We have had a truly phenomenal season, with more than spectacular wildlife and game: on average we have had at least two sightings of leopard every day, with a record number of five different individuals on one afternoon game in the first week of November. The Chakwenga pride has now doubled in size with the advent of seven little cubs – whose antics and general playfulness have of course been a huge hit with our guests!
Smaller game such as honey badgers, porcupine, civet, genet, and mongooses of all descriptions, abound, relaxed and comfortable in the presence of our safari vehicles. The resident camp elephant are busy as ever, delighting in the winter-thorn pods dropped or shaken from the trees in and around our tented suites.
The fishing too has been the best ever, with a whale of a Tiger landed at 22.5lbs, shattering last season’s record of 18! The birdlife too has been absolutely epic, with avid birders spotting close to 175 species over the course of their stay, flabbergasted by the completely habituated Eastern Nicators and Red Throated Twin-spots which dart in and out of the sprinklers by Zambezi Deck.
Guests have enjoyed magical bush dinners, lit by the moon and resplendent stars; breakfast shaded by Amarula tree or sundowners on an island in the middle of the Zambezi, watching the sun sink behind the blue escarpment to the west, setting the sky and river reflection aflame with a palette of colour almost unbelievable, and complemented by the roaring of lion on the bank.
The year has been difficult for the game (although our guests have had some astonishing sightings). With poor rains, the waterholes dried up sooner than usual, driving the game from the escarpment towards the river. We are now waiting for the clouds to roll in from Mozambique, bringing the much needed rains and our emerald season.
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