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  1. Here is the August 2018 APN Monthly newsletter: https://www.african-parks.org/ceo-report/august2017 APN is working hard to reintroduce black rhinos in Zakouma in the next dry season, and are working closely with the governmente of Chad to manage the new Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve in the North of the country. They are also working on an extension of the area under their management in the larger Zakouma region. Lions reintroduction in Liwonde is planned for next year, where the cheetahs are still going well. The situation is still very dificult in Chinko because of the civil crisis in CAR. Bangweuleu game reintrouction is going well, with large herds of pukus reintroduced in the last weeks.
  2. Here is the NGO 2016 anual report: https://api.african-parks.org/system/annual_reports/downloadables/000/000/030/original/2016_African_Parks_Annual_Report_Impact_Defined.pdf?utm_source=Updated+strategic+list&utm_campaign=00923c1f87-African_Parks_February_2017_CEO_s_Report3_29_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f080ba31b-00923c1f87-326177169 There are huge efforts to reintroduce species and recover landscapes in difference parks. - Zakouma: elephant population has reached 500 animals. - Chinko: APN is securing a core area where wild dogs, lions, elephants and lord derby elands are to be found. - Garamba: Since Junce the NGO has successfully stabilized the situation after a loss of 3 rangers and 100 known elephants carcasses. - Akagera: Lions population has doubled in less than two years after the big cat reintroduction. - Odzala: Efforts are pursued to control the bushmeat crisis in the Central Africa wilderness. - Liwonde/Majete/Nkhotakota: Big game species and elephants translocation to Nkhotakota project phase 1 was a major success. - Liuwa: Large predators continue to recover in this park holding the second largest wildebeest migration in the world. - Banweuleu: Plans are underway to reintroduce game species. Plans are underway at Ennedi (Chad), Pendjari (Benin), Bazaruto (Mozambique), Buffalo Springs and Shaba (Kenya) to ad new adquisitations to the portfolio. The Ethiopian authorities blocked the NGO bank accounts and plans are compromised at Gambella.
  3. I let you the March-April 2017 APN Monthly report: https://africanparksreports3.org Here is Peter Fearnhead's letter:
  4. Kasanka, Bangweulu, and Liuwa are phenomenal multi-dimensional nature destinations and definitely off the beaten path. As a solo traveler, the small group trips (6 max) provided by Robin Pope Safaris (RPS) were an ideal way to share fixed costs. The two trips I combined delivered superior quality in every respect. You can also drive to all these locations on your own or with a guide. Originally, I contacted esteemed guide, Rod Tether, of the famous and former Kutandala and now of Zambian Expeditions (rod@zambianexpeditions.com) about a private or group trip to a few Zambia locations in November. The RPS excursions were the logical results of our discussions. ........... Kasanka..................................................................................................................................Shoebill Island, Bangweulu......................................................................................................................................Liuwa
  5. 2016 we did our first 'proper' (i.e. paying guests) Liuwa/Kaingu package. We ran two trips, both of which consisted of starting at Kaingu, then flying to Kalabo and having three nights in Liuwa and then flying back for a couple of nights at Kaingu. We obviously wanted to do a proper job on this one so the amount of gear that we took was staggering! We wanted it to be as comfortable an experience as possible without actually building anything (which obviously we are not allowed to!). Five staff, an open game viewer and our private vehicle and a trailer. Myself & Julia (sous chef, solar and mechanical tech, shower water carrier and room attendants), Wina the Chef, Benny the front of house star and field guide Kaley. We also engaged an African Parks scout for the local knowledge. Things have been so dry (as in not much rain at the beginning of the year) that the pools were almost empty and the wildebeest were not really grouped in the huge concentrations yet. Despite this the sightings were great. Consistent cheetahs and hyena. Its such a special place. I am not going to talk much more, rather just show some pictures. As always I like to show a bit behind the scenes. For sure we can just show nice glossy pictures of wildlife, but speaking personally I am always interested in 'behind the scenes' a bit and how things work. untitled shoot-10718.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Note even the Lozi stools on the game viewer for bedside tables and fireside drinks! Oh and the ramps on the hand drawn ferry were kaput on one side, so the ferry had to be turned mid-stream and then I had to reverse off with a trailer in thick sand. Fortunately I didn't mess up as there was a big audience! Benny went mad in the new Mongu Shoprite. To be honest we were all wandering around slack-jawed. It is amazing. untitled shoot-10737.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Typical Liuwa landscape. Overnighting in the brilliant Liseli Lodge in Mongu. We stayed in and watched TV (a rare treat), while Wina (who is a big lad) went into town and a bit mad. he claims 30 castle beers. I believe him. That was his tips blown in advance....! untitled shoot-10758.