The storm clouds are building….

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Some latest news from our team at Norman Carr Safaris today.

“We have just waved goodbye to the last guests from Luwi and Nsolo. Mchenja and Kakuli close in a week???s time and we???re all glancing longingly into the horizon waiting for the rains to come.

??STILL no rains have fallen. The bush is tinder dry and the predators are having an absolute field day. Living is easy for lion, leopard, wild dog, croc and hyena. Lions are killing more than they can eat and kills are becoming commonplace on drives and even walks.

I saw my first baby impalas a few days ago ??? fragile, dainty and impossibly pretty little things teetering on stick thin legs but usually able to produce a lion beating turn of speed and agility when needed. The impala nurseries will quickly grow from now on and gather beneath the mupapa trees (pod mahogany/afzelia quanzensis) as the mums eagerly hoover up the sweet blossoms. For the last 3 or 4 nights we have seen lightning in the distance and the hot winds are carrying the intoxicating smell of distant rains. I learnt that there is a word for this delicious scent ??? ???petrichor??? ??? apparently the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods. It is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks and when rain falls after a long, hot dry period the oil is released into the air along with another organic compound?? ???geosmin??? producing the distinctive scent. Whatever it is called, for me it???s one of the most heavenly scents imaginable.

??I think these pictures??show some of??the dramatic extremes of the Luangwa pretty well. The contrasting seasons are amongst the many things which make this place so incredible and thoughts at this, the driest time of year are turning to the green season and our??exciting Rivers and Rainbows safari which runs from Jan 20th to end March.

Christina

Norman Carr Safaris, Luangwa River, Zambia. www.normancarrsafaris.com