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The lioness and the hostess

The lioness and the hostess

The resident mongoose offer constant entertainment
The resident mongoose offer constant entertainment
Robin Pope Safaris

South Luangwa National Park is now in full swing for the visitor with the opening of the seasonal camps, and the game has been putting on a show across the Park. Robin Pope Safaris shares a few highlights of what their guests have experienced in recent weeks.

Game viewing in the south of the Park has included a pride of lions camped out opposite Nkwali Camp for a few days. During that same week the major excitement was the sighting of a rare species for the LuangwaValley, a caracal. It was at the end of a game drive for the guests and surely was icing on the cake for them, but due to much excitement there is no photographic evidence.

Whilst there have not been any further caracal sightings, game viewing has included plenty of leopard sightings among other animals. Within Nkwali Camp guests have had treats like a teatime extravaganza of a fish eagle catching a catfish in front of the bar, then being chased off by a juvenile martial eagle which won the battle and got stuck into its prize, much to the dismay of its rival. A local band of banded mongoose have been keeping guests entertained and can be seen most days scurrying through camp accompanied by their reassuring squeaks.

Robin Pope Safaris also operates seasonally in Liuwa PlainNational Park and the game viewing has been rewarding. We end off on a lighter note of what the hostess experienced recently whilst getting camp opened. Wendy wandered around a corner, arms full of sheets, only to come face to face with Lady Liuwa, the well-known and much loved lioness, taking a rest from the heat of the day in the shade of one of the tents. Keeping the sheets safe was the last thing on her mind and they were promptly abandoned as she quickly reversed into safety!

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 13, June 2013)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Luangwa

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