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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.

Elephants and orphans, Painted and Real…

I am tickled to have been part for a “One by One” initiative with Kikis Gallery, for elephant awareness….painting three dimensions is fun and inspiring, especially when painting a baby elephant! John Kotze, fellow artist, produced this funky elephant who … Continue reading

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Baobab skins get a coat of chain mail; Elephants get something else to eat…..

I am always tickled by the look-alike skins of baobabs and elephants…from baobab trunk… to elephant trunk… and the wrinkled limbs such as this foreleg… and this tiny little leg disappearing into the baobab trunk below…has that baby really just … Continue reading

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Bees, Baobabs and Baboons……

Bees, baobabs and baboons -a wonderful trio of treats for us at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge… Surrounded  we are at Chilo and in the Save Valley Conservancy, by baobabs of all sizes and characters, some awesomely misshapen, some stately… All … Continue reading

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Iyachisa mulilo…..”Fire burns”, a Changana totem….

Of snails, of culture, of food, fire and art…read on by hitting the link! Iyachisa mulilo…..”Fire burns”, a Changana totem…. Iyachisa Mulilo, a two metre acrylic painting by Lin Barrie:

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Miombo Woodlands inspire colour and drama….

Our unique Miombo Woodlands inspire my art at this time of year as we head into our Zimbabwean spring colours… Msasa leaves will soon burst forth in all the deep warm tones of a Northern hemisphere fall! Interspersed with splashes … Continue reading

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The Ivory Trail, following in the footsteps of giants….

Starting from Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge on a cool morning in May, Clive and I, plus the Chilo camp team of Victor, Richard and Chef Peter Chisasa, depart for the south of Gonarezhou, passing the gorgeous Chilojo Cliffs.. fording the … Continue reading

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Mahove means “Fish” and it is also the name of a special camp on the wild Runde River….

Mahove means “Fish” and it is also the name of a special camp on the wild Runde River…. Here is an afternoon view of the that wild and fish-filled river from Mahove tent number 4, just to whet your ‘appetite”! … Continue reading

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