August has been and gone and lots has happened here in South Luangwa.
Zambia has a new president in Hakainde Hichilema and the whole country seems to be in a state of enthusiasm and excitement about what he will achieve for the nation.
The building work has been completed for now and we have started painting the exterior and interior of the dining are and varnishing the bar and decking.
A few weeks back we woke to find that a lion had killed a buffalo just on the edge of camp. A lioness and 2 large males hung around for several days keeping a close eye to all on all the movement on camp. The local troop of baboons let out continuous warning calls. At night the roars of the lions and cries of the hyena made for restless sleep!. After 3 days with the help of the vultures and hyena there was little of the carcass left and relative peace returned to camp.
We have taken some time out this year to explore the National Park - we had a full day drive with Nicholas and one of his guides, Byron, around the Lusangazi Gate. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch over looking a lagoon watching elephant and giraffe.
Yesterday we visited Chibemebe - a tented camp in the north of the Nsefu Sector. This is the site where the great Norman Carr had his first safari camp in the 1970s. Set on the banks of the river the camp has a wonderful position and we will certainly be looking to spend some more time there.
We have been talking with Nicholas about plans for 2022 and have some great ideas to make Malama Umoyo a more unique experience for guests (I'll keep them to myself for now but watch this space......)
The valley is heating up as we move towards October. The river is becoming shallower by the day.
As for our plans to return to the UK at the end of the season, they are still very much up in the air. Zambia remains on the UK red list so we are exploring all of our alternatives to avoid an enforced quarantine in Manchester. We await the update from UK government around 16th September and hopefully we will have some clarity. Until then we are enjoying our time in South Luangwa.