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr More landscapes. Chef Wina in front of his kitchen untitled shoot-10772.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Julia's amenity assembly. untitled shoot-10777-HDR.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Guest tents for the first group. Being in Zambia we of course totally over estimated our Nshima requirements and so lugged 20kgs of maize meal around Western Zambia.... Better safe than sorry! untitled shoot-10802.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr We even put brand new tyres on GV1 to take it to Liuwa. You need decent tyres here. Not in terms of grip, but in terms of a tyre that can be deflated (to deal with the sand) and not give problems. BF Goodrich. The best! Okay, enough about tyres. untitled shoot-10852.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Hyenas are famous for trying to eat tyres. Not these ones though. Too small and cute! untitled shoot-10869.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Your 'typical' Liuwa water hole life. This is the tent you get if you are called Zarius and are a pilot. Luckily he is quite small. untitled shoot-10905.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Kaley looking very worried. Benny looking for wildebeests. He took great delight in telling Kaley that "the guide is rubbish and as a guest he won't even be tipping one Kwacha". Kaley took equal delight in pointing out that this was a staff drive and when the guests arrive he Kaley will sit around the fire with them and Benny will have to serve him! untitled shoot-10942.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Wildebeest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, now we need another 8000 please. untitled shoot-10945.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr 7,999 to go. Keep using the binos Benny. Benny and Wina upset the campsite boss man by moving his table so it could be a drying rack beside the kitchen. The guy went off his trolley, banging on about 'regulations are everywhere'. Fortunately we got into his good books by using a compressor to blast out a choked shower drain. After that we were all friends again. So much so that at the end of the trips he got left the 15kgs of maize meal that we couldn't finish plus dregs of wine boxes. Oh, and we paid his wife to do the washing up. Tent interior. Please do note the carpet. untitled shoot-11005.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Zebras. At sunset. untitled shoot-11030-Edit.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Discussions about the day. untitled shoot-11045.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr "Our" dining room. untitled shoot-11067.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Short tailed eagle in the trees by our campsite. untitled shoot-11142.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Guest tents. We kept numbers to a maximum of 6 per group. untitled shoot-11193.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr I always say that I would go to Liuwa JUST for the landscapes. And it is true. Yes, we did bring ponchos. untitled shoot-11220.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Julia dressed for dinner. I was well impressed. untitled shoot-11279.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr For the second group we were up at Katoyana and there were a lot of reedbuck around. The guests saw cheetah trying (and failing) to hunt them at the pools 1km from the campsite. We went out mid-afternoon to try and find the cheetah. For some reason Benny found Johan's photo technique funny. Luckily Johan lives in Lusaka and comes to Kaingu a lot so is tolerant. We don't expose 'normal' guests to ridicule by our staff, but there is nothing normal about Johan. Back in July he chased Nyambanza through the kitchen while wearing a gorilla mask. Hmmmm. untitled shoot-11326.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Katoyana also yielded a lot more wildebeest. untitled shoot-11358.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr untitled shoot-11381.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr There really is nowhere else in Zambia like Liuwa. untitled shoot-11419.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr With the wildebeest birthing there are lots of side striped jackal around. untitled shoot-11386.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Liuwa is also a fantastic place to see Oribi. untitled shoot-11619.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr More Oribi. untitled shoot-11507.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Lilac breasted roller at mid day. untitled shoot-11668.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Martial eagle making the Oribi nervous! untitled shoot-11710.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr The Katoyana lounge and dining room. Changeover day = staff drive. Packed up and done and dusted. untitled shoot-11459.