Category: Current Affairs

October game sightings

“Very special camp in remote part of Southern Kafue National Park.” (Will, Oct 2016)

The month of October has been very warm but continued to deliver great wildlife sightings in addition to a myriad of special bird sightings. The ellies are in front of the lodge almost every day with the waterbuck and as the dambo gets lower, so they have stirred up a lot of silt turning our water into the ‘Nanzhila spa’ – the challenges of living with wildlife!

Lions show up on a regular basis but this sighting of a coalition of 3 males was very special and if they stick around, could well ‘shake’ things up with the resident prides. Guests were also recently surprised by a massive male leopard strolling through camp and the wild dog have been seen a few more times.

Of course the Nanzhila antelope are always fantastic and with roan and sable seen on nearly a daily basis, we sometimes take them for granted. We also had a beautiful sighting of eland recently and the bushbuck living in camp have provided us with some beautiful photo opportunities.

 

September Kafue sightings

September is known as “safari season” in Zambia and has been a really busy month for us! Here are some of the highlights from around Nanzhila in the Southern Kafue over the last 2 weeks:

From the predators, the standout sighting was a family of very relaxed cheetah! Nanzhila has abundant prey species and ideal habitat so it’s always a treat seeing these cats. The local pride of lions were around the other night and caused a little consternation by chewing open the bailing twine on some of our thatching grass stacks! Also big news is that the wild dog pups in the area were spotted! Sadly no photos yet but we hope to show you soon!

Our bachelor herd of elephant is now up to 9 and they hang around the lodge almost every afternoon and evening which has made for great photos. We also had a wonderful sighting of the ellies up at Lake Itezhi-tezhi too.

As usual, the birdlife and the antelope species of the Southern Kafue have been magnificent and we have had some awesome sightings of roan, sable, kudu, black cheeked lovebirds, Pel’s Fishing Owl (!) and many more.

Obviously we have had a number of people visiting us recently and so it’s always nice to read some good feedback – the below are 2 brief accounts

“Wonderful food and service, the owners took great care of us and we saw all kinds of wildlife…We went for the wildlife but our lovely chalets and great lodge experience topped it off as a really nice experience!” WESLEY.

“Our game drive with David & Bob (two of the top guides we have experienced in Zambia) was filled with sightings of many antelope among which the Sable and Roan were magnificent…To really appreciate and experience what the Southern Kafue has to offer one needs to stay at least 3 nights. Thank you to all at Nanzhila for showing us that there are indeed animals and birds in the Southern Kafue.” EBEN & SANDIE

 

Latest wildlife sightings – the best so far?

The last week of August and first week of September at Nanzhila Plains produced some more incredible wildlife sightings and excellent birding! The week started off with a lovely sighting of young leopard off the Cordon road trying to melt into the undergrowth. The herds of roan and sable have been very visible and our bachelor herd of elephant now spend almost everyday in the dambo in front of the lodge.

As usual, our guests have had great sightings of the black-cheeked lovebirds in the last week. However, the birding sighting of the week was the Pel’s Fishing Owl seen on a walking safari on the Kasha – the first sighting of this special so close to Nanzhila in 10 years!

But the standout feature should surely have to have been the solo battle between a lone male wild dog and a male reedbuck with the wild dog winning the day! It is believed this is the male of a new, small pack that appears to be settling in the area. The guides have seen that one of the females is lactating so we are hoping to see new arrivals soon!

One of our recent guests had this to stay about their time at Nanzhila: “The stay was lovely, and everyone really enjoyed… the biggest complaint was why I had not arranged 2 nights there !!!” 

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The full package in August week 3

This week has shown the full range and diversity of the game viewing in Nanzhila! Our guests have enjoyed an incredible range of species and sightings and it once again highlights what a unique area the Southern Kafue is:

Our visitors from Italy enjoyed a rather unique evening drive when they saw leopard, 6 lions and an otter! In addition to the ‘normal’ plains game, we picked up the following special species through the week:

Eland; Bushpig; Sable; Roan; Serval and Wild Cat! What a combo! However, perhaps the ‘sighting of the week’ must have been the wild dog chasing a kudu near the dambo in front of camp!

