Zambia is in the middle of the rainy season. The Victoria Falls are filling up and will cover the whole length of the precipice. The Victoria Falls Park will be open on nights of full moon for visitors to see the lunar rainbow.
This time of year is an excellent time to see those ‘little things’ like chameleons, stick insects, dragonflies and praying mantis.
Many Palearctic and African migrant birds are visiting from Europe and northern Africa to spend the months feeding on Zambia’s insects, fruit and fish. Birds which breed in Zambia are busy at their nests, with some young emerging to take their first flights.
Temperatures range between 17°C and 27°C. And, …, it will rain …
Many of the lodges in the parks are closed.
Kafue: Lodges open: Mukambi, Mayukuyuku, Kaingu, Mawimbi, Leopard, McBrides, Mushingashi. Nanzhila and Busanga Floodplains are inaccessible.
Lower Zambezi: The park is closed, but Chiawa GMA is open. Driving into the GMA may be impossible with most guests arriving by air.
South Luangwa: Lodges in the park are closed except for Mfuwe, Mushroom, Chichele and Puku. The lodges in Lupande are open.
AROUND THE REGIONS
Norman Carr Safaris in South Luangwa National Park found an orphaned warthog. Normally, tour operators are advised to leave nature to itself, but the warthog walked into the camp alone, weak and disorientated. It was a female, who they named Nsolo. She was kept safe until Chipembele Wildlife Trust came to collect here. At Chipembele, Nsolo was bottle-fed and after three days left her crate to cuddle up to Steve on the sofa. She would live …
Chipembele Wildllife Trust is in Lupande Game Management area next to South Luangwa National Park. It is run by Steve and Anna Tolan. They take on any orphaned animals but their main focus is to educate local school children the importance and beauty of their natural heritage.
The park is green with many animals looking after their young.
Ginger is a well known lion in South Luangwa. His colouring is different from normal.
The comment from Wildlife Camp:
Hangover for our lion *Ginger*? Photo: Dora
Oxpeckers eat bugs which are found in the fur of animals. They do a sterling job helping to rid the bugs from many animals. Here an oxpecker is pecking away on a giraffe. Photo by Paul Tiller
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Dramatic wild dog sighting close to the camp with a pack cornering a waterbuck right next to the Mayukuyuku Camp sign.
Photos courtesy of Milan Vinks – Zambian Carnivore Programme
Despite it being the rainy season, our sightings are still excellent this time of year! Here are a few from the past few days. Photo credit: Ntang’a
We were so excited to spot a ‘Kasabushi’ in the Mungasiya River on our way back from Lake Itezhi-Tezhi today. Our first ever sighting of a Cape Clawless Otter was six years ago when we were exploring our planned site for the first time. ‘Kasabushi’ is the Kaonde word for an otter and became our treasured camp name, mascot and logo.