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr untitled shoot-11714.jpg by G Dickson, on Flickr Guest comments: With the Kaingu team we also did a 3 days bush camp safari at Liuwa Plains. Magnificent horizons, lots of Wilderbeasts and zebra's, many birds. The camp site was beautyful and tents and beds were as clean as possible. Very cosy dinners in the candle light at night. I certainly recommend to do the combination (if you visit in November) of Kaingu Lodge and Liuwa Plains (6 days). Just thought to forwadr you the feedback of XXXX x2. They are not so with emails etc so she called me and we chat for an hour. They LOVED it!! Liuwa Plains they found really fantastic , it was a ‘little Serengeti’ experience they said. The endless plain and of course less animals in numbers but they have seen plenty. They saw the herds of wildebeast growing day by day due to the birth of many calves. Jackhals, hyena’s, vultures and they even saw a cheetah with a cub! De tents were just fine, neatly kept with camp beds with ironed linen, excellent food and good guiding and friendly, helpfull staff. And a small video we made: https://vimeo.com/193321129
  6. This is the last report from APN. https://africanparksupdate8.org
  7. Here is May APN monthly report: https://africanparksupdate5.org New cubs in Akagera National Park, Rwanda, raising the current population of lions to 14 animals, including 7 cubs. A new strategy to limit elephant poaching at Garamba National Park, DRC. Preparation of a massive elephant (and big game) translocation in Malawi. Securing 3000 km2 at Chinko, CAR.
  8. This is APN 2015 anual report: https://api.african-parks.org/html5/index.html
  9. Here is the last report from APN. As far as I know, there was no release for March. https://africanparksupdate3.org Great news for Zakouma where the last census/Survey concluded to an increase of large game species, with more than 80 elephants calves seen since 2014. The NGO is about to share the results of Liuwa census in the following weeks. Lion cubs seen in Akagera. Wild dogs, lions and large giant eland herds spotted at Chinko. At Garamba, the situation is bleak, but APN is trying to raise further funds to reinforce staffing, and develop new tactics, to halt elephant poaching which is on the increase.
  10. Hi everyone, Something a little special came to our team at Captured In Africa recently, namely a gentleman by the name of Herbert Brauer. Of course many of you will have heard of Herbert, having filmed Lady Liuwa for the acclaimed documentary The Last Lioness in Liuwa Plain. Herbert is running his own private safari tour to Liuwa, not only to spend time with Lady Liuwa (who is getting on in age now) and her new resident pride, but to spend time with ourselves, to spend time with nature and in appreciation of what special lands we are fortunately enough to travel and what precious wildlife we are privileged to see. My colleague Drew Abrahamson and I feel privileged and honoured to work with Herbert on this tour. Equally so, a pleasure to listen to his words of wisdom from his experience in filming, but also his philosophy on our self, nature and wildlife. The safari to Liuwa plans to be truly special.... personally, I'd love to join this one The below was a quick Q&A I did with Herbert recently, so I hope you enjoy reading Herbert; Lady Liuwa Filmmaker Herbert Brauer Takes You on Safari Every so often, a film comes along which we connect with. A documentary which uncovers and explores not just a story, but a moment in time that is so emotionally driven, that we cannot help but fall in love with nature & wildlife - The Last Lioness, the story of a single lone lioness in Zambia’s Liuwa Plain - is one of those defining moments in wildlife film. Herbert Brauer filmed the Last Lioness on Liuwa Plain when Lady Liuwa was the sole remnant of lions in this area. Wildlife cameraman Herbert Brauer, who filmed THE LAST LIONESS in Liuwa National Park, now offers a unique, fully serviced 7 night safari program in Liuwa National Park in November 2016. He guides participants to authentically expand their awareness, and consciously connect deeply with Nature. This remote wilderness area in western Zambia truly captures one's heart and supports personal growth to those who seek it. Captured In Africa spoke with Herbert in the build up to announcing this one-off itinerary; Q: How did you first become aware of Lady Liuwa and what made you want to film her and the situation in Liuwa? “We were told by the parks manager at the time, Tom Turner, that there was one single lioness in Liuwa National Park who had survived the poaching massacre and that IF we'd see her, could try our luck filming her. The manager preceding Tom has only seen her the first time two days before his two year contract ended.... So it was unexpected that we not only found her on my first day of my very first assignment as professional cameraman, but also filmed her for an extended period which forms part of an important sequence in ‘THE LAST LIONESS’.” Q: Were you ever in serious doubt of Lady Liuwa's (and future lion inhabitants) survival in Liuwa Plain? “African Park Networks' approach, commitment and tenacity has ensured that I never doubted Lady Liuwa's survival on the plains. They are supported by much forward thinking donors and local people who recognise their work. I was and am concerned about lion's future survival, especially in large unfenced wilderness areas. It is in these areas where lions should be able to manifest everything that makes them a truly wild species on every level. This counts for all species that we do not consciously habituate. We as humans became