Tom’s Talk — the best time to visit Kafue National Park, Zambia

[caption id="attachment_18867" align="alignnone" width="550"] Early morning mist on the Kafue River in Zambia (Credit: Egbert de Kwaasteniet)[/caption] In recent times the series of Tom’s Talks seem to have faded into the mists that rise from the Kafue River early in the mornings of July and August. At this time of year the air above the river is cooler than the warm waters of the river. Leaving the many reasons I could come up with for the long break I am now galvanised into action by the question often asked of me, "When is the best time to visit Kaingu Safari Lodge and the Kafue National Park in Zambia? Read More

Tom’s Talk — Cheetah: the greyhound of Zambia’s vast plains

[caption id="attachment_13585" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Male cheetahs"][/caption] Kafue National Park's number one flagship species in the Open Africa monitoring program — according to Richard Estes, in his book ‘The Safari Companion’, a guide to watching African mammals, is, “A cat with a greyhound chassis, built for speed”. It has relatively small feet for its body size, and tracks that show signs of its unsheathed claws. It is this that allows one to distinguish between the tracks of cheetah, hyena and wild dog in areas where these animals occur together. This can be more often than one expects, especially in the central part of the Kafue National Park. Read More

Tom’s Talk — Open Africa and Kaingu Safari Lodge

[caption id="attachment_12475" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Kaingu is now part of the Open Africa 'Untamed Kafue Route - where the cheetah roams'"][/caption] A number of years back a gentleman with great vision and passion, Noel De Villiers, had the dream of opening up tourism routes from Cape Town to Cairo. As far as I am aware this was to be mainly for self-drive, adventurous travellers. The concept was to provide information and assistance to tourists by way of maps. It would link different countries in a bond of friendship as travellers moved from one country to the next. The idea then went further, creating ‘routes’ within the different countries and linking together service providers together with local communities offering facilities to travellers. Read More

Tom’s Talk — Sable antelopes, the showpiece of Kafue National Park, Zambia

[caption id="attachment_11569" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Group of three sable"][/caption] If I were asked what animal is truly the show piece of the Kafue National Park wildlife, I would have no hesitation in saying, it is the proud and stately Sable antelope. The Sable from Kafue are highly sought after, both for photographic safari go-er’s, as well as trophy hunters. In fact, a world record Sable bull was hunted north of Kaingu Lodge in the Mumbwa Game Management Area just two years ago. This blog is dedicated to the details you may not know about the Sable, how it is a worthy member of the Zambian wildlife you ought to see and what the future holds for lone bulls and herds. Read More

Tom’s Talk — Facelifts and new adventures at Kaingu, Kafue National Park, Zambia

[caption id="attachment_10045" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Hippo in the Kafue River"][/caption] After 10 years we have decided it is time for a new look and an upgrade of our facilities at Kaingu Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park. But still the same friendly, helpful, team we introduced you to in the last Tom’s Talk. This year we also plan to open two photographic hides and launch some amazing canoeing expeditions on the Kafue River. Read More

Introducing Tom’s Talk from the Kafue National Park

[caption id="attachment_8041" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Tom and Viv of Kaingu Safari Lodge"][/caption] Tom's Talk is a new feature to the Best of Zambia. It is my personal insight into the goings on at Kaingu Safari Lodge and Kafue National Park. Tom's Talk previously went out to 'friends of Kaingu' — people who know of us or have had the chance to visit us. When Sara from the Best of Zambia came to stay at Kaingu we got talking about sharing Tom's Talk with more people through the Best of Zambia website. So here is the first, an introduction to the people at Kaingu. I hope I will be forgiven for making this just a “people” orientated Talk. Hello, old 'friends of Kaingu', Tom's Talk is back — like the legendary Rip van Winkel who went walkabout and into a deep sleep for 100 years, Tom has now awoken and will hopefully stay awake? For old friends who know Kaingu from way back when and new friends joining this journey, let us bring you up to date on who is who in the zoo. That is not trying to be onomatopoeic of the “Hoo Hoo Hoo” call of the African Wilddog that we have fortunately been seeing of late, near to and en-route to Kaingu Lodge. Read More