Little Ruckomechi - September 2016

Sep 30, 2016 Little Ruckomechi
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Climate and Landscape
The floodplain is the only area around camp left with patches of greenery, making it a place of competition for the herbivores such as elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, hippo and impala.

The September night-time temperatures were quite bearable though the days were hot and hazy; so much so that our beautiful view of the mountains on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River was invisible for a couple of weeks.

Wildlife
With the concentration of animals now on the banks of the river, we sometimes wondered whether to even bother to go on a game drive! From camp there were spectacular sightings of small herds of buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, impala and troops of baboons with lion and leopard coming through the camp at night, trying to ambush the unsuspecting herds.

The not-so-skilled lions of Little Ruckomechi (when it comes to killing buffalo anyway) gave our guests a chance to witness a lion kill when they mauled a buffalo from behind without suffocating it .

The seldom-seen wild dog pack was sighted drinking water in front of the camp and a record four leopards on the same game drive allowed guests to take eye-watering shots.

Big herds of buffalo, lowing as they came to drink water, were seen on several occasions being escorted by lions looking for the sick and old in order to terminate them.

Seeing a porcupine while a hyaena whooped one night gave guests a lullaby soundtrack to an amazing sighting.

Guest Comments
“The very best way to unwind and mingle with nature. We saw species of animals that I have never seen before.” “Exceeded expectations on all counts. The trip of a lifetime.” “Too many to number! The elephants were two metres from the tent! The night drive to watch the lions feeding on a kill.”

Staff in Camp
Trainee Manager: Ishmael Nzara
Guide: Honest Siyawareva

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