The 2019 season has come to a close. It has been another good year, the end always coming around faster than expected.
Mwaleshi, Takwela and the Chikoko Trails camps: Chikoko and Crocodile, were all packed away after their closing on the 31st of October, and we closed Tafika at the beginning of November which was unusually early this year.
The game viewing exploded with action during October and November. Lions were extremely active towards the end of the season and a dead hippo in front of Tafika attracted a pride which fed on the carcass for days, offering extraordinary views of lion and crocodiles feeding together and one very lonely hippo periodically chasing off the crocs. Packing up was filled with distractions…
The lions even made themselves at home on the microlight airstrip with some very reluctant to move while we tried to take off one morning.
Throughout the year our mailers have been lion dominated but to be honest, we just kept having pretty spectacular lion sightings which we can’t help share with you!
It was sad to close early instead of sharing these last great sightings with our guests but we promise to keep sharing some pictures on Instagram and Facebook. Keep following our channels to see the photos, but most importantly, don’t miss out on November next year!
The huge herds of buffalo, consistent leopard sightings, towers of giraffe, big family herds of elephant, wild dogs in action and fantastic birding (to name a few highlights) have all contributed to great safaris this year.
Throughout the season we made a few tweaks at Tafika – these small enhancements were added to the chalets throughout the year to make them even more comfortable: USB charging bases in the bedside counters for charging phones; sturdy outside seating for more comfortable lounging on the verandahs and swing doors which are still made mostly from natural materials.
Annual end-of-year festivities
Staff game drives are always offered at the end of the season, and as per usual at this time of year, they had good sightings of lion, leopard, elephants, giraffe and buffalo.
‘Lucky dip’ is also another fun end of year highlight. Lucky dip is patiently organized by Heather who sifts through all of the items donated throughout the year by generous guests and friends and sorts them into equal bundles. These are then allocated to each member of staff through a lucky draw. Thanks to everyone that left goodies for the lucky dip, every item found an appreciative home!
Another exciting end of year treat comes in the release of our new Remote Africa Safaris website! Please take a look at our new site which is filled with interesting information about our camps and our extraordinary home, the Luangwa Valley.
Looking towards 2020
While perusing our new site, please check out our 2020 promotions, especially if you’re considering another visit to the Luangwa next year. We’re offering some flight specials to North Luangwa and seat rates for flights to Bangweulu Swamps making it easier to experience another one of Zambia’s amazing wild places.
Takwela Camp, our latest addition to the North Luangwa, expands to four chalets next year to accommodate up to eight guests. Alex will continue as camp manager but will be accompanied by another guide and vehicle to enable more flexibility with game viewing activities.
With the festive season drawing closer, if you would like to gift the sponsorship of a school pupil or college student for a year from the Tafika Fund, please let us know.
Pupils – USD900 per annum
Students – USD2500 to USD3000 per annum
A last little reminder (but certainly not least) is that John is once again offering microlight flights next year in May. These are complimentary flights and are only available in May for bookings of four nights or longer at Tafika Camp.
We hope you’re all gearing up for a lovely festive season and that you’re taking the opportunity to relax and take some time out! Even we took to the beach to finish the season off in style.