As always with the opening of a camp in the Busanga Plains, there is a certain amount of trepidation. We rely so much on the elements to play along that we sometimes forget that we are in one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth. This year has been no different than previous years.
As we entered the hippo pools by moonlight, we were granted a full choir of welcome from our semi-aquatic neighbours, making it quite clear once again that we were home. To our added surprise the journey was lit by millions of fire flies giving us a bush-style candle-light escort to our final destination... SHUMBA.
Weather and Landscape
From the outset our mornings have been fresh and crisp with the bite of winter yet to set in (a good camp fire being the perfect complement to a steaming mug of coffee and a sunrise that has to be seen to be believed) waking you up, ready to head out into the eerie beautiful morning, which has to be a must for any photographer. After the mist clears we are afforded pleasant afternoon temperatures that reached into the high 20° C mark, allowing the layers of clothing to be removed as you enjoy a glass of Pimm's from the deck of a perfectly-appointed camp.
We are lucky to have had a lioness give birth to three cubs this season and she has been very kind to our guests by showing off her offspring on several occasions. Add that to the wealth of birdlife along the waterways, and things are hopping. A juvenile martial eagle has taken up residence in the camp are, clearly stressing out all of the francolins and guineafowl around.
‘Big Boy,’ the resident male lion, has graced us with his presence too, and interestingly, he has taken a younger male under his wing so to speak. The male duo was seen feeding side by side on a hippo carcass. It will be interesting to see what happens when this young male grows up a little.
General game has been fantastic, and a myriad species can be seen throughout the entire area.
Staff in Camp
Tara Rowe, Ashley Rowe, Idos Mulenga, JohnD Muleka, Sandy Sakala and Isaac Kalilo.