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October 2011
Lion and buffalo battle in Botswana courtesy Wilderness Safaris


"Drama in the Mara"... epic account of a lion cub rescue

lioness prepares to rescue lion cub anxious lions in the Mara lion climbs up bank   Here's an epic sequence of photo account attributed to Jean Largot in which a lion cub is rescued by its mother in the Masai Mara.

It happened during the annual migration last month.

See the full sequence and rescue on ZambeziZone or Facebook.

lioness drops down bank lion cub rescued


Last minute safaris and preparing for 2012

Last month we announced "the best ticket in town" - 4* comfort at less than half price in Victoria Falls.  It's even better with our "two river safaris" in Zambia and Botswana as follows:
  • The Zambezi & Luangwa River Safari: 3 nights in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe plus 5 nights in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia; that's 8 nights on safari including activities and local flights.  Valid until May 2012.
  • The Zambezi and Chobe River Safari: 3 nights in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe plus 3 nights on the Chobe River, Botswana; a 6 night safari including activities and local transfers.  Valid until March 2012.

Check availability with Liz Ferreira and quote "Two Rivers Safaris"

Victoria Falls, Batoka Gorge Chobe elephant


2011 safaris at peak!

Spring has been short (particularly in the valleys) and we're straight into summer.  Temperatures are rising,  summer migrant birds are filling the region, vegetation is sparse and wildlife conditions in east and southern Africa are peaking before things become really hot and unbearable.  The annual migration is producing "river crossing mayhem".  Rains are brewing all over!  
Damaraland elephants, courtesy Wilderness Safaris Damaraland rhino, courtesy Wilderness Safaris Damaraland mists, courtesy Wilderness Safaris
  • Namibia: Damaraland and the Kunene region have had a spot of early rain; rhino sightings have been excellent; scenery is always dramatic as summer approaches.
  • Botswana: Okavango water levels are slipping leaving a complex quilt work of waterways; elephants have been "testy" at Vumbura; artist friend Noel Smith has returned with inspiration for another year;  7 separate leopard sightings were recorded in a single day at Chitabe; Duba Plains has reported epic lion and buffalo battles; the Selinda Pride now numbers 20 lions

Zebra in the haze, Botswana - courtesy Noel Smith

  • Zimbabwe: Leopard, lion, wild dog and aardvark have provided excitement at Ruchomechi in Mana Pools as the Zambezi levels recede; Hwange's action is centred around the last waterholes at Little Makalolo and lions remain the big drawcard at Davison's.
  • Zambia: Hot weather has been punctuated by some early rain; lodges are full; Zambia's migration time is approaching - wildebeest in the Liuwa Plains, Bats in the Kasanka.  Last minute space available on one Liuwa safari in December.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Uganda

  • Uganda: Praveen Moman recently opened the new Kyambura Gorge near Queen Elizabeth NP in western Uganda.  A practical ecotourism initiative connecting guests with the conservation of local wildlife, chimpanzees and the communities nearby.Alofu calling on the Mahale group to join him in the forest. Courtesy Steve Ladd & Kiri Maloney
  • Tanzania - Mahale: There's been lots of drama with the Mahale chimps over the last fortnight - Primu was tragically ousted at the beginning of the month and Alofu has declared himself king.  Watch this space.
  • Tanzania - "river crossing mayhem":
    Festo reported "about 3,000 wildebeest completely blocking the river, creating four or five lines of nearly 20 metres wide";
    Ole encountered a wildebeest crossing of around 10000 on the Mara River about 7km from Lamai;
    Fadhili described the biggest group of around 100000 wildebeest he's ever seen.
    If the annual wildebeest migration is on your wish-list then see our early bird offer!
migration safari in Tanzania Mara river crossing, Tanzania wildebeest crossing the Mara River
River crossing mayhem!  Mara River, northern Serengeti, Tanzania


Capture an extraordinary offer!

First-come-first-served: 6 nights, two people, with Norman Carr Safaris in Zambia.  Valid in November only.  Quote "Norman Carr Safaris" for Jackie.

Early bird special: Book a week long migration safari with us before the end of November.  Valid through 2012, Tanzania or Kenya. Early bird migration safaris.

Honeymoon offers: 25% off in Tanzania (Sand Rivers, Kiba Point, Greystoke Mahale, Chada Katavi, Lamai Serengeti Jan-Mar and Nov 2012; Serengeti Safari Comp, Nduara Loliondo Mar-May 2012)

Wilderness Safaris: Nov-April 2012 except Xmas and Easter.  Practically unbeatable offers in 23 spots across Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Our safari was wonderful! I didn't want to come back home.
Everything perfect, the walking safari was the best: we were very lucky ...our group was not a group, just barbara and me. jason alfonsi is fantastic, a really beautiful and interesting experience. five stars to the chef alfred!  the only problem is saving money to go again.
thanks a lot Jackie for your helping me to choose and organize this safari.

Rosalba R
Zambia, September 2011

...more client comments here

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Savuti lion attacking buffalo, Botswana



There's been lots of fun across on Facebook

...friends offered a photo of a 6,5m Black Mamba (a prank?)
 ...amusing photo of Kenya's "rapid response squad"
..."pink elephants" in the Central African Republic and more!
...join us...friends page across here

We have a group of Canadian and US clients doing a 24 day safari to scout Ethiopia's Omo Valley culture, climb Kilimanjaro and then check out Madagascar in July 2012.  Safari cost excluding flights is around $8000. 
Anybody interested in joining up?  Drop Liz a note.

Zambian election triumph: After 20 years in power MMD have bowed out and "given way to new ideas, ideas for the 21st century".  President Sata of the Patriotic Front now leads Zambia, "a beacon of democracy and peace in an otherwise troubled world".

Sadly the safari industry will miss a big personality from Kenya.  Atta paid a fitting tribute to Aris Grammaticas who passed away on 15 October 2011.



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sunset over Old Lamu Town, Lamu Archipelago


News from the Zambezi gang

zebra chats with dog Zebras move in and crop the lawn

"it's so hard to concentrate on work when you have a caller outside the fence talking to the dogs"

"So eventually Char locked up the dogs, opened the gate and the little herd wandered in - cropped the grass a bit, ate a few plants and then wandered out again. All in a day at the office!"


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