Tag Archives: Giant Land Snail

An amazing mollusk: the Giant African Land Snail, revered totem of the Chauke Clan…

I love sketching the shells of these snails, so sculptural…. Achatina fulica is a species of land snail in the family Achatinidae, known commonly as the  giant African land snail. Wikipedia says: Outside of its native range this snail thrives … Continue reading

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Mahenye Sand Forest; Secret Paths and Millipedes; Special Birds and Botany

A trip to the Mahenye Sand Forest from Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge in the rainy season is a voyage of discovery…. First comes the ride through the Mahenye Village, a haven of big trees, hand painted huts and friendly faces…   This … Continue reading

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Lowveld rainy season and funky frogs; Elephants, and more elephants…

October…Suicide month…alternating bouts of heat, with panting plants wilting in the intense sunlight, and then, overnight, cool blasts of wind, bringing slanting rain and lightening streaking across the Gonarezhou wilderness opposite Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. This is a month of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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