October Newsletter

Well October is the hottest month in Zambia and this year we were not “disappointed”.  The temperatures in the afternoons were high 30’s.  Fortunately we are not in the deeper valleys like S. Luangwa or Lower Zambezi (or Livingstone) so the evenings are still generally a pleasant temperature.  So with the heat we decided to get creative.  Now a swimming  pool has a lot of advantages (all obvious) but there are a lot of disadvantages.  Being 100% reliant on solar electrical generation we cannot afford the load of circulation pumps.  Then there is the cleaning and the chemicals.  And then there is the fact that sooner or later a Hippo will blunder in.  And this is not a good thing!  So a simple solution was needed.  We have a set of gentle rapids south of the camp.  So with our trusty team we set off to build a small dam.  Now on one of the hottest days this was a great job!  It only took us a morning and then a few hours to scrub off the algae from the rocks.  Zero emissions.  No chemicals.  No power.  If a hippo wanders in then he will just walk through the dam wall!

October  019October  011  The sightings have continued to be strong in the park, and fairly regular sightings of elephants crossing the river have occurred throughout the month.  Lions and leopards are also being seen regularly on Shishamba loop and a big herd of buffalo has been seen regularly – coming back from the shopping run!  The birding is great at the moment with African Skimmers also having moved onto a few of the sandy islands.

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And then the rains!  This year the first proper rain fell on the 22nd and I can tell you it was welcome.  The rest of the month saw quite a few heavy downpours.

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Other news from the lodge includes the fact that we are starting construction of a third riverside campsite.  This one will be much further from the lodge (although still an easy walk) and is in an absolutely stunning location.  Oh, and those that know Kaingu very well will be pleased to know that furniture has been a major feature of this month! Ten new directors chairs makes deck life a bit easier – no more carrying chairs from the fire to the tables.  And Felix (the carpenter) has finished constructing two reclining deck chairs for each guest tent!

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And then finally we have to talk about “Amazon Angler” (Steve Townson).  Now none of us are super-keen fishing persons. But my brother-in-law instantly knew the name. He has a fishing show on smart-tv and also leads trips to the Amazon and to Africa.  He is quite a character and arrived with John the videographer to shoot an episode.  We needed help for this one, so our friends Sven and Pete (lodge owners, conservationists and major fishermen) arrived to help out.  We were very glad I can tell you.  Anyway over the next four days a total of 14 species were caught.  All strictly catch and release.  Steve was very happy with the fishing, the river and of course the lodge.  Being fishermen also meant that Victor the barman was really kept on his toes!  John is going to also put together a small video of the lodge and activities – so I hope we can share this with you sometime in December hopefully.

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As we wait for the river to rise and the rains to fall more we leave you with a blast from the past.  Taken 6 years ago.  I really hope that we don’t have these sort of levels next year!

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Fishing at Kaingu.

Dr Sven Vrdoljak from Wildtracks who with his brother Pete has helped us out massively with regards to all things angling very kindly wrote this about angling here at Kaingu:

In terms of fish diversity, the Kafue system has a total of 68 indigenous species (according to a report by Biodiversity Foundation by Africa). Obviously not all of these are species that would be targeted by anglers but there are a few groups of interest:

The most diverse group of angling fishes will be the serranochromine (largemouth) breams of which there are nine species in the Kafue system. These include, thin-faced bream, purple-faced bream and of course the nembwe (yellow-belly) all of which are large predatory fish sought after by anglers. Nembwe can grow up to 3.5 kg in weight. They will take a variety of spinners, lures, flies and live or artificial worms.

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Dr Sven with a thin-faced Bream 

Another distinctive Kafue predator is the African pike. With their large teeth they feed almost exclusively on fish and usually inhabit the quieter backwater areas. Females grow larger than males and may attain up to 2 kg. They are good fun on light tackle and will also take a variety of spinners, lures and small spoons.

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The Kafue also has a number of catfish, the largest being the sharp-tooth catfish which is widespread in Southern Africa. Around KaingU these tend to be very darkly coloured, hence them being referred to there as ‘black barbel’. An extremely strong fighting fish, they are more suited to heavier tackle. Although your KaingU record is 11 kg, elsewhere they can grow to over 50 kg. They are omnivores and will take almost any bait, but can also be caught on lure. The other catfish that anglers will encounter is the butter barbel or silver catfish. A separate family to the sharp-tooth catfish they are a shoaling species which also have a highly varied diet. They will take cut bait or worms but can also be caught on small spinners. Anglers should be aware of the needle-sharp, barbed spines in their pectoral and dorsal fins which can inflict very painful wounds due to the poisonous mucous that covers them.

