Climate and Landscape
As winter settles in at Mvuu, more and more trees shed their leaves and the grasses are drying up. Early mornings are cold and misty but are followed by warm, sunny days. Liwonde National Park experienced some drizzle in the middle of July; however the rainy season is months away. Keep your jackets and boots on in the evenings as the temperatures drop, especially during a night safari.
A breathtaking sight of a herd of happy elephants was spotted in the Shire River – more than 50 splashing in merriness! Black rhino have been spotted frequently within the Sanctuary, along with buffalo. Herds of zebra, eland, the handsome sable, kudu and impala never disappoint our wildlife fanatics. The night safari drives revealed white-tailed mongoose, bushbaby, African civet and side-striped jackal.
Birds and Birding
Pel's fishing-owl sightings were very common in July. Birding continues to be an exciting experience, with frequent sightings of goliath herons, spoonbills, great white pelicans, greater painted-snipes, western banded snake-eagles, martial eagles, little sparrowhawks, purple-crested turacos, spotted eagle-owls, saddle-billed storks, grey-headed parrots, malachite kingfishers and an unusual display of African skimmers flying low on the Shire River.
Guess who’s coming to dinner? Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge had the privilege of hosting the award-winning restaurateur and MasterChef South Africa judge, Reuben Riffel during the Land Rover Expedition 2014 from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam. We were humbled by his presence and received some helpful feedback on our culinary skills at the Lodges. He gave Hussein’s dinner menu 10 out of 10: Succulent fillet of beef with potato croquettes, seasonal vegetables and balsamic vinaigrette. A heartfelt thank you to our Mvuu Lodge and Chelinda Lodge teams for making his visit a success!