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May 2007 Travel Zambia 11 Char ter & sCheduledflights in Zambia & the regionTel: +260 (1) 271035, 271032, 271065 Cell: +260 (97) 335563 Fax: +260 (1) 271139Holiday Inn Sales Office: Tel: +260 (1) 251666 Email: proflight@iconnect.zmNdola: Tel/Fax: +260 (2) 611796 Cell: +260 (97) 207957or book online @ www.flyzambia.comOur Journeys Change People’s LivesThe unspoilt areas, wealth of wildlife to be experienced and the beauty of Zambia are just a few of the elements that inspired Wilderness Safaris to open a number of lodges and bush camps in this amazing country. Busanga Bush Camp, Lunga River Lodge, Kapinga and Shumba Camps reside in Kafue National Park, one of the largest parks in Africa. Its northern sector is what Wilderness Safaris strives for when choosing its camps: remote, wild and diverse with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. Kalamu Tented Camp is Wilderness Safaris’ camp in South Luangwa National Park and is situated in the Luamfwa. One of the most remote areas in the Park, the Luamfwa is a true wilderness location, with incredible species diversity and endemics such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe. Our offering in Zambia is rounded off with the elegant River Club on the banks of the Zambezi River just 18 km upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls.www.wilderness-safaris.com

12 Travel Zambia May 2007 DID YOU KNOW? CROCODILES ARE MORE CLOSELY RELATED TO BIRDS THAN THEY ARE TO ANY OTHER LIVING REPTILE. Martin Johnson had toured South Africa as a rugby player with England and the British Lions, yet it was a holiday to Zambia last year that truly captivated him, reports Nigel Botherway. England’s World Cup-winning captain stayed at Kasaka River Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, where he was quick to immerse himself in the local culture – travelling to Mugurameno School by boat to take an impromptu coaching session. “It was the first time they had seen a rugby ball and they loved it,” said Johnson. “Although it wasn’t so much rugby, it was just playing with a ball. They were great kids and we finished off playing football with them. You could see that they were naturals: they beat us four–three!” Mugurameno school is supported by Mugurameno Basic School Charitable Trust, a UK-registered charity (www.asiz.org). Kasaka River Lodge (www.kasakariverlodge.com) offers cultural visits to the school and village. Lion tamed: rugby legend visits Zambian school NIGEL BOTHERWAY Hands up if you think the All Blacks are useless! Eggspert A poacher-turned-guide at Kaingu Lodge in Kafue National Park has been sharing a few tricks of his trade, reports Tim Henshall. Before committing his life to conservation, Brightson Shambweka used to search for bush meat in and around the Kafue river to feed his family. Today he delights in revealing to guests the hidden treasures of the riverbank. And nothing is more spine-tingling than when Brightson goes in search of crocodile eggs. A female Nile crocodile, weighing up to 1000kg and reaching a formidable five metres in length, lays 25–100 eggs in the sandy riverbank, usually during November. She then buries them and incubates them for the next three months. Using his canny bush know-how, Brightson coaxes the female from her nest, where she leaves a perfect – and rather unnerving – croc-shaped imprint. He then brushes the sand gently aside, taking care that each egg remains at exactly the same angle, and allows his guests to view the clutch. Having delicately replaced the sand, the party then return to their small boat and leave. Within minutes, the female crocodile returns to her task, protecting the eggs until the hatchlings finally emerge. Nkani >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture KAMILI SAFARIS KAMILI SAFARIS