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    Here are some photos from my recent (Sept/ Oct 2010) trip through the Kafue NP to Vic Falls and on to South Luangwa then Lower Zambezi. I will add some text sooner or later.

    I spent 3 and a half weeks in Zambia this time, much of it trying unsuccessfully to import my car. However, I did get out and about a bit too. Starting at McBride's Camp for 3 or 4 days, then to Mukambi via Kafue River Camp, Mumbwa. Then down the River Road via Itezhi Tezhi to Nanzhila and on to the Falls at Livingstone. Then the long slog across to South Luangwa NP, via Lusaka, then back to Lower Zambezi NP to finish off. I'll flesh that all out later.

    Kafue sunset.


    Mukambi from across the Kafue River




    Kafue sunset




    Vegetable seller, Mumbwa


    Vegetables, Mumbwa market



    Mumbwa market


    Pontoon between McBride's and Kafue River Camp/ Leopard Lodge



    Kafue track....everything greening up


    Kafue River from McBride's boat



    Kafue River from McBride's boat



    Kafue River from McBride's boat



    Kafue River from McBride's boat



    Kafue River from McBride's boat



    Mumbwa taxi drivers



    Mukambi campsite




    Kafue sunset



    Camping at McBride's, sheltering from the wind




    Difassa waterbuck, Kafue



    Typical scene, Nanzhila plains



    From Wildlife camp, South Luangwa



    From Wildlife camp, South Luangwa



    From Wildlife camp, South Luangwa


    From Wildlife camp, South Luangwa



    From Wildlife camp, South Luangwa



    Luangwa river, South Luangwa


    More to come.....
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    South Luangwa NP



    South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa
    NP


    Giraffe resting in the shade, South Luangwa NP


    Me, my brother, my brother's girlfriend


    Weaver bird nests South Luangwa NP


    You are joking?



    Village at petrified forest, near Chirumbu


    Lower Zambezi NP


    GMA adj to Lower Zambezi NP


    Zambezi sunset


    Zambezi sunset


    Bricks ready for firing, Lower Zambezi western GMA


    Zambezi village


    Blackcap Bulbul (bottergat), McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    Boehm's bee-eater, McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    Lioness, McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    Sunset, McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    Riverbank scene, McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    The legendary lion-man, Chris McBride


    McBride's Camp, Kafue NP


    Male Cheetah, nr Mukambi, Kafue NP


    Vervet, South Luangwa NP


    Puku, Kafue NP


    (Can't remember which lodge), Lower Zambezi NP


    Kudu, Kafue NP


    From a fishing trip on the Kafue River, Kafue NP


    River Road, 15km south of Mukambi



    Vervet


    Thornicroft's giraffe, South Luangwa NP


    Kudu through giraffe's legs, South Luangwa NP



    South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa NP


    Wood Sandpiper, South Luangwa NP


    Oxpecker and 2 white-fronted bee-eaters, SLNP


    South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa NP, home of the biggest crocs I've ever seen


    Thornicroft's giraffes, South Luangwa NP


    Typical ox-bow lake scene, South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa NP


    My brother reckoned 700 in the herd.....South Luangwa NP


    Saddle-billed stork, South Luangwa NP


    Crawshay's zebra, South Luangwa NP


    Common Waterbuck,
    South Luangwa NP


    Ibis, South Luangwa NP


    South Luangwa NP


    Lower Zambezi NP


    OK, that's it..........

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    Nice one Mr G. Chris looks well and trim. I suspect that I took a picture of the same tree roots as you did - the reflection of what I think is a ficus tree just downstream from McBrides.

    TW
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    Very nice Mike. Now all I would love to know, is where all the photos had been taken. The rooftop tent, is it the old one or your new design?
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    Thanks Tony, Tina........

    I'll do some writing soon, and flesh this thing out a bit. The rooftent is the old one, due for the bin very soon. The new ones will be along shortly.

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    Great photos Mike, just great, thanks
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    You were lucky with another cheetah .... KNP?
    Where is your cat?

    Hope you enjoyed your trip!

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    Mike, PRAGTIG, very beautifull, hope you enjoyd your visit. beautifull
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    Thanks Johan, Bertie........baie dankie, Wkb.

    Bertie, the black footed cat was after dark, and in my car headlights, so the pictures didn't work out at all. Pity. I'll have to settle for just remembering it. I told the McB's that it looked a bit like an ocelot, which is obviously South American........that left them looking a bit puzzled!

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    Hi Mike,
    thanks for sharing the photos.
    I presume that your ID-Bird is a Wood Sandpiper.
    I agree with the ID of the Boehms Bee-Eater at Kafue NP, but as far as I can see in the little picture "Oxpecker and Bee-Eater" at South Luangwa NP these are White-Fronted Bee-Eaters (more common and more widely distributed than the Boehms, which occurs afaik not in Luangwa Valley).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tassilo View Post
    ......are White-Fronted Bee-Eaters (more common and more widely distributed than the Boehms, which occurs afaik not in
    Correct

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    Thanks guys.........names amended. Funnily enough, I told my brother at the time that they were white-fronted bee eaters, but convinced myself they were Boehm's when I saw the photos.

    Oh, and yes, Bertie, the pair of cheetahs was across the river from Mukambi, almost exactly where I saw 3 brothers last year.

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    Hi Mike, going through your photos again, I noticed that there is a lot of sunset photos. Didn't you ever got up early for a nice sunrise, or did you lay in like Dawie every morning?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    Hi Mike, going through your photos again, I noticed that there is a lot of sunset photos. Didn't you ever got up early for a nice sunrise, or did you lay in like Dawie every morning?

    In Sept/ Oct in Zambia there is really quite a lot of burning, and so the air is very hazy. You'll notice my pictures don't show many blue skies. This meant that all my sunrise photos are washed-out and dull, I'm afraid.

    I was up before 6am most days, BTW!

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    Hi Mike…. nice set of pics, thanks for sharing ….hope your brother enjoyed the trip.
    Black footed Cat? Dose it have another name..we see quite a few African Wild Cats last Oct in KTP.
    Only 9 days to go and we shall be there, hope it dose not rain to much.
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    …forgot to ask, did your meeting in the bush with Linda go ok or was it a total cock up…
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    Tracy,

    the black footed cat is a fantastic bit of good news. This sighting is well outside of the previously reported range of this tiny nocturnal spotted cat.....and the BFC is quite different to the African Wild Cat (much smaller, and distinctly spotted). I am in contact with the only researcher into BFCs, in Kimberley as it happens, and am reporting in great detail to her about the sighting. She is excited to hear of it in the Kafue, and we have eliminated any other possibility other than it being a BFC. It was suggested that it might be an immature AWC, but it was clearly different.

    I'm afraid the whole Busanga Plains thing and meeting with Linda in the bush came to nothing, so we headed off to South Luangwa instead. Linda, as she does, had to help out someone at the very last minute who had been ripped off by a travel agent......and as a result found that she not only didn't have space at Busanga anymore, but that she didn't have 5 minutes to herself in the whole of September and October!

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