If Bilbo Baggins had $5,000 to spend on a day’s vacation on safari, Luangwa House is where he would choose to go. It looks like a palace for hobbits. The thatched roof undulates over the crazy-paving walls. The dried grass porch outside the main entrance is held up by four tree trunks. The front door is… Continue reading Luxury in the Bush
Forget US Independence Day on the 4th of July. In Zambia it was a national holiday to commemorate the heroes who brought independence to Northern Rhodesia, half a century ago. There was no armed struggle. It was a peaceful transition from colonial rule. Britain had lost its appetite for an empire in Africa, demonstrated by… Continue reading Africa Heroes Day
I have come to love the birdlife here in South Luangwa as much as the animals. Here are a few photographs taken with my F2.8 70-200mm zoom lens.
Fantastic viewing of the Wild Dogs/Painted Wolves on the murram road between Katete and Mushilashi Rivers yesterday. Thought I should share some photos. You can tell that they have just eaten because their bellies are full and there is blood around their faces.
The best ornithologists identify birds by their call. In the Game Park yesterday morning, D correctly identified that the hissing sound was coming from her rear tyre. We pulled off the main track and D chose a level piece of ground to change the wheel. My birthday present had come early. Two of the most… Continue reading Twitching
I could not leave the Valley without having one of Anna and Steve’s famous gin and tonics, watching the sunset over the Luangwa River. With a bit of luck, I would also bump into Douglas the three and a half year old hippopotamus, whom I had met in 2014. Anna met me and the car… Continue reading Chipembele Revisited
Just as the sun sank beyond the western horizon, the full moon rose above the trees fringing the Luangwa River. It was blood red. Perhaps the smoke and dust in the atmosphere gave it a rusty hue. Perhaps there is another more scientific explanation for its remarkable colour. It looked stunning. The sky around the… Continue reading Blood Moon
It was when Steve mentioned that he would be searching for carnivorous plants that I decided I must accompany him and Graham, a South African ecologist this Sunday. As I am on call 24/7, I needed to bring my own vehicle so I could return to deal with any emergency which might arise. Steve had… Continue reading A Walk in the Country
“Consider the fowls of the air” – Matthew 6:26 Birds fly, but it is easier to take photographs of them when they are on the deck, or on a branch of a dead tree (with no leaves to get in the way). When birds are in the air, it is much more tricky. The first rule… Continue reading Consider the fowls of the air
Of all the wonderful trees in South Luangwa, I love the baobab the most. It stands out amidst the mopani, marula, ebony, mahogany and acacia trees. The bark is smooth, silvery grey. They grow for centuries, storing water in their massive fibrous trunks. Sometimes there are massive scars in the lowest two metres of the… Continue reading Baobabs