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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)

November 2009 Travel Zambia 41 People Vakacha Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani SAFARI Field guides Ever wanted to know what happens on a Zambian farm? Zamag Tours and Safaris offers innovative ' agricultural safaris' that combine visits to Zambian farms with the best of the country's wilderness and wildlife. Excellent soils and good rainfall combine to make Zambia one of the most fertile countries in Africa, with a range of agriculture that encompasses beef, maize, tobacco, soya, wheat, dairy, coffee, sugar, paprika, game farming, export fl owers and horticulture. Hosts Ian and Daphne Lindsay at Zamag have been running tours for over 20 years, taking guests to farms they know personally. Each trip is tailored to suit individuals' interests, encompassing both small- scale and commercial farms. NEWS IN BRIEF Sausage tree seclusion Sausage Tree Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River has just launched a new safari house, Kigelia House, complete with two bedrooms and its own swimming pool - ideal for families wanting to enjoy some privacy on safari. www. sausagetreecamp. com River Club joins elite The River Club has joined a select worldwide group of lodges known as Eco Luxury Retreats ( www. ecoluxury. com). Each of these properties combines comfort with environmental sustainability, and all have had to meet strict criteria in such fi elds as community, conservation, architecture, energy and local business. Guests are encouraged to visit community projects in which the lodge is involved. The River Club has been supporting nearby Simonga Village since 2000, using funds from guest donations and the Wilderness Safaris Wildlife Trust for important projects in such key areas such as water, sanitation, health, education and income generation. Details at www. wilderness- safaris. com Tiger tales The fi sh have been biting at Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp, reports Yolandi Scanes of Sanctuary Retreats. Tiger fi shing on a catch- and- release basis has been getting progressively better, with more and larger fi sh being caught. Camp manager George Bell landed this 5kg- plus beauty ( above) in August, while guests in September caught a 7kg monster. Details at www. sanctuaryretreats. com Inspecting Zambia's sugar ( top), beef ( centre) and maize ( below) Comfortable accommodation is available on many farms and Zambian farmers are always delighted to meet their counterparts from overseas. Itineraries include visits to some of Zambia's best- known natural attractions, from Victoria Falls to the Luangwa Valley, where guests can enjoy Zambia's wildlife from the comfort of top lodges and bushcamps. " There is so much to see," says Jackie Peel, whose recent safari found her tracking lions on foot from Luwi Bushcamp in South Luangwa. " With a bit of luck, I will be going back soon!" Zamag Tours and Safaris belong to Agricultural Tour Operators International ( ATOI), which comprises 60 such operators around the world. Find out more at www. zamagsafaris. com A safari welcome awaits at Luwi Bushcamp NORMAN CARR SAFARISZAMAG ( x3) SANCTUARY RETREATS