A quick news update from the bush – safaris at Chongwe have been incredibly productive with mating lion, families of leopard, elephants around every bend in the road or river and our resident elephant ‘Majestic’ socialising with the guests out front and trying (unsuccessfully!) to hide in the laundry out back!
Canoeing has been spectacular with the tributaries nice and full and loads of game posing to drink as we drift past.
Our friend Will Burrard-Lucas has been at Chongwe this week updating the photography and as usual has produced some stunning shots-here’s just a small selection, they will be on the Chongwe website very soon….a couple here to get you excited.
It’s also been madly busy at Norman Carr Safaris with the opening of bush camps and we’re counting down to the launch of Chinzombo.
Bush camps are all up and running now and already the game-viewing has been spectacular; all the usual lion and leopard drama of course but also some great ‘specials’ – serval and aardvark – both reasonably common here in the valley but very rarely seen. Aardvark are notoriously hard to photograph – so we have cheated and used one of Pam Carr’s magical paintings – ‘Aardvark softly treads….”The big herd of elephant bulls are still around Luwi this year and have regularly joined guests for breakfast just like last year, let’s hope they stay around. And Dixon – Kakuli’s resident troublesome teenager is again giving us the odd ‘rev’ around camp and keeping us on our toes!
Chinzombo is just days away from opening – have a look at our NCS Facebook page to see progress – the ‘posh’ publicity shots will be ready at the start of July. We ‘tested’ camp last night – had a spectacular sundowners there and Sil and Les – the incredible designers were, appropriatley, the first actually to overnight and test Villa One – they came back to Kapani this morning, eyes shining saying it had been thrilling, the bed like sleeping on a cloud and the sunrise over the Luangwa – magical!
Have a great week,
From us all at Chongwe and NCS