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0100200 miles 0100200300 km N TZ People Vakacha Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani 9 Nile crocodile, Lake Kariba The lion may be top predator on terra fi rma, but there's no doubting who rules the waters. This formidable reptile may exceed 5m and weigh close to a tonne - though such monster individuals tend to be elusive. It is equally adept at catching fi sh underwater or pulling unsuspecting mammals from the bank. Prey as large as buffalo has fallen victim to those massive jaws, and even Homo sapiens sometimes features on the menu. Despite persecution, crocodiles remain common in all Zambia's major lowland rivers and lakes. 6 Martial eagle, northern Zambia Largest of Zambia's eagles, this magnifi cent raptor soars high above open country on its 2.2m wingspan in search of prey below. Favourite targets include guinea fowl and monitor lizards, but it may even take the young of small antelope. Scan the skies anywhere around Zambia and you might get lucky. Immature birds are pure white below, only gaining the distinct black breast and face of adulthood after four years. 8 Fish eagle, Sioma N'Wezi National Park Zambia's national bird may seem unmissable to the human observer. But pity the poor barbel or tilapia meandering downstream, blissfully unaware of what lurks above. Unseen, the eagle swoops from its perch and extends fi shhook talons to pluck its prize from the surface. One decent catch satisfi es its daily requirements - and this takes, on average, just eight minutes of fi shing time. Listen out for the distinct yodelling call - often given by pairs in duet. 7 Giant eagle owl, Luambe National Park Africa's largest owl is the nemesis of many small nocturnal creatures, using those wicked talons to capture anything from roosting guineafowl to foraging genets. It is the only predator known to prey habitually on the African hedgehog and will even make a meal of other owls. This impressive bird - also known as Verreaux's eagle owl - is a regular sight on night drives in most national parks, preferring lightly wooded habitat. Look out for those pink eyelids. 10 Honey badger, Lower Zambezi National Park This small carnivore has a feisty reputation that sees much larger predators give it a wide berth. Indeed, the bold black- and- white coloration serves as a warning: those long claws and powerful jaws can do serious damage and - if all else fails - would- be assailants are doused in a pungent spray. The honey badger's catholic diet extends from fl esh to fruit; it will ransack bees' nests, dig up crocodile eggs and even take on a three- metre python. Look out for it on night drives - especially in South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi. fifi SAUSAGE TREE CAMP ZNTBNORMAN CARR SAFARIS NORMAN CARR SAFARIS ZNTB November 2009 Travel Zambia 39 2 1 7 6 9 10 Lower Zambezi NP Kasanka NP South Luangwa NP North Luangwa NP Luambe NP Sumbu NP Lusenga NP Lukusuzi NP Blue Lagoon NP Lochinvar NP LUSAKA Kitwe Ndola Chipata Isoka Kasama Mpulungu Chirundu Kapiri Mposhi Mkushi Mfuwe Mpika L. Tanganyika L. Bangweulu L. Mweru L. MweruWantipa L. Kariba Zambezi River Luangwa River

40 Travel Zambia November 2009 People People Vakacha Vakacha Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani Stepping out at 60 SAFARI NEWS IN BRIEF Safari operator turns tour operator After almost 18 years running Norman Carr Safaris in South Luangwa, Nick Aslin has made the break and set up a new independent tour operating company called Zambian Ground Handlers. His new company aims to smooth both the booking process for agents and the safari experience for clients. For details contact nick@ zambiangroundhandlers. com Sindabezi facelift The secluded island retreat of Sindabezi Island, on the Zambezi upstream from Victoria Falls, has had a complete refurbishment. All fi ve cottages have been rebuilt from the ground up, with special touches added to make the experience that much more luxurious. Ideal for honeymooners. Details at www. tongabezi. com Sparing the trees Wilderness Safaris is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint through the creation of www. wilderness- brochures. com. This new website allows immediate download of specifi c country or camp brochures as high- quality PDF fi les that can either be printed by the user ( although they actively discourage this) or shared with others via email. Traditional printed brochures will still be produced for those who require them, but this new digital resource will substantially reduce the need for such material while also making it easier to keep information updated. Norman Carr Safaris, the name of whose founder is synonymous with wildlife in Zambia, turns 60 in 2010. To celebrate this milestone the company is launching a special ten- night ' anniversary' safari in South Luangwa National Park. It was back in 1950 that a young game ranger called Norman Carr initiated a far- reaching conservation concept that was to pave the way for modern conservation and tourism in Zambia. Carr encouraged Senior Chief Nsefu - the paramount Chief of the Kunda people in the South Luangwa - to set aside a portion of his tribal land as a Game Reserve, and built the fi rst game viewing camp open to the public in what was then Northern Rhodesia ( now Zambia). Revenue from the camp was paid directly to the Kunda Native Authority. Carr died in 1997. But his legacy was more than just sharing his passion for this unique wilderness. He also understood that the best way to secure its future was to ensure that local people would benefi t from conserving the precious wildlife and unspoilt habitats of the Luangwa Valley. Sixty years on guests can still follow in the footsteps of Carr, exploring the wildlife of the Luangwa Valley from Kapani or any of the four secluded bushcamps that NCS operates in the park. The 60th anniversary safari combines all these retreats in a ' Classic' itinerary designed to showcase the very best of South Luangwa's wildlife experience both by vehicle and on foot. Details at www. normancarrsafaris. com Guests with Norman Carr Safaris ( above and below) follow in the footsteps of the great man himself ( left), though today's safaris tend to involve rather fewer people NORMAN CARR SAFARIS ( x3)