Malilangwe Magic; Crocodile Mothers…..

In September, we shared crocodile love and Malilangwe Magic with our dear friends……Ian and Jane Craig of Lewa Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya, and Willy and Sue Roberts of Sirikoi Lodge, Kenya.

Driving first to our Senuko home in the Save Valley Conservancy, Clive, Ian and all of us shared laughs, wine and stories and caught up on events since the Prince William Award for Conservation was presented to Clive in London last year.

As usual, the talk was of rhinos, elephants and all things pachyderm, from Senuko all the way to Malilangwe!

bull and Mopani leaves

bull and Mopani leaves

Wherever we are in Africa, preservation of our glorious rhino and elephant populations is paramount to all of us…..

mother and daughter

mother and daughter

Malilangwe was a delight as usual, the last Bollywood colours of the season, pink Sabi Stars and orange aloes, greeting us at Singita Pamushana…

bollywood colours

bollywood colours

Game drives were spectacular, hosted by the resident klipspringers!

tip toes...

tip toes…

Closely observed by the new mum in the area, a hyena queen who was rescued from a snare years ago by the Malilangwe team…visit the  Malilangwe link for facebook updates…..

hyena mum guarding her den

hyena mum guarding her den

and driving through fabulous Acacia woodland..

acacias and buffalo

acacias and buffalo

to watch the great and gentle bull elephants of Malilangwe have a drink …

elephant reflections- a painting by Lin Barrie

elephant reflections- a painting by Lin Barrie

and throwing mud at the local pan…

bull ele mud bath

bull ele mud bath

An afternoon boatride on the Malilangwe Dam was a perfect end to the day…

Ian and Jane in rare relaxed mode!

Ian and Jane in rare relaxed mode!

lots of birding…..

Jane loves her birds...

Jane loves her birds…

and as the sun began to set……

Malilangwe sunset

Malilangwe sunset

a contented crew of friends….

Ian, Jane, Sue and Willy

Ian, Jane, Sue and Willy

who looked forward to Gin and Tonics expertly prepared by professional guide and friend, Tengwe….

Gin and tonic preparation

Gin and tonic preparation

what an end to a perfect day…..

juvenile fish eagle on his nest

juvenile fish eagle on his nest

But just the beginning of our fun together, as we pressed on into the gorgeous scenery of Gonarezhou National Park, passing groves of  Lala palms, so similar to the Doum palms of Northern Kenya, when they grow with split stems….

lala palms sometimes grow split stems

lala palms sometimes grow split stems

and camped at Chitove on the Runde River…graced by Tabernae montana elegans bushes, gorgeous green against the cobalt sky…

cobalt sky and elegans leaves

cobalt sky and elegans leaves

 

Chitove…a camp filled with happy memories of many trips for me, and some fun fishing memories this time…(many Tiger fish got away to tell the ‘tail’…!)  but what impressed me more were the giant Mummy crocodiles who slithered and slipped all about us as we walked along the river bank, guarding their nests of precious eggs deep in the sand, and leaving their belly prints pressed into the sand all around us…

croc prints 1

croc prints 1

abstract design, unbeatable beastly beauty in the sand…

croc prints 2

croc prints 2

Moving on  at the end of our trip…through stately stands of baobabs between the Runde and Save Rivers….

baobab ridge offers multitudes of these trees

baobab ridge offers multitudes of these trees

and at last to special  Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge on the banks of the Save River, high on a cliff with views forever and a wonderfully peaceful place to finish our trip with these, dearest of friends…

Phoenix reclinata palms at Chilo Gorge Lodge

Phoenix reclinata palms at Chilo Gorge Lodge

 

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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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4 Responses to Malilangwe Magic; Crocodile Mothers…..

  1. sue says:

    What wonderful memories, just love your blog with its many pictures. Thank you Lin and Clive for the most incredible time together that we will always treasure.

  2. Susan Ingram says:

    Hi Lin, Fabulous blog reading! Beautiful pics and as usual, wonderful words. I would like to ask if I can use one of your pictures in my sunscreen site – http://www.sunumbra.com? We use powdered kigelia extract in all our sunscreens – and would love to add your picture to mine of the kigelia flowers and fruit? Hope to see you sometime soon? come and stay in the Vumba??

    Much love

    Sue Ingram ingram.sue@gmail.com +263 77 940 8557; +27 82 373 0958 “Be the change that you wish to see” Mahatma Gandhi

  3. Pingback: Ian Craig…OBE Honour for a man who truly honours wildlife and conservation… | wineandwilddogs

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