Life-giving rain


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

The sun beats down mercilessly on the naked earth, parched from six months without a drop of rain. The scattered lagoons and oxbow lakes on the Luangwa River floodplain are long-since empty and cracked clay… …

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Luangwa Valley specials


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

The Luangwa Valley is home to three near-endemic species, the Cooksons wildebeest, Crawshays zebra and Thornicrofts giraffe (there are other isolated populations of these subspecies elsewhere or some limited dispersal has historically occurred e.g. Cooksons… …

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Serval sightings


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing: Night Drive
Camp: Tafika

We are extremely fortunate at Tafika to have regular sightings of serval on our night drives. Serval are lithe and elegant cats with long legs, a golden sandy spotted coat and large ears and eyes.… …

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One day of photos


Guide: Bryan
Outgoing: Drives
Camp: Tafika

I decided to see what one day of taking photos would bring starting from early morning at Tafika  through to the night drive in the evening. There were many more photos but these are the best of… …

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Hiding away


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

A magnificent way to view or photograph wildlife is from the confines of a hide/blind that provides a very tranquil and rewarding experience. During the dry season, these hides are predominantly placed at popular watering… …

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Heat and biting flies


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

October in the Luangwa Valley marks the peak of the dry season, an incredibly exciting time of the year. With the outlying lagoons and oxbows lakes all but dry, the game now rely on the… …

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Carmine season


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

As the height of the dry season arrives, so too do the flocks of beautiful crimson red and blue carmine bee-eaters. They have returned to the Luangwa Valley from their northern haunts to take up… …

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Expressions


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

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Photos End of September


Guide: Bryan
Outgoing: Drives
Camp: Tafika

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Oxpeckers: pest removers or parasites?


Guide: Bruce Ellender
Outgoing:
Camp: Tafika

A common sighting on any South Luangwa safari drive is red-billed oxpeckers, hanging onto their host mammal species. It looks decidedly uncomfortable as oxpeckers dig into the ears and nose of buffalo, giraffe, hippo or… …

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