Walking 'safari' (in camp), talking safari --make for nice days at Flatdogs!
Doing the daily walkabout, talkabout as we live life on the edge........
Walkabout Talkabout the Camp
Staying in one place for an extended period of time is perplexing to some people but not to us. We can find many things to entertain us every day we are here. In the evenings, we carry our meal down to the bluff overlooking the river, watch the glorious sunset and wait to see the hippos come out of the water.
We do our daily walk about the camp; talkabout when there are other guests camping to talk to. Patrick one of our neighbors for a time had the fortunate experience of there being a skilled mechanic to work on his Land Rover. Along our walk are many interesting places to explore. We go check out the lagoon during our walk to see what wildlife is out there.
We have gotten to see interesting birds-saddlebill stork, yellow bill stork, gray heron, egrets to name a few. We quite often see the noisy bee-eaters chattering away in the trees. One day we passed by the lagoon and there was a yellow billed stork with a barbel(catfish) in his mouth. It looked too big for him to swallow but he didn't seem to want to give it up.
On our circuit around the perimeter we also see the "smart" tents along the bluff and overlooking the lagoon. People we have talked to that are staying in them have given them rave reviews.
We have been in camp for several of the Friday night gatherings. Locals and people from the other bush camps come to enjoy an evening dining, drinking and catching up on the news with and about each other. We have had some interesting conversations about travel and what life is like in these other camps.
We also enjoy visiting with the guys working behind the bar. Several of them were here last year and remembered us when we arrived. They have told us several things about the village of Mufwe and we even were happy to find out one of the guys, Geoffrey, two years ago was studying to be a guide and this year when we returned had passed the exam and was now a guide! One night we were talking about seeing four of the big five in the park, what were the little five and one of the guys asked if we knew the "Green Five". Ahhhhhhhh a new one, so here goes----Lion tail (type of grass), Buffalo beans, elephant ear, leopard orchid, and rhino thistle.
We have run into people we met at this camp two years ago. One group was some Baptist missionaries whose roots were in Texas. Two years ago we shared peach cobbler with them cooked in dutch oven over a fire. This year they had some other missionaries with them but we did get to visit, she gave us some chicken she could not carry back and best of all some pumpkin bread and zuchinni bread!
Some of the more entertaining visitors we have met this time in the camp have been groups from South Africa. There was a group of five , with the latest in trailer tents that traveled together every year for about 10-12 weeks. It wasn't always the same but usually about five couples. They were quite boisterous in their camp and when we saw them elsewhere.
One morning when Robert woke up and got out to get the coffee water going, the watchman told him there were elephants in the campground. The elephants had come through the South Africans campsite, knocking over tables and got into their fruit. Why they had fruit out I am not sure. We spent one evening being entertained by their fervor as they watched a series of rugby games. They explained some of the finer points of the game and why the Bulls were the best team in South Africa.
They were, as with many others, amused,confused or curious about our daily walk. One day as we were walking, they stopped us to ask about our walk. The smells as we walked up to their site were delicious. They had on sausages, porridge, some sort of sauce for the sausages, coffee and on and on. We told them what we were doing but since we were in their campsite, did they have a bird book. When we find a bird we can't identify we try to find someone with a "real" birdbook to help us identify.
Up walks one of the gentlemen we had watched rugby with the night before with his IPhone. He has a bird book of Southern Africa loaded on it! Looking for a hornbill? Started scrolling down through the hornbills on his phone and could even play the sounds for the birds for us.
Robert asked if this was expensive to have, not his problem he said, he has three children helping take care of this. All in all we find many things to do to entertain us while we stay here.