Another great sighting was of the critically endangered White Headed Vulture and we also got our 2 resident rollers (Lilac-Breasted and Racket-tailed) this week – the other 3 rollers we see (European, Purple and Broad-billed) are visitors and will be arriving soon!

Some of our departing guests also made use of the Ngoma Airstrip to connect their time in Kafue with the Luangwa Valley – it’s great to know that people wanting to connect the Kafue and Zambia’s other great parks can do so through charter flights out of the nearby Ngoma Airstrip.Their feedback (translated back from Italian): “A wonderful place and definitely a place to return to!”

 

Lion Kill and Ellies for Brunch: Aug wks 1 & 2

“Thanks Steve and Cindy for an unforgettable time and for hosting us in your Zambian paradise” Savage Family – Aug wk 2.

The last 2 weeks in Nanzhila have continued to produce awesome sightings! In addition to a number of sightings of sable, roan and hartebeest, we also have started to see new life on the plains of Nanzhila including the latest arrivals to the oribi!

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The ‘stand out’ sightings however must be the lion kill just in front of camp where 8 lions took down an impressive waterbuck. This provided some incredible scenes for guests in the lodge at the time.

 

We were then treated the next morning as a small herd of elephant came to the dambo in front of the lodge for “brunch” and a drink which was such a special moment for all who were fortunate enough to witness it!

 

Steve has also started a “tree audit” in camp – identifying the various species can be quite tricky and we have a good deal more species around camp than initially thought!

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Kafue Current Affairs: July week 4

The Dandajena family from Newport, Wales decided at the last minute to add a short Zambian safari to their Vic Falls holiday itinerary. Time was precious and they could only spare 2 nights and as the nearest lodge in the Kafue to the Vic Falls, they chose Nanzhila. Our wildlife came out in force to welcome them with multiple sightings of wild dog, serval, genet, zebra, warthog, all the antelope species that the Nanzhila area is renowned for, as well as elephant and porcupine. Lions were roaring around at night and they left us some lovely feedback: “ Thanks for sharing your wonderful place with us, the fauna and flora was special. The food was amazing, the best service ever”.

Other notable sightings this week included eland, wild dog (again – second appearance in 3 weeks), a lot of sable and roan on quite regular basis.

Chalet 2 has a new hat! During last rainy season we had a direct lightning strike that caused the thatch to catch fire. Thanks to the quick action of the staff we were able to save the building and it now has a sparkling new thatched roof.

Are things starting to warm up a little or is it just wishful thinking? The nights are still chilly but the days do seem to be getting warmer and the grazers have started to seek the shade during the heat of the day. I understand that this year we’ll be under the influence of “La Nino” and that we may well have early rains? The impala seem to think so as they are already showing signs of pregnancy. We will have to wait and see!

Kafue Current Affairs: July week 3

1: There has been a lot of lion movement around and even IN camp. The Mafuta pride is 7 strong and very settled allowing quite close interaction. The Eastern Pride is at least 9 strong but more skittish, probably in light of their proximity to the Eastern boundary. The Mafuta’s in fact relaxed around our fireplace last week entertaining us all throughout the night with their roars!

2: Towards the end of July and early August the pregnant Litchenstein Hartebeest start separating from the herd to drop their young. A few have been born already. Most female Hartebeest seem to fall pregnant annually and it is not surprising to see herds nearly double in size nearly overnight. Warthog are another species that we can expect to start dropping soon. Plenty of food then for our cheetah, leopard and lion populations!

3: Most of the annual burn is now complete and we are starting to see a lot more Sable and Roan than in May and June as they come out on the grassy drainage lines enjoying the new grass.

4: DPNW have just completed most of the grading of the arterial road and loops in the area, including the bad sections between Dundumwezi Gate and the lodge and then the road north via Kalenji Track.

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