Waterfalls and Sunrises, Giant snails and rain at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Gonarezhou, in Zimbabwe….

The fabulous wet season at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Gonarezhou, in Zimbabwe….

What a season…we have not seen the vast floods that have engulfed parts of Britain recently, but in our African context, we have had fabulous rains, enough to make the grass leap skywards, birds sing and build nests, rivers flow strongly, washing away the debris of last year’s season…

the flooding Save River at Chilo Gorge

the flooding Save River at Chilo Gorge

looking up the Save River, the baboon roost rocks are  dwarfed by the expanse of silty brown waters…

view upriver from Chilo deck

view upriver from Chilo deck

A lone baboon barks, and his voice echoes across the water and bounces back off the rocks, causing him great alarm, and he barks incessantly, challenging his ‘Ghost’ voice….

baboon sketches

baboon sketches

Chivalila Falls on the Save River upstream from Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, are a raging torrent- a stunning tribute to nature in all her glory.

Chivalila Falls

Chivalila Falls

Watch this homemade video of Clive Stockil at the magnificent Chivalila falls….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfofg6brzYg

Bear Grylls, we need you here! This is an elemental survival challenge……

Clive Stockil at Chivalila Falls

Clive Stockil at Chivalila Falls

Tembweharta Pan is a gorgeous expanse of water, assorted fish and waterfowl and wallowing hippos who have trekked across for refuge from the raging river…

Hippopotamus-  sketch by Lin Barrie

Hippopotamus- sketch by Lin Barrie

The Chilo Brooke, a mere trickle in the dry season, is a full-fledged torrent among dripping tree trunks, and tumbling o’er steep rocks, rivalling Scottish burns in its beauty!

The Chilo Brooke and Clive Stockil

The Chilo Brooke and Clive Stockil

watch this video of the Chilo Brooke in full spate at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge….

The Chilo Brooke runs under the bridge at Chilo Gorge

The Chilo Brooke runs under the bridge at Chilo Gorge

Giant Land snails, bigger than my hand, ooze along pathways, making the most of the wet vegetation, before the dry sets back in…..

Giant land snail feels its way around a twig..

Giant land snail feels its way around a twig..

These magnificent molluscs have to find refuges under rocks and in tree trunks during the dry winter months. Some will not last the dry season, dessicating in clumps in their hideaways…..

discarded shells of giant african land snail

discarded shells of giant african land snail

Looking downstream, sunrise lights the Save River through the balcony railing, from my  room at Chilo Gorge…

sunrise through the balcony railing , from a room at Chilo Gorge

sunrise through the balcony railing , from a room at Chilo Gorge

a hornbill visits the trees outside the  bedroom at dawn…..

a hornbill visits the bedroom at sunrise

a hornbill visits the bedroom at sunrise

view upriver from the Chilo bar lounge…

view upriver from the Chilo bar lounge

view upriver from the Chilo bar lounge

view of Strelitzia and Save River at Chilo Gorge…

view of Strelitzia and Save River at Chilo Gorge

view of Strelitzia and Save River at Chilo Gorge

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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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