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Steve with a Sharptooth Catfish (John in the background with the camera)

Some other interesting species that more determined anglers might catch include labeos which may be found in some of the faster shallower water. Although not really a popular angling fish in Zambia as they are often difficult to find and catch They may however be of interest to fly-fishermen (especially those familiar with yellowfish in South Africa, a related species). Larger individuals are strong swimmers and can give a good fight on fly or light tackle. They will also take worms. Another lesser known species is the western bottlenose which can be found among rocks in deeper, quieter waters. These are odd looking fish which are one of the mormyrids a group found only in Africa. They are able to generate weak electrical impulses to detect predators and communicate with each other. They have small mouths and will take worms on small hooks. The Western bottlenose grows up to 2kg.

What makes KaingU an interesting place to fish in my opinion is the diversity of habitat available from shallow riffles and rapids to deep, rocky  pools and quiet backwaters under overhanging trees. The fishing does offer something for everyone whether they prefer to use fly, artificial lures or bait and can include catching fish that they may never have encountered elsewhere. Options for fishing are also varied – fishing from the boat, rock hopping by the rapids or combining the two and spending the day island hopping and fishing among the numerous islands and channels around KaingU.

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Dr Sven with a hump-backed Bream

As with all recreational fishing I would recommend that there is a good catch and release policy or at least bag limits on what guests can catch to keep. Another good way of limiting this is to have a policy that fish may not leave camp, so they can catch a couple of fish for their evening meal for instance, but not take home cool-boxes full of fish. Some simple guidelines for catch-and-release are given below:

Basic catch-and-release guidelines

  • Never play a fish to complete exhaustion. It is important that the tackle used is strong enough to handle the potential size and power of your target species. The use of light and ultralight tackle is discouraged for sport species. The minimum recommended line strength for tigerfish and vundu is 8 kg or 20lb.
  •  Keep fish in the water. If possible unhook the fish without removing it from the water. Using barbless hooks make this easier. Important: always be aware of the potential threat posed by crocodiles when handling fish in the water.
  • Use knotless landing nets. Newer nets are made of a soft rubber mesh that is much less damaging to skin and mucous membrane
  • Avoid handling the fish excessively. If you must handle a fish, use wet hands to avoid damag¬ing its protective mucous coating (a protective secretion that keeps fish healthy and free from infection).
  • Minimise airtime. Even short exposure to the air can damage gill tissue. If you must remove a fish from the water return it as quickly as possible.
  • Take care when photographing fish. Be prepared, Have a camera ready to photograph your catch so that it can be returned to the water quickly. Don’t suspend fish by the jaw or gills when photographing. Hold the fish horizontally, supporting the body with both hands.
  •  Exercise restraint. Not all the fish you release will survive. Catch and release reduces but does not completely eliminate fish mortality. Overfishing a particular area will still deplete fish. Give fishing spots time to recover
  •  Fish responsibly. Considering the welfare of every fish that you catch will ultimately benefit the fish population and fishery as a whole.

More detailed information on catch-and-release is available from the Lower Zambezi Catch & Release Initiative. Visitwww.wildtracks-zambia.com/index.php/LZCRI or contact Dr Sven Vrdoljak (sven@wildtracks-zambia.com) to download printable guidelines on responsible angling techniques and, releasing, handling and photographing fish.

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Knowledge from Mr Brightson Mwanga Shambweka:

We have been doing a lot of staff biographies and profiles, and I asked our oldest staff member to write a bit about himself.  Here is it below (translation from Ila to English by Willard):

My name is Brightson Shambbweka.  My knowledge announcement is:

I can make some axes, hoes, knives and spears from the irons made by the white mens, and this experience is my father who left it to me.  The elder brother of my real father is Mr Samanga Kauwima, and myself I know how to carve canoes, small stools, axe and hoe handles, walking sticks and even the thing for pounding maize, groundnuts and other small items, all of these things are from the trees planted by God and for this I have been trained by the parents.

