Dear ATCNews readers!
I don’t know about you but I have a hard time believing it’s been a month already since our last newsletter!
We’re now at the end of August, another incredibly busy month at the camps.
Once again we received the visit of our lovely Mounir Hassanieh of Nachbaur Reisen. Mounir has been coming for years, usually taking over the whole lodge with his guests from Austria and Switzerland, and it’s always a pleasure to take care of his group. This year was no exception!
Ending August sadly also means saying goodbye to our fantastic volunteer, Enrique Romera.
Enrique was a huge addition to the team, especially to our front of house staff and he will be sorely missed. Thank you for your hard work!
His girlfriend Laura and her mother joined him for a short holiday before heading back home.
We are always on the look out for young motivated individuals who are ready to spend 3 months in the bush learning the skills of hospitality while getting a taste of the African way of life. Any application for 2020 can be sent to Anke.
Lots of other things happened in the past weeks.
Our guides, drivers and key staff had their First Aid refresher course. It’s obviously important to master these skills but it also offer some time together as a team which is always welcome during the busy season.
Another fun bonding time was a visit to Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust.
Only 15 minutes away from Kafunta, it’s a great place for guests to experience. There is a hands-on conservation center where many local children learn about the importance of wildlife and conservation.
Owners and Directors Anna & Steve also run a small rescue and rehabilitation center, and have become foster parents to several baboons and warthogs.
Before heading back to Australia Anke took another trip down to Chilongozi school with Karen and Dave of Project Luangwa.
Although we may have been quiet over the past few months about our fundraiser to save the Chilongozi school, it is still very much active.
It is taking time though, and it’s not without some setbacks, but we still need your help and more donations to be able to renovate the school to safe and acceptable standards.
Click on the button if you are able to help. Thank you!
As you know Kafunta Safaris is a founding and active member of Project Luangwa, and we are extremely proud of the work done on a daily basis by managers Karen and Dave, and by what they have accomplished in the past 10 years for the people of the Luangwa Valley. And there are many more outstanding initiatives to proof that safari tourism is an essential tool to support local communities and conservation.
If you are interested in learning about the significant contributions made by all these private initiatives (small and big), click on the left image to access a recent magazine that was published by Luangwa’s safari lodges and businesses to showcase some of the efforts currently taking place in the valley.
It’s well worth a read!
Do you remember in last month’s newsletter where we explained our troubles with the pontoon? We’re happy to say that our temporary fix has been working fine and that we’ve been able to cross without problem.
LUANGWA … Where Wild Things Are
And here we are, the part of our newsletter I know you all wait for. Now you can sit back and relax, and scroll through these wildlife photos just as you would flip through a safari photobook. These are the most recent photos, taken within the last few weeks for all to enjoy!
When you see this look on a lioness’ face, you know something is up.
And when you know there are buffalos around, you get your finger on the camera trigger. Ready for action.
Our guest Lisedore was there and ready!
But sadly the lionesses were not convinced and even if they showed a bit of enthusiasm, it was short lived.
They will have to find some other prey to feed on!
Beautiful, isn’t it?
If you want your photos to be shared on our social media and newsletter, don’t forget to send them to me. If you don’t have the time to edit or watermark them, no worries I’ll do it for you!
Just email them to me.
This time of year sees the return of the Carmine Bee-Eaters, a sign of summer’s arrival along with the heat and dryness.
Let us see what September will bring!
Mfuwe, South Luangwa, Zambia