Toka Leya Camp - January 2017

Jan 10, 2017 Toka Leya Camp
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Climate and Landscape
Rain, rain, rain – and more rain. We received 504 mm of rain in January compared to the average rainfall for Livingstone in January of about 200 mm!

The bush is lush and green. Flowers are in full bloom. The river is rising by the day and is in full flow. Our guests do not need to go to the Zimbabwean side to see the Victoria Falls as there is enough water now on the Zambian side to make viewing the falls spectacular.

Sunsets over the Zambezi River are to die for as the rain clouds make for stunningly unique photo opportunities each day. The colour of the river changes to chocolate brown soon after the storms, only to clear after a few hours.

There are a lot of babies and the bush is teeming with life and the different sounds of birds and insects.

Wildlife
One of our highlights was of a majestic crowned eagle at Kakungu Island. This powerful raptor was seen on one of our afternoon Zambezi River boat cruises.

We also were also lucky to witness a case of parasitism when we saw two dark-capped bulbuls actively feeding a young Jacobin cuckoo.

Some our guests had the thrill of witnessing a hippo fight in the water in front of our gym while working out. We also had a tower of giraffes come to the gym for a workout. We can surely lay claim to the gym with the best view in the world!

With the elephants having moved to higher and more solid ground, we were pleasantly surprised to still see some from our river cruises.

Camp News
Our Environmental Commitment
We have collected lots of seeds for our tree nursery. These should be germinating soon and we plan to donate the seedlings to our local schools for their tree-planting projects.

Our Culture
We always encourage our guests to visit a local village so that they may gain an appreciation of our culture and the way people live in Zambia.

Food & Beverage
Our traditional dishes of nsima, kapenta, oxtail and spinach are always a hit with our guests. Our new vegetarian options are also proving to be popular.  

New Year’s Eve
We invited the Munjile Band to help us usher in the New Year and they did not disappoint, with many guests asking them to play on until sunrise. A good time was had by all.  

Staff News
Many of our staff members are taking a well-deserved break, recharging their batteries for a busy peak season ahead.

We are also sending staff on training exercises to gain exposure to other countries, while also receiving staff from other camps as part of our staff exchange programme.

Guest Comments
“Had the best time. Highlights were the game drives and river cruises. The staff were incredible, the food was great and we would love to come back. Thank you for making our holiday amazing.”

“Thank you to the awesome staff for making me feel right at home.”

“The incredible detail to make our stay extra special is hard to come by. We felt very comfortable and looked after. Every single person went out of their way to make this the BEST experience ever.”

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

 

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