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  1. @jeremie we sure were lucky we saw the leopard and the badgers on the last night, but would have been triple lucky if we also had seen a cheetah which is even more elusive in the park! but we were given incredible sightings so I can't complain.
  2. @Alexander33 thanks for staying the course! I always promise to keep the report short but end up being too long-winded and rambling and I did take a couple of looong breaks. those are really generous compliments which I truly appreciate. thank you.
  3. @Geoff thanks for the explanations. Fascinating that the 2 numba accepted the hollywood males' cubs. I had heard about ringo's brother and that he had teamed up with another male and was very happy to hear that!
  4. @Geoff Noooo. were the cubs not the Numba's? one of the hollywood males was hunted early last year as I recall.
  5. @Atdahl i've thoroughly enjoyed the report and the awesome photos. I loved BRL as well and we were very lucky to have seen a few orangutans when we were there. we did see the gibbons but as you say they are elusive (worse than leopards!) and, with the jungle so dense, the branches and leaves are always in the way. But you had some incredible sightings despite the rain, and there are two more reasons (tarsier and gibbon!) to plot a return! thanks for sharing!
  6. what a survivor the hyena is - I really have developed such huge respect for them. stunning lion eyes, and I can even see your vehicle reflected in the eyes - so cool! that lioness was just next to the vehicle's handle bar? did it come so close? !
  7. @ld1 @TonyQ thanks for the guidance. it worked! reduced the list drastically.
  8. Thanks @Geoff wow such an incredible memory and Pat looks so young for his age. I remember Andrew - a very polite person and a bonus since he worked with Egil. such sad news for the cubs, but the takeover was inevitable. I'll eagerly wait for your TR to unfold! there is never a lack of excitement at SLNP.
  9. SLNP - one of most favourite parks - and Mwamba - one of my top places in Africa to stay so I can understand very well why you stayed there longest! and why I'll follow you faithfully on your journey... did Patrick guide you? and is Peter the Peter from Mwamba camp that I met? say Hi to him for us. Malaika is as accomodating as ever. who is the pride male for the Mwamba pride now? many apologies for the numerous questions - but I just love south luangwa...
  10. so nice to hear from you in the middle of the bush! taking me straight there now, and making me jealous..... Have fun!
  11. Just to give an eg - just one page of my unread content for today and yesterday was just this - i sort of gave up reading anything because there wasnt any other thread to read:
  12. Just a suggestion - ive managed to save a few unread content streams thanks to guidance in this thread. Sorry if this has been raised before.... In the past version, when a thread has been commented on a few times, the notification for the unread comments for that thread occurs only once. In the new version, the notification appears for every unread comment in the same thread so it hogs up my unread content list. any chance of reverting to only one notification for a number of unread comments in one thread please?
  13. Seems kafunta camp is outside the park but has its own access unto the park via a pontoon rather than going through the gate. Looks like game drives is close to the Mfuwe end, which means dogs are a stronger bet! Being outside the park will mean costs are lower but im not sure what the sightings of leopards will be? Flatdogs is just outsidethe mfuwe gate although that area becomes very crowded as most of the camps are around the gate region. It doesnt mean sightings are worse, just that you probably have to share it with more vehicles.
  14. SLNP would be one of two places I would return in a heartbeat too. It is an awesome park (not crowded in northern part of SLNP beyond Mfuwe when we were there). although as Tdgraves mentioned, there's a premium to be inside the park, there are benefits - less camps, hence less crowds, and you are in the heart of the park, so no need to take hours to drive into the park. The park is huge and you can cross the river into Nseful reserve as well. Plenty of cats - both lions and leopards, and elephants as well. Sept and October are very good for sightings, but very hot; still, waterholes are drying up so all the wildlife will be at the river and sightings will be incredible. we spent all 10 days in the park, and never felt bored or thought the sightings repetitive. one of my top experiences, if not the top, was in SLNP watching a lion battle with a buffalo. I'm not one for multi-country trips, so I can't give a view on Bots and Zambia, but you may have to fly from Bots/Livingstone into Lusaka and then into Mufwe. I would highly recommend Mwamba or Tafika (across the river) but as Lion camp is closing for renovations, the other camps in the park will get a little more crowded.

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