the single largest force on our planet. Most of us don't know that. I guess it's difficult to quantify but it can certainly be experienced consciously. That doesn't mean we have developed into a species that can function disconnected from the natural flow of the forces on our planet, and of the universe. We are in a situation where a critical mass of twenty first century humans needs to consciously recognise that the fundamental building blocks and elements of Nature outside of us are also inside of us, and what we do to Nature we do physically and energetically to ourselves. The stress we put on our environment is the stress we feel inside ourselves. So my view is that as humans we collectively need to once again recognise that BECAUSE we are human, we have a relationship with Nature. We absolutely have to take individual responsibility for that if we don't want to learn lessons much harder than our imaginations can create!!! We cannot leave the wellbeing and conservation of everything we call "wild nature" in the hands of a few concerned citizens acting as conservationists, filmmakers, educators etc. We cannot dump our responsibilities with regards to our environment in the hands of our minister of environmental affairs as little as we'd relinquish our relationships with family and friends in the hands of the minister of social affairs.” The new generation of lions in Liuwa Plain © Will Burrard-Lucas Q: Captured In Africa are deeply involved in conservation efforts and responsible tourism, so respecting boundaries between man and wildlife is important to us when on safari. You yourself showed this in the film when Lady Liuwa seemed to court your attention, yet you kept a respectful distance and didn't cross that boundary - how important is this for you and for responsible safaris/travel in general? “Often our love for nature can overwhelm us. We are feeling the freedom and good energy in the wild to the point that we need to make sure we still recognise and respect everything, including wild nature and her species for WHO THEY REALLY are. I never came across any other lion to whom I felt intuitively connected as deeply as Lady Liuwa. My interaction with her was unique and yet I had to make sure I respect her wild instincts. After all, that's what we wanted for her: To live life as a completely wild predator in Africa. It is really important to allow wild animals their space. How much that distance is, is is a matter of being educated and trained, and one's intuition if well developed.” Q: What has been the highlight for you, following your years in Liuwa and what is your hope for Lions in the wild? “My understanding of what has happened in Liuwa keeps deepening. Right now I must admit that one of my highlights happened when I was interviewed for THE LAST LIONESS. I became emotionally overwhelmed and recognised in that moment how Lady Liuwa is not merely the amazing individual she is. She humbly, strongly and convincingly reveals the essence of our Mother Earth's intelligence. Although much harm was done to her when her pride was killed barbarically by our human species who regard ourselves as the apex of intelligence on this planet, she never retaliated. We witnessed her lying in high grass, never attacking the local children walking past her a few metres away. Instead she followed me around camp at night, like our Mother Earth does each and every moment: forgiving, wanting to reconnect with a human, and to be respected for who she really is if I wanted to fully embrace, if not merely survive our special, profound relationship. That changed my understanding of what we call "Life" or "Nature" and my Vision forever.” Herbert filming Lady Liuwa, careful to not cross that invisible ethical boundary of becoming too close to wild animals Herbert, in partnership with Captured In Africa and Norman Carr Safaris, are offering an amazing opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime safari and journey of self-discovery to Liuwa Plain. In Herbert's own words: "My fundamental intention for this safari is that we expand our awareness to develop a deeper connection to our natural environment and at the same time, with our true selves. We create a better understanding of who we essentially are. The process is never ending. What is important for me is that our experiences and growth are authentic. We'll search for Lady and her new pride and spend quality time with them. We won't recreate the physical companionship I've had with Lady as documented in THE LAST LIONESS, but connect with her and different kinds of life forms and manifestations in Nature.” View this limited safari and enquire, by clicking below; THE LAST LIONESS SAFARI WITH CAPTURED IN AFRICA Captured In Africa give thanks to Herbert Brauer, Norman Carr Safaris and Will Burrard-Lucas. Any questions, you can drop me an email: paul@capturedinafrica.co.za
  11. I would like to share the february 2016 APN monthly report. New elephant poaching cases in Liwonde and Garamba, where giraffe and elephant collaring were underway. In Zakouma, some few sightings of cheetah in the Eastern side of the park. Preparation of the massive elephant translocation in Malawi and rhinos reintroduction in Akagera. http://africanparksupdate2.org
  12. I would like to share with you the first APN newsletter of the year 2016: http://africanparksupdate.org/ The NGO starts again with monthly reports.
