Project Luangwa Newsletter, September 2015

Last June Project Luangwa had its fifth birthday – yes, that’s right Dave and I have been living and working here in Mfuwe for over five years. At the time we were a bit too busy to celebrate or even look back at all that has happened . . . …

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Why you should visit Kafue National Park

Here is why you should safari in Kafue National Park Pristine wilderness The Kafue National Park is underrated by so many, but now, tourists are starting to see what the fuss is all about and justifiably so. Kafue is vast, covering c.22, 400kmsq making it one of the largest parks …

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South Luangwa lions developing a taste for hippo

There seems to be something new on the menu for a particular pride of Lion in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia – and they’ve really got the taste for it. Where once the buffalo was the food of choice, these 9 lion (a splinter group from our Big Pride) …

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Leopard tries to put porcupine on the menu in South Luangwa

Recent Robin Pope Safari’s guest, Neil Andrews, tells of their incredible sighting on a game drive in South Luangwa National Park. It was one for the memory card and made for life-long safari memories too. Here’s his story: “Although Jane, Ian, Sarah and myself are regular RPS visitors, for all …

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The Bush Spa, South Luangwa Nominated for Awards Again

At the Bush-Spa we thrive on our unique location! There are plenty places in the world where one can have a Spa treatment, but only a few where your wellness session might be extended due to unique sightings of visiting wildlife. Our competitive edge besides our location is our ability …

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Going Green in Kafue National Park

By Sarah Davies Eco-tourism – we hear it all the time but what does it really mean? We read about “green” safari camps who “contribute” to their local communities and “empower” staff but how can we really be sure that such lofty declarations aren’t just another clever marketing tool? Recently …

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Lovely Liuwa Plains with Norman Carr and People and Places

Towards the end of April I was lucky enough to be invited by Dave Wilson of Norman Carr Safaris on their inaugural trip into Liuwa Plain National Park for a four night safari at the recently upgraded Matamanene Camp. What an incredible experience this was, and something that I will …

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Extremely rare melanistic genet sighted in Kafue

Jeffery & McKeith Safaris, Musekese Camp The afternoon game drive started out like most in the Kafue, with the hope and expectation of something interesting and unusual ahead, heightened by the incessant alarm calls of the baboon troop along the river. It was still light when we set off, in …

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Project Luangwa Sewing a Better Future for Local Women

Some of you might have seen a previous post here about the truly comendable work being done by Project Luangwa in and around the town of Mfuwe just outside the famous South Luangwa National Park. Project Luangwa is an NGO, supported by a handful of local safari operators as well …

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Lion Cubs Take Over Camp in Liuwa Plain National Park

Three cheeky lion cubs as well as a cheetah have been making the refurbishment of Matamarene Camp in Liuwa Plains, a little tricky. We’ve been watching Norman Carr Safaris over the last few months; Matamanene Camp has been given a facelift – we’ve seen new bathrooms being built, new floors …

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One Eyed Male Leopard – proving he’s still boss!

Leopards, an awesome sighting any day and almost a guarantee in the in Zambia, nicknamed the Valley of the Leopard.  Sleeping in trees, wandering about, on the hunt, mating and fighting, we thought we had seen it all this year. But the South Luangwa delivered again for this Norman Carr …

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Norman Carr Safaris Opens Operations in Liuwa

We are thrilled to announce that as of May 2015 we will offer safaris in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. We are giving the existing camp, Matamanene a soft facelift and will be operating 4 and 5 night set departure safaris guided by veteran Norman Carr Safaris‘ guides; this will …

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Proflight flys to Kafue

The wonders of Zambia’s largest national park – Kafue – will be more accessible thanks to the new route being launched by Proflight Zambia from July 1. News of the new service to the remote Busanga Plains was enthusiastically received on Proflight’s Facebook and Twitter pages – @proflightzambia – with …

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Music festival to Support Zambia’s Wildlife

CACTUS Agony, Kapiri Mposhi Top Rank Suite, a reggae band from South Africa and guest disc jockeys from the United Kingdom are some of the attractions at this year’s EleFest, a musical initiative that is meant to support Zambia’s country’s wildlife. This year’s EleFest, described as Zambia’s wildest music and …

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South Luangwa Leopard in Training

In the South Luangwa National Park in the area surrounding Shenton Safaris camps we have a well-known female leopard we call Malika. During our 2014 season she had a cub, a little girl. Our guests from both Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp enjoyed numerous sightings of the pair throughout …

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From London to the Luangwa Valley

From the moment I landed at Mfuwe airport back on holiday in 2012, I knew this was a special place. Having never stepped foot in Africa before, jumping in the open game viewer, enjoying the sights and sounds of the villages en route to the Park was a dream come …

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North Luangwa: Hope for Zambia’s Rhinos

Roughly 40 years ago, Zambia had one of Africa’s highest rhino populations, with about 4,000 of a total population of 12,000 being found in the beautiful and wildlife-rich Luangwa Valley region. By 1998, thanks to rampant poaching, rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia. Despite this loss, South Luangwa National Park …

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Regulars at the watering hole

A good way of telling how good a water hole is, is by establishing the amount of regular customers it has. Well, here at Mwamba bush camp at our in-camp hide, which is right by a water hole, we have our fair share of repeat customers. We have a small …

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Tracking and Trailing for The Best Bird Photography

Searching for birds requires a special level of dedication, focus, and persistence. All of which pays off in rare treats of serene connections with nature and accomplishment. Birds’ size and speed present a unique challenge for watchers and photographers. Capturing the unique beauty and brilliance the skies have to offer …

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South Luangwa’s Incredible Carmine Bee-Eaters

At Shenton Safaris we are very proud of our unique network of hides built and designed each year by Derek Shenton himself. Along with our mobile hide, elephant hide, hippo hide and Mwamba’s waterhole hide we also have our carmine bee-eater hide. The hide is available from Mid-August cleverly made …

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