Toka Leya Camp - July 2013

Aug 9, 2013 Toka Leya Camp
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As it becomes drier, the bush is clearing up more and more and the general colours are turning from green to multi-colour hues. This as usual makes for good sightings as visibility is better than in the wet months. Weather-wise, we have seen a continous drop in temperatures after sunset and in the mornings with a little wind in the afternoon, but the days are still really beautiful and our night skies are full of stars.

Wildlife Sightings
We have noticed that most guests arrive here with one thing in mind – the Victoria Falls. When they eventually get on to game drives they are astounded by the wildlife variety - and the animals are also so relaxed making for great photographic opportunities - that all come back raving about both guides and game. They really cannot believe how productive their drives are in such a small Park.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is well known for its Rhino Breeding Project that has become a success, with three babies having been born in the last few years. We are all delighted that there are two other females that are expecting again in the not so distant future. This clearly proves that these animals, when left alone and under no stress, can actually multiply. We also feel that small parks like the Mosi-oa-Tunya, where these animals have 24-hour protection, are the only solution now to the survival of these giants whose population is under such persecution. We are really proud of the commitment of the wildlife police officers in our park who never seem to tire at all, their desire being to preserve the small population of rhino that we have in this part of the world.

Our boat cruises are always so much appreciated by guests. Allowing for only small parties, it is the personal touch and knowledgeable guides which make these river cruises second to none. This and the general beauty of the mighty Zambezi is a memory that will live forever in all our guests’ minds.

With the mainland drying out, the traffic of elephants to the islands is building up by the day and it’s always an unbelievable sight to see these massive mammals go from one end of the River to the Island or at times crossing borders from one country to the other.

Birding is best on the River, with a variety of birds ranging from bee-eaters to African finfoots, skimmers and other wading birds that frequent the waterways. On a few occasions guides have come back and reported the unusual sightings of a Pel’s fishing-owl which definitely is a highlight for anyone who has been birding or has an interest in birds.

With the winter here, we have also seen an increase of crocodiles lining the banks of the River as they try and catch the warmth of the sun. As usual we have seen that as the water levels drop, the concentrations of hippos rise in certain channels and we have been seeing some amazing sizes of hippo pods on the river.

Guests' Comments
“Believe in Africa and keep stewarding the environment. Wonderful service and hospitality. Keep doing what you doing. Can’t thank you all enough.”

“Our very first stop was magical! Such beauty, amazing adventures you made us feel so welcome, safe, well cared for and well fed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will always remember you and hope to see you again.”

“A perfect start to our honeymoon. Gorgeous location and superb staff. Loved everything.”

Management in Camp
Petros, Ondyne, Amon, Cynthia and Muchelo
Sjani Cuyler – relief

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