Zambia: wildlife sightings at Bilimungwe?

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Sep 11th, 2005, 05:55 PM
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Thanks Atravelyn - I don't know if I will go up on the Microlight either if I stay at Tafika. I can do small planes, but ...this one may be too small for my comfort zone. We'll see... ;-)
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Sep 11th, 2005, 07:51 PM
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Sharon,

Drink two 'Amarula on the rocks' before doing it (or whatever else) - that helps!

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Sep 12th, 2005, 05:41 AM
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OK Mitch~ I guess that would help ease the pain if we crash into the croc and hippo-infested river! ;-)
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Sep 12th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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I was at Bili camp last year in July and it was fantastic. Lots of eles, hippos, wild dogs catching impala. Leopards live right near the camp and you should see them any night.
At this time of years, there will be a non stop parade of thirsty animals to the watering hole by the camp.
The Kapamba river is right nearby and the spot where that dumps into the Luangwa seems like one of the most gorgeous spots I was in the park.
It feels even further in the bush than the other bushcamps camps because it is quite a way by itself.
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Sep 12th, 2005, 03:33 PM
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tripster,

Thank you. That's exactly what I wanted to here. (Where is my credit card...)

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Sep 12th, 2005, 04:22 PM
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Tripster, I second that! It's great to hear these things as I plan my own trip.
You know what I find interesting is that I keep reading that wild dogs are more likely to be seen in May/June. But lots of people are reporting sightings of them in July, August, even September. They all say "a lucky sighting." Is everyone really just lucky or is there another explanation?
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Sep 12th, 2005, 04:53 PM
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Sharon,

I've seen them in October in Zambia, and in October and November in Botswana. I would call it 'luck', but I also would call it 'luck' if you see them in May/June.

This time I won't call it luck: the wild dog research team in Kafue has its HQ near Lufupa Lodge, and their second unit is based at Lufupa itself - so it must be really bad luck if I don't see those nice creatures at Kafue.

Curious what South Luangwa will offer me - but that's a bonus.

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Sep 14th, 2005, 10:16 AM
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Mitch,
By the way, I'll be back at the new bushcamps camp, Kapamba, in November.
I think it is quite near Bili, and it's open till christmas, unlike the otehrs that close on Nov. 1
I'll report back after I return. Hoping to see the elephants roaming thru the lobby at Mfuwe lodge also
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Sep 14th, 2005, 10:44 AM
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tripster,

Kapamba is already on the list for my next Zambia trip. Since chances are good that I have my own vehicle at Bili, I will use the opportunity to make a short visit at the new camp. On the photos this 'earth' design looks very appealing.

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Sep 16th, 2005, 02:15 PM
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Mitch - Still planning to look into Kapamba after your recent troubles?
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