Yet again the Jonathan Scott & Phil Berry safari at Mfuwe Lodge was a huge success this November; eight guests attended (sadly one had to drop out before the trip after breaking her leg), many of them had been on safari with Jonathan before in Kenya and/or India, but all were first time visitors to the South Luangwa and keen wildlife enthusiasts - most were also very keen photographers.
It was an incredibly memorable week with all discovering what makes the Luangwa one of Africa's most outstanding national parks, and with two of our top guides, Peter Milanzi & Manda Chizanga, leading the safari, the week was filled with a fantastic variety of wildlife highlights; numerous Pel's fishing owls (including one joining us at dinner), a flock of over 100 crowned cranes, multiplying lion cubs, beautiful carmine bee eaters, some exciting leopard encounters and who could forget Wonky Tusk and family's visits! Perfect weather, delicious food, relaxing massages at the Bush-Spa, thanks to Nathalie & the girls, and some thought provoking presentations by Jonathan & Phil, as well as Matt & Egil from the Zambian Carnivore Programme, Rachel from the South Luangwa Conservation Society and our very own Lisa Gower, made the week even more special. All came away with fond memories and some wonderful photos, so what better way to review the week than hear from its participants:
"I may not be an expert as far as a camera is concerned, but I did pick up a few hints, and enjoyed listening to all the information being passed back and forth. I too was amazed at how everyone was so kind and nothing was any trouble to make sure every day's activities went off without a hitch. I also would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone for their efforts to ensure that the safari was such a success.
I met so many nice people. ...a great group of people... had a marvelous time....
The trip of a lifetime...." Mary, Australia
"Great location for the workshop. Use of the library for group discussions and 'private' dining worked particularly well. [The] standard of guiding [was] amongst the best we have ever experienced – particular thanks to Manda, Peter and Fanuel. The visit to the school and the Tribal Textiles demonstrated how valuable the work of the lodge is to the local community." Carole & Paul, UK
"... it was an amazing safari, and the staff at the Lodge were truly special. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone was catered for so well. I really enjoyed also visiting the school, and was very impressed with the Lodge's support of people and staff locally, it was unusual to see so much put back into the local community, and a real credit to everyone involved - I don't think I have come across anywhere quite like Mfuwe Lodge and Bushcamp Co. All the wildlife is great, however Wonky Tusk and her family of Elephants visiting the Lodge almost daily is really the icing on the cake! ... you truly have to pinch yourself!" Debs, UK
"A truly memorable safari. The Lodge was lovely and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. They coped with all our unusual dietary requirements, and looked after us superbly. We enjoyed seeing Wonky tusk and her family walking through reception to the mango tree on several occasions, nothing could be more magical than eles in the Lodge. The wildlife was stunning, and we are hoping to go back next year.
A really amazing place." Camilla, UK
"...the amazing guiding of Manda and Peter, the superb talks by Jonathan, Phil, Matt and Rachel ... the great organisation and team at the Lodge, going to the local school and the tribal textile place, the totally relaxing bush spa to the unique wildlife. What was great was seeing the different species that I hadn’t seen before ... the 140 odd crown crested cranes was a simply incredible sight. To be honest there was so much in that one week – I don’t think one could recount it all as you would need an entire website!!" Ali, UK
“Mfuwe Lodge and the Valley are now a regular fixture in our calendar. We return each year to host a week-long photographic safari with Phil and Babette and the team at the lodge, guided by two exceptional local guides Peter and Manda. We favour the onset of the ‘green season’ at the end of October and early November when the rains are imminent. This is the time that Mfuwe’s most famous residents make an almost daily appearance at the lodge, marching through reception to take advantage of the abundance of food on offer around the camp. I’m talking of course of Wonky Tusk and her family, a herd of wild elephants who probably roamed this area long before the lodge was established, feasting on the wild mangoes that ripen and fall from the trees at this time of year. We never tire of witnessing and photographing this extraordinary event." Jonathan Scott, Kenya
One couple even produced a book of the trip, which you can view here
We will be holding another safari at Mfuwe Lodge, hosted by Jonathan & Phil, from 5th to 12th November 2012. You can find out more here, or contact Naldi to book your place.