South Luangwa Travels
This week I went to South Luangwa to visit the various lodges and camps. As always I was met with such warm welcomes. I do so love visiting these wonderful places, and meeting the great people who run them.
The journey was long, as the road is being redone. There are about 200km of detours and old road, which means that one has to drive slowly and with care. However, it was not too bad and as long as you think if the journey as part of the experience, it does help!
South Luangwa is extremely dry this season, as is the rest of the country, and it is sad to see how low the Luangwa River has become. It is such a life blood for so many. I do hope that the rains come early and in earnest this year.
We spent one day on the park which was very special. Most of the animals are centered around the river now, so once you are away from it, there is not too much to see, although big herds of buffalo have been sighted - we were not so lucky! It was great to see so many Ellies, both in the park and in the GMA - they were at every turn and all had babies within the herds. We saw lots of giraffe and zebra, and of course impala and puku. Bird life was also good. We watched these carmine bee eaters for quite a while and they were very happy for us to be there.
The highlights of the day were seeing 8 lionesses and later on in the afternoon, a leopard in a tree. It was very hot so all of these animals were not very interested in anything - just in flopping over again and going back to sleep.
One evening we had a bit of excitement with an Ellie trying to get into our room! We had some apples which we had left in a cold box which was tucked away under a counter in our room. That clever Mum and baby could smell them, and just punched a hole in the door! That taught us a bit of a lesson. We had thought that it would be fine if they were locked away! Apparently not!! So the cold box was removed from the room and put behind the bar which is a large concrete and slasto affair - a place where ellies just cannot get to. However, the monkeys are another story, and the following day while we were out, they raided the box too and stole most of the apples inside! Maybe its better not to take any fruit into these areas!!
It was lovely to travel to South Luangwa after quite a few years. It is a fabulous destination and has some wonderful places where you can stay.
There is a variety of accommodation, from budget and camping to five star fabulous lodges. Soon I will be posting some of them onto the accommodation page for South Laungwa.
Until next week...