Toka Leya Camp - May 2017

May 1, 2017 Toka Leya Camp
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Climate and Landscape
The rains have disappeared save for a small shower we had around mid-month. The temperatures have cooled considerably and the river level has started dropping noticeably. There is a chill in the mornings and evenings now, though temperatures remain pleasant during the day.

The bush has started turning brown and more and more animals are coming into camp for the green vegetation here. Elephants have also started coming back into camp and buffalo are now regular visitors. The dust and haze contributed to some beautiful sunsets over the Zambezi River while some trees have started losing their leaves, creating interesting contrasting colours.

Wildlife
Our wildlife highlights this month include elephants that came right into camp at lunch ime. We also saw the two baby rhinos in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park as well as a new-born baby sable on one of our drives!

Camp News
Our Environmental Commitment
We have reorganised our tree nursery so that we are better able to handle all the seedlings we plant. We have planted about 300 seeds for eventual distribution to local schools.

Our Culture
Our guests were treated to cultural talks in camp around the fire. The guests were shown aspects of Zambian culture including material such as chitenge fabric and its many uses.

Food & Beverage Experiences
We have introduced our Toka Leya winter menu and the new dishes, including roast chicken with dates, olives with capers and braised lamb shanks, proved a great hit. We have also had rave reviews about our red-wine poached pears served over vanilla pavlova.  

We put on a cheese-and-wine tasting evening which was really appreciated by our guests.

Staff News
Rachel Chandipo returned to work after five months’ maternity leave. She was blessed with a baby girl.

More staff took their annual leave this month but will be back in time for the busy season.

Guest Comments
“Thank you for sharing your wonderful piece of heaven with us. Your hospitality is inspiring. Loved every moment of our visit.”

“We had a great time. Wonderful food and hospitality. Loved Victoria Falls, the river and the wildlife. Everyone warm and friendly. Our guides knew everything about animals, flora and fauna.”

“Most wonderful experience ever! Everyone is so warm and friendly-Thank you! We will hopefully be back for many more visits to this wonderful lodge and beautiful country.”

“Thank you for a great time. Lovely staff! Great adventures and super tours.”

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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