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And myself I am a man who can walk in the forest and know the bush very well, becuase some years ago I was used to hunt animals, for we were keeping dogs, guns and spears for hunting.  That’s why I got an experience of knowing many things like cat animals, snakes, trees and grass and rocks.  Sometimes you find a rock with a small crack and a small tree in it, so that when the tree gets bigger the root starts to push over the rock until the rock gets expand and that piece stays on top of the root.

 

And myself also I’m a man who can manage to know the place where a human being can make a village with his family and farming.  I’m a man who knows everything because I was understanding what the parents was telling me about their situation, so I got this experience of making such things of materials, and my father’s home was near the river line area, so that myself I can cross the river without canoe, beacuase I know the places which got some rocks from here up to the park.

 

Some years ago we were farming in the islands and doing some activities of fishing, with hooks, fishing baskets and small round spears with hooks.  Sometime we used to block a small tributary river which is passing over the rocks beside the island, going through into the big river.  So we were making a big basket and put it to the outlet line of the river and open a small gap for the fish to pass through to get in the basket.

 

My mother was used to make clay pots, clay calabash.  My father also was making some clay bowls and put a long medium stick, used for smoking tobacco and they were looking for a special place to find the special clay soil and me also I can make these things.

 

 

 

 

 

September Newsletter

Well, the heat is now officially on us!  As predicted the rock pools are getting use.  The daytime temperatures are mid to high 30s, but the evenings and early mornings have been around 17 degrees.  Of course we are lucky here as the lush riverine forest and the green grass keeps the temperatures down.  And there is always the rocks where one can cool off!

 

Game has been good. We have been seeing the Shishamba lions a lot, but also great other sightings.  The camera trap was put up at our car park in the Park and we realised that a leopard is regularly visiting the car park.

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But perhaps the most spectacular sighting was a small group of eight elephants that spent an entire afternoon crossing between islands opposite the lodge.  Everyone got great sightings from tent decks, main area and from boats.  It was a real highlight.

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The Rock Pratincoles have arrived and are all over the river (on the rocks), and the White Fronted Bee Eaters are also really numerous at the moment.  The river is really low – we are still able to get up beyond the Mweengwa rapids, and down past Mantobo island, but it needs care!

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We have had some fantastic guest feedback.  Chef Wina was compared to Gordon Ramsay – in fact the guest said Wina was even better.  I do have to say that I have never heard him swear though….

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Out of camp dinning has been amazing – the lawn like banks of some of the islands are at their most spectacular so we have been doing a lot of island breakfasts and sundowners.  Sundowners with freshly caught Bream in beer batter with a soya dipping sauce is now certainly on the menu!

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Keep following us on facebook for regular updates, and we are looking forward to doing October’s newsletter – featuring “Amazon Angler” filming a TV fishing show here at the lodge, home made rock pool swimming tubs and much more.

On that note, we leave September with the amazing smoked pike timbale!

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Trans-frontier Conservation News from South of the Kafue Park

Exciting news about trans-frontier conservation that hopefully will ultimately benefit the Kafue!

 

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Allyson Donates to the School !

The Itumbi Community School; which was built through funding organised by lodge guests and with lodge involvement – received a nice bonus yesterday!  Allyson a guest and friend returned here with $1500 that she raised for the school.  This will go towards much needed text books which the school badly needs.  Alyson

What to bring on a Safari type trip?

Recently we have had a few people asking us what they should bring when coming out here.  We thought we would put together some general thoughts on the subject, so last night we sat down and drafted some ideas on what to bring to the bush.  

Clothing:

Depending on the time of year you visit you might be very cold or very hot or both in one day! July here at Kaingu can get down to low single digits (Celsius) and the wind chill on an open vehicle or boat can make this a lot colder still. If you are coming in the winter months then gloves, scarf (silk or similar) and a woolly hat are pretty much essential. Several layers are a good idea – worth considering is one of the fairly new soft shell type jackets which give the warmth of a fleece but are far more wind resistant.

Footwear is often overdone, you don’t need heavy boots. Decent walking shoes or trainers are generally enough, or lightweight walking boots – like for European or US summer hiking. In the evening you might want to change into some lightweight sandals and let your feet also take a rest.

You don’t have to be clad in head-to-toe khaki, but fairly muted tones are best – and essential if walking in the bush.

In the summer months a fairly warm outer shell is often still needed on boats and vehicles in the early mornings, but the gloves and all that can be left at home. Loose fitting summer clothing is essential. Temperatures during the day can reach mid to high 30s and so think of it as like say the height of an Andalusia summer. In other words hot!

