Calling all birders! Zambia’s ‘Emerald Season’ is for you

Lilac-breasted rollerEnjoy a week’s safari in South Luangwa National Park in the ‘Emerald Season’.  The rainy season (December to early April) is not suitable for walking safaris or game drives in the South Luangwa, but the grass is lush and green and birds are out in force, many in full breeding plumage.  This is a wonderful time for viewing both birds and herbivores, and the bigger mammals are still around, though harder to see in the thick vegetation.  The rain falls mainly in the afternoon, in short, heavy, bursts and is often followed by sunshine.  Temperatures during the day are a pleasant 30 degrees Celsius or thereabouts.  You can enjoy river trips on the Luangwa, and prices are much lower at this time of the year.

From January to early April World Discovery is pleased to offer the 8 day Rivers & Rainbows programme run by Norman Carr Safaris, with stays at Kapani Lodge and also at Kakuli Camp, the only true bush camp open during this period in the South Luangwa.

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Young elephant v 14 lions!

jpegTake a look at this amazing footage of Hercules the Young Bull Elephant v Fourteen Lion!!

This short video, captured by Steve Baker, a frequent guest at Norman Carr’s Chinzombo Camp in Zambia, shows how the young elephant somehow was separated from his herd when a 14 member pride of female lions descended on him.  Clearly outnumbered, the elephant managed to bravely fend off the attack despite having three lionesses on his back at one point!

“In the many years I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the South Luangwa, never have I seen anything like this,” said Innocent, one of the top guides at Chinzombo.  “We were all so worried the elephant would be killed right before us.  What a fighter. It fought off all 14 lions.  Incredible.”

Hercules lives up to his name, despite the overwhelming odds….I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…  Hercules v 14 lions video