Climate and Landscape
The bush is very dry at present, but a few trees are showing off their spring flush and the colours are amazing. The sunsets are just fantastic and the green trees and grass in camp attract hordes and varieties of animals. While the temperatures are rising, we still had a few days of chilly weather and some rain this month.
The skies are clear and this offers exciting opportunities for stargazing. Some of the summer migrant birds have arrived and we had wonderful sightings of a Eurasian bee-eater.
Elephants galore! We had elephant in camp on an almost daily basis. While there is so much to do ‘out there’, game viewing in camp has been fantastic. Elephant, hippo, warthog, bushbuck, buffalo and giraffe have all combined to make game viewing from one’s tent a treat. Not forgetting the African finfoot, goliath herons, bee-eaters, weavers and other feathered characters that can be seen darting around camp.
An elephant family came for lunch but we struggled to satisfy their huge appetites. They then decided to go and have a spa treatment but found the spa fully booked so they went off and had their own mud wrap between the pool and the spa!
Our Environmental Commitment
While we at Toka Leya play our part in disposing of our waste in a responsible manner, we realise that we share the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park with many people, so we do that little bit extra by cleaning up the Park and picking up the left-behind plastic, paper and bottles.
October is a very special month in Zambia as we celebrated our independence on the 24th. The staff came out in our national colours for the day: PROUDLY ZAMBIAN!
Food & Beverage Experiences
We showcased some of our traditional Zambian cuisine on Independence Day and all our guests enjoyed our delicious local food. Some guests decided not to order from the main menu and concentrated on the traditional dishes instead. They were so popular we had to replenish everything!
Douglas Mulimba was voted Employee of the Month for October. Also recognised for providing great service and hard work was Rachael Chandipo.
This was such a fantastic stay! Thank you so much for the very personal service and hospitality! It is easy to have a nice physical place but your staff here is what makes this place special. Thank you for taking such good care of us.
Thank you to all the staff at Toka Leya for a magical relaxing stay. Loved every minute!! What a wonderful place you have and hopefully I will be back.
A magical place! Thank you to all the staff at Toka Leya for a wonderful relaxing stay. It was just awesome. Would love to come back again.
We got more than we ever dreamt we would. A fantastic piece of Africa. Loved every minute and would have loved to stay longer. With places like yours, the future looks bright for Africa. Your staff were exceptional. A BIG THANK YOU to them. We will try to come back again.
Staff in Camp
General Manager – Chris Chiparaushe
Camp Manager – Takudzwa Gonese
Front of House Manager – Stephen Phiri
Assistant Manager – Faith Chiwende
Assistant Manager – Helen Njovu
Activities Manager – Amon Ngoma
Senior Guide – Godfrey Mungala
Junior Manager – Thembi Ross
Trainee Manager – Kapita Banda