Either winter or summer please bring a hat.  A wide brimmed one works well, and if it has a cord so it doesn’t blow into the river and disappear towards lake Itezhi Tezhi then that is a bonus.

Sunglasses are another obvious but totally vital essential.

If you are coming in the wetter months – which are stunningly beautiful – then bring a lightweight poncho type raincoat, which is a fantastic invention! They will cover you and your gear and you can even put it over the seat back in an open vehicle or boat so the rain doesn’t run down and soak your behind.

A pair of lightweight waterproof hiking boots and quick drying trousers makes sense. Poly cotton or man made fabrics will dry much faster than cotton. A waterproof bag for valuable equipment or stuff that doesn’t like getting wet is a good plan too. Ortlieb are basically the leaders in waterproof bags of all descriptions.

Personal Amenities:

Moisturising cream is essential – any time of year. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. We don’t take, but if you are here for a matter of weeks then why take the risk! Every safari camp worthy of the name will have a fairly comprehensive medical kit, but do remember that if you are carrying essential medication then pack it in your hand luggage. We have had cases of guests with bags going astray and then trying to source medication on arrival. You do not need this added stress. Sun cream is essential at any time of year. Remember that exposure to the sun is not helped by the wind in open vehicles which makes you feel colder than you would when standing still so sunburn can really creep up on you.

Electronic and Optical Gear:

You could probably write a thesis on what people bring on Safari. Nowadays people travel with all sorts of things – laptops, tablets, smart phones, e-readers, GPS. The list is endless. Remember that in many places charging facilities are limited – if not in power available (many camps are specified to exact requirements, and 8 ipads and DSLR batteries all charging actually do take a lot of power, this is certainly the case here at Kaingu) but simply in terms of the number of plug points that have to be fought over if the camp is full. One of the pleasures of the bush is that you are stepping back and getting closer to nature. Do you really need to constantly be in touch? Will there even be a phone network or wifi connection? And if there were would you rather be on facebook or watching for finfoots and otters from the deck? But anyway now we are sounding really old (or bush)! But food for thought.

Remember that the African bush is not like other places – internet will come via a satellite system and every MB has to be paid for, so your hosts might not be delighted if their monthly allocation is consumed by someone on youtube or their connection grinds to a standstill and they miss a massive block booking and a Conde Nast journalist who cannot get an email response in five minutes goes somewhere else!  Camps can be paying literally hundreds of dollars per month for a connection that in say Germany would hardly even be acceptable for home use.

Rather than all the electronics (which you will constantly be worrying about charging) why not bring a big weighty paperback that you always said you would read! We won’t pretend; Jill Mansell and Tom Clancy would most likely be our choices and not Jane Austen and Tolstoy. But if you really do like reading electronically then an e-reader with a paper-like screen is better than a tablet – you hardly need to charge them and they are much easier to read in daylight as well as being kinder on the eyes at night.

So we have talked about the things that you really don’t need. But what about what you do need?

Number one on the list is binoculars.

Do yourself a big favour and skip the little ones with 25mm objectives. When the light fades they fade too, and the field of view makes it difficult to pick things up. They have their uses (e.g. walking when weight is paramount), but on Safari you generally don’t have to worry about that. You don’t have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on top end German ‘glass’. Companies like Nikon, Bushnell etc have lower end ranges that you can find online for bargain prices and optically they are very, very good. A pair of 8×40 or 10×40 will be the best. Don’t be fooled by higher magnification, which end up being very difficult to see due to slight movement and tremors being also magnified.

Number two is a camera.

Again this can be a full dissertation. Now some people will show up with 500mm lenses that cost the price of a small car. That is great and fantastic if your hobby or profession demands it and you can spend that much on a lens. But at the other extreme, lets face it, the little point and shoot that you break out at family gatherings to take snaps with is going to be a big disappointment. The lion that is 80m from the vehicle will be a tiny dot when you finally look at your pictures. The Pied Kingfisher on the river may as well be a mosquito! So called ‘bridge cameras’ however offer decent focal length in a small and relatively cheap package. A model that has just been replaced by the latest greatest can often be picked up at relatively bargain prices. And the results these cameras can produce can be surprising! But if you are really into your pictures then you don’t need me to tell you that you can always rent a lens for your DSLR! But still take along the point and shoot for landscapes and people. Photo buffs will often travel with two DSLR bodies and one long lens and one short lens for landscapes, but to be honest why bother as a point and shoot in the pocket solves that problem! I won’t even go near the Nikon Vs Canon thing… Nikon is better and we use Canon. That is about as straightforward an answer as you will get on that one! All the gear that goes with your camera; Hmm. Another minefield. Bring a couple of batteries and the charger and plenty of memory. Tripods, mega flash extensions and all that is fine. But we have lost count of how many tripods are brought here and sit on the deck for three days not being used. We have hosted professional photographers who bring nothing but a single body and a longish lens and produce dozens of images that are just superlative. Of course if you are flying in then if you are not careful then camera gear alone can max out your 20kg “soft bag” allowance in a heartbeat.

