Mahove Camp, and the Junction are spectacular wilderness areas to explore from Chilo Gorge Lodge,

The trip across the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge and and into Gonarezhou is always exciting…

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with fabulous water birds to be spotted on the sand, such as this little Pratincole……

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and many vultures still to be seen…thank goodness…Vultures generally are threatened world wide, so we treasure sightings such as this…

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Birdlife Zimbabwe are a dynamic force for the good of Zimbabwe’s and Southern Africa’s Birds….here is their recent poster..

Birdlife Zimbabwe Vulture Poster

Birdlife Zimbabwe Vulture Poster

Clive Stockil is now President of Birdlife Zimbabwe, committed as ever to the bigger picture of Conservation!

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As so rightly said, keeping “common birds common!”… well done Birdlife Zimbabwe!

Here is Clive’s photo of a Lilac Breasted Roller, a commoner for us at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge,  but sooooo beautiful….

lilac breasted roller

lilac breasted roller

Safari vehicles from Chilo are into adventure as soon as they ford the great Save River, the contact zone between striking tri-coloured Nguni  cattle…

Nguni cattle

Nguni cattle

and numerous elephant herds…

elephants in the dust

elephants in the dust

with  the lure of the wilderness promising African Buffalo, complete with Ox Peckers….

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Majestic kudus…

kudu bull

kudu bull

a posing klipspringer…

klipspringer

klipspringer

and of course many many elephants, such as this gentle giant. Cows who are protecting babies tend to be less relaxed, but we are finding that they are becoming more and more approachable as they get used to increased tourism traffic….

gentle giant

gentle giant

sadly, these giants are eating away at those other giants of Gonarezhou, the baobabs, which are such icons in this park.

double baobab

double baobab

In one season elephants can destroy a thousand year old monster with ease….

elephant damage

elephant damage

The pan systems around the Junction area host amazing numbers of diverse waterbirds at any time of year, as long as water remains, and Clive delights in the “Garden of Eden “as he calls it…

garden of eden

garden of eden

After a glorious drive through the park we head back to the banks of the Save for a well deserved sundowner, hosted by Lionel Muzengi, learner guide…

Lionel at Sundown with guests

Lionel at Sundown with guests

Snacks galore….

yummy...

yummy…

to be enjoyed around the attractive campfire created by Lionel and the Chilo team…

pretty campfire

pretty campfire

Lionel admires the view while guests investigate the scenery and relax…

fire and Lionel

fire and Lionel

A magnificent log provides instant drama..

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and I take my glass of wine to do a photoshoot  as the sun sets…

Full moon, wine and poop...

Full moon, wine and poop…

when we leave the sand bank, a full and gorgeous moon lights our way…

full moon on the Save River

full moon on the Save River

and back at the lodge dinner awaits, under the stars…

a busy evening at the lodge

a busy evening at the lodge

I get up really early the next morning to catch the full moon sinking to the horizon, an ethereal experience…………

full moon setting through the rails

full moon setting through the rails

framing our resident hippos in its light…

full moon setting

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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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