Toka Leya Camp - December 2016

Dec 30, 2016 Toka Leya Camp
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Climate and Landscape
The rainy season has started and Toka Leya received a total of 94 mm of rain during December. Typical of the weather in our region we experienced several spectacular thunderstorms. These often occurred in the afternoon and provided spectacular sunsets followed by distant natural fireworks after dark. The welcome rain has turned the landscape into a lush green paradise and, with all the moisture and new foliage, the midday highs have cooled down noticeably. The water levels in the Zambezi River have started to rise rapidly and water has started flowing over the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side.

Wildlife
Our guests had a wonderful sighting of a large herd of elephant coming down to the Zambezi River to drink. The guests reported that they were elated to witness the animals sliding down the embankment and frolicking in the shallows.

We also witnessed a hippo carcass floating downstream past camp. Several crocodiles were following the carcass. Later, while on a river cruise, our guests witnessed several crocodiles feeding on the hippo carcass where it had stranded on some rocks.

Camp News
Our Environmental Commitment
In preparation for the water levels rising in the Zambezi we executed some anti-erosion measures on the banks of the river near our gym. Taking advantage of the natural tendency of seeds to germinate at this time of the year, we have added a significant number of seedlings to our collection of plants in our greenhouse.

Culture
We celebrated Christmas in camp with special meals and delightful entertainment from our traditional band on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We also presented our guests with gifts reflecting the culture and history of our area.

Food & Beverage
We introduced a second vegetarian option on our dinner menus – to very positive feedback from guests, especially regarding the wider choice available now. Philimon, our Wilderness Food Wiz, joined us in camp over the festive season and under his personal direction we served a splendid Christmas spread.

Staff News
Based on guest feedback and in recognition of all the dedicated and hard work done by our staff, Toka Leya was awarded the 2016 Zambezi Regional Service Award. We are very happy and grateful to receive the award and are motivated to achieve even greater guest satisfaction in 2017. Our staff members have started taking well-deserved breaks and are enjoying their annual leave.

Guest Comments
“Incredible, amazing, delicious, comfortable, warm, insightfully directed and attentive staff… love to return.”
“Probably never see anything like this again. Amazing guides, amazing sites and amazing people, Thanks!”
“Every single staff member here has been incredible – definitely the friendliest people we have encountered – feels like home. Thanks for making our stay so special – you are all truly great people!”

Staff in Camp
General Manager: Chris Chiparaushe,
Camp Manager: Nic Moolman
Front of House Manager: Stephen Phiri,
Camp Assistant Managers: Faith Chiwende
Activities Manager: Amon Ngoma
Senior Guide: Godfrey Mungala
Trainee Manager: Thembi Ross

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