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Recent Hwange Visit

Recent Hwange Visit

How lovely it was to see the park looking so lush on a recent trip to Hwange. Some early widespread rain has clothed the veld in glorious shades of green. Delicate new Mopane leaves, waxy and glistening, range in colour from pale yellow and orange to deep russet red, and some of the teak trees are already bearing pretty pinky-purple blooms. There are pools of natural water lying in various dips and hollows, and the pans are filling up nicely…

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Darting Hat Trick

Darting Hat Trick

With the continuing deterioration of the socio-economic situation in the country, we have seen an increase of snaring for bushmeat in and around the boundaries of Hwange National Park. Animals caught in snares are doomed to a terrible, slow, agonizing death. The following is a report from Paul and Stephanie de Montille from DART of a de-snaring hat trick they recently performed: ” One Friday in August, we were called to a fresh sighting of a snared Painted Dog. Because…

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The Life of Bhubezi the Lion

The Life of Bhubezi the Lion

This is the story of Bhubezi the Lion as told by Brent Stapelkamp. The Ndebele people in Zimbabwe say that there are two kinds of lions. One, called Ilawo, is a young, nomadic lion that preys on livestock and conflicts with people. The other, called Bhubezi, is a large, older, heavily maned beast that doesn’t conflict with people at all. This very accurate cultural observation describes not two different types of lion, but two distinct periods in a male lion’s…

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Zambezi and Hwange National Park – June 2017

Zambezi and Hwange National Park – June 2017

Taking advantage of our annual timeshare at Lokuthula, we had a wonderful week up at the Falls. What a treat! As we arrived we found the low maintenance lawnmowers out on the lawn as usual – a sounder of warthog in the company of a huge boar with an impressive set of warts and massive tusks and a trio of dainty bushbuck.   As it was marathon Sunday the second day we were there, accommodation was packed to the rafters and…

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Hwange at Easter – 2017

Hwange at Easter – 2017

It was great having the opportunity to go to Hwange Main Camp over the Easter weekend. Having not been up since December and before the main rain had fallen, it was wonderful to see the park so lush and green with water still lying everywhere. Most of the natural pans were filled with grasses and sporting beautiful purple, pink or pale yellow water lillies.   On closer inspection, most of them also had bobbing heads of water birds and their young…

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