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Living the life at Flatdogs Camp, Mfuwe, Zambia

Since Flatdogs is located in the Conservation area of South Luangwa National Park, you never know who or what you might run into while camping here.

Most every morning we try to be down by the river's edge to enjoy our morning coffee and see what we can see and hear. We can always be assured the hippos are out in the water sounding off. Still waiting for the perfect moment when they have their mouth wide open for that winning shot!

As the level of the river continues to drop, the competition for space is bound the increase so the level of noise is bound to increase. One morning we did observe two hippos on our side coming back late to the water. Fortunately, they did not chose the path we were sitting near. We also saw one on the other side coming down after sunrise.

The whitecrowned plover has been at the water most days moving about on the shore. We think it may be a breeding pair by some of the displays we see happening. This bird has yellow wattles on its neck that make it quite interesting to see.

The Egyptian geese are usually down there in great numbers splashing about, making a great deal of fuss and noise. The sacred ibis is seen most days as is the hadeda ibis with its colorful feathers when the light is on it.

This year we have had the good fortune to see crowned cranes, and saddlebill storks down on the waterfront. There are many of the other usual suspects such as gray heron, great egret, bee eaters and an occasional raptor flying overhead. The hammerkops have been in evidence a great deal this year and somedays their headdress is quite a sight to see.

We have seen elephant, giraffe, and baboons across the way as we sat there.
We also watched a man poling his dugout canoe around and one day he and another man were fishing one on shore and the other in the boat. Seems a little risky to me.

Visitors at the kitchen........One of the lessons we learned was when you are in the kitchen, you must keep both doors locked unless you want some unwelcome help in the kitchen like a baboon or monkey. One day while fixing lunch, the baboons showed up in great numbers. Banging on the side of our food safe kept them on guard but at one point, I looked up and a huge male baboon was sitting at our picnic table as though waiting for his meal. That day at lunch we ate inside the kitchen rather than try to fend them off our plates. Some of them can be quite cheeky!

That afternoon, they were carrying on in the campground. Evidently it was two different troops of baboons and they would screech and holler at each other, there would be sounds of fighting all sorts of noise. They finally moved on while we were walking.

Younger next year..........
We read a book by this title that strongly urged you to keep active in your retirement or you would lose muscle tone etc. While we are here we walk for about 1 and 1/2 hours and I reckon it is about 1 and 1/2 miles by the time we finish our four loops around the perimeter of the camp.

As you go along................
We make stops as we go along at the pond/lagoon by tent lland 12. We have been rewarded by a variety of birds and the occasional bush buck and water buck.

We always check at the front entrance to see if anyone is out in the game management area and have seen both giraffe and elephants. We have also seen giraffe in the area beyond the chalets.

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