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November 2009 Travel Zambia 15 Places Reader's Diary Zambia's wildlife is giving you the hard stare. But can you tell which creature each of these four eyes belongs to? It might help you to know that two are feathered, one furred and one scaled. Name all four and you could win one of fi ve copies of Zambia: the Bradt Travel Guide. Send your answer on a postcard to Zambia Bradt Competition, Travel Zambia Magazine, 4 Rycote Lane Farm, Milton Common, Oxford, OX9 2NZ, United Kingdom. Or email it to competitions@ travelafricamag. com, putting Zambia Bradt Competition in the subject line. Entries MUST include your full postal address and daytime phone number. Only one entry per household. Entries close on 31 January 2010. EYES ON THE PRIZE Win the Bradt guide to Zambia Michelle Attala, assistant manager with Robin Pope's Walking Mobile Safaris ( www. robinpopesafaris. net) had her work cut out looking after the Mupamadzi River camp. But nothing was going to disrupt her fi tness routine - as her diary reveals. Setting up camp The moving days are tough but fun. The team and I load everything onto the truck then tie down the green tarpaulin and climb on top. No space in the cab (" That's for fragiles!"). We lie on our backs as Webbie drives to the next camp; it's a good height for spotting game, but we duck to avoid the low- hanging sausage fruits and wicked winterthorns. I clutch laptop and camera case and hold onto the rope for dear life. Baboons scatter as we pull into camp. James always jumps off fi rst, bouncing around and doing his primate impersonations to warn them that we humans are back. The truck is unloaded even quicker than it was loaded: the full camp - including kitchen - is up in less than three hours. Yogging The guests left at 6.15 this morning. Great! Time for me and Emmanuel - the waiter - to go yogging ( yoga and jogging combined). The sunrise kisses a pair of saddlebills as they glide down into the shallows; hyena howl in the distance and puzzled puku watch as we do our stretches. I lie down on the soft sand and smile inside - but not for long: Robin radios to tell us the troops get back in 20 minutes. I rush off to fi nd six guinea fowl feathers to decorate the plates for tonight's crème caramel. Next day Must cut back on desserts, cakes and snacks: I feel like a hippo. I ask Emmanuel if the exercise is helping. " You don't vibrate as much as before," he tells me. Such honesty! I work with a great team - super- effi cient and each with his own task. On my fi rst day I helped by carrying all the ' girlie' stuff to the truck: basins, water jars, kitchen pots etc. As we were leaving, I noticed that the chairs weren't packed. " Hey guys, we forgot the chairs!" They all looked at me. " No, you forgot the chairs. That's your job!" I guess I have my tasks too. GOOD VIBRATIONS The answer to the bird identifi cation competition in Travel Zambia 5 was, from left to right; black- headed heron, hamerkop and sacred ibis. Congratulations to the fi ve winners: Marion Reinhardt ( Holzkirchen, Germany); John Herring ( Essex, UK); Harriete M. Frak ( North Carolina, USA); Barrie and Anita Staley ( Burton- on- Trent, UK) and Mrs S Kennedy ( Newcastle, UK). Each receives a copy of Zambia: the Bradt Travel Guide. ROBIN POPE SAFARIS ( x3) STEPHEN CUNLIFFE ROBIN POPE SAFARIS ( x2) 12 34

Livingstone 16 Travel Zambia November 2009 ABYSS INTO THE THRILLS AND SPILLS IN AFRICA'S ADVENTURE SPORTS CAPITAL, WITH STEPHEN CUNLIFFE