Lion’s share of the Kafue.

Lion’s share of the Kafue.

Another great lion sighting yesterday afternoon.  Eight sub-adult cubs (four males and four females) were all chilling near the entrance to the Sishamba Loop under the shade of trees.  Two had nasty cut on one leg so we assume they had been fighting or were injured on a recent kill.  It’s encouraging to see so many young lion prides in the Kafue this time of year and often on the Spinal Road.

Access to the Sishamba Loop is restricted to a few kms but drying out fast now that the rains have ended.  Let’s hope for lots more cat sightings throughout the Kafue as this season gets underway.

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A head for starters.

A head for starters.

When we came upon this pack on the Spinal Road, between the Luansanda and Sishamba Rivers, they were eagerly greeting the return of a few dogs that had  been on a kill and covered in blood.  We watched the pack fighting over a small head, all that was left of what looked like a Duiker.  This would have been a snack for so many dogs and after a rest they would have been off on the hunt again.

The pack was made up of ten dogs, two with collars so known to Panthera in Kafue and our information will help with the monitoring of Wild Dog throughout the Kafue National Park.

Wild Dog have been seen quite often over the wet season and this pack in particular.  Let’s hope for more this dry season.

Kafue ellies in need of a visit.

Kafue ellies in need of a visit.

The GRI Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for abandoned elephants orphaned due to poaching, human conflict and other tragic circumstances.  The babies receive 24/7 care and protection from their dedicated keepers and learn to interact with other orphans after the trauma of losing their natural family.  The milk-dependant orphans live at the orphanage in Lusaka until they are 2 years old when they are relocated to the release facility within the Kafue National Park.

The Kafue Release Facility is located in the southern sector of the Kafue National Park and backs onto the Ngoma Teak Forest.  There are currently 12 elephants being cared for and they spend their days roaming the park, meeting the large herds of wild elephants from time to time.  The hope and intention is that these orphans will be fully integrated into these herds in the next few years and enjoy a natural life within the protection of the park.

The release facility is a days excursion from Kasabushi or a short drive from Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and the perfect opportunity to see and enjoy elephants at a safe distance but up close and personal.

Many of our Lusaka based followers and some clients will have visited the Orphanage at Lilayi, Lusaka and got to know the babies cared for there.  The youngsters run in with their keepers at 11.30 every day much to the delight of the viewing public.  On a recent visit I heard about the latest addition to the family, 3 month old Kesewe but she was sleeping at the time so not on view, next visit I hope to meet her.

The rescue, rehabilitation and release of these orphans is totally supported by public donation.

Drive time.

Drive time.

Another special day in the story of Kasabushi.  We are now the proud owners of our first game-viewing vehicle and it is already being enjoyed by campers on an evening drive.

To date most of our clients have done self-drives within the park.  We can now offer drives with Andy who is our Kafue qualified guide.  We also have the benefit of driving from camp at first light and until after dark because of our location with the national park.

On the drive out to the park from Lusaka this morning we were lucky to spot a pack of Wild Dog on the M9, a great start to the game-viewing this season.  Lions have also been in camp the last few days and a cheetah was seen last week.

Our vehicle is a big step for us and Kasabushi and we are very much looking forward to driving the camp forward in the season ahead.

Bush Lovers.

Bush Lovers.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the heart of the Kafue!

Kyle and Edwina will never forget their recent stay at Kasabushi or the Kafue, he proposed on top of Lubalanzuki Hill and the answer was ‘yes’!  Kyle decided during a previous visit that the hill was the perfect place to get down on one knee and they have both felt on top of the world since.

Love and a rock.

The heart of the Kafue is now blessed with two marriage proposals and has a place in the hearts of so many of our guests.

We wish Kyle and Edwina every happiness for their wedding later this year and a lifetime of love, fun and adventure.

Festive greetings from the Kafue.

Festive greetings from the Kafue.

Merry Christmas to all our followers and we wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful but exciting 2018.

It has been a good year.  The campsite has been so busy all season and we’ve enjoyed hundreds of lovely campers from all over the world who all, without exception, have loved it here.  We are steadily building up our Bush Camp (full catered) business and attracting the right kind of people looking for relaxation and peace to enjoy the bush in a homely setting.

Wildlife sightings get better every year and most clients have left well pleased with what they have seen.  The harder you look the luckier you get here and patience pays off in the end.

We enjoyed a wonderful break in South Africa in February but returned in time to watch the river flood mid-March.  It was upsetting to see our lovely new chalets 40cm under water but there was no lasting damage and by Easter we were open for clients.  This season’s rains started early, mid October, and we’ve already had 200mm, 20% of the last year total rainfall and we still have three months to go.  The river is rising mainly due to the rains in the north so we can only wait and see what is in store over the next few months.

Andy is now a bona fide resident of Zambia (along with his spouse) which is a big relief and testament to our acceptance here and what we have achieved in four years.  The visit of family and friends this year has been such a boost to our morale and we look forward to seeing more here next year.

We are enjoying a quiet time in camp over the holiday and hope for a rest somewhere early in the New Year before next season gets under way.

Love and best wishes from a very green and lush Kafue.

Lib and Andy

 

Bird’s eye view of Kasabushi.

Bird’s eye view of Kasabushi.

We have a few clients arrive in their own plane, flying into our local airstrip at Chunga.  The ‘Bill Boys’ took these photos on their way here from Joburg via Livingstone recently.

Proflight will be operating scheduled flights from Lusaka to Chunga from January 2018 linking the Kafue with other parks in Zambia and Livingstone (Victoria Falls).  We meet fly-in clients at the airstrip then drive them the 30kms to camp enjoying a game-drive on the way.

The riverine bush is always green but trees all over the park have been bursting into blossom and leaf ahead of the rains which have now arrived.  The heat of the last few weeks triggered the new life in hundreds of shades of green.  Campers from Slovenia were amazed at how green the trees are so late in the dry season.  The park will now burst into further life as the grass returns, our Summer has started.

The Kafue River never runs dry, we just have to wait and see how high the level will rise over the next five months.