South Luangwa Trip Report - March 2005 / Part 1

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Apr 18th, 2005, 02:12 PM
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Thanks Ruthie - I HAD read part 1, I remember now and I just re-read your part 2 again! Wonderful trip! And, just had another peek at the pics! FAB!
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May 4th, 2005, 03:02 PM
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Phil and Ruthie, Please explain about the tse tse flies! I thought they had been eradicated as we saw none in Botswana last year. Do they still carry the sleeping sickness and how does one prevent being bitten? Thanks.
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May 5th, 2005, 06:29 AM
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I have looked at your photos multiple times because I enjoy them all so much! We were never able to get such a good shot of the lovely but elusive woodland kingfisher -- absolutely beautiful.
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May 5th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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Lin,
The only time we experienced Tsetse flies in Luangwa was on the drive between Tafika and Mfuwe - both ways there was a stretch of about 30 mins that was really bad. How do you avoid being bitten - best way is to be in an enclosed car & keep the windows shut. Otherwise there are certain colours that attract them (separate thread on this titled blue clothes on safari).

They do transmit sleeping sickness but mainly to cattle, although I seem to remember that our guide said there is a very very small risk for people - but I'm really not sure on this so please check elsewhere if you are worried.

Lisa, thanks for the kind comments. We saw many Woodland Kingfisher, but the photos are mainly from one that was a regular visitor to a particular tree branch in Tafika camp. I got so close that I could have reached out and stroked him - I had to step back to focus the camera properly.
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May 7th, 2005, 08:15 PM
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Thanks Ruthie, we will be doing that drive from Tafika to Mfuwe so I'll know to be prepared! Thank heavens for this forum.
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Jun 21st, 2005, 08:11 PM
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Phil and Ruthie, tell me a little more about the canoe trip at Tafika. I will be there next month and with my sister and I in a canoe, I'm kinda scared it will tip and crocodiles and all???? Could we die????
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Jun 24th, 2005, 11:49 PM
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Lin,
Don't worry too much about the canoe trip. As I mentioned in my trip report, our canoe was followed closely by an engine-powered inflatable dinghy with a couple of back-up staff from the camp and the Park authorities. Yes, there were a few crocs, with literally hundreds of noisy hippos. You can see them swimming up nearby, but they tend not to come that close to the boat - hippos are very territorial and appear to be happy just letting the intruders (us) know that we're in their waters!
We did a few canoe trips and all were very enjoyable, with lots of bird sightings. One time we passed by a big buffalo which was right at the water's edge and ready to take a swim. Unfortunately, our presence distracted him to the extent that he appeard to forget why he'd come to the river, so he simply turned slowly and wandered off back up the bank and into the bush!
Finally, a couple of tips for your canoe trip:
1 - Don't carry too much heavy or bulky baggage, you'll find it easier to get in and out of the boat (and on any subsequent bush walk) if you travel light.
2 - Be sure to carry essentials such as a hat, suncream, water, binoculars and camera.
3 - Make the most of the experience and think of all the people who would love to be in your shoes (me included).
Happy safari'ing!
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Jun 26th, 2005, 09:14 AM
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Great report Phil. Nicky and I were also in S. Luagwa for a week this past March. You did great with your bird shots too!

Good to see folks taking advantage of Zambia's superb safari destinations and coming back with these encouraging reports. Thanks for sharing

BTW, since you are so spot-on with your bird ID's, your Egyptian Geese are actually Whitefaced Ducks in disguise. I was especially impressed to see your shot of the Mangrove KF. Again, well done.
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