  13. http://www.african-parks.org/Blog_120_Head+of+Law+Enforcement+at+Liuwa+Plain+National+Park%2C+Zambia%2C+Shot+Dead+by+Suspected+Poachers.html
  14. Hi everyone, my wife and I are planning Kafue + Liuwa in November, with a fully equipped car, and we need some advice.... The reason why we decided to do the trip in November is the migration in the Liuwa, and Kafue seems to be a good combination even if it is not the best period because of the rains. Kafue: our initial idea was to visit the north area (Lufupa - Busanga) but, from the info we are collecting, it seems to be very difficult in November. Most of the camps are closed. Is it true? How are the roads conditions from Mayukuyuku/Mukambi to Lufupa, in November? If we stay in Mayukuyuku, can we go to the north? In the central area we are evaluating Mayukuyuku and/or Mukambi. And we are also evaluating McBride for the north-est area, even if we have been told that we need to exit the park and go via Mumbwa (with loss of time). We are mainly interested to safari in areas where it could be easier to see leopards, lions but mainly cheetas and wild dogs .. even if we know that they live in different environments Can someone give us some advice? Which are the best accomodations/areas for the game viewing, between the ones I mentioned? Thank you! Roberto
  15. Earlier this year I made some enquiries into going to Liuwa Plain in 2014 with Robin Pope Safaris. For those who don't know, RPS run small group (max 6) scheduled trips to Liuwa, led by Robin himself (see @@Atravelynn 's trip report http://safaritalk.net/topic/10120-kasanka-bangweulu-liuwa-in-nov-dec-with-robin-pope-safaris/page-1 ) I was told that they would no longer be running the trips, and on doing some research found this was related to the planned opening of a new luxury camp in Liuwa in 2014. I've just heard they will now be running one last set of trips in May/June 2014, so if anyone has had this on their radar, now's the time to do it. Unfortunately it's too late for me as all my plans for 2014 are in place. Obviously this new camp will provide an alternative option for visiting Liuwa BUT I understand it's going to be quite a high end expensive camp, and I am not sure how affordable getting there will be unless they put in place some sort of system for shared scheduled charters. One advantage of the way the RPS trips have been set up is that, being run as small groups, the cost of the charter flights is shared. At the moment, that makes it a relatively affordable way to visit Liuwa. I'm not sure how affordable it will be in the future. Hope this is helpful for someone!
  16. Hello Everyone, A group of friends and I are planning on embarking on a trip to Liuwa Plains National Park in Mid-December. I live in Lusaka and I have been to Mongu several times. I have not however ventured onto the Mongu to Kalabo road before and that is something I am seriously terrified about. We plan on doing the trip with two 4X4's. One is a petrol engine without a snorkel but good ground-clearance and the other is a diesel equipped with a snorkel. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that can lend me some advice on the Mongu-Kalabo road conditions during that time of the year. Are there many water crossings that I should be worried about. For the petrol engine 4x4: we will be equipped with a water repellent spray to protect our dizzy cap, but do you think that might not cut it. If we do successfully make it to Kalabo, how are the road conditions further onwards to the park as well as the internal park network. Should I be worried making such a trip with a petrol engine? Also I have never been to Liuwa Plains before so any advice relating to the park, accommodation etc. will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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