Kutandala is still my favorite camp

Aug 17th, 2008, 08:26 AM
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Kutandala is still my favorite camp

Just wanted to make this declaration, even though I'll do a full report on Zambia and Cape Town with pictures eventually.

Kutandala is in North Luangwa, Zambia.

I went back after my first visit 5 years ago and was equally impressed this time around. So glad there were no big changes to anything.

There was one evident positive change--the elephants. Five years ago we saw two on foot in a 4-night stay. They were fearful of people due to poaching. When those 2 caught our scent, they ran in terror, trumpeting.

This time we saw elephants on every walk, I think, for a total of about 30 elephants in 5 nights. There were families and lone males and the behavior of all of them was more relaxed.

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Aug 17th, 2008, 02:01 PM
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Lynn I was hoping you gave a preview of your North Luangwa stay prior to your full report. I love the area and your report on the continuing resurgance of a stable elephant population is outstanding!!
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Aug 17th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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One of the elephants was "resurging" for several hours at night right next to my chalet, eating seed pods and occasionally shaking the walls.
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Aug 18th, 2008, 04:54 AM
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Before the elles comeback you had to put a quarter in the bed for 2 minutes of that effect.

I heard when I was up at Mwaleshi last year that the elles must really like that Kutandala location as they partially destroyed one of the chalets
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Aug 18th, 2008, 12:14 PM
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Were there people in it at the time? That could be a little scary.

2 quarters, ha ha.
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Aug 18th, 2008, 03:21 PM
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That's great. Especially the elephant part.
I'm usually weary of going back as it's generally never as magical as the first time.
I'd use the first kiss analogy but I can't remember it or who.
Anyhow, good to know some places get better.
Now do us all a favor and put your report in one place....
Please.
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Aug 19th, 2008, 04:41 AM
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Well of course the "camp fire" story would have the entire chalet munched. "Dad" saves the family by scaring off the elephant with his horrible singing in the shower.

I think in reality only the front porch was damaged.
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Aug 19th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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Cybor,

You don't remember who you've kissed?
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Aug 19th, 2008, 06:52 AM
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Not the first one - either it wasn't memorable or my mind is slipping.
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