Climate and Landscape
The mornings are chilly though the temperatures do rise during the day. The chill returns in the evenings when the sun goes down. The temperatures are still comfortable however, and a nice glass of sherry or port while sitting close to the fire drives away the cold.
The sunsets were spectacular with the dust and haze amplifying the sun’s reddish-orange colour. The level of the mighty Zambezi has continued to drop, exposing more and more islands and creating great opportunities for birding.
Because of the greenbelt of the national park around Toka Leya, we have been treated to fantastic game viewing as animals like elephant and buffalo come into camp on a regular basis.
There is a new baby rhino! The rhino programme in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park continues to grow from strength to strength and Toka Leya is right where the action is. Watch this space for pictures of this welcome new addition to the rhino population.
We had some great sightings of elephants in camp as well as swimming in the Zambezi River.
There were two sightings of a Pel’s fishing-owl between Tents 1 and 2.
An epic hippo fight took place in camp, with the prevailing male being seen in camp often marking his territory.
We use the organic waste from our kitchen to feed earthworms in our worm farm. The worm farm produces compost that we use to grow indigenous trees that we plant around camp and donate to local schools and Greenpop, an NGO that is involved in reforestation in Zambia. Our guests also play their part by planting trees around camp.
We are proud of our cultural heritage and freely share it with our many guests – whether it is showing them where we live or sharing our music and dance moves.
Food & Beverage Experiences
Some of our more popular dishes were crispy duck with sweet plum sauce served with creamy parmesan polenta and short ribs with garlic and rosemary served with Paris mash.
Our guests also had the opportunity to try out different settings for their meals like breakfast at the gym watching the Zambezi River flow by.
We welcomed Takudzwa Gonese (TK) and Helen Njovu to the Toka Leya team.TK assumes the role of Camp Manager and Helen that of Assistant Camp Manager.
Congratulations to Stephen Phiri and his family on the safe arrival of their daughter Tapelo.
“Everyone here was just so delightful and made our trip memorable. I loved everything about this place and am sad to leave. I hope everyone working here is as happy as they seem, as they work together so nicely. Our guides were great and gave us great tours with excellent information about Zambia and the animals.”
“This was a DREAM stay. We couldn’t imagine a more enjoyable and wonderful getaway! The warmth and kindness of the staff was beyond comparison.”
“This is one of the most beautiful safari camps I’ve ever stayed in. The staff was great.”
“The most wonderful and welcoming team! Seeing rhinos, amazing cruise…It was all fabulous!”
Staff in Camp
General Manager: Chris Chiparaushe
Camp Manager: Takudzwa Gonese
Front of House Manager: Stephen Phiri,
Camp Assistant Manager: Faith Chiwende
Camp Assistant Manager: Helen Njovu
Activities Manager: Amon Ngoma
Senior Guide: Godfrey Mungala
Junior Manager: Thembi Ross