Number Three is a torch (or flashlight)

Weird eh! Well not really. If you live and work in the safari industry your torch is your best friend. Think about modern life when the lights stop working… scary. And there are no lions in Luton. But joking apart, many safari camps run on solar power and it is all too easy to go to dinner/out on activity and forget to switch your lights out. You then go back to the tent and… surprise! No lights. Or you wake up in the night on your first night in a strange room… instead of fumbling around grab your light of the bedside table and voila – light! Or the circuit breaker under your tent trips because it is raining… I won’t go into details about guides walking guests back to their rooms and finding that the “high powered mega light” is running out of batteries and the guests small torch saves the day (at a lot of embarrassment), but it happens. A lot. Not here though. Never. Only in big name corporate type entities that forget to buy batteries. A small single or double AA powered LED light with different power levels would be a good choice. Try Fenix as a brand that take some beating for the price. Torches taking 3 x AAA cells are also widely available and used, LED Lenser and Maglight produce popular ones. Headlights are also good; Petzl or Zebralight would be our choice. And a pack of lithium (energiser) batteries should do the job for the duration of your holiday. Or go nuts and check out oveready.com for a triple XPG modified surefire that will change your thought processes forever about what the simple torch is capable of!

Number four is a water bottle

Two in fact. Most camps have water filters, and there is nothing worse than dealing with sacks of plastic bottles. Do yourself and the environment a favour and get a Sigg or similar. Don’t forget that you will dehydrate here much, much quicker than back home. It doesn’t matter how fit or athletic you are – the body takes several days (up to 14 even) to acclimatise to much different temperatures and water loss. We have seen guests suffer serious dehydration and even heat stroke. It is not pleasant. Rule of thumb: if your pee is yellow then you are not drinking enough water. Luckily public loos (termite mounds and river banks) are literally everywhere. Don’t be embarrassed to ask your guide for a ‘comfort break’ – one of the useful Americanisms! If he or she looks blank then just say you want to “mark your territory” and they will instantly understand. It sounds weird, but having your own bottle that you carry around will actually encourage you to drink more water.

A few last other things

The only other thing that we would really recommend is a decent bird book and mammal behaviour book.  For the birds, ‘Birds of Africa South of the Sahara’ by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan is the reference text for Zambia and worth bringing. Even if you don’t consider yourself that keen a birder you will get a lot of enjoyment from the book and identifying birds yourself.

For the mammals we would highly recommend ‘The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals’ by Richard Despard Estes. This book gives fascinating insights into mammal behaviour and is well worth purchasing.

Oh, and a Swiss Army knife or leatherman type multi tool is always good to have!

 

 

August News!

Well August has been a great month for Kaingu.  In fact our most successful month ever! We had lots of guests and lots of game and lots more.

Summer is now on us and temperatures are rising – this time of year we start looking for croc-proof pools in the rocks to bathe in, although we must stress at the moment we are only looking but I bet by the end of September people are in the water!

The fishing has also been steadily improving, repeat guests came back for a family fishing weekend and really enjoyed!

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Our chef Lizzie also became a bit of a facebook legend when a picture of her stuffing six hippos into the oven was seen by over 20,000 people.  Of course the hippos were actually made from bread and was part of a childrens programme!

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Our canoeing partners at Mawimbi are busy building the new canoe camp, and a target date for the end of September has been set.  The camp is going to be really quite something special and we will keep updating as it goes.

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One of the best moments of the month was when we got handed the keys for our new Game drive car and then brought it up from South Africa to the lodge.  This means that we are now doing comfortable game drives in the park (where the vehicle is stationed)!  This also means that Kaley can drive up to 9 people and believe me he has been getting great sightings recently – lion cubs on the ‘Shishamba’ loop have been fairly regular sights.

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And speaking of lions we also had some nocturnal visitors in the camp.  Three lionesses silently slunk through the camp one night and we wouldn’t have had a clue they were there if we hadn’t checked the camera trap.

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We also had a great sighting right on the Spinal Road (at the Luansanza Bridge) of a herd of 200+ Buffalo.

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So all in all a great month.  September started off great too – with 1000 likes on facebook and a fantastic relaxed leopard when we all went for a staff game drive at Shishamba loop.

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Stay in touch with us on facebook for more updates.

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June Newsletter

June has been a phenomenal month for Kaingu Lodge. The sightings have been amazing, with elephants regularly crossing to the islands in front of the lodge and even lions in camp!
Guests were also lucky to see Pel’s fishing owl twice. We also saw two otters cavorting in the river downstream of one of our bush dinner spots. A canoe trip at the end of the month also were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive cape clawless otter demonstrating it’s amazing swimming prowess in the rapids. We also had some very good leopard sightings on the spinal road – two in one day!

This beautiful cat (and another) provided great sightings on a drive down the new spinal road

This beautiful cat (and another) provided great sightings on a drive down the new spinal road

In the Park the sightings have been encouraging around the new Bush Camp site – with great sightings of Hartebeest, Kudu, Sable and even a herd of 300 Buffalo! As well as lions and leopards calling at night as well as encounters with the two cats on a walk.

Apart from the Pels owl notable bird sightings included a white backed night heron!

The fishing has been picking up and guests have been catching decent sized bream and pike and we are very excited that we are getting a visit from a fishing TV show later in the season – we will keep you posted how it goes!

Two young males and a female provided some great adrenaline moments and sightings in the camp!

Two young males and a female provided some great adrenaline moments and sightings in the camp!

The northern section (i.e. the bet we use) of the Kafue National Park ‘spinal road’ has been finally completed. Global Construction have done an absolutely outstanding job and this really has transformed access to the camp. We thanked the site engineer for such an amazing job – and told them that their workmanship and dedication is way beyond the contractor in charge of the southern end. The good northern end means that guests coming here have a smooth ride through a national park without a single pothole. Coming to Kaingu is now far, far easier than before. While we are on the subject of roads it seems official that the other route here – the Itezhi Tezhi road is finally going to be repaired. The road was tarred in the early 70s when the lake dam wall was constructed and now it seems it will be again! This is fantastic news for us as well as the villages and town itself.

Just an example of the high quality workmanship on the new spinal road which has just been completed through the Park.

Just an example of the high quality workmanship on the new spinal road which has just been completed through the Park.

We have done a lot of interesting dining recently – at the rapids downstream of the camp as well as the famous Mpamba rock. We put on a special “winter solstice” dinner that was to celebrate the solstice, the ‘super moon’ as well as the 7th visit of a couple that keep returning from Norway to see us all at Kaingu!

Our proposed bush camp site has been the subject of lots of focus, we have been planning driving loops and walking trails and the sightings have been very encouraging! Sable, Hartebeest, Lion, Leopard have all been seen there. More news soon.

Our winter solstice dinner on the rock.

Our winter solstice dinner on the rock.

Our partners in canoeing (Mawimbi Adventures) are also having a good month, the first canoe trail was run and a great trip from Kaingu south was also run. Meanwhile Bernard is busy with the logistics of the new tents and interiors for the Mawimbi Bush camp.

That is about it for this month – it has been a great month in terms of bookings and July looks also good. Oh, we nearly forgot – we also became number 1 on Trip Advisor for the Kafue!

The canoe trail south of the camp is a mix of slow and fast water - this is the slow.

The canoe trail south of the camp is a mix of slow and fast water – this is the slow.

But some sections are much, much faster!  Here is Bernard giving some tips on how to get through.

But some sections are much, much faster! Here is Bernard giving some tips on how to get through.

Anti poaching

Anti poaching

Poaching is still one of the Kafue NP’s major challenges. Its enormous size, limited accessibility and little funding are the stumbling blocks. At the beginning of the season all lodge operators of the area met to discuss the way forward. With ‘Game Rangers International’ as the implementing body carrying out the aims of the ‘Kafue Conservation Society’ capable organisations have formed and every operator has agreed to raise funds by an additional bednight levy of 5USD. This levy supports directly the work of two specialist anti-poaching teams so guests can be assured of direct link between their stay and poaching reduction.

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