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
At Marula Lodge, the Luangwa River is now only two metres deep in the central channel. After grazing and browsing in the Park for most of the day, family groups of elephants make the crossing into the riverside lodges situated in the Game Management Zone. They do a lot of damage to people’s gardens overnight,… Continue reading Elephant Crossing
A man in the road ahead was flagging me down furiously. He had a bicycle with a basket of live chickens on the parcel rack behind the saddle. I thought he was just being an entrepreneurial salesman, but I wasn’t going to buy one of his chickens to self-cook in my hot car while I… Continue reading Medical Protection Service
I drove Dr Srinu and Kei, the MSF technical/laboratory adviser, to the Royal Hlane Game Reserve last Saturday. We did a guided tour to see the main attractions – lions, rhinos and elephants – and after lunch, we did our own game drive, looking for giraffes and zebras. We didn’t have much success, but I… Continue reading What, more animals?
Apart from the wonderful wilderness around me which is South Luangwa National Park, there is the habitat provided by Mushroom Lodge. My bedroom has tongued-and-grooved pine walls and ceiling, stained dark to resemble mahogany. The en suite bathroom has plain walls, painted with yellow emulsion and a grass roof, with no ceiling. The floor is… Continue reading Wildlife Closer to Home