 128 to 131 - South Luangwa...Caiparinas, rampaging bulls and therapy

Arriving in Chipata, Zambia our first stop was the Spar supermarket where we shopped for provisions to last three days. Our plan was to visit South Luangwa national park then return to Chipata, restock then carry onto Lusaka.  After spending the night at Mama Rulas campsite in Chipata, we set off the next morning for South Luangwa. After three hours of some pretty rough dirt roads, Anna and Chris pulled up alongside a white land cruiser heading in the opposite direction. It was a German couple, Martin and Julia who they had spent some time...

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5 African Hornes

May 16, 2012 - A great day all round

Up at 5, a quick breakfast and off on our game drive by 6. We see many elephants, some as young as a couple of months. The usual Impala and one lone male kudu. A few giraffes, and for the first time, hyena. We then come across a male lion and are able to get really close (within 5 metres). Our driver is fearless and, unlike other parks, he does not restrict himself to the roads. Despite the sign saying we have to stick to the roads we do quite a bit of four wheel driving up and down gullies – just as much a thrill as the animals. We come...

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May 15, 2012 - The end of a long journey

We are supposed to sleep in – breakfast not till 8pm – but newly developed habits die hard and we are all out and about by 7. Not helped by a hooter to wake the Malaysians up. We set off half an hour earlier than planned. Today we travel 120kms and it takes us four hours – a new road is being built and we mostly travel on detours. Our truck rocks and rolls and bumps its way to the Croc Camp near the South Luangwa National Park. We arrive just on 1.30 and within minutes see two hippos out of the water. Very unusual and I am thrilled. Our...

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Feb 3, 2012 - South Luangwa National Park

The highlight of our 5-day stay in Zambia was our visit to South Luangwa National Park. The journey to the park was an adventure in itself and our two overnights allowed us to get closer to wildlife than I ever imagined possible. Over the months I have written repeatedly about the condition of African roads but nothing prepared me for the 130 km (80 mile) stretch of road between the city of Chipata and the entrance to the park. Our guide, Mike, warned us that this is the worst stretch of road he's ever driven and it took us almost six...

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Overlanding Africa

Oct 16, 2011 - Wildlife Camp - Zambia

Wildlife Camp - Zambia It was way to hot to sleep last night so our five o'clock wake up call felt way to early. Our drive this morning was quieter. We saw four lions in two different sightings. Crested cranes were also something we hadn't seen here yet. Hippos, elephants, giraffes, water bucks, puku, and many varieties of colorful birds. One sad sighting was a young  dead elephant with vultures and marabou storks viciously feeding on it.  Lunch was an African dish called Bobotea which was some kind of maize flour mixed with curry, raisins...

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Oct 15, 2011 - Double Game Drive Day

Pick up for the tasty set breakfast was 5:30. Our guide then loaded us into the safari vehicle for a six o'clock start. Everyone was very excited as we entered the South Luangwa National Park gate. A park fee was paid depending on nationality. For Canadians it was $25 US each for the day. Not bad.  Shortly after we enter through the gates we hear, then see so many hippos in the river. Watching their antics  and listening to their laughing grunts was entertaining but there was more to see.  Our guide picked up on the cues of baboons sitting...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Walking Safari - Is It Safe?

The night watchman provided us with our five o'clock wake up call. For our safety a jeep picked us up at our tent half an hour later to take us for breakfast. The night was quiet except for the sounds of hippos as well as the sounds of the thunder storm that rolled in during the wee morning hours. This sure cooled the tent off nicely. Al and I had set up our own mosquito nets so were free to kick off the covers when we were too warm. Lots of rain came down so I thought perhaps the walk may be cancelled.  Our morning walk